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Makeover Dessert Recipes

Looking for makeover dessert recipes? Find makeover dessert recipes for a lighter version to your favorite recipes.

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Makeover Mint Layer Brownies

Makeover Mint Layer Brownies

Makeover Mint Layer Brownies

This slimmed-down recipe, with just half the fat and cholesterol of the original recipe, is still divinely decadent and makes a great meal finale! Marinda Smith - Queen Creek, Arizona

Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Makeover Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Warm, buttery coffee cake: you just can't beat a good one. And Janice Kuhlmann's recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake is just that. With a lovely, tender interior and a slightly crunchy crust, it has a wonderful texture not unlike poundcake. But it's the lemon and almond flavors plus the full cup of walnuts that really take this Newington, Connecticut reader's cake over the top on taste.

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Here's a wonderfully creamy and rich version of an impressive classic that was lightened up at the request of Didi Desjardins in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It now has less than half the fat of her original recipe...but every bit of sweet, old-fashioned coconut flavor!
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Makeover Fluffy Lime Salad

Makeover Fluffy Lime Salad

Makeover Fluffy Lime Salad

Loaded with crunchy walnuts, tangy pineapple and lip-smacking lime flavor, this refreshing salad could even double as dessert! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover French Silk Pie

Makeover French Silk Pie

Makeover French Silk Pie

A chocolaty rich, smooth and creamy dream of a makeover that mimics Cindy Evanoff’s original recipe in everything but calories, fat and cholesterol! Even our Test Panel had a hard time believing this fantastic makeover with nearly 200 fewer calories and half the fat and saturated fat wasn’t the original recipe. Cindy can be proud to serve this lightened up version of her family favorite to friends in Louisville, Ohio.

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

This lightened up version of a classic cake will be a happy ending to any meal. The original recipe comes from Joanne Brininstool of Austin, Texas.

Makeover Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Makeover Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Makeover Almond Poppy Seed Cake

When our taste testers tried this, they were impressed with its mildly sweet flavor and fluffy texture, noting it was “easy to eat” and that “people will love this.” Shirley Durbin - Hutchinson, Kansas

Makeover Cake with Coconut-Pecan Icing

Makeover Cake with Coconut-Pecan Icing

Makeover Cake with Coconut-Pecan Icing

“My family is absolutely crazy about this soft, moist cake with its rich-tasting, super chocolatey icing. My dad would finish half the pan if he could!” Rivka Kahan - Brooklyn, New York

Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

This revised recipe makes a smaller batch than the original but yields cookies the same size as the original. The trimmed-down treats have 40% fewer calories and just half the fat and saturated fat of the original. So nibble one of these cookies anytime.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars

Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars

Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars

Our pros cut over 100 calories and half the fat from each original bar! We think that Lynette Rens of Maynard, Minnesota will be pleased with our changes, and the resulting brownie bars.

Makeover Peach Bowl Pizza

Makeover Peach Bowl Pizza

Makeover Peach Bowl Pizza

Imagine a crispy, crumbly shortbread crust, covered in a layer of fluffy, sugary cream cheese and topped with juicy fresh peaches—that's exactly what you're getting in this fantastic dessert! —Sarah Filson, Galva, Illinois
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