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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 Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Our Test Kitchen home economists dreamed up these chewy sugar cookies with a lightly sweet flavor. Decorated for the holidays with colored sugar, sprinkles or frosting, they won't last long...so make sure you stash away a few for Santa!

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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Makeover Red Velvet Cake

Makeover Red Velvet Cake

Makeover Red Velvet Cake

I’ve had this recipe for over 45 years and it has become our family’s favorite cake, but I would love to see it get a light makeover. —Betty Selchow, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

With fabulous flavor and a firmer texture that cuts like a breeze, this dish has only half the saturated fat and cholesterol as the original. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This cake has all the moistness and rich chocolate flavor of the original version but with fewer calories, fat and sugar.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think it'll quickly become a staple for your family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Lemon Raspberry Cake

Makeover Lemon Raspberry Cake

Makeover Lemon Raspberry Cake

Eden Atkerson's dessert was so delightful that we decided to trim it down a bit so everyone could enjoy it…even if they were watching their weight. Makeover Lemon Raspberry Cake has 184 fewer calories, 50% less fat and nearly half the cholesterol of the original that Eden sent from Atlanta, Georgia.

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

This makeover recipe still remain sweetly satisfying, but have about 40% fewer calories and less than half the fat and saturated fat of the original.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

This tried and true recipe is absolutely delicious. Nearly 15 years ago, Joanie wrote, “With its creamy frosting and light almond flavor, no one can stop at just one piece!” That certainly is still accurate today. Another reader, Kaye Buckley, from Springfield, Massachusetts loves this recipe and was wondering if we could do a makeover on it. Without being able to see a noticeable difference in flavor, our team cut over 50% of the fat, and more than a third of the calories. Enjoy!

Makeover Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Makeover Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Makeover Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Top off any meal with Chocolate Chip Snack Cake, which comes from Sarah Newman. After some makeover from the original recipe from her mom, Sarah writes from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, “It's just as good without the guilt!”
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