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Makeover Dessert Recipes

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

Makeover White Christmas Cake

Makeover White Christmas Cake

Makeover White Christmas Cake

“I made this amazing cake for our annual Christmas dinner several years ago, and it quickly became a family favorite.” Anna Knauer - Robesonia, Pennsylvania

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

I always make this dessert over the holidays using leftover eggnog. Now that it boasts all the classic flavor but half the fat and a third fewer calories, we can savor this holiday tradition down to the last rich crumb. —Beth McCreedy, Lapeer, Michigan

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
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Makeover Chocolate Mint Layer Cake

Makeover Chocolate Mint Layer Cake

Makeover Chocolate Mint Layer Cake

With its minty, chocolate flavor and rich frosting, this cake tastes decadent. But it's really light! —Melissa Gleason, Sugar Grove, Illinois

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

This moist and tender pecan upside-down cake is packed with pecans and sweetness. Although still not a "light" dessert, it has nearly a third fewer calories and 43 percent less fat than the original! —Mae Johnson, De Ridder, Louisiana

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Now all you rhubarb fans out there can minimize that mouth-puckering flavor without having to ladle on the sugar. This light recipe lets you enjoy one of springtime's quintessential treats and feel good about each bite you take. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

"This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes and now with it made over, he can really enjoy it, and even go back for seconds!" Gaye Andree — Rochester, New York

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 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!

Makeover Strawberry Cake

Makeover Strawberry Cake

Makeover Strawberry Cake

My family just loves this wonderful and easy cake that's as pretty as it is tasty! —Gail Long, Pelham, Alabama

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Lighter in calories and fat, these ooey-gooey peanut butter bars are still family favorites. Try them and you'll see why! —Lori Stevens, Riverton, Utah
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