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Easter Desserts

From almond cheesecake bars to triple layer chocolate cake, tortes, and crumbles, try one of these crowd-pleasing Easter desserts.

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Polka-Dot Macaroons

Polka-Dot Macaroons

Polka-Dot Macaroons

Macaroons studded with M&M's are easy to mix up in a hurry. That's good, because believe me, they never last long. —Janice Lass, Dorr, MI

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

This seemed like a festive dessert to fix for the holidays, so I decided to try it out on my co-workers. They loved it!—Joanie Ward, Brownsburg, Indiana

Almond-Butter Cookie Bouquet

Almond-Butter Cookie Bouquet

Almond-Butter Cookie Bouquet

I make these cookie pops often during the year. In the spring, I cut them into flower shapes and insert the pops into a block of foam fitted into a basket or bowl. You can cover the foam with tissue paper or cellophane. Add a bow if you like. They make a great centerpiece or hostess gift. Not only do the cookies look pretty, they taste good, too. —Krissy Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois
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Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly isn't very fancy, but it's genuine Down East fare. It came from my grandmother. With 13 children plus the men at Grandpa's sawmill, she had to do lots of cooking each day! —Megan Newcombe, Cookstown, Ontario

Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert

Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert

Breezy Lemon-Berry Dessert

“I love the combination of berries and lemon, and wanted to come up with a light, refreshing and tasty dessert that used them both,” writes Anna Ginsberg of Austin, Texas.

Caramel Peanut Fantasy

Caramel Peanut Fantasy

Caramel Peanut Fantasy

Packed with peanuts and gooey with caramel, this do-ahead treat is one sweet dream of a dessert to serve company. With an easy cookie crust and scrumptious candy bar layers, it goes together quickly—and will disappear just as fast! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Fluffy Lemon Squares

Fluffy Lemon Squares

Fluffy Lemon Squares

A few handy convenience items hurry along preparation of these rich, lemony bars with a vanilla wafer crust. They get their sweet-tart flavor from lemon gelatin, sherbet and pudding mix. They're not only fun to make with my grandchildren, but they're delicious, too. —Joyce Speerbrecher, Grafton, Wisconsin

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Homemade Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Toasted pecans and coconut take this moist cake from good to great, but it's the cream cheese frosting that makes it truly extraordinary. Thank goodness it's a makeover, because you'll definitely want seconds! —Christy White, Oxford, Mississippi

Layered Banana Pudding

Layered Banana Pudding

Layered Banana Pudding

My mother gave me this recipe, which an old friend had shared with her. When my children were still at home, we enjoyed this satisfying pudding often, and now I make it for company. There's no comparison between this recipe and the instant pudding mixes from the grocery store! —Esther Matteson, South Bend, Indiana

Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

This recipe came form my mom, who is an excellent cook. It always gets rave reviews. Although fairly simple to make, when you finish you'll feel a sense of accomplishment because it tastes delicious and looks so impressive.

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake has a shiny glaze, and only about half the calories and cholesterol as the original version. But it’s still moist, tender and as good with coffee in the morning as it is after a special meal. Now that’s definitely something worth celebrating. —Catharine Seman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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