If you love chocolate, you won't be able to resist this rich, fudgy torte. I often make it for company because it's easy to prepare yet looks so impressive. For special occasions, I place it on a fancy cake plate and I use a can of whipped topping to decorate it. It looks and tastes awesome!
Swans Island, Maine
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Dolores Kastello dresses up ice cream with an easy three-ingredient topping that's full of nuts. "As this rich chocolate sauce cools over the ice cream, it forms a hard shell that kids (and adults) love," she notes.
This cake's one I prepare frequently for Sunday dinner. I also make it for church meetings and to take to friends who are sick. It goes a long way—unless you have some real "chocoholics"!
I've been cooking as long as I've been married, for almost 30 years. My husband's the director of a Christian youth missionary organization, and our two children are 19 and 17.
Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, my mother served this only once a year - for Christmas-morning brunch. But it could easily be served as dessert besides or as a snack packed in a lunch. It travels very well.
Sometimes when I bake this just for my husband and me, I'll prepare two bread pans' worth and freeze one.
-Laura Hertel, Columbia, Missouri
"MOM IS KNOWN far and wide for her generosity and hospitality, and I think this pie has become her trademark! Through the years, she's probably made thousands of these pies for family and friends. The combination of peanut butter, cream cheese and chocolate in a delicious tender pie crust is a delightful finale to any meal."
At the root of this treat is plenty of penny-wise practicality. "I first started making the 'logs' after I saw some chocolate-dipped pretzels at a shop," explains Mary Biebl of St. Paul, Minnesota. "They sure were appealing—but the price was outrageous. So I came up with my own version. "Nowadays, I often tie bundles of plastic-wrapped 'logs' with ribbons to give out a Christmas, or I'll set a stack out on a pretty plate for a party."—Mary Biebl, St. Paul, Minnesota