Sacher Torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
This super-easy dessert features sweet blueberries with a brown sugar, almond and oat crumbly topping that only gets better with the cool creaminess of vanilla ice cream. “Try it with other fruit, such as peaches, for a different variety,” suggests Elizabeth Tomlinson of Morgantown, West Virginia
“This cake is doubly delicious due to the white chocolate and cream cheese filling,” notes Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma. “I've made it for social gatherings and as a homey snack on chilly mornings. One piece leads to another!”
Making ice cream goes smoothly when you do prep work in advance. I make the custard ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Plus, I toast the almonds beforehand and separate my add-ins into labeled containers. —Rosalie Peters, Caldwell, Texas
Apricots and pumpkin pie spices come together in this truly special tart from our Test Kitchen. Cold vanilla ice cream makes a perfect companion to the soft, warm apricots. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Want to turn chicken into restaurant-quality gourmet fare? You can’t get much quicker than Renee Smith’s Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Breasts drizzled with a luscious lemony sauce and sprinkled with toasted almonds. “This easy microwave recipe has been a family favorite for many years,” writes Renee from Clinton Township, Michigan. TIP: Serve with Mandarin orange sections to round out the meal.