After a co-worker shared a recipe for a great bar cookie, I made it into a cheesecake using my standard recipe and tweaking it a bit. It’s a wonderful combination of sweet and salty. —Joyce Schamberger, Amboy, Illinois
The first time I served this cheesecake, my friends all went wild over it. They were surprised when I told them the crust is made of pretzels. The pairing of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, plus peanut butter and chocolate, left everyone asking for another slice. —Lois Brooks, Newark, Delaware
The recipe for Peanut Butter Sheet Cake was sent by Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas. "A minister's wife gave me this recipe...and my family loves it," she writes. "My daughter, Stephanie, shared the treat with members of her Bible study group (pictured below, she's in the center of the back row)."
”We love desserts,” writes Mary Lewis in Sanford, Maine. “When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, I learned to be more creative with his carbs. This recipe’s a keeper with built-in portion control!”
When I think of this specialty cheesecake, three words come to mind: "decadent," "fun" and "delicious. One bite and I think you'll agree this dessert is pure bliss. —Julie Ruble, Charlotte, North Carolina
This no-bake cheesecake with distinctive layers of chocolate, peanut butter mousse and a silky ganache on top will take some time to assemble, but it's worth the effort to create a homemade dessert with grand-champion appeal - and definitely worth the wait. —JaNon Furrer, Prescott, Arizona
I've had this well-worm recipe for as long as I've been married. I often make it for potluck functions. The ladies love it, but the heavy texture is a real favorite with men.—Lee Deneau, Lansing, Michigan
Carol Wilson of Ancho, New Mexico claimed Grand Prize in the Taste of Home Recipe Box Contest with this impressive three-layer cake. Open to cooks nationwide, this "Blue-Ribbon Dessert" competition was sponsored by Taste of Home Cooking School.