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Picnic Berry Shortcakes

You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and chill. Then assemble the entire dessert a couple of hours before the picnic or party. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas
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Citrus Meringue Pie

Citrus Meringue Pie

Citrus Meringue Pie

From Pickerington, Ohio, Donna Schweighofer sent the recipe for this pretty meringue pie that stars grapefruit, orange and lemon juice. "I made several changes to lighten up the original recipe," she notes, "This pie has a very fresh citrus flavor and the filling tastes nice and rich."

Orange Lime Gelatin Ring

Orange Lime Gelatin Ring

Orange Lime Gelatin Ring

Red grapes tucked into the center of a molded gelatin ring accent the tangy taste of lime, orange and pineapple in this colorful salad. "It's festive enough to serve guests and goes perfectly with ham or pork roast," writes Janice Pardue of Naples, Florida. "Plus, it's cool, tasty and easy to prepare!"

Raspberry-Filled Meringue Torte

Raspberry-Filled Meringue Torte

Raspberry-Filled Meringue Torte

My family always asks for this impressive sweet during the holidays. I've relied on this light meringue recipe for as long as I can remember—it's a surefire success each and every time I serve it. —Rosemarie Cook of Haliburton, Ontario
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Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies

Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies

Better-Than-Fruitcake Cookies

Mostly fruit and nuts, these sweet and chewy clusters make excellent gifts, freeze well, can be shipped easily, and most importantly, live up to their name. —Lillian Charves, New Bern, North Carolina

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake

From Danielsville, Georgia, Marsha Richmond shares this luscious after-dinner crowd-pleaser. The perfect finale to your Thanksgiving celebration, the cheesecake delivers wonderful pumpkin flavor, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and a unique spiced-cookie crust.

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

Deconstructed Raspberry Pie

It took us a couple tries to get the crumb crust just right in this fun-to-make and even-funner-to-eat graham cracker pie. Try it with fresh strawberries or blueberries. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

"A fellow stay-at-home mom gave me this recipe so we could enjoy our latte breaks more affordably with homemade biscotti," says Evelyn Bethards Wohlers of Columbia, Maryland. "I modified the original version by using a sugar substitute and reducing the carbohydrates and fat. Tangy dried cranberries and spices give it delicious flavor."

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

Makeover Two-Tone Spice Cake

This is a delicious and decadent cake with half the fat and a third less calories than the over-the-top original. —Michele Wedige, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These big soft spice cookies, created by our Test Kitchen staff, have a sweet frosting that makes them an extra special treat. Enjoy!

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

“I wanted to create a lightened version of this classic pie, so I cut back on the sugar and added vanilla and bourbon to increase flavor without adding fat.” Diana Rios - Lytle, Texas

Creamy Cranberry Cheesecake

Creamy Cranberry Cheesecake

Creamy Cranberry Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is perfect for holiday desserts. The colorful topping is so good that I prepare it separately and use it as a cranberry side dish at Thanksgiving. -Mary Simonson of Kelso, Washington
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