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Healthy Cooking Desserts

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Makeover Red Velvet Cake

I’ve had this recipe for over 45 years and it has become our family’s favorite cake, but I would love to see it get a light makeover. —Betty Selchow, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Makeover Streusel Coffee Cake

Makeover Streusel Coffee Cake

Makeover Streusel Coffee Cake

I like to find fabulous light coffee cake recipes to enjoy with my coffee on relaxing weekend mornings. This one is a favorite. —Peggy Fleming

Cranberry Parfaits

Cranberry Parfaits

Cranberry Parfaits

Cranberry sauce and raspberry gelatin give this fluffy pink parfait from our Test Kitchen a sweet-tart flavor. Pretty enough for holiday company, the dessert is light and refreshing.

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

Mock Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mock Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mock Ice Cream Sandwiches

As a busy lawyer, I can't take my sweet time making ice cream treats. So my girl-friend and I came up with this one. The recipe cuts down of fat but not on flavor. I usually keep a bunch in the freezer. —Tony Kern of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

Bananas Foster Sundaes for 2

I have wonderful memories of eating Bananas Foster in New Orleans, and as a dietitian, wanted to find a healthier version. I combined the best of two recipes and added my own tweaks to create this Southern treat. And with this version, it's the perfect dessert for two! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina

Applesauce Lattice Pie

Applesauce Lattice Pie

Applesauce Lattice Pie

"I had some apples that needed to be used up, so I combined them with a can of applesauce and turned out my best-tasting apple pie ever," writes Cherie Sweet of Evansville, Indiana.

Double Peanut Bars

Double Peanut Bars

Double Peanut Bars

These sweet no-bake snacks are great energy bars. Any dried fruit works well, but I prefer cranberries. Grain cereals, plus honey, peanuts and peanut butter make the bars popular at my house. -Kim Rocker of LaGrange, Georgia

Moist Lemon Meringue Cake

Moist Lemon Meringue Cake

Moist Lemon Meringue Cake

After my husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol, I started looking for light recipes. With its fresh berries and meringue topping, this sponge cake quickly became a favorite.—Suzanne Premo of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Raspberry Dessert with Vanilla Sauce

Raspberry Dessert with Vanilla Sauce

Raspberry Dessert with Vanilla Sauce

"This delicious fruity dessert comes from my German background," notes Marie Baumgartner from her kitchen in Stoughton, Wisconsin. "Mom always called it "Rote Grütz'. We had a large raspberry patch, so she served it often in summer, when fresh berries were in season."

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream

Top off any meal in style with this creamy smooth concoction from Sandy Powers of Cranford, New Jersey.

Gluten-Free Sugarplums

Gluten-Free Sugarplums

Gluten-Free Sugarplums

Lots of moist, fruity flavor and nutty crunch give these sweet/spicy bites a kind of gumdrop richness. They make a delicious addition to cookie trays. Sneak one early—they’ll be gone before you can lick the sugar off your fingers! —CORLEEN HEIDGERKEN, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
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