Healthy Cooking Desserts

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Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

When all was said and done, this recipe makeover was a giant success. The original, a marvel on its own, was transformed into a richer, better-for-you pie with even more fall spices. This winner is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy! - Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Strawberries 'n' Cream Trifle

Strawberries 'n' Cream Trifle

Strawberries 'n' Cream Trifle

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, which I lightened up by using less milk, reduced-fat whipped topping and angel food cake instead of pound cake. It's good made with fresh peaches or blueberries, too. —Pamela Gainer of Sand Ridge, West Virginia

Tart Orange Gelatin Salad

Tart Orange Gelatin Salad

Tart Orange Gelatin Salad

Here's a fun and fruity salad that's sure to disappear at picnics and family gatherings. The creamy pudding topping nicely balances the tart orange gelatin layer. Mary Martzke of Shawano, Wisconsin shared the recipe.
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Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Chewy Coconut Macaroons

These chewy cookies are my husband's favorites, so he requests them often. I like to make the macaroons on cold winter days and keep them in an airtight bowl on the kitchen counter. They never last long!—Peggy Key of Grant, Alabama

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad

After seeing this gelatin salad in a flier, I decided to make it lighter. I like to serve it as a fruit salad, but others may like it for a sweet treat. —Eva DeWolf, Erwin, Tennessee

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake

A convenient cake mix, a can of pumpkin and a little applesauce make this extremely moist cake a delight to throw together. "With its thick cinnamon glaze, it seems anything but low-fat," says Connie Adams, Monaville, West Virginia.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

I've been cooking since I was a girl and I especially enjoy making fresh, fruity desserts like this. It's wonderful and light for warm weather or after a large meal. A must when fresh berries are in season! —Erica Cooper, Elk River, Minnesota

Pina Colada Pudding Cups

Pina Colada Pudding Cups

Pina Colada Pudding Cups

Betty May of Topeka, Kansas shares her recipe for a “dessert that is so simple but chock-full of refreshing pineapple and coconut flavor. A nice light treat after a big meal with make-ahead convenience for busy hostesses.” —

Very Berry Crisp

Very Berry Crisp

Very Berry Crisp

“I love this recipe because it’s easy, low-fat, versatile and delicious! The crispy topping is flavored with graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon and almonds and doesn’t taste light at all. Great with frozen yogurt or whipped topping.” —Janet Elrod, Newnan, Georgia

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

"This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes and now with it made over, he can really enjoy it, and even go back for seconds!" Gaye Andree — Rochester, New York

Rich Pumpkin Custard

Rich Pumpkin Custard

Rich Pumpkin Custard

"When I was on a low-fat diet, I couldn't bear the thought of celebrating Thanksgiving without my favorite pumpkin pie," explains Fort Wayne, Indiana's Mary Alice Dick. "So I altered the ingredients and created this thick pudding instead. Now I can enjoy the dessert throughout the year."
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