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Simple Desserts

Find simple desserts from our Simple and Delicious Magazine. Get easy to make, simple desserts featured in our publication.

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These blondies started as a baking emergency. There was a potluck at my daughter's preschool, and I was out of ingredients. Muffin mix came to the rescue. —Josie Shapiro, San Francisco, CA
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Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Fiesta Fruit Cups

Two types of melon and other fresh fruit combine with peach preserves in this best-of-the-season fruit dish from Karen Ann Bland. The Gove, Kansas reader writes, “These colorful fruit bowls are great to serve for brunch or as a snack.”

Coconut Ice Cream Torte

Coconut Ice Cream Torte

Coconut Ice Cream Torte

Guests will “ooh” and “aah” when you bring in this fabulous ice-cream torte ringed with chocolaty Almond Joy bars. But this is one summer showstopper our Test Kitchen created with busy hostesses in mind. It’s super easy, feeds a crowd and can be made days ahead for convenience.

Cereal Cookie Bars

Cereal Cookie Bars

Cereal Cookie Bars

These chewy crowd-pleasers from Connie Craig of Lakewood, Washington feature all sorts of goodies, including chocolate chips, raisins, coconut and candy-coated baking bits. For a more colorful look, press the baking bits on top of the bars instead of stirring them into the cereal mixture.
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Cherry Almond Tart

Cherry Almond Tart

Cherry Almond Tart

Connie Raterink uses on-hand ingredients, including canned pie filling and a cake mix, to create this dazzling dessert. "It's fast to fix, looks elegant and tastes delicious," informs the Caledonia, Michigan cook.

Streusel Strawberry Pizza

Streusel Strawberry Pizza

Streusel Strawberry Pizza

"This is the best dessert pizza I've ever tasted," relates Karen Ann Bland from Gove, Kansas. The fruity treat is easy to put together, too, because it uses convenient cake mix and any flavor of canned pie filling. "It's great for children's parties," she adds.

Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Jazzy Gelatin

Finish things off with a bang with this colorful gelatin garnished with a chorus of fresh grapes. Chock-full of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple, it's so refreshing that guests won't be able to refrain from seconds.

Zebra Sweets

Zebra Sweets

Zebra Sweets

A horse-shaped cookie cutter is the key to these tasty treats made with marshmallow and crisp rice cereal. Melted vanilla and chocolate chips create the zebra's eye-catching stripes.

Peanut Ice Cream Squares

Peanut Ice Cream Squares

Peanut Ice Cream Squares

"With its thick peanut and fudge topping, this ice cream cake is always a hit with our family," writes Kathy Pahl of Medicine Hat, Alberta. "It can be prepared well in advance and appeals to both children and adults."

Quick Coconut Cream Pie

Quick Coconut Cream Pie

Quick Coconut Cream Pie

I've found a way to make coconut cream pie without a lot of fuss and still get terrific flavor. Using a convenient purchased crust, instant pudding and frozen whipped topping, I can enjoy an old-time dessert even when time is short.

Orange Poached Pears

Orange Poached Pears

Orange Poached Pears

"Drizzling a chocolate sauce over orange-flavored pears brings a formal dinner to an elegant conclusion," writes Jacquie Ogden from Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Add a strip of orange peel to each serving for a finishing touch.

Cream Cheese Turtle Cups

Cream Cheese Turtle Cups

Cream Cheese Turtle Cups

Sometimes the best thing about a cookie is the memories made. My little girl and I love to make and eat these “turtles.” —Lesa Renner, Kingsport, TN
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