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Simple Desserts

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Hazelnut Bonbon Cookies

Take hazelnuts to a whole new level. Wrap them up in cookie dough, dip in chocolate and finish with sprinkles or colored sugar. —Nancy Mueller, Menomonee Falls, WI
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Rocky Road Grilled Banana Splits

Rocky Road Grilled Banana Splits

Rocky Road Grilled Banana Splits

There's no wrong turn when you travel down this rocky road. Toasty-warm bananas filled with gooey goodness and topped with heaping scoops of (pause for drool) creamy perfection are a new cookout must-have. —Loretta Ouellette, Pompano Beach, Florida

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Sometimes, for a lighter take, we make the lime topping for this fast-fixing summer treat with a reduced-fat whipped topping. It tastes just as great. Pretzels add a nice crunch. —Elizabeth Hayes, Brazil, Indiana

Peachy Cream Pie

Peachy Cream Pie

Peachy Cream Pie

Turn a store-bought graham cracker crust, frozen peaches and whipped topping into this pretty pie. Fruit-flavored gelatin provides a refreshing topping for the delightful cream cheese filling. -Gina Glassford, Provo, Utah

Peanut Lover's Pie

Peanut Lover's Pie

Peanut Lover's Pie

In Poca, West Virginia, Lori Hunter adds peanut butter, honey toasted peanuts and peanut butter cups to this yummy chocolate ice cream pie. "It tastes like a specialty dessert from an ice cream shop," she says. TIP: "Since this pie is kept in the freezer, it can easily be made up ahead and frozen until shortly before needed," Lori notes. "It's an impressive dessert to serve to guests."

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

In Larsen, Wisconsin, Nancy Heider makes the most of convenience items to come up with this moist old-fashioned cake. "It goes together quickly," she writes. "That's a plus for me, because I have a husband who loves desserts."

Sweetheart Sundaes

Sweetheart Sundaes

Sweetheart Sundaes

A creamy peanut butter sauce and cute chocolate garnishes turn plain ice cream into pretty parfaits. "This tempting dessert is easy to make and goes with most any meal," assures Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia.

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota adds a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them.

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Cinnamon Apple Tart

“I got the idea for this delicious fall dessert from a lovely Italian woman who’s also a fabulous cook,” writes Stacie Blemings from Califon, New Jersey. “It’s so simple to make—and cleanup is just as easy! I often make two and freeze one. It’s great at brunch alongside eggs and bacon.” STACIE’S TIP: For some tasty variations, try strawberry jam and walnuts and skip the icing. Or add extra cinnamon chips to suit your taste.

Strawberry Banana Pie

Strawberry Banana Pie

Strawberry Banana Pie

With its sugar-cone crust and layers of bananas and strawberry ice cream, this pretty pie never seems to last long...especially when our grandchildren visit. It's a favorite year-round, but we really enjoy it in summer, when fresh strawberries are plentiful.

Lemony Coconut Macaroons

Lemony Coconut Macaroons

Lemony Coconut Macaroons

These chewy gems have refreshing lemon flavor. They freeze well and thaw easily in the fridge, so you can cure a craving anytime. —Karla Johnson, East Helena, MT

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Using just five ingredients makes this recipe so simple. You can add a little extra decoration with chocolate jimmies, too. —Chris Nelson, Decatur, AR
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