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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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Mixes make this light cake easy, and a Bundt pan gets it holiday party-ready. Go for the pistachios on top—the extra crunch is worth it. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, VA
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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.

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

My mother-in-law gave me a cooking lesson when I first got married: "Anything tastes good if you put enough butter, chocolate or cream in it." This cake has two out of three and proves she was right. Sometimes I use chocolate graham crackers and stack up the layers in a 9x9 pan. —Bee Engelhart, Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Edible Evergreens

Edible Evergreens

Edible Evergreens

This tasty tree requires only two ingredients and is a snap to assemble. Just gather the edge of a fruit roll as you wrap it around a sugar one "tank" to make pretty evergreen "branches."
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Raisin Pound Cake

Raisin Pound Cake

Raisin Pound Cake

Yellow cake mix, applesauce and raisins make this moist pleasantly spiced loaf a no-fuss favorite of LuEllen Spaulding. "I turn to this recipe when unexpected guests drop by because I usually have the ingredients in the cupboard," writes the Caro, Michigan baker. For a special occasion, top slices with fresh fruit.

Daughter's Apple Crisp

Daughter's Apple Crisp

Daughter's Apple Crisp

My mom’s apple crisp is the best in all of Texas, honest! I tweaked it slightly, though, and now I spend less time in the kitchen and more time catching up with my spry 92-year-young mother. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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.

Cranberry Oat Cookies

Cranberry Oat Cookies

Cranberry Oat Cookies

You'll delight everyone with these goodies from Heather Breen of Chicago, Illinois. She created tasty cookies that are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and dotted with dried cranberries.

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

This seemed like a festive dessert to fix for the holidays, so I decided to try it out on my co-workers. They loved it!—Joanie Ward, Brownsburg, Indiana

Trick-or-Treat Cake

Trick-or-Treat Cake

Trick-or-Treat Cake

This fun Halloween cake looks like a giant trick-or-treat bag with lots of sugary candy spilling out of it. I came up with the idea after reminiscing with my sisters about the times we went trick-or-treating together. —Amy McCoy, Huntington Beach, California

Peanut Butter Cream Dessert

Peanut Butter Cream Dessert

Peanut Butter Cream Dessert

"With a few minor changes to the original cookies-and-cream recipe, I can please the peanut butter lovers in my family," writes Mary Ann Saam. The Cridersville, Ohio cook uses instant pudding mix, frozen whipped topping and store-bought sandwich cookies to hurry along preparation.
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