I really enjoy lemon pie, but I have to watch my sugar intake. So I experimented with sugar-free gelatin and lemonade mix to come up with this light pie that's absolutely delicious. —Carol Anderson, West Chicago, Illinois
"This cake is so good, I can serve it as an everyday dessert or for special occasions," writes Dorothy Monroe, Pocatello, Idaho. Chocolate cake layers are jazzed up with whipped cream and a quick chocolate frosting.
"I don't remember where I got this recipe, but it's so good!" comments Dorothy Olivares of El Paso, Texas. Before baking the smooth and creamy chocolate cheesecake, she stirs crumbled brownies into the batter for a delectable touch.
"On St. Patrick's Day our family gets together for a special dinner and other festivities," explains Susan Frantz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Green is dominant in most of the food we serve, so these cupcakes tinted with pistachio pudding mix are a perfect addition.
Patricia Kaesta of Brockton, Massachusetts jazzes up a packaged cookie mix, then lets Junior Mints melt on top of the warm treats to create an easy frosting. "These delicious cookies are requested at every gathering," she says.
In Boissevain, Manitoba, Mina Dyck relies on her microwave to hurry along assembly of these yummy make-ahead bars. With their pleasant peanut butter and chocolate flavor, they're sure to disappear quickly.
Before she retired, Faye O'Bryan took these yummy peanut butter bites to work for special occasions. "They're so simple," says the Owensboro, Kentucky cook. "I still make them for holidays because my family looks forward to the coated cereal and marshmallow clusters."
Our Test Kitchen staff used a bit of cocoa to turn traditional cream puffs into these extraordinary desserts. Guests will think you spent hours fussing over the tender chocolate pastries, which are filled with a rich creamy mixture and fresh strawberries.
From West Columbia, South Carolina, Saundra Busby celebrates holidays by topping store-bought miniature cream puffs with canned pie filling and melted chocolate. "These quick-to-assemble dessert call for only five ingredients," she says. "Nothing could be simpler or more elegant."