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Sacher Torte Squares

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Arlene Erlbach
Sacher Torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
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Strawberry Dessert Soup

Strawberry Dessert Soup

Strawberry Dessert Soup

From Sharon Delaney-Chronis in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin: "When I first prepared this change-of-pace soup for a party, everyone called it a hit! My husband always likes it warmed up, but I prefer my soup chilled. Any leftovers, we drizzle over frozen custard for a fresh, fruity topping."

Giant Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

Giant Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

Giant Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

I created this treat for my husband, adding light and low-fat products to the cookie dough. It was so fantastic that I fixed it with conventional ingredients for guests. Since it can be made ahead of time and frozen, it cuts stress for busy hostesses. And really, who doesn't love peanut butter? —Joann Belack, Bradenton, Florida

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

I like to make this very rich ice cream at home, then take it to parties or dinners. It's so convenient. If I pour it in the freezer right before we leave, It's done when we arrive—and it "ripens" by the time that it's served!
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Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut-Sweet Potato Pie

If you're looking for a memorable dessert, this custard-like pie will certainly fit the bill. It's super easy to put together and slices like a dream. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Canned frosting, peppermint extract and chocolate candy coating quickly turn crackers into these wonderful little no-bake cookies. My children and I like to assemble them for parties and holidays. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do. -Melissa Thompson, Anderson, Ohio

Miracle Baklava

Miracle Baklava

Miracle Baklava

Always asked to bring baklava to special occasions, I created this lighter version to help everyone cut back on calories and fat. The layers of phyllo dough make it very flaky. Try it...you'll like it!

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

A cookie crust topped with ice cream, peanuts and homemade caramel and chocolate sauce…no wonder this dessert was such a hit at my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower.

Taffy Apple Pizza

Taffy Apple Pizza

Taffy Apple Pizza

This sweet treat from Melissa Beachy of Guthrie, Kentucky has something for everyone. With peanut butter, apple, peanuts, caramel topping and a sugar cookie crust, the pleasing pizza pie is sheer delight!

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Squash Custard Pie

Acorn squash has been a favorite of mine since I was little and my mother baked it with sugar and cinnamon. This particular pie was something I improvised. We love pumpkin pie, but had fresh squash in excess. So I came up with this new variation! It's good to take to potlucks, to pie or cake walks at school, or to serve as a different dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Mary Kelly, Hopland, California

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Two of my favorite things, gingerbread and fruitcake, meet in a truly great cookie. You’d never know this recipe starts with a mix. It bursts with fruit, nuts and gingerbread flavor, topped with a delightful orange glaze. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple Peanut Butter Pie

Maple nut goodies have been a favorite candy of mine since I was a child, and I think the flavors taste just as great in a pie! This pie freezes well, too—just take it out to thaw 30 minutes before serving. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
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