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Winning Dessert Recipes

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I have a thing for eggnog and other creamy desserts like s’mores, pudding, mousses and dips. So I turned them into one yummy dip with homemade dunkers. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
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Giant Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Giant Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Giant Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These colossal cookies taste best when golden around the edges and moist and chewy in the center. With a glass of milk, they're polished off in no time by my grandchildren. -Irene McDade, Cumberland, Rhode Island

Banana Pecan Torte

Banana Pecan Torte

Banana Pecan Torte

The state tree of Texas is the pecan tree, so this recipe definitely represents my area. A friend shared the recipe with me. It's been in her family for years and years.

Sunflower Potluck Cake

Sunflower Potluck Cake

Sunflower Potluck Cake

Meet the Cook: I wish I knew who to thank for the idea for my cake. I first saw it on the dessert table at a picnic. Later, for something different, I did my own variation. As a minister's wife for 58 years, I have tried many new dishes! Loyal and I have two children...four grandchildren...and two great-grandchildren. -Lola Wiemer, Clarklake, Michigan
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Frozen Lime Cake

Frozen Lime Cake

Frozen Lime Cake

Block parties, cookouts or anytime you need a supercool dessert, we’ve got just the thing. The crust is a snap, and the ice cream and sherbet layers are delish. Everyone loves this! —Kathy Gillogly, Sun City, California

Golden Chocolate Cake

Golden Chocolate Cake

Golden Chocolate Cake

At our Wisconsin farm, dessert was just as important as the main course. This idea has followed us to California, where I'm still on the lookout for good dessert recipes. This moist cake is a favorite since it's chock-full of fun ingredients like chocolate candy bars, pecans and coconut. -Kay Hansen, Escondido, California

Fudge Pudding Cake

Fudge Pudding Cake

Fudge Pudding Cake

I usually pop this cake in the oven just as we sit down to dinner. When we're through eating the main course, the dessert is ready!

Butternut Apple Crisp

Butternut Apple Crisp

Butternut Apple Crisp

Meet the Cook: Over the years, I've collected lots of squash recipes. This one came from a friend, and it's been a hit everywhere. My husband, our two youngsters (6 and 4) and I live out in the country - camping's a favorite pastime! -Michele Van Dewerker, Roseboom, New York

Crunchy Peanut Bark

Crunchy Peanut Bark

Crunchy Peanut Bark

Cereal and peanuts add the crunch to these sweet and peanut-buttery treats you can whip up in no time. One batch makes plenty for snacking and sharing. At Christmas, my sister and I add them to trays of homemade candies we give to the customers of the house-cleaning service we run. We're often asked for the recipe.

Cherry Cheese Pizza

Cherry Cheese Pizza

Cherry Cheese Pizza

This dessert pizza is a great way to use cherries, my family likes it better than cherry pie. Each bite just melts in your mouth. People who sample it rave about this "sweet" pizza. When my neighbor tried a piece, she couldn't stop saying "Mmm..." the entire time she was eating.

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

Chippy Macaroon Angel Cake

This homemade angel cake, filled with coconut and chocolate chips, is as light as a cloud. It’s so pretty with the sweetened whipped cream “frosting” piped around it. I love to bake breads and desserts for our large family.

Lemony Coconut Bars

Lemony Coconut Bars

Lemony Coconut Bars

These lemony and chewy bars make a refreshing addition to the holiday cookie tray. Try lime juice and zest for a zingy twist. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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