Winning Dessert Recipes

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Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Meet the Cook: At the summer tourist resort in Ontario my husband and I operate, we prepare all the meals for our guests. So I'm always trying out new recipes. Some of my favorites are from my CW issues. We have two children, 22 and 18. -Sheree Swistun, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Meet the Cook: People tell me that they like the combination of a tart cranberry taste and the crunchy walnut texture in this dessert. I grew up in a rural community - so my sisters and I did a lot of cooking early! My husband and I have two married sons (plus 2-1/2 grandkids!), and I've collected strawberries for 21 years. -Beverly Mix, Missoula, Montana

Cran-Orange Delight

Cran-Orange Delight

Cran-Orange Delight

This is a recipe I put together just a few weeks ago, and my family really likes it. This cake is so moist and refreshing, and it's rather easy to make. It's the perfect dessert on an Indian summer day.

Winning Apricot Bars

Winning Apricot Bars

Winning Apricot Bars

This recipe is "down-home" baking at its best, and it really represents all regions of the country! It's won blue ribbons at county fairs and cookie contests in several states! This treat is easy to make, and it's perfect for potluck suppers, bake sales, lunch boxes, or just plain snacking.

German Apple Pie

German Apple Pie

German Apple Pie

I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie many years ago when my children's babysitter made it. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since.

Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Spring and Fall Pie

Every spring, I have a good crop of rhubarb in my garden, and one of my favorite ways to use it is in this pie. I adapted this version from a recipe I received from our county Extension service.

Maple Apple Cream Pie

Maple Apple Cream Pie

Maple Apple Cream Pie

We think this deliciously different dessert is a nice change from a traditional apple pie. Who can resist its tender apples smothered in a silky maple-flavored cream? This pie is definitely worth a try. -Christi Paulton, Phelps, Wisconsin

Walnut Apple Cake

Walnut Apple Cake

Walnut Apple Cake

I first tasted this delicious cake at a Halloween party and quickly asked for the recipe. It's not too sweet, and the butter sauce makes it a super dessert.

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Just for fun, I enter my favorite pie recipes in area contests and fairs. This one is a guaranteed winner. It's so pretty with a golden crust and drizzles of glaze. Plus, the coconut adds a tropical accent to the tangy pineapple inside.

Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers

Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers

Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers

I first learned about these quick crowd-pleasers from a next-door neighbor when I sniffed the delightful aroma of a batch baking. Topped with extra peanut butter and chocolate frosting, the chewy bars became a family favorite that day when she brought us a plateful and shared the recipe. -Leah Gallington Corona, California
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