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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Meet the Cook: If a recipe has pumpkin in it, it's likely I'll enjoy it! This one resulted when I added my favorite key ingredient to an old recipe for spice cake that I had. Everyone who's tried it has enjoyed it. We have two children, 7 and 4. -Roberta Peck, Fort Hill, Pennsylvania

Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

This cake's one I prepare frequently for Sunday dinner. I also make it for church meetings and to take to friends who are sick. It goes a long way—unless you have some real "chocoholics"! I've been cooking as long as I've been married, for almost 30 years. My husband's the director of a Christian youth missionary organization, and our two children are 19 and 17.

Winter Squash Squares

Winter Squash Squares

Winter Squash Squares

Meet the Cook: Besides tasting good, these squares are a wonderful way to use up any leftover squash from dinner. Since my husband has a fertilizer-chemical business, I bake a lot of my squash squares for his crew and customers. We have five children, all of them married, and six grandchildren. -Shirley Murphy, Jacksonville, Illinois

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

The inspiration for me to find this recipe was my husband. He loves cheesecake but was tired of the dry types. Up here, all the wilderness we could ask for is right outside our back door—everything from wolves to caribou!

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

One Christmas, my husband—a Navy chaplain for 20 years—had to spend the holiday overseas, away from our two children and me. He asked that I send him this recipe so he could have a taste of home. Steamed Cranberry Pudding has been in my file for more than 30 years. It was passed on by a fellow teacher who was retiring. Her family had long enjoyed it, using their own homemade sorghum molasses as a special ingredient. Chuck and I now live in a log home in a wooded area. We're visited regularly by armadillos, raccoons, wild pigs, deer, bobcats and other creatures. We enjoy watching them—but they make it difficult to establish a compost pile!

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

Golden Lemon Glazed Cheesecake

At our church, we give seven performances of a Living Christmas Tree every holiday season—then hold an open house after each one, I've served this lemony cheesecake at those gatherings for years, and it's always gotten raves.

Chocolate Angel Cake

Chocolate Angel Cake

Chocolate Angel Cake

When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty - making the lightest angel food cakes ever. This chocolate version is an easy, impressive treat. For many years, it was our son's birthday cake.—Joyce Shiffler, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Snow Flurry Brownies

Snow Flurry Brownies

Snow Flurry Brownies

These brownies are the best dessert in my recipe box. I've even prepared them on the spur of the moment while company was over for dinner. They take just minutes to mix up, are out of the oven in half an hour and generate many compliments. -Sherry Olson, Boulder, Colorado

Contest-Winning Raspberry Meringue Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Meringue Pie

Contest-Winning Raspberry Meringue Pie

Whether my husband and I are hosting a backyard barbecue or a formal dinner, we love treating guests to this raspberry pie. I transport it to potlucks or family gathering in my extra-deep cake carrier so the meringue stays intact.

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

My husband and I are grain and dairy farmers...and big fans of strawberries. The fruit I pick often ends up in this pie. The combination of the cool creamy berry filling and the delightfully different meringue crust guarantees you'll hear, "Pass the pie, please", all around the table.

Maple-Mocha Brownie Torte

Maple-Mocha Brownie Torte

Maple-Mocha Brownie Torte

This impressive-looking dessert is at the top of my list of speedy standbys. It's simple to make because it starts with a boxed brownie mix. Then the nutty brownie layers are dressed up with a fluffy frosting that has a rich creamy texture and irresistible maple taste. —Amy Flory, Cleveland, Georgia
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