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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy caramel frosting. They're such a scrumptious dessert you actually forget you're eating your vegetables, too! —Virginia LaPierre, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

For me, the ideal dessert combines the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter. So when I came up with this rich treat, it quickly became my all-time favorite. It's a cinch to whip together because it doesn't require any baking. —Debbie Price, LaRue, Ohio
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Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

This tender, moist cake is full of old-fashioned comfort, and the yummy brown sugar sauce makes it special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a Snickers bar but has homemade flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. -Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada

Frosted Banana Bars

Frosted Banana Bars

Frosted Banana Bars

These bars are always a hit at potlucks here in the small rural farming community where my husband and I live. I also like to provide them for coffee hour after church. They're so moist and delicious that wherever I take them, they don't last long. —Karen Dryak, Niobrara, Nebraska

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Once I tried these rich gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb they can use to fix a batch for themselves. -Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Torte

This beautiful layered cake has a creamy filling with a mild pumpkin flavor and a little spice. It's quick and always turns out so well. The nuts and caramel topping add a nice finishing touch, but you could also try other toppings as a variation. —Trixie Fisher, Piqua, Ohio

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Because I'm our town's postmaster, I can bake only in my spare time. When I do, I especially like making breads and desserts. I'm one of six children, and I learned to cook young! This recipe came from my aunt in Alabama. I've used it in all sorts of different ways over the years—as strawberry shortcake...tucked under ice cream and chocolate syrup like a hot fudge sundae...or like pound cake with powdered sugar.—Karen Conrad, East Troy, Wisconsin

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie

You'll love the smell in your kitchen—and the smiles on everybody's faces—when you make this scrumptious pie that's drizzled with caramel sauce. It's takes me back home to Virginia and being at my granny's table. —Gloria Castro, Santa Rose, California

Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter Pecan Fudge

Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted pecans add a nutty crunch to this creamy buttery fudge. I have given this candy with its wonderful caramel flavor, as gifts at Christmastime and people always rave about it! -Pam Smith Alta Loma, California
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