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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

Tart Cherry Meringue Dessert

I've made this cherry dessert for years to serve at baby showers, birthday parties and other special occasions. People really enjoy the tender crust, cherry filling and melt-in-your-mouth meringue. Every time I serve it, someone asks for the recipe. -Kathryn Dawley, Gray, Maine

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

People love these trees at Christmastime because they're so festive-looking and more fun than the standard holiday candy. If you like coconut, you'll love this recipe, too. I freeze the undecorated "trees" in an airtight container for up to a month. -Michelle Retterer, Marysville, Ohio

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

Sour Cream Raisin Squares

Sour Cream Raisin Squares

Sour Cream Raisin Squares

My aunt shared this recipe with me, and my family has always enjoyed it. I love to make these bars for friends who visit or give them away as gifts.

Caramel Custard

Caramel Custard

Caramel Custard

My husband and I have enjoyed this simple dessert many times, especially after a Tex-Mex meal. In fact, I've made it so often I don't even look at the recipe. See if it doesn't become a regular favorite at your house.

Honey Pecan Cheesecake

Honey Pecan Cheesecake

Honey Pecan Cheesecake

Meet the Cook: Birthdays and holidays are great times for cheesecake, and Thanksgiving's ideal for this particular one. In our annual church bake-off, it won first place. I'm a stay-at-home mom to a son, 5...with the energy of 10 kangaroos! -Tish Frish, Hampden, Maine

Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

Meet the Cook: Thanks to this dessert, our house is a popular place in summertime. I make it for family get-togethers, picnics and potlucks, too. It's a treat on a breakfast or brunch buffet also. We like it best with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. We're the parents of a grown son. -Linda Forrest, Belleville, Ontario

Butterscotch Cashew Bars

Butterscotch Cashew Bars

Butterscotch Cashew Bars

I knew these nutty bars were a success when I took them on our annual family vacation. My husband couldn't stop eating them...and my sister-in-law, who is a great cook, asked for the recipe. It makes a big batch, which is good, because they go quickly! —Lori Berg Wentzville, Missouri

Banana Squares

Banana Squares

Banana Squares

When we were first married, my husband was in the Navy. Stationed in Puerto Rico, we had banana trees growing in our yard, so I found ways to use dozens of ripe bananas at a time. I made these banana squares often. They freeze well and make a great snack to have on hand when friends drop in for coffee. —Susan Miller, Raleigh, North Carolina

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

We live in a little community of 27—if everyone's home! A neighbor game this recipe when we first moved here, saying it dated back to the 1800"s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruit cake fan! My husband, who's the inventor of a three-point bale mover, and I have a grown son. I'm a crafter and collector.

Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

One day, I wanted to use up a leftover can of cherry pie filling that I had in the refrigerator. I added some diced rhubarb, then used a cobbler topping I liked. It turned into a favorite—fast! After many years of farming, my husband and I are now enjoying a new life in our new house, built on a lake.
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