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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Spiced Peach Pie

Spiced Peach Pie

Spiced Peach Pie

Chilled peach pie is a delectable change of pace from the traditional baked fruit pie. With its peachy gelatin filling sandwiched between layers of fluffy cream, this pie slices beautifully and always draws compliments. -Lois Dunlop, Venice, Florida

Apricot Meringue Bars

Apricot Meringue Bars

Apricot Meringue Bars

I'm expected to bring these wonderful treats to our family picnic each year. Their sweet apricot filling and delicate meringue topping make them everyone's favorite. I wouldn't dream of hosting a get-together without serving these bars. -Krissy Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois

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

Walnut Carrot Bundt Cake

Walnut Carrot Bundt Cake

Walnut Carrot Bundt Cake

This carrot cake is surprisingly moist and very flavorful. It also has a nice texture and cut beautifully for serving to your guests.

Macadamia Berry Dessert

Macadamia Berry Dessert

Macadamia Berry Dessert

My family and friends love this dessert, and I've shared the recipe several times. The crunchy nut crust and colorful raspberry filling make it special enough for guests. During the holidays, I substitute a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce for the raspberries.

Lemon Butter Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

These tender cutout cookies have a slight lemon flavor that makes them stand out from the rest. They're very easy to roll out compared to other sugar cookies I've worked with. I know you'll enjoy them as much as we do. -Judy McCreight, Springfield, Illinois

Super Strawberry Shortcake

Super Strawberry Shortcake

Super Strawberry Shortcake

"Wow!" is what people say when I set this dessert on the table. It's fun to serve since it's attractive, not overly sweet and bursting with the wondrous flavor of field-fresh strawberries. -Renee Bisch, Wellesley, Ontario

Coconut/Banana Cream Pie

Coconut/Banana Cream Pie

Coconut/Banana Cream Pie

After tasting it at a bake sale, I got the recipe for this pie from a friend, then adapted it. I make it for family gatherings—it's everyone's favorite treat—and also for when company comes by. Our children—6 and 3—"help" me with baking. They've learned many of their measurement in the kitchen!

Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly

Apple Roly-Poly isn't very fancy, but it's genuine "Down East" fare. It came from my grandmother. With 13 children plus the men at Grampa's sawmill, she had to do lots of cooking each day! My husband and I have four children, 10 to 3. We crop 1,500 acres of corn, soybean, wheat and white beans.

Finnish Pinwheels

Finnish Pinwheels

Finnish Pinwheels

Meet the Cook: My sister was hosting an exchange student from Finland not long ago. When she served a plate of these cookies I'd made to her guest, the young lady instantly recognized what they were. So I know they're still being made in our ancestors' country! Both my husband and I are retired teachers, living on the shore of Lake Superior. We have one grown son. -Ilona Barron, Ontonagon, Michigan

Berry Rhubarb Fool

Berry Rhubarb Fool

Berry Rhubarb Fool

A "fool" is a British dessert that's usually made with custard. This is a modified, quicker version I created. My kids love it because it doesn't taste like rhubarb—so I guess it's well named! —Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado
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