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Winning Dessert Recipes

Looking for winning dessert recipes? Find contest winning dessert recipes including cakes, cookies, and more winning dessert recipes.

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

S'more Sandwich Cookies

S'more Sandwich Cookies

S'more Sandwich Cookies

Capture the taste of campfire s'mores in your kitchen. Graham cracker crumbs added to chocolate chip cookie dough bring out the flavor of the fireside favorite. Melting the cookies' marshmallow centers in the microwave makes them simple to assemble. —Abby Metzger, Larchwood, Iowa

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
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Marbled Orange Fudge

Marbled Orange Fudge

Marbled Orange Fudge

This decadent treat doesn't last long at our house. The soft fudge is guaranteed to get smiles because it has the familiar taste of frozen Creamsicles. Bright orange and marshmallow swirls make it a perfect takealong for events and get-togethers. —Diane Wampler, Morristown, Tennessee

Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars

Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars

Contest-Winning Strawberry Jam Bars

I bake for a group of seniors every week, and this is one of the goodies they request most. I always keep the ingredients on hand for last-minute baking emergencies. Give these bars your own twist by replacing the strawberry jam with the fruit jam of your choice. -Karen Mead Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Macadamia Chip Cookies

Macadamia Chip Cookies

Macadamia Chip Cookies

If you like cookies with a crunch, you'll love these golden treats. Crushed peanut brittle adds an expected kick to the vanilla chips and brown sugar that flavor the dough. It's hard to believe something this easy to make tastes so terrific. -Dorothy Kollmeyer Dupo, Illinois

Blond Toffee Brownies

Blond Toffee Brownies

Blond Toffee Brownies

Whenever my co-worker brought these brownies to company bake sales, they sold in minutes. After getting the recipe from her, I was happy to discover how quickly they could be thrown together. I was even more excited when my family said that the thin chewy bars are the best they've ever tasted. -Mary Williams Lancaster, California

Peanut Mallow Bars

Peanut Mallow Bars

Peanut Mallow Bars

Searching for the perfect combination of salty and sweet sensations? Well, look no further! Salted peanuts and rich caramel topping join marshmallow creme and brown sugar in these irresistible chewy bars. You won't be able to stop at just one! -Claudia Ruiss Massapequa, New York

Honey Chip Granola Bars

Honey Chip Granola Bars

Honey Chip Granola Bars

I first tried these not-too-sweet bars at my mother-in-law's house. A marshmallow, honey and peanut butter mixture is delicious over crunchy cereal, oats and nuts. Be sure to let the bars cool a bit before pressing the mini chocolate chips on top or they'll melt. -RosAnna Troyer Millersburg, Ohio

Peanut Butter Candy Pie

Peanut Butter Candy Pie

Peanut Butter Candy Pie

It only takes a couple of ingredients and a few minutes to create two of these crispy colorful "pizzas". Whether sold as a whole pie or by the slice, the chocolate layer and coconut and peanut butter candy toppings will make it popular with children of all ages. -Laura Mahaffey Annapolis, Maryland

Surprise Carrot Cake

Surprise Carrot Cake

Surprise Carrot Cake

A cousin gave me this carrot cake recipe. It's a wonderful potluck pleaser with its "surprise" cream cheese center. My husband and our two young children love it, too! —Lisa Bowen, Little Britian, Ontario
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