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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.

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

An attractive topping of cinnamon-spiced apple slices and a homemade oat-and-walnut crust make this creamy dessert a definite show stopper. —Emily Ann Young, Kenai, Alaska

Pear Sorbet

Pear Sorbet

Pear Sorbet

A touch of sweet white wine and citrus makes this lovely pear sorbet so refreshing. You can use canned pears when fresh ones aren't available. And lime juice is a nice substitute for lemon.— Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Pomegranate Poached Pears

Pomegranate Poached Pears

Pomegranate Poached Pears

Pears can benefit from an overnight soak in poaching liquid in the fridge. They'll pick up more flavor and the pomegranate's ruby color. Guests will enjoy identifying the subtle tastes in the reduction sauce from wine, rosemary and fruit juices.
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Roasted Pears in Pecan Sauce

Roasted Pears in Pecan Sauce

Roasted Pears in Pecan Sauce

Whenever I bring home pears from the store, my family begs me to make this recipe. They love the tender roasted fruit smothered in creamy pecan sauce. It's luscious over ice cream or cake.

Cranberry Pear Cake

Cranberry Pear Cake

Cranberry Pear Cake

If you want a change-of-pace cake that's full of fall flavors, try this pairing of cranberries and pears. The nutty filling and glaze topping elevate it from a coffee cake to a special dessert.

Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert

Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert

Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert

This never-fails pear recipe turns out moist, firm and fruity every time. Some members of our family request these rich squares instead of cake for their birthdays.

Maple Mousse

Maple Mousse

Maple Mousse

I love to make this dessert with maple syrup produced in our area. For a change from heavier cakes and pies, it’s a refreshing ending to a holiday meal.

Rhubarb Dessert Cake

Rhubarb Dessert Cake

Rhubarb Dessert Cake

I have shared this recipe with many people since it was passed on to me by a relative. I freeze rhubarb when it’s in season so I can make it year-round.

Pecan Caramels

Pecan Caramels

Pecan Caramels

I altered the original recipe for these creamy caramels by substituting condensed milk for part of the whipping cream and cutting back on the sugar. Everybody raves about them, and they make a great holiday gift. You can't eat just one! —Patsy Howell, Peru, Indiana

Mixed Nut Chocolate Tart

Mixed Nut Chocolate Tart

Mixed Nut Chocolate Tart

A buttery shortbread crust holds a delectable filling made with chocolate and a mix of chopped pistachios, almonds and pecans. It's impressive yet easy to prepare. I guarantee it will one of your most requested desserts. —Debbie Cross, Sharon, Pennsylvania

Mocha Nut Torte

Mocha Nut Torte

Mocha Nut Torte

My husband doesn't like chocolate cake, but this spectacular three-layer torte is a favorite of his. I've been using this recipe for special occasions such as birthdays for many years. —Megan Shepherdson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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