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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies

My family has always loved oatmeal raisin cookies, but I wanted to try something new with the classic recipe. We enjoy apples, and I thought the dried fruit would make a good cookie. —Jan Marshall, Fenton, Missouri

Chocolate Carrot Cake

Chocolate Carrot Cake

Chocolate Carrot Cake

Finely shredding the carrots gives this cake an extra-nice texture. The walnuts sprinkled on top add crunch, but you can leave them off if you prefer. —Pamela Brown, Williamsburg, Michigan

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
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Carrot Layer Cake

Carrot Layer Cake

Carrot Layer Cake

I can turn any meal into a celebration with this cake. When they cut into it, people are bowled over by this moist not-too-sweet cake. The pecan filling is another unexpected treat.—Linda Van Holland, Innisfail, Alberta

Lemon Bar Trifle

Lemon Bar Trifle

Lemon Bar Trifle

When I was a new bride almost 50 years ago, my husband gave me a mixer for my birthday. The lemon filling recipe was in the small book that came with it. The tangy flavor always takes me back to those days of trying out recipes on my husband. —Alyce McCrary, Leighton, Alabama

Candy Cane Snowballs

Candy Cane Snowballs

Candy Cane Snowballs

I bake dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. I came up with this recipe when I had leftover candy canes I wanted to use up. The snowballs are dipped in a white candy coating, then into crushed peppermint candy. -Debby Anderson Stockbridge, Georgia

Five-Star Brownies

Five-Star Brownies

Five-Star Brownies

There's a bit of my state's history behind these brownies' name and shape. In 1990, when I entered them at our state fair, Kansas was celebrating the 100th birthday of a famous native son, Dwight Eisenhower. In fact, that occasion was the theme of the fair. So I renamed my brownies, in honor of the rank he'd achieved as a general and cut them out with a star cookie cutter. They ended up winning a blue ribbon! —Pam Buerki Rogers, Victoria, Kansas

Apple Crisp Pizza

Apple Crisp Pizza

Apple Crisp Pizza

While visiting a Wisconsin apple orchard bakery, I tried this tempting treat. At home, I put together this Apple Crisp Pizza recipe. As it bakes, the enticing aroma fills my kitchen, and friends and family linger waiting for a sample. —Nancy Preussner, Delhi, Iowa

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

These traditional apple turnovers are tender and flaky, with apple pie-like filling and a thin, white glaze. I freeze the extras and warm them up in the microwave. They're great with coffee. —Dorothy Bayes, Sardis, Ohio

Chocolate Crunch Brownies

Chocolate Crunch Brownies

Chocolate Crunch Brownies

The first time I took these brownies to work, I knew I'd better start making copies of the recipe—they disappeared fast! My husband and kids gobble them up quickly, too. —Pat Mueller, Mitchell, South Dakota

Chocolate Peanut Sweeties

Chocolate Peanut Sweeties

Chocolate Peanut Sweeties

Inspired by my passion for peanut butter and chocolate, I combined a trusted recipe for peanut butter eggs with the salty crunch of pretzels. Now our kids have fun helping me make and eat these heavenly treats. -Gina Kintigh, Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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