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This pie has a light texture and zippy flavor that matches its vibrant color. It's festive for the holidays or anytime, and easy because you make it ahead.
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Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

I love cheesecake and my husband loves chocolate, so this is a favorite dessert of ours. The rhubarb adds a tartness that complements the sweet flavors so well. —Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

I use jam made from plentiful wild raspberries on our farm to give this pretty dessert its marbled effect. While the cheesecake refrigerates overnight, its flavors blend beautifully.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

I said I'd bring dessert to a holiday party and tried this recipe. I'm sure you'll agree it tastes as luscious as it looks! —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie

In fall or any time of year, this nutty, rich and delicious pecan pie recipe is one I am proud to serve. While it seems very special, this caramel pecan cheesecake is a snap to make. —Becky Ruff, Monona, Iowa

Orange Cream Cheesecake

Orange Cream Cheesecake

Orange Cream Cheesecake

I love serving this impressive-looking cheesecake with its pretty layers and silky-smooth texture. The combination of orange gelatin, cream cheese and whipped topping is simply irresistible. -Madonna Faunce, Boise, Idaho

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Our Test Kitchen home economists created this cheesecake filled with maple syrup and toffee bits.

Chocolate Velvet Dessert

Chocolate Velvet Dessert

Chocolate Velvet Dessert

This creamy concoction is the result of several attempts to duplicate a dessert I enjoyed on vacation. It looks so beautiful on a buffet table that many folks are tempted to forgo the main course in favor of this chocolaty treat. —Molly Seidel, Edgewood, New Mexico

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

As a dairy farmer’s wife, I have experience making cheesecake. In fact, most anything containing milk products is tasty in my book. If I’m out of cream cheese, it’s time to go to the grocery store! —Wendy Barkman, Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

A friend gave me this recipe almost 20 years ago. The unique crust makes these cool slices extra peanutty and perfect for a party. I keep the recipe handy since it's great for any occasion. -Donna Cline, Pensacola, Florida

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas
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