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Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time. I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching! -Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Cream Cheese Ice Cream

This is hands-down the best homemade ice cream I've ever eaten. It tastes like cheesecake with a refreshing hint of lemon.

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

"When I have time, I enjoy making cheesecakes," says Benjamin Clark of Warsaw, New York. "In fact, I’ve come up with a couple of my own recipes, and one of them won second prize at a local bake-off contest. I like this fail-proof dessert because it’s so easy to prepare and has just the right mix of ingredients to make it a “special pleasure” for any palate!"

Pistachio Cheesecake

Pistachio Cheesecake

Pistachio Cheesecake

This appealing dessert, with its pretty pistachio filling, almond crust and chocolate drizzle, is creamy smooth. I created it one Christmas Eve and my family raved about it. I've never seen cheesecake disappear so quickly! -Karen Ankerson, Manistee, Michigan
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Chocolate Cheese Pie

Chocolate Cheese Pie

Chocolate Cheese Pie

Mark and I were married in a casual outdoor ceremony. Our "wedding cake" consisted of 30 delicious cheesecakes, including this easy but special one.

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

I worked in a health club where bagels arrived daily, so I experimented with leftovers. I wasn’t a bread pudding fan until I tried it with bagels. —Kathy Hawkins, Gurnee, Illinois

Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Cheesecake

With seven children and 15 grandchildren, Mary Walker of Berlin, Maryland favors desserts that serve a bunch. "Here's a special treat that will easily satisfy the chocolate cravings of up to 16 hungry people," she confirms.

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

This chocolaty pie is simple and light enough to accent even the heaviest meal. It’s an Amish recipe that has been in my file for several years.

Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans

Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans

Chocolate Coconut Neapolitans

These yummy striped cookies with a chocolaty twist are easy and fun to make, but they do need some time in the freezer. —Lena Marie Brownell, Rockland, Massachusetts

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert

Guests are sure to find wedges of this fruity frozen pie irresistible. The crustless concoction from Judy Schut of Grand Rapids, Michigan has a creamy mousse-like consistency that's melt-in-your-mouth good.

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

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
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