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When I want to splurge on a rich dessert, I whip up this chocolate-glazed frozen peanut butter mousse. It's so luscious, even a thin slice will satisfy. It tastes like a peanut butter cup.
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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.

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

Creamy Orange Gelatin

Creamy Orange Gelatin

Creamy Orange Gelatin

After celebrating two graduations in less than a year, it was clear that this recipe was definitely everyone's favorite. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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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

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

This is great for parties because it is popular with all ages and can be made in advance. People really go wild when this is served as part of a dessert buffet. It’s usually the first to go! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

When I was young we produced several ingredients for this longtime favorite on the farm. We raised pumpkins in our large vegetable garden, and made homemade butter and lots of sour cream from our dairy herd. —Evonne Wurmnest, Normal, Illinois

Triple-Nut Candy

Triple-Nut Candy

Triple-Nut Candy

I've been making homemade candy for years. Family and friends look forward to this caramel and nut sweet treat each Christmas.

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe, with its luscious layers of cheesecake and coffee. It's one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois

Ladyfinger Ice Cream Cake

Ladyfinger Ice Cream Cake

Ladyfinger Ice Cream Cake

No one will believe you didn’t fuss when you bring out this show-stopping cake. On a hot summer day, it will melt all resistance to dessert—one cool, creamy slice at a time. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Peaches & Cream Dessert

Peaches & Cream Dessert

Peaches & Cream Dessert

Perfect for parties and potlucks, this sweet and creamy treat will earn you rave reviews from all. The pecan shortbread crust makes it irresistible. —Nancye Thompson, Paducah, Kentucky

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

I absolutely love peanut butter and peanut butter pie is one of my favorites. But I'm a Registered Dietitian, so I knew just how high my original recipe was in fat and calories. I cut down on several critical things, and the resulting pie is great! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
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