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Desserts

If you're looking for something sweet, try this easy-to-use dessert guide. Find recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, bars, parfaits and more.

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This coconut cake is good any time of the year, but the color is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. The secret is adding instant pistachio pudding mix into the cake mix and the frosting. —Dora May Meredith, Rockford, Illinois
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Fall Cookies

Fall Cookies

Fall Cookies

These fall cookie recipes are the perfect treats for the changing season. From pumpkin to butter pecan and chocolate chip to peanut butter, we've got fall cookies covered.

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy caramel frosting. They're such a scrumptious dessert you actually forget you're eating your vegetables, too! —Virginia Lapierre, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a wonderful recipe I discovered and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time.—Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado
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Pear Desserts

Pear Desserts

Pear Desserts

These pear desserts, including pear cake, pear crisp, baked pears and more pear dessert recipes, will be a sweet ending to a cozy fall meal.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

The desserts of my dreams have both chocolate and peanut butter. So, when I came up with this rich treat, it quickly became my all-time favorite. It's a cinch to whip together because it doesn't require any baking. —Debbie Price, LaRue, Ohio

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

There's more to pumpkin than pie, as this impressive trifle proves. It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding. Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests. —Lyla Lehenbauer, New London, Missouri

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

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

This tender apple cake is full of old-world comfort, and the yummy brown sugar sauce makes it special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Your slow cooker makes it ultra easy to warm up with cozy desserts like bread pudding, decadent chocolate cake, baked apples, berry cobbler and more slow cooker dessert recipes.

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a Snickers bar but has homemade flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. —Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

Get your coffee fix with these decadent desserts! From mocha recipes and coffee ice cream desserts to chocolate and coffee treats, these cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies and more coffee dessert recipes are flavored with coffee granules or brewed coffee.

Frosted Banana Bars

Frosted Banana Bars

Frosted Banana Bars

These bars are always a hit at potlucks here in the small rural farming community where my husband and I live. I also like to provide them for coffee hour after church. They're so moist and delicious that wherever I take them, they don't last long. —Karen Dryak, Niobrara, Nebraska

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Once I tried these rich gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb they can use to fix a batch for themselves. —Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you'll see why this velvety beauty won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
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