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Comfort Food Desserts

Give yourself a well-deserved treat with these recipes for comfort food desserts, including candy, cookies, pie, cakes, pudding, fruitcake, granola bars, parfaits and more.

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The addition of whipping cream makes this pie an irresistible change from other versions of this traditional dessert.—Eilene Bogar, Minier, Illinois
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Salted Soft Caramels

Salted Soft Caramels

Salted Soft Caramels

Velvety smooth homemade caramels have a sprinkling of kosher salt to create a sweet-salty sensation. Best of all, these caramels don't call for each to be wrapped in waxed paper or plastic wrap...a very tedious chore. The hot caramel is poured into miniature muffin liners instead. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Saltine Toffee Bark

Saltine Toffee Bark

Saltine Toffee Bark

These salty-sweet treasures make great gifts, and their flavor is simply irresistible. The bark is like brittle, but better. Get ready for a new family favorite! —Laura Cox, Brewster, Massachusetts

Easy Frosted Carrot Cake

Easy Frosted Carrot Cake

Easy Frosted Carrot Cake

This simple cake, which is my mother's recipe, stays moist for quite a while. In was always my favorite at harvesttime when I was a child. -Muriel Jones, Hythe, Alberta
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Rhubarb Cheese Pie

Rhubarb Cheese Pie

Rhubarb Cheese Pie

This tangy rhubarb pie is topped with a luscious cream cheese layer. —Stacey Meyer, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

This came from my grandmother, whose family owned a bakery. My grandmother's was the full-fat version and I didn’t want to mess with perfection too much, so I only made a few healthier substitutions. It's sweet, lemony and light, and we occasionally slice fresh strawberries over the top. —Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

This recipe for Buckeyes is always popular at my church's annual Christmas fundraiser. They resemble chestnuts, or buckeyes, hence the name. —Merry Kay Opitz, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Hot Chocolate Souffles

Hot Chocolate Souffles

Hot Chocolate Souffles

These individual chocolate souffles are fudgy and delicious. They look impressive but are easy to make. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies

German Chocolate Cookies

A handy boxed cake mix hurries along the preparation of these chewy cookies studded with chips and raisins. "I make them for our family reunion each year, and they always get rave reviews," says Leslie Henke of Louisville, Colorado.

Pecan Turtles

Pecan Turtles

Pecan Turtles

I made these "turtle-like" concoctions one Christmas for a sweets exchange. My dad saw them on the counter waiting to be boxed up and couldn't believe I made them. He said they looked like they came from a candy shop. That's the best compliment I've ever received. -Carrie Burke Conway, Massachusetts

Caramel Peanut Bars

Caramel Peanut Bars

Caramel Peanut Bars

Rich chocolate, crunchy peanuts and gooey caramel peeks out from between golden oat and crumb layers. Delicious!—Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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