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Father's Day Desserts

Here's how to be really sweet for dad— make him one of these favorite brownie, cookie, cake, pie or other dessert recipes this holiday.

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I created these deep chocolate brownies by combining several recipes. After they cooled, I divided them up and put them in the freezer or we would have eaten the entire pan! They're now a family favorite.
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Lemon Berry Dump Cake

Lemon Berry Dump Cake

Lemon Berry Dump Cake

This sweet-tart cake recipe is so much fun to make with my grandkids. They love just "dumping it all in" and watching it magically become a pretty, delicious dessert. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

—Norma Oosting, Holland, Michigan Suggest that red and/or green candied cherries could be used. (Original photo had both; current photo only had red).

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies

These moist, cinnamon-flavored brownies are quite easy to make. The recipe can also be doubled and baked in a jelly roll pan. My husband and I live on a farm in central Nebraska and have two grown daughters.
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Fudge Ripple Brownies

Fudge Ripple Brownies

Fudge Ripple Brownies

"Now that I'm retired and a new grandmother, I'm always looking for special treats to serve my grandchildren," says Bobi Raab of St. Paul, Minnesota. "These brownies have a rich chocolate taste and yummy brown butter frosting."

Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

"I came up with these fudgy peanut butter brownies when I ran out of ingredients I needed for my usual recipe," relates Marcella Cremer of Decatur, Illinois. "They take less than 10 minutes to mix up."

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

As an avid baker, I wanted to create something that was mine and from my heart. I wanted to make a cake that tasted like the perfect pina colada drink, and I feel like I accomplished just that with this recipe. —Stephanie McShan, Apopka, Florida

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

I make this cake on birthdays and other special occasions because it looks and tastes so amazing. The combination of mild hazelnut and coffee flavors is impossible to resist. —Christina Pope, Speedway, Indiana

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

When I whip up a toasted coconut cream pie, my family goes wild and it vanishes. —Darlene Bartos, Shoreview, Minnesota

Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Even though Mother baked this tall, beautiful cake often when I was growing up, it was a real treat every time. I like the walnuts in the cake and the frosting. Mother frequently used black walnuts from our trees.—Helen Vail, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Baked Apples on the Grill

Baked Apples on the Grill

Baked Apples on the Grill

Sweet coconut provides the delicious difference in this fun grilled great from Jodi Rugg of Aurora, Illinois. "Our two children enjoy helping me stuff the yummy filling into the apples," she reports. "It's so easy that sometimes we don't even bother to do the measuring!"

Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

With the hint of rum plus the nuts and coconut, these bars are like a trip to the islands. I served them to my family and at my work and church, and I always hear murmurs of appreciation. —Jennifer Neckermann, Wentzville, Missouri
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