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Apricot Fluff

15 reviews

When we were young mothers, I asked my best friend if she had a recipe for an easy ambrosia salad that I could take to a cookout later that evening. She shared this recipe with me and it's become a must-have at every barbecue I attend. It's sublime with peaches and peach gelatin, too. —Melissa Meinke, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania

Spiced Apple Cider Jelly Shots

These spiced, spiked gelatin squares are sure to get the party started at fall get-togethers. If you’re going for the...


Pretzel Gelatin Dessert

29 reviews

This is one of my mother's absolute favorite desserts. The salty pretzel crust is the perfect complement to the sweet...


Cool Cucumber Salad

3 reviews

This Salad is a refreshing complement to any meal, and it's attractive on the table. Whenever I'm asked to bring...


Cranberry Pineapple Salad

9 reviews

Impress dinner guests with this delightfully different take on traditional cranberry sauce. The nuts add a tasty crunch. —Dorothy Angley,...

Eggnog Pie

5 reviews

Even better than holiday eggnog in a glass is eggnog on a plate! This creamy pie delivers all that rich,...


Christmas Ribbon Salad

13 reviews

Spirits are light at holiday time around Debra Stoner's home--and so are many of the meas she serves. "I make...

Orange Cream Cake

14 reviews

Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned flavor of this super-moist cake topped with a soft light frosting. "This...


Cherry Gelatin Supreme

6 reviews

When I was growing up, this yummy, easy dessert was always on the menu at holiday get-togethers. Years ago, my...


Red, White ‘n’ Blue Salad

29 reviews

Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive...


Grandmother’s Orange Salad

6 reviews

This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to...

Applesauce Gelatin Squares

11 reviews

"I make this attractive soft-set salad during the holidays and garnish it with ranch dressing that's tinted green," relates Judy...


Lemon Fluff Dessert

17 reviews

Wondering what to do with the can of evaporated milk and graham crackers in your pantry? Try this light, lip-smacking...


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Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

42 reviews

This simple pie is so refreshing that it never lasts long on warm summer days. Watermelon and a few convenience...


Cucumber & Grapefruit Mold

This old-fashioned gelatin is sure to bring back memories of Christmases past. It’s a refreshing addition to a heavy meal.


Watermelon Cake

7 reviews

No one will ever guess how simple this make-ahead melon is to assemble. After one bite of the showstopping cake,...

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Wearing o’ Green Cake

55 reviews

One bite of this moist, colorful cake and you'll think you've found the pot o' gold at the end of...


Sweet & Tart Lemon Jell-O

7 reviews

With its sunny lemon color, this gelatin mold brightens up any table. I usually make two molds for parties because...


Pineapple Gelatin Salad

3 reviews

My family enjoys this lovely layered salad in the summer with grilled hamburgers. Although I haven't used the recipe long,...


Cinnamon Gelatin Salad

1 review

Crunchy apples and pecans contrast nicely with smooth gelatin in this pretty salad. —Denita DeValcourt, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee


Triple Chocolate Mousse Torte

3 reviews

When it's too hot to bake something sweet but you're craving chocolate, my chocolaty mousse tart is all you need....


Creamy Blueberry Gelatin Salad

25 reviews

Plump blueberries and a fluffy topping star in this pretty, refreshing salad. My mom's blueberry salad was served at every...


Layered Christmas Gelatin

22 reviews

Christmastime always means that this recipe comes out of my recipe box. The traditional holiday colors in this salad make...


Cranberry Eggnog Salad

2 reviews

For a bright salad with a vintage holiday feel, we stack a layer of raspberry gelatin and cranberry sauce over...

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Hidden Pear Salad

5 reviews

Light and fluffy, this colorful salad is a very flavorful family favorite. When I made it for my husband's family...


Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

16 reviews

This came from my grandmother, whose family owned a bakery. My grandmother's was the full-fat version and I didn’t want...


Layered Gelatin Salad

It's nice to offer a cool gelatin salad as an alternate to hot side dishes. Make it ahead and relax...


Rhubarb Salad

Even people who don't like rhubarb have fallen for this dish! The deceptively simple-sounding recipe does not prepare you for...


Swedish Rice Ring

2 reviews

This recipe, which originated in Sweden, is famous at church suppers with our Minnesota neighbors. It's a delicious addition at...


Spring Rhubarb Salad

In our part of Iowa, we know spring is coming when we see the first rhubarb peeking out of the...