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Peach Panna Cotta

This no-bake dessert is guaranteed to cool you off in the summer heat. I really enjoy the texture—rich and creamy Panna Cotta balanced by the sweet and pulpy texture of the peach puree. —Andrea Campbell, Los Angeles, California

Pretzel Gelatin Dessert

35 reviews

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


Eggnog Pie

7 reviews

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


Christmas Ribbon Salad

14 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

17 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

10 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...

Patriotic Gelatin Salad

41 reviews

Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting...


Lemon Fluff Dessert

29 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

49 reviews

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


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Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

27 reviews

This marshmallow recipe was my grandpa's favorite. At Christmastime, he would be busy making homemade marshmallows for his family and...

Chocolate & Coconut Cream Torte

1 review

My grandmother passed this recipe down to me years ago and now I make it for my own grandchildren. When...


Watermelon Cake

9 reviews

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


Stained Glass Gelatin

4 reviews

Kids love this sweet, wiggly gelatin and whipped topping dessert. Use different flavors of gelatin to make color versions that...


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Wearing o’ Green Cake

61 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

8 reviews

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

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....


Layered Christmas Gelatin

23 reviews

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


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...


Lime Sherbet Molded Salad

4 reviews

For an eye-appealing addition to a picnic, potluck or other gathering, try this molded gelatin salad. With lovely color, creamy...


Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

5 reviews

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one...


Gluten-Free Rhubarb Bars

11 reviews

Nothing tastes like spring more than rhubarb and strawberry. The crust and crumb topping on these bars are so tasty,...


Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

18 reviews

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


Frosted Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Covered with a fluffy white topping, squares of this fruity gelatin salad can be served as a side dish or...

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Buttermilk Orange Salad

4 reviews

I'm always asked to bring this gelatin salad to family gatherings. It has a very pretty light orange color, which...


Swedish Rice Ring

3 reviews

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


Grapefruit Gelatin Molds

1 review

I found this recipe in a magazine back in the '50s. It's a nice salad, particularly with a heavy meal....


Pineapple Lime Gelatin

6 reviews

This recipe was passed down by my mother. We serve it often, but especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of course,...


Circus Peanut Gelatin

2 reviews

Circus peanuts are one of the most popular candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this circus...


Strawberry Poke Cake

52 reviews

That classic spring treat—strawberry shortcake—takes on a wonderful new twist with this recipe. Strawberry gelatin and strawberries liven up each...