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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

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...


Grapefruit Gelatin

We have no idea where this recipe originated, but this unique salad is always well received. It's a popular choice...


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...


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...


Holiday Cranberry Salad

My mom made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I have continued the tradition. We now are on our fourth...

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.


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,...


Frosted Pineapple Lemon Gelatin

1 review

A refreshing, summery treat, this dessert incorporates ginger ale to add a zesty bite.
—Penny Burpeau, Londonderry, New Hampshire


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...

Apple-Cinnamon Gelatin

This ruby-red gelatin is a festive addition to your holiday spread. Cinnamon red-hot candies add a unique flavor.—Suzy Horvath, Gladstone,...


Rhubarb Salad

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


Apple Cider Salad

I especially like to present this salad at holiday potlucks. By adding food coloring to the bottom layer, I can...


Spring Rhubarb Salad

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


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....

Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

28 reviews

Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that is a...


Strawberry Poke Cake

41 reviews

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


Spiced Cranberry-Chutney Gelatin Salad

I combined my mother-in-law’s famous cranberry chutney with my raspberry gelatin recipe to come up with this nicely spiced side....


Raspberry Congealed Salad

3 reviews

My sisters and I especially enjoyed Mom's cool tangy side dish, which looks so lovely on the table. The pineapple...


Cranberry-Pineapple Gelatin Mold

This cranberry mold has become a tradition in our home during the holidays. You can use a blender to combine...


Strawberry-Banana Gelatin Salad

8 reviews

Our family gatherings wouldn't be the same without this classic gelatin salad with its festive fruit layers. Since it stays...


Molded Cranberry-Orange Salad

19 reviews

When I take this dish to potlucks during the holidays, people always ooh and aah. Feel free to top with...


Special Strawberry Salad

4 reviews

This berry-filled salad may take some time to prepare, but one taste and you'll agree it's worth the extra effort....

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Molded Cranberry Nut Salad

2 reviews

We try lots of cranberry recipes, and this one is always requested when we have family get-togethers at Thanksgiving and...


Blueberry Cloud Pie

8 reviews

I always make two of these pies at a time because my husband and five children devour them! It's so...


Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

4 reviews

This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an attractive base for the creamy cream cheese...


Lemon Chiffon Blueberry Dessert

20 reviews

This cool and creamy no-bake dessert is perfect for hot summer days. I sometimes replace raspberries for half of the...


Sensational Slush

4 reviews

Colorful and refreshing, this sweet-tart slush has become a family favorite. I freeze the mix in 2- and 4-cup containers...


Strawberry Graham Dessert

6 reviews

My mother passed the recipe for this luscious dessert on me...and my family has enjoyed it for years. These days,...