Desserts

All hail dessert! We all turn into a kid when confronted with a freshly baked apple pie, a towering chocolate layer cake, or a plate piled high with chocolate chip cookies after dinner. Dessert recipes tend to get passed down from generation to generation, because we all crave the sweets we ate when were children, whether it's a creamy lemon pudding, gooey chocolate brownies, or a stacked strawberry shortcake. Skip the premade stuff at the supermarket and take the time to make your own - half the fun is letting the kids help you bake. We're always told to save room for dessert, but let's be honest - room or not, we'll eat it anyway.

Total: 2 hrs

Oatmeal Cookies

Parents
Total: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr

Pear Clafouti

Midwest Living

No-Bake Butterscotch Treats

Better Homes and Gardens

Molasses Cookies

Midwest Living

Cranberry Pecan Tarts

Midwest Living

Mini Pain au Chocolat

Family Circle

Flaky puff pastry hides a filling of dark chocolate and fruit jam.

Shortcut Baklava

Better Homes and Gardens

A gooey honey and walnut filling is the star of this dessert. Instead of traditional phyllo dough, a refrigerated piecrust stands in to make this a simple stunner.

Taffy Apple Ice Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

Granny Smith or other tart apples work best in this flavorful egg-based ice cream.

Apricot-Cheesecake Frozen Pops

Midwest Living

Fruit and low-fat yogurt make these not-too- sweet pops a healthy alternative to ice cream.

Hermits

Better Homes and Gardens

These chewy pecan and raisin filled cookies are a traditional Southern favorite. They are so-named because the flavor improves, because of the amount of spices, as the cookies are tucked away for a few days.

Peanut Butter Munchies

Midwest Living

Orange-Cranberry Bundt Cake

Family Circle

Oranges and cranberries join forces in this delectable dessert recipe. Garnished with sugared cranberries and orange peel, this cake makes an impressive presentation for the holidays.

Buckeyes

Family Circle

Peanut butter and chocolate make a popular duo in this yummy four-ingredient recipe. Arrange on a plate and present as food gifts for any special occasion or holiday.

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