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

How to Make Cheesecake

Few desserts are as rich and indulgent as cheesecake. The prospect of whipping one up, however, can be a little intimidating to the novice chef. Rest assured, while the textures and flavors are complex, the traditional cheesecake recipe is pretty straightforward. Once you master the basics of how to make cheesecake, you can try your hand at some deliciously decadent variations.

How to Make a Pumpkin Pie

If you're in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving, knowing how to make a pumpkin pie is a requirement. But you don't have to wait for November to enjoy this fall favorite. Grocery store shelves hold canned pumpkin year round. Pumpkin, even the canned variety, is packed with beta-carotene and other nutrients, making it a dessert you can feel good about eating any day of the year.

Oatmeal Cookies

Total: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr

Baked Breakfast Apples

Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Munchies

Better Homes and Gardens

It's that peanut butter and chocolate duo that is a delightful combination. Always a Christmas cookie favorite, this treat can be frozen for make-ahead convenience.

Best-Ever Carrot Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

The carrots should be finely chopped or they may sink to the bottom of the pan during baking.This dessert is a delight for birthdays or special occasions.

Banana-Pecan Streusel Bread Pudding

Better Homes and Gardens

Croissants replace the bread in this favorite dessert casserole, increasing the rich flavor.

Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie

Midwest Living

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

Midwest Living

S'more Outrageous Chocolate Milk Shakes

Midwest Living

We blended classic s'more flavors in one ridiculously decadent milk shake. The recipe offers several ingredient variations, such as peanut butter, malted milk powder or cinnamon graham crackers, so it's easy to adapt the shake to your flavor preference.

Total: 10 mins

Chocolate Ravioli

Diabetic Living
Total: 30 mins

Date Pinwheel Cookies

Midwest Living

Peanut Butter Pecan Pie

Family Circle

It's only fitting that pecans are joined by another product of the South, peanuts, in this holiday pie recipe. Peanut butter gives an additional peanutty boost to the sweet filling.

Vanilla Pots de Creme

Family Circle

This creamy vanilla pudding requires just five ingredients to prepare. Garnish this dessert with raspberries to add a colorful, fruity touch.

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