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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.

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Oatmeal Cookies

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New York-Style Cheesecake

Family Circle

This creamy New York classic dessert is too good to save for special occasions. All you need is a little extra time and the right tools to prepare this scrumptious recipe.

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheels

Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh cranberries add tang and vivid color to these tender cookies.

Maple-Baked Stuffed Pears

Midwest Living

Chocolate-Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Gingerbread People

Better Homes and Gardens

These little folks have been around for centuries. Gingerbread originated in the Middle Ages, when it was eaten year-round as a delicacy at fairs. On American shores, the spicy-sweet aroma and festive shapes are familiar symbols during winter holidays.

Kiwi Summer Limeade Pie

Midwest Living

Susan Meier of Omaha was a finalist in our 2011 recipe contest with this tangy pie.

Rhubarb Bars

Midwest Living

Poppy Seed Torte

Midwest Living

The recipe for this four-layer cake--with a puddinglike filling, unmistakable poppy seed flavor and soft whipped cream frosting--comes from Wisconsins White Gull Inn.

Peoria Rhubarb Cream Pie

Midwest Living

Streusel Strawberry Bars

Midwest Living

Double Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Midwest Living

Carol Schneider of Wausau, Wisconsin, shared this recipe for a chocolate-chip cookie with dried cherries and both white and dark chocolate.

Raspberry Pie

Better Homes and Gardens

Load up on fresh raspberries at farmers market or U-pick gardens to have plenty for the pie and some for breakfast and snacks.

True Butterscotch Pie

Midwest Living

Mini Maple Pecan Pies

Diabetic Living

If pecan pie is a thanksgiving "must" at your house, there's no need to skip the tradition because you're on a diabetic meal plan. These mini pies with only 19 carbs per serving let you enjoy the festive treat without a second thought.

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