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.

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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

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Total: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Even if you use a mix to make your cakes and cupcakes, we guarantee no one will ever comment on your baking skills as long as you learn how to make cream cheese frosting from scratch. This indulgent frosting adds tangy-sweet richness to almost any dessert, and, honestly, making it yourself is almost as easy as opening a can of pre-made icing, only it's so much more delicious.

Blueberry Cheesecake

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Fresh blueberries are folded into the filling to make this luscious cheesecake recipe. Additional berries tossed in raspberry jam are piled on top for a truly eye-catching dessert.

Buttermilk Banana Bars

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Orange Popcorn Gorp

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Total: 20 mins

Rhubarb-Lemon Chiffon Pie

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Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

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Peanut Butter Pecan Pie

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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

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

Zucchini-Carrot Muffins

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Zucchini and carrots make these small cakes moist and delicious. Prepare them in a mini bundt pan to set them apart from the rest of the muffins on your brunch table.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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These chewy cookies are spiced with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Keep them at home as a family favorite, or share them. They make the perfect food gift when packaged in decorative boxes or wrapped in colorful cellophane.

Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake

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The cream cheese filling makes this rich and buttery dessert stand out among other cake recipes.

Sweet Crispix Mix

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This sweetened mix of cheese crackers, cereal, nuts, and pretzels makes the perfect anytime snack recipe. Make a double batch and serve it on game day.

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