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Dessert

Cookie Crust Deep-Dish Apple Pie

One of my favorite make-and-take desserts, this deep-dish pie is based on an old Hungarian recipe that’s popular in this part of Ohio. The easy cookie crust is the best part. —Diane Shipley, Mentor, Ohio

Best Ever Bread Pudding

The secret to incredible bread pudding with a soft middle and crisp edges starts with leftover dinner rolls. I picked up the rich brown sugar sauce recipe from my friend Kathryn Gartmann. A big drizzle of it takes this dessert over the top. —Maria Petrella, Taste of Home Prep Cook

Easy Bourbon Pecan Pie

This pie has a mellow bourbon flavor&mdashnot too strong and not too sweet. It’s easy, crunchy and chewy: just what you want in a pecan pie. —Nick Iverson, Lead Test Cook, Taste of Home

Tropical Cranberry Cobbler

The sunny island flavors of pineapple and orange go so well with the tart cranberries in this Hawaiian-inspired dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it a creamy treat. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Walnut Honey Cake

This light and fluffy marvel all but melts in your mouth. Back in the day, it took effort for my grandmother’s kitchen helper to make it, but now that we have stand mixers, it’s a breeze. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Date Swirl Cookies

My 3-year-old granddaughter nicknamed my mother ‘Cookie Grandma’ because she made wonderful cookies. Mom made these crisp and chewy cookies every Christmas. —Donna Grace, Clancy, Montana

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

I’d have to say that I’ve been asked to share this chocolaty layered her recipe more than any other in my collection. It’s a longtime favorite of our three daughters. How many times we’ve all made these, I can’t count. — Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they’re cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota

Dream Bars

Dream Bars come from Hillary Lawson of Plummer, Idaho. “These bar cookies are a family favorite and excellent travelers,” explains Hillary. “Wonderfully moist and chewy, they’re define winners with the men and kids.”

“Fishy” Red Velvet Cake

Based on an old-fashioned recipe, this unusual birthday cake will steal the show at your party. The vibrant red color is sure to make everyone’s eyes open wide. The taste will bring them back for seconds. It’s a “reel” fun dessert. -Elizabeth LeBlanc, Bourg, Louisiana

Four-Fruit Pie

“My husband likes this fruity combination almost as much as traditional apple pie – and that’s saying something!” notes field editor Joan Rose of Langley, British Columbia. “I keep rhubarb, blueberries and raspberries in the freezer and always have apples on hand for this colorful dessert.”

Frosted Pineapple Cookies

These are the best pineapple cookies—sweet and moist with real tropical flavor. Because they are unique and look so pretty, these cookies are a hit whenever I serve them. People can’t seem to eat just one! —Mary DeVoe, Bradenton, Florida

Fruit Cocktail Bars

My mother passed this recipe on to me. The moist bars have a delightful fruity taste, perfect for potlucks in winter and spring when fresh fruit is limited and expensive. -Linda Tackman, Escanaba, Michigan