Healthy Desserts

Indulge your sweet tooth―healthfully―with these better-for-you Cooking Light desserts.

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Chocolate-Mint Bars Recipe

25 Best Desserts

From cookies to cakes, any of these decadent treats will end your meal on a high note.


Quick Sweets

Shortcut Desserts

Homemade desserts on a weeknight? Yes! These fast recipes have a touch of sophistication—the perfect punctuation to any speedy meal.


Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake Recipes

Luscious Layer Cake Recipes

Delicious and elegant, layer cakes are the perfect dessert for any special occasion.


Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes Recipe

A Dozen Cupcakes

As rated by our readers, here are a dozen of our best cupcake recipes.


Double-Crusted Apple Pie

Our Best Healthy Pie Recipes

Find 30 great pie recipes, from chocolate to fruit-filled and frozen to baked.


Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Chewy, Fudgy Brownies

From classic to caramel, a great brownie is a wonderful thing.


Cranberry Upside-Down Cake Recipes

Stunning Holiday Desserts

Save the best for last with these incredible sweet treats.


Indulge Your Sweet Tooth for Less Than 150 Calories

Treats Under 150 Calories

Go ahead, indulge yourself with our best low-calorie cookies, desserts, and brownies. 


Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes Recipes

100 Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate doesn't have to be deadly to your diet. Try one of these lightened yet decadent chocolate desserts.


Strawberry-Buttermilk Gelato

Top-Rated Frozen Desserts

Readers awarded their highest ranking to these sweet treats and cool classics.


Lemonade Iced Tea Sorbet Recipes

Refreshing Sorbets

Light, sweet, and easy to make, find 15 recipes for homemade sorbets.


Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake

Winning Desserts

See the top recipes from our annual reader recipe contests.


Healthy Plum Cobbler Recipes

How to Make Cobblers

Stone fruit and berries star in these stunning and deliciously healthy desserts.


Green Tomato and Fig Cupcakes

Summer Desserts

End any summertime meal on a delicious note with these healthy desserts.


Dacquoise with Mocha Sauce

Parlez Vous Dessert?

Don't let a little thing like pronunciation stand in the way of a great French dessert.


Individual Chocolate Souffles

Desserts for Two

Finish off your meal with a sweet treat made for a pair.


Honey Cake Recipe

Lightened Jewish Desserts

Two Jewish grandmothers are the inspiration for these lightened holiday desserts that you can enjoy all year long.


Dessert-worthy Ice Wines

Dessert-worthy Ice Wines

Bring the fruity flavors of summer to the winter table.


Steamed Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Recipe Makeover: Holiday Classics

We lightened eight seasonal favorites for a good-for-you holiday spread.


Mint Condition Treats

Lighter Chocolate-Mint Bars

Our trimmed-down Chocolate-Mint Bars surpass their former rich reputation.


Butterscotch Bars

Recipe Makeover: Butterscotch Bars

We found sweet success creating a healthier version of a reader's favorite desserts.


Cool, Creamy, Chocolaty

Cool, Creamy, Chocolaty Treat

With our help, this three-layer sweet stays in our Tennessee reader’s repertoire.


Mom’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Lighter Sour Cream Pound Cake

This old-time recipe gets a calorie and fat makeover.


Lighten Up: Ice Cream Treasures

Lighten Up: Ice Cream Treasures

An ice cream treat is revamped for a Missouri grandmother and her family


Swag Bars

Lighten Up: Swag Bars

Our editor in chief requests a slimmed-down version of a North Carolina inn’s decadent treat.


Mudslide Cookies Recipes

Lightened Mudslide Cookies

These decadent cookies will satisfy any chocoholic's craving.

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