Comfort Food Dessert Recipes

For a comforting finale to a delicious meal, try one of these heart-warming desserts.

Our Favorite Comfort Food Dessert Recipes

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Our Favorite Comfort Food Dessert Recipes

Don't let the comfort food end with the main course. Top off your mealtime with a delicious and comforting dessert that will prove to be the perfect finishing touch.

First up, Rich Chocolate Pudding Pie. Melted chocolate binds cookie crumbs for the crust—and makes it extra delicious. Substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for the rum.

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Tropical Sherbet

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Tropical Sherbet

Try this in a cocktail glass with a shot of chilled dark rum spooned over the top. FYI: Make sure you buy ripe fruit. Papayas yellow as they ripen: Look for full, yellowish skin with slightly soft flesh for the best musky melon flavor. The base of a pineapple should be red-orange in color. Smell it and check for a sweet aroma.

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Chipotle Peanut Brittle Comfort Food Recipe

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Chipotle Peanut Brittle

This smoky-sweet brittle is a great snack; substitute pecans or almonds, if you prefer. For plain peanut brittle, omit the chile powder.

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Comfort Food Recipe

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread

This half-oil, half-butter version yields a crisp, delicate cookie. The cookies can be made in advance and will keep for several days stored in an airtight container.

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Lemon Cream Pie Comfort Food Recipe

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Lemon Cream Pie

Fluffy, topping, silky filling, and crisp crust: This cream pie is truly dreamy.

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Banana Split Ice-Cream Sandwiches Comfort Food Recipe

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Banana Split Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Crisp vanilla cookies add a textural twist to conventional banana split ingredients in this delightful sweet treat.

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Fresh Coconut Cake Comfort Food Recipe

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Fresh Coconut Cake

If your coconut water does not measure 1 cup (8 fluid ounces), add enough tap water so the liquid measures 1 cup. Even though fresh coconut is sublime, you can use Goya brand coconut water in place of fresh coconut water and buy coconut flakes in the baking aisle. A cooked Italian-meringue does big-time nutritional pinch-hitting for a high-fat cream-based frosting.

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Sponge Cake with Orange Curd and Strawberries Comfort Food Recipe

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Sponge Cake with Orange Curd and Strawberries

Matzo and almond flour sponge cake is delightful—floral and sweet, with lemon, orange, and tangy berries. This cake is a winner year-round.

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Roasted Banana Pudding Comfort Food Recipe

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Roasted Banana Pudding

Many folks say banana pudding is best the next day, after the flavors have blended overnight and the cookies have softened. In our classic recipe makeover, roasting the bananas in the peel intensifies the flavor.

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies Comfort Food Recipe

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These cookies are big with lots of chocolate chips. They're also easy to freeze—just wrap individually in heavy-duty plastic wrap, and store in a zip-top bag.

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Chocolate-Cranberry Parfaits Comfort Food Recipe

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Chocolate-Cranberry Parfaits

The cranberry steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere for the sparkling, jewel-like effect. You can use the liquid drained from the cranberries in cocktails or over ice cream. If you can't find mascarpone cheese, use regular cream cheese.

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Carrot Cake Comfort Food Recipe

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Carrot Cake

Warm spices and brown sugar add rich, caramelized flavors to this carrot cake. If you can't find fromage blanc, use more cream cheese.

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Grapefruit-Buttermilk Sherbet Comfort Food Recipe

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Grapefruit-Buttermilk Sherbet

Vodka keeps the sherbet from freezing rock hard, but it's optional. For a delicious garnish, boil julienne strips of grapefruit rind in simple syrup for 30 minutes; drain and toss in sugar.

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Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Comfort Food Recipe

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Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Vegetable shortening gives this piecrust—which we've deemed our best ever—a delicious, flaky texture. Be sure to read the nutrition labels and buy a brand with no trans fats though.

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Fresh Mint Ice Cream Comfort Food Recipe

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Fresh Mint Ice Cream

This make-ahead creamy treat makes an ideal dessert for summertime entertaining. Not a mint fan? Substitute toasted coconut for mint.

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream Comfort Food Recipe

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream

It is hard to beat the sweet and salty flavor of this indulgent yet lightened ice cream.

View Recipe: Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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