Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Lighter American Desserts

Some things in life should be anticipated, and dessert is definitely one of them. These recipes are every bit as indulgent as their high-fat counterparts; they just won’t blow your calorie budget.

Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie
Photo: Oxmoor House

Lighten Up, Desserts!

Now this is what we call a sweet ending! We triple-tested and triple-tasted every single one of these lighter dessert recipes to give you the great texture, quality, and flavor you expect from your favorite treats.

It can't get any more all-American than our first dessert—Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie!

This recipe was inspired by the version that won Pam Brunet a blue ribbon at the LaFayette Apple Festival in New York. She layers a flour-and-cinnamon-sugar mixture with apples to create a dense, rich layer of fruit. Pam credits this recipe to her mother-in-law, Grandma Brunet.

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