25 Best Dessert Recipes
From cookies to cakes, any of these decadent treats will end your meal on a high note.
Indulge in any of these all-time favorite delicious treats from a home-style cobbler to decadent brownies for the perfect ending to your meal. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we compiled a collection of our editors' and readers' favorite dessert recipes from the past 25 years. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we pulled the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
First up: You'll love these Chocolate-Mint Bars if you're a big fan of the thin chocolate-mint Girl Scout cookies or Andes candies. Refrigerating the bars allows the mint layer and glaze to set properly. For a more grown-up taste, you can substitute dark chocolate chips for some or all of the semisweet chocolate chips in the glaze.
"WOW! I've tried a lot of lemon cakes since I'm lucky enough to have my own lemon tree, but this one is tops," praises diane32922. "Wonderful texture, assertive lemon flavor, just enough richness and just enough icing. I'll be making this recipe for a long time."
"OUTSTANDING!!!" said MegLee. "I made this as a birthday treat for my mother, everyone loved it, especially her!!! I can't wait for an occasion to make this again."
Reviewer dmpeace received a little help with these in the kitchen: "These were a fabulous treat and fun to make with my 2 1/2 year old. She got a kick out of sprinkling the toppings. Very rich, and very sweet."
Reviewer swimkev gave these cookies the highest 5-star rating: "I made these for a cookie exchange and they are outstanding! No modifications, and they came out looking just like the photograph. Highly recommend."
User sarate gave this recipe the ultimate praise: "I've never made a better cheesecake, low fat or otherwise. The texture was creamy perfection - silky, substantial, and, as my guests put it, DECADENT."
User debrajjohns raved about the cupcakes and even gave some tips of her own: "Oh so good...a perfect cupcake with a perfect crumb. I did weigh my flour, subbed plain yogurt for the sour cream and added a handful of flaked coconut. This one is a keeper!"
"Tastes just like the inside of pumpkin pie!" raves dtougas. "My husband and I both loved it and I'll definitely make it again."
MyRecipes.com user psychedlife called this cake "superbly simple. I never made a carrot cake without raisins but nothing was amiss."
mbeezie called this recipe, "an annual favorite that we make after picking blueberries."
Tart-sweet cherry and strong dark chocolate flavors meld beautifully in this surprisingly rich sorbet crowned with juicy fresh cherries. Use a high-quality jam for the sorbet, and be sure to start the process a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.