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Our Best Copycat Dessert Recipes

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It’s best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Lofthouse Cookies Copycat

These copycat Lofthouse cookies are every bit as soft and cakey as the originals. Make them and see for yourself!

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Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies

These easy cookies use only five ingredients and taste very similar to a store-bought cookie. Of course, everything’s better from your own kitchen! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Copycat

No need to visit NYC, Chicago or California to get your hands on the goodness that is Magnolia Bakery banana pudding. Our copycat recipe is just as delicious!

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Pecan Caramel Candies

Salty and sweet, these candies are the perfect little snack. Form a kitchen assembly line with your kids, and the making becomes just as fun as the eating. —Julie Wemhoff, Angola, Indiana

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Make-Ahead Tiramisu

This variation of the popular Italian dessert is so easy to assemble. It’s convenient, too, since you can make it the day before your dinner party or potluck. —Linda Finn, Louisville, Mississippi

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Krispy Kreme Doughnut Copycat

If you don’t have Krispy Kreme in your state, this copycat doughnut recipe is the next best thing. The frying oil we use makes all the difference.

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Disneyland Dole Whip Copycat

There’s nothing like a refreshing Dole Whip on a hot day in Disney. Re-create that feeling at home with this copycat Dole Whip recipe.

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Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies Copycat

Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookies that feature loads of chocolate! When friends ask me to make “those cookies,” I know exactly what recipe they mean. —Rebecca Jendry, Spring Branch, Texas

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Nothing Bundt Cake Copycat

When making this recipe, be sure to pipe the frosting in thick stripes down the sides of the cake to get the signature Nothing Bundt Cake look.

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White Chocolate Cereal Bars

A friend shared with me this fresh take on traditional crispy treats. My husband loves them, and I feel so efficient with their quick prep time. —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama

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Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Copycat

The smell of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls is one of the best parts of going to the mall. Make this copycat recipe and your home will smell just as good!

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Mini Apple Pies

When I was in high school, my best friend’s mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was thrilled when she shared it with me—I finally felt like an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas

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Butterbeer Copycat

Any Harry Potter fan will love this copycat butterbeer recipe—whether it’s hot, cold or frozen.

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I created this recipe to combine two of my all-time favorites: cheesecake for the grown-up in me and chocolate chip cookie dough for the little girl in me. Sour cream offsets the sweetness and adds a nice tang. Everyone who tries this scrumptious cookie dough cheesecake loves it. —Julie Craig, Kewaskum, Wisconsin

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These homemade candy bars combine a smooth, silky caramel over a delicate vanilla cookie. When you set a plate of these treats out, we’re sure they won’t last long.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day

I received this recipe for baked apple dumplings with Mountain Dew from a friend of mine, then tweaked it to suit my family’s tastes. The soda is definitely the secret ingredient in this rich apple dessert. —Chris Shields, Monrovia, Indiana

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Creamy Peppermint Patties

These smooth chocolate candies fill the bill for folks who like a little sweetness after a meal but don’t want a full serving of rich dessert. —Donna Gonda, North Canton, Ohio

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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

I said I’d take dessert to a holiday party so I tried this recipe. I’m sure you’ll agree it tastes as luscious as it looks! —Dawn Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

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Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

This pie is special to me because I won a blue ribbon for it at the local fair and was able to compete at the state farm show. —Collette Gaugler, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Applebee’s Maple Butter Blondie

Ever since I tried the maple blondie at Applebee’s, I’ve been determined to figure out the recipe. I tried several variations until I came up with this one, and it’s become one of our family favorites. —Pat Parker, Chester, South Carolina

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How to Make a Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

We know that Wendy’s Frosty is not like any other kind of fast food milkshake. We created a copycat recipe that nails the unique flavor and texture.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Friends sometimes ask me to make these for wedding receptions. For a fancier presentation, I cut the bars into triangle shapes and drizzle white chocolate over each one individually. —Erika Busz, Kent, Washington

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these homemade peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we’re celebrating. People can’t believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey peanut butter centers. This is how to make homemade peanut butter cups. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

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The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake Copycat

Skip the trip to The Cheesecake Factory by making one of the most classic slices from the pastry case in your very own kitchen. Our recipe even includes the sour cream topping.

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Inspired by: Baskin Robbins Chocolate Ice Cream

Making ice cream goes smoothly when you do prep work in advance. I make the custard ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Plus, I toast the almonds beforehand and separate my add-ins into labeled containers. —Rosalie Peters, Caldwell, Texas

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Soft Chewy Caramels

One of my first experiences with cooking was helping my mother make these caramels. We’d make up to 12 batches each year. Today, I do at least 95 percent of the cooking at home, but my wife does much of the baking. —Robert Sprenkle, Hurst, Texas

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100 Restaurant Copycat Recipes That Are Better Than the Real Thing

I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and is the perfect splurge on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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#27: Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin Bakers Association has served this cream puff recipe at our state fair since 1924. —Ruth Jungbluth, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

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Lemon Supreme Pie

A friend and I often visit a local restaurant for pie and coffee. When they stopped carrying our favorite lemon supreme pie, I got busy in the kitchen and created this version, which we think tastes even better! The combination of the cream cheese and tart lemon is wonderful. —Jana Beckman, Wamego, Kansas

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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

With its gingersnap crust and maple syrup drizzle, this rich and creamy spiced pumpkin dessert never fails to get rave reviews. It cuts nicely, too. —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona

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We live in Coca-Cola country, where everyone loves a chocolaty, moist sheet cake made with the iconic soft drink. Our rich version does the tradition proud. —Heidi Jobe, Carrollton, Georgia

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Chocolate-Dipped Phyllo Sticks

Looking for a little something special to share with friends or family? Try these crunchy treats. They’re wonderful with coffee or a glass of milk. —Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

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Cream-Filled Cupcakes

These moist chocolate cupcakes have a fun filling and shiny chocolate frosting that make them different from any other. They always disappear in a flash! —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

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Inspired by: Cheesecake Factory Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake

For an almost instant dessert, I spread homemade ganache and caramel sauce over premade cheesecake. It always makes busy holidays feel slightly less hectic. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois

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