Better Homes and Gardens Contest Winning Recipes

Here are 20 of our favorite prize-tested recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine. From golden grilled apricot chicken to a cinnamon-laced coffee doughnut dessert, these reader recipes are one-of-a-kind.

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    Double Cherry Crunch Pie

    After years of baking practice, Vivian Jury created her contest-winning cherry crunch pie. Coconut, rolled oats, and white chocolate make a delicious topping for this juicy-sweet cherry treat.

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    Mexican Winter Chili

    Debi Carnott shares the warmth of her prize-winning winter chili, featuring savory pork and chopped onion in a creamy pumpkin-poblano stew.

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    Spinach Salad Wraps

    Roll up Royanne Kerr's colorful, crowd-pleasing salad wraps for a lunch box or light dinner. Your mouth will water over the bacon-and-egg filling drizzled with a tangy garlic-vinegar dressing.

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    Chile-Orange Short Ribs

    Chinese-food lover Susan Asanovic created a tangy twist on orange chicken. Her take features garlic-ginger short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet, salty, and gingery sauce.

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    Pan-Seared Shrimp Salad with Mango-Lime Dressing

    We love contest-winner Jan Cole Lawrenceburg's natural combination of shrimp, mango, and lime. With a little bit of honey, she sweetens up this zesty salad, then adds a handful of pecans for some crunch.

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    Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

    Lynne Hagen transforms this fall favorite into a beautiful apple cake that's sprinkled with cranberries and chopped pecans and brimming with brown-sugary goodness.

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    Corn and Zucchini Pan Souffle

    Complete with cheesy veggies, Mexican spices, and homemade tomato relish, Linda Keith's corn souffle makes one kickin' Southern side.

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    Cheesecake-Stuffed Peaches

    Props to Dee Guelcher for these pretty peach treats. Cinnamon-sugar coats the golden-orange outside while luscious vanilla cream fills the inside. Go ahead -- we dare you to eat just one.

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    Olive-Cherry Bruschetta

    Julie Merriman uses prosciutto, goat cheese, and her contest-winning olive tapenade for a salty, sweet, and tart flavor combo.

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    Cinnamon-Coffee-Dunked Doughnut Pudding

    Doughnuts and bread pudding unite in this scrumptious, coffee-laced breakfast bake. Recipe winner Mildred Smith suggests using day-old doughnuts -- cake-style or yeast-raised -- then decorates the pudding with creamy butterscotch and colorful sprinkles.

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    Fettuccine Alfredo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Veggies

    When mulling what to have for dinner one night, prize-winner Nelia Harper conjured up this light-and-fresh Alfredo dish with ingredients she found in her fridge. To make it, simply toss noodles, green veggies, and sun-dried tomatoes in a homemade buttery-cheese sauce.

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    Bananas Foster Gelato

    Erika Rohr Luke revamps the old vanilla ice cream from childhood days into an adult-friendly treat. Top this banana-rum concoction with caramel glaze for extra sweetness.

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    Southern-Style Veggie Sliders

    Creamy mayo and a pinch of Cajun seasoning combine to make one simply savory sauce for Mary Lou Cook's prize-winning sliders.

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    Spring Breakfast Pizza with Spiced Hollandaise

    Wake up to the works -- cheesy asparagus, hard-cooked eggs, juicy tomatoes, and honey ham -- all on one golden, flaky crust. Recipe winner Caitlin Babcock sprinkles hers with spiced hollandaise for a kick that gets you going.

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    How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough

    Making your own dough is easier than you might think. Follow our secrets to success for the tastiest pizza crust you've eaten yet.

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    Salmon Burgers with Lime Mayonnaise

    Bite into a big, juicy salmon burger featuring garlic-soy seasonings and Jenny Higgins' famous lime mayonnaise -- a creamy concoction of crunchy red onion and zesty lime juice.

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    Lemon Butter Flank Steak

    Sharon LaFleur's famous lemon butter is the star of this savory steak dinner. She uses fresh lemongrass from her garden and soft butter to whip up one zesty spread.

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    Cajun Chicken Curry

    With a few drops of hot sauce and a swirl of sweet orange marmalade, Pat Banta Kreml gives classic Indian curry a Cajun kick.

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    Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

    Leslie Clark uses fresh poblano pepper to fire up this pesto-topped steak dinner. Plus, she's added a pinch of espresso powder to the marinade to enchance its rich and juicy Italian flavor.

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    Chocolate Cupcakes with a Kick

    Go ahead, we know you want to indulge in these irresistible chocolate cupcakes. Recipe winner Christina Jordan uses a pinch of chipotle pepper for a punchy kick, while sweet and smooth cream cheese frosting tops it all off.

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    Golden Grilled Chicken Thighs with Apricots

    Apricot makes a mouthwatering marinade in Roxanne Chan's sweet-and-savory chicken recipe -- it's packed with fresh fruity flavor and a bit of Asian zing.

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