Winter & Fall Lower-Calorie Desserts

Chocolate-Cinnamon Angel Cake
Go ahead, indulge! These desserts pack fewer calories and less fat than your traditional favorites.

Cinnamon-Spice Chocolate Brownies

These scrumptious brownies are sure to become a family favorite. With a dusting of cinnamon powdered sugar (instead of fatty frosting), they're also easier on your waistline.

Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding

This fancy baked pudding features pumpkin, raisins, and bourbon, making it special enough for company. Serve it in individual dishes or in one family-size casserole.

Marble Angel Food Cake

The best kept secret about this impressive angel cake is that the marbling of the layers is simple to do.

Caramel Flan with Mangoes

This famous Spanish baked custard that makes its own caramel sauce also goes by the name creme caramel.

Use a light-colored pan to heat the sugar so you can easily see the true color as it cooks.

Marbled Peanut Clusters

Coat peanuts with semisweet chocolate and drizzle with candy coating for a fanciful finish.

Double-Dipped Caramels

Dip caramels in candy coating. Roll some of the caramels in pistachio nuts and some in brickle pieces. For a variety of finished candies, roll caramels in festive nonpareils or nuts after you dip them in melted candy coating. Or let the candy coating dry and then drizzle some candies with another color of melted candy coating.

Heavenly Baked Apples

Filled with dried apricots and cherries, these nicely spiced apples make a glorious dessert for healthful eating.

Hot Chocolate Souffle

This chocolate-rum flavored souffle proves that heart-healthy desserts can be as appealing as higher-fat ones.

Rustic Apple and Pear Tart

This apple, pear, and cinnamon-spiced filled tart is easier than pie to prepare using packaged puff pastry for the crust.

Almond Cream Crepes

In this rendition, the ultra-thin pancakes are stuffed with a scrumptious almond filling and folded into triangles. If you like, prepare the crepes ahead; stack the cooked crepes between pieces of waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

These cookies are every bit as hearty and spicy as their original counterparts, but the fat and the calories have been reduced.

Cashew Meringues

A drizzling of caramel and a sprinkling of cashews make these melt-in-your-mouth cookies irresistible.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bites

The crust for these bite-size chocolate treats is purchased cookie dough. Top with finely chopped peanuts for more flavor.

Macadamia Nut Shortbread

The much-loved English goodie just got better -- and richer -- with a sprinkling of buttery macadamia nuts. When served alongside a little lemon curd, the classic cookie becomes a luscious dessert.

Chocolate Brazil Nut Torte

This chocolate torte uses finely ground Brazil nuts in place of the flour. Leavened by egg whites, just like souffles are, this dessert is rich and light all at once.

Baked Maple Custards

Maple syrup adds a sweet flavor to these make-ahead baked custards. If you love the flavor of maple, then be sure to use the more assertive flavored B-grade maple syrup.

Marmalade-Glazed Pears

Not only are these easy orange-glazed pears low in calories and fat, you can also make them ahead. For the most flavor, be certain to use pears at the height of their ripeness. They should be highly fragrant and free of blemishes. The flesh should give slightly to gentle pressure.

Double Chocolate Chunk Biscotti

The texture of these seriously chocolate biscotti is crumbly rather than hard.

Pear-Ginger Ice Cream

Indulge in this pear-ginger homemade ice cream that rivals premium brands for richness and flavor. For a fun garnish, top each serving with a waffle cone wedge dipped in melted white chocolate and coarse sugar.

Apricot-Cardamom Bars

Applesauce replaces some of the fat in these sophisticatedly flavored bars. Cardamom, or Grains of Paradise, is a mainstay of Scandinavian baking and is featured in many Indian and Arab dishes -- both sweet and savory.

Chocolate-Cinnamon Angel Cake

A mild chocolate flavor accented with cinnamon sets this angel cake apart from others. Chocolate purists can omit the cinnamon.

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