Low-Calorie Fall Dessert Recipes: Candy Corn Marshmallow Treats, Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry Danish

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Instead of thinking about all the chores that autumn brings (raking leaves, bagging leaves, clearing leaves out of the gutters, and more things involving leaves), we're going to focus on the fun desserts associated with this season! P.S. These treats make an excellent reward for doing any of the above tasks...

Candy Corn MegaMallow Treats

PER SERVING (1/12th of recipe, 1 treat): 132 calories, 1.5g fat, 167mg sodium, 33g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Hold on to your apt-for-autumn hats -- we combined a bunch of our favorite things and ended up with one of the best-ever recipes for marshmallow treats!


3 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
3 cups mini marshmallows
One 3.52-oz. bag (about 4 cups) Quaker Caramel Corn Popped Rice Snacks, lightly crushed
2 cups Fiber One Original bran cereal
1 cup puffed wheat cereal
3 oz. (about 1/2 cup) candy corn, chopped

Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Place butter in a large pot on the stove, and set heat to low. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir until completely melted as well, about 10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat. Add lightly crushed rice snacks and both types of cereal. Gently stir until thoroughly coated.

Using a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray, press mixture evenly into the baking pan. If needed, lay a sheet of wax paper flat over the mixture and press until surface is even; then remove.

Evenly sprinkle chopped candy corn pieces over the mixture in the pan and press firmly into the mixture with the spatula.

Let cool completely. Cut into 12 pieces and EAT!


Cinnamon Apple-Cranberry Danish

PER SERVING (1/8th of recipe, 1 slice): 152 calories, 4g fat, 316mg sodium, 25g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 13g sugars, 3.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Confession time: On several recent mornings, we've enjoyed this treat for breakfast. And we don't think there's anything wrong with that. Of course, it's great for dessert too...

2 tbsp. granulated white sugar
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. plus 1 drop vanilla extract, divided
2 cups peeled and chopped Fuji apples (about 2 apples)
2 tbsp. sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
Half an 8-oz. tub fat-free cream cheese
1 package refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet (or HG Alternative!)
2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make your filling, combine white sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a medium nonstick pot on the stove. Add 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/2 cup cold water; mix well. Add apples and cranberries to the pot and stir well. Bring to medium-high heat and, stirring frequently, cook until sauce has thickened and apples have partially softened, 10 - 12 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and let cool slightly. Add cream cheese to the filling mixture and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool completely.

Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Roll or stretch out the dough on the sheet into a large rectangle of even thickness. Arrange baking sheet in front of you so that the short sides are on the left and right and the long sides are on the top and bottom. Spoon the filling lengthwise across the middle third of the dough, leaving 1-inch borders on the left and right of the filling.

Starting from the top, make vertical cuts -- about 1 inch apart -- along the top section of the dough, stopping about 1/2 inch above the filling. Repeat with the bottom section of the dough. This will create 1-inch-wide strips of dough on both the top and bottom of the filling.

Alternate folding the 1-inch strips from the top and the bottom over the filling, covering the filling completely and creating a crisscrossed, "braided" appearance. When you reach the last few strips, cross them toward the middle of the Danish. After all the strips have been folded, fold the left and right sides of the dough in toward the filling, so the filling cannot escape, and pat firmly to seal.

Bake in the oven until crisp and golden brown, 15 - 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing.

Just before serving, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, 1 drop vanilla extract, and 1 tsp. cold water. Stir until smooth. Drizzle mixture over the Danish. Cut it into 8 slices and indulge! (P.S. Refrigerate leftovers.)


HG Alternative! If you can't find the Recipe Creations dough, go for Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent roll dough. (The products are nearly identical.) Then just pinch/seal up the perforations for a seamless sheet.

Eat-'Em Autumn Dessert Roundup!

These sweets will keep you smiling through winter...

Gooey-Good Fuji Apple Pie - When nothing but a straight-up apple pie will do, we've got your back.

Downtown Apple Betty Brown - Who doesn't love a spiced apple dessert this time of year? Plus, you KNOW the HG version is gonna be guilt-free.

Vanilla Crème Pumpkin Cheesecake - Want to impress company or just knock the socks off your family? Make this HG-developed cheesecake!

Caramel Bread Pudding for Two - Warm, caramel-y, and just enough for you and another dessert-lover! This treat is a must-try.

Swingin' Cinna-Monkey Bread Singles
- Anything cinnamon-y gets our vote during fall -- we're pretty sure this gooey dish will get yours too!

Caramel Apple Frappe
- Who says you need to make dessert for everyone? Here's a great treat for when you're sipping solo...

Crispy Pecan Pie Bites - Perfect party treats! Warning: To borrow a phrase from Pringles, "Once you pop, you can't stop..."

Apple-Cherry Pie Pockets
- Want some zazzled-up apple treats? These handheld pies have CHERRIES!


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Today is National Vanilla Cupcake Day. That means two things: 1) It's also November 10th, and 2) it's time to make some Very Vanilla Fluffcakes!

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