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Diabetic Recipes: Low-Carb Desserts

If you thought desserts were out of your meals forever, think again! From cheesecake to cookies and ice cream to cakes, here are delicious diabetic dessert recipes that have 15 grams of carbohydrate or less per serving.

Barley-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole wheat flour, rolled oats, barley flour, oat bran, and wheat bran pack these yummy chocolate chip cookies with grainy goodness. And they're only 11 grams of carb per cookie!

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Incredible Apple Tart

Jonathan, Rome Beauty, Winesap, and York Imperial apples are all great choices for this party-special tart. You and your guests will never believe that this diabetes-friendly recipe is only 15 grams of carb per serving.

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Hazelnut-Mocha Torte

Chocolate curls add an extra hint of richness to this elegant dessert with 13 grams of carb per slice.

Tip: To make the curls, carefully draw a vegetable peeler across the smooth side of a milk chocolate candy bar.

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Jasmine Tea Cookies

Jasmine tea is a type of green tea that's been scented with jasmine flowers. It lends extraordinary flavor to these tender morsels, which have only 8 grams of carb per serving.

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Berry-Cream Cheese Tart

Light cream cheese and dessert topping make a yummy cheesecakelike filling for this 1-carb-choice delight.

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Double-Berry Ice Cream

Strawberries and raspberries team up to make this 1-carb-choice treat double-berry good.

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No-Bake Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

With the decadent flavor of this easy no-bake cheesecake, you'll never believe it's only 15 grams of carb per slice.

Tip: To make slicing this cheesecake easier, dip your knife in water between cuts.

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Spiced Orange Custards

These delicate custards get their captivating flavor from a trio of seasonings -- nutmeg, vanilla, and orange peel. Each custard cup is only 1 carb choice.

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Gingered Shortcake Bites

These gingered shortcakes have a zesty zing when you pop them in your mouth. Each cookie has 14 grams of carb, so plan your meal accordingly -- you'll definitely want more than one!

Tip: Crystallized ginger is gingerroot that's been simmered in syrup and coated with sugar. Look for it in your supermarket's produce or spice section.

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Grape Crepes

Creme de cassis is a liqueur that gives these low-carb crepes a delicate black currant flavor.

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Berry-Topped Cheesecake

A pretzel-and-almond crust topped with a creamy filling that's studded with fresh fruit -- now that's a cheesecake like no other, especially because it has only 14 grams of carb per slice!

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Soft Snickerdoodles

These fruit-and-nut stuffed snickerdoodles are a tasty treat for only 13 grams of carb per cookie.

Tip: To make the cookie dough a little firmer and easier to drop, chill it for up to an hour.

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Simple Almond Cookies

For a can't-miss afternoon pick-me-up, enjoy one of these crescent-shaped, macaroonlike cookies with a cup of your favorite tea. Each cookie has just 7 grams of carb.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

The fascinating thing about these irresistible peanut butter morsels is that they contain no flour -- and only 7 grams of carb per cookie. For holidays, imprint them with cookie cutters to fit the season instead of the star-shaped cutter.

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Peanut-Apple Crunch Balls

For only 9 grams of carb and 94 calories each, these crunchy treats are perfect on-the-go snacks.

Tip: Lightly wetting your hands helps make the yummy cereal, apple, and peanut mixture easier to shape into balls.

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Melon-Mango Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream is fun and satisfying, especially when it's this tropical pleaser. It won't derail your diabetic meal plan because it's made with fat-free half-and-half and buttermilk instead of whipping cream, adding up to only 15 grams of carb in each 1/2 cup serving.

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Walnut-Raspberry Thumbprints

These tiny jam-filled tidbits have only 7 grams of carb per cookie. They're a festive addition to a holiday buffet table or cookie tray.

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Lemon Gingersnaps

Another time, use mandarin orange sections or fresh raspberries in place of the kumquats or orange peel to top these 8-carb-gram cookies.

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Raspberry-Fig Linzer Cookies

For years, travelers returned from Austria singing the praises of Linzer torte, made with a nut crust and filled with raspberry jam. This is a lightened adaptation of the classic with only 65 calories and 11 grams of carb.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves give these low-carb holiday treats just the right blend of flavors.

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