To beat softened butter, margarine or shortening alone or with sugar using a spoon or mixer until light and fluffy.
Dipped in caramel and drizzled with melted chocolate, these rich peanut-butter balls are also rolled in cereal and nuts. Yum! —Tiffany Voigt, Hilliard, Ohio
These soft, cake-like cookies have a pleasant anise flavor that's distinct but not overpowering. I add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could decorate them to suit any occasion.—Janice Eanni, Willowick, Ohio
"I make these attractive, buttery cookies to serve at our remote guest lodge, and all the girls in the kitchen are addicted to them!" writes Patsy Wolfenden of Golden, British Columbia.