To bring butter, margarine or cream cheese to a soft consistency by holding at room temperature for a short time.
These cookies taste just like the orange Creamsicle treats you remember as a kid. Soft orange cookies are filled with a buttery smooth filling.—Benita Villines, Spring Hill, Tennessee
Looking for a decadent pop-in-your mouth treat to serve at your next holiday tea party? Give these tender, flaky pastries a try. Place them in miniature cupcake liners for a pretty presentation.—Melissa Rose Lundin, Kersey, Pennsylvania
Garlic lovers will literally eat this up! Fresh basil gives it a lovely aroma; crushed red peppers offer a hint of heat; and sun-dried tomatoes make the creamy sandwich spread bright. Terrific on crackers, too. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, California