To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbonnais, Illinois
"With their soft tender insides, these cookies quickly disappear from the cookie jar," reports Stephanie McKinnon of West Valley City, Utah. "Vanilla pudding mix gives the frosting a velvety texture and fabulous flavor."
Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookies—they have four kinds of chocolate! "When friends ask me to make 'those' cookies, I know they mean this recipe," says Rebecca Jendry of Spring Branch, Texas. "One of these will keep you going until mealtime."
Soft candy orange slices are a refreshing addition to these crispy vanilla chip cookies from Britt Strain, Idaho Falls, Idaho. To quickly cut the orange candy, use scissors, rinsing the blades with cold water occasionally to reduce sticking.
Baking is the tastiest part of LaJunta Malone's hobby of collecting gingerbread boys. "I decorate gingerbread cookies to use for gifts and always serve them during the holidays," says this Camden, Alabama reader.
There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for dessert. I loved them when I was a child, and they're still a special treat. In fact, I've never met anyone who doesn't like these cookies. They're so simple and quick to make.
This recipe came about by accident when I was making both my husband's favorite peanut butter cookies and my favorite chocolate cookies. I had two small portions of dough left over and decided to combine them into one flavor-filled cookie.