Just like Darlene Markel's Caramel Apple Bites (see recipe finder), Pat Carter shares a sweet treat children can help create. "My daughters and I form an assembly line to put these 'sandwich' cookies together," she reveals from Clearwater, Florida. "We have lots of fun, and the cookies taste great."
Though you wouldn't know by looking, you'll find a sweet surprise inside these cookies shared by Kari Pease of Conconully, Washington. "My mother got this recipe from a fellow teacher at her school," she writes. "It's a great way to dress up refrigerated cookie dough."
This unusual dessert came from a little book I bought at a flea market many years ago. The broiled orange-coconut topping really dressed up a boxed gingerbread mix. When I bring it to potlucks and family get-togethers, it never lasts long!
-Paula Hartlett, Mineola, New York
To round out the meal, Eve serves Berry Special Pie. She developed the refreshing dessert after tasting something similar at a restaurant.
"It's light and not too sweet," she says. "Thanks to a prepared crumb crust, it goes together quickly. We love it with raspberries, but you can substitute any fresh berries.
Our eight children love helping make these sweet crunchy treats. We fry flour tortillas for a few seconds in oil, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. They're fun to make for a large group. I usually do the frying, then have one of the older kids add the coating.
"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."
Seeing a beautiful rainbow after a storm is always a thrill, and my brother was delighted with his colorful sherbet dessert. Served along with the birthday cake, it put a refreshing finishing touch on the climate-conscious menu.
-Ndara Pike, Tempe, Arizona