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Chocolate-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

As a little girl, I made these with my mother every Christmas. Now I make them every year with my daughters-in-law, daughters and grandchildren!—Sedonie Zeitler, Luxemburg, Wisconsin
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Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

When I was a nurse, my coworkers and I regularly swapped recipes during lunch breaks. This creamy cheesecake was one of the best I received.

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Nothing is more elegant then a cheesecake but this one looks so beautiful, you will be receive so many compliments. Not only does it look wonderful, it also tastes delicious.—Cindy Morris, Coyle, Oklahoma

Favorite Cheesecake

Favorite Cheesecake

Favorite Cheesecake

No one can resist the smooth, creamy texture of this classic cheesecake. Whether topped with berries or enjoyed as is, it's a favorite way to celebrate any occasion.
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Lavender Honey Cheesecake

Lavender Honey Cheesecake

Lavender Honey Cheesecake

I love the scent of lavender, and the edible flowers make this cheesecake one of the most unique I have ever tasted. You can use lavender honey in this recipe for extra flavor, but even without it, the lavender is very distinct. —Julie Palmer, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

You'll need only three ingredients to fix this refreshing make-ahead dessert that features a cool combination of mint and chocolate. "When time is short, it's so handy to pull this no-fuss pie out of the freezer for company," notes Dolores Scofield of West Shokan, New York.

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Layers of red and green make this festive salad a favorite during the Christmas season. Kids are sure to find it fun to eat, and adults will enjoy the combination of sweet-tart flavors. —Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska

Danish Christamas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

Danish Christamas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

Danish Christamas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

If you're not a fan of fruitcake, you will be after trying this cake! By letting it stand overnight before serving, the fabulous flavors are really enhanced.—Gail Sellers, Maiden, North Carolina

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

The fluffy, airy texture of handmade marshmallows will remind you of glistening snowflakes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

I discovered this traditional recipe at a Greek cultural event and often get requests for it. The original version called for walnuts, but I substituted almonds and pistachios with yummy results.

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Our most-requested dish, this golden brown custard is stuffed with fresh peaches and blueberries. The toast has a crunchy outer crust and soft custard center. My own caramel sauce provides a sinful start to the day.
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