Velvety smooth homemade caramels have a sprinkling of kosher salt to create a sweet-salty sensation. Best of these caramels don't call for each to be wrapped in waxed paper or plastic wrap...a very tedious chore. The hot caramel is poured into miniature muffin liners instead.—Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coated in gooey caramel, then covered with chocolate and peanut butter chips, these decadent dipped pretzels are a delicious way to celebrate. For added variety, make some using butterscotch chips in place of the peanut butter chips.—Connie Banner, Castlewood, Virginia.
YOUR HARVEST will be happy indeed when you reap this sweet centerpiece. To create the topper, CT home economists first turned to this age-old idea traditionally used during Christmas—marzipan candy. Then they cultivated it with autumn in mind and turned out this country-fresh fall decoration. As you may know, marzipan, an edible modeling clay, is a mixture of sugars and sweet almond paste (available in the baking section of grocery stores) that can be tinted and shaped into all sorts of decorations... just like those featured here. Since it's so sweet, this table topper can be passed around for dessert when your meal is complete. Or you might choose to use the design solely as a centerpiece you bring out autumn after autumn. Simply place it in an airtight container between parties—it'll harden and stay colorful for years to come!