“My sister and I became addicted to Nutella while traveling in Europe. Now we’re always thinking of ways to incorporate the chocolate hazelnut spread into recipes. This one came about after making puff pastries with apple filling. We thought, ‘Why not try chocolate?’” —Dee Wolf, Syracuse, Utah
Our Test Kitchen suggests this clever way of dressing up any winter dessert. Make these "pinecones" when you have some time, then use—and reuse—them on a variety of desserts...or even on a pretty plate piled with candies.
Says Ellen Govertsen of Wheaton, Illinois, "This elegant party dessert is tailor-made for Christmas. Making the chocolate cups is a bit time-consuming - but they look so pretty, they're worth the effort."
Package pudding mix, canned cherries and a frozen crust simplify preparation of this dessert. Friends often request it when they come to our house. Sometimes I'll sprinkle toasted pecans on top for crunch.
—Pearl Lenz of Wichita, Kansas
Hand out these dipped delights, and they'll disappear lickety-split! Crafting Traditions' kitchen staff made the ice cream extra-special by topping it with melted white chocolate. What's more, they sprinkled on chocolate shavings.
It's easy to keep the ingredients for this rich fondue on hand in case company drops by. I serve it in punch cups, so guests can carry it on a dessert plate alongside whatever fruit, pretzels and other dippers they like. —Cheryl Arnold, Lake Zurich, Illinois
A netful of compliments will come your way as soon as kids of all ages dive into these crispy, chocolaty fish-shaped lollipops. These simple treats go to show it's not always that tricky to catch a great fish.
-Elizabeth LeBlanc, Bourg, Louisiana