This layered coffee cake comes together easily with canned pie filling and other pantry staples. "I enjoy making it for my family or even to celebrate co-workers' birthdays," writes Joan Kuderer from Sparta, Wisconsin.
To use up leftover eggnog, cranberries and pecans from the holiday season, I added them to a classic coffee cake recipe. It goes together the night before and bakes in the morning.—Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
With its simple glaze and tasty layer of raisins and nuts, this buttery coffee cake tastes just like a popular store-bought variety. I found the recipe in a church cookbook. —Maxine Winternheimer
Similar to an almond crescent, this coffee cake is light and flaky, with a rich almond center. It’s so versatile you can serve it for dessert, breakfast or brunch. It will taste as if it was made from scratch at a bakery, yet the packaged puff pastry makes the recipe quick and easy.
—Gina Idone, Staten Island, New York
This fast version of this holiday classic is made extra speedy by the use of hot roll mix. It eliminates waiting for the dough to rise and the final resting time.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
New Jersey is known for its cranberries and this cake is a delicious way to use them. The marshmallows melt and seep through the cake, making it moist and very tasty. It's great for brunch, or just with a cup of coffee! —Adelaide Krumm, Manasquan, New Jersey
To make this tender coffee cake, Bernice Knutson of Soldier, Iowa dips balls of dough into cinnamon and sugar, then places them in a fluted tube pan. "I pour chopped walnuts in the pan first. They add a nice crunch," she notes.
My mother taught me how to cook, and this delightful recipe is from her. Whoever tries it says it’s the best coffee cake ever invented! It requires no kneading, and you can tint the icing any color you want.
Dotted with dried apricots and maraschino cherries, this tender coffee cake has a festive flavor and look. I love to serve it at Christmastime for my family, fellow teachers and students. It makes a welcome holiday gift, too.
-Linda Hollingsworth, Quitman, Mississippi
I think that as long as I’m in the kitchen baking I might as well make enough to share. This traditional recipe gives me three cheese-filled coffee cakes drizzled with a sweet vanilla icing. —Sheri Kratcha, Avoca, Wisconsin
This coffee cake is a sure hit. I used to prepare it for special occasions only. But now I try to bake it whenever I know overnight company is coming. It's always appreciated at breakfast the following morning.