These crisp meringue cookies with a chocolate center are easy to make but look like you spent a lot of time. When our son and daughter-in-law moved into their first home on Valentine's Day, I prepared them a nice dinner and gave them a batch of these treats. -Evelyn Lindburg, Shenandoah, Iowa
With a tall glass of ice-cold milk, a couple of cherry cookies really hit the spot for dessert or as a snack. The coconut and bits of cherries provide a fun look and texture.
-Judy Clark, Elkhart, Indiana
These sweet pastries have Polish and Czech roots and can also be spelled "kolaches." They are usually filled with poppy seeds, nuts, jam or a mashed fruit mixture. The ice cream is a unique twist on traditional kolachkes, and its simplest to use a square cookie cutter to cut the dough. —Diane Turner, Brunswick, Ohio
I like to make these old-fashioned treats with raspberry chips, but cherry-flavored work well in a pinch to add color and sweetness. These cookies stack nicely for packing. —Betty Huddleston, Liberty, Indiana
“This recipe for heart-shaped cookies is one of the tastiest I’ve tried,” writes Elaine Anderson from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. “Folks always “ooh” and “aah” over the buttery taste combined with chocolate. These make great Valentine’s Day gifts wrapped up in cellophane and ribbon.”
Here's a nice change of pace from the more traditional sugar cookie cutouts. And children will find that these peanut butter versions are just as much fun to decorate with frosting, sprinkles and a dash of yuletide imagination.
"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene Gates, Sun City, Arizona. "It is a great gift for a loved one or makes a nice Valentine's Day centerpiece."