When my daughter, Katie, was 2, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It's become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them. We treasure the hours we’ve shared in the kitchen creating not only delightful cookies, but lasting memories.—Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
Cut the dough for these crisp cookies into heart shapes...or form into letters to spell out sweet nothings to your sweetie. "These are our favorite sugar cookies," writes Marilyn Wheeler of Ellijay, Georgia. "They're one of the homemade treats I love to bake for friends and neighbors."
The combination of cool peppermint and chocolate makes these treats from Renee Schwebach of Dumont, Minnesota nearly irresistible. Put the frosting mixture in a pastry bag and decorate the cookies with designs such as stars, snowflakes or Christmas trees, or words like "Joy" or "Noel".
I make these cookies for my family and our neighbors every Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped treats stay soft for at least a week, and they look so pretty frosted bright pink and then piped with lacy frosting.—Carolyn Walton, Smoot, Wyoming
These unique cookies have been a part of our holiday tradition for as long as I can remember. My mother made them when I was little, and now I often bake a batch for my own family.—Mindy Young, Hanover, Pennsylvania
Gatherings are very important to my family, so we have lots of recipes that are favorites. My grandma introduced these cookies into the family a long time ago. The memory of her and these cookies go together!
For a dramatic presentation, I dust dessert plates with cocoa powder and drizzle on a bit of melted raspberry fruit spread. I place a couple of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies in the center, along with some fresh rasberries, lemon zest and a sprig of mint.
Vineland, New Jersey
“We serve these tender, pretty cookies for afternoon tea at the bed-and-breakfast my husband and I operate with my parents,” notes Angela Everett of Port Arthur, Texas. “The bows make them look very special!”
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