"I've been making these special holiday cookies at Christmastime for almost 30 years," says Linda Nealley of Newburgh, Maine. "They take a while but are worth it, because the teddy bears are so cute and taste delicious."
While I usually bake these cookies for Christmas, I'll also make them at Valentine's Day (in the shape of hearts, with messages written in frosting), at Thanksgiving (shaped like turkeys), at Halloween (pumpkins), etc. Children like to help out with the decorating. —Cynthia Ettel, Hutchinson, Minnesota
I have been delighting my children and grandchildren for years with this special recipe. The cookies can suit any holiday or occasion throughout the year. The dough is very nice to work with.—Judith Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin
What makes these cookies the best ever? A delicious cream cheese dough flavored with vanilla, almond and a hint of nutmeg that's wonderfully easy to work with. The adorable decorations don't hurt, either! —Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri
With just a hint of pumpkin flavor and a buttery cinnamon frosting, these cakelike drop cookies are sure to be a hit at a fall gathering. Denise Smith, a field editor from Lusk, Wyoming, shared the big-batch recipe.
Meet the Cook: It was my sister's sister-in-law who discovered this recipe. We enjoy the cookies at Christmas, but they're rich and elegant for a special coffee and can be tucked in a field lunch box besides.
Three years ago, I entered them at our country fair. They won a blue ribbon and were named grand champion.
I'm a homemaker, runner for parts on our grain farm and helper with cattle. My husband and I have two boys, a college freshman and a sixth grader.
-Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota