It was always a treat when Mom let me help her make these cookies. Nowadays, I always double the recipe because they disappear so fast. The marshmallow is a nice surprise under the sweet frosting. —Lynell Renner, Zap, North Dakota
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
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
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
Meet the Cook: An older lady at church gave me this recipe. I always include these logs in holiday food gifts to family and friends.
My husband (a Southern Pacific engineer) and I celebrated our silver anniversary just last summer. We have two daughters in their 20's. Our home is in a small town set amid some beautiful country - in fact, we can see Mt. Shasta from the dining room window!—Kim Jordan, Dunsmuir, California
This is one of my favorite cookie recipes - making these treats seems to put me in a holiday mood. Maybe it's the soft centers, or perhaps the spicy aroma of ginger and cloves. Whatever the case, a few Molasses Creams and a glass of milk or cup of warm tea always hit the spot!
These cookies are both crisp and chewy. They can be frozen after they're iced for real convenience. With two small children, that's a great way to have my baking done ahead of time for holidays or special occasions. The only problem is hiding them so my husband can't find them! —Melody Sroufe, Wichita, Kansas
MY MOTHER is an excellent baker, and this is her recipe. Whether Mom makes these cookies or I do, they always disappear quickly.
Friends rave about them and often ask me to bring them to get-togethers. My young children enjoy all kinds of cookies, but these are their favorites.
-Tracy Betzler, Reston, Virginia
"These cookies are such a hit with my family," tells Flo Burtnett of another sweet she's sharing (see her cake recipe on page 29). "A few always seem to disappear before I can finish them!" It's no wonder-Flo spreads jam on half of her spicy stars, then tops them with the rest of the batch of cookies, which have been glazed for an extra dose of goodness. "They're nice for any occasion," she says.
The idea to hang Easter egg-shaped cookies from a tree came from hanging gingerbread cookies on a Christmas tree. You can use the tree as a decoration, then at the end of the meal, kids and adults alike can help themselves to dessert.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin