To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbo
Traveling to a holiday party or cookie exchange, why not take along a plateful of these soft cutouts? "When these cookies are in the oven, the aroma brings my children running!" says Phyllis Kaiser of Ovid, New York. "They freeze well, so you can make them ahead, and you can cut them into any shape for different occasions."
A hint of pumpkin pie spice in the homemade dough gives a mild taste twist to these crunchy sugar cookies. Canned frosting tinted with food coloring decorates the beach towel treats. (And don't forget to place one or two on the sandy area of the Seaside Gelatin Salad for a finishing touch.)
The warm flavor of cardamom spices up these classic sugar cookies. They’re the ideal treat for your homemade goody basket. Tint the glaze to fit the season.—Darina Jurasek, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
I started making these when my oldest son was a toddler (he is now 39 years old). They have been a family and friend favorite all these years. I even have to bring them for celebrations at work because everyone loves them so much. Lots of good family memories have centered around these cookies, eating them with all the kids and all our friends. —Lana J., Omaha, NE