Each Christmas, my mother made lots of these tender butter cookies and stored them in clean coffee cans. When she passed away, I started giving our kids a can of these sentimental sweets. —Jane Garing, Talladega, Alabama
Think outside the box this season and enjoy these traditional Chinese cookies paired with a memorable tale of young love. In his book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, author Jamie Ford introduces us to a Chinese boy and Japanese girl unfolding the mysteries of love and life in the 1940s.—
Darlene Markel's devised a lucky way to greet the season—with her holiday fortune cookies! "I make regular fortune cookies, then tuck yuletide wishes inside. They make a fun dessert for a Christmas party," she pens from Sublimity, Oregon.
Five-spice powder and crisp sugar-dusted wontons lend an Asian flair to this refreshing dessert from our Test Kitchen staff. The sweet juicy berries paired with a spicy topping bring an elegant ending to any summer meal.
My wife and daughter love this unusual dessert. Strawberries are my favorite fruit and marrying them with chocolate and cinnamon in this dim sum dish is a surprising treat for everyone.—Rick Browne, Ridgefield, Washington