Estella Traeger of Milwaukee, Wisconsin dresses up a boxed yellow cake mix with pineapple, coconut and a delightful blend of instant pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping. "This is a favorite dessert that suits any occasion. Try it once and you're sure to make it again," she promises.
Our home is often filled with family and friends, so I'm always cooking up something. I created this recipe when I was looking for a treat to surprise my husband. —Susan Bettinger, Battle Creek, Michigan
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 Brenden'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 Salem, Oregon.
When I was growing up, my mother made many desserts and pastries with anise. Today, I continue the tradition with these cookies, which are flavorful and great for decorating in a variety of ways.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, 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