These crowd-pleasing Czech pastries are the perfect partner for a cup of joe. They’re easy to make with canned cherry pie filling, but the homemade prune filling is a delicious option, too. —Carol Houdek, Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you’re expecting the whole gang, consider serving this versatile stollen. You can bake it ahead of time and pop it in the freezer. Later, when the pastry is thawed, just sprinkle on the confectioners’ sugar and serve. —Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, Willimantic, Connecticut
Growing up, I adored my mom’s gingerbread cake with lemon sauce, so I re-created the combination for my family. The spice- and molasses-flavored muffins spread with homemade lemon curd are a new-generation favorite. —Kelly Trupkiewicz, Fort Collins, Colorado
"When it comes to seasonal sweets, this easy Christmas stollen is a recipe I know I can count on," notes field editor Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "The recipe is made with baking powder instead of yeast, so requires no rising."
We always knew it was Christmas when my mother-in-law sent us a German stollen. Now, our grown children continue to have stollen for the holidays. My daughter-in-law shared this recipe that doesn't use yeast.