Our version of the classic German cookie is nice to have on hand throughout the holiday season. They stay fresh—and become more intense in flavor—when stored in an airtight container for weeks. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Every year at Christmas, my mother and I would make dozens of cookies, including this favorite. Now all the women in my family get together for a baking bonanza, rotating houses each year.
—Barbara Wilson, Thamesville, Ontario
I credit my mom with instilling in me a love of baking. Tried-and-true recipes like this make holidays with my family extra special. It wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread!—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
I love to see the end of a project, like this Christmas cottage—but my favorite part is the process. It's fun to watch the gingerbread, icing and candy decorations come together creatively. —Johanna Rosson, Fort Hood, Texas
This unusual dessert came from a little book I bought at a flea market many years ago. The broiled orange-coconut topping really dressed up a boxed gingerbread mix. When I bring it to potlucks and family get-togethers, it never lasts long!
-Paula Hartlett, Mineola, New York
Frozen toaster pastries make for a delightful crust in this quick four-ingredient creation. Chocolate pudding is easily transformed into a mousse-like layer of creamy goodness that is guaranteed to get rave reviews.
Back where I grew up in Wisconsin, people have been baking this German treat for generations. We love it for breakfast or as a special dessert. It's no fuss to fix and impressive to serve.
-Virginia Arndt, Sequim, Washington
I serve this biscotti at my tea parlor and explain to guests that "dunking" is quite appropriate. Friends love it when I put the dry ingredients in a jar, attach the biscotti recipe and give it as a gift.
— Linda James of Greenfield, Wisconsin
Cherry pie filling dresses up homemade chocolate cake layers in this impressive dessert. "I found the recipe on a newspaper we used for packing material when we moved to our new home," recalls Nancy Heesch of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "Our family enjoys it so much, it has become the traditional birthday cake at our house."