My grandsons started cooking by helping their grandpa mix up waffle and pancake batter. They also liked to make these nicely spiced cookies, which are fun to decorate with raisins and candies.—Shelia Hanauer, Reidsville, North Carolina
This recipe originated nearly 100 years ago at Gerstner & Koeble Konditory, a pastry shop in Vienna, Austria, which has delivered cakes, pastries and cookies to the Vienna Opera House since 1945.—Norbert Koblitz, Harveys, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Although I enjoy sweets, other recipes have failed me (I'm a beginning baker). But not this one! It's easy, and the ingredients are always on hand. Even my boyfriend, who doesn't like most sweets, can't pass these brownies.
Even as a young girl, I was always going through recipe books in search of something new to make. That's how I came across these brownies, a favorite for our family reunions and other get-togethers. They capture the rich flavor of a favorite cake with a few easy steps. Broiling the sweet coconut topping makes it goey and good. —Karen Grimes, Stephens City, Virginia
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