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 is my mother's—she's an excellent baker and cook. There was always some new food for my three brothers and me to try when we were growing up! I enjoy baking, too, as well as gardening and making stained glass windows and lamps.—Juliann Nelson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Flavored with cinnamon and apples, Sherry Ashenfelter’s rich, old-fashioned apple cake is moist, dense and down-home delicious. Even better, it 's quick to fix and, served warm with whipped cream or a dollop of frozen custard, one of her Waterville, Ohio family’s very favorite recipes for decades.
Here's a fun, layered dessert that will appeal to all ages. If you want it even nuttier, you can use chunky peanut butter, and if you're not a fan of cashews, substitute your favorite nut. —Barbara Schindler, Napoleon, Ohio
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