I fell in love with cooking when I was 11 years old, and have enjoyed creating and modifying recipes since then. This cheesecake was a big hit when I first made it, and everyone agrees that it's the best flavor combination. —Shelly Klingler, Bloomington, Illinois
German sweet chocolate gives rich flavor to this simple specialty from Helen Phillips. Just a handful of ingredients and a microwave make the sweet fondue a fast favorite at her Horseheads, New York home. "We like it with dippers such as bananas, strawberries and marshmallows," she writes.
When it's time to start the cookie baking season, this recipe is always the first one I use. My mother-in-law first shared it with me, but it's too good to keep to myself! You can tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip. —Ann Scherzer, Anacortes, Washington
People eagerly anticipate these tasty cookies as part of our "season's eatings" each year. The surprise cherry center surrounded by a fluffy cookie makes this treat especially fun. With the chocolate coating, they're almost like candy—and always the first to go!
Field editor Gloria Warczak of Cedarburg, Wisconsin says, "My mother-in-law got this recipe from an Italian friend many years ago. I added the chocolate-nut crust. It is our very favorite dessert." —Gloria A. Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Since my husband is a cherry grower, I had our grandsons help me develop an ice cream recipe that used the fruit. This is what we came up with. Loaded with almonds, coconut, chocolate and cherries, this ice cream has become our family's all-time favorite.
-Mary Lou Patrick
East Wenatchee, Washington