When it comes to a heartwarming treat on a chilly winter's day, this home-style crisp is hard to beat. The gingersnap-crumb topping nicely accents the apples, pears, raisins and dates.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
These pretty coconut-speckled candies are rolled in grated chocolate, but you could also coat them in finely chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles or jimmies. Beverly Coyde of Gasport, New York substitutes almond extract for the vanilla and chopped toasted almonds for the contest.
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
This recipe was handed down to me by my mother. It's so easy to make and always gets compliments. I like topping the nutty meringues with strawberries at Christmas, and I use peaches during the summer.
—Ginger Clark of Hinesville, Georgia
This wholesome treat is loaded with healthy ingredients, including apples, raisins, cranberries and walnut. There's plenty of flavor in every moist bite, and it comes together in minutes.
—Sami Taylor of Hermiston, Oregon
My friends and family encouraged me to enter my blonde brownie recipe in this contest. They love this pared-down version of the classic snack and never suspect that I use whole wheat flour. —Kai Kupinski of Canton, Michigan
From her kitchen in Covina, California, Sandy Bunte writes, “I have been making these bars for almost 40 years. I got the recipe from my mother who is 90 years old! They are great with vanilla ice cream (low fat, of course)”