Granola goes glam when stowed in a see-through container decked out with tinsel. Nuts, dried fruit and more make a crunchy mix for topping oatmeal or eating by the handful. Tie on mini holiday bulbs fancied up with a metallic paint. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
Large, soft and chewy, the cookies make a great snack. The classic recipe have a warm blend of spices that seem to be more pronounced the second day. Your family is sure to ask you to make them again. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
This delicious "tree" created from chocolates—is rooted in Elisa Schmidt's generosity. "I wanted to give family and friends something they'd remember," she detailed. "So I whipped up piles of these sweets for everyone." Adding to the fun, the CT kitchen staff turned Elisa's treats into a tree. They took their cue from the way she described preparing those piles of candies in her kitchen. You'll find it easy to do the same for Valentine's ...a birthday...or to brighten a cloudy winte
For years I've taken this snack to our church retreat in two containers—one for each night—so it doesn't all disappear the first night. Other church members tell us that if we can't attend, we should just send the caramel corn. —Nancy Breen, Canastota, New York
My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister.
—Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota
Here's a wonderful treat for the season. Stir a tablespoon into coffee, tea or cider…drizzle it over pancakes, hot cereal or yogurt…or use it as a glaze for chicken or pork chops. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon