This tangy spread is easy to make and tastes especially good on hot, buttered cinnamon toast. The recipe makes enough to have on hand well beyond the growing season. —Betty Nyenhuis, Oostburg, Wisconsin
"When it was announced that dried cherries would be the featured ingredient in the baking competition that year, I experimented with adding them to my recipe. I love the combination of the cherries and the chocolate drizzle."
Both my grandmother and my mom used to make these eye-catching confections as a replacement for ordinary mints. When I offer them at parties, guests tell me the mints are wonderful, and then ask how I created the pretty swirl pattern. —Marilou Roth, Milford, Nebraska
My family and friends always feel treasured when I make this delicious bread for them. They really love its pretty wreath shape and chocolate cream cheese filling.
If you only want to make four coffee cakes, this recipe can easily be halved to fit into a regular mixing bowl. Or make it in two batches.