My daughter works at a summer camp, so I send treats. Instead of a cookie jar we use a coffee can and call it the Wrangler Feeding Trough. Everyone asks for this cookie. —Sue Klemm, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Tangy cranberries complement the appealing vanilla-citrus flavor of this quick bread shared by Ruth Burrus, a field editor from Zionsville, Indiana. The fine texture of her holiday loaf is similar to a pound cake.
These pretzel-shaped buttery chocolate cookies are covered in a rich mocha glaze and drizzled with white chocolate. My family goes wild over their chocolaty crunch. They're beautiful to serve and to give as gifts.
—Priscilla Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah
Kids of all ages enjoy receiving these fun-to-eat treats for Christmas. Once the pretzels are wrapped with plastic wrap and ribbons, you can tuck them into stockings, tie them onto gifts or slip them inside a glass jar. — Kay Waters, Benld, Illinois
My children and I often make these super-easy chocolate balls during the holiday season to dress up our cookie trays and gift baskets. For added color, the balls can be rolled in nonpareils, sprinkles or ground nuts.
Meet the Cook: My mother and I get together every year around Christmastime to make this delicious chocolate-coated toffee, using a recipe she got years ago in a cooking class. It's a tradition I plan to continue with my daughters and grandchildren. Our families and friends wait with mouths watering for their packages.
-Dianne Brooks, Augusta, Kansas
“We serve these tender, pretty cookies for afternoon tea at the bed-and-breakfast my husband and I operate with my parents,” notes Angela Everett of Port Arthur, Texas. “The bows make them look very special!”
As everyone in my neighborhood knows, Christmas is my very favorite time of year. I make many cookies, cakes and candies - including this easy but elegant recipe - to give to relatives and friends. The aroma of the chocolate and raspberry is heavenly when you're making these truffles.
-Helen Vail, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Rich and tender with a lovely vanilla flavor, these cute cutouts are sure to catch Santa's eye when you leave him a plateful! It wouldn't be Christmas for Jane Grosvold of Holcombe, Wisconsin without these expected treats.