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“On Saturdays, Mom would pack us five kids into the car, and we’d drive into the country looking for wild apple trees alongside the road. With the apples we picked, she’d bake this strudel, our traditional fall Sunday-morning breakfast.” —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
This dessert always reminds me of my great-grandmother, who gave my mom her love of good wholesome food. The crispy golden dumplings are filled with apples and topped with a sweet caramel sauce. A scoop of ice cream is the perfect finishing touch. —Jody Fisher, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
My failed attempt to make a triple-layer strawberry malt mouse resulted in this scrumptious dessert. I don't use puff pastry often, but it was simple to work with. My husband declared it one of the best desserts ever.
A rich buttery crust holds a meringue filling flavored with almond paste. With their delicate, dainty look, these cookies would be especially nice for a ladies' luncheon. —Helen Verbeke, Clifton, New Jersey
Your family will enjoy the old-fashioned appeal of these nutty rolls shared by Theresa Gingery of Blue Springs, Nebraska. Convenient refrigerated breadsticks are dressed up with a coconut coating that's oh-so-good.
These rich flaky butterhorns were made on Good Friday morning or Christmas Eve morning when I was growing up. We used them to celebrate the end of Lent or Advent and the joy of family and friends coming together. They're so special, they're worth the bit of extra effort.
-Michael Engerson, Hustisford, Wisconsin