"A friend sent me this recipe 25 years ago. I usually bake these tiny tarts for the holidays...but they are a hit any time of year," says Maggie Evans from Northville, Michigan. "They are easy to make, fudgy and moist-and everyone loves them."
My grandmother taught me the tricks to making this cake, and I've added my own special touches. The melted chocolate keeps the icing from being too dry and gives it a texture similar to chocolate ice cream. I have more requests for the icing than I do anything else!—Susan Hayes, Massapequa, New York
"I love the flavor of peanut butter cups, so I dreamed up this creamy, rich pie to serve to company," shares Rosanne Marshall of Depew, New York. "It's wonderfully simple to make and always get rave reviews."
Since we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, these cookies were always on the menu. The cookies can be covered and refrigerated overnight or frozen for up to two months. —G.P. Busarow, Whitehall, Montana
Living in the town of North Pole, it's no surprise that Heather Peters enjoys Christmas baking! "My mom and I used to make these cookies together," she recalls. "Now that I am married and living in Alaska, I love to bake them for my own family. They remind me of home!"
"It's impossible to resist this scrumptious dessert," says field editor Carolyn Kyzer of Alexander, Arkansas. "With nuts, chocolate and a creamy cheesecake-like layer, these treats taste like homemade candy bars. I keep the ingredients on hand so I can whip up a batch anytime."
A crust of vanilla wafer crumbs and crushed peanuts provides this cool and creamy dessert with an extra tasty base. It's almost guaranteed that I'll bring home an empty pan when I take it to a potluck.
-Ardyce Piehl, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin