"I came up with these fudgy peanut butter brownies when I ran out of ingredients I needed for my usual recipe," relates Marcella Cremer of Decatur, Illinois. "They take less than 10 minutes to mix up."
Decorated with names or not, LaTressa Allen's treats have rich fudge flavor and a gooey marshmallow layer that'll surely be a hit with your family. "Mine, for one, absolutely loves chocolate," she chuckles from Fort Worth, Texas. "I'm constantly trying new desserts with that ingredient—and have found these brownies please young and old alike."
It was always a treat when Mom let me help her make these cookies. Nowadays, I always double the recipe because they disappear so fast. The marshmallow is a nice surprise under the sweet frosting. —Lynell Renner, Zap, North Dakota
With chocolate bodies and licorice legs, these cute spiders on cobwebs will "catch" attention fast! They're easy to scare up, too—our home economists simply put a Halloween spin on cupcakes they baked from a purchased mix.
At the root of this treat is plenty of penny-wise practicality. "I first started making the 'logs' after I saw some chocolate-dipped pretzels at a shop," explains Mary Biebl of St. Paul, Minnesota. "They sure were appealing—but the price was outrageous. So I came up with my own version. "Nowadays, I often tie bundles of plastic-wrapped 'logs' with ribbons to give out a Christmas, or I'll set a stack out on a pretty plate for a party."—Mary Biebl, St. Paul, Minnesota
These scrumptious brownies get dressed up with a delicious browned butter frosting. The combination is delightfully different and assures they vanish fast around the house or at a party.
-Peggy Mangus, Worland, Wyoming
Heads will turn when you bring this unforgettable cake to the table. And the attention will only increase when you start cutting—revealing the creamy, luscious cherry filling. —Victoria Faulling, Methuen, Massachusetts
"Now that I'm retired and a new grandmother, I'm always looking for special treats to serve my grandchildren," says Bobi Raab of St. Paul, Minnesota. "These brownies have a rich chocolate taste and yummy brown butter frosting."
Some of the strawberry jam I put up every year makes its way into these brownies. I like to bake up a batch as a special treat for the learning-disabled students I teach. My husband and three sons enjoy them, too. —Teresa Jansen, Advance, Missouri