Husband Gerry and I, married 36 years, love it when our children and grandchildren visit. One cake that gets "oohs" and "aahs" from the family every time is this luscious torte. It's as light as a feather and tastes heavenly. Plus, it looks so beautiful, it's perfect for special occasions.
"The tangy lime and mellow hazelnut flavors are a unique combination that sets these apart from other cutout cookies," writes Karen Morrell, Canby, Oregon. "After baking and cooling them, you can keep the cookies in the freezer until decorating...or bake, frost and eat the same day. They won't last long!"
The fudge recipe from my mother combines two ingredients commonly found in Viennese desserts—semisweet chocolate and hazelnuts. It's a staple in my home at the holidays. —Loranne Weir, San Ramon, California
These are scrumptious with sausage and scrambled eggs for breakfast or with cottage cheese and a sliced apple for a light lunch. The handheld snacks also make a coffee break special and afternoon tea a real treat.
-Julie Wood, Vancouver, Washington
Bring out a tray of these fancy fruit treats and watch everybody's eyes widen. The pears wear a nut-dusted caramel coating and an elegant drizzle of chocolate. They make a beautiful gift, wrapped in colored or clear cellophane.