They'll remember these crispy home-baked pastries long after they've licked the last bit of cinnamon-sugar off their fingers! Great with hot coffee, these make a super gift. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
I credit my mom with instilling in me a love of baking. Tried-and-true recipes like this make holidays with my family extra special. It wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread!Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
From North Richland Hills, Texas, Laurie LaClair shares this make-ahead delight that's just in time for your Halloween bash. "I dreamed up this wonderful concoction when I was yearning for the creamy orange ice cream treat of my childhood," she writes.
"Wow!" is the reaction from family and guests when they see and taste this lovely three-layer cake from Nancy Reichert. "White chocolate, coconut and pecans make the cake so delicious," notes the Thomasville, Georgia cook.
As colorful as the leaves on the autumn trees, this fruit salad disappears fast down to the last spoonful. The light dressing doesn't hide the refreshing flavors of the fruit. Pecans add crunch and the rich flavor of the harvest season.
-Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota
Though these squares may sound time-consuming to make, they're actually easy. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool so you can gobble them up!
This recipe's been in our family for years, I like serving the squares at room temperature, but they're good cold, too. They're delicious topped with strawberries or cherry pie filling.
I'm a "homebody" who enjoys any kind of cooking (for 5 years, I've been baking once a week for my husband's group at work). We have five children and three grandchildren.
This recipe started out as a plain bread pudding. My husband, Tom, suggested adding some pecans, then I decided to add the pie filling. These ingredients make the pudding crunchy, moist and even more delicious.
Because it can be made ahead, a gelatin salad like this one, brimming with fruit and nuts, is so convenient. This salad (another old standby from the cooking show I watched years ago) comes out of the mold easily and looks very attractive when served.
-Shirley Leister, West Chester, Pennsylvania