I was inspired to make these cookies last year when we stopped for a snack while Christmas shopping. I changed a few things when I got home, and my Fudge Puddles became a favorite with my husband's family. —Kimarie Maassen, Avoca, Iowa
When I made my first batch of these great cookies, so many asked for the recipe that I knew I had a hit! My baking rewards are the smiles on my family and friends' faces. —Mary Hepperle, Toronto, Ontario
With their red licorice tails, candy noses and peanut ears, these chewy "mice" were always a hit at classroom parties. My children are in their teens now, but they still ask me to make these cookies for the holidays.
Bella Vista, Arkansas
With their chocolate-dipped bottoms, peanut butter thumbprint filling and pretty chocolate drizzle on top, these cookies are fancy and fun! "The recipe is one of my mother's," writes Jennifer Moran of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Here's a nice change of pace from the more traditional sugar cookie cutouts. And children will find that these peanut butter versions are just as much fun to decorate with frosting, sprinkles and a dash of yuletide imagination.
"These cookies are soft and chewy with the old-fashioned goodness of oatmeal and peanut butter," says Rollin Barkeim of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. "I take them to work and on camping trips since they travel very well."
"This recipe combines several favorite flavors-peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate-in one big cookie," writes Patricia Schroedl of Jefferson, Wisconsin. "Before baking, I like to press a few extra M&M's on top for added color."
Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect combination. My cookie recipe can be changed to suit your sweet tooth. Try adding almond or mint extract. These cookies make a fun garnish for ice cream, too.—Beth Brown, Naples, Florida