With its 10-minute prep time and lovely blend of mild eggnog flavor and spices, this is a busy hostess’ dream dessert! It’s a staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, my grown kids request it whenever they come to visit. —Patti Leake, Columbia, Missouri
Just in time for harvest, here are some delicious drop cookies, plump with dates, pumpkins and nuts. The old-fashioned cream cheese frosting will remind you of Grandma’s kitchen.Eunice Stoen, Decorah, IA
In Larsen, Wisconsin, Nancy Heider makes the most of convenience items to come up with this moist old-fashioned cake. "It goes together quickly," she writes. "That's a plus for me, because I have a husband who loves desserts."
Meet the Cook: If a recipe has pumpkin in it, it's likely I'll enjoy it! This one resulted when I added my favorite key ingredient to an old recipe for spice cake that I had. Everyone who's tried it has enjoyed it.
We have two children, 7 and 4.
-Roberta Peck, Fort Hill, Pennsylvania
Crushed cookies give yummy crunch to this creamy dessert from Mary Smith. In Litchfield, Michigan, she uses cooked pumpkin and pie spice for the comforting fall pudding. "Try molasses cookies instead of gingersnaps," she says.