Dress up a cookie plate with these old-fashioned spice bars full of raisins, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and nuts. Jeri Tirmenstein in Apache Junction, Arizona says the chewy treats are great with coffee or hot cocoa on frosty days. These cookies are said to be called "hermits" because they keep well--they're even better when hidden away like a hermit for several days!
Our Test Kitchen staff created these pretty layered gelatin molds using half a package of gelatin. You can use the other half to make plain gelatin (with half the water) or save to use up in another downsized dessert.
"I find it's challenging to make dessert for just the two of us-because we don't want lots of leftovers," shares Lee Bremson of Kansas City, Missouri. "But this dish works well. I usually serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top."
This smooth and creamy cheesecake-like treat is light, sweet and pretty, too. Convenience products make it quick and easy to prepare. “My husband also likes this dessert when I substitute blueberry pie filling,” notes Lanae Powell of McPherson, Kansas.
“My sister, who's a great cook, passed this recipe on to me,” notes Nell Wheeler from Warrenton, Virginia. “These buttery bars are studded with cranberries, pecans and coconut. They're pretty enough for Christmas, but I make them all year.”
"A friend sent me this recipe 25 years ago. I usually bake these tiny tarts for the holidays...but they are a hit any time of year," says Maggie Evans from Northville, Michigan. "They are easy to make, fudgy and moist-and everyone loves them."
"When I tasted this pretty dessert at a luncheon, I had to have the recipe," shares Maria Hull, Bartlett, Illinois. For variety, she suggests experimenting with different flavors of cookies or ice cream.