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Jolly Ginger Reindeer Cookies

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Sue Gronholz (Field Editor)
I made gingerbread cookies for years before realizing my gingerbread-man cutter becomes a reindeer when turned upside down. They’re super crispy and fun! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbo

Banana Butterfinger Pudding

Banana Butterfinger Pudding

Banana Butterfinger Pudding

You can substitute other kids of candy bars to suit your preference. The pudding flavor can be changed as well—perhaps to vanilla or butterscotch.—LaVerna Mjones, Moorhead, Minnesota

Marble Chiffon Cake

Marble Chiffon Cake

Marble Chiffon Cake

This confection's a proven winner—it earned LuAnn Heikkila a blue ribbon and was named Division Champion at the county fair in her hometown of Floodwood, Minnesota! "It's our favorite," she adds. "I'm the third generation in the family to make it."—LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota
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Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake

If you're looking for a down-home dessert, search no further. This fruity cake looks pretty on the plate and tastes like the kind Mom used to make. It's scrumptious in any season. Try serving it warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream.

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Furry friends from Julie Todd's party set inspired our home economists to bake a "purrfect" complementary cake. Wait and see—guests are sure to be drawn to this dessert...quicker than a cat to a mouse. Using a standard cake mix to keep their creation on the quick-and-easy side, our kitchen staff simply shaped felines and mittens using Julie's fun patters Then food coloring brightened up old-fashioned frosting to form spots, hearts whiskers and other details. For a final flavorful twist, li

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

“The holidays are the perfect time to try this quick twist on a traditional pumpkin pie,” suggests Marion Stoll, Dent, Minnesota. “I often make it ahead, so it goes from freezer to feast!”

Marshmallow Grasshopper Pie

Marshmallow Grasshopper Pie

Marshmallow Grasshopper Pie

After a hearty meal, this light, refreshing pie hits the spot. Chocolate and mint are definitely meant for each other. I make this festive treat at Christmas and whenever my son comes to visit. He loves it with sweet cherries on top.

Berry Apple Pie

Berry Apple Pie

Berry Apple Pie

Our active family is full of big eaters. So I’m happy for our raspberry patch, our apple orchard and pie recipes like this one. You can substitute frozen berries for fresh.—Heidi Jo Keranen, Bruno, MN

Baby Buggy Cake

Baby Buggy Cake

Baby Buggy Cake

A little one is on the way...that message will be clear as can be when you roll out this carriage confection for a baby shower! To make the sweet treat, our cooks used ordinary round pans to bake two same-size cakes, then cut them into basic shapes to produce a buggy. Fancy cake decorating techniques provided all of the pretty finishing touches. Need a dessert that serves more than 12 guests? Prepare two buggies—making one baby blue and one pink.

Raisin Carrot Cake

Raisin Carrot Cake

Raisin Carrot Cake

This lightened-up moist cake is a favorite with my husband and son.—Joyce Donald, Star City, Saskatchewan

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

I like to make this very rich ice cream at home, then take it to parties or dinners. It's so convenient. If I pour it in the freezer right before we leave, It's done when we arrive—and it "ripens" by the time that it's served!
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