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Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

I based this recipe on one my grandmother used to make—so sweet memories are baked into every bar. When making the frosting, carefully watch the butter and remove it from the heat as soon as it starts to brown. Do not use margarine.—Mary Wilhelm, Sparta, Wisconsin
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Star Sandwich Cookies

Star Sandwich Cookies

Star Sandwich Cookies

"I baked these treats for a church tea," says Patti Schmidt of Canton, Ohio. The night before, I gave a sample to the folks setting up. They like the cookies so much, they saved the rest to ensure they'd get some the next day!"

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

We live in a little community of 27—if everyone's home! A neighbor game this recipe when we first moved here, saying it dated back to the 1800"s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruit cake fan! My husband, who's the inventor of a three-point bale mover, and I have a grown son. I'm a crafter and collector.

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Cranberry-Orange Pound Cake

Meet the Cook: At the summer tourist resort in Ontario my husband and I operate, we prepare all the meals for our guests. So I'm always trying out new recipes. Some of my favorites are from my CW issues. We have two children, 22 and 18. -Sheree Swistun, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pie

This rich treat is a hit every time I serve it. The chilled filling, brimming with bananas, is refreshing, and the cookie crust provides a chocolaty crunch. Even a small slice will satisfy the biggest sweet tooth. —Taylor Carroll, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

You'll hardly be able to rein folks in once they see these crispy critters! CT's cooks hurried the herd together using a sweetened mix of chocolate, rice cereal and peanut butter, then designed deer with pretzels and candies.

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

People are crazy about these cashews coated in toffee and three kinds of chocolate. They make gift-giving sweet and simple for me!—Virginia Sauer, Wantagh, NY

Family Tree Fudgy Brownies

Family Tree Fudgy Brownies

Family Tree Fudgy Brownies

Decorated with names or not, LaTressa Allen's treats have rich fudge flavor and a gooey marshmallow layer that'll surely be a hit with your family. "Mine, for one, absolutely loves chocolate," she chuckles from Fort Worth, Texas. "I'm constantly trying new desserts with that ingredient—and have found these brownies please young and old alike."

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

Grilled Apple Crisp

The first time I tasted this old-fashioned apple crisp, i couldn't believe it was made on the grill. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, the warm cinnamony dessert will earn you rave reviews.

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

My husband and I are grain and dairy farmers...and big fans of strawberries. The fruit I pick often ends up in this pie. The combination of the cool creamy berry filling and the delightfully different meringue crust guarantees you'll hear, "Pass the pie, please", all around the table.

“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread Cottage

“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread Cottage

“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread Cottage

I love to see the end of a project, like this Christmas cottage—but my favorite part is the process. It's fun to watch the gingerbread, icing and candy decorations come together creatively. —Johanna Rosson, Fort Hood, Texas

Favorite Peach Pie

Favorite Peach Pie

Favorite Peach Pie

Brighten up a dark winter day with this sunshiny peach pie! The mouthwatering dessert from Margaret Hanson-Maddox of Montpelier, Indiana is yummy with a dollop of whipped cream. "This was one of my father's favorites."—Margaret Riley, Tallahassee, Florida
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