"I tell people these cookies are 'so good' and they are quick to agree after a taste," says field editor Marie Hattrup of Sparks, Nevada. Her fudgy treats feature a marshmallow layer topped with a squiggle of chocolate frosting.
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
Everyone will be purring with delight when they see—and taste—this cat cake. We used a store-bought cake mix for the body and head and purchased sponge cake for the ears, paws and tail. Then they whipped up fluffy frosting to serve as "fur" and fashioned features from candy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Easy-to-make bars from Margery Richmond in Fort Collins, Colorado are perfect family reunion fare! They hold up in hot weather, stack well and are easy to pick up and eat. With lots of peanuts and butterscotch flavor plus a rich, buttery crust, “Boy, are they good,“ says Margery.
Since I don't like store-bought sauces, I decided to come up with my own. I make it for family and for company, and I'll often get asked for the recipe.
My husband and I are both teachers, although I am now at home with our children...they're 7, 5, and 3. My hobbies are Bible study, international cooking (I like trying lots of recipes!) and planning activities with our youngsters.
Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time.
I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching!
-Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Coffee and ginger flavor this old-fashioned recipe Peggy Graving of Butte, Montana received from her mother-in-law years ago. "I always bake up a batch for the dessert buffet I host on Christmas Eve," Peggy writes. "Everyone comments on the taste, and the bell shape of the cookies adds to the festive occasion."
Children will find this colorful cake irresistible! It's a snap to put together when you use a cake mix to bake one round cake and a dozen cupcakes. To serve, first pass out the cupcakes, then cut up what's left. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Colorful dried cherries and pistachios star in this take on seven-layer bars. To switch it up even more, try cinnamon or chocolate graham cracker crumbs instead of plain and substitute pecans or walnuts for the pistachios. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen