To celebrate the pitter-patter of tiny feet (or any occasion), crisp buttery sugar cookies like these are a hit, hands down! They cut wonderfully into delicate shapes and look festive decorated with pink and blue sugar.
-Joyce Leach, Armstrong, Iowa
This is an old-fashioned pudding that's a cranberry lover's delight. Serve warm topped with whipped cream for an elegant look, or in bowls with rich cream poured over for a homey touch. —Lucy Meyring, Walden, Colorado
Memorable family meals were complete when these tangy bars were served, my husband remembers from his childhood. That's still true today for our family. Their sweetness rounds out the meal, but the lemony flavor keeps them light. Don't expect many leftovers once family and friends taste these bars! —Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas
Meet the Cook: Like my husband, I'm a retired teacher. This dessert is one that always went over big as a snack whenever I'd take it to share in the teachers' lounge!
-Shirley Awald, Walkerton, Indiana
Meet the Cook: Every Christmas, we have a big family dinner. Searching for something to replace heavy pies, my mom discovered this recipe one year. It's since become a tradition that we all look forward to.
At our house, my husband and our son, 13, are my "guinea pigs". Both of them love to eat - and I love to cook!
-Cindy Cafasso, Barrington, New Hampshire
Meet the Cook: People practically inhale this dessert. I modified another recipe years ago to come up with a different way of using cranberries - a favorite fruit of mine.
My husband and I have three grown children and two grandsons.
-Jo Ann Fisher, Huntington Beach, California
Meet the Cook: The first time I served my trifle was for a family dinner. Everyone loved it! I've since found that it also goes over well at potlucks and at buffet dinners.
Both of our children are grown. My husband and I have a market garden.
-Betty Howlett, Elmira, Ontario
My husband didn't care for fruitcake (which I love) - till he tasted this one.
He and I have three children. He's an avid fishermen...when others are canning fruits and vegetables, I'm busy canning and smoking salmon!
-Clare Brooks, Juneau, Alaska
While he was growing up, this was my husband's favorite Christmas dessert. When we married, his mother passed it on to me. I take it to family gatherings during the holidays and have yet had any to bring home! It's a cool recipe for summer as well. —Victoria Newman, Antelope, California