A treat for all tastes, this one’s sweet, tart and nutty all rolled into one. Make it during the holidays, for birthdays, and whenever you crave something fabulous and fruity.—Sonya Labbe, Los Angeles, California
Meet the Cook: I wish I knew who to thank for the idea for my cake. I first saw it on the dessert table at a picnic. Later, for something different, I did my own variation.
As a minister's wife for 58 years, I have tried many new dishes! Loyal and I have two children...four grandchildren...and two great-grandchildren.
-Lola Wiemer, Clarklake, Michigan
The inside scoop on this tasty treat is the white chocolate center, which makes for an especially rich dessert appropriate for celebrating New Year's. Carol Staniger of Springdale, Arkansas serves it when company calls and at holiday meals.
This torte signals springtime at Audrey Groe's Lake Mills, Iowa home. "Our 40-year-old rhubarb plants provide the filling, and they're always ready first thing in spring." she relates. "So it's a family tradition to bake it."—Audrey Groe, Lake Mills, Iowa
Meet the Cook: Birthdays and holidays are great times for cheesecake, and Thanksgiving's ideal for this particular one. In our annual church bake-off, it won first place.
I'm a stay-at-home mom to a son, 5...with the energy of 10 kangaroos!
-Tish Frish, Hampden, Maine
Meet the Cook: Thanks to this dessert, our house is a popular place in summertime. I make it for family get-togethers, picnics and potlucks, too. It's a treat on a breakfast or brunch buffet also. We like it best with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. We're the parents of a grown son.
-Linda Forrest, Belleville, Ontario
Just like the frosty version would, this snowball is sure to disappear fast at warm-weather gatherings! Tangy citrus is the delightful surprise when you taste the coconut-topped confection from Betty Friesen of Lake Oswego, Oregon. "My family's enjoyed the refreshing dessert at Christmas for nearly 50 years," she writes. "But it would be wonderful any time.
With chocolate bodies and licorice legs, these cute spiders on cobwebs will "catch" attention fast! They're easy to scare up, too—our home economists simply put a Halloween spin on cupcakes they baked from a purchased mix.
Boo! These goblins to gobble at Halloween events are sure to get grins, since our Test Kitchen cooks stuffed the puffs with the favorite pair of peanut butter and jam (plus even more treats such as whipped topping and cream cheese).
"The treats are easy for any age to make but pretty enough to share with friends. You can add color sprinkles to customize them for any holiday or occasion," relates Marcia Porch of Winter Park, Florida.