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Cranberry-Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

For years, I made Swedish thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam and walnuts. Now at Christmas, I use pistachios and cranberries for holiday color. —Dion Frischer, Ann Arbor, MI
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Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

This fresh-tasting sauce, chock-full of blueberries, tastes great served over pancakes, French toast, waffles or even ice cream. Whether you use fresh or frozen blueberries, the flavor is fantastic...and with only four ingredients, it cooks up in a flash. —Ellen Benninger Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Our Test Kitchen had fun creating these jolly gelatin jigglers—but not as much fun as your kids are likely to have helping to make them! Best of all, you can vary the cookie-cutout shapes (and gelatin flavors) to suit a year of seasonal holidays—from Halloween to Valentine’s Day.

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

This seemed like a festive dessert to fix for the holidays, so I decided to try it out on my co-workers. They loved it!—Joanie Ward, Brownsburg, Indiana

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

This lovely make-ahead cake tastes as good as it looks. Rich, creamy and decadent, it’s perfect for company! Thanks to Lisa Ruehlow of Blaine, Minnesota for the recipe.

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Heather McKinley of Mechanic Falls, Maine shared this minty twist on typical cupcakes, then our Test Kitchen arranged them in a tree shape for a pretty presentation. The star on the top of the tree and cute packages tucked beneath are a snap to make with colorful candies.

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Snowman Sugar Cookies

"Store-bought dough speeds up the preparation time of these cute cookies," says Jean Wardrip Burr of Hope Mills, North Carolina. "They're so easy that the whole family- even little kids- can help decorate them."

Classic Sweet Potato Pie

Classic Sweet Potato Pie

Classic Sweet Potato Pie

Paul Azzone relies on this simple but special deep-dish pie to provide a down-home finish to hearty autumn meals served at home in Shoreham, New York. Pecans and pumpkin pie spice make this one comforting seasonal classic.

Almond Ice Cream Cups

Almond Ice Cream Cups

Almond Ice Cream Cups

For dessert, these dessert cups can't be beat. The recipe is a fun and delicious way to dress up plain vanilla ice cream.—Maribeth Edwards, Follansbee, West Virginia

Caramelized Angel Food Cake Sundaes

Caramelized Angel Food Cake Sundaes

Caramelized Angel Food Cake Sundaes

Angel food gets a sinful makeover with this easy recipe. If you have them on hand, fresh sliced strawberries make a wonderful addition. Yum! Jessica Ring - Chicago, Illinois

Raisin Pound Cake

Raisin Pound Cake

Raisin Pound Cake

Yellow cake mix, applesauce and raisins make this moist pleasantly spiced loaf a no-fuss favorite of LuEllen Spaulding. "I turn to this recipe when unexpected guests drop by because I usually have the ingredients in the cupboard," writes the Caro, Michigan baker. For a special occasion, top slices with fresh fruit.

Walnut Carrot Cake

Walnut Carrot Cake

Walnut Carrot Cake

"I hope you enjoy this quicker version of carrot cake," comments Ardyce Piehl from her home in Poynette, Wisconsin. To streamline it further, buy shredded carrots from the produce section and use prepared cream cheese frosting instead of homemade.
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