I adapted this recipe over the years for my family, and they think it’s wonderful. Not only are the muffins delicious, but they’re bursting with fantastic color, too. — Jeanne Bilhimer, Midland, Michigan
These are my son's favorites. He calls them "surprise muffins" because I pipe raspberry preserves into their centers. He likes them so much that sometimes I bake them in jumbo muffin tins, adding more preserves than I do for the regular size.
-Sue Santulli, Sea Girt, New Jersey
Meet the Cook: Whenever we have rolls and coffee after church, these come along with me.
Here on the high plains, we've been raising cattle, wheat and daughters for 30 years. Our two oldest are grown, and our youngest just began college.
-Betty Ann Wolery, Joplin, Montana
This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas.
-Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho
“I found this delicious recipe in a magazine years ago and adapted the original to make it my own," recalls Carol Gillespie of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. "The rich, bite-sized treats are full of cinnamon flavor and great with coffee!”
Paper bakery boxes lined with creatively cut tissue paper give these coffeehouse favorites a casual look. Dress up a box with polka-dot ribbon and a trio of fresh cinnamon sticks tied within a bow--their aroma is a clue to the treasures inside. —Bonnie Buckley, Kansas City, Missouri
I love cooking with green chilies because they add so much flavor to ordinary dishes. Once while making a pot of chili, I had some green chilies left over and mixed them into my biscuit dough, creating this recipe. The fresh-from-the-oven treats are a wonderful accompaniment to soup or chili.
-Angie Trolz, Jackson, Michigan
I usually serve this spectacular coffee cake on a silver tray with a small artificial poinsettia blossoms and leaves in the center. My daughter and I enjoy making specialty breads like this one and find they make excellent Christmas gives for family and friends.
—Gwen Roffler, Grassy Butte, North Dakota
Dotted with dried apricots and maraschino cherries, this tender coffee cake has a festive flavor and look. I love to serve it at Christmastime for my family, fellow teachers and students. It makes a welcome holiday gift, too.
-Linda Hollingsworth, Quitman, Mississippi
My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister.
—Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota