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Winning Comfort Food Recipes

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Apricot Almond Torte

Apricot Almond Torte

Apricot Almond Torte

“This pretty cake takes a bit of time, so I like to make the layers ahead of time and assemble the day of serving, making it an easier option for entertaining.” —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

Covered in chopped nuts and drizzled with chocolate, these cookies are delicious and pretty, too. Everybody looks forward to munching on them during the holidays. -Elizabeth Marino San Juan Capistrano, California

Christmas Mice Cookies

Christmas Mice Cookies

Christmas Mice Cookies

These whimsical little cuties taste like truffles. Every Christmas, we make sure to have enough for friends and neighbors. —Deborah Zabor, Fort Erie, ON
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Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

Salty pretzels pair nicely with sweet oranges in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that's a slam dunk at potlucks. —Peggy Boyd, Northport, Alabama

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

These popular pancakes are likely to spark a craving. For a different twist, switch the citrus ingredient to lime or lemon juice.—Brehan Kohl, Anchorage, Alaska

Apple Kuchen Bars

Apple Kuchen Bars

Apple Kuchen Bars

This recipe is about family, comfort and simplicity. My mom made this delicious sweet treat many a winters night and served it up warm with some of her famous homemade ice cream. I like to make a double batch and pass on the love! —Elizabeth Monfort, Celina, Ohio

Caramel-Fudge Chocolate Cake

Caramel-Fudge Chocolate Cake

Caramel-Fudge Chocolate Cake

To satisfy the chocolate lovers in our family, I added hot fudge topping and chocolate chips to a caramel-covered dessert that's quite popular in our area. The moist cake layer is a breeze to prepare using a boxed mix...and the rich toppings make it especially decadent. —Karen Stucky, Freeman, South Dakota

French Banana Pancakes

French Banana Pancakes

French Banana Pancakes

These pancakes are a real breakfast favorite in our family. Even our 8- and 10-year-old daughters make them all by themselves when they have friends spend the night. Now their friends' mothers are asking for the recipe! —Cheryl Sowers, Bakersfield, California

Florentine Chicken Soup

Florentine Chicken Soup

Florentine Chicken Soup

“My husband loves Alfredo sauce, so I'm always looking for new variations,” writes Cindie Henf from Sebastian, Florida. “This easy-to-make soup is wonderful with crusty Italian bread and a tomato-mozzarella-basil salad. Best of all, it's the perfect amount for two of us.”

Golden Peach Pie

Golden Peach Pie

Golden Peach Pie

Fourteen years ago, I entered this beautiful lattice-top pie in the Park County Fair in Livingston. It won a first-place blue ribbon plus a purple ribbon for "Best All Around"! My large family—and many friends agree with the judges that it's very delicious.

Hearty Baked Beans

Hearty Baked Beans

Hearty Baked Beans

This saucy dish is flavorful and filling, chock-full of ground beef, bacon and four varieties of beans. I've had the recipe for over 10 years and make it often for big appetites at home and potlucks at work and church. —Cathy Swancutt, Junction City, Oregon
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