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My husband loves peanut butter, so this cake is his favorite. Sometimes I switch frosting recipes and use a chocolate frosting garnished with peanuts.
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Macadamia Almond Brittle

Macadamia Almond Brittle

Macadamia Almond Brittle

This is a nuttier version of a basic brittle recipe. I added macadamia nuts - my favorites - and the brittle turned out tastier than ever. I love making this crisp snack because the results are impressive...and the job goes fast using the microwave. -Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado

Almond Pear Tartlets

Almond Pear Tartlets

Almond Pear Tartlets

Although they're quick to fix, you'll want to savor these pretty pastries slowly. Delicately spiced pears are complemented by an almond sauce and a crispy crust. Be prepared to share the recipe.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Date-Walnut Pinwheels

Date-Walnut Pinwheels

Date-Walnut Pinwheels

Every time someone drops in for coffee, I bake up a batch of these fruit and nut pastries—I always keep the ingredients in my pantry. The recipe's a cinch to double, too, so it's good for parties and potlucks. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
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Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

The aroma of baking gingerbread stirs up such warm memories. This one looks festive and is even on the lighter side. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

Special Strawberry Torte

Special Strawberry Torte

Special Strawberry Torte

Meet the Cook: The reason this is such a favorite is it's a little different yet quick and easy. At one time, my husband was a mess sergeant in the National Guard. When it came to cooking, there was always a little discussion over doing it my way or the Army way! We have four grown children and five grandchildren. -Alyce Kafka, Wagner, South Dakota

Chocolate Butterscotch Tartlets

Chocolate Butterscotch Tartlets

Chocolate Butterscotch Tartlets

Tartlets are like cake pops—tiny and tasty, and a tempting way to experiment with different fillings. But this prizewinning combo is too good to toy with. —Jennifer Larison, Tucson, Arizona

Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

This spiced cookie has a real kick of ginger, similar to traditional German lebkuchen. If you don’t have crystallized ginger, use colored sprinkles. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream

I combined my two loves, cupcakes and pie, into one amazing treat. These pumpkin cupcakes have a piecrust bottom and a snow white topping. —Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, MN

Apricot Rice Custard

Apricot Rice Custard

Apricot Rice Custard

Creamy rice custard drizzled with apricot sauce makes a comforting dessert or a refreshingly different breakfast. As a young mother, housewife and substitute teacher, I haven't been cooking all that long, but it's easy to impress people with this recipe since it's simple and delicious. -Elizabeth Montgomery, Allston, MA

Lemon Blueberry Tart

Lemon Blueberry Tart

Lemon Blueberry Tart

You'll love this amazing combination of flavors. Lemon adds a zesty counterpoint to the tart's fruit topping and lovely, buttery crust. —Erin Chilcoat, Somerset, New Jersey

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

For a good friend moving to L.A., I made a galette of blueberries, creamy goat cheese and fresh basil. Bake one, share it and start a precious memory. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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