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I made these "turtle-like" concoctions one Christmas for a sweets exchange. My dad saw them on the counter waiting to be boxed up and couldn't believe I made them. He said they looked like they came from a candy shop. That's the best compliment I've ever received. -Carrie Burke Conway, Massachusetts
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Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

Oat-Fashioned Strawberry Dessert

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

Golden Chocolate Cake

Golden Chocolate Cake

Golden Chocolate Cake

At our Wisconsin farm, dessert was just as important as the main course. This idea has followed us to California, where I'm still on the lookout for good dessert recipes. This moist cake is a favorite since it's chock-full of fun ingredients like chocolate candy bars, pecans and coconut. -Kay Hansen, Escondido, California

Black Cat Brownie

Black Cat Brownie

Black Cat Brownie

“My Mom made this treat for me and my brother every Halloween as we were growing up, " recalls Janice Korsmeyer of Highland, Illinois. "Today, my own daughter enjoys it each year, too. It's so easy to make, always a great hit with children and a fun tradition to pass on.”
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Hazelnut Pear Cake

Hazelnut Pear Cake

Hazelnut Pear Cake

From the hazelnuts to the yummy brown butter glaze, this cake is a little different from an everyday pound cake. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Zesty Lemon Curd

Zesty Lemon Curd

Zesty Lemon Curd

There are lemon trees in our backyard, so I'm always on the prowl for new ways to use the fruit. When we shared some of our homegrown citrus with neighbors—Canadians who were spending the winter here—the wife "repaid" us by giving us this recipe! The curd keeps well, and it can be used for any meal. My husband likes it on waffles and toast for breakfast, but it's also a great dessert topping on plain cake or ice cream. —Jean Gaines, Bullhead City, Arizona

Rocky Road Freeze

Rocky Road Freeze

Rocky Road Freeze

Meet the Cook: Vary my recipe if you like. In place of peanuts, try using walnuts, pecans or cashews on occasion. Or substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate chips. For a luscious dessert-on-the-go, put a double dip into a cone. You can also serve this for fancy occasions...it looks luxurious in a clear-glass sauce dish. -Sheila Berry, Carrying Place, Ontario

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

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

Coconut Yule Trees

People say they love my coconut macaroon-like Christmas trees because they look so festive. Once decorated, these trees light up a room—just like the real thing. —Michelle Retterer, Marysville, Ohio

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Meet the Cook: This pie is a nice light and refreshing finish to a summer picnic or patio supper. I like that it can be made ahead. Married for 35 years, I've always enjoyed cooking. We have two grown sons and three small granddaughters. -Judith Wilke, Dousman, Wisconsin

Chunky Peanut Brittle

Chunky Peanut Brittle

Chunky Peanut Brittle

As a farm girl, I often made Christmas goodies with my mother for our family of eight candy-loving kids. Now, my own children and grandkids say the season wouldn't by the same without a tray filled with this chocolaty peanut brittle.

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon-Mint Pound Cake with Strawberries

Lemon and mint are two ingredients that shout summer to me. This twist on strawberry shortcake comes together like a charm and is great when you want to impress. —Nichole Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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