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Winning Dessert Recipes

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Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

I'm a busy mother of two young children. I work in our school office and help my husband on our hog and cattle farm. When I find time to bake a treat, I like it to be special. The creamy filling gives traditional peanut butter cookies a new twist. -Debbie Kokes, Tabor, South Dakota

Hazelnut Shortbread

Hazelnut Shortbread

Hazelnut Shortbread

We have several acres of hazelnut trees here in the Willamette Valley, where the climate is perfect for this crop. Harvesttime is a big family event with everyone pitching in to help. I try to incorporate this wonderful flavorful nut into our recipes, and this cookie is always a hit. -Karen Morrell, Canby, Oregon
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Lemon Butter Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

These tender cutout cookies have a slight lemon flavor that makes them stand out from the rest. They're very easy to roll out compared to other sugar cookies I've worked with. I know you'll enjoy them as much as we do. -Judy McCreight, Springfield, Illinois

Rolled Oat Cookies

Rolled Oat Cookies

Rolled Oat Cookies

I like to keep some of this dough in the freezer at all times since it's so handy to slice, bake and serve at a moment's notice. These wholesome cookies are super with a cup of coffee - in fact, we occasionally grab a few for breakfast when we're in a hurry. -Kathi Peters, Chilliwack, British Columbia

Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

When I take these rich brownies to any get-together, I carry the recipe, too, because it always gets requested. Children of all ages love the tempting "cookie dough" filling. This special treat is typically the first to be gone from the buffet table—even before the entrees! —Wendy Bailey, Elida, Ohio

Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a chocolate treat to share. These terrific cookies were an instant success. Once they debuted, I had to make them many more times. —Laura Bryant German, W. Warren, Massachusetts

Frosted Ginger Cookies

Frosted Ginger Cookies

Frosted Ginger Cookies

My husband and I just built a new house in a small rural community in western New York. I work all day in an office, and I enjoy baking in the evening to relax. The wonderful aroma of these soft delicious cookies in our oven has made our new house smell like home. -Jeanne Matteson, South Dayton, New York

Chocolaty Double Crunchers

Chocolaty Double Crunchers

Chocolaty Double Crunchers

I first tried these fun crispy cookies at a family picnic when I was a child. Packed with oats, cornflakes and coconut, they quickly became a "regular" at our house. Years later, I still make them for my own family. —Cheryl Johnson, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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

Pecan Cake Roll

Pecan Cake Roll

Pecan Cake Roll

Meet the Cook: Like my husband, I'm a retired teacher. This dessert is one that always went over big as a snack whenever I'd take it to share in the teachers' lounge! -Shirley Awald, Walkerton, Indiana
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