Sacher Torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL
Meet the Cook: Every Christmas, we have a big family dinner. Searching for something to replace heavy pies, my mom discovered this recipe one year. It's since become a tradition that we all look forward to.
At our house, my husband and our son, 13, are my "guinea pigs". Both of them love to eat - and I love to cook!
-Cindy Cafasso, Barrington, New Hampshire
Meet the Cook: People practically inhale this dessert. I modified another recipe years ago to come up with a different way of using cranberries - a favorite fruit of mine.
My husband and I have three grown children and two grandsons.
-Jo Ann Fisher, Huntington Beach, California
Meet the Cook: The first time I served my trifle was for a family dinner. Everyone loved it! I've since found that it also goes over well at potlucks and at buffet dinners.
Both of our children are grown. My husband and I have a market garden.
-Betty Howlett, Elmira, Ontario
Meet the Cook: For me, baking is a relaxation rather than a chore. This is one of my favorites, a dessert I adapted from a neighbor's recipe for praline chocolate pie.
The house my husband and I live in is in the suburbs, overlooking fields.
-Sandra Haase, Baltimore, Maryland
My husband didn't care for fruitcake (which I love) - till he tasted this one.
He and I have three children. He's an avid fishermen...when others are canning fruits and vegetables, I'm busy canning and smoking salmon!
-Clare Brooks, Juneau, Alaska
While he was growing up, this was my husband's favorite Christmas dessert. When we married, his mother passed it on to me. I take it to family gatherings during the holidays and have yet had any to bring home! It's a cool recipe for summer as well. —Victoria Newman, Antelope, California
Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time.
I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching!
-Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Meet the Cook: As a cold and tasty finishing touch, my husband and I usually put a dip of ice cream on top of this pie. The recipe's from my mother - each year, I make it for Christmas, and then for my sister-in-law's New Year's party besides.
-Laverne Kamp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
I can turn any meal into a celebration with this cake. When they cut into it, people are bowled over by this moist not-too-sweet cake. The pecan filling is another unexpected treat.—Linda Van Holland, Innisfail, Alberta
Meet the Cook: In our chocolate-loving house, this cake disappears very quickly! My husband and I have a 6-month-old son. We enjoy the peacefulness of country living.
-Dorcas Yoder, Weyers Cave, Virginia