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Your Pastry-Baking Bucket List

From homemade dough to inventive flavors, these are the pastries that have been missing from your recipe book!

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Cast-Iron Peach Crostata

While the crostata, an open-faced fruit tart, is actually Italian, my version’s peach filling is American all the way. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pear-Berry Breakfast TartsTaste of Home

Pear-Berry Breakfast Tarts


When my kids were small, I could never get pancakes on the table while they were all still hot. Then I got the idea for these breakfast tarts. They're a good and simple recipe for any busy family. —Joan Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts
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Double Nut BaklavaTaste of Home

Double Nut Baklava


It may take some time to make this rich, buttery treat, but it's well worth the effort! The blend of coconut, pecans and macadamia nuts is irresistible. —Kari Kelley, Plains, Montana
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Creamy Lemon Almond PastriesTaste of Home

Creamy Lemon Almond Pastries


I love lemon filled doughnuts when I can find them. This recipe brings the concept to a new level by placing the filling into a baked beignet and enhancing it with a bit of almond flavoring and toasted almonds. The result? Sunshine in a bite. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Creme de Menthe Cream Puff TreeTaste of Home

Creme de Menthe Cream Puff Tree


A tower of creme de menthe-flavored puffs makes a spectacular centerpiece for your dessert table. Guests will have this sumptuous pyramid deconstructed in no time at all! —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
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Blood Orange & Goat Cheese GaletteTaste of Home

Blood Orange & Goat Cheese Galette


I made this French galette for my mother-in-law's birthday, and it was a sensational hit. There is something about the gorgeous hue of the blood oranges that transforms a rustic pie into an elegant dessert. —Tia Laws, Enterprise, Oregon
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Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese EmpanadasTaste of Home

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Empanadas


I created this appetizer because I entertain a lot and am always trying to think of things I can do ahead of time. I always need to make extra because people love them so much! —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California
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Browned Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar CrustTaste of Home

Browned Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust


How do you make good old-fashioned apple pie even better? Enhance the crust with shredded cheddar cheese and stir browned butter into the filling. Wonderful! —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Sugar Plum Phyllo KringleTaste of Home

Sugar Plum Phyllo Kringle


Thanks to store-bought phyllo dough, this pastry is easier to make than it looks. Serve it not only for breakfast, but also for dessert with a scoop of ice cream. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Mini Beef TourtieresTaste of Home

Mini Beef Tourtieres


Here's a twist on the traditional tourtiere recipe. Ground beef replaces pork, and cream cheese pastry takes the place of pie pastry. The filled mini cups make a melt-in-your-mouth addition to a holiday buffet. —Cheryl Bruneau, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Orange Sweet Potato Pie with Ginger StreuselTaste of Home

Orange Sweet Potato Pie with Ginger Streusel


Flecks of orange zest add a pleasant texture and zip to this classic sweet potato pie. Cook and mash the potatoes a day ahead to save time on pie-making day. —Lindsey Cook, Dallas, Texas
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Lemon Yeast PuffsTaste of Home

Lemon Yeast Puffs


The lemon flavor in these yeast muffins makes them unique. My husband is a minister, and we're invited to many potlucks. People love these muffins.
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Banana Cream EclairsTaste of Home

Banana Cream Eclairs


To surprise my banana-loving family, I made this dessert for a reunion, where it stood out among the usual fare. These special treats are something to look at and mouthwatering delicious. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Coconut Meringue PieTaste of Home

Coconut Meringue Pie


This cute coconut pie has a fluffy meringue filling that bakes to beautiful, tall peaks and is sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes. —Lois Bayliff, Findlay, Ohio
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PalmiersTaste of Home

Palmiers


It takes just two ingredients to make these impressive but easy-to-do French pastries, which are often called palm leaves. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Apple KolachesTaste of Home

Apple Kolaches


A fellow home cook shared this recipe for a sweet, fruit-filled pastry. My son, who isn’t a dessert fan, was disappointed when he came home to find his dad had polished off the last kolache in the batch. —Ann Johnson, Evansville, Indiana
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Sweet & Salty Truffle PieTaste of Home

Sweet & Salty Truffle Pie


Homemade truffles—a little bit sweet and a little bit salty—will keep you coming back for more. Store extra truffles in the fridge.—Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
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Vanilla Cream Puff DessertTaste of Home

Vanilla Cream Puff Dessert


Inspired by classic cream puffs, this recipe is a wonderful treat. I've served it at Cub Scout banquets, birthday parties and holidays. I'm a regular baker, and this dessert is one of my all-time favorites. —Denise Wahl, Homer Glen, Illinois
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Cherry DanishTaste of Home

Cherry Danish


These ruby-studded pastries will be the first to disappear from your brunch table. You can use apple pie filling with equally good results. —Christie Cochran, Canyon, TX
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Cranberry-Apple Lattice PieTaste of Home

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie


Two favorite fall fruits bring out the best in each other — and rum works its own mellow magic. Few people pass up a piece of this pie. — Adri Barr Crocetti, Sherman Oaks, California
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Heart's Delight EclairTaste of Home

Heart's Delight Eclair


This lovely and luscious treat is rumored to have been the favorite dessert of European royalty long ago. I know that it's won the hearts of everyone I've ever made it for. Enjoy! —Lorene Milligan, Chemainus, British Columbia
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Strawberry BlissTaste of Home

Strawberry Bliss


My easy-to-make puff pastry crust is topped with a soft-set pudding layer that has a hint of strawberry flavor. It needs to chill for at least an hour, so it’s your new go-to for a make-ahead brunch! —Candace Richter, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Mediterranean Pastry PinwheelsTaste of Home

Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels


These quick appetizers are irresistible. The flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto balance beautifully. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
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Spinach TurnoversTaste of Home

Spinach Turnovers


The flaky cream cheese pastry adds sensational texture to these hot appetizers—and just wait until you taste the wonderful filling. I usually fix a double batch and freeze some to have on hand in case unexpected guests drop by. — Jean von Bereghy, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Heirloom Tomato Galette with PecorinoTaste of Home

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino


I found beautiful heirloom tomatoes and had to show them off. In this easy galette, the tomatoes are tangy and the crust is beyond buttery. —Jessica Chang, Playa Vista, California
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Sweet Almond TwistsTaste of Home

Sweet Almond Twists


These delicate almond pastries make lovely light-as-air accompaniments for coffee, tea or cocoa. Your guests will never guess the recipe calls for packaged frozen dough. When I give them as a fresh-baked gift, I tuck in a note saying that they're best served warmed—and right away! —Gloria Devendittis, Waterford, Connecticut
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Homemade Pear PieTaste of Home

Homemade Pear Pie


I entered this pie in a local baking contest and ended up winning! Bartlett pears hold up well when baked, adding a nice layer of texture. —Darlene Jacobson, Waterford, Wisconsin
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Rustic Chocolate Raspberry TartTaste of Home

Rustic Chocolate Raspberry Tart


Here’s a delectable dessert that’s simple but feels upscale. With its fresh raspberries and Nutella-covered homemade pastry crust, you and your guests won’t be able to get enough. —Christina Seremetis, Rockland, Massachusetts
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Salmon Mousse CupsTaste of Home

Salmon Mousse Cups


I make these tempting little tarts frequently for parties. They disappear at an astonishing speed, so I usually double or triple the recipe. The salmon-cream cheese filling and flaky crust will melt in your mouth. —Fran Rowland, Phoenix, Arizona
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Blueberry Pie with Lemon CrustTaste of Home

Blueberry Pie with Lemon Crust


I just had to share this blueberry pie recipe. Mom and I have fun making it together, and I hope one day to be a great baker like she is. —Sara West, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Hand-Held Apple PiesTaste of Home

Hand-Held Apple Pies


When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was thrilled when she shared it with me—I finally felt like an adult! —Katie Ferrier, Houston, Texas
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Raspberry Chocolate PuffsTaste of Home

Raspberry Chocolate Puffs


This chocolaty, flaky dessert is one of my favorite show-off recipes because it makes a spectacular presentation. The best part? It’s actually surprisingly easy and quick to make. —Anneliese Deising, Plymouth, Michigan
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Classic Butter Pie PastryTaste of Home

Classic Butter Pie Pastry


This all-butter pastry makes a flavorful, flaky pie crust that is easy to handle and bakes up golden brown and beautiful. It’s just like Mom’s—only better! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Velvety Chocolate Butter Pecan PieTaste of Home

Velvety Chocolate Butter Pecan Pie


Serious dessert lovers go nuts over this one that combines the best of two classics: pecan pie and chocolate pie. Bittersweet chocolate tames the sweetness and adds a richness that is simply irresistible. —Helen Fields, Springtown, Texas
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Fontina Asparagus TartTaste of Home

Fontina Asparagus Tart


This lemony tart is loaded with fontina cheese and fresh asparagus. It's a snap to make but looks really impressive. Be advised…your guests will be vying for the last tasty slice. —Heidi Meek, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Raspberry Sugar Cream TartsTaste of Home

Raspberry Sugar Cream Tarts


My tarts bring back memories of growing up baking with my mom. They’re perfect for holidays at home, as well as for gifts. —Cathy Banks, Encinitas, California
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German Plum TartTaste of Home

German Plum Tart


The buttery crust of this fruit-filled treat melts in your mouth. You can substitute sliced apples or peaches for the plums with great results. I've used this crust with blueberries, too. —Helga Schlape, Florham Park, New Jersey
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Reuben RoundsTaste of Home

Reuben Rounds


Fans of the classic Reuben sandwich will go crazy for baked pastry spirals of corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut. They're so easy to make, and bottled Thousand Island dressing makes the perfect dipping sauce. —Cheryl Snavely, Hagerstown, Maryland
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Butterscotch Pumpkin PuffsTaste of Home

Butterscotch Pumpkin Puffs


Yummy things come in these little pudding-rich "packages." The puffs can be made and frozen in advance, then filled before serving for a time-saving dessert. —Michelle Smith, Running Springs, California
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Ricotta Pie (Pizza Dolce) with Chocolate and RaspberryTaste of Home

Ricotta Pie (Pizza Dolce) with Chocolate and Raspberry


My grandmother recalls ricotta pie always making an appearance on Easter when she was little. Now I've taken here recipe and created a pared down version for a more upscale appearance at holidays and other gatherings. —Stephen DeBenedictis, Wakefield, Massachusetts
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Christmas Cherry Citrus PastriesTaste of Home

Christmas Cherry Citrus Pastries


Homemade candied citrus strips were the inspiration for these petite cream cheese-rich cherry pastries. They take a little extra time to prepare but are well worth it!—Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Triple Pear PieTaste of Home

Triple Pear Pie


One year, I won a giveaway and received three different kinds of pears. After sharing a few with family, I decided to use the rest to prepare a pie for our dessert at Easter that year. Put this together with some vanilla ice cream and it's the perfect pairing! —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Curried Mushroom EmpanadasTaste of Home

Curried Mushroom Empanadas


A rich mushroom filling is spiced with mild curry and wrapped in flaky pastry. These two-bite treats cross Indian flavor with classic Mexican empanadas for an appetizer that will disappear like magic! —Pat Cronin, Cotuit, Massachusetts
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Finger-Licking Good Mini Cream PuffsTaste of Home

Finger-Licking Good Mini Cream Puffs


This recipe is quick and easy to whip up and the kids will love it! They are perfect to pack for a picnic or to have as a snack for family game night I guarantee you can't eat just one…hey are so addicting & they're perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth! —Jennifer Erwin, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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Spicy Crab Salad TapasTaste of Home

Spicy Crab Salad Tapas


I served these at a party and everyone went wild! These delicious morsels have a crispy flaky outside filled with creamy sweet crab that has a little kick. I used scalloped-edge cookie cutters to cut my pastry, but you can use a small biscuit cutter. —Vanessa Mason, Summerdale, Alabama
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Onion TartTaste of Home

Onion Tart


Onion lovers are sure to be asking for second helpings of this appetizing tart - it uses two kinds of onions! Parmesan and feta cheese, nutmeg and hot pepper sauce enhance the flavor nicely. With its quiche-like filling, the dish is ideal for a brunch or buffet. -Christine Andreas, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Mushroom PalmiersTaste of Home

Mushroom Palmiers


I found this recipe while working at a small-town museum in West Texas. It was the appetizer for a fundraiser a long, long time ago, and it’s still a huge hit at parties. Frozen puff pastry helps make it easy and impressive. The palmiers also freeze well. —Judy Lock, Panhandle, Texas
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French Lemon-Apricot TartTaste of Home

French Lemon-Apricot Tart


If you like the tang of citrus, you’ll love this lemon tart. The apricot preserves on top add a nice bit of sweetness. —Peggy Lunde, Costa Mesa, California
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Fried Sweet Potato PiesTaste of Home

Fried Sweet Potato Pies


With my dad being a farmer who grew them, sweet potatoes have graced our table for as long as I can recall. These, though, resulted from an experiment at a church bake sale when we had excess pastry. People couldn't get enough!—Marilyn Moseley, Toccoa, Georgia
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Beth Howard's Apple PieTaste of Home

Beth Howard's Apple Pie


When forced to choose my favorite pie, I go with classic apple. I love the combination of a buttery crust, apples, sugar and cinnamon.—Beth Howard, Eldon, Iowa
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Overnight Cherry DanishTaste of Home

Overnight Cherry Danish


These rolls with their cherry-filled centers melt in your mouth and store well, unfrosted, in the freezer. —Leann Sauder, Tremont, Illinois
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Apple Butter and Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

Apple Butter and Pumpkin Pie


I'm proud of this pie because I made it up in my head, and it turned out very well! It's a little different from traditional pumpkin or pecan pie, which makes it a nice holiday surprise. —Sherry Little, Sherwood, Arkansas
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Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Walnut StreuselTaste of Home

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Walnut Streusel


Because my husband loves pumpkin pie, I've looked high and low for that "perfect" recipe. But as soon as he tasted this tart, he told me to stop searching, declaring this the best he's ever tried! —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri
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Aussie Sausage RollsTaste of Home

Aussie Sausage Rolls


I was born and raised in Australia, but moved to the U.S. when I got married. When I long for some Australian recipes, I bake up a batch of this sausage roll recipe and share them with neighbors or co-workers. —Melissa Landon, Port Charlotte, Florida
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Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue PieTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie


My husband’s grandmother was a great cook but didn’t always share her secrets, so we are fortunate to have her recipe for rhubarb cream pie. I added one of my favorite crusts and a never-fail meringue. —Elaine Sampson, Colesburg, Iowa
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Easy Elephant EarsTaste of Home

Easy Elephant Ears


You’ll love the classic cinnamon-sugar flavor of these crispy bite-size treats. Even more, you’ll love that they call for just three ingredients and are so simple to assemble. —Bob Rose, Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Lime Divine TartsTaste of Home

Lime Divine Tarts


Winter is prime time for limes, so why not showcase them at your holiday party? These cute cups are impressive but easy to make. —Ann Yri, Lewisville, Texas
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German Apple StrudelTaste of Home

German Apple Strudel


This gorgeous strudel has just what you crave this time of year: thin layers of flaky crust and lots of juicy apples. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Chocolate Pear Hazelnut TartTaste of Home

Chocolate Pear Hazelnut Tart


As a teenage foreign exchange student in the south of France, I was horribly homesick. Then my host family's Grandmother Miette arrived and asked if I'd like to help her bake this nutty tart from scratch. It turned my trip around and inspired my lifelong passion for baking. Weighing ingredients, roasting nuts, kneading dough—the art of baking transcends language. —Lexi McKeown, Los Angeles, California
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Berry WhirligigTaste of Home

Berry Whirligig


Blackberries are an Oregon treasure. We love to go out and pick our own. Whatever we don’t eat fresh, we freeze to enjoy whenever we start dreaming of this irresistible treat. —Pearl Stanford, Medford, Oregon
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Pancetta, Pear & Pecan PuffsTaste of Home

Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs


I was recently at a wedding reception where the menu was all small bites. Here’s my rendition of the pear pastries they served. They're the perfect combo of savory and sweet. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Goat Cheese & Onion PastriesTaste of Home

Goat Cheese & Onion Pastries


A flaky puff pastry crust holds sweet caramelized onions and creamy goat cheese for an easy yet upscale appetizer. The recipe is a must on all our entertaining menus. —Heidi Ellis, Monument, Colorado
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Brandied Apricot TartTaste of Home

Brandied Apricot Tart


Canned apricots make this golden, buttery tart a wonderful option any time of year. I brush them with preserves and brandy, then sprinkle on almonds for a bit of crunch. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Honey-Roasted Figs in Puff PastryTaste of Home

Honey-Roasted Figs in Puff Pastry


I created this recipe for a national honey contest and won third place! I was thrilled, and you will be, too, when you try these tasty but elegant desserts. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey
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Pretty Peach TartTaste of Home

Pretty Peach Tart


When ripe peaches finally arrive at fruit stands, this is the first recipe I reach for. It's just plain perfection—and a delightful way to celebrate their arrival! You can make the tart with other varieties of fruit, too. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Bohemian KolachesTaste of Home

Bohemian Kolaches


This kolache recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, who received it from her mother! It was a standard treat in their family, made nearly every week. Now I make these kolaches for my own family for special occasions. —Maxine Hron, Quincy, Illinois
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Ham N Cheese QuichesTaste of Home

Ham N Cheese Quiches


When I need a festive finger food, this quiche recipe is the one I reach for. With cheese in both the crust and the filling, eating one quiche naturally leads to another. —Virginia Abraham, Oxford, Mississippi
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Dutch LettersTaste of Home

Dutch Letters


These S-shaped super flaky butter pastries filled with almond paste and topped with crunchy sugar are popular in both Iowa and Holland during the Christmas season. Here's a recipe that will let you make and enjoy them all year round. —Shirley De Lange, Byron Center, Michigan
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Cheese Huckleberry PieTaste of Home

Cheese Huckleberry Pie


This huckleberry pie has a cookielike press-in crust, a fluffy cream filling and a layer of luscious huckleberries on top. I think it really shows off the lovely dark glossy berries. —Dianne Doede, Trout Lake, Washington
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Tomato and Corn Cheesy Pastry BitesTaste of Home

Tomato and Corn Cheesy Pastry Bites


Local veggies and herbs have a magical knack for inspiring me to cook. After my CSA box arrived, I used the fresh ingredients to create this adorable appetizer. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York