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Easy Recipes

Want a simple and delicious supper? Try these 5-ingredient favorites including pasta, pork, chicken, beef, vegetarian or dessert dishes.

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Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

Kids will love these colorful, crunchy bars. They’re a fun twist on the traditional marshmallow crispy treats…and because they’re so easy, older kids could whip up a batch on their own! —Christie Porter, Shipshewana, Indiana

Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake

When I worked full-time and needed a quick dessert to take to a potluck or a friend's home, this pie was always the answer. You can substitute a graham cracker crust or use another type of fruit pie filling for a change of pace. Even the chilling time is flexible if you're in a big hurry. -Mary Smith Bradenton, Florida

Layered Lemon Pie

Layered Lemon Pie

Layered Lemon Pie

This is a great ending for almost any meal that kids and adults all enjoy. The creamy lemon filling is always a hit with my husband. —Elizabeth Yoder, Belcourt, North Dakota
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Stuffing-Coated Chicken

Stuffing-Coated Chicken

Stuffing-Coated Chicken

I found this recipe in an old church cookbook, and it quickly became a favorite. I've used the microwaves at work to reheat left over for lunch. When the aroma of garlic and Parmesan cheese grabs the attention of coworkers, they all ask for the recipe. -Patricia Inman Litchfield, Minnesota

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

This smooth, versatile frosting has a delicate vanilla flavor. The woman who made the wedding cake for our daughter, Leanne, and her groom, Billy Waters, used this recipe. It's also excellent on carrot cake.

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this ambrosia recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

This is our daughter's favorite hot chocolate recipe. It may look like ordinary cocoa, but a touch of vanilla sets it apart from the rest. And the melted marshmallows give it a frothy body you won't get from a cocoa packet. —Jo Ann Schimcek, Weimar, Texas

Pull-Apart Caramel Coffee Cake

Pull-Apart Caramel Coffee Cake

Pull-Apart Caramel Coffee Cake

The first time I made this delightful breakfast treat for a brunch party, it was a huge hit. Now I get requests every time family or friends do anything around the breakfast hour! I always keep the four simple ingredients on hand. —Jaime Keeling, Keizer, Oregon

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie party platter for these fun kabobs. I often make it for my family to snack on, and it's a great recipe for the kids to help with. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

Christmas Jam

Christmas Jam

Christmas Jam

I have a passion for cooking, and it's probably my grandmother I can thank for it. She was a marvelous cook who could really stretch a food dollar. —Jo Talvacchia, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

People go wild over this golden, garlicky loaf whenever I serve it. There’s intense flavor in every bite. —Carol Shields, Summerville, Pennsylvania

Soft Chewy Caramels

Soft Chewy Caramels

Soft Chewy Caramels

One of my first experiences with cooking was helping my mother make these caramels. We'd make up to 12 batches each year. Today, I do at least 95 percent of the cooking at home, but my wife does much of the baking. —Robert Sprenkle, Hurst, Texas

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Sometimes a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is all you need to top your favorite cake or other dessert. To make ahead, slightly underwhip the cream, then cover and refrigerate for several hours. Beat briefly just before using.
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