These finger-licking muffins have the appeal of old-fashioned sticky buns without the fuss of yeast dough. Their delightful blend of flavors comes from walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and sunny orange zest. They're a sure morning eye-opener and a treat anytime.
-Sandi Ritchey, Silverton, Oregon
"This version of Finnish 'pulla' has always been an important part of our family celebrations," shares Doris Lystila of Townsend, Massachusetts. "This recipe is special because it can be made in a bread machine. Cooks who do not deal well with yeast dough will find that this adaptation is just what they've been looking for."
From Orange Park, Florida, Barbara Carlucci shares this warm appetizer dip that sets its flavor from an herb soup mix. Crispy golden pizza dough strips are perfect for digging into the thick cheesy mixture.
These whole wheat breakfast rolls are a real treat, with their hint of cinnamon and sweet glaze! "I came up with this original recipe while trying to make cinnamon rolls without using butter, margarine or oil," recalls Connie Knudtson, Joplin, Missouri. "It won first prize in the heart-healthy cooking contest at the Ozark Empire Fair one year."
Moist and crusty, with tasty flecks of crawfish tail meat and zippy peppers, this is a tempting, distinctive corn bread. I like to serve it warm alongside soups and stews for a memorable lunch or supper.
-Eloise Waler, Rayville, Louisiana
Mary Falk's grandmother made date stollen every Christmas. Over the years, the Cambridge, Wisconsin cook replaced her grandmother's date filling with nuts. You can also top off this sweet yeast bread with either a vanilla glaze, drizzle or frosting to suit your family's taste.
I usually serve this spectacular coffee cake on a silver tray with a small artificial poinsettia blossoms and leaves in the center. My daughter and I enjoy making specialty breads like this one and find they make excellent Christmas gives for family and friends.
—Gwen Roffler, Grassy Butte, North Dakota
I grew up near Idaho where they're famous for "spudnuts," a donut made from mashed potatoes. I reworked a recipe using sweet potatoes flecked with cranberries to come up with these doughnuts. I like to serve them for dessert. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California