The enticing aroma of anise filled the kitchen and wafted through the house as Mom baked these crisp cookies when I was a girl. Mom always kept a big glass jar filled so we had a supply of these traditional cookies on hand. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California
As a mouthwatering finale, Nancy Granaman of Burlington, Iowa whips up her tiramisu and serves it in pretty parfait glasses. “These are a long-time favorite dessert,” she comments. “I think they look so pretty with a drizzle of chocolate, sprinkle of mini chips or cocoa on top."—Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa
Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe, with its luscious layers of cheesecake and coffee. It's one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois
"I'm not fond of traditional tiramisu, so I used pumpkin and bourbon in place of coffee and it's absolutely fabulous. I always make extra sauce and eat it over vanilla ice cream. It's so good, I can't leave it alone!"
– Mary Filipiak, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Hints of orange and coffee lend standout flavor to Mary Bilyeu's elegant Chocolate Cannoli Cake. “A variation of this cake was a finalist in the ‘Best Cake in Michigan’ contest,” she writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. You’ll be shocked that something so good has just 8 g of fat per serving!
This is one of my favorite dessert recipes because it's easily and quickly prepared, yet it's very different and delicious, good for any occasion. It is sure to impress your guests as it has mine.
-Theresa Stewart, New Oxford, Pennsylvania