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    Cranberry Apple Sheet Pie

    My husband loves pie, so I made one with apples, raspberries and cranberries. This apple cranberry slab pie is so good, I bend the rules and let the grandkids have it for breakfast. —Brenda Smith, Curran, Michigan

    Slow-Cooker Monkey Bread

    1 review

    I often take this slow-cooker monkey bread to church potlucks—children and adults love it! The rum extract is optional. —Lisa...


    Air-Fryer Lime Macaroons

    I took these lime and coconut air-fryer macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won...


    Chilean Monkey Tail Punch

    1 review

    Stories vary surrounding the origins of this punch's unique name. Some say it was initially served in a bottle depicting...


    Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

    After making some delicious dessert bars, I was determined to turn the recipe into a chocolate peppermint cheesecake. This festive...

    Cinnamon Twirl Cookies

    8 reviews

    These rolled cookies are tasty and fun to make with your family. The sugary mixture of walnuts and cinnamon is...


    Hot Chocolate Cookies

    6 reviews

    Using hot chocolate mix and marshmallow bits in the cookie dough really makes these cookies taste like hot cocoa. —Lisa...

    Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

    1 review

    Homemade applesauce is a breeze in an electric pressure cooker. A few minutes of prep and a short cook time...


    Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies

    1 review

    Cranberries, orange and nuts make one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this special drop cookie fits in particularly well...


    Peppermint Chocolate Almond Crisps

    1 review

    Peppermint, chocolate, lemon and almonds give these cookies a delightful holiday flavor. My husband's office staff love these cookies, and...


    Slow-Cooker Cherry Pear Buckle

    1 review

    I added pears to my cherry cobbler recipe to create this delightful slow-cooked buckle. You could also add fresh summer...

    Pumpkin Pie Kit

    When my husband, Randy, was deployed in Afghanistan, I sent him the ingredients to make this easy pumpkin pie recipe....


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    Almond-Pecan Date Truffles

    2 reviews

    My daughter and I came across a date candy recipe when she was learning about ancient Egypt. We changed some...


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    Apple Butter Biscuit Breakfast Bake

    4 reviews

    My grandmother created this recipe to use up the leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner. By combining leftover ham and biscuits...


    Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

    1 review

    Here’s my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois


    Baklava Thumbprint Cookies

    10 reviews

    The topping on my sister-in-law's peach cobbler was so delicious that I asked for the recipe, then decided to use...

    Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies

    1 review

    This recipe came from my mom's Grandma Alice, who taught her how to bake. Grandma Alice always had a fresh...


    Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

    6 reviews

    Carrot cake is a family favorite, and these delicious cookies taste just like it with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, toasted...


    Jamaican Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Creme

    1 review

    I made these for an office party cookie contest—not a crumb was left on the platter! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks,...


    Sticky Cinnamon-Sugar Monkey Bread

    9 reviews

    You can do all the prep work for this monkey bread the night before. I prepare the dough pieces and...


    Curry-Kissed Coconut Fudge

    If you love Thai flavors and love fudge, you'll adore this creamy coconut fudge sprinkled with a hint of sweet...


    Homemade Pear Honey

    2 reviews

    Pear honey is an old recipe that's been passed down through families. We especially like it with hot biscuits and...


    Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

    3 reviews

    Cranberry sauce isn't just for turkey anymore! Combined with a few other ingredients, the Thanksgiving staple makes a perfect meatball...


    Orange-Glazed Meatballs

    I love the sweet orange marmalade paired with the zip of a jalapeno in this sweet-sour glaze. —Bonnie Stallings, Martinsburg,...

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    Perfect Four-Cheese Lasagna

    4 reviews

    Lasagna is one of my favorites, and this is the recipe I’ve been making since I was a teenager. It’s...


    Ginger S’mores

    I’ve spent a few years perfecting this recipe to get the cookie soft and full of flavor and to balance...


    Slow-Cooker Rice Porridge

    1 review

    We Italians have a soft spot for our rice dishes. Whether it's risotto or rice pudding, it's all good. This...


    Santa Claus Cookies

    13 reviews

    Store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies become jolly Santas with white chocolate, colored sugar, mini chips and red-hot candies. —Mary Kaufenberg,...


    Chocolate Peppermint Snaps

    2 reviews

    This is one of my family's favorite cookies. My brother baked them for a Boy Scout fundraiser, and they were...


    Slow-Cooker Chai Tea

    5 reviews

    A wonderful sweet and spicy aroma wafts from the slow cooker as this pleasantly flavored chai tea cooks. —Crystal Jo...