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    Gourmet Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato

    This recipe brings together many of the flavors my family enjoys, complete with a surprise in the center of each burger. You can use almost any cheese—Gorgonzola, feta, smoked Gouda, blue or another family favorite. —Aaron Shields, Hamburg, New York

    Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

    I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking...

    Powered-Up Molasses Cookies

    These tender cookies are so soft and flavorful. You'd never guess they're also lower in fat! —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

    Spiced Apple Cider Jelly Shots

    These spiced, spiked gelatin squares are sure to get the party started at fall get-togethers. If you’re going for the...

    Company Green Salad

    6 reviews

    I partially put this salad together and take the remaining ingredients (candied nuts, seeds, rice noodles and dressing) to mix...

    Zeus Burgers for 2

    1 review

    “I always eat healthy meals and am not afraid to experiment with food. I put together some common Greek ingredients...

    Maple Pecan Cookies

    6 reviews

    When I bake cookies for the annual youth ski trip, I try at least one new recipe. When I received...

    Citrus Spiced Tea

    Ripe with citrusy tang, this easy-to-fix hot tea from Mrs. J.D. McCollum, of Memphis, Tennessee can be whipped up for...

    Hot Cider

    5 reviews

    I dress up apple cider using lemonade, orange juice, honey and spices for a new version of a classic

    Soft Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

    11 reviews

    Gatherings are very important to my family, so we have lots of recipes that are favorites. My grandma introduced these...

    Warm Spiced Citrus Punch

    I serve this drink every year during the holidays. It’s one of my most requested recipes. It can be doubled...

    Citrus Cranberry Tea

    1 review

    Field editor Pat Habiger of Spearvile, Kansas stirs up holiday spirit with this hot brew that's full of tangy fruit...

    Chocolate Maple Bars

    3 reviews

    My family runs a maple syrup operation, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate maple syrup into my...

    Fudge Nut Brownies

    36 reviews

    There's no brownie recipe or mix I've ever tried that's better than this! And it's so easy—you can mix it...

    Hot Apple Cider

    7 reviews

    In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa

    Red Apple Butter Bars

    5 reviews

    Fall means apple-picking time, and we love using the fresh fruit to bake up these bars. The streusel on top...

    White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

    90 reviews

    These sweet cookies feature white chocolate and cranberries for a delightful taste. They add a perfect holiday feel to any...

    Overnight Coleslaw

    1 review

    This has been a very popular salad from my recipe box for a long, long time! Before I retired, when...

    Fresh Green Bean Salad

    12 reviews

    I had a green bean salad at a local deli and enjoyed it so much that I tried to re-create...

    Hawaiian Joy Bars

    2 reviews

    With the hint of rum plus the nuts and coconut, these bars are like a trip to the islands. I...

    Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Spinach

    2 reviews

    I stir together my chicken-and-rice cream soup whenever we’re craving something warm and comforting. Reduced-fat and reduced-sodium ingredients make it...

    Pumpkin Hummus

    2 reviews

    Our home economists give traditional hummus an autumn appeal with the addition of canned pumpkin. Hot pepper sauce lends just...

    Caramel Nut Bars

    6 reviews

    No one can resist these chewy caramel and chocolate bars with a delightful oat crust and topping. They make a...

    Gingerbread Caramel Crunch

    12 reviews

    If you love gingerbread, you won't be able to resist this crispy, crunchy popcorn. Munch it yourself or share it...

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    Hearty Backyard Burgers

    1 review

    I like to toast rye rolls or whole wheat hamburger buns on the grill for a few minutes while the...

    Aunt Lou’s Fresh Apple Cake

    21 reviews

    My Great-Aunt Lou made a luscious fresh apple cake recipe that became a family tradition. My mom makes it for...

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    Mom’s Soft Raisin Cookies

    30 reviews

    With four sons in service during World War II, my mother sent these favorite cookies as a taste from home...

    Warm Cannellini Bean & Bacon Salad

    My husband and son like all kinds of bean dishes. For a change of pace, I whipped up a new...

    Slow-Cooker Christmas Punch

    3 reviews

    This holiday, why not indulge in a warm ruby red punch made in the slow cooker? We use cinnamon and...

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    Caliente Christmas Cheese Crisps

    To fire up the crowd, I pack these homemade crackers with bacon, pumpkin seeds and French-fried onion rings. Dunk them...