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    Peppermint Schnapps Hot Cocoa Snowflakes

    Mint and chocolate are perfect partners in these cutout cookies! —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

    Lavender and Lemon Biscochitos

    1 review

    Biscochitos are the state cookie for our home state of New Mexico. They are traditionally made with anise seeds, but...


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    Santa’s Elf Cookies

    These rosy-cheeked elf cookies will make a showstopping addition to your holiday cookie tray. Or set them atop cupcakes for...


    Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

    6 reviews

    These whoopie pies are soft, cakey cookies studded with tart, juicy blueberries and filled with tangy cream cheese frosting. I...


    Coconut, Lime and Pistachio Cookies

    7 reviews

    Perfect for freezing, these cookies look like Christmas but taste like summer. —Barbara Crusan, Pass Christian, Mississippi

    Easy Peasy Biscuits

    1 review

    I love that I can make these biscuits and have enough left over to freeze for another meal. They're a...


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    Soft Beer Pretzel Nuggets

    6 reviews

    What goes together better than beer and pretzels? Not much that I can think of. That’s why I put them...

    Apple-Rhubarb Bread

    9 reviews

    Rhubarb is such a jewel that I freeze it to have all year. Here’s how my mother used rhubarb –...


    Garlic Parmesan Bread

    7 reviews

    This hearty aromatic bread has just a hint of honey and garlic. It's one of my favorite breads. It goes...


    Swedish Gingerbread Cookies

    5 reviews

    Making Swedish pepparkakor—or gingerbread cookies—is a holiday tradition in our family. I entered these at the Iowa State Fair and...


    Onion French Bread Loaves

    3 reviews

    Since I love variety in my cooking, I tried adding dried minced onion to my usual recipe in attempts to...

    Chunky Breakfast Cookies

    5 reviews

    Who says cookies aren’t for breakfast? We devour these hearty oatmeal cookies, especially on the run. Add any dried fruits...


    Spiced Apricot Baked Oatmeal

    1 review

    Eat these spiced oatmeal squares while they're still warm for a cozy morning treat. I freeze mine in single servings...


    Grandma’s Orange Rolls

    6 reviews

    Both our two children and grandchildren love these fine-textured sweet rolls. We have our own orange, lime and grapefruit trees,...


    Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

    1 review

    We eat grapefruit for breakfast and in winter fruit salads—why not for dessert? Here's a sweet-tart cake that's easy, delicious...


    Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

    33 reviews

    These are one of my favorite cookies to bake for Christmas. The dough recipe is versatile and you can use...

    Hungarian Walnut Cookies

    7 reviews

    As a child, I always looked forward to eating these goodies at Christmastime. Now I make them for my own...


    Chocolate Cutout Cookies

    9 reviews

    I love gingerbread cookies, but my grandchildren don't like the ginger flavor. Now I use chocolate and watch them smile...


    Pecan Tassies

    18 reviews

    These tarts are very good for parties and special occasions. You'll probably want to double the recipe, because they'll disappear...


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    Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log

    3 reviews

    If you’ve tasted a yule log sponge cake, you’ll love this version with fresh ginger and spices. The holiday stunner...


    Chicken Crescent Wreath

    31 reviews

    Here's an impressive-looking dish that's a snap to prepare. Even when my cooking time is limited, I can still serve...


    Banana Macadamia Muffins

    16 reviews

    These muffins taste even better the next day, so to save time, I often make them the night before. They...


    Banana Nut Cake

    9 reviews

    I'm a pastor's wife, and it's so good to have something to serve when friends drop in unexpectedly. Because this...


    Rhubarb and Strawberry Coffee Cake

    3 reviews

    Vanilla cake with cream cheese filling and strawberry rhubarb sauce make a grand finale for a Mother’s Day brunch. I...

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    Best Ever Crescent Rolls

    8 reviews

    My daughter and I have cranked out dozens of these homemade crescent rolls. It’s a real team effort. I cut...


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    Grandma’s Honey Muffins

    113 reviews

    I can remember my Grandma Wheeler making these delicious muffins—we'd eat them nice and warm, fresh from the oven! She...


    Berry-Filled Butter Ribbons

    1 review

    Tangy boysenberry is an unusual for a cookie, but it goes well with chocolate. I change the sprinkles and even...


    Veggie Corn Muffins

    These muffins go with so many main courses. I love to add healthy ingredients to all my recipes. I welcome...


    Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

    44 reviews

    Whenever I make these muffins, I freeze several. As I'm leaving for work in the morning, I pull one out...


    Orange Cranberry Bread

    16 reviews

    These moist loaves are packed with the zesty taste of cranberries and orange peel. I suggest serving slices toasted with...