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    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 the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico

    Air-Fryer Puff Pastry Danishes

    1 review

    These simple jam-filled pastries are perfect for a holiday brunch spread. They were my dad's favorite, so the recipe will...


    Apricot Mud Hen Cake Bars

    10 reviews

    These mud hen bars have been in my family for generations. My maternal grandmother gave this recipe to my mother,...


    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...


    Tiramisu Cookies

    2 reviews

    These tiramisu cookies bring out the delicious flavors of tiramisu, sandwich-style. Pack these treats in a decorative container for an...

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    Chocolate Babka

    9 reviews

    I love this chocolate babka. It's a rewarding recipe for taking the next step in your bread baking. Even if...


    Easy Scottish Shortbread

    1 review

    These traditional butter cookies require only three ingredients. They’re so yummy, you won’t be able to stop at just one!...

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    Stamped Cutout Cookies

    Rich, buttery sugar cookie cutouts like these never last long at a party. They're one of my favorite homemade Christmas...


    Oma’s Marzipan Stollen

    3 reviews

    My German grandma made this stollen for us when we were young. I love its homey taste and how it...


    Strawberry Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

    2 reviews

    Fresh strawberries are full of water, so they have a tendency to weigh down cake batters and make soggy cakes....


    Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

    8 reviews

    My granddaughter Sydney has acquired a love of baking. While I was visiting her in Tampa, we made these light,...

    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...


    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...


    Butter Pound Cake

    1 review

    Whether garnished with fresh berries and sprigs of rosemary or just served plain, this rich cake is fabulous. It bakes...


    Almond Pastry Puffs

    9 reviews

    This tender, nutty almond pastry is one of my favorite brunch treats. It looks and tastes so special, people won’t...


    Favorite Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

    39 reviews

    I serve these yummy frosted rolls warm from the oven as a Christmas morning treat at our house. Even if...

    Truffle Cherries

    4 reviews

    Chocolate is popular at our house, especially during the holidays, so these double chocolate gems never last long! —Anne Drouin,...


    Southern Tea Cakes

    5 reviews

    There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for...


    Traditional Cheesecake

    13 reviews

    Our Test Kitchen shares this recipe for a basic cheesecake that tastes great alone or with any number of garnishes....


    Poppy Seed Mini Muffins

    8 reviews

    These moist muffins may be small, but they're always a big hit on a brunch buffet, as a quick snack...


    Zucchini Pineapple Jam

    8 reviews

    Need a way to use up zucchini? Try this wonderfully flavored jam. The pineapple adds so much sweetness. —Kathy Weese,...


    Never-Fail Cutout Cookies

    2 reviews

    I have tried numerous recipes for cutout cookies over the years—this one is foolproof. My daughter and my granddaughter love...


    Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

    3 reviews

    Angel food cake is everyone’s favorite blank slate for making awesome desserts. Serve it with a simple glaze or pile...


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    Mini S’mores

    8 reviews

    Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. —Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth,...

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    Apple Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

    14 reviews

    In this apple muffin recipe, the streusel topping is nicely seasoned with cinnamon and sugar. Pieces of tender fruit appear...


    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...


    Pastel Almond Bark

    1 review

    Cooks of all ages will find this pretty confection is a snap to prepare. It never fails to take center...


    Creamy Chocolate Fudge

    Is there anything more decadent than chocolate fudge? You can make this treat and keep it in your freezer until...


    Cranberry-Pistachio Sticky Buns

    2 reviews

    Looking for a fantastic brunch item? Then try these ooey-gooey good sticky buns. They use frozen roll dough and couldn't...


    Tender Pecan Logs

    7 reviews

    Folks always ask me to make these tender nutty logs. Not overly sweet, they're just right with a steaming cup...