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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...

    Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

    1 review

    These three-ingredient peanut butter coconut cookies are easy to make, so you'll always have time to make a quick batch....


    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

    9 reviews

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


    Cinnamon Roll Macarons

    1 review

    These macarons are a winter/fall staple for me—inspired by the classic cinnamon roll, they are a delicious treat for a...


    Copycat Berger Cookies

    2 reviews

    After a friend who had recently traveled to Baltimore sent me a package of Berger cookies, I was hooked. They...


    Almond Raspberry Stars

    4 reviews

    The first Christmas that I baked these, I ended up quickly making a second batch! The whole family enjoyed them....

    English Tea Cakes

    2 reviews

    These unique cookies are baked in muffin cups, giving them a perfectly round shape. I sometimes omit the pecans and...


    Sugar Plum Kringles

    Be generous like Scrooge was as a changed man at the end of Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, and share...


    Macadamia-Coffee Bean Cookies

    1 review

    Nearly anyone who loves coffee will perk up for this java-infused cookie. What hot beverage would you pair these treats...


    Date-Filled Sandwich Cookies

    2 reviews

    Of all the cookies I've baked over the years, these have remained one of my all-time favorite. The dough is...


    Coconut-Pineapple Rhubarb Bars

    1 review

    I make this crunchy, buttery dessert bar with homegrown rhubarb. For an added attraction, serve it warm with frozen yogurt...

    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...


    Popcorn Cookies

    12 reviews

    It's so much fun to surprise people with the crushed popcorn in these yummy cookies. They're definitely a distinctive cookie...


    Lemon Crisp Cookies

    12 reviews

    These quick-to-fix treats are a snap to make using a boxed cake mix. The sunny yellow color, big lemon flavor...


    Meringue Kisses

    6 reviews

    There's a nice chocolaty surprise inside these sweet kisses. They're my husband's top choice each Christmas.—Tami Henke, Lockport, Illinois


    Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

    21 reviews

    At the downtown Chicago law firm where I work, we often bring in goodies for special occasions. When co-workers hear...


    Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

    10 reviews

    When my husband and our three sons sit down to dinner, they ask, "What's for dessert?" I have a happy...


    Burst o’ Lemon Muffins

    19 reviews

    While I visited my sister in Florida, she baked a batch of these incredible muffins. They have a cake-like texture...


    Fudge-Topped Brownies

    6 reviews

    If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for...

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    Double-Drizzled Biscotti

    1 review

    Semisweet and white chocolate drizzles give these biscotti a pretty look. The baking time is shorter than for some biscotti,...


    Lemon Curd Cookies

    1 review

    I've made these cookies for years. I like to give them out to family and friends. —Carole Vogel, Allison Park,...


    Dutch Letters

    3 reviews

    These S-shaped super flaky butter pastries filled with almond paste and topped with crunchy sugar are popular in both Iowa...


    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...


    Brownie Alpine Biscotti

    12 reviews

    "I love visiting with friends over a pot of coffee, so I developed these crisp, chocolaty cookies to munch along...


    Coconut Creme Chocolates

    4 reviews

    I'm a proud wife, mom of three and grandma of many. I've cooked many things over the years, including these...