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    Homemade Gelt

    Giving chocolate coins to children, and sometimes to teachers, is a long-standing Hanukkah tradition. This homemade version of gelt uses a miniature muffin pan to mold the coins into shape. The sliced almonds add a nice crunch, but the chocolates can be left plain or topped with other ingredients like sprinkles, crushed peppermint candies or finely chopped candied ginger. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Peppermint Milkshakes

    Rich ice cream and refreshing peppermint make this peppermint milkshake recipe a special treat, especially during the holidays. For a...


    Orange Cranberry Cookie Bars

    1 review

    These cranberry cookie bars combine two beloved holiday flavors and top a delicious soft crust with cream cheese icing. We...


    Peanut Butter Cookie In A Mug

    2 reviews

    This peanut butter cookie in a mug is perfect for when you have a sweet tooth but don't want to...


    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

    1 review

    I have to be super careful when cooking for my daughter because of food sensitivities, so I make these no-bake...

    Orange and Pear Upside-Down Cake

    1 review

    I love cooking with my cast-iron skillet, whether it's to make a main dish or dessert. This upside-down cake is...


    Skillet Stout Brownies

    These stout brownies are so rich and fudgy. I love how quickly they come together. They're perfect for a busy...

    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...


    Rich Chocolate Frosting

    18 reviews

    My husband, Doug, loved his chocolate groom's cake that was topped with this smooth, rich chocolate frosting and accented with...


    Easy Mexican Brownies

    4 reviews

    I was hosting a fun Mexican-themed cocktail party and needed a quick dessert. Dressing up an ordinary boxed brownie mix...


    Chocolate Banana Bundles

    10 reviews

    Banana and chocolate is such an irresistible combo that I make this quick dessert often. You can also top these...

    Cinnamon Apple Pan Betty

    I found this recipe soon after I was married decades ago. You'll need just a few ingredients that you probably...


    Easy Espresso

    4 reviews

    Capture the classic taste of espresso without the hassle of expensive brewing equipment! For best flavor, serve espresso immediately. Pour...


    5-Ingredient Fudge

    20 reviews

    You’re moments away from a pan of creamy fudge. Just microwave, stir and spread. This easy homemade fudge recipe is...


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    Biscuit Apple Cobbler

    1 review

    This sweet treat requires only four ingredients but will give the impression tht you really fussed.—Claudine Moffatt, Manchester, Missouri


    Chocolate Pudding Mix

    3 reviews

    By keeping a batch of this mix on hand, I can easily make pudding just for myself. Plus, it's relatively...

    Kahlua Fudge

    16 reviews

    This five-ingredient recipe makes serving up treats easy and scrumptious. —Laura Hanks, Harleysville, Pennsylvania


    Caramel-Pecan Apple Slices

    5 reviews

    Here's a warm, decadent side dish for fall or winter brunches. Ready to eat in only 15 minutes, the apples...


    Speedy Rice Pudding

    4 reviews

    This delicious pudding has a rich, old-fashioned flavor, but it's quick to make especially for my great-grandchildren.—Ann Vershowske, West Allis,...


    Easy Peanut Butter Balls

    3 reviews

    "These simple saucepan cookies are a snap to make," assures Marg Mitro of Grafton, Ontario. "In fact, I can whip...


    Sweet Potato Spice Cookies

    12 reviews

    Shredded sweet potatoes, butterscotch chips, pecans, coconut and spices are creatively combined in a one-of-a-kind cookie that always brings rave...


    White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

    12 reviews

    This is my favorite confection to make at Christmas. Not only is it easy, it's delicious as well. I like...


    Pastry for Double Pie-Crust

    10 reviews

    Use this recipe from our Test Kitchen when you need pastry for a double-crust or lattice-topped pie.


    Maple-Bacon Doughnut Bites

    3 reviews

    While these delicious bite-size treats are ready in minutes, they’ll disappear in a flash. And don’t relegate the deep-fried goodness...

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    S’mores Milk Shake

    1 review

    When cabin fever hits, we whip up a beverage that tastes like s’mores. Oven-toasted marshmallows and a blender make it...


    White Chocolate Cereal Bars

    4 reviews

    A friend shared with me this fresh take on traditional crispy treats. My husband loves them, and I feel so...


    Chambord Cream

    1 review

    I love serving this for holiday get-togethers because it's festive, easy to make and is a great way to incorporate...


    Glossy Chocolate Frosting

    27 reviews

    The original recipe for this thick chocolate frosting was my grandmother's. I lightened it up, but it still has all...


    No-Bake Cookie Balls

    28 reviews

    I go for these quick bites when I'm short on time or don't want to turn on the oven. I...


    White Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

    2 reviews

    This is a cookie you will want to make again and again. I like to take it to church get-togethers...