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Festive Meringue Cookies

Try these meringue cookies without cream of tartar! These festive treats sparkle not only during the holidays but for other occasions year-round. Use colored sugar or food coloring to change things up. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Jewish Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

1 review

This traditional Jewish mandel bread recipe has been passed down in my family for four generations. It tastes wonderful with...


Honey Cran-Raspberry Pie

This cranberry raspberry pie is my son Michael's recipe. It was passed down to him when he got married in...


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...


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Almond-Pecan Date Truffles

2 reviews

My daughter and I came across a date candy recipe when she was learning about ancient Egypt. We changed some...

Chocolate-Avocado Mousse

6 reviews

I have rheumatoid arthritis and I follow a special diet to help manage the symptoms. This pudding is simple to...


Spiced Rum Fruitcake

1 review

This fruitcake not only can be made weeks ahead, it tastes better that way! You can substitute Brazil nuts, pecans...

Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies

1 review

This recipe came from my mom's Grandma Alice, who taught her how to bake. Grandma Alice always had a fresh...


Joe Froggers

1 review

Large, soft and chewy, these cookies are made to munch. This classic recipe has a warm blend of spices that...


My Best Oatmeal Cake

3 reviews

A super-moist bundt cake infused with cinnamon and sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar was one of my mother’s greatest recipes,...


Spiced Rum and Pear Cake

1 review

The flavors in this cake really make it stand out as a special-occasion dessert. With raisins, fresh sweet pear chunks,...

Berries in Champagne Jelly

My sister gave me this recipe a few years back when I was looking for an elegant fruit dish to...


Cinnamon Sugar Crackle Cookies

11 reviews

I get lots of compliments on these crunchy cookies. They're always part of my Christmas cookie platter. —Sarah Miller, Wauconda,...


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...


Clear Toy Candy

Clear toy candy is best made when the weather is cold, as any humidity in the air may cloud the...


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.

Gingersnaps

1 review

Friends and neighbors look for these old-time cookies on the goody trays I make for them every holiday. They're irresistible...


Grandma’s Christmas Spice Cutouts

2 reviews

My great-grandmother made these, and the tradition was passed down in the family—without a written recipe! My mother would always...


Hard Candy

5 reviews

Every evening for a week in December, my husband and I mix up several batches of this soothing candy. When...


Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

5 reviews

Not only is this recipe a favorite of my husband's, it's extra special to me because it goes back to...


Pear Bundt Cake

29 reviews

Next time you make cake from a mix, try my easy and delicious recipe. The pears and syrup add sweet...


Jellied Champagne Dessert

14 reviews

This refreshing dessert looks just like a glass of bubbling champagne.—Vickie McLaughlin, Kingsport, Tennessee


Baked Banana Boats

3 reviews

Kids can make their own baked banana boats with custom toppings. We use different berries and honey or peanut butter...


Carrot-Cranberry Spice Cake

2 reviews

I love carrot cake and those made with cranberries. Using leftover cranberry sauce, I add carrots to make one marvelous...

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Walnut Honey Cake

2 reviews

This light and fluffy marvel all but melts in your mouth. Back in the day, it took effort for my...


Pumpkin Spice Cookies

10 reviews

These big, soft spice cookies created by our staff have a sweet frosting that makes them an extra-special treat. Enjoy!...


Pastry for Extra-Large Double-Crust Pie

1 review

Our Test Kitchen home economists adapted one of their 9-inch, double-crust recipes for an 11-1/2- to 12-inch pie plate. Bake...


Raisin Applesauce Cake

7 reviews

This cake is one of my grandfather's favorites. And it seems like he always knows when you're making it—he must...


Chocolate Chip Quesadilla

1 review

Irene Rundell of Haskell, Oklahoma likes to keep dessert sweet and simple with this yummy finale. “Chocolate Chip Quesadilla is...