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Semisweet chocolate mousse pie

When I make this recipe, I have to make two at a time for my chocolate-loving husband and three youngsters! I've always loved baking...every summer my daughters and I enter baked goods at the county fair.


Smoked sausage appetizers

A savory, sweet sauce with a touch of currant jelly glazes these yummy little sausages. They make a great appetizer, and both adults and kids seem to love these baby hot dogs. —Kathryn Bainbridge, PA Furnace, Pennsylvania


Chocolate marshmallow pie

I've been making chocolate pies and cakes for 50 years—this pie is one I made when our children were small because it tasted special without costing much. Everyone liked it so much, we still make it today.


Make ahead golden knots

Prepare and partially bake these rolls on a day when you have plenty of time. Then freeze them for busy days ahead!


Cheese puffs

"I found this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks and updated the flavor by adding cayenne and mustard," recalls Jamie Wetter of Boscobel, Wisconsin. "Tasty and quick for this busy season, these tender, golden puffs go together in minutes and simply disappear at parties!"


Pineapple-pecan cheese spread

Cynde Sonnier’s smooth and creamy cheese spread is chock-full of red pepper, green chilies and crunchy pecans. It’s always a hit in Mont Belvieu, Texas…and a sure-fire way to get the kids to eat more veggies.


Dijon-bacon dip for pretzels

With just four ingredients that you probably already have, this quick appetizer comes together in a snap. If you like the zip of horseradish, start with one or two teaspoons and add more to your taste. —Isabelle Rooney, Summerville, South Carolina


Peppermint topping

Turn ice cream into a special treat with this tasty sauce. Kids and adults alike will love its cool, sweet flavors. Kelly Ann Gray - Beaufort, South Carolina


Marinated shrimp and olives

This is my favorite appetizer to serve party guests. The flavors in this colorful dish blend beautifully, and the shrimp are tender and tasty.—Carol Gawronski, Lake Wales, Florida


Chocolate banana smoothie

I developed my own chocolate banana smoothie after tasting a similar drink at a local restaurant. My children love the chocolaty taste—and now they drink more milk than before. —C. Plugoway, Vavenby, British Columbia


Coconut almond bars

This was the first recipe I ever entered in a contest—and it was a winner! Ever since that contest, which was sponsored by our local newspaper, people around town tell me they still make these treats.


Cranberry-cashew drop cookies

This exceptional cookie features a wonderful chunky combination of cashews, dried cranberries and white chips. Make plenty. They will disappear quickly.


Artichoke crab appetizer

Crabmeat is a deliciously different addition to a standard appetizer spread. Dijon mustard and hot pepper sauce provide a bit of zip.


Loaded baked potato soup

For me, comfort food involves thick, creamy soups. The great thing about this recipe is that almost everyone has all the ingredients on hand, so you can whip up this soup in no time.


Saucy cocktail meatballs

I received this recipe from my Grandmother many years ago. She would serve it every year at Christmas time while I was growing up. Now I serve it every year.—Susie Snyder, Bowling Green, Ohio


Fruit and caramel brie

"I’m a stay-at-home mother with two boys and I enjoy cooking—especially appetizers," shares Tracy Schuhmacher from Penfield, New York. "It must run in the family because my mom served appetizers and desserts exclusively for several Christmas Eve celebrations. Brie is one of my favorite cheeses and this sweet-savory recipe is party-special but especially easy to throw together."


Easy chocolate syrup

This recipe is not only easy to make, it's delicious and beats buying chocolate syrup. We farm in partnership with my husband's parents—this recipe is my mother-in-law's.


Chocolate islands

Coconut and chocolate is a winning combination in our house. Since these require no baking, they can be made in a snap.


Ginger pound cake

When I need to take a cake to a potluck dinner in fall, this is the recipe I reach for. The tall cake looks so attractive and tastes great.


Bread bowl seafood dip

"Every Christmas Eve, our family has a special hors d’oeuvre supper and this seafood-stuffed dip is a much-requested staple," says Terry Flewelling of Lacombe, Alberta. "I got the recipe from a friend, who made it for my daughter’s wedding shower. It’s so rich, elegant and creamy—and a huge hit at parties any time of year at all!"


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