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Dessert

Pumpkin Spice Cutouts

Through all the years I have been cooking and baking, I’ve never come across a pumpkin cookie recipe that you can actually cut out with cookie cutters. (Most I’ve found are drop cookies.) Each bite tastes just like pumpkin pie—delicious! —Marion Kearley, Ladner, British Columbia

Pistachio Shortbread Sandwiches

We tasted these melt-in-your-mouth morsels at a Christmas party several years ago. We tweaked the recipe to include pistachios. The cookies disappear so quickly at parties, you just might have to watch the plate—and check the kids’ pockets! —LORRAINE CALAND, SHUNIAH, Ontario

Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot Cookies

“Mandelbrot” in Yiddish literally means “Almond Bread” and dates back to 19th century Eastern Europe. It is a twice-baked cookie made with oil and almonds. There are many variations, such as adding different types of dried fruits and nuts. My version of this “Jewish Biscotti” is more modern-American with the …

French Toast Spirals

These little spiral cookies taste just like French toast. They’re not too sweet, and they’re pretty enough for a Christmas cookie plate. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares

My secret to these rich, no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut butter-chocolate pairing. These irresistible treats were the first to sell out at our PTA bake sale last year! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia