Butter Pecan Icebox Cookies

As a little girl, I was fascinated by the way Grandmother prepared these cookies. They came from logs that she took out of the “icebox”! Now when I make these simple but delicious old-fashioned cookies, I’m reminded of those memories. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas Prep: 15 min. + chilling …

Sinterklaas Cookies

After opening our gifts on Christmas Eve as a child, we made these cookies for Santa Claus to snack on with his glass of milk. These crisp spice cookies are delicious dipped in milk…or in coffee on Christmas morning. —Charli Fontana, Pella, Iowa Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 …

Roro’s Pineapple Cookies

My memories of Christmas always include my mom’s pineapple cookies. The kids called her Roro, and we still make them every year to keep her memory alive. You can substitute your favorite flavor of preserves for the pineapple. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey

Reindeer Tracks

This is the first cookie recipe I’ve ever created! It captures the essence of the holidays because there’s a trace of eggnog flavor in these adorable reindeer hoof prints. You can add red and green frosting to make them Christmasy or keep them as is for a more natural reindeer …

Baked Two-Cheese & Bacon Grits

In the South, everyone loves three things: bacon, cheese and grits! After playing around with this recipe, I took it to my first family party as a newlywed and it was a huge hit. This recipe has become a family tradition that will hopefully be passed down for generations. —Melissa …

Chicken Meal-In-One

“As the parents of a young son, my husband and I don’t have much time to prepare meals,” explains Jina Nickel of Lawton, Oklahoma. “While our boy is napping, I can assemble this dinner-in-a-dish in just 10 minutes and then pop it in the oven.”