This light and fluffy marvel all but melts in your mouth. Back in the day, it took effort for my grandmother’s kitchen helper to make it, but now that we have stand mixers, it’s a breeze. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

My husband loves anything pumpkin, and this creamy, comforting dessert is one of his favorites. We make this easy pudding all year long, but it’s especially nice in the fall. —Andrea Schaak, Bloomington, Minnesota

“When the weather turns chilly, our daughter, who is an inventive cook, transforms her favorite cold pasta salad into this warm, hearty side dish,” notes Muriel Hollenbeck of Sedalia, Colorado. “I love recipes like this one that bring compliments and don’t keep me in the kitchen too long.”

The sunny island flavors of pineapple and orange go so well with the tart cranberries in this Hawaiian-inspired dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it a creamy treat. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

With their cheery yellow color and delicious aroma, these appealing buns will brighten your buffet table. Plus, I’ve found this recipe is a great way to use up squash from the garden. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri

“Not only is this bread high in fiber and low in fat, but it’s moist, rich, delicious and filling,” assures Susan Lane of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Sweet plump raisins and crunchy pecans make this whole wheat loaf an instant favorite.