Passed down by my grandmother and mother, this recipe is a cherished family tradition. We’ve even had each grandchild and great-grandchild take a turn stirring the candy mixture! —Cindi Boger, Ardmore, AL

Chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, these meringue cookies are delicious. They add a light touch to the cookie platter, not only during the holidays but all year round. —Dorothy Beaudry, Albertville, Minnesota

Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they’re cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota

With a creamy chocolate and hazelnut filling, these decadent Christmas cookies look and taste amazing. Guests will never guess how relatively easy they are to make. —Mary Maddox, Bellmore, New York

“This recipe came from a family reunion of mostly Mennonites. It is over 30 years old,” Jane Bone shares from Cape Coral, Florida. “You can choose different beans, according to your family’s tastes, but keep the pork and beans as a base. I often take a big pot of these to large gatherings or pitch-in-suppers, and everyone enjoys them.”

Dream Bars come from Hillary Lawson of Plummer, Idaho. “These bar cookies are a family favorite and excellent travelers,” explains Hillary. “Wonderfully moist and chewy, they’re define winners with the men and kids.”

Busy day? Save time and money with this stovetop supper the whole family will love. It calls for handy convenience products, so it can be on the table in minutes. —Kelly Roder, Fairfax, Virginia

Lima beans get a lemony lift with this treatment from Cathy Attig of Jacobus, Pennsylvania. “If you are a lima ban lover like I am, this recipe just makes them even more delicious,” she affirms. “If you simple tolerate the beans, like my husband does, you might actually fine these quite tasty.”

I tried substituting rum extract for vanilla in a classic Christmas recipe, and the end result was a cookie that tasted a lot like eggnog! —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas