Collection by Susan Ruzicka

D'Amaretti Biscotti

Rating: 4.5 stars 75
Toasted almond and lemon zest biscotti for any occasion. Try these variations: Use 1/2 teaspoon of either vanilla or anise extract instead of the almond extract; substitute chopped filberts for almonds; toss in half a cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Krispies* Caramel Popcorn

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Perfect for the holiday season, savoury meets sweet with this decadent treat.

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Rating: 4 stars 8
Rich pecans and gooey chocolate caramel make for the perfect holiday sweet.

Caramel Peanut Brittle

Rating: 5 stars 2
Buttery and sweet, crisp and crunchy--peanut brittle is an irresistible snack, and simple to make at home.

Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 1111
Creamy and yummy vanilla-spiced pumpkin dip is easy to make in 5 minutes.

Mall Pretzels

Rating: 4.5 stars 1557
Big chewy pretzels like those sold in the mall! You may substitute garlic salt or cinnamon sugar for the coarse salt if you wish.


Rating: 4.5 stars 1113
Light and crunchy anise-flavored cookies perfect for dipping in coffee.

Pizzelle-Italian Tradition

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
This requires a pizzelle iron, similar to a waffle iron in appearance. Makes thin wafer-like cookies with snowflake designs, an Italian tradition for Christmas or anytime.

Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 152
After trying my hand at countless sesame cookie recipes, my Italian girlfriend shared her Aunt Anne's recipe and I knew my search had ended! Basically an anise flavored butter cookie covered in sesame seeds. The smell when removing them from the oven is wonderful!

Kettle Corn

Rating: 4.5 stars 1541
A 3-ingredient recipe for sweet kettle corn, just like at the county fair!

Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 176
I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.

Chinese Fried Walnuts

Rating: 5 stars 44
I am always asked to bring these walnuts whenever we have a get together with family or friends. They are perfect on tables at a bridal or baby shower, and no one can ever figure out how they are made. Very addicting!