Holiday dessert recipes from our audience for your sweet tooth : NPR

Clockwise from top left: Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King share family recipes.

Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King/Collage by NPR

Clockwise from top left: Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King share family recipes.

Jordan Harrison, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Allison Stines and Ellie King/Collage by NPR

All Things We’re Cooking is a series featuring kitchen gems from you, our readers and listeners, and the special stories behind them. We’ll continue to share more of your recipes throughout the holidays.

All jokes aside, this fruitcake is legendary. It was even served at a wedding

Parents, kids, aunts and a cousin gather on Black Friday to make a big batch to mail around the country. It’s shared far and wide at Christmastime and was featured on a bike ride across Iowa.

When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's Famous Fruitcake as their wedding cake.

Ellie King/Collage by NPR

When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's Famous Fruitcake as their wedding cake.

Ellie King/Collage by NPR

Her father’s fudge recipe brings back childhood memories of the Midwest

A young Jan Kincaid Clifford wasn’t even tall enough to reach the stove. That didn’t stop her from stirring the pot. And stir. And stir. Her dad’s recipe requires patience, but it pays off.

Jan Kincaid Clifford's father with his grandchildren.

Jan Kincaid Clifford/Collage by NPR

Jan Kincaid Clifford's father with his grandchildren.

Jan Kincaid Clifford/Collage by NPR

Zoom and a butter mint recipe bring a mother and daughter together

A long-distance video lesson from Mom also offered a chance to write the recipe down. Cold weather and a marble slab work best to cool this homemade confection, which has helped the family bond.

Left: Jordan Harrison with her grandmother.  Right: Freshly made butter mints.

Jordan Harrison/Collage by NPR

Left: Jordan Harrison with her grandmother.  Right: Freshly made butter mints.

Jordan Harrison/Collage by NPR

How a ‘Martian droppings’ cookie got its out-of-this-world name

Friends, family and co-workers clamor for the quirky, pistachio-flavored pudding cookie treats that come out looking green.

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