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Orange Cannoli Pie

This orange cannoli pie has toasted pine nuts in the crust and is filled with sweetened ricotta cheese that’s flavored with orange zest and semisweet chocolate. Traditional tube-shaped cannoli shells need [more…]

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Coins

These delicious chocolate-peanut butter cookies work best with a natural-style or freshly ground peanut butter. You can make chocolate-peanut butter coins even more special by half-dipping them in chocolate [more…]

Dessert Sauces to Die For

Many dessert sauces are so easy that you can make them during TV commercials. Dessert sauces really add a touch of class to even the most basic desserts. Dessert sauces come in two general types, one based [more…]

Fruit and Wine Compote

This fruit and wine compote is basically fruit poached in liquid with sugar, which forms a syrup. Compote is perfect for making ahead and tastes even better after it’s been refrigerated for a day or two [more…]

Carob Chipsters Drop Cookies

Carob chipsters are a slightly healthier version of chocolate chip cookies. These carob drop cookies are chewy and moist. You can find carob chips at the nearest health-food store, and you may even be [more…]

Plum-Almond Tart

The filling in this plum-almond tart is called frangipane, a classic ground almond filling. Although this tart is good anytime, it’s best when plums are in season — from summer to early fall. [more…]

Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies, a European specialty, are really beautiful, besides being delicious. The Linzer cookies’ scalloped edges made by round, fluted cookie cutters give them an elegant look, and the preserves [more…]

Chocolate-Apricot Rugelach

Rugelach is a special Eastern European cookie that involves a bit of effort, but it’s well worth it. This rugelach is composed of a cream cheese and butter dough and a delicious filling of nuts, dried [more…]

Blueberry Poppy Seed Cake

This blueberry poppy seed cake is a holiday favorite — a relatively light finale of long, caloric celebrations. You can also have blueberry poppy seed cake as a delicious breakfast snack. [more…]

Toasted Coconut Frozen Soufflé

This toasted coconut frozen soufflé is a festive dessert. The toasted coconut has a nice crunchy texture, in contrast to the smooth soufflé.

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Hamantaschen with Poppy Seeds

Hamantaschen are triangular cookies filled with poppy seed, prune, or apricot. You first make the hamantaschen cookie dough, then you move on to the scrumptious filling. This recipe calls for fresh poppy [more…]

Date Pinwheels

Although these date pinwheel cookies take a bit of work, they’re worth it. To make your date pinwheel creation a bit easier, you can make both the filling and the dough in advance and put them together [more…]

Reading a Dessert Recipe

Before tackling a dessert recipe, take a good look at it. Reading your dessert recipe thoroughly can prevent a disaster. If the recipe calls for a piece of kitchen equipment that you don’t have, for example [more…]

Lemon Granité

Granité is a French word for a type of flavored ice. Essentially, granités are flavored and sweetened water that you freeze and then scrape. You can use all kinds of fruits to flavor them, and they make [more…]

Rhubarb Pie

This summer pie is a special treat, blending the tart-sweet flavor of fresh rhubarb with the golden pie crust. Be sure to remove the rhubarb stalk’s leaves because the leaves can be toxic. [more…]

Raspberry Sorbet

Make this luxurious raspberry sorbet only when you can find very ripe raspberries. If you use unripe raspberries in your sorbet, it could be bitter. Also, you need an ice cream machine to make this particular [more…]

Plum Compote

You can serve this super quick and simple plum dessert with cake, you can spoon plum compote over ice cream, or you can even eat plum compote by itself with whipped cream. [more…]

Double Ginger Gingersnaps

These yummy gingersnap cookies are great year-round, but gingersnaps’ full-bodied flavor seems to taste best when it’s cold outside. The use of both ground and crystallized ginger makes the flavor really [more…]

Fruit and Bran Muffins

Personalize this hearty fruit and bran muffin by using your favorite dried fruits. Macadamia nuts offer a tropical twist to these bran muffins, but if you prefer, you can substitute almonds, pecans, or [more…]

Homemade Caramel Apples

Nothing conjures up autumn like old-fashioned caramel apples. Homemade caramel apples make great budget party treats, and making them is an activity even the kids will enjoy. Once you have your caramel [more…]

How to Make Creamy Caramels

Caramel is the basis for several different homemade gifts from your kitchen. For instance, you can make caramel dessert apples and caramel pecan clusters, or you can use it in any other recipes that call [more…]

How to Make Chocolate Caramels

Homemade chocolate caramels make inexpensive and easy-to-cook holiday gifts. Incorporating chocolate into this recipe adds a delightful chocolate flavor to an already delicious caramel. [more…]

How to Make Pumpkin Caramels

Homemade pumpkin caramels may sound unusual, but they marry two flavors that signify the fall season. Give pumpkin caramels as gifts or offer a platter of these delicious treats at your Halloween or Thanksgiving [more…]

How to Make No-Bake Black Forest Bites

These no-bake chocolate treats are perfect for Christmas gift baskets. Somewhere between a cookie and a truffle, these chocolate bites are a delight of Old World charm, with all the tastes of Black Forest [more…]

How to Make Easy Chocolate Fudge

Homemade fudge is an inexpensive and easy-to-cook holiday treat. When you make this chocolate fudge recipe, feel free to replace the nuts with chopped fruit, crushed candy canes or toffee, chopped peanut [more…]

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