Sticky Buns

Published May 1, 2016.

Sticky buns look inviting, but most are dry and overly sweet, with a topping that threatens your dental work. We wanted a version that fulfilled its promise.

Sticky Buns

Refined Strawberry Shortcake

Published May 1, 2016.

Loads of fresh berries were a given. But for a refined version of this classic dessert, the key was engineering a cake that could take the juice—and hold on to the berries.

Refined Strawberry Shortcake

Fougasse

Published March 1, 2016.

If you’re a fan of a crisp crust, then this rustically elegant Provençal bread is for you. (Don’t worry: It’s easier than it looks.)

Fougasse

Fougasse with Asiago and Black Pepper

Published March 1, 2016.

If you’re a fan of a crisp crust, then this rustically elegant Provençal bread is for you. (Don’t worry: It’s easier than it looks.)

Fougasse with Asiago and Black Pepper

Fougasse with Bacon and Gruyere

Published March 1, 2016.

If you’re a fan of a crisp crust, then this rustically elegant Provençal bread is for you. (Don’t worry: It’s easier than it looks.)

Fougasse with Bacon and Gruyere

Olive Fougasse

Published March 1, 2016.

If you’re a fan of a crisp crust, then this rustically elegant Provençal bread is for you. (Don’t worry: It’s easier than it looks.)

Olive Fougasse

Lemon Posset with Berries

Published March 1, 2016.

This classic English specialty transforms cream, sugar, and lemon into a lush pudding with clear citrus flavor. It’s the easiest dessert you’ve never made.

Lemon Posset with Berries

Pear-Walnut Upside-Down Cake

Published January 1, 2016.

The underrated pear makes for a more refined version of this simple cake—if you know just how to treat it.

Pear-Walnut Upside-Down Cake

Ultranutty Pecan Bars

Published November 1, 2015.

By banishing the custard filling in favor of a topping that emphasizes the pecan’s nutty richness, we made this bar cookie simpler, too.

Ultranutty Pecan Bars

Marshmallows

Published November 1, 2015.

Homemade marshmallows are easy to make. Serve with our Hot Chocolate Mix or cut them into mini marshmallows to use in our 15-Minute Rocky Road Fudge.

Marshmallows

Baked Alaska

Published November 1, 2015.

The classic cake, ice cream, and meringue combo is a science experiment you can eat. Our modern, less-sweet version is one you’ll actually enjoy.

Baked Alaska

Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake

Published September 1, 2015.

The cake and frosting we weren’t worried about. But a caramel filling that was complex in flavor and spreadable, yet thick enough not to ooze out? That was another matter.

Chocolate-Caramel Layer Cake

Cherry Clafouti

Published July 1, 2015.

This baked French custard studded with fresh fruit would be a simple and satisfying dessert—if we could nail its finicky texture and prevent the cherries from turning soggy.

Cherry Clafouti

New York Bagels

Published May 1, 2015.

It doesn’t get any better than the crackly-crisp shell, tender chew, and subtle malty flavor of a New York bagel. So what do you do if you don’t live in New York?

New York Bagels

New York Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

Published May 1, 2015.

It doesn’t get any better than the crackly-crisp shell, tender chew, and subtle malty flavor of a New York bagel. So what do you do if you don’t live in New York?

New York Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Published May 1, 2015.

Because strawberries and rhubarb both contain loads of moisture, avoiding a mushy, soupy pie requires a clear strategy.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Raspberry Charlotte

Published March 1, 2015.

Cake surrounding creamy fruit mousse promises the best of old-world elegance. But it doesn’t matter how gorgeous it looks if the filling is rubbery and the cake is tough.

Raspberry Charlotte

Savory Corn Muffins with Rosemary and Black Pepper

Published January 1, 2015.

We wanted a muffin full of cornmeal flavor. Could it also be moist and light-textured?

Savory Corn Muffins with Rosemary and Black Pepper

Savory Corn Muffins with Cheddar and Scallions

Published January 1, 2015.

We wanted a muffin full of cornmeal flavor. Could it also be moist and light-textured?

Savory Corn Muffins with Cheddar and Scallions

Foolproof New York Cheesecake

Published January 1, 2015.

Our recipe produced lush texture and a beautiful brown top—but not for everyone. To solve this mystery, we had to delve into the secrets of ovens.

Foolproof New York Cheesecake

Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie

Published November 15, 2014.

We came up with fresh, new flavors for our pie, but we still couldn’t avoid dealing with the age-old problems of a soupy fruit filling and a soggy bottom crust.

Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie

Cranberry-Pecan Tart

Published November 15, 2014.

What’s not to love about the combination of crunchy pecans, chewy cranberries, and a rich filling? As it turns out, lots.

Cranberry-Pecan Tart

French Apple Tart

Published November 1, 2014.

Classic form and good looks are compulsory for a holiday centerpiece, but they don’t matter if the dessert falls apart when you serve it. We wanted integrity with the beauty.

French Apple Tart

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Published November 1, 2014.

These eye-catching cookies are as much about looks as they are about flavor. The problem is, most are neither chocolaty nor crinkly.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cherry Icebox Ribbons

Published October 15, 2014.

Adding dried sour cherries to the jam ensures that the filling won’t seep out of these stylish striped cookies during baking.

Cherry Icebox Ribbons
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