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

Cranberry Swirl Shortbread

Published October 15, 2014.

Homemade cranberry puree (both swirled on top and sandwiched in the middle) adds a welcome tartness to this buttery shortbread.

Cranberry Swirl Shortbread

Moravian Spice Cookies

Published October 15, 2014.

With roots deep in Eastern Europe, these thin, crisp, spiced cookies have made a name for themselves in the United States.

Moravian Spice 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

Vanilla Icebox Cookies

Published October 15, 2014.

These crowd-pleasing vanilla cookies are perfect for holiday parties because they’re easy to make and can be prepared in advance.

Vanilla Icebox Cookies

Peanut Butter Truffles

Published October 15, 2014.

We wanted to create a more elegant version of Ohio’s favorite candy, the buckeye.

Peanut Butter Truffles

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Published October 15, 2014.

For these bars, we wanted to get the flavor of a gingersnap crust (which can bake up unappealingly hard) using graham crackers.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Roasted Pears with Dried Apricots and Pistachios

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Pears with Dried Apricots and Pistachios

Roasted Pears with Golden Raisins and Hazelnuts

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Pears with Golden Raisins and Hazelnuts

Roasted Apples with Dried Figs and Walnuts

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Apples with Dried Figs and Walnuts

Roasted Plums with Dried Cherries and Almonds

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Roasted Plums with Dried Cherries and Almonds

Almond Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Almond Latin Flan

Coffee Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Coffee Latin Flan

Roasted Apples with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Published September 1, 2014.

A two-stage cooking process yields tender, beautifully caramelized fruits.

Authentic Baguettes at Home

Published September 1, 2014.

Most American baguettes are doughy and pale, and the recipes we found weren’t much better. To get it right, we went to Paris to learn from the masters.

Authentic Baguettes at Home

Perfect Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Perfect Latin Flan

Orange-Cardamom Latin Flan

Published September 1, 2014.

This cousin to crème caramel boasts a denser, sweeter profile and rich toffee-like flavor. Too bad its star ingredient can also be its biggest liability.

Orange-Cardamom Latin Flan

Zucchini Bread

Published July 1, 2014.

What should be a light, moist snack is often a dense, greasy disappointment. Could we lighten the loaf?

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread with Pistachios and Orange

Published July 1, 2014.

What should be a light, moist snack is often a dense, greasy disappointment. Could we lighten the loaf?

Zucchini Bread with Pistachios and Orange

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cherries

Published July 1, 2014.

What should be a light, moist snack is often a dense, greasy disappointment. Could we lighten the loaf?

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cherries

Cream Cheese Brownies

Published July 1, 2014.

Everyone loves a rich brownie. Tangy cheesecake is a slam dunk. It’s too bad that when they’re combined, you wind up with a cheesy center and watered-down chocolate.

Cream Cheese Brownies

Fresh Strawberry Mousse for Two

Published May 1, 2014.

Here’s a juicy problem: how to get a creamy mousse with bright, concentrated fruit flavor out of bland, watery supermarket strawberries.

Fresh Strawberry Mousse for Two
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