Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore

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    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea; Passover; Dairy-free; Gluten-free
    • Ingredients: walnuts; confectioner's sugar; Dutch-process cocoa powder; egg whites; vanilla extract
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; cocoa powder; butter; fleur de sel; dark chocolate
    • Categories: Brownies, slices & bars; Dessert
    • Ingredients: butter; sugar; cocoa powder; eggs
    • Categories: Brownies, slices & bars; Dessert
    • Ingredients: pecans or walnuts; all-purpose flour; butter; light brown sugar; vanilla extract; white chocolate chips; eggs
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea; Vegan
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; dark chocolate chips; Maldon salt; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Candy / sweets; Cookies, biscuits & crackers
    • Ingredients: butter; turbinado sugar; all-purpose flour; pecans or walnuts; dark chocolate chips
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Quick / easy; Afternoon tea; Passover; Gluten-free
    • Ingredients: sweetened shredded coconut; condensed milk; butter; fleur de sel; eggs
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: roasted salted peanuts; sugar; all-purpose flour; honey-roasted peanuts; eggs
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea; Low fat
    • Ingredients: dark brown sugar; molasses; applesauce; all-purpose flour; ground cinnamon; ground ginger; ground cloves; egg whites; candied ginger
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: butter; sugar; peanut butter; all-purpose flour; Maldon salt; eggs
    • Categories: Brownies, slices & bars; Dessert; Passover; Gluten-free
    • Ingredients: dark chocolate; unsweetened shredded coconut; dried sour cherries; almonds; pistachio nuts; eggs
    • Categories: Brownies, slices & bars; Quick / easy; Dessert
    • Ingredients: butter; marshmallows; Rice Krispies; coarse sea salt
    • Categories: Italian
    • Ingredients: blanched almonds; sugar; potatoes
    • Ingredients: sugar; cocoa powder; ground cinnamon; vanilla bean powder
    • Categories: Brownies, slices & bars; Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Dessert; Vegan; Gluten-free
    • Ingredients: sugar; avocados; lemons; unrefined coconut oil; almond flour; white rice flour; turmeric; mace; sliced almonds
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Sauces for desserts; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: butter; lemons; pistachio nuts; all-purpose flour; coriander seeds; turbinado sugar; heavy cream; Irish whiskey; dark chocolate
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    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; roasted black sesame seeds; butter; old-fashioned oats; Maldon salt; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Tahini semifreddo
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Quick / easy; Afternoon tea; Entertaining & parties; French
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; butter; ground cinnamon; sliced almonds; Hawaiian washed raw sugar
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Italian
    • Ingredients: Parmesan cheese; pecorino Romano cheese; black peppercorns; butter; all-purpose flour; semolina flour
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Afternoon tea; Italian
    • Ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour; fine cornmeal; lemons; rosemary; fennel seeds; almonds; eggs
    • Categories: Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Quick / easy; Afternoon tea
    • Ingredients: whole wheat flour; sugar; salted butter; jam; eggs

Notes about this book

  • Jenny on May 14, 2018

    Received the galley today of this book and it looks magnificent - every baker will want this title in their collection.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Flourless chocolate-walnut cookies

    • jenmacgregor18 on July 31, 2021

      These were easy to put together. My kitchenaid's medium setting speed must have been a bit too brisk and overmixed these a bit and were a bit too thick. My cookies stayed more in the shape of the scoop. (If there's a next time, go for medium low.) They did have the texture of a brownie with crispy edges all around. I liked that. However, they lacked the depth of chocolate flavor we prefer. Overall, these were just ok for us.

    • anya_sf on October 02, 2018

      Very quick and easy to make. With my scoop, a half recipe yielded 8 cookies. I used 2 pans because I thought they might spread, but they actually did not spread much in the oven. They were super chewy with a mild chocolate flavor, reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn's brownies.

  • World peace cookies

    • Jane on February 02, 2020

      I just love these cookies - the shortbread texture and the dominance of the chocolate is my kind of cookie. Because the chocolate is so front and center I use top quality Valrhona Manjari chocolate and cocoa.

  • Best cocoa brownies

    • anya_sf on October 22, 2018

      I prefer fudgy brownies, so I took them out of the oven when just barely done (in my oven, this was a couple of minutes after the stated baking time). The texture was moist and chewy. They're the best cocoa brownies I've made, although I still prefer brownies made with chocolate. But they're a great option if you only have cocoa on hand.

  • Blondies

    • anya_sf on December 19, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe in an 8"x8" pan. Accidentally baked for 23 minutes, but the blondies were still plenty chewy. For mix-ins, we used pecans, white chocolate chunks, and bittersweet chips. Delish!

    • anya_sf on July 02, 2022

      Note: the ATK recipe uses a heavier weight per cup flour measurement, so the amount of flour is 7.5 oz or 215 g. Anywhere between 190 g - 215 g works in the recipe. IMO this recipe doesn't make 3 dozen blondies, only 2-2.5 dozen.

    • Lepa on September 06, 2018

      I love to bake but rarely bake cookies. I surprised my kids with these and they have been gushing about how AMAZING they were so I guess I am sold and will be making these again.

    • averythingcooks on July 23, 2020

      I cut this in 1/2 which is very easy to do when the recipe gives grams (in addition to cups etc ). I used a mix of semi-sweet chips & chopped white chocolate and baked them in an 8 x 8 glass pan (the recipe is very specific about using metal - but never explains why). Verdict? These are just awesome!

  • Secretly vegan chocolate chip cookies

    • anya_sf on October 20, 2018

      I used organic cane sugar, dark muscovado sugar, and grapeseed oil. Made the dough 2 days before baking. Didn't freeze the balls of dough because I wanted the cookies to spread. They turned out perfectly - slightly crispy on the outside, chewy inside, good flavor. They are good cookies, not just good vegan cookies.

  • Chocolate chip cookie brittle

    • anya_sf on October 27, 2018

      I made a Halloween version with orange m&m's instead of nuts. Note for next time: the dough is easier to spread in the pan if you sprinkle all the candies on at the end, rather than mixing some in. The baked cookie stuck to the sides of the pan so badly that I never thought I'd pry it out, but once I loosened one edge with a sharp knife, the whole slab did come out. Super sweet like you'd expect, good for a party. A salty mix-in would go well here to contrast with the sweet.

  • Coconut custard macaroons

    • Jviney on November 01, 2019

      These were excellent and very quick to make. The recipe calls for 2 Tbsp scoops of dough and I think I would say 1 Tbsp works better; I also packed the dough together much more on the second baking and that helped to prevent spread. They are very good.

  • Nonfat gingersnaps

    • snoozermoose on December 18, 2021

      These were not our kind of gingersnap. The texture was a little too chewy (almost like gum), and we did not like the flavor. Not a repeat.

    • anya_sf on October 06, 2018

      The dough is so soft you can almost scoop it from the freezer. I made it 2 days ahead. The cookies didn't seem done after 10 minutes of baking, but I worried about overbaking, so I took them out; I left the second batch in for 11 min for comparison. Both batches turned out great after cooling completely, even though they were super soft coming out of the oven. They were soft and cakey with a strong ginger flavor.

  • Peanut butter sandies

    • Jviney on February 19, 2019

      Per the recipe notes, these freeze super well. I add a little Jacobsen sea salt to the top and they are killer. Took them to a party and one baker said they were the best peanut butter cookies she had ever eaten. Also love the petite bite size.

  • Coconut slice

    • stockholm28 on January 05, 2020

      This was great (and very rich). If you love chocolate and coconut, this basically tastes like the best almond joy that you have ever eaten (with the addition of sour cherries and pistachios). This recipe is from the Honey and Co Baking Book / Golden. It is gluten free.

  • Salted brown butter crispy treats

    • jenmacgregor18 on February 26, 2022

      Regular rice krispie treats are always great, but these are even more buttery and delicious. It's worth a couple extra minutes to brown the butter.

    • snoozermoose on December 18, 2021

      Once you make these, you can't go back to regular rice krispie treats! They are too good.

  • Nibby buckwheat butter cookies

    • anya_sf on March 24, 2020

      I really liked these. The buckwheat and cacao nibs were unusual, but worked really well together and the cookies were also nice and buttery. I made 1/2 batch dough one day before baking. Apparently, I can't measure or slice evenly because I got 21 cookies, not 24. The recipe says they improve with age, but I'm not sure they'll last long enough for me to find out.

  • Cacio e pepe shortbread

    • Jane on March 01, 2019

      This was fantastic. I didn't manage to get a photo as it disappeared so fast. A savory shortbread flavored and topped with pecorino and Parmesan. This may well appear at every party from now on. I divided it into 12 slices but it could stretch to 16 slim slices.

  • Douglas's whole wheat jam thumbprints

    • bwhip on September 25, 2018

      These were very good, better than I expected. Much like the author said, reminded me of wheat toast with just the right amount of jam.

    • Jviney on May 08, 2019

      Understated in a lovely way, just the right amount sweet. I used homemade strawberry jam and thought these a keeper for sure.

  • Back-to-school raspberry granola bars

    • Kinhawaii on April 12, 2021

      Agree with everyone- easy & delicious. Not a healthy granola bar, but a buttery sweet cookie bar. I used blueberry jam, which was quite sweet so a cup of jam was much too sweet, should have used less or a less sweet jam. Also used walnuts instead of pecans. Would definitely make again.

    • Lepa on January 08, 2020

      These were easy to make and cut into nice bars (no crumbling!). My kids loved them but they are a bit too sweet for me.

    • kari500 on February 25, 2020

      I used seedless blackberry jam, otherwise followed the recipe. I think these are wonderful, although mine could have used a bit longer in the oven (probably my oven's fault). Next time I'll try apricot jam with almonds in place of the pecans. Great way to use up a jar of jam.

  • Cinnamon toast cookies

    • Jviney on April 09, 2020

      Crazy fast and met the craving. I literally pulled dinner out of the oven and then decided I wanted a homemade dessert. We ate dinner while the aroma of cinnamon filtered out from the oven as they baked. Delicious for its purpose: fast.

  • The world's easiest cookies

    • darcie_b on June 07, 2019

      These cookies are a bit bland and not overly attractive, but this recipe will do the trick if you want something fast and vegan. I added a few drops orange oil to give it more flavor.

    • jackiecat on June 07, 2019

    • stockholm28 on January 27, 2020

      Definitely the world’s easiest, but far from the best. I won’t make these again.

  • Three-ingredient coconut fudge (Topra pak) [Meera Sodha]

    • tarae1204 on February 01, 2019

      It's actually three-ingredient coconut fudge. Wouldn't be bad dipped in chocolate however!

  • Peanut marzipans (Mazapanes de cacahuate)

    • Jviney on September 01, 2022

      I was excited about the promise of these, but I could not process them to the consistency where they held together enough to come out of the cookie cutter. I tasted some of the (I guess I’ll call it) powder and it was far too sweet for me. I do think I’d try again, halving the amount of icing sugar.

  • Brazilian carrot cake (Bolo de cenoura)

    • Jviney on February 24, 2023

      I quite liked this, it grew on me. A nice moist cake with that surprising flavor to elevate it. I wouldn’t have known the unusual ingredient was carrot if I hadn’t made it. Even hubby, who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, ate up the leftovers.

    • anya_sf on October 10, 2018

      This cake is super quick and easy to mix, although you need a powerful blender (mine is Braun). I just have a large bundt pan, so the batter only filled it halfway. I feared the baking temperature was too high and/or baking time too short, but it was spot on. The cake has a beautiful golden color and moist texture like most bundts. You'd never guess it was carrot; it has a fresh taste that is hard to pinpoint. There are no spices, so the chocolate glaze is a nice counterpoint. Since the cake isn't huge, I only made half the glaze, and thought it was enough. We enjoyed it.

  • Olive oil cake

    • anya_sf on May 05, 2020

      The weight of the milk is greater than the volume; I used the weight, but think maybe the volume is correct. I made 2/3 recipe in an 8" pan; baking time was 52 minutes. The cake rose nicely in the oven, but the edges (oddly, not the center) sank slightly upon cooling. It was super moist - to the point of being oily - and had a dense, gummy layer at the bottom. The flavor was very nice on its own (orange was prominent) and also with roasted strawberries. Unfortunately, I'm still searching for my ideal olive oil cake recipe.

    • anniette on October 10, 2021

      I adore this cake. Have now made it many times. I use triple sec instead of Grand Marnier, and mix skim milk with some cream, as I don't keep whole milk. The cake is extremely moist, but holds its shape. You can even slice it paper thin. It keeps really well in the fridge. It takes a long time to cool — possibly because of the oil? I like it by itself, with just milk, coffee, tea, or wine. Needs no embellishment.

  • Dark chocolate-marzipan loaf cake

    • Lepa on November 04, 2018

      This is a bit sweet for my taste but it really is fantastic. It elicited groans from everyone at the table and my husband said that it deserved the "Paul Hollywood handshake". My son said it may be the best thing I've ever baked(?!?) While I was reluctant to add raspberry jam, as recommended by Yeh, a very thin smear really did complement the flavors. This took about 55 minutes to bake. Yeh recommends a thermometer to figure out when it is properly baked inside and, based on my experience, I second that recommendation.

    • anya_sf on February 23, 2019

      I only had about 6 oz marzipan, but together with the chips, it was plenty to make this loaf quite sweet, despite the small amount of sugar in the dough. Mine took about 50-55 min to bake and got quite dark on the edges, but did not taste overdone. Although the raspberry jam definitely went well with the almond and chocolate, the additional sweetness wasn't needed. I wonder if plain raspberries could be mixed into the batter instead. Very good, but quite decadent - definitely an indulgent breakfast.

    • ChelseaP on May 22, 2021

      This is a must make for anyone who loves marzipan.

    • Cfoley12000 on February 22, 2022

      I made these as triangular scones to avoid the crumbly slicing challenge and they were a huge hit at the office. Super attractive with crunchy sugar-in-the-raw sprinkled on top. I chilled the triangles for 15 min before baking for 20 min on a parchment lined baking sheet. I also only used 1/2 cup of butter since all of my other scone recipes use a half cup for 2 cups of flour and they turned out great! I recommend rolling the marzipan into a narrow rope, cutting off small chunks the size of large chocolate chips and dusting them immediately in a bowl of powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together. I then sifted my chunks to get rid of the excess sugar. Lastly, the marzipan near the edges of the scones leaked out in caramelized puddles, but they were easily trimmed off while the scones were still hot. Trimming later would have torn the scones. Highly recommend warming these up a little to melt the chocolate chips and enjoying with seedless raspberry jam.

    • MollyPellecchia on February 04, 2019

      Be careful of the cooking time. Choc at the bottom a bit burnt. A reviewer recommends 55 minutes.

    • mpo on March 21, 2021

      This is delicious and I actually didn’t find it too sweet. It does take closer to 50-55 minutes to bake. Just fun to bake with marzipan because I don’t do that too often.

  • Almond cake

    • Lepa on September 28, 2018

      This is a delicious cake if you like almond flavor (and I do!) I baked this the full 60 minutes and it was probably slightly overdone. The cake stuck to the pan on the sides and seemed too hard/overbaked at the edges. I will make this again and take it out earlier (after 50-55 minutes). Also, make sure you grease the pan extra well.

  • Weird & wonderful banana cake

    • julesamomof2 on September 22, 2018

      Not my favorite banana cake-the mayo gave it a sour flavor. I think I will stick with the recipe from the Flour cookbook.

    • Jviney on February 19, 2019

      This was a very moist cake and I so wanted to be on board with it...but I felt like I could taste the mayo and it turned me off. Did anybody else have this experience with it?

    • anya_sf on October 19, 2018

      I weighed the ingredients, so I used 2 1/2 bananas. White whole wheat flour worked fine. I used maybe 2/3 coffee and 1/3 water. The cake was super moist, rich and sweet. It tasted like it had pumpkin spice in it, which I'm guessing was from the coffee. We liked it a lot, although not as much as Flour's.

  • Chocolate cloud cake

    • anya_sf on October 19, 2018

      I made 1/2 recipe baked in a 6" pan with 3" high sides. The cake rose to the full height of the sides, then sank quite a bit upon cooling. When I removed the ring (after the cake was completely cool), the sides collapsed and pieces fell off. I wonder if a pan with shorter sides would be better - perhaps the cake wouldn't rise so high and subsequently fall so much? This smaller version baked in 30 min. I added Grand Marnier, but not the zest, and the orange flavor wasn't really noticeable. It tasted great, with or without whipped cream. The texture was relatively light compared to some flourless chocolate cakes, but still moist in the center. Five people ate the whole thing. It was quick and easy to make - will definitely make again.

    • pattyatbryce on February 16, 2022

      Fantastic and easy. I loved that it wasn't as heavy feeling as many chocolate desserts, but was still completely satisfying. Like others, I put the whipped cream on the plates instead of the full cake for storage reasons.

    • anniette on October 10, 2021

      This cake is perfect. It is also easy. I use a 9 x3 loose bottomed aluminum cake pan and a circle of parchment, dry. We skip the orange flavorings and enjoy the dense chocolate piled with unsweetened whipped cream. I use half 70% bar and half 60% chips. It helps to have extra mixing bowls and whisks, otherwise a flurry of washing and drying is required. I make this cake as often as I dare. It is a lovely thing.

    • Lepa on September 06, 2018

      I made this for my son, who requested a chocolate cake for his sixth birthday. This was very dense and rich. I loved the orange flavor but my husband prefers a plainer version without orange that was in the first Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Our guests raved about this cake. It was easy to bake and felt pretty special.

    • bwhip on November 30, 2018

      We enjoyed this very much, particularly the orange notes from the zest and Grand Marnier. I kept the whipped cream separate, so we could enjoy it first while still a little warm, then so it wouldn't be a complete mess when eaten over the next day or two. It would certainly be quite intense without the whipped cream, so it does provide the perfect complementary relief as described in the recipe. 8" springform was the perfect size.

  • Hazelnut-brown butter cake with sautéed pears

    • anya_sf on October 25, 2018

      The cake was easy to make and hazelnut tastes great with pears. The butter in which the pears were cooked appeared to burn, so I turned down the heat. Luckily, it did not taste burnt. The pears look pretty with stems and core intact, but are a bit harder to eat that way. The cake is very sweet, so the less sweet pears and unsweetened whipped cream go nicely.

  • Rum-scented marble cake

    • bwhip on September 26, 2018

      We really enjoyed this cake. Rum flavor is complementary, and not overwhelming. Recipe and technique are different from most cake recipes - seven eggs (!) and they're mixed in at the end, after the flour and butter, and mixed for quite a long time. The marbling technique worked perfectly - best pattern I've ever achieved.

  • All-occasion downy yellow butter cake with neoclassic buttercream

    • Jviney on July 04, 2020

      Used 3 Tbsp of Chambord in the frosting. Nice moist cake but with all the butter, the frosting was very very rich.

  • Coffee cardamom walnut cakes

    • bwhip on October 04, 2018

      These turned out very nicely, with a good blend of coffee, sweetness and spice.

  • Whole orange cake

    • anya_sf on March 01, 2019

      I was really curious to try this since you blitz 2 whole oranges in a food processor and add them to the batter. The cake was easy to make and baked up fine, although the top of the cake (bottom when you flip it) remained craggy - didn't smooth out while baking. The cake had a lovely orange hue throughout and was very moist. At first I was going to skip the glaze, but ended up making it after tasting a slice, because I thought the cake needed something more. I only used half the powdered sugar in the glaze but nearly all the OJ as I wanted a thin glaze. Despite the whole oranges, the cake still could have used more orange flavor - perhaps some orange oil or extract would help. Overall, a pleasant cake though.

  • Guinness stout ginger cake

    • ginger2212 on March 20, 2023

      It is definitely a good snack cake and I've enjoyed it with tea. I would love to understand the science behind the guinness/molasses/baking soda mixture. Not sure what it did or contributed to the cake. Not worth making again though.

  • Greek yogurt chocolate mousse

    • anya_sf on September 09, 2018

      This recipe is super simple and easy to scale down, so it's perfect when you only need dessert for one :-) And no mixer is required. There's no added sugar, so it isn't that sweet, but the orange balances the bitter chocolate nicely. Chambord and raspberry jam would probably be good substitutes for the Grand Marnier and orange marmalade. One minor quibble: the texture is really more pudding-like than mousse-like.

  • Ten-minute lime cracker pie

    • anya_sf on October 01, 2018

      I reviewed the online recipe from Food52, but confirmed that the recipe in the book is identical. My family loved this.

    • cadfael on August 20, 2022

      I threw it out. First time that happened. Just did not like it.

    • kari500 on February 15, 2020

      Loved this. Similar to a Key Lime Pie in flavor. I think a creamsicle version with orange might be nice too, but it's pretty perfect as is. That said, it took me at least 10 minutes to zest and juice the limes, so maybe the 10 minute thing isn't strictly correct.

    • jenmacgregor18 on August 20, 2022

      I didn't like either the texture or the taste of this. I think if I had done a better job of distributing the filling evenly, the cracker texture would have been a bit better. But the flavor was off. I'm thinking I was tasting some sort of preservatives in the Ritz crackers or something. They tasted fine when eaten plain. Not sure. But this ended up in the trash.

  • Butterscotch budino

    • bwhip on March 01, 2019

      Fantastic! What a great combination the pudding is with that caramel sauce. Gives it a lovely bitttersweet edge like the topping on a nice creme brulee. I didn’t bother with the whipped cream, though I’m sure it would provide a lovely contrasting relief as well. Delicious.

    • anya_sf on September 23, 2021

      For some reason I expected this recipe to be complicated to make, but it really wasn't. The hardest part was telling when the brown sugar caramel was done, since the sugar was already brown - I went by smell. I made 1/3 recipe to serve 3 people, using half milk, half cream (which was plenty rich) and 1 whole egg. I may have overcooked the caramel for the sauce - it wasn't burnt, but it actually could have been sweeter. The sauce made for a fancier dessert, but the budino would still have been good without it. For the whipped cream, I used mostly cream with just a little sour cream, and the slight tang was nice.

  • Tiramisu

    • bwhip on January 21, 2019

      Delicious, and really quite easy to throw together. Next time I might spray just a bit of Bakers Joy on the parchment, as the cake was just a bit sticky when trying to peel. Flavor is wonderful, rich while somewhat fluffy and light.

  • One-step, no-churn coffee ice cream

    • anya_sf on April 27, 2019

      I didn't quite have enough heavy cream, so I used half-and-half for the remaining 1/4 cup or so and it still worked. This ice cream was incredibly easy to make. The flavor was reminiscent of Vietnamese iced coffee. It wasn't firm enough after 6 hours in the freezer, so it's best to freeze overnight. Fabulous flavor and texture. I can't wait to try this method with other flavors.

    • jackiecat on April 27, 2019

  • Chocolate sorbet

    • ChelseaP on May 21, 2021

      The most decadent chocolate sorbet.

  • Best (& easiest) frozen yogurt

    • anya_sf on October 05, 2018

      Definitely the easiest, and very good, although the CI recipe (with gelatin and golden syrup) was smoother. This one is really creamy initially and great as "soft serve". It gets icier after freezing, although it's still good. I added some vanilla extract.

    • snoozermoose on December 18, 2021

      This is my go-to froyo recipe. Very easy. Quite icy (you'll have to let it thaw for 5-10 min ideally before eating), but it's nice and tart.

  • No-churn fresh lemon ice cream

    • anya_sf on September 25, 2018

      Unbelievably easy and good! Great lemon flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Ready to eat after just a few hours in the freezer, and no ice cream maker needed.

  • Hot fudge

  • Double-chocolate cookie crumbles

    • Jviney on August 23, 2019

      This was a fun add for an ice cream social. I had little time so used Ghirardelli bittersweet chips, didn’t chop them. Baked 12 minutes and the crumbles were moist and delicious.

  • Italian jam shortbread tart (Fregolotta)

    • Jviney on April 10, 2021

      Quick and easy with a big payoff. I had peach jam on hand so that’s what I used. It was the perfect ending to a classic Italian meal. Simple shortbread with jam. Loved it.

  • No-bake persimmon & goat cheese cheesecake

    • anya_sf on October 29, 2018

      I made 1/2 recipe in a 7" springform pan. This cheesecake is easy and a great option if you don't want to turn on the oven or spend hours baking a cheesecake. The flavor was delicious. The pistachios and spices in the crust were most prominent and rather unusual. It didn't taste like goat cheese. The crust was rather crumbly, so I would use a bit more coconut oil next time to bind it. You could easily use other fruit purees, nuts, and spices for a different flavor.

  • No-stress pie dough

    • stockholm28 on January 13, 2020

      This was the flakiest pie dough that I’ve ever made. The top crust was crisp like a croissant and the bottom crust had no soggy bottom. This recipe is from ”Bravetart”. This dough is made by hand and uses a folding technique which creates layers. This is truly a case where a picture is worth a thousand words. Food 52 Genius Desserts includes photos of how to fold the dough; Bravetart does not. The recipe is on the Serious Eats site (with photos) here:

  • Apple galette

    • bwhip on November 23, 2018

      Fantastic. Crust was easy to make, super flaky and delicious. Apple flavor was perfect, though they didn't require as much cooking time in the pan as the recipe called for (I stopped about ten minutes less) - and could have used even less than that, as they got a bit mushy in the oven.

  • French lemon cream tart

    • bwhip on April 07, 2019

      Wonderful, really delicious. My wife and I were a little reluctant to try this, since we both love traditional lemon curd so much. Would this alternative method be lemony enough? The answer is yes. Super lemony, but also light and creamy. For the tart shell, we used the recipe from the shell for the almond tart from this same cookbook. Excellent, crispy and crumbly crust. Not as fussy as the usual tart crust recipes can be, and it turned out great. We’ll make this again for sure.

  • Four-ingredient strawberry shortcakes

    • anya_sf on August 31, 2019

      These were the easiest shortcakes in the world to make. Using a rounded 2-Tbsp scoop, I got 7 shortcakes (no sacrificial one, but didn't need it). Although I added the optional sugar to the shortcakes and my berries were sweet, this dessert did not turn out very sweet overall. Next time I'll add more sugar to the whipped cream. Super quick and easy to make and quite good too.

    • DFarnham on October 03, 2021

      Delicious and so easy!

    • senzler on July 04, 2022

      Easiest shortcake ever and good too

  • Meme's blackberry batter cobbler

    • anya_sf on August 24, 2020

      Could not be easier to make, and I liked this cakey style of cobbler better than the biscuit style. Good plain or with vanilla ice cream.

    • Lepa on October 29, 2018

      I like this style of cobbler. It was easy to throw together and it turned out well. It's not, however, as good as the magic cobbler from Smitten Kitchen, which uses apples and plums and is my all time favorite.

  • Peach cobbler with hot sugar crust

    • jenmacgregor18 on June 26, 2022

      This was really great. I still love the biscuit style cobbler, which is what Mum always made--but we all loved this too. The crispy, cake -like topping is wonderful. I wasn't brave enough to leave the peels on the peaches. Other reviewers on Food 52 said you couldn't tell they were on...maybe next time. I did add some cornstarch a a little peach brandy to the fruit, 1 T of each. It was just about perfect.

    • anya_sf on October 01, 2018

      I posted my notes on the recipe from the Food 52 website, which is identical to this one. My family like this a lot.

  • Fried stuffed dates (Khajoor ka meetha)

    • anya_sf on February 28, 2020

      Super quick and easy to make - a nice, last-minute dessert. I served 4 per person with lightly-sweetened whipped cream. The only tricky part was cutting the dates with a dessert fork.

  • Slow-roasted strawberries

    • anya_sf on May 05, 2020

      I didn't have a non-reactive pan large enough to fit the strawberries in a single layer, so I used a sheet pan lined with parchment, which worked okay, but in hindsight perhaps the berries were too far apart. After 3 hours, they did not seem quite done according to the recipe cues, but after 4 hours they were a little too dry. Granted, I should have checked in between and turned them as directed, so that was user error. The berries were certainly flavorful (and the fresh berries actually were rather watery and tart), but a little too dry and chewy. They still tasted good with the olive oil cake though.

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