Dessert Recipes

Rosewater Shortbread
Rosewater Shortbread - December 10, 2014

Although it's holiday cookie season, I can't help but share these - buttery whole wheat shortbreads fragrant with rosewater, flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals.

Red Fruit Salad
Red Fruit Salad - May 20, 2013

A seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Plus a few photos from QUITOKEETO.

Buttermilk Berry Muffins
Buttermilk Berry Muffins - March 12, 2013

Beautiful buttermilk muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, and buttermilk-tender texture.

Glissade Chocolate Pudding
Glissade Chocolate Pudding - March 4, 2013

A chocolate pudding that is hard to beat. From this day forward, if you come to my house for dinner, and I decide chocolate pudding might be a nice finish to the meal, this is the recipe I'll be using.

Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies
Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies - December 14, 2012

One of the easiest cookies I know how to make - made from rolled oats, they're razor thin and lacy, golden, freckled with poppy seeds, with and anise accent from crushed fennel seeds.



 
 
 
 
Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles
Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles - September 19, 2012

The Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodle recipe from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes.

Fresh Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt
Fresh Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt - August 1, 2012

A luscious fresh mint frozen yogurt recipe from the soon-to-be-released(!) Sprouted Kitchen cookbook.

Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies
Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies - July 18, 2012

Snappy, small, fragrant, vanilla wafer cookies made with a whole vanilla pod. The entire thing!

Rhubarb & Rosewater Syrup
Rhubarb & Rosewater Syrup - May 3, 2012

A beautiful ruby-hued rhubarb rosewater syrup. Perfect on (or in) everything from yogurt, spritzers, waffles, or oatmeal.

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Chocolate Bundt Cake - March 15, 2012

I took slices of this chocolate bundt cake on a road trip to Portland this week. Slathered with chocolate buttermilk icing, it's a great travel treat made with a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flours, lots of yogurt, and the darkest brown sugar I can get my hands on.

Ginger Grapefruit Curd
Ginger Grapefruit Curd - March 1, 2012

A vibrant ginger grapefruit curd recipe & scans from my Marrakesh photographs.

Black Sticky Gingerbread
Black Sticky Gingerbread - December 11, 2011

This black sticky gingerbread recipe makes an outrageously dark, dense, flavorful and delicious cake. The burnt-caramel-esque crust that forms on the top of the cake is part of what makes this recipe a keeper.

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread
Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread - November 2, 2011

Certain adventures call for the perfect banana bread, and this was one of them. A moist, ridiculously good banana bread recipe. A banana bread that is chocolate studded, lemon kissed, and made with whole wheat flour (and olive oil) - from Melissa Clark's new book.

A Nice Berry Pie
A Nice Berry Pie - September 7, 2011

My go-to berry pie recipe - a rye flour crust and mixed berry filling seasoned with fresh thyme leaves.

Lillet Buttermilk Shakes
Lillet Buttermilk Shakes - August 21, 2011

Lillet-spiked buttermilk shakes. Just a quick grown-up twist on the classic vanilla milkshake.

No Bake Chocolate Cake
No Bake Chocolate Cake - July 2, 2011

A no bake chocolate cake I make when I'm feeling particularly lazy and need a crowd-pleaser of a dessert. Good-quality dark chocolate, cream, and whatever you like to infuse the cream - you're set.

Toasted Almond Sables
Toasted Almond Sables - March 31, 2011

Toasty, nutty sable cookies made with whole wheat flour, sliced almonds, currents and salted butter. And a peek at some of my favorite vintage cookie cutters.

Brown Butter Spice Cake
Brown Butter Spice Cake - January 17, 2011

A cardamom-kissed, brown sugar crusted, squash-battered spice cake. Made with brown butter and a bit of leftover winter squash.

Biscotti al Pistacchio
Biscotti al Pistacchio - October 20, 2010

Charming little bite-sized, powder-coated pistachio cookies inspired by a visit to Mona Talbott's kitchen and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - July 17, 2010

I'm posting this recipe not because these are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time. They're good, but...I'm posting the recipe, because they make amazing ice cream sandwich cookies. And it's prime ice cream sandwich season.

Quinoa Cloud Cookies
Quinoa Cloud Cookies - May 14, 2010

Cookies made from toasted quinoa and wheat flours, flecked with chocolate shavings, rolled and stamped into cloud shapes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble - May 4, 2010

A simple spring crumble - rhubarb, strawberry, and a splash of port wine with a buttery black pepper, pine nut and oat crumble top. Sounds a bit fancy, but really, it couldn't be easier to make.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Chocolate Cherry Brownies - April 10, 2010

Dense, gooey chocolate brownies packed with boozy, port-soaked dried cherries. Made with Muscovado sugar, chocolate chunks, and crème fraiche.

Chocolate Puddle Cookies
Chocolate Puddle Cookies - February 9, 2010

I came across a cookie when I visited Portland, it was a crackle-edged puddle of chocolate with a texture that made me think of the collision between a soft meringue and a fudgy brownie.

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart
Bittersweet Chocolate Tart - December 30, 2009

The little black dress of my tart repertoire - bittersweet chocolate with a thin brown sugar crust. The filling is a dark chocolate ganache, the consistency of thick frosting, set off by the crispness of the crust, finished with a dusting of cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt.

Sparkling Cranberries
Sparkling Cranberries - December 14, 2009

Around the holidays these pretty, sparkling sugared cranberries are perfect. Tart and sweet, they glint and wink in the surrounding holiday lights, and lend a striking dash of red to the table.

Apple and Carrot Shortbread
Apple and Carrot Shortbread - October 25, 2009

An apple and carrot-flecked shortbread recipe inspired by a recipe I came across in Good Tempered Food by Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Peanut Butter Krispy Treats
Peanut Butter Krispy Treats - September 6, 2009

A twist on the classic, I use crisp brown rice cereal slathered in a decadent peanut butter maple syrup sludge. This version of treats has bits of chopped, toasted pistachios throughout - also vegan (no marshmallows) and gluten-free.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake - August 27, 2009

An old-fashioned blueberry cake sweetened with molasses adapted from a reader submitted recipe to the July 1974 issue of Gourmet Magazine - rustic, dark as chocolate, tender, and punctuated with lots of tiny pockets of oozy, magenta berry flesh.

Marathon Cookies
Marathon Cookies - July 29, 2009

I made these cookies for Wayne to eat when he finished the San Francisco Marathon. The batter is made with pureed white beans, lots of oats, and whole wheat flour. The resulting cookies are sesame coated and flavored with aniseed, lemon zest, olive oil and chopped dates. They are beautifully tender, licorice-scented, with a bit of crunch from the sesame seed coating.

Breton Buckwheat Cake
Breton Buckwheat Cake - May 20, 2009

A deliciously dense, buckwheat flour cake that can be baked off in a tart or cake pan. From David Lebovitz's new book, The Sweet Life in Paris.

Yogurt Tartlets
Yogurt Tartlets - May 3, 2009

These charming little tartlets finish off a meal nicely. Oat-crusted with a creamy, ginger-spiked yogurt filling, they are delightful topped with any number of adornments - fresh berries, dried fruit, or crystallized ginger.

Basic Chocolate Cake
Basic Chocolate Cake - April 5, 2009

This is a rich, decadent, but basic chocolate cake recipe. It is chocolate-packed, moist, and not-too-complicated. Baked and served in one pan slathered with a layer of fresh chocolate whipped cream frosting.

Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies - February 4, 2009

The perfect bite-sized chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with plenty of shaved chocolate.

Triple Ginger Cookies
Triple Ginger Cookies - January 14, 2009

This ginger cookie recipe is made special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.

Swedish Rye Cookies
Swedish Rye Cookies - December 11, 2008

Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie.

Fantasy-ish Fudge
Fantasy-ish Fudge - December 9, 2008

My take on the classic fantasy fudge recipe - made with Scharffen Berger chocolate, butter (not margarine) , and organic cane sugar.

Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie
Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie - November 23, 2008

Favorite, easy pumpkin pie recipe. Made from a rich, roasted pumpkin and coconut milk base, and baked in a hazelnut-lined crust - delicious!

Unfussy Apple Cake
Unfussy Apple Cake - November 5, 2008

A deliciously unfussy and relatively healthy apple cake recipe. Red-skinned apples punctuate a buttermilk batter and a final sprinkling of sugar before baking lends a nice top crust.

Caramel Apples
Caramel Apples - October 15, 2008

A caramel apple recipe made from apples, honey, cream, and salt - all-natural, with no processed corn syrup or other funky ingredients.

Coco Choco Clusters
Coco Choco Clusters - August 10, 2008

Toasted coconut, almonds, ground coffee, and good chocolate dropped into little bite-sized chocolate clusters.

Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler - July 16, 2008

A rustic, cherry cobbler recipe made from fresh cherries - though you can certainly try this recipe with other types of summer fruit and berries.

Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake
Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake - July 8, 2008

A favorite buttermilk cake recipe, I love the way smashed berries bleed into the sugar-crusted top of this cake. Swap in whatever fruit is in season.

Banana Chip Cookies
Banana Chip Cookies - June 15, 2008

A riff on one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. This version features banana chips, chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, toasted wheat germ, and whole wheat pastry flour.

Macaroon Cherry Tart
Macaroon Cherry Tart - May 20, 2008

My go-to cherry tart recipe - unfussy, and quick to make with a moist, coconut macarooned top.

Amazing Black Bean Brownies
Amazing Black Bean Brownies - March 17, 2008

This quirky, yet amazing black bean brownie recipe delivers deliciously dense, bite-sized squares of melt-in-your-mouth fudge-textured brownies.

Anzac Cookies
Anzac Cookies - March 10, 2008

Anzacs are made from oats, coconut, and flour coming together in a butter-kissed dough. You end up with a hearty, sturdy cookie, that isn't overly sweet, with little fuss.

Tapioca Pudding
Tapioca Pudding - November 4, 2007

Ultimate tapioca - a creamy, classic, delicious, vanilla-spiked tapioca pudding recipe.

Spooky Ghost Meringues
Spooky Ghost Meringues - October 31, 2007

A fun meringue recipe that enables you to shape the meringue into seasonal shapes - ghosts for halloween, or snowmen for the holidays

Coconut Chocolate Pudding
Coconut Chocolate Pudding - September 4, 2007

A deeply dark and impossibly decadent coconut chocolate pudding recipe. Creamy coconut milk base infused it with a whisper of warming spices.

Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies
Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies - July 25, 2007

A beautiful, buttery shortbread cookie recipe straight from the Hearst Castle kitchen.

Plum and Peach Crisp
Plum and Peach Crisp - July 12, 2007

This rustic plum and peach crisp has a generous oat-flecked crumbly crust. Paired with a dollop of cold, creamy vanilla ice cream - heavenly.

A Frozen Yogurt Recipe to Rival Pinkberry's
A Frozen Yogurt Recipe to Rival Pinkberry's - May 3, 2007

An easy wonderfully tangy, not-too-sweet, creamy white cloud of perfect frozen yogurt deliciousness.

Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes
Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes - December 15, 2006

Knee-deep coconut flecked frosting tops over a sour cream coconut cake batter base make these a quintessential holiday cupcake recipe.

Champagne Summer Shortcake
Champagne Summer Shortcake - August 18, 2006

A fantastic summer shortcake recipe crowned with perfect little gems of summer fruit, glistening with a honey-and-champagne syrupy glaze.

Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain
Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain - June 22, 2006

A good Mexican wedding cookie recipe results in a tender nutty, butter-based cookie topped with an extravagant blizzard of powdered sugar.

Reese's Cup Remix with Brazil Nut Butter
Reese's Cup Remix with Brazil Nut Butter - March 18, 2006

A twist on the traditional peanut butter cup. It uses all-natural ingredients and instead of peanut butterthe chocolate shell envelopes Brazil nut butter.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - March 7, 2006

A liquid nitrogen ice cream recipe - it uses a vanilla base, and makes a wonderfully creamy ice cream.

The Madame's Souffle
The Madame's Souffle - February 14, 2006

The most exhaustive, detailed instructions on how to make a souffle excerpted from La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange - there are few better teachers.

How to Whisk Egg Whites
How to Whisk Egg Whites - February 14, 2006

If you are looking to learn how to whisk egg whites properly, there are few better teachers than Madame E. Saint-Ange. The most meticulous intructions you are likely to find on the topic.

Valentine's Chocolate Fondue
Valentine's Chocolate Fondue - February 10, 2006

Silky, dark chocolate fondue recipe. Simple with just two ingredients and lots of ideas on what makes the best dunkables.

Peppermint Semifreddo
Peppermint Semifreddo - December 11, 2005

Served in shot glasses this peppermint semifreddo recipe makes a fluffy, dreamy, cloud-like, winter wonderland dessert.

Cele's Old-Fashioned Pear Cake
Cele's Old-Fashioned Pear Cake - November 6, 2005

From Michael Ableman's book, Fields of Plenty, a rustic, homey, unfussy pear cake recipe that comes together in five minutes before baking.

Tip Top Melon Sherbet
Tip Top Melon Sherbet - August 29, 2005

This melon sherbet recipe is all-natural, and refreshing. The addition of honey gives it a richness and depth of flavor that you don't normally get when you use refined white sugar.

Amaretto-spiked Chocolate Mousse
Amaretto-spiked Chocolate Mousse - August 17, 2005

Simple-yet-decadent this dairy-free chocolate mousse recipe wins over non-vegans and vegans alike.

Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte
Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte - August 10, 2005

Rose Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte Recipe creates the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted.

Broiled Stone Fruit with Sweet Cream
Broiled Stone Fruit with Sweet Cream - June 29, 2005

A great way to use up stone fruits. Simple, fast, and decadent using just five ingredients - cream, egg yolks, maple sugar, seasonal stone fruit, and a splash of liquer.

 Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting - June 13, 2005

Julie Hasson's delicious ginger cupcake recipe. Little bursts of crystallized ginger speckle each moist and sophisticated little cake.

Cherry-Almond Gratin
Cherry-Almond Gratin - May 14, 2005

The flavor in this gratin recipe stops time. The almond top melds perfectly with the sweet spiked juice of the cherries. It is a perfect recipe to welcome in cherry season.

Sweet Crepes
Sweet Crepes - April 30, 2005

The perfect standard crepe recipe from Larousse Gastronomique, I've included many variations and topping suggestions here as well.

Mini Buttermilk Berry Milkshakes
Mini Buttermilk Berry Milkshakes - February 26, 2005

A tasty, no-fuss dessert - these might be the best tasting milkshakes ever.

Dates filled with Chocolate Cream and Almonds
Dates filled with Chocolate Cream and Almonds - February 14, 2005

Stuffed dates are rich, indulgent, and delicious. I strongly suggest trying this recipe the next time you are looking for a nice, simple dessert to top off a nicer than average meal.

Maison du Miel's Heather Honey Ice Cream
Maison du Miel's Heather Honey Ice Cream - January 27, 2005

This honey ice cream recipe makes a creamy bowl of goodness that tastes as good as it looks. Four ingredients; plump vanilla beans, heavy cream, whole milk, and honey. That's it.

Tropical Icebox Cake
Tropical Icebox Cake - July 12, 2004

Cool, refreshing, and tropical, this icebox cake recipe features a gingersnap crust, vanilla ice cream, rum, macadamia nuts, and toasted coconut.

Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars
Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars - January 21, 2004

I love these. You can remix them a thousand different ways with various flavors of preserves.

Rombauer Jam Cake - August 30, 2003

A moist and delicious jam cake recipe with berry undertones and sugary crispness from the brown sugar icing. A favorite.