Desserts

Almond-Crisped Peaches

Improving upon perfect summer peaches seems unlikely, but baking them with a buttery and crisp topping makes it happen.

Ambrosia (Citrus Salad with Coconut)

What a perfect winter dessert! Seasonal citrus pairs up with pineapple and shredded coconut in a simple, not too sweet fruit salad. Note that it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but it's best when allowed to sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.

Apple Crumble

Apples are cooked once in a skillet before being topped with crumble and baked. The long cooking time turns the apples caramel-scented, sweet, and sticky.

Apricot Macaroon Tart

This gluten-free tart features a straightforward, press-in-the-pan crust with buckwheat flour, giving it a toasted, nutty flavor.

Avocado Ice Cream

“Most people have had avocado in a salty and/or spicy format, or at least as an accompaniment to something that is not primarily sweet. If you like avocado, however, you will really enjoy this ice cream. Its natural oil gives the ice cream a very smooth and silk mouth feel, and the lime juice heightens its flavor. Although it may taste too sweet before freezing in the ice cream maker, it will be just right when it’s done.” –Fany Gerson, author of My Sweet Mexico

BabyCakes NYC Chocolate Chip Cookies

Celebrated BabyCakes NYC  serves up gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan treats in their bakeries, and this is their chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Baked Apples

Sweet and comforting fall food. Perfect for days filled with crisp leaf piles and pumpkin patches, when Wisconsin trees seem to burst into flame in front of our very eyes, rendering us unable to do anything but gaze up in quiet awe at our world, suddenly ablaze.

Beet and Poppy Seed Muffins

 

These rosy-hued muffins flecked with dark poppy seeds are great in the morning on your way out the door. Dairy- and gluten-free, they’ll be a hit with everyone in the house.

 

Berry Oatmeal Scones

Definitely dessert, but a healthful choice. Wholesome oatmeal, whole-wheat flour and a medley of dried berries will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Big Crumb Coffee Cake with Rhubarb

A delightful description of this cake from Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman: "A tangy, impossibly moist, vanilla-flavored cake base ceilinged with hefty crumbs that will make all streusels that came before pale in contrast."

Blueberry Crisps

These delicious little blueberry pots topped with a yummy crumble are so easy to make! Serve with creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream.

Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream

Walnuts replace pecans in this variation on the classic pecan pie. The earthy flavor of the walnuts is highlighted with brown butter, and the pie is topped with dollops of tangy sour cream topping. This will earn a welcome spot on your Thanksgiving table for years to come.

Bruleéd Pluots

Stone fruits are transformed when cooked. The fruit sugars are intensified, and they hardly need any sugar to make an indulgent, but still fairly healthful dessert. They're delicious on their own, but try with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a spoonful of creme fraîche on top.

Butter-Poached Stone Fruit

Use your favorite stone fruit or a combination for this delicious dish. It's yummy on it's own, but would also be nice paired with ice cream or yogurt, or stirred into oatmeal.

Cara Cara Orange Curd

Cara Cara oranges are a variety of nevel orange, and they are less acidic and sweeter thatn typical oranges. They have ruby red flesh which make them a great ingredient to use during the holidays, adding a bright, festive flash or color to your table when you want it to look its best.

Chai-Spiced Crumb Coffee Cake

Cinnamon is the standard spice for topping a crumb coffee cake. This coffee cake keeps the crumb topping and spices it up a little more by using some of the same flavors that are found in chai, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice. These spices really help to make the coffee cake memorable - and they also make you want to come back for a second slice. - Helen Dujardin

Cherry Ricotta Tart

If ricotta isn't your favorite, use lightly sweetened mascarpone instead, or even whipped cream!

Chocolate Beet Cake

Crushed beets are an inexpensive way to make a nearly molten, incredibly moist cake and highlight deep chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You would never think that chocolate covered fruit could be this easy! Coconut oil added to the melted chocolate creates a smooth and lustrous coating for the strawberries.

Chocolate Hedgehog

A hedgehog is a chocolate-based, no-bake 'cake', or slice that usually uses plain sweet biscuits (cookies) such as shortbread. It often has nuts as well. I've gone for a minimalist chocolate extravaganza but feel free to add nuts if you like.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

So much more than the sum of their parts! The shredded coconut in these cookies makes them slightly reminiscent of macaroons, the oats make them hearty, and the chocolate bits deliver dark, intense richness. And they're made without eggs, butter or flour. 

Coconut Kumquat Tea Cake

Minced kumquats, orange zest, and lemon zest add intense flavor to this moist, aromatic cake. Drizzled with a simple citrus icing and topped with toasted coconut and sliced kumquats, this is a very elegant but easy dessert.

Coconut Snowballs

Tender, buttery, and not too sweet, these simple no-bake cookies will be welcome at any gathering!

Cranberry Bread

Equally good for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a not-too-sweet dessert, this quick bread is studded with tart Wisconsin cranberries.

Cranberry Granita

Refreshing, light, and festive, this granita is the perfect way to finish a heavy meal.

Date and Pistachio Balls

These little truffle-like gems are deceptively rich, but contain only wholesome, healthy ingredients. 

Dirt Cake

Yum yum! Of course this kid-friendly dessert is not made from dirt, but it sure looks like it, complete with candy worms on top!

Double Chocolate-Chip Cookies

This is quite the cookie made as written, but is also a great candidate for add-ins. Imagine dried cherries, chunks of toffee, or peppermint candy pieces!

Fig Walnut Ice Cream

Slightly bitter walnuts and sweet, fragrant figs make a very tasty and sophisticated ice cream. Break out the ice cream maker!

French Apple Cake

Dorie Greenspan's cake couldn't be easier to prepare. It is chock-full of apples, whose flavor is heightened with vanilla and boozy, dark rum. This is a decidedly grown-up cake that keeps beautifully, up to three days after baking - although it's so good, it's hard to imagine there being leftovers for that long!

Fresh Figs with Cashew Cream

This seemingly decadent dessert is something all can enjoy: it's gluten-free, raw, vegan, is only lightly sweetened, and it incredibly delicious! Be sure to start the cashews soaking at least six hours before you'd like to serve it.

Gingerbread Cake Cookies

These are a cakey version of gingerbread cookies; soft with molasses, warm spices, and a crunchy layer of sparkling sugar.

Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Pound Cake

“PastureLand's Chef Bret’s ‘Grandmother’s Sour Cream Orange Poundcake’ is too good to resist, and we could not keep from nibbling before it cooled! The warm, sweet and orangey aroma filled the kitchen, attracting the neighbors (we had the window open on one of the first warm days).”– PastureLand Co-op

Grapefruit Curd

Initially reducing the grapefruit juice by half will concentrate its flavor and give the curd's citrus taste more of a punch, as well as a deeper flavor. You can use regular sugar or honey here, but avoid maple syrup or brown sugar, or the curd will look muddy. In a pretty jar, this would make an excellent gift (if you can bear to part with it!)