Desserts

Peach Tart

This raw tart, filled with fragrant, juicy, sweet peaches, is perfect for the summer months when lighter food is welcome.

Almond-Crisped Peaches

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

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

What's not to love about a classic strawberry rhubarb crumble? This one has a generous 2-to-1 fruit to topping ratio.

Apricot Macaroon Tart

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

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!

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.

Strawberries in Wine with Mascarpone Cream

Strawberries macerated in red wine make a decidedly grown-up dessert. The recipe requires minimal effort, just a little foresight. Make the mascarpone cream shortly before you'd like to serve it.

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!

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.

No-Bake Chocolate-Oat Cookies

Cooked entirely on the stovetop, these chewy cookies are a nice, easy treat. These are very easy to make vegan, too (see note)!

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.

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.

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!)

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.

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This is the easiest, moistest cake ever, and is endlessly adaptable. You can use regular lemons if that's what you have on hand, but Meyer lemons will lend this cake a lightly sweet and delicately tart flavor that's incomparable.

Shaker Lemon Pie

First made in Shaker communities, Shaker lemon pies use the entire lemon. This makes Meyer lemons, which are sweeter, less acidic and have thinner skins, the perfect lemon for this pie. If you enjoy candied citrus peels and the lingering bitterness of lemons, you will love this pie! Keep in mind, the lemons need to macerate for 24 hours, so plan ahead.

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!

Coconut Snowballs

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

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

This is the best recipe by far that I've tried for cut-out sugar cookies. The dough handles beautifully, forming a wonderful canvas for icing and decorations. It also doubles or triples easily for extra-large batches around the holidays.

Roasted Chestnut Cookies

Just a little overbaking will turn these nutty, buttery cookies dry and crumbly, so take care not to leave them in the oven too long!

Cranberry Bread

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

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!

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.

Spiced Pluot Crostata

Pluots, a cross between plums and apricots, have an expansive flavor that only gets better when baked with warm spices. This crust is deceptively simple to make, and doesn't require any special skills.

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.

Minty Stone Fruit Salad

This would be delicious with any combination of summery stone fruit - experiment! Use what looks good, and you'll have a fantastic salad.

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.

Stone Fruit Bars

This is a versatile dessert: use your favorite combination of stone fruit, like peaches and cherries, or apricots and nectarines. 

Cherry Ricotta Tart

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

Red Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is great immediately after assembling, but if you have a day to let the flavors develop in the refrigerator, it's even better!

Peach and Cornmeal Upside-down Cake

Dried lavender is optional but highly recommended here - it creates a perfect trio with the summery, ripe peaches, and the crunchy, golden cornmeal. You can find dried lavender in the Health and Wellness aisle with the bulk teas.

Peach Crisp

This delicious crumble-topped dessert lets the peaches shine.

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.

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.

Wildflower Honey-Glazed Apricots

Roasting apricots turns them into little flavor bombs, perfect for spooning over vanilla ice cream, waffles, or a slice of pound cake.

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."

Strawberry Icebox Cake

This stunning no-bake cake is suprisingly easy, and showcases spring's delicious strawberries.

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. 

Chocolate Beet Cake

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