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Sweetened with white chocolate only, this rich, Middle Eastern-inspired panna cotta, from test kitchen assistant Phillip Basone, gets its distinctive floral aroma from an infusion of blistered cardamom.
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it.
This classic pudding dessert is a perfect finish to any barbecue meal.
Malty Ovaltine flavors these puddings from New York City chef Pichet Ong.
Take this custard out of the refrigerator about 10 minutes before serving.
A specialty of the Netherlands and Belgium, these are cousins of gingerbread, only lighter and more delicately spiced. They're also showstoppers, thanks to the intricately carved wooden molds used to make them, which form the cookies into bas-relief images of characters and symbols from stories about Saint Nicholas, or Sinter-klaas, whose name day, December 6, kicks off the Christmas season in that part of the world.
Cut into Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, and every other holiday design imaginable, these are classic holiday treats in the U.S. The cookies themselves are pure buttery comfort, but when decorated with royal icing, sprinkles, dragées, and sanding sugar, they're elevated to cultural icons, beloved by children and grown-ups alike. Plus, they're almost as much fun to make as they are to eat.
Tiny, ring-shaped butter cookies like these are a popular holiday treat in Mexico. They're typically decorated with chocolate sprinkles, but green, red, and white ones transform them into festive Christmas wreaths.
The recipe for these flaky crescent pastries was inspired by one from Karmela Bàlò, owner of the Cari Mama bakery in Budapest.
Serve this spiced ice cream on its own or scooped on top of warm fruit crisps, cobblers, or pies, particularly apple.
Buttermilk gives these old-fashioned cake doughnuts their tangy appeal; a dusting of sugar and freshly grated nutmeg adds a spicy crunch.
The recipe for this cool and creamy dessert is based on one in Pushpesh Pant's India Cookbook (Phaidon, 2010).
These simple gelled fruit desserts—based on a recipe in chef Marco Pierre White's The Mirabelle Cookbook (Random House, 1999)—are an elegant way to serve summer berries.
In this classic Swiss dessert, gelatin is used in a creamy custard that's set between two layers of tart raspberry and strawberry cream. It's best to make this dish one day ahead and let it set in the refrigerator overnight.
The New York City–based chef Pichet Ong uses gelatin and citrus juice to coat strawberries in a sweet sauce before plating them with cubes of coconut-flavored gelatin.
These truffles are coated in shredded coconut, which provides a pleasing contrast to the rich chocolate.
We based this recipe on one that appears in Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey Through Oaxaca, Mexico (Ballantine, 1999) by the Oaxaca-based cook Susana Trilling, who recommends making this dessert the day before you serve it.
This sweet, cooling dessert is popular in the Sicilian capital, Palermo.
The recipe for this elegant, easy-to-make dessert is based on one prepared at Ristorante Dattilo in Calabria.