Macarons are light-as-a-feather French confections that can be assembled pulling from a mix-and-match palette of sweet fillings and bases. Our recipe for this sophisticated French treat offers variations for vanilla bean, chocolate, peanut, coconut, raspberry and pistachio macarons.
The better the quality of chocolate used in these caramels, the more delicious the result. Caramels should be individually wrapped in cellophane or waxed paper the moment they are cut or they will absorb moisture from the air and begin to ooze.
This traditional Russian dessert is similar to a no-bake cheesecake. Dried-Pineapple cutouts embellish this cake, but Martha sometimes uses jelly beans instead. Her paskha molds come from Maxim Kudinov, in West Nyack, New York (etsy.com/shop/varusha). You can also use an 8-to-10-inch flowerpot or a fine-mesh strainer.
You can have your cake and eat it, too--as a cookie! The bases for these thumbprints are studded with grated carrots, chopped pecans, golden raisins, and rolled oats. The creamy filling features fresh goat cheese (cream cheese would work in its place) and a swirl of apricot jam. The result? Layers of flavor in every bite.