For a novice baker, this is the most forgiving dough to work with. The cream cheese allows this pastry some elasticity but still produces tender and flaky results.
From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Although carrot cake didn't appear in U.S. cookbooks until the second half of the twentieth century, today it is indisputably a classic and beloved American dessert. These delicious carrot-cake cookies incorporate the same ingredients into two wafers, which are sandwiched together with a layer of rich cream-cheese frosting.
This dessert is proof that cheesecake can be as unexpected as it is delicious. Its surprise comes when intense oven-roasted strawberries are folded into a blend of tangy mascarpone and cream cheese. The mixture is spread over a graham cracker crust and covered with a rich vanilla layer. The result will please on every level.
These crescent-shaped cookies are a Jewish holiday tradition. The rich and flaky cream-cheese-based cookie dough can be filled with anything from fruit jams and chopped nuts to dried fruit and cinnamon-sugar. This version features two kinds of apricot filling: apricot jam and sugared dried apricots.