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 dough can be made through step 1 the night before baking and left to rise in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. The chilled dough will need about two hours in the baking dish to come to room temperature and double in bulk before baking.
These jam-filled mini pastries are charming and distinctive. In other words, they're perfect for Mom.
Elderflower liqueur has a subtle flavor that upgrades store-bought jam, adding sophistication to rustic tassies (from the Scottish word for "small cup").
These wholesome treats are made with wheat germ and brown sugar. Fill the cookies with raspberry jam for a burst of fruit flavor (other fruit jams also work), and drizzled chocolate adds an indulgent finish.
European immigrants made this confection -- which has large, crisp crumbs on top -- a New York City coffee-shop favorite. An optional layer of jam between the batter and topping adds a fruity component.