Farmers' markets packed with gourds and grocery-store shelves lined with canned pumpkin puree are telltale signs that Thanksgiving is near. We have a host of pumpkin desserts, including classic pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and puddings.
Lollipop sticks may be the best thing to happen to cake since frosting. Ride the cake pop-ularity wave with our easy, no-bake version, which relies on store-bought pound cake and melted chocolate. These kid-friendly cake pops make an ideal canvas for festive details. For Halloween, try orange and black sprinkles or your favorite trick-or-treat candies.
These little citrus fruits, in season during the summer, pack a punch -- they have a more intense flavor than the more common Persian limes (which can also be used here). Shortbread stands in for the "crust," and a bruleed meringue topping completes the pie-like sundae.