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").
The tops of these brownie-like cookies look as if they've been shattered. Coat the balls of dough thoroughly in confectioners' sugar before they go in the oven. They'll flatten and "crack" on their own as they bake.
In candy-making, the goal is usually to prevent caramel from crystallizing. For this recipe, that's exactly what you want to do to in order to create the grainy, sandy-sugary coating beneath the chocolate. The pralines are also delicious when made with hazelnuts.