Beyond the Cronut: 15 Frankenpastries to Make at Home
Croissant + Doughnut = Sweet Insanity
Cupcakes are old news. The newest sugary sensation to sweep our fair city is the Cronut -- the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominque Ansel at his SoHo bakery last month. With production of the pastry limited to 300 a day, Cronut mania has created long lines and even given rise to a seedy underworld of Cronut scalping. As executive food director Lucinda Scala Quinn says, "It just shows, if you're clever you can cook up the next cupcake."
No time to wait in line? Try one of these other delectable dessert hybrids instead.
Potato Chip Cookies
Call it a chookie if you like; this crunchy, chewy, buttery, salty-sweet treat satisfies every last corner of your palate.
Coconut-Key Lime Pie
What’s your favorite kind of pie, coconut cream or Key lime? We couldn't decide either, so this pie rolls the flavors of both into every creamy, tangy bite.
Chocolate-Caramel Doughnut Holes
If a Rolo aspired to be a breakfast food, these caramel-filled chocolate doughnut bites would be its dream come true.
Chewy Irish-Coffee Blondies
Eat your after-dinner drink in the form of chewy blondies enriched with freshly ground coffee and Irish whiskey.
Black-and-White Cheesecake Squares
When Brownie met Cheesecake, sparks flew, and this is the swoonworthy result.
NOT like Grandma used to bake, these cupcakes reinterpret the snickerdoodle cookie with cinnamon in the batter and a dusting of cinnamon sugar on top. Caps of seven-minute frosting are the perfect flourish.
Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops
Is it a cocktail or a refreshing, vitamin-packed fruit snack? Stop, you're both right!
Chewy Caramel Popcorn and Pretzel Bars
These bars take their inspiration from both Cracker Jacks and Rice Krispies treats. Marshmallows add chew and caramel adds richness to the squarely delectable snacks.
S'more, Please Sundae
When s'mores wander indoors, they just might get into the ice cream, creating a heavenly, ooey-gooey sundae.
Croissants aren't just posing as doughnuts these days, they're also standing in for ordinary bread in homey desserts like this one.