Basket-Weave Brown-Butter Cookies That Are Almost Too Beautiful to Eat
Martha transforms a batch of cookie dough with a special rolling pin.
Martha has baked so many different iterations of classic cookies and cakes over the years that you'd think she'd run out of new ways to do things. Not so for our mighty boss. She continues to come up with clever twists that make baking her recipes so satisfying, and the desserts featured in the season finale of "Martha Bakes" this weekend are no exception. Martha uses eye-catching patterns and interesting flavors to elevate three crowd-pleasers: butter cookies, cheesecake, and a roll cake. Nutty brown butter, mellow honey, and a spellbinding basket-weave pattern amp up the cookies; tangy sour cream and artfully arranged dots of apricot jam add intrigue to the cheesecake, and swirls of chocolate and vanilla dough yield a next-level marbleized roulade. Get a sneak peek at the recipes below, and don't forget to tune in for the last episode of the season.
BROWN-BUTTER HONEY COOKIES
Enriched with brown butter, sweetened with honey, and spiced with cardamom, these cookies are the ultimate teatime treat. And no, you don't have to weave the dough! All you need is an embossed rolling pin to create that alluring texture.
APRICOT CHEESECAKE TART
Topping a cheesecake with fruit is nothing new, but it is when you apply it with a squeeze bottle. Martha uses apricot jam here for bright pops of orange, but you can use any flavor you like.
CHOCOLATE-AND-VANILLA MARBLE ROULADE
Why choose between chocolate and vanilla when you can showcase both flavors in such a striking way? Spoonfuls of chocolate batter are swirled into vanilla batter, then baked and rolled up with an irresistible chocolate whipped cream filling.
"Martha Bakes" season 10 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).