Pfeffernüsse

Created in 1753 in Hesse, Germany (where I often spent summers growing up), the name of these heavily spiced and delightfully chewy cookies literal...

Mocha Brownies

Nut lovers will appreciate these chunky brownies that get extra depth from ground coffee and black pepper. Dried apricots add a surprising tang...

Chocolate & Avocado Mousse

This dish is both gluten and dairy free, making a decadent dessert that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. The avocados fade into the background...

Whole Roasted Pineapple

Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits but sadly not cooked often enough. To me the key is to pick a great ripe pineapple or just leave it for up t...

Rich Cinnamon Syrup

Made with vibrant and floral soft-stick cinnamon, this flavor-packed and dense syrup (rich means a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water) is a great ingredie...

Smoked Cinnamon Salted Caramels

Growing up in Minnesota there were always endless potlucks, sports team get-togethers, and social occasions that required bringing a dish to share,...

Sufganyot Donuts

Even chefs have a soft spot for fried comfort food. Steven and Michael decided to turn that affection into a business. At Federal Donuts, they use ...

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

When I had to create a banana bread recipe for a baking magazine, I realized that banana bread is the perfect vehicle for the heat of pepper or chi...

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Our spiced chocolate chips make a great drinking chocolate (they are designed to melt smoothly). I have an extensive home bar and spent some time e...

Pumpkin Baharat Cranberry Loaf

This loaf made with our mix gets its rich spice from our Baharat blend. If you don't drink you can substitute the port with more cranberry juice.

Reims Palmiers

Baking does not have to be complicated and a 3-ingredient recipe will prove my point. You can of course make your own puff pastry but a store boug...

Apple Cider Donuts

The first thing that comes to mind at the end of summer is apple season, which means it’s time for apple cider doughnuts! I’ve gone apple picking a...