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French Madeleines With Almonds and Apricot Glaze

French madeleines, the delicious shell-like tea-cakes, are an impressive dessert that also happens to be very easy to make. They're often flavored with vanilla bean or citrus, such as lemon or orange, but in this recipe, the buttery flavor of the madeleines is paired with the slightly bitter taste of almond extract and a sweet apricot glaze. Vanilla is added for a touch of warmth, while the brown butter in the batter gives the madeleines a rich, complex flavor. More

Chocolate-Cinnamon Swirl Meringues

These rustic-looking chocolate swirl meringues are flavored with cocoa powder, a touch of molasses, and a pinch of cinnamon, then baked until crisp. They bring together a light and crumbly texture with intense chocolatey flavor. The cinnamon provides just a hint of warmth, while the molasses gives the meringues a subtle caramel flavor. More

No-Bake Chocolate-Nutella 'Cheesecake' Verrines

These cute no-bake chocolate and Nutella cheesecakes are a chocoholic's dream come true. An intense dark chocolate filling is spooned on top of a crumbly Oreo crust and topped with a creamy, rich Nutella filling. They don't really look like a traditional cheesecake, but does that matter? More

Salted Dulce de Leche Brownies

These rich, super fudgy brownies are topped with generous dollops of homemade dulce de leche and a generous sprinkle of sea salt. The thick layer of dulce de leche has the same fudgy texture as the brownie underneath, and the salt wakes the whole thing up. Consider yourself warned, because you're gonna want to make these every day. More

Easy Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar that are simmered together for seven hours. This much easier method, which calls for simmering a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water for two to three hours, produces absolutely perfect results with not nearly as much time or fuss. More

Matcha and White Chocolate Popcorn

In this recipe, vibrant matcha, a type of Japanese green tea, is whisked into white chocolate to form a coating for freshly popped popcorn. Slightly herbal and not-too-sweet, it has a subtle flavor that will keep you coming back for more. More

No-Bake Banana and Peanut Butter Caramel Icebox Cake From 'The Kitchn Cookbook'

With all the cookie baking going on around the holidays, it was nice to not have to turn on the oven for this over-the-top icebox cake from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. Graham crackers are layered with a cream cheesy whipped cream, bananas, chopped peanuts and pecans, and a killer peanut butter caramel sauce. More

Buttery Marzipan Stollen

Stollen is one of the world's great Christmas breads, a delicious treat whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Most people buy it, but the truth is that stollen is as easy to make at home as any basic bread. More

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