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Cranberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding

This pudding, inspired by the highly delicious White Chocolate Bread Pudding at the Palace Cafe, has the soul of a New Orleans bread pudding. But it's gussied up for the season with cranberries, which add a wonderful tart contrast to the white chocolate in the butter and cream-rich custard, and a nice glug of bourbon, which certainly doesn't hurt anything. It's a perfectly decadent entrée into the Thanksgiving season. More

Candy Corn Pecan Pie

The idea is simple: classic pecan pie, plus candy corn. The candy corn melts so beautifully into the corn syrup and brown sugar mixture that it must feel like it's coming home; it adds a nice, vanilla-y sweetness to the pie that will satisfy even the sweetest of tooths. More

Cadbury Creme Scotch Eggs

The Cadbury Creme Scotch Egg is coated with a thick cocoa-kissed batter, then coated in cookie crumbs and deep-fried. When eaten warm, the taste calls to mind that of a deep-fried candy bars that one can find at state fairs, but in my opinion, a slightly more complex flavor owing to the cocoa in the batter and the vanilla cookies. Speaking of the crumbs, they also give the treat a pleasing crunch, which acts as a pleasant texture contrast to the cakey batter and soft, gooey chocolate and sugar-filled interior. More

Mega Fun-Size Bar

I had the most incredible idea to make the tiny bars more fun: I'd melt together about 100 of the mini bars to form a monstrous Mega Fun-Size Bar! Now that sounds like fun. More

Candy Corn Muffins

For those moments when the slightly gritty texture and light sweetness of a corn muffin strike you as entirely too healthy and simply won't satisfy your sweet tooth, go for the candy gold with these muffins. More

Candy Corn Upside-Down Cake

What happened when I baked it up was a surprise: the brown sugar and butter topping fused with the melty candy corn to form some sort of unholy, monstrous Halloween caramel-sugar topping, which dripped back into the cake when inverted. The result? The entire buttery cake tasted like it had been basted in candy corn. And if you're a candy corn lover, that might just be a beautiful thing. More

Pumpkin Bread Stuffed with Cookie Dough

While pumpkin bread is wonderful in its simplicity, it is possible to heighten your seasonal eating by adding a healthy helping of chocolate chip cookie dough to the batter. It gives the bread a decadently gooey center, and the spiciness of the pumpkin bread works beautifully with the brown sugar and chocolate in the cookies. Feel like gilding the lily? Go ahead, serve it with ice cream. More

Doughnut Pies

Don't let the photo fool you: while these holey treats may resemble doughnuts, they're actually pies! They are made up of morsels of pie crust which are then filled, rolled up and pinched to ensure the filling stays inside, then fried. While they're certainly not health food, they certainly are delicious: crispy, not too-sweet, easy to make, and completely open to improvisation with flavor. More

My Birthday Cake

Here's the classic I chose for my late August birthday this year: a fluffy golden yellow cake topped with a crowning glory of rich, stick-to-your teeth fudge frosting. The contrast of light cake and thick frosting is simply beyond compare—a taste and texture combination which is guaranteed to take you back to the glee of the birthday parties of yesteryear, if only for a few bites. More

Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

These fat, cakey, filled sandwich cookies take their color and taste inspiration from a favorite ice cream flavor, with extremely agreeable results. The refreshing minty flavor of the cookies is pair perfectly with a rich, thick chocolate filling, making them a crowd-pleasing dessert. Though optional, a few drops of green food coloring really bring the ice cream association full circle, making for a nostalgic and novel sandwich cookie treat. More

Wellesley Fudge Cake

Wellesley Fudge cake, a deeply decadent chocolate cake topped with a slab of fudge frosting, seems an unlikely sweet to associate with the prim-and-proper ladies of Wellesley (the college featured in the classic feat of cinema Mona Lisa Smile). But it's true: fudge, and the cake, both have strong ties to ladies' colleges. More

Lane Cake

Lane Cake: now there's a tall southern belle of a layer cake, filled with coconut, chopped fruit and nuts and a generous serving of whiskey or brandy, and topped off with a snowy range of fluffy frosting. Cutting into this cake is particularly enjoyable: the white frosting gives way to a creamy-colored cake, with a slightly more yellow-toned custard, flecked with a confetti of nuts and fruits contained therein. More

Rainbow Ice Cream Pops

Simply stack your colors in popsicle molds (I used the Orkin mold) or even paper cups, insert a stick, and let them freeze. This recipe couldn't be easier, and the finished product is a pleasurable frozen treat with a visual twist which makes it that much more delightful to eat. More

Watermelon Cake

Made with sour cream and boasting an achingly delicate crumb, the cake is tinted pink and then studded with mini chocolate chips for "seeds". The finished cake is frosted with pink and green icing to bring home the watermelon effect. More

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