Because there is something awesome about a giant iced oatmeal raisin cookie shaped like a pie.
Shhh. We want you to tell us a secret. Do you have a dessert that uses a shortcut? An ice cream pie that uses store-bought ice cream (like this?) or a cookies that are filled with Fluff (like these). Shoot us a photo of your best secret shortcut dessert (along with a link to the recipe!) and we'll include it in this week's roundup.
This recipe is both easy, as in a baking novice could put it together, and easy, meaning it's a shortcut way of making a traditional danish. And lastly, it's easy meaning you can put an iced strawberry cream cheese danish on the table in less than an hour.
If ever there was a match made in supermarket aisle heaven, it's Nilla Wafers and bananas. They're best known for their masterpiece duet entitled Banana Pudding, but have you ever thought to put them in a cake?
On a recent stroll through the cookie aisle of the supermarket, I noticed not one but two new cinnamon flavored cookies. Joy! They each took a very different approach—one simple and classic and the other novel and...mall-tastic—so I grabbed both to try.
It's tempting to make a list of "dad desserts" that just includes everything beer and broey (as much as desserts can be such a thing.) But you know what? Dads are just like us. Some like chocolate. Some like vanilla. Some are cookie monsters and some want nothing more than a pint of ice cream that they can ruin for the rest of us.
Strawberries are reaching their peak, so it's time to use them up. Need some inspiration? Look to the SE community—folks are using them in popsicles, pies, cupcakes, smoothies, tarts, and more!
Last year, for the first anniversary of the Cookie Monster column, I chose ten of the most delicious cookies I made that year. Would there, could there be 10 cookies during year two that equally stole my heart? Yep. And here they are.
Coolhaus is known for serving oversized ice cream sandwiches that come in inventive flavors (think Cinnamon Toast Crunch cookies and Chocolate Chipotle BBQ Jack Daniels ice cream). With trucks already roaming five cities and one brick and mortar store, their sandwiches are now coming to a supermarket near you. We gave them a try.
This week we're reveling in all things strawberry. So shoot us a photo of your best dessert that uses strawberries (along with a link to the recipe!) and we'll include it in this week's roundup.
The display case at Paradox Pastry is extremely inviting, with mini pies (buttermilk and lemon meringue when I was there), scones, muffins, and a serious looking Virginia Peanut Butter Mousse Torte. I wanted something relatively light to hold me over until brunch, so I went to the selection of (actually not small at all) cookies. The Pignoli Cookie ($2) was recommended to me—and I'm so very glad it was.
Apricots are halved and topped with a brown sugar, oat, and almond streusel then baked in the oven until juicy. Serve them warm alongside yogurt for an easy breakfast.
These cookies pay homage to the spicy-sweet flavors found in mole. Ancho chile powder adds a subtle, smoky heat that deepens the flavor of the chocolate.
This week you shared your best refrigerator cookies—a style of cookie we love for its ease; just slice and bake! The bonus? The dough actually improves with a stay in the fridge, because the time allows for the flavors to deepen.
It feels like every time I stop by Trader Joe's, I'm sucked into buying chocolate. I've identified five reasons for this. 1. Pretty packaging 2. Pretty packaging near the checkout line 3. Good prices 4. [Often] good quality 5. New products to try. The last time I was in a TJ's, I fell into the trap. There were three new chocolate bars with maybe the cutest packaging yet—all vintage-y with ships and A FLAMINGO. See how they stacked up.
Bright lemon and rich pine nuts balance each other in this easy biscotti. Emphasis on easy: you don't even need an electric mixer, it can all be done by hand.
The dessert menu at the Plant Cafe Organic does include vegan cupcakes and raw cashew cheesecake, but it also features ice cream made with Blue Bottle coffee and cake made with TCHO chocolate. We asked the chefs for their favorite sweets.
Clocking in at five dollars a pop or more, vanilla beans are undoubtedly expensive. But they add a complexity of flavor, a mix of sweet, floral, earthy, and spicy, that blows vanilla extract away. So if you are going to drop the cash for the good stuff, how should you use it? Here are 9 of our favorite ways.
A sour cream coffee cake that's soft and sweet and full of juicy blackberries gets a topping of big buttery crumbs.
What's that you say? You have nothing in your house but Oreos, ice cream, some butter and salt? Well, good news: you have yourself a pie.
We had a great Memorial Day and it seems like you did too! Springtime treats were out in full force, from strawberry cupcakes to key lime pie to rhubarb and almond cake.
Instant espresso counteracts sweet toffee bits in these speckled drop cookies.
This week we're looking back at Memorial Day. What did you guys make today for your back yard grill out or picnics? Shoot us a photo of your best Memorial Day sweet (along with a link to the recipe!) and we'll include it in this week's roundup.
Get out your whites, your grill mitts, and your beer cooler—it's Memorial Day weekend! What better way to end your first big outdoor meal than with this classic Southern picnic cake?
The story of McConnell's Fine Ice Creams in Santa Barbara is definitely a charmer: Boy meets girl. Boy gets drafted into World War II. Boy tries amazing ice cream in France and wants to recreate it at home. Boy and girl (now married) move to Santa Barbara and boy uses his GI Bill money to buy an ice cream machine. Scoop shop is born.
Rebecca Lang's Spicy Coleslaw in Around the Southern Table is not your typical styrofoam cup of mayonnaise with a side of cabbage. Yes, the salad contains a bit of mayo, but the dressing is punched up with a generous pour of buttermilk and intense bursts of horseradish, hot sauce, mustard, and jalapeños. Said dressing clings perfectly to each piece of chopped red and green cabbage, grated carrot, minced red onion, and sliced scallion.
You've heard of Tim Tams, right? Those chocolate covered cookies from Australia and New Zealand that ex-pat Aussies and Kiwis get all crazy about? You know what else they go crazy for? The Tim Tam Slam, and the fact is, Tim Tam Slamming is good. Really good. Good enough that I brought home a few packs myself, in order to show my friends back in San Francisco The Way. And now, Serious Sweet-ers, I'm here to show you. Consider the slideshow above is a step-by-step guide to the Slam. Proceed with caution: when you've Slammed once, there's no turning back.
Yes, Ithaca is "gorges" and Andy from The Office went to Cornell. Clichés aside, Ithaca is a phenomenal city to spend four years in and an even better place if you love food. Surrounded by farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries, Ithaca is pretty much a food-obsessed college goer's dream.
A classic French cookie gets a nod to Italy with these rosemary and pine nut infused butter cookies.
These petite scones are great for summer parties: light, sweet, and packed with ripe peaches
Because you can't possibly buy all the baby stuff you need yourself, you have a baby shower. Or rather, you have your sister throw a baby shower for you. Then she will spend weeks researching tiny versions of normal food, as if all the guests coming to the shower are babies themselves. For example, why serve normal sized peach scones when you could serve mini scones scaled down so that they would look normal sized—if they were being held by a baby?
These are best described as a streusel-crumble-muffin hybrid. My favorite part? They hide a layer of fruit preserves.
This classic Southern dish is a base of creamy cheese grits topped with shrimp and spinach in a light sauce.
Their "Georgia bistro" take on the Wood Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($9) manages to be heavy-duty and refreshing both—there's nothing a little lemony arugula can't do to cut the deck smoky bacon deals you.
This recipe is my attempt to re-create the original version of this pie from the Brooklyn pie shop, Four and Twenty Blackbirds. It comes pretty darn close to replicating the original, which features a flaky all-butter crust, a layer of rich ganache, and a layer of gooey oatmeal that gets all caramelized and crisp on top.
Potatoes are simmered with tomatos and kalamata olives for a hearty, warming stew.
As far as modern chocolate bars go, Nestlé Crunch is rather plain. I've never seen someone at a store choose a Crunch bar over a chocolate hybrid, like Twix, or something with a cutesy presentation, like Hershey's Kisses. But as long as we're talking about what I haven't seen, it's someone being disappointed to eat a mini Crunch.
If Indian food is just chicken tikka and biryani to you, then please keep reading. In India, food varies from region to region, home to home, and religion to religion. And it's not all spicy and complicated. Most Indian food is surprisingly simple to make and very, very rewarding to eat. In this new Indian cooking column, I'd like to introduce you to the real food we cook and eat at home. For starters, khichdi, a sort of one-pot comfort meal of rice, lentils and vegetables.
On the Serious Eats calendar, you'll see a big, fat star on November 1st. Why? That's when the Serious Eats book comes out—and we can't wait to share it with all of you.
It's easy to be charmed when you walk into Dolce Vizio, the first tiramisu bar in New York City. The great thing about tiramisu—it's three amazing things, cream, alcohol, and coffee all in one simple dessert. Come take a tour of the kitchen.
Recently the gang at SEHQ shared a round-up of favorite cheeses. Turns out we're not too refined in our taste. We love our mozzarella, feta, and goat cheese, what can we say. Some of you were shocked at our pedestrian choices. This time around, we're living up to the "serious" of our name. We're stepping it up with these lesser-known, very rare, very hard to find, sometimes nearly impossible to find (unless you know a guy who knows a guy who knows a cat) varieties. Apologies in advance if it makes us sound like a bunch of cheese snobs.
When I told Carrie I was headed to Spain, she had this advice to give: "If you can tear yourself away from all the jamon, look for ensaïmada." But after a few clicks of research, I realized, uh, it's not entirely jamon-free. The pastry is made with flour, water, sugar, eggs, and reduced pork lard (where the oink comes in). "Saim" actually means "pork lard" in Mallorquí.
At Serious Eats, we celebrate Shark Week the same way we do just about everything else—by playing with our food. Behold, our edible interpretation of the sea... in candy.
Now that our office is an easy 15-ish minute walk from Souvlaki GR in the Lower East Side, the souvlaki consumption in my life will increase exponentially, no doubt. But when I stopped in recently, I felt like going the deconstructed souvlaki route with the Horiatiki Salad ($7). It's the familiar Greek salad comprised of chopped tomatoes, cukes, red onions, salty feta, and oil-juicy kalamata olives, served with pillowy, warm pita on the side, the same starchy jacket that rolls up the souvlaki. You can add a souvlaki's worth of their charcoal-grilled meat, chicken or pork, for $2 to sit atop the salad.
Just right for birthdays or other special occasions, this Old-Fashioned Cake is a perfect balance of moist bittersweet chocolate cake and marshmallowy icing.
The new smoked fish shop Shelsky's is making Carroll Gardens feel a little more Lower East Side-y. "No more schlepping," says their website. Owner Peter Shelsky, an Eleven Madison Park alum, is saving the neighborhood a trip over the bridge to Russ and Daughters for their dose of smoked, cured, and pickled fishies.
It's pretty safe to assume that most of us have had an éclair or two at some point in our lives, whether it was at a Parisian pâtisserie or at a corner bakery. But how many of you have attempted to make a batch of these chocolate topped, cream filled pastries at home?
As a country whose summer is relatively short, it's no surprise that Sweden goes all out for Midsommar, a celebration of the Summer Solstice that lasts a few days Of course when the sun doesn't set until the wee hours, my feeling is that every day should be a party. Here are some dishes you can make to celebrate the holiday.
Think of it as a spanakopita minus the fussy phyllo, with all of those great eggy, cheesy Greek flavors crisped in a flour tortilla. Even if the ingredients list looks a little long for a quesadilla, the prep time is just a few minutes, simply a matter of softening garlic, onions, and scallions, wilting spinach, and mixing in an egg white, feta, and yogurt.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grab some friends and spend a leisurely day sitting outside in a biergarten. With endless beer, brats, and board games, I could make my visits a weekly habit—if it weren't so hard to get a seat. With too many crowds, the obvious move was to bring the biergarten home. And so can you, with this menu of light and tasty German food and, of course, some large pitchers of good brew.