A person holding a plate with a slice of basic chocolate cake on it.

Basic Chocolate Cake

One of the best darned chocolate cakes we’ve ever experienced. (Seriously. Would we tease about something as dramatically life-altering as this?!)

  • (2)
  • 20 M
  • 50 M
  • 12
A Brown Betty Bakery coconut cake on a decorative white cake stand.

Brown Betty Bakery Coconut Cake

Dubbed Company’s Comin’ Coconut Cake, this beauty of a pound cake will have you dreaming up excuses to bake dessert. Even if for no other reason than you want it.

  • (7)
  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 33
A dozen golden brown pecan pie rugelach with filling oozing out

Pecan Pie Rugelach

A welcome collision of all the expected goodness of classic pecan pie and rugelach but with the unexpected hint of bourbon and cayenne.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 3 H, 50 M
  • 4
A flourless chocolate chile cake cut into 8 wedges with one slice missing on a piece of parchment paper.

Flourless Chocolate Chile Cake

A subtle heat coupled with the richness of chocolate make this a failproof way to woo friends and family. Gluten-free, too, though no one will notice anything’s missing.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 8
A few tahini chocolate chip cookies on a torn piece of parchment paper.

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

As easy as the classic Toll House recipe but a lot more memorable, these beauties boast ample chocolate chunks, a subtle nuttiness from the tahini, crackly edges, and oh so soft centers.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 2
Three scoops of mango gelato in a bowl with a silver spoon and a whole mango beside it.

Mango Gelato

Got a mere 20 minutes? If so, you’ve got all it takes to merge the vibrant sweetness of mango with all the indulgence of gelato. 

  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 55 M
  • 12
A platter of pickle-brined fried chicken with pieces of dill pickle, and a bottle of beer.

Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken

Pickle-brined fried chicken?! Oh yes we did! Folks are calling it fried chicken perfection. And you won’t want to skip the Sriracha honey dipping sauce.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 2
Glass bowl filled with pecan pie bread pudding, caramel sauce, bourbon-vanilla ice cream on a marble table

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

When you’ve got leftover bread, sure, you could make bread crumbs. Or you could make this Southern melding of pie and pudding that’s obscenely rich. Tough decision, eh?

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 5 H
  • 10
8 crescent-shape blueberry fried pies with Meyer lemon drizzle sauce nearby all on a piece of slate

Blueberry Hand Pies

Love in pastry-encased incarnation. Simply envelope fruit filling in pie crust and fry until golden and crisp outside, bubbling and lovely inside. Deep-frying phobes, it’s easy as can be. Swear.

  • (1)
  • 1 H, 10 M
  • 1 H, 40 M
  • 8