An apple pie with Cheddar crust in a red pie pan on a cooking rack

Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

Surprise family and friends with the savory jolt of a smattering of extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, baked straight into the crust, in contrast to the sweet apple pie filling.

Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp Risotto

Super-size-me shrimp stud this creamylicious risotto which takes its astoundingly complex taste from simple shrimp shells.

A few green cups filled with pistachio gelato with five pistachios beside.

Pistachio Gelato

An ethereally creamy, subtly sweet, wickedly pistachio-y gelato that derives its pure flavor from nothing more than the essentials.

A pink homemade sno ball--coconut-covered dome--on a white plate with two more in the back

Homemade Sno Balls

Fashioned from chocolate cake, filled and frosted with meringue, and festooned in a feathery pink coconut boa, these are the real deal.

Two ultimate chocolate chip cookies, AKA New York chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack

David Leite’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re bewitched, thanks to this aged cookie dough–yes, aged COOKIE DOUGH–that indulges us in an adult cookie with notes of rich butterscotch and bitter dark chocolate.

Deep-Dish Brioche French Toast

Deep-Dish Brioche French Toast

The last thing you need to worry about tomorrow morning is breakfast. With this brioche French toast, you assemble it today, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and tomorrow slide it in the oven. By the time gifts are open, breakfast will be on the table.

Three glasses of glogg (mulled wine) with orange slices and cinnamon sticks

Swedish Christmas Glögg

Glogg is Scandinavian mulled wine served at Christmas. This version combines port wine, brandy, whiskey, raisins, almonds, orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamon.