Weekend Projects®

This is where things get fun. These are recipes that take a day or two to make, whether because of resting or marinating requirements, a few more steps, or just plain ole extra time because, well, they just taste better that way. These are great recipes to make with the family and to introduce kids into the kitchen.

Stack of 10 chocolate chip cookies, each topped with sea salt on an aqua piece of wood

Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, these cookies may not contain literally a thousand layers, but they’re sufficiently flaky to make us stop counting. As one of our recipe testers exclaimed, “This is a very special cookie.”

Diamond-shaped pieces of walnut baklava, topped with chopped pistachios.

Walnut Baklava

In the Eastern Mediterranean, each individual has an idea of what makes the perfect baklava. This unconventional approach relies on blitzed raisins and citrus syrup. If you’re looking for perfect, this just might be it.

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A cardboard food container filled with barbecue beans surrounded by ribs, pickles, and shredded meat.

Barbecue Beans

Made from scratch yet quick and easy, these beans just may alter the way you think about barbecue beans forever.

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Seven spice-rubbed baby back ribs on a piece of parchment on a wooden surface..

Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Dry-rubbed and slathered in sauce, these ribs are deeply flavored, lip-smackingly messy, and easier than you’d think to pull off at home.

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A bowl filled with sweet tea brined fried chicken with a bottle of Cholula hot sauce in the background and a plate of more fried chicken.

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken

Crisp fried chicken and cool sweet tea. A combination of the South’s two fave things in which a 24-hour marinade subtly suffuses the chicken with the summeriness of tea and lemon.

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A partially sliced smoked coffee brisket on a wooden cutting board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Smoked Coffee Brisket

Behold, one of the most beautiful briskets you’ll ever pull off your backyard barbecue. Truly. Here’s how.

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A blackout cake from Ebinger's on a cake stand.

Blackout Cake From Ebinger’s

Just like the much-ballyhooed chocolate blackout cake from Ebinger’s in Brooklyn, this one has the same pudding-like filling, the same tender chocolate crumb, and the same rich, rich frosting.