About Karen DeMasco

Karen DeMasco was the original pastry chef at Craft, Craftbar, and ‘wichcraft in New York City. The winner of the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Pastry Chef, she has worked in many of America’s most illustrious pastry kitchens, including Chanterelle and Gramercy Tavern of New York City and Fore Street of Portland, ME. She is currently the pastry chef at Robert De Niro’s restaurant Locanda Verde in Manhattan. @karendemasco

Peanut butter sandwich cookies stacked on a plate, the top one is without its top cookie. A glass of milk is in the background.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are filled with a creamy milk chocolate filling for a taste that takes you back to childhood. The cookies are easy to make and can be filled later.

Apple Fritters

Autumn Apple Fritters

Beer, not cider, is the stealth ingredient in these rings of apple-y goodness. The malty hoppiness deepens the fritter’s flavor, the carbonation ensures an ethereally airy texture. Nifty, eh?

Nut and cherry nougat cut into squares and piled up against a white background.

Nut and Cherry Nougat

This unorthodox Italian nougat, or torrone, adds cherries and almonds to the classic pistachios. Talk about being decked out in Christmas bling.