16 Dessert Projects to Check Off Your List

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16 Dessert Projects to Check Off Your List

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Croissant dough shaped into donuts, split open with chocolate glaze on top


September 22 2020


From pastry dough to cakes and fruit curds, plus things with brown butter—here's more than a dozen recipes for your next dessert project.

  1. Salted Caramel Marshmallows

    Whip up a batch of homemade marshmallows, just in time for s'mores season (which yes, happens to be year-round).

  2. Cream Puffs

    This one starts with a standard choux dough, which you make on the stove top and pipe onto a baking sheet. Once baked, you can fill these hallow puffs with your favorite filling.

  3. Fruit Pie

    If you've never made a pie from scratch, the time is now. Choose from three different filling options in this double-crust pie recipe.

  4. Cinnamon Rolls

    Cinnamon rolls from a tube are great, but nothing compares to a from-scratch ooey-gooey homemade cinnamon roll. Nothing...

  5. Chocolate Cake

    Not just any cake, a chocolate 4-layer cake with extra fudgy frosting. No special occasion required.

  6. Dossants

    What happens when you make a donut and a croissant at the same time? This history-making bakery-inspired treat happens.

  7. Dutch Letters

    These regionally popular almond-flavored pastries are easy to find in Pella, Iowa. But if they're not in your neighborhood, here's how you make them from scratch.

  8. Flower Cookies with Homemade Curd

    Perfect for Instagram, this recipe gives you the option to make three different types of homemade fruit curd. Pro tip: Leftover curd is delicious on toast.

  9. Cheesecake with Lemon Curd

    Once you get the hang of homemade curd, it's time to try this lemony cheesecake, which is just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert.

  10. Biscotti

    Bring the coffee shop into your kitchen with homemade biscotti. You can even try different combinations of dried fruit and nuts.

  11. Carrot Cake

    It's all about those spices, and the juicy pineapple, and the creamy sweet frosting... A homemade carrot cake is something everything should try at least once. That's all it takes to get hooked.

  12. Ice Cream

    Now's the time to get out the ice cream maker and churn up a treat that will make everyone smile. And don't forget the sprinkles!

  13. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, right? Get ready to love them even more when you use a simple technique to brown the butter first. Plus, we added whiskey.

  14. Homemade Caramels

    With just six basic ingredients, you can make turn your kitchen into a candy factory. Remember to store homemade caramels in the refrigerator for a longer shelf-life.

  15. Whoopie Pies

    Whoopie Pies should be on everyone's dessert project checklist. Maybe even twice.

  16. Strawberry Shortcake

    This sweet classic comes together with homemade drop biscuits, fresh lightly sweetened berries, and whipped topping. The perfect ending to a day of baking.