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  • Whole choclate layer cake with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream swirls on top, dusted with powdered sugar against a dark background
    2 hrs, 10 min
    This rich, tender chocolate cake is easy enough to make for a casual dessert but can be a showstopper for any special event. It comes together with just one bowl, a whisk, and 30 minutes in the oven. This homemade chocolate layer cake is a chocolate lover’s dream.
  • Slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate with whipped cream dusted with cinnamon and fork.
    1 hr, 40 min
    A Thanksgiving table isn’t complete without sweet potato pie! Roasting your own sweet potatoes adds depth of flavor and that extra something special to your holiday dinner. It’s easy to do, and totally worth the extra step.
  • A loaf of homemade panettone in a paper mold with a slice cut out with a wreath around the base.
    15 hrs, 55 min
    Make the holidays extra special with a homemade loaf of panettone. This enriched Italian Christmas bread—dotted with rum-soak dried fruit, citrus, and almonds—is easy to make at home with the time-saving tip of letting it rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Overnight French Toast Casserole - slice of french toast casserole with raspberry sauce on white plate
    1 hr, 20 min
    Creamy vanilla custard poured over layers of tender brioche and juicy peaches, baked, and served with a just-barely-sweet raspberry sauce. This baked French toast casserole is one for the breakfast record books!
  • Stollen Christmas Bread filled with rum-soaked dried fruit coated with powdered sugar and sliced on a platter with a fine mesh sieve with powdered sugar in it nearby.
    5 hrs, 15 min
    German Stollen is a rich, buttery bread packed with almonds, citrus peel, and rum-soaked raisins and dried fruit and typically enjoyed around Christmas time. The bread can be made weeks ahead of time and just gets better with each passing day. This makes it perfect to give as gifts or to bring as hostess gifts for parties.
  • Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe
    30 min
    Tres leches is a moist and subtly sweet cake made with sponge cake and three different kinds of milk. It's easy to make (only 30 minutes of active time!) and it gets even better after a day in the fridge.
  • Horizontal view of stacked lime refrigerator cookies coated in powdered sugar and sitting on a pink linen. A small wooden bowl of powdered sugar and small sifter are to the left. Limes on their branches are in the background.
    1 hr, 30 min
    Keep these soft, tart, citrus-flavored refrigerator cookies on hand for unexpected guests or hungry kids. Slice and bake when the need or craving for a cookie arises. Lime Icebox Cookies are freezer-friendly too!
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert - ice cream sandwiches in a row
    35 min
    Be the hero of your backyard barbecue when you bring out a tray of homemade ice cream sandwiches. Creamy vanilla ice cream layered between thin, soft chocolate brownie “cookies” is nostalgic dessert perfection.
  • 7 Layer Bars with Peanut Butter and Pretzels
    4 hrs, 20 min
    These Peanut Butter Pretzel Magic Bars are a MUST for your next party! Think: Super Bowl, office party, or birthday. They have a pretzel crust with layers of peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk topped with more pretzels.
  • A loaf of rum raisin banana bread with four slices cut off and laying next to each other.
    1 hr, 5 min
    This banana bread is tender and flavorful, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and—the Jamaican essential spice—pimento (aka allspice). But the most memorable part? The plump, rum-soaked raisins speckled throughout every slice.
  • Overhead view of a loaf of cream cheese filled banana bread on a plate.
    1 hr, 10 min
    Thought banana bread couldn't get any better? Try this riff on our original banana bread recipe by adding cream cheese in big, bold swirls.

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