Pannelet Cookies with Sweet Potato and Coconut

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mashed or puréed baked orange-fleshed yam (see Cooks’ Note), such as jewel or garnet
  • 2 cups (6 ounces) unsweetened dried shredded coconut, toasted (see Cooks’ Note)
  • 1 1/3 cups (9.3 ounces) sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) whole almonds, with or without skin
  • Sugar or Cardamom Sugar (see below) or turbinado sugar for rolling
Special Equipment
  • Cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper or greased; food processor
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Chocolate Blackout Cookies

Ingredients

Sprinkles:
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Cookies:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Icing and assembly:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces

Frozen Raspberry Layer Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen pound cakes
  • 3 c. vanilla ice cream
  • 4 c. raspberry sorbet
  • 1 pt. fresh raspberries
  • 3 tbsp. Chambord

Directions

  1. Prepare the pan: Trace and cut out a 9-inch circle from parchment paper and fit it into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Cut out a 3- by 27-inch strip of parchment and fit around the inside of the pan. Tape to secure parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Assemble the cake: Cover the bottom of the pan with a single layer of pound cake slices and spread the ice cream evenly over the cake. Freeze until ice cream hardens — about 25 minutes. Spread 2 cups sorbet over the ice cream followed by another layer of pound cake slices.
  4. Return cake to the freezer for 10 minutes. Combine the raspberries and the Chambord together in a small bowl. Remove the cake pan from freezer and place the berries evenly over the cake.
  5. Top with a final layer of pound cake and the remaining sorbet. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until firm — at least 4 hours.

Minty Tea Punch

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 12 mint sprigs
  • 4 individual tea bags
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange and lemon slices, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat; add mint and tea bags. Steep, covered, 3-5 minutes according to taste.
  2. Discard mint and tea bags.
  3. Stir in orange and lemon juices, sugar and remaining water. Transfer to a pitcher; refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice; add orange and lemon slices if desired.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. each baking powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. oil
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 c. pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 c. sweetened flaked coconut
  • frosting
  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • Green, red and yellow liquid food color
  • 1 c. pecans or walnuts