Double Chocolate Brownies

The best brownies need absolutely no special ingredients or decorations no chocolate chips, no M&Ms, no frosting, nothing.  Their magic lies in a subtly crispy crust and fudgy, moist (but not too gooey) middle.  To that end, this recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate as well as cocoa powder.  With just the seven ingredients here, you'll …

Peach Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake deserves its place in the dessert hall of fame, but you don't need berries to make a wonderful shortcake.  This one is made with a juicy peak of season peaches, sprinkled with fruit brandy, layered on easy buttermilk biscuits and topped with whipped cream.  You can substitute other fruits, but if you chose …

Blackberry Crumble

Master this crumble recipe and you'll never again wonder what to do with all the gorgeous seasonal fruit you find at the market (besides eating it raw).  This version calls for berries but substitutes other fruits like appeals or peaches (chop them first, to about the size of blackberries) as you wish.  You can bake …

Lemon Custard Cakes

When you want a break from chocolate (okay, maybe that doesn't happen too often), These exquisite little cakes make an intensely satisfying dessert.  The recipe needs no special ingredients.  Simply mix the batter, pour into custard cups (or ramekins), and bake.  About 20 minutes later, you'll have a half-dozen light, springy, tart-and-sweet cakes--puffy on top …

Classic Shortbread

This simple yet intensely rich shortbread is fantastic on its own, but it practically begs to be served with nearly any sweet sidekick (ice cream, lemon curd, caramel sauce) or dipped in melted chocolate.  Even better, you can try a different topping every day, since the shortbread keeps for up to two weeks.  All you'll …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

You've no doubt made chocolate chip cookies before and tried several recipes.   But have you found the one you're ready to commit to for life?  The search is over;  This one is a keeper.  Simple and straightforward, it's also brilliantly engineered to produce crispy-edged, soft-in-the-middle, all around-perfect cookies.  Make these a few times, memorize the …