French Market Beignets
The word "beignet" is French for "fritter." Originally developed in New Orleans, these delightful, bite-size treats are embellished with a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
Honey Pistachio Tart
These tender confections are made with almond and powdered sugar, lending them a subtle sweetness that's nicely offset by a tart filling of lemon curd or raspberry jam.
Tiny Vanilla Creme Brulee
Simply flavored but incredibly delicious, this pistachio-packed tart is a great finale to a dinner party. It's rich, dense, and infused with the sweet essence of honey.
Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream
These little vanilla-scented custards get a sweet finish by browning the tops with a small blow torch. Simply crack through the thin sugar crust with a spoon and dig in.
Honeycrisp Apple and Browned Butter Tart
The rich flavor of real vanilla bean is the perfect complement to these buttery sponge cake cookies.
Ginger Pear Galette
This eye-catching dessert magnificently highlights the distinctly tender sweetness of Honeycrisp apples. A browned butter custard tops the tart, giving it an unmistakable nuttiness that you'll love.
Vanilla Bean Souffle with Vanilla Custard Sauce
Frozen puff pastry makes a flaky crust similar to pastries traditional to French tarts or galettes. Choose slightly under-ripe Anjou or Bosc pears for this elegant dessert.
Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries
This delicate vanilla bean-flecked soufflé is topped with a decadent, yet simple, vanilla sauce.
Lemon Souffle Dessert
This chic champagne cake starts with a purchased cake mix. Tint the frosting with several drops of red food coloring for a deliciously pink frosting.
White Chocolate Cherry Cream Puffs
Delicate lemon cake tops a layer of lemon pudding. Substitute oranges for the lemons for a flavor twist.
Chocolate Ganache Souffles
These little cherry-filled pastries are bound to be a big hit at any special occasion. To save time, make the puffs in advance and fill them just before the party.
With just four ingredients, these mini soufflés are actually quite simple to prepare. Present them with a luscious mound of whipped cream, and watch your dinner guests swoon.
Individual Bittersweet Souffles
These elegant mini cream puffs are topped with a drizzling of caramel sauce.
Chocolate whipped cream makes these puffy treats especially decadent. If you don't have ramekins on hand, use small coffee mugs for a trendy presentation.
Coeurs a la Creme with Apricot Sauce
These dense and slightly chewy French cookies are packed with rich shredded coconut that takes on a slightly nutty flavor from toasting in the oven.
Lemony Madeleines with Raspberry Ganache
French for "heart with cream," this classic dessert is made in a perforated heart-shape mold. Similar to cheesecake (without the crumb crust), this slightly tangy dessert is topped with a sweet drizzle of apricot sauce.
Rich and magnificent, these tiny dessert cakes are always showstoppers. Ganache (gah-NAHSH) is a baker's term for a filling (or icing) made by melting chocolate -- white chocolate in this case -- with whipping cream.
Sorbet is French for "sherbet." In this sprightly version, the zesty orange flavor is accented with a pungent, minty, licorice-like kick of basil. It makes a perfectly light dessert and looks beautiful served in hollowed-out orange halves.