Baking and Dessert Recipes and Ideas

There aren't many occasions that a great dessert or baked goods can't improve. Try your baking hand at some of these favorite sweet recipes.
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Popovers Recipe (With Video and Step by Step)
Popovers, the American version of Yorkshire pudding, are quick and easy to make, and add a sense of fun to any meal, from a holiday brunch to a simple supper. Follow our step-by-step guide to making popovers, and try all of our popover variations.
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Recipe
Martha's lemon meringue cupcakes feature a lemony cupcake topped with homemade lemon curd. Meringue frosting is piped on top in a tall swirl and toasted.
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Almond-Coconut Macaroons Recipe
These easy-to-make macaroons with chewy centers are a classic Passover dessert that use only a handful of ingredients, including coconut and crunchy almonds. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Strawberry Tart Recipe
This gorgeous dessert tastes as good as it looks—and takes just 30 minutes to make. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Margarita Cheesecake Recipe
This dessert takes inspiration from the classic Tex-Mex cocktail -- right down to the salt on the rim of the glass (in this case, a salted-pretzel crust). Tequila and orange-flavored liqueur make this ultra-creamy cheesecake an adults-only treat (or replace the liquor with lime juice for an alcohol-free version).
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Rolled Pavlova
Easy and elegant, this rolled riff on pavlova is filled with strawberries and berry-rhubarb jam and slices neatly for a pretty presentation. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Rosy Rhubarb-Meringue Cake Recipe
A summery dessert of a cloud of meringue topped with fresh whipped cream and homemade rhubarb compote is a sure seasonal classic. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Roasted Rhubarb-and-Sour-Cherry Compote
A compote made with rhubarb and sour cherries mellows into a sweet-tart condiment when baked with sugar and orange zest. It's an easy, hands-off recipe where the oven does the work. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Rhubarb-Apple-Almond Cobbler
This simple rhubarb-apple cobbler makes a sublime any night dessert. It's also just right for a more special occasion like Mother's Day, when you want to involve the kids in a baking project. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe (With Video)
This tall, tender cake is a must-make for citrus lovers.
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Strawberry Cobbler Recipe
The filling for this berry cobbler recipe is made with fresh strawberries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Caramel Soufflé Recipe (With Video)
These individual desserts make a showstopping finale to a special meal.
Strawberry Cake Recipe (With Video)
This simple strawberry cake recipe can be enjoyed as a breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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Coconut Key Lime Squares Recipe (With Video)
A sweet-tart filling over a white chocolate and coconut shortbread crust makes these bar cookies absolutely irresistible.
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Pate a Choux Recipe
Choux pastry or pâte à choux is a delicate pastry dough used for cream puffs, eclairs, and profiteroles, as well as for savory pastries like gougères. It's made by cooking flour with butter on the stove, then adding eggs off the heat. Choux pastry is usually piped into shapes before baking. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Coconut Key Lime Squares Recipe (With Video)
A sweet-tart filling over a white chocolate and coconut shortbread crust makes these bar cookies absolutely irresistible.
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Cheese Danish Recipe
These irresistible breakfast pastries are made with homemade Danish dough, and a filling of sweetened farmer's cheese and raisins.
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Easy Mini Pavlovas Recipe (With Step by Step)
Who doesn't love an individual meringue dessert?
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Danish Dough Recipe
Use this homemade laminated dough to make our Cheese Danish and other pastry recipes.
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Candied Citrus Peels Recipe
Make sweet-tart citrus even sweeter with this candy recipe.
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15 Easy Baking Recipes Anyone Can Make
You don't need any special skills, fancy ingredients, or expert knowledge to make these delicious treats.
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Easy Chocolate Fudge With Pretzels Recipe
This easy treat will satisfy everyone's sweet—and salty—tooth.
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Rye Bread Recipe (With Video)
These homemade loaves are perfect for sandwiches, toast, or simply spreading with butter.
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Our Best Lemon Dessert Recipes for Spring
Here’s how to use every last bit of this popular citrus to bring some sunshine to your cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and more.
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Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
Rich, buttery pound cake is always a crowd-pleaser, but this orange barley version will have friends and family eyeing another slice. The secret weapons? Cream cheese for a subtle tang, low-in-gluten barley flour for a delicate crumb, and orange zest, which adds a scrumptious spin on flavor. And the glaze? It's a simple, delicious mix of confectioners' sugar, orange juice, and orange liqueur.
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These Chocolate-Covered Bananas Are an Easy Sweet Treat You Can Customize
For a quick and easy treat, make these chocolate-covered bananas. Customize them by adding chopped nuts, sprinkles, butterscotch, or other toppings for extra crunch and flavor.
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Lemon-Cranberry Meringue Pie
Layers of an easy lemon curd and sweet-tart cranberry make up the filling for this sky-high lemon meringue pie.
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Our Peanut-Butter Swirl Brownies Taste as Good as They Look
For these peanut butter swirl brownies, brownie batter is topped with spoonfuls of peanut butter filling; a knife is pulled back and forth for a marbleized look.
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Cappuccino Brownies
These easy cappuccino brownies feature the flavors of your favorite coffee drink —espresso, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor.
Martha's Strawberry Cupcakes
These sweet treats are just right for birthdays, baby showers, or just about any occasion.
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze
A glossy, chocolate glaze gives way to a delicious marbled chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake in the center. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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The Malted-Chocolate Frosting Makes This Vanilla Sheet Cake Simply Irresistible
An easy frosting made with cocoa powder, malted milk powder, and milk chocolate takes this simple vanilla sheet cake to new heights.
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The Difference Between Cakey and Fudgy Brownies, and How to Bake the Perfect Batch
Thomas Joseph explains the science between cakey and fudgy brownies, and shares his favorite recipes for each.
Super-Fudgy Brownies
Lining the pan isn't busywork; it makes it easy to remove the brownies.
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Do You Want Puff Pastry or Phyllo Dough for That Recipe? Here's How to Choose
They're both flaky, versatile, and used to create delicious, crispy baked goods—but there are some crucial differences.
Banana Cream Pudding Recipe
This classic homemade dessert uses a cooked banana mixture that’s made with milk, egg yolk, and sugar for the base of the dish. After the mixture is thickened and chilled, layer it into a dish with the wafers, vanilla whipped cream, and banana slices. Once refrigerated overnight, serve this decadent banana delight at the next holiday party.
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How to Make Chocolate Ganache
Start with our easy chocolate ganache recipe, then adapt it for all kinds of uses. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Caramel Cereal Bars
These irresistible chewy chocolate-caramel bar cookies take a worthy shortcut by using crispy rice cereal as the base instead of a homemade cookie. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Quick & Easy Dessert Recipes
If you're baking multiple desserts for the holidays, don't want to wait hours for a dessert component to be ready, or don't want to deal with too many ingredients, our selection of quick and easy dessert recipes is what you need!
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Classic Tarte Tatin
This classic tarte tatin recipe is a no brainer around the holidays. The delicious caramelized apple flavor is ideal when you're craving some sweet during colder months.
Martha Says Her Tiramisu Is the Best Dinner Party Dessert
This rich, creamy dessert is not to be missed.
Our quick and simple recipe will teach you how to perfectly poach pears in apple cider. Stuffed Peppers, Fruit, Biscuits, Poached Pears Recipe, Poached Pears, Frozen Peas, Pears
Make These Easy Poached Pears All Through Fall
Our quick and simple recipe will teach you how to perfectly poach pears in apple cider.
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Marshmallow Fudge
This smooth and creamy, dessert brings together marshmallows and dark chocolate for a fudge recipe that's perfect for holiday gifting. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Cranberry Clafouti
This simple batter is similar to pancake batter. Poured in a pan with fruit, it bakes into a creamy custard.
Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake
Our easy raspberry cheesecake has a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and a pretty swirled top made with raspberry purée.
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Apple Pandowdy
This classic American dessert from the 19th century is "dowdied" up when dough is cut into pieces instead of being left whole.
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Classic Cheesecake
A classic for a reason, this cheesecake is silky smooth and luxurious. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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This Easy White Icing Will Be Your Go-to for Cupcakes and Other Treats
All you need are three ingredients and a few minutes.
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Pumpkin Flan
This pumpkin flan recipe will be an instant classic. Make it for Thanksgiving, and your family will be delightfully surprised.
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17 Make-Ahead Desserts for Entertaining (or Just Because)
From fudgy brownies to pudding pie, these impressive desserts can be prepped in advance to save time.
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Maple-Walnut Cake with Brown-Sugar Frosting
Make this Maple-Walnut Cake with Brown-Sugar Frosting for your next fall party, and everyone will be asking for seconds. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Our Pumpkin-Swirl Cheesecake Tastes as Good as It Looks
This spectacular dessert tastes as good as it looks. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Our Banana Cream Pudding Is a Dreamy Dessert That Feeds a Crowd
With layers of homemade banana pudding, sliced bananas, vanilla wafers, and whipped cream, it's a total winner.
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Spiced Butternut-Squash Pie
Butternut squash pie is spiced with nutmeg in this warm, comforting Thanksgiving-day treat.
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Brown-Sugar Butternut-Squash Pie
This butternut squash pie is the perfect dessert to serve on your Thanksgiving table. The decorating technique is easily achieved by following out step-by-step guide.
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Bourbon Creme Anglaise
Bourbon Creme Anglaise
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27 Cheesecake Recipes, From Classic to Innovative (Pumpkin Cheesecake Crunch Bites, Anyone?)
Our stellar collection includes a cheesecake for every mood.
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Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes
This cream cheese pound cake is a tangy spin on this classic dessert. Our recipe makes two cakes, so you can save one for another time. #easylunchrecipes #familydinner #familyfriendlyrecipes #marthastewart #recipeideas #recipes #weeknightdinners
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Our Pecan Pie Is a Must-Make for Your Thanksgiving Dessert Table
It's a classic for good reason—and a must-have for the Thanksgiving table.
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How to Pipe Rose For Your Next Cake
A rose by any other name may never smell as sweet, but this piped beauty not only looks stunning, it also tastes delicious! Martha uses a potato to anchor the flower nail while she changes pastry tips.