Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake

Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake

by Kristen Miglore


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In this follow-up to the IACP award-winning, New York Times best-selling cookbook Genius Recipes, Food52 is back with the most beloved and talked-about desserts of our time (and the under-the-radar gems that will soon join their ranks)—in a collection that will make you a local legend, and a smarter baker to boot.

IACP AWARD WINNER • Featured as one of the best and most anticipated fall cookbooks by the New York Times, Eater, Epicurious, The Kitchn, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Delish, Mercury NewsSweet Paul, and PopSugar.

Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, creative director Kristen Miglore set out to unearth the most game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chefs, and bakers—and collect them all in one indispensable guide. 
This led her to iconic desserts spanning the last century: Maida Heatter’s East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, François Payard’s Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, and Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino. But it also turned up little-known gems: a comforting Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson and an imaginative Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream from Lucky Peach, along with genius tips, riffs, and mini-recipes, and the lively stories behind each one. 
The genius of this collection is that Kristen has scouted out and rigorously tested recipes from the most trusted dessert experts, finding over 100 of their standouts. Each recipe shines in a different way and teaches you something new, whether it’s how to use unconventional ingredients (like Sunset’s whole orange cake), how to make the most of brilliant methods (roasted sugar from Stella Parks), or how to embrace stunning simplicity (Dorie Greenspan’s three-ingredient cookies). With photographer James Ransom’s riveting images throughout, Genius Desserts is destined to become every baker's go-to reference for the very best desserts from the smartest teachers of our time—for all the dinner parties, potlucks, bake sales, and late-night snacks in between.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524758981
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Food52 Works Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 115,363
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

KRISTEN MIGLORE is the creative director at She abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to pursue a master's degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Her writing has since been published in The Wall Street JournalSaveur, and The Atlantic, and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food52’s Genius Recipes column in 2014. The column led to the Genius Recipes cookbook in 2015, which won an IACP award in 2016 and became a New York Times best seller. She lives in Brooklyn and usually has a pastry in her purse.

FOOD52 is a groundbreaking online kitchen and home destination. Founded by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs—two authors and opinionated home cooks who formerly worked for the New York Times—the company celebrates home cooks, giving them everything they need in one place. That includes smart and entertaining stories about cooking and home, over 70,000 recipes, a cooking hotline, a suite of cookbooks, a shop with everything from stunning tabletop goods to the trustiest pan, and a million-strong community of fellow talented and curious cooks.

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Table of Contents

Foreword x

Introduction 1

Baking Rules & Assumptions 5

Genius Baking Tools 9

Road Map to all of the Genius Tips 12

Cookies & Candy 15

The Brownie-Chocolate Chip Family

Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies from François Payard 17

World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan Pierre Hermé 18

Best Cocoa Brownies from Alice Medrich 22

Blondies from America's Test Kitchen 25

Secretly Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Agatha Kulaga Erin Patinkin 26

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle from Shauna Sever 29

Gloriously Chewy

Coconut Custard Macaroons from Danielle Kartes 30

Skinny Peanut Wafers from Maida Heatter 33

Nonfat Gingersnaps from David Lebovitz 34

Peanut Butter Sandies from Julia Moskin & City Bakery 37

Coconut Slice from Sarit Packer Itamar Srulovich 38

Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats from Deb Perelman 41

Magic Potions 42

Roasted Sugar from Stella Parks

Ground Croccante from Marcella Hazan

Toasted Milk Powder from Ideas in Food

Chocolate Magic Dust from Jami Curi

Lemon Square Cookies from Anita Jaisinghani 45

Pistachio Millionaire's Shortbread with Coriander Butterscotch from Max Falkowitz 46

Crisp-Crumbly: The Bake-Ahead Dream

Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies from Alice Medrich 49

Thin & Crispy Black Sesame Oatmeal Cookies from Sandra Wu 50

Pains d'Amande from Flo Draker 53

Cacio e Pepe Shortbread from Charlotte Druckman 54

Biscottini from Heidi Swanson 57

Douglas's Whole Wheat Jam Thumbprints from Faviken 58

Erna's Lace Cookies from Marian Burros 61

Back-to-School Raspberry Granola Bars from Karen Demasco 62

Easy Baklava from Einat Admony 65

Cookies, Now! 66

Cinnamon Toast Cookies from Molly Wizenberg

Almond Crackle Cookies from Dopie Greenspan

The World's Easiest Cookies from Elizabeth Barbone 66

Candy For Non-Candymakers

Easiest Peppermint Patties from the Joy Kitchen 69

Three-Ingredient Coconut Fudge (Topra Pak) from Meera Sodha 70

Wonder Dough: Pistachio & Rose Water Meringues from Yotam Ottolenghi Sami Tamimi 73

Meringue Spin-Offs 76


Layered Meringue Cake


Eton Mess

Croccante from Marcella Hazan 79

Peanut Marzipans (Mazapanes de Cacahuate) from Fany Gerson 80

Marzipan Butter from Molly Yeh 80

How to Turn a Loaf of Bread into Dessert 83

Apricot, Nectarine & Plum Bruschetta from the River Café

Toasted Bread Crumb Ice Cream from Emily Luchetti

Sugared Croutons from Jeni Britton Sauer

Raspberry Ripple Sandwich from Nigel Slater

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies from Alexandra Stafford

Cakes 87

Lazy Cakes

East 62nd Street Lemon Cake from Maida Heatter Toni Evins 89

Brazilian Carrot Cake (Bolo de Cenoura) from Danielle Noce 90

Olive Oil Cake from Maialino Rachel Binder 93

Dark Chocolate-Marzipan Scone Loaf from Molly Yeh 94

Almond Cake from Amanda Hesser 97

Weird & Wonderful Banana Cake from Lucy Cufflin 98

Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb from Cory Schreiber Julie Richardson 101

Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecans from Brooke Dojny 102

Show Cakes

Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte from Robe Levy Beranbaum 105

Chocolate Cloud Cake from Richard Sax 109

Hazelnut-Brown Butter Cake with Sautéed Pears from Suzanne Goin 110

Rum-Scented Marble Cake from Nick Malgieri 114

All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake with Neoclassic Buttercream from Rose Levy Beranbaum 118

Coffee Cardamom Walnut Cakes from Claire Ptak 122

More Layers & Frostings 124

Superstable Fruity Whipped Cream Frosting from Stella Parks

White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate Mousse for Layer Cakes from Joanne Chang

Two-Ingredient Sweet Potato Frosting from Genevieve Ko

Rogue Cakes

Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake with Superfluffy Frosting from Anita Shepherd 127

Whole Orange Cake from Sunset Stephanie Spencer 131

Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream from Peter Meehan Mary-Frances Heck 132

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting from Fine Cooking Jeanne Kelley 135

Parsley Cake from Roberta's Katy Peetz 137

Guinness Stout Ginger Cake from Claudia Fleming 138

New-Fashioned Apple Cider Doughnuts from Ideas in Food 141

Wonder Dough: Sponge Cake (& Cookie) Base Recipe from Alex Raij 145

Cake & Cookie Spin-Offs 147

Migas Dulces

Cookie Trifle

Custards, Puddings & Frozen Things 149

Puddings & Other Comforts

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse from Maria Speck 151

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding from Molly Wizenberg 152

French Toast Crunch from Anthony Myint 155

Mango Cream with Berries (Crema de Mango con Moras) from Roberto Santibañez 156

Ten-Minute Lime Cracker Pie from J. Kenji Löpez-Alt 159

Butterscotch Budino from Nancy Silverton Dahlia Narvaez 160

Apple Granita with Créme FraÎche Tapioca from Nicole Krasinski 164

Tiramisu from Brooks Headley 168

Mostly No-Churn Ice Creams

One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream from Nigella Lawson 172

Chocolate Sorbet from David Lebovitz 175

Sweet Pistachios in Olive Oil from Suzanne Goin 175

Best (& Easiest) Frozen Yogurt from Max Falkowitz Ethan Frisch 176

XL Granola Crumbles from Alanna Taylor-Tobin 176

No-Churn Fresh Lemon Ice Cream from Dori Sanders 179

Coconut "Ice Cream" with Lime & Mango from Julia Turshen 180

Dueling Chocolate Sauces 182

Hot Fudge from Jen Britton Bauer

Olive Oil Chocolate Sauce from Brooks Headley

Lazy Cold Treats

Tahini Semifreddo from Michael Solomonov 185

Sweet Tahini Fondue from Engin Akin 185

Cardamom & Rose Water Kulfi from Meera Sodha 186

Grasshopper Shake from Jeffrey Morgenthaler 189

Meringue Gelato Cake with Chocolate Sauce from Nigella Lawson 190

Frozen Lemon Cream Sandwiches from Grace Parisi 193

More Saucy & Crunchy Toppers 194

Instant Aged Balsamic from America's Test Kitchen

Candied Sesame Seeds from Estela

Double-Chocolate Cookie Crumbles from Nicole Krasinski

Pies & Tarts 196

Seriously Easy Pies

Atlantic Beach Pie from Bill Smith 199

Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta) from Cindy Mushet 200

No-Bake Persimmon & Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Louisa Shafia 203

Flaky Vessels For Fruit

Wonder Dough: No-Stress Pie Dough from Stella Parks 204

Pie Dough Spin-Offs 209

Pie Dumplings


Cobbler Toppers & Pandowdies

The Fruitiest Peach (or Nectarine or Apple) Pie from Rose Levy Beranbaum 211

Apple Galette from Canal House 215

Fried Apple Peek from Paula Wolfert 215

Slab Pie from Martha Stewart 216

Piekies from Jeni Britton Bauer 219

Double Blueberry Tart from Mindy Fox 220

Cranberry Sage Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds 223

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crunch from Yankee Magazine 224

Fancy Tarts

Almond Tart from Lindsey Shere 227

Obsessive Ricotta Cheesecake from Gina Depalma 231

Egg Tarts from Yank Sing With Rachel Khong George Mendes Genevieve Ko 233

Chocolate Caramel Tart from Claudia Fleming 237

French Lemon Cream Tart from Pierre HermÉ 241

Mostly Fruit 243

Cobblers, Crisps & Shortcakes

Four-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcakes from PJ Hamel Of King Arthur Flour 245

Meme's Blackberry Batter Cobbler from Virginia Willis 246

Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson Susan Kaplan 249

Apricot-Raspberry Crisp with Almonds from Jim Dodge Via Russ Parsons 250

Fruit Dressed Up

Poached Nectarines in Rosé from Diana Henry 253

Baked Caramel Pears from Lindsey Shere 254

Fried Stuffed Dates (Khajoor Ka Meetha) from Madhur Jaffrey 257

Slow-Roasted Strawberries from Michelle Polzine 258

Yogurt Whipped Cream from Saveur 258

Pumpkin Butter from Paul Virant 261

A Handy Formula to Memorize: Fruit + Cream + Sugar + Heat 262

Thank-Yous 264

Genius Tipsters 267

Index 268

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