Kale Salad with Pinenuts, Currants and Parmesan

In a surprising twist, Tuscan kale is served raw—and makes for a substantial and satisfying winter salad. Be sure to choose bunches of Tuscan kale with small leaves, which are more tender.

Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion, and Toasted Hazelnuts

This spinach salad speaks to all the wonderful autumnal flavors of the Pacific Northwest.

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

Pear, Arugula, and Pancetta Salad

A few simple ingredients come together in an unexpected way to create a delicate beginning for a luxurious dinner.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

A sandwich cookie takes more effort than a drop cookie, because you have to make both cookies and filling. In addition, this recipe involves a chilling step and requires the cookies to be double-panned. But the results are worth it for the best-textured peanut butter cookie with the creamiest peanut filling.

Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios

The pleasingly chewy biscotti are coated on one end with white chocolate. In our test kitchen, imported white chocolate, such as Perugina or Lindt, yielded the best results.

Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chunks of fresh cranberries and dark, milk, and white chocolate chips dress up oatmeal cookies for the holidays.

Key Lime Cheesecake

Reminiscent of Sara Lee's 1950s-era graham-cracker and sour-cream cheesecake, this version features a thick layer of delicious sour cream atop the creamy filling and tart Key lime custard.

Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake can be prepared one day ahead. Sweetened cream of coconut is available in the liquor section of most supermarkets.