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8 French Desserts From Dorie Greenspan

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Around our office, Dorie Greenspan is beloved. She baked her port jammer cookies with Amanda and Merrill in our test kitchen, and we swooned. Her cookbooks, the most recent being Baking Chez Moi, deliver accessible and spot-on French cooking to the intimidated world. The secret to French cooking and baking, she tells us, is that none of it is complicated or unreliable.

Dorie is an expert cook and excellent teacher: When Julia Child needed someone to write Baking with Julia (published in 1996), she turned to Dorie. In other words, there is no better person to hold your hand while you first attempt French cooking. Dorie brings it to your door with authority, class, and gentle whispers of encouragement. 

These sweet recipes will make you cry with pleasure and relief—relief that you, too, can produce rich, simple French desserts in your own kitchen. Here, we have 8 such desserts by Dorie, with love:

Parisian Macarons


Tarte Tropézienne


Les Whoopies


Apple Tarte Flambée


Cardamom Crumb Cake


Pierre Hermé & Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies


Hot (and Cold) Chocolate


Custardy Apple Squares

We originally ran this piece on April 10, 2015—but we're bringing it back today in honor of Bastille Day!

Tell us: What are your favorite French sweets?

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