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Confession: I’m a homebody. I love the transition into the colder seasons because I can create as much space and time inside my home as I see fit. One hobby I’m excited to nurture this season is baking. Here are 5 YouTube dessert recipes I’m planning to make just because — and I think you should, too.

Carla Lalli Music’s Mocha Hazelnut Biscotti


Biscotti has never been on my radar as a hit dessert. But now that icon Carla Lalli Music has shared her recipe, I’m intrigued. Her mocha hazelnut biscotti recipe is an homage to the firm Italian cookie that can be dunked morning, noon and night. Will the biscotti be making an official comeback? Something tells me it just might.

Caramel Cake with Chef Millie Peartree

NYT Cooking

Nothing compares to the perfect piece of cake. Millie Peartree backs this truth with her quintessentially Southern caramel cake. After each step of this recipe has been correctly executed, the cake comes together like a biscuit and is cloaked in caramel. This cake truly takes the cake.

Claire Saffitz Makes an Apple Tart

Dessert Person

A dessert recipe roundup wouldn’t be complete without the Dessert Person herself, Claire Saffitz. She employs her spectacular “rough puff pastry” in this classic dish and whips up a heavenly spiced compote that’s just tart enough. If you needed an excuse to pick some apples this fall, this recipe is reason enough.

Sohla’s Phyllo Napoleon with Strawberry & Rose


In my opinion, puff pastry shines brightest in the shape of a Napoleon. Sohla El-Waylly breaks the mold with her take on this beloved dessert, using a phyllo dough typically seen in baklava. Her fresh recipe brings together strawberries, pistachios and a touch of rose water to create a sandwiched delight.

The BEST Banana Cream Pudding Ever

Home Movies with Alison Roman

Is there a dessert more playful than banana pudding? I think not! Sure, Alison Roman’s interpretation of the sweet treat includes the standard marriage of Nilla wafers and bananas, but her recipe also incorporates some pleasant updates like a tangy whipped cream with Greek yogurt. Although this dessert isn’t baked, I’m ready to enjoy this bowl of joy.

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