Pecan Pie Butter is a homemade nut butter sweetened with milk chocolate and spiced with cinnamon and vanilla. This decadent, creamy spread pairs perfectly with pretzels, apples and buttery vanilla wafers.
Alfajores, these crisp wafer cookies, are filled with caramelized sweetened condensed milk. Although you often can find a full-fat version of this product at Hispanic markets, we've made our own lower-fat version.
These chocolate chip cookies are a great place to start for the home baker seeking more sesame. Rich, savory and sweet, they are one of the rare variations that are just as good as the original. (Photo: Jessica Emily Marx for The New York Times)