Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots, an exclusive recipe from her new book Simply Nigella. Serve them with ice cream or crème fraîche for the kids or a few sea salt flakes for dinner parties.
These are fantastic: a real improvement on basic mince pies and the ice cream works well with hot mulled wine! It's best to make the meringue and to brown it as close to the time when you want to serve the pies as possible.
Chicken, Pesto and Spinach Puff Pastry Open Tart - I love doing this type of open tart. It is creative as well as quick, and is easy to make and portion for visitors. You can toss many different things on top, sweet and savoury, simple or complex. Tomato, peppers and pesto with fresh basil leaves, or cooked apples or pears with cinnamon and sugar. For a snack I top the pastry with canned tuna, garlic and herb salt, and dollops of my wife's red pepper relish.
BEST. CHOCOLATE-CHIP. COOKIE. INSTRUCTIONS. EVER. from the best flour to use, to what kind of butter makes it work best, and ideal refrigeration times before baking, etc. (Which is between 12-24 hours apparantly, as opposed to right after you stir it.)