Oct. 14, 2011 -- intro: Kick self control to the curb with these amazing desserts. I visited the NYC Wine and Food Festival's "Sweet" event hosted by Sandra Lee, and didn't hold back. After a thorough taste test of 30 or more desserts (I skipped dinner), these are my top picks. Make them for your next dinner party and your guests will be begging for the recipes, which you can click on below.
quicklist:1category: Abe & Arthur'stitle: French Toast Bread Pudding with Chocolate Chip-Butter Pecan Ice Creamurl: 14711883text: This bread pudding is silky and sweet. With flavors of cinnamon and vanilla, it's an easy fall dessert you can make ahead of time. The bourbon maple syrup and ice cream make this adults-only treat deliciously decadent.media:14711895 related: 14672535~11811866~7389169
quicklist: 2category: Colicchio & Sonstitle: Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Tart with Banana Malted Milkurl: 14712331text: Salty and sweet, this chocolaty pretzel tart is sure to be at the top of your to-bake list. Fill your favorite tart shell with this peanut mousse or top with crushed bits of pretzel for an easy and addictive after-dinner dessert. media: 14712128 related: 14726881~13202547~12587034
quicklist: 3category: CookieBar title: World Peace Cookiesurl: 14713255text: A simple chocolate cookie is a classic you will be making for years. This cookie is chock full of dark chocolate to satisfy your strongest chocolate craving. A great holiday cookie, make these and give them to your family. Or freeze the dough for later when you're stumped on what to bring to a friend's house.media: 14716496related: 13694450~12459290~12322837
quicklist: 4category: The Blue Stovetitle: Black-Eyed Susan Mini Piesurl: 14711645text: How cute are these? These lemon cream pies are smooth and tart. The individual tart shells make them an adorable dessert everyone can have. (Forgo the hassle of cutting and plating a big pie.) Add a dollop of whipped cream to make this dessert even more special.media: 14711602 related: 13940519~10751001~8015443
quicklist: 5category: Sprinkles Cupcakestitle: Strawberry Cupcakesurl: 14715491text: This cupcake recipe tastes just like the ones you remember from childhood. The strawberry icing gives them a pretty pink color perfect for birthdays or any other event you might be celebrating. Make mini cupcakes like these if you want a bite-sized morsel of the original.media:14713606 related: 12210122~9036047~11206691