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Our 13 Favorite Dorie Greenspan Recipes

This list of our 13 favorite Dorie Greenspan recipes proves that there’s very little that she can’t improve. Her roast chicken is sublime, the cornbread is just sweet enough, and BOTH versions of World Peace Cookies are terrific. If you’re not familiar with her brilliant recipes, we’d suggest starting with one of these.

Mocha walnut torte on a white plate with 2 pieces sliced and 1 piece missing.

This cake is an excellent keeper and, because it’s sturdy, a good traveler—make it for a friend or take it to a potluck. It’s good plain and good with whipped cream or crème fraîche. And if you want to dress it up, it takes nicely to a drizzle of chocolate ganache.

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Dorie Greenspan's quick corn bread with bacon, corn, and green onions in a cast-iron skillet, and cut into squares.

Whether you serve the cornbread straight from the oven or at room temperature, slathered with butter (and maybe a drizzle of honey) or plain as can be, you’ll find yourself marveling at how little effort it takes to make something so good.

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Several of Dorie Greenspan's rugelach tumbling our of a jar

I’ve made rugelach countless times, but nowadays my dough is even more foolproof because I make it in a food processor. I’ve also made a few other changes to the recipe. While my mother-in-law’s rugelach were filled with cinnamon-sugared nuts, mine also include a slick of jam, some currants, and a handful of chopped chocolate.

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Almond flounder meunière in a wooden serving dish topped with sliced almonds and lemon wedges on the side.

Almond flounder meunière is an inventive mashup of two classic dishes–sole amandine and sole meunière. This version from Dorie Greenspan uses baby flounder that is lightly breaded, cooked in brown butter, and sprinkled with toasted almonds.

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French Vanilla Sablé

This French sable cookie recipe, made with butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, and salt, is from Dorie Greenspan and is like shortbread. A perfect Christmas cookie.

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World Peace Cookies 2.0 on white background

I added rye flour for groundedness; cocoa nibs to represent strength; pepper for a touch of unpredictability; and raspberries for sharpness and verve. The raspberries are freeze-dried and their flavor takes a little time to reveal itself. While you taste them soon after the cookies cool, they really come into their own a day later.

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This spaghetti and meatballs from Dorie Greenspan is, as you'd expect, easy and delicious. #spaghetti #meatballs #spaghettiandmeatballs #doriegreenspan

This spaghetti and meatballs recipe is everything you’d expect from Dorie Greenspan. It’s easy, utterly delicious, and a crowd pleaser. The meatballs take on a unique taste and texture thanks to a couple healthy stealth ingredients.

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A yellow bowl of cowboy caviar--black-eyed peas, corn, red onion, tomato, red and yellow pepper by Dorie Greenspan

Cowboy caviar salad–a mix of beans, scallions, onion, bell peppers, jalapeños, corn, tomato, and avocado tossed in a lime-honey dressing. This recipe from our favorite cowgirl, Dorie Greenspan, is a winner.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding

This chocolate bread pudding by the doyenne of baking, Dorie Greenspan, come together easily. Just brioche, raisins, milk, cream, eggs, sugar, and, of course, chocolate. A stunner.

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A black platter with golden brown herb butter chicken, roasted onion, a lemon wedge, and sprigs of thyme and oregano by Dorie Greenspan

This roast chicken with herb butter from Dorie Greenspan–with its mix of parsley, rosemary, thyme, basil, cilantro, sage, tarragon, chives, and/or oregano–guarantees an exceptionally flavorful, tender bird that everyone will rave about.

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Cauliflower bacon gratin in a large green rectangular baking dish with melted cheese.

If the French celebrated Thanksgiving, I’m sure they’d find a place at the table for this cauliflower gratin recipe. Simply made, appealingly rustic, and very tasty, it can sit alongside the main course or, with a little salad (and maybe even some cranberry sauce), take the stage alone for brunch, lunch, or supper.

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A sliced kugelhopf in a round metal platter

A modern take on kugelhopf, Dorie Greenspan’s version is part cake, part bread. It’s like brioche except it’s soaked in butter and then sprinkled with sugar. Both sophisticated and satisfying.

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A world peace cookies, or korova cookie by Dorie Greenspan, on a pink background

These World Peace cookies by Dorie Greenspan, or known as Korova Cookies, have a double whammy of chocolate: chocolate dough studded with chocolate chunks and sprinkled with sea salt.

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Originally published December 11, 2021

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