If you’re looking for a new recipe to try this month, we’ve got you covered. Want to bake a cake? Try our peanut butter cake with seven-minute frosting, a massive raspberry sheet cake layer cake, or gooey, purple-hued ube lava cakes. Cookies more your speed? We’ve got recipes for pillowy ricotta cookies and adorable strawberry shortcake sandwich cookies. And if you’re after something more unexpected, we’ve got a giant pop tart, strawberry babka, and a salty-sweet Key lime pie. Let’s get baking!

Swirled rhubarb bars in their pan Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
Make the most of rhubarb season while it's here! 

1) Swirled Rhubarb Bars

These bars might be the best way to bake with rhubarb this season. In addition to the rhubarb, which gets turned into a ruby-red stovetop jam in roughly 10 minutes, the bars are also studded with chopped white chocolate. To make these bars even easier (and faster), the batter is mixed by hand so you can enjoy these tangy, buttery bars with little effort.

Get the recipe: Swirled Rhubarb Bars 

Shop the recipe: Square Pan Liners 

Glazed ricotta cookies on a serving plate Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
These cute cookies have a secret: Fiori di Sicilia.

2) Glazed Ricotta Cookies

Inspired by a classic Italian recipe, these soft, pillowy cookies are a not-too-sweet citrusy treat perfumed with the elusive flavor of Fiori di Sicilia. The cookie itself is light and tender (but not cakey!) and stays moist thanks to creamy whole-milk ricotta.

Get the recipe: Glazed Ricotta Cookies

Shop the recipe: Semolina Flour and Fiori di Sicilia 

Sliced raspberry honey sheet cake layer cake Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
A recipe for when you need a lot of cake.

3) Raspberry and Honey Sheet Cake Layer Cake 

If you’re baking for a big party, this is the show-stopping recipe you need. It takes the basic layer cake formula and super-sizes it: Each cake layer is baked in an 18" x 13" half-sheet pan. This recipe features a fruity filling of raspberry preserves and raspberry whipped cream, with honey-vanilla buttercream to finish. Never made a cake this big? Not to worry; we’ve included helpful tips for assembly (such as cutting the top layer of cake in half to make stacking easier).

Get the recipe: Raspberry and Honey Sheet Cake Layer Cake

Shop the recipe: Half-Sheet Pan 

Sliced giant brown sugar cinnamon pop tart Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
What if a pop tart was homemade ... and also giant?

4) Giant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart

Speaking of super-sizing: This giant pop tart is made using a sweet dough crust (not a pie crust, like many giant pop tarts out there), which mimics the original crust texture while also being thicker, sweeter, and way more buttery. Inside is a gooey brown sugar filling, while the final flourish is a sweet, simple glaze fragrant with cinnamon and vanilla.  

Get the recipe: Giant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart 

Shop the recipe: Vietnamese Cinnamon

Strawberry Cream Cheese Babka Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
This strawberry-scented babka evokes a fruity cream cheese Danish.

5) Strawberry Cream Cheese Babka

Instead of cinnamon and chocolate, this babka is filled with a vibrant mixture of sweetened cream cheese, strawberry, and lemon. And the bread itself is extra soft thanks to a “super-tangzhong” made with flour, water, and egg — almost like choux paste — that keeps the babka tender and moist.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Babka 

Shop the recipe: Quick Bread Pan and Loaf Pan Lifters Set of 2

Sliced giant ensaymada Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
This Filipino classic is transformed into a brunch-worthy centerpiece.

6) Giant Ensaymada

Baker Rezel Kealoha offers an imaginative spin on classic Filipino ensaymada. Instead of handheld rolls, she transforms this salty-sweet enriched bread into a giant centerpiece topped with the traditional combination of sweetened condensed milk, shredded cheese, and a grated salted egg.

Get the recipe: Giant Ensaymada  

Shop the recipe: Bread Flour 

Stacked strawberry shortcake cookies Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
If you're looking for a new spin on shortcakes, try this recipe.

7) Strawberry Shortcake Cookies 

This clever recipe turns strawberry shortcakes into a batch of adorable sandwich cookies. Tender cream-based cookies surround a pink-hued filling that gets its flavor and color from freeze-dried strawberries — so if you don’t have a mountain of ripe berries to bake with, you don’t have to worry. 

Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Cookies 

Shop the recipe: Sparkling Sugar 

Ube Macapuno Molten Lava Cakes Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila Jarnes
With its vibrant purple lava filling, this small-batch dessert is hard to resist.

8) Ube Macapuno Molten Lava Cakes 

Typical lava cakes impress with their molten fillings, but this version from Abi Balingit’s book, Mayumu, is even more stunning thanks to its deep purple hue. Ube — a type of purple yam native to Southeast Asia and beloved in Filipino baking — adds flavor notes of coconut, pistachio, and vanilla, while a garnish of gooey coconut, stark white whipped cream, and a bright red cherry completes the ensemble. 

Get the recipe: Ube Macapuno Molten Lava Cakes

Shop the recipe: Classic Thermapen® 

Stack of three brownie cookies on a colorful napkin. Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne and Brooke Deonarine
A dessert mashup kids and adults alike will love. 

9) Brownie Cookies

When you can’t choose between a brownie and a cookie … don’t! This mashup requires you to make brownie batter and cookie dough, but because both are made using melted butter, they come together quickly and can be mixed entirely by hand.

Get the recipe: Brownie Cookies

Shop the recipe: Callebaut Semisweet Chocolate Chips 

Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
This creamy Key lime pie has a salty-sweet twist. 

10) Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust

Bookmark this recipe for Memorial Day later this month. Tangy Key lime filling under a cooling cloud of whipped cream screams summer, and this pie has an extra twist: The press-in crust is made with ground pretzels instead of graham crackers for a sweet-salty combination.

Get the recipe: Key Lime Pie with a Pretzel Crust 

Shop the recipe: Floribbean Key Lime Juice 

Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
Weekends are always better with blueberry muffins.

11) Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins

With nearly 600 five-star reviews, this recipe is a must-try. It yields fluffy muffins with a crispy, sugary top, and of course plentof blueberries inside. Bake it and see what all the fuss is about.

Get the recipe: Famous Department Store Blueberry Muffins 

Shop the recipe: Nonstick Baking Cups 

Peanut Butter Cake Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Peanut Butter Cake may be what your next dinner party is missing. 

12) Peanut Butter Cake  

This soft cake contains a full cup of peanut butter, so its flavor fully shines through instead of fading to the background. Pair it with sticky, marshmallow-y seven-minute frosting for a dessert that gives big Fluffernutter energy or lay on a thick blanket of chocolate icing for a candy bar-like cake. 

Get the recipe:Peanut Butter Cake

Shop the recipe: Cake and Brownie Pan 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Pair rhubarb with its favorite friend: strawberries. 

13) Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes 

If you’re looking for a way to transform the season’s first berries and rhubarb into an elegant dessert, look no further than this galette recipe. Flaky puff pastry is the buttery base for a filling of sweet-tart fruit; top each galette with a billow of whipped cream to complement its bright flavor. 

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes

Shop the recipe: Sparkling Sugar

Beautiful Burger Buns Photograph by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Upgrade your next cookout with homemade burger buns.

14) Beautiful Burger Buns 

It’s grilling season, which means it’s time to haul out the charcoal and mix up a batch of homemade burger buns. With nearly 1,200 five-star reviews, this recipe is a customer favorite and guaranteed to be better than anything store-bought. Perfect the recipe now so you can make them all summer long. 

Get the recipe:Beautiful Burger Buns

Shop the recipe: SAF Red Instant Yeast

15) Mortadella Pizza Sandwich

If you haven’t tried this mind-blowing sandwich yet, you need to fix that ASAP. Not only is the trio of salty mortadella, creamy burrata, and crunchy pistachios impossible to resist, but it all gets folded inside a puffy flatbread made from Neapolitan pizza dough.

Get the recipe: Mortadella Pizza Sandwich

Shop the recipe: ‘00’ Pizza Flour 

Short on time? Try one of these super-fast, super-easy spring desserts.

Cover photo by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Sheila James.

Additional contributions by Jessica Battilana.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
4.8 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Total
1 hr 30 mins
Yield
2 1/2 dozen sandwich cookies
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Rossi Anastopoulo grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, which is how she fell in love with biscuits. She didn’t have any bakers in her household (with the exception of her grandmother’s perfect koulourakia), so she learned at a young age that the best way to satisfy her sweet tooth was to make dess...
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