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This Dessert Will Make You Do a Double-Take

Maggie Borden

December 19, 2017

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No-bake desserts are all the rage in the swelter of summer, but are often left off the holiday treats list as we happily huddle near a hot oven. Trust cookie connoisseur Dorie Greenspan to remind us of the simple joy of having something cool and sweet as you get toasty by the fire—and to provide a recipe that is both easy to make and impressive enough to wow your guests.

This chocolate saucisson from Greenspan's JBF Award–winning Dorie's Cookies comes together with just a few ingredients, forming a log of dough that is speckled with powdered sugar to evoke the mottled exterior of savory salami. This version of the classic French and Italian yuletide chocolate charcuterie features a rich, dark ganache encasing chunks of warmly spiced Biscoff cookies, plump dried fruit, and pistachios, for a crunchy, chewy, and entirely irresistible sweet to be enjoyed slice by slice.

Greenspan recommends pairing it with coffee, ice cream, pudding, or fruit desserts, or letting it shine as the “perfect go-it-alone snack fare.” So next time you have a group of carolers at your door, consider leaving the oven off and reaching into the fridge instead. Get the recipe.

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Maggie Borden is associate editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.