These Brown Sugar Meringue Cookies are a perfect kind of chic sweet. On a recent trip to Des Moines on a shoot for BH&G I asked fab photographer Andy Lyons to grab a quick image of the meringues for me. I didn’t plan on the top cookie giving anyone the bird, but I’m kind of glad it did. Perfectly funny! -Libbie Summers
Green handsaw. Pink sword. Gold pistol. What prison inmate thought up these toys for Cracker Jacks, anyway? As a kid, I’d devour box after box of the crunchy caramel-coated popcorn snack, all the while questioning what kind of person came up with this “surprise inside” marketing plan. Then one day, Cracker Jacks became cool. Suddenly, my “surprise inside” was a small book of temporary tattoos, a kid’s very definition of awesome. This recipe for my grownup version has a rich, crunchy, deep molasses flavor, as well as its own “surprise inside”—a hint of cayenne to finish each bite.