Photo: Nikki Dinki

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Apple Pie with a Wow Factor
As soon as blogger Nikki Dinki put her recipe for tarte tatin—which she calls apple pie with a "gooier, chewier and more flavorful crust"—on her site, she got immediate requests (er, demands) from three different friends to make it for them the next time they got together. When you serve this dessert, she says, "people go, 'Wow!,' and you look like a culinary mastermind." She's got us convinced.

Get the recipe: Caramel-Apple Tarte Tatin