Pear, Arugula, and Pancetta SaladA few simple ingredients come together in an unexpected way to create a delicate beginning for a luxurious dinner.The Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich CookiesA sandwich cookie takes more effort than a drop cookie, because you have to make both cookies and filling. In addition, this recipe involves a chilling step and requires the cookies to be double-panned. But the results are worth it for the best-textured peanut butter cookie with the creamiest peanut filling.Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries and PistachiosThe pleasingly chewy biscotti are coated on one end with white chocolate. In our test kitchen, imported white chocolate, such as Perugina or Lindt, yielded the best results.Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal CookiesKey Lime CheesecakeReminiscent of Sara Lee's 1950s-era graham-cracker and sour-cream cheesecake, this version features a thick layer of delicious sour cream atop the creamy filling and tart Key lime custard.Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese FrostingThis cake can be prepared one day ahead. Sweetened cream of coconut is available in the liquor section of most supermarkets.Goat Cheese & Fig Cake w/Fig MascarponeThis light-as-can-be buttermilk cake has an easy sophistication, its Sherry-spiked berries harmonizing with the tangy cream.Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and PeasThe zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach. The whole quick, creamy dish is bolstered by soft pillows of potato gnocchi.Quick Sausage and Mushroom LasagnaIf possible, use flat no-cook lasagna noodles: They look and taste more like homemade than the curly kind.