[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Over the top desserts and sweet works of technical genius have their place, but when just want a sweet bite late in the afternoon that doesn't cut corners, Ceci Cela's Raspberry Tart ($3.85) may be more the thing. It's two simple butter cookies, lightly dusted with powdered sugar, and a thin spread of sweet raspberry jam in between. That's it—no fancy tricks, no secret weapons.

But the slightly chewy cookies have a deep, rich butter flavor and a touch of caramel, against which the jam feels especially bright. Late afternoon on a cool foggy day, it's all I need.

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the New York editor and ice cream maker in residence at Serious Eats. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.


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