About the Show

In her "In the Kitchen" Food Network cooking series, Dessert First with Anne Thornton, expert pastry chef Anne Thornton shares indulgent recipes for tantalizing and tasty sweet treats. From fresh pie crust and creamy ice cream cake to flaky pastries and make-ahead tarts, Anne demystifies and simplifies the sweet world of pastry and dessert. While sprucing up old-fashioned favorites like apple turnovers and pecan pie, Anne teaches viewers the keys to no-fear baking, proving any home cook can create showstopping desserts. Whether she's planning a dinner party for friends or whipping up a quick weeknight meal, Anne always thinks about Dessert First.

About the Host

Anne Thornton

Expert pastry chef Anne Thornton shares recipes for tantalizing treats on her Food Network series, Dessert First with Anne Thornton.

Most Popular Recipes

All Dessert First Recipes

Coconut Cream Cake

Fabulous Fudge

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Tart

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Baked Alaska

Mini Cherry Pies

Couture Caramel Apples

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Spiced Tea with Cardamom

Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

Anne's Spiced Coffee

Christmas Cookies

Petit Fours

Strawberry-Rhubarb Napoleons with Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

Creamy Apricot Rice Pudding

Milk Chocolate Graveyard Cake

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Tart

Decadent Brownie Pops

Other Worldly Sticky Buns

Other Worldly Sticky Buns

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Apple Turnovers with Caramel Sauce and Ice Cream

Red Velvet Brains Cupcakes

Russian Tea Cakes

Red Velvet Brains Cupcakes

Creamy Caramel Sauce

Season 2, Episode 6

Fancy Finale

Today's menu may look fancy, but is actually a snap to prepare. Anne will share her simple secrets for show-stopping desserts. She'll start with a Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Raspberries, continue with a Cherry Almond Clafoutis, whip up a Salted Caramel Apple Tart Tatin and create a cocktail to remember - the Peach Sparkler.

Aug 6
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 8

Pudding Party

Get ready for a pudding party! Anne will prepare her favorites, which will soon become yours too! First off is her Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake, followed by her Creamy Apricot Rice Pudding, and she finishes off with her Nutella Banana Brioche Bread Pudding.

Aug 13
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 4

Sweet Side of Brunch

Join Anne as she prepares the picture perfect brunch for her dear friend, Nate Berkus. On the menu today, a delightful Chocolate and Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Syrup, Almond and Chocolate Croissants and a sparkling cocktail, the Ruby Royale.

Aug 20
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

Raise the Dessert Bar

Join Anne as she welcomes the neighborhood kids over for some fun and delicious dessert bars. On the menu today are Smoky Smores Bars, Raspberry Crumble Bars, and Bridge Mix Bark.

Aug 27
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 5

Brownie Bonanza

With Anne's fool-proof brownie recipe you'll never make brownies from a box again! Anne will make Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies, colorful Brownie Pops, and her famous Death by Chocolate Brownie Dessert. These brownie recipes are absolutely out of this world!

Sep 3
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 12

Whipping Up Meringues

What's better than whipping up egg whites? Whipping up meringues! Today, Anne will show you the best meringue desserts imaginable. She'll start with a Baked Alaska and then make the most gorgeous Salted Caramel Banana Macaroons imaginable.

Sep 10
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 3

Blue Ribbon Pies

Everyone loves pies and Anne is no exception, although her pie recipes are all blue ribbon winners. Today, Anne's mom, Maureen, will join her to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Mama Thornton's Peach Pie and Almond, Pear and Cherry Pocket Pies.

Sep 17
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 11

Chocolate Indulgence

It's time to indulge and today, Anne will show you the decadent chocolate desserts of your dreams. She'll share her favorite recipes for Chocolate Pot de Crème Brulee and the Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake on earth!

Sep 24
8pm | 7c