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Festive Napoleons with Thyme Cream

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


10 servings

With the assembly required, we save these Napoleons for special occasions, but they're absolutely worth it. I like to experiment with unusual seasonings and thyme adds a surprising twist that works well with the honey and fruit. —Bridget Klusman, Otsego, Michigan
Festive Napoleons with Thyme Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup turbinado (washed raw) sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons walnut or canola oil
  • 1-2/3 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 4 tangerines
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup turbinado (washed raw) sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • Additional chopped toasted walnuts


  1. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and salt until foamy. Gradually beat in flour. Beat in butter and oil. Fold in walnuts.
  2. With a pencil, draw five 3-in. circles on a sheet of parchment paper. Place paper, pencil mark down, on a baking sheet. Spread a heaping tablespoonful of batter over each circle. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter, making 30 cookies.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel from one tangerine; set aside. Peel and seed remaining tangerines and place in a food processor. Add the cranberries, sugar and reserved tangerine peel. Cover and process until chopped. Transfer to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool.
  4. For thyme cream, beat the cheese, yogurt, honey and thyme until thickened. Place one cookie on a small plate. Spread with 1 tablespoon cranberry filling and 1 tablespoon thyme cream. Repeat layers twice. Repeat with remaining cookies, cranberry filling and thyme cream. Sprinkle with additional walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 655 calories, 42g fat (16g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

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