Lisa Ritter

Lisa Ritter's 10-year-old son, Henry, loves dark chocolate and also, at the other end of the cocoa spectrum, sweet white chocolate—so much so that he urged his mom to adapt these cookies from the Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies in Ina Garten's The Barefoot Contessa Parties! The Ritters upped the cocoa content and swapped in bittersweet chocolate chunks for half of the white. The result has a gooey center and a crispy, crackly top. More Cookie Recipes
This extraordinarily simple and tasty banana bread (with a moist center and crispy crust) is a Ritter family heirloom. "The recipe has been in our family for generations," Lisa Ritter says.Plus: F&W's Best Banana Bread Recipes
In the sixth grade, Lisa Ritter prepared Mexican hot chocolate as part of a social studies project. Years later, she wanted to re-create that sweet-spicy sensation in a layer cake, so she developed a cinnamon-flavored sponge cake and subtly spicy buttercream frosting made with ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper. "This recipe makes great cupcakes, too," Ritter says. More Layer Cakes