It's "Living Coral" and it's gorgeous.

By Antara Sinha
December 06, 2018
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is “Living Coral,” a beautiful, cheerful orange-pink that has us dreaming of golden sunsets, fresh cut grapefruits, and, yes, deep-sea coral—somehow all at once. And while we can expect to see plenty of Living Coral in the new year’s fashion, appliances, and décor, what do you do if you want to cook with this trendsetting, vibrant hue? We gotchu. These five treats are the tastiest (and prettiest) way to embrace the color of the year that’s good enough to eat.

Photo: Brain Woodcock; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Blood Orange and White Chocolate Cream Cups

These adorable, classy, desserts get their coral color from blood orange juice—and the tart, citrusy filling pairs perfectly with the fresh white chocolate whipped cream. It’s the perfect treat to whip up for your next party or potluck when you’re looking for something dainty to serve up.

Dress these cherry cookies in a sweet glaze for an easy yet elegant look.

Recipe: Cherry Bonbon Cookies

Photo: Oxmoor House

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

What’s on-trend, delicious, and gets you a head start on holiday baking? These cookies, right here. These cherry bonbon cookies get that cheery hue from maraschino cherries, and provide a delicious pop of color in that holiday treats package or cookie swap.

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Berry Lemonade Bars

This tart, fruity treat that makes for tasty hosting gifts, potluck stunner, or bake sale winner. Get that Living Coral color with pureed fresh strawberries, and you’ve checked off all the “trending” boxes.

Photo: Linda Pugliese; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Pisco Sunset

You know that unreal color the sky turns when the sun’s dipping below the horizon on the ocean? You can recreate that hue with just four ingredients and a cocktail shaker. Make these for guests you’re looking to impress—or one for just for yourself.

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Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Grapefruit Tart

This is the show-stopper of all show-stopping desserts. And not only is it a perfect match to Pantone’s Color of the Year, it hits all of the right flavor notes. You’ve got tart and sweet from the citrusy filling, cool and creamy from the fresh whipped topping, and just a little bit of savory from the unexpected but delicious saltine cracker crust.