Gelato vs Ice Cream: What's The Difference?Skills
There are no wrong choices between these two summer treats.
The Ingenious Nutella Baking Hack for Outrageously Good CookiesSkills
Take your chocolate chip cookies up a notch.
Martha Stewart Taught Me the Secret to Better Chocolate CakeSkills
It makes such a big difference.
The Brilliant Little Tip That Makes My Rice Krispies Treats LegendarySkills
I could eat a whole pan of these gooey treats.
Ina Garten Swears by This One-Ingredient Dessert HackSkills
Find it in the freezer aisle.
My 4-Ingredient Christmas Toffee Is Always a Hit at Holiday PartiesSkills
It uses the most surprising pantry snack.
Dec 22, 2023
This Is The Best Way to Freeze Cookie Dough So It Lasts for MonthsSkills
There are any number of reasons why you might want to stash some cookie dough in the freezer. Maybe you like having treats on hand in case company stops by. Maybe the first day of fall kickstarted your holiday baking gene. But we’re friends here, so let’s be honest: Frozen cookie dough in our freezer means warm, gooey, fresh-baked cookies any time we want one. Here are the best ways to freeze your favorite cookies for later.
Dec 18, 2023
This Clever Cookie Hack Makes Christmas Baking 100 Times EasierSkills
You don't even have to roll dough!
Dec 15, 2023
We Tried 6 Ways of Storing Christmas Cookies, and the Winner Was ClearSkills
It was like they were fresh out of the oven!
Dec 14, 2023
This 2-Ingredient Cookie Dough "Dump" Dessert Is So BrilliantSkills
Like a dump cake, but even easier.
Dec 6, 2023
We Tried 6 Ways of Making Flaky Pie Crust and Found an Absolute WinnerSkills
Your Thanksgiving pie will thank you.
Nov 19, 2023
How To Freeze Pumpkin PieSkills
Let me tell you the secret to holiday baking success: You can fully bake pumpkin pies right now and freeze them to enjoy later. Because of their fat content, fully baked pie crusts freeze beautifully, and the rich custard fillings of pumpkin pie and sweet potato seem as if they were designed to be frozen, too. Follow these tips to learn how to freeze a pumpkin pie—and defrost it perfectly when you’re ready to serve. Cool the pie completely.
Nov 16, 2023
The One Easy Step That'll Help You Crimp Pie Crust Like a Pro BakerSkills
Crimping a pie crust is like putting on a piece of statement jewelry before you leave the house. It’s strictly decorative and won’t make your pie any tastier (or will it?), but looks oh-so nice for your pie presentation.There are, in fact, a few keys to knowing how to crimp pie crust like a professional.
Nov 13, 2023
4 Signs Your Pumpkin Pie is Ready to Come Out of the OvenSkills
Give it a nice wiggle to see if it's ready to be served.
Nov 8, 2023
The 15 Best Types of Pie You Should Know AboutSkills
What's your favorite slice?
Nov 6, 2023
Martha Stewart’s 5-Ingredient Cookies Are IngeniousSkills
You likely already have all the ingredients.
Oct 29, 2023
The Best Way to Store Pumpkin PieSkills
Whether you're making your pies ahead for Thanksgiving or you want to preserve the leftovers, we have answer for you.
Oct 20, 2023
How to Make and Store All Your Thanksgiving Pies Ahead of TimeSkills
Making your Thanksgiving pies ahead of time can be a lifesaver, but there's a right and wrong way to do it.
Oct 26, 2023
Is Chocolate Technically Considered Candy? Skills
The more you know!
Oct 19, 2023
This Is the Easiest Way to Cut an AppleSkills
Follow our step-by-step guide to cut apples for snacking and baking.
Oct 4, 2023
This Is the Best Way to Keep Apples from BrowningSkills
It's way better than lemon water!
Sep 1, 2023
7 Foods You Can Cook Straight Out of the FreezerSkills
The more hectic life gets with work, friends, and family, the more grateful I am that freezers were invented. A well-stocked freezer full of fruits, vegetables, and homemade meals has enabled me to eat better and not spend money on takeout. The downside of a lot of frozen foods, however, is that they usually need to be thawed in order to cook or reheat well. But did you know there are still plenty of foods out there that you can cook straight from the freezer, no thawing necessary?
Jul 25, 2023
Two Ways to Transfer Pie DoughSkills
With Fall being high time for pies and Thanksgiving getting closer, we thought we’d talk about pie crust. No, not about the ingredients (butter vs. shortening) or how to roll it out but rather how to get that floppy round of dough from your countertop to your baking dish. Here are two sensible options, illustrated in some great Flickr photos we found.
Jul 25, 2023
The Best Topping for Ice Cream Sundaes, According to Pastry Chef Christina Tosi
Groceries
“It delivers big on flavor and comfort.”
Jul 15, 2023
The Secret to an Uber-Spongy Cake Is … Ice WaterSkills
There might be some actual legit science behind why adding ice water to white cake is such a brilliant move.
Jul 14, 2023
Coffee Cake Tip: Two Loaf Pans = One Baking DishSkills
We have a favorite sour cream-pecan coffee cake that is made in a loaf pan, as so many breakfast breads and coffee cakes are. It makes two loaf pans, specifically. But we only have one loaf pan, and we needed to bake the whole batch of batter quickly for a crowd.The solution? A 9×13 baking dish. The batter that fills two loaf pans is perfect for one baking dish.
Jun 29, 2023
How To Freeze and Defrost Ground BeefSkills
Our favorite tool for the job might surprise you!
May 4, 2023
Tip: Press Vintage Glassware onto Your Sugar CookiesSkills
So, you don’t own a cookie moldWell, unless you consider vintage glassware special equipment.The thing is, you can do this trick with a lot of everyday kitchenware. While vintage glasses are more likely to have pretty little patterns cut into the bottom, some new ones do, too. Country Living, where we read this tip, mentions that you can also use silverware or Jell-O molds to press a design into your cut-out dough before baking.
May 3, 2023
Kitchen Hack: How To Make a DIY Tube PanSkills
If you’d really like to make a holiday bundt cake but don’t own a tube pan, there’s no need to rush out and buy one. This simple hack using a cake pan and a ramekin works just as well!This is yet another great tip we picked up from Michael Ruhlman’s book RatioRuhlman says he simply places a glass cup or ramekin in the middle of a cake pan before pouring the batter inside.
May 2, 2023
5 Ways to Make a Meal Out of Frozen Hash BrownsSkills
Of all the ingredients in all the world, potatoes happen to be my favorite. Fried, mashed, and nestled under a roasting chicken, I love them no matter the preparation. I even love them frozen. And that’s because, when it comes to making a quick, filling snack, there’s no better item to have on hand than shredded hash browns. Frozen hash browns have chameleon-like properties. When fried or baked, they add a surprising pop of crunch to an otherwise texture-less dish.
May 1, 2023
Try This Clever Hack for Making Super-Vibrant Buttercream (Without a Ton of Food Dye)Skills
You can make vibrant buttercream without tons of food dye — just use this one simple tool.
Mar 22, 2023
This Simple Tip Makes Decorating Beautiful Drip Cakes So Much EasierSkills
No more puddles at the bottom of the cake!
Mar 7, 2023
You’re Using Pie Weights All Wrong. Here’s How to Really Do It.Skills
This is a total game-changer when it comes to the perfect pie crust.
Feb 13, 2023
Frosting Cakes Is Easier with This $2 Household StapleSkills
Don’t have a cake scraper? Use this unexpected kitchen item to help get those sides super smooth.
Feb 15, 2023
The Foolproof Hack for Perfectly Even Crumb Crusts Skills
The secret to perfectly even graham cracker crusts? Check your kitchen cabinets.
Feb 15, 2023
This Viral Brownie Mix Hack Uses One Ingredient You Most Likely Already Have at HomeSkills
The result? Rich and chocolatey brownies made just for you.
Feb 14, 2023
What Is Red Velvet Cake? Here’s What You Should Know About the Beloved Dessert.Skills
It’s more than just chocolate! Learn more about the classic dessert’s rich history.
Feb 8, 2023
The Secret of This Ingenious Cake-Frosting Hack Is a $7 Amazon FindSkills
If you have trouble getting the edges nice and sharp, try this hack to get the job done.
Jan 17, 2023
This Simple Hack Makes Storing Cake So Much Easier (and Mess-Free)Skills
No more smushed cake and smeared frosting!
Dec 15, 2022
Three Ways to Create a Sugar Crust on Homemade Crème BrûléeSkills
Crème brûlée seems to be a dessert locked in step with Valentine’s Day: It’s classic, easy, and impressive. But what is crème brûlée without its crisp top of just-burnt sugar? Just custard, that’s what. Here are the three most common ways to melt sugar on crème brûlée, including one that’s newer to us. Sprinkle a thin layer of sugar over the top of the custard, and shake the dish to distribute it evenly.
Dec 15, 2022
Here’s How Long to Thaw Frozen ChickenSkills
There are a couple of options depending on how many hours you've got until dinner.
Dec 14, 2022
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Vanilla Cake?Skills
When you go to bake a chocolate cake, it’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for, right? Sure, there are some that are flourless and fudgy, and others that are tender and fluffy, but they’re all labeled “chocolate.” The opposite end of the spectrum isn’t so simple. There’s a whole lot of terminology to describe what seems to be the same thing. But are white, yellow, and vanilla cake actually the same across the board? Not quite.
Dec 10, 2022
How To Write A Recipe Like A ProfessionalSkills
I write recipes, among other things, for a living. It may seem easy, but it isn’t always. It takes practice and adherence to a few rules. Knowing how to write a recipe is something even an amateur cook can benefit from knowing. There are two main parts of a recipe, the Ingredient List and the Preparation Method. I’ll take you through some basic guidelines for writing both parts. This is our own style guide and loose list of rules.
Dec 10, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making BrowniesSkills
If there’s one dessert I cannot resist, it’s a rich and fudgy chocolate brownie recipe. It’s hard not to love these timeless sweets. And while easy to make, there are a few tips that will ensure a stand-out batch every time. So before you get ready to bake your next batch, be sure you’re not making any of these common mistakes. Brownies fall into two delicious camps: fudgy and cakey.
Dec 10, 2022
The Right Way to Test Brownies with a ToothpickSkills
This is a game-changing tip!
Dec 10, 2022
The Best Way to Store Homemade CookiesSkills
Here's what you need to know as we head into cookie season.
Dec 9, 2022
All the Types of Cookies You Should Know (and How to Make Them)Skills
How well do you know your cookies?
Dec 7, 2022
A Guide to Food Coloring Types and How to Use ThemSkills
Food coloring comes out in full force around the holidays when it’s time to make colorful icings, candies, and other sweet confections. While liquid food coloring used to be the only option available for tinting foods, there are now many other choices, from gels to pastes to even powdered food coloring. Here’s a guide to the different types, how they can be used, and the pros and cons of each one! What it’s made out of: Synthetic colorings with a water base.
Dec 4, 2022
5 Fun Alternatives to Graham Cracker CrustsSkills
My favorite part of a pie or tart, hands-down, is the crust. In fact, if there’s a double crust, I’m even happier. And while graham cracker pie crust is one of the easiest crusts to make, don’t forget that there is a whole world of other fun possibilities out there that are equally delicious. Pretty much any crunchy thing that’s cookie or cracker-like can work in as a pie crust. You just have to grind it up, mix it with some butter to hold it together, and press and bake.
Dec 3, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making ButtercreamSkills
While I certainly enjoy the cake portion of a slice of cake or a cupcake, I’m really in it for the buttercream frosting. That thick, sugary frosting brings the sweetest finishing touch to these desserts. There are a few different styles of buttercream, but no matter which one you make, be sure to avoid these mistakes.
Dec 3, 2022
5 Tasty Ways to Use Leftover Whipped CreamSkills
Leftover whipped cream. It happens from time to time. Not a lot, but every now again. And let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the worst problem to have. Last week I talked about my new favorite (and super easy!) way to make whipped cream using just a mason jar. My excitement for this mind blowing trick got the best of me and it wasn’t long before I had more whipped cream than I knew what do to with. Like, a lot more.
Dec 2, 2022
Can I Freeze a Fully-Decorated Birthday Cake?Skills
Q: I want to make a birthday cake for a friend. Problem is, her birthday is not for two weeks, but I’m seeing her tomorrow.Is there a way to freeze a fully-decorated birthday cake so that it will thaw into something beautiful? Are there certain cake or icing recipes that work best (my friend loves carrot cake).Sent by CarolynEditor: Carolyn, the short answer is yes! Many cakes freeze very well even after being decorated.
Dec 2, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Fudgy, Chewy, and Cakey Brownies?Skills
They each bring something a little different to the table. Here's what sets them apart.
Dec 2, 2022
7 Recipes to Have on Hand When You've Broken a CakeSkills
Don't cry over broken cake.
Dec 2, 2022
7 Ingredients to Pair with Rhubarb (Beyond Strawberries)Skills
Its not all sweet!
Dec 1, 2022
8 Steps to Follow When Converting a Cake Recipe to CupcakesSkills
On Cupcake Project, I’ve converted every imaginable kind of cake to cupcakes. I’ve made angel food cupcakes, pound cake cupcakes, upside-down cake cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, and more! It’s not hard to take your favorite cake recipe and translate it into cupcakes. Here’s the process that I’ve developed over the years. Here are eight steps to get from favorite cake to perfect cupcake recipe.
Nov 30, 2022
Pie vs. Tart: What’s the Difference?Skills
Our Pie Bakeoff is in full swing (have you entered your best pie yet?) For the next few weeks we are running posts each day with different types of pie recipes, tips and inspiration, and soon we will begin posting entries from the contest.The question has been posed, May I enter the bakeoff with a tart? The answer is yes. While pies and tarts are two distinct things, they are close enough cousins that we will accept them both. A galette is another cousin who is invited to party.
Nov 30, 2022
This Simple Trick Will Guarantee a Perfect Pie Crust Every Single TimeSkills
Just like the professionals!
Nov 22, 2022
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Freezing Baked Cookies or Cookie DoughSkills
Avoid these mistakes and you'll have holiday cookies to reach for all season long.
Nov 11, 2022
Tips for Making Cupcakes Ahead of Time?Skills
Q: My mom and I are driving from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI next weekend to visit my grandpa for Father’s Day. A few other relatives are coming too. I am in charge of the celebratory dessert and was hoping to make cupcakes as they are festive and enable portion control (my grandpa is on a diet).The problem is, I need to be able to make the cupcakes two days ahead of time, then drive them 5 hours to my grandparent’s house.
Nov 14, 2022