How to Soften Butter Quickly

Have you ever headed to the kitchen to get started baking and realize the recipe calls for softened butter? But your butter is still in the fridge and you don’t want to wait 1-2 hours for it to sit out to reach room temperature. Is it really that important? Is there a way to quickly soften the butter?

The Journey to Pavlova

Want to know what goes into recipe testing? Sometimes, it's 17 tries to get something just right! Here's the journey to pavlova – plus key tips and tricks to making the perfect pavlova every time.

Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder: What’s The Difference?

Have you ever had a baking disaster like an overflowing quick bread, or a cratered cake? It’s happened to experienced and amateur bakers alike, and the most likely culprit: mixing up the baking soda and baking powder. It’s easy to do, they’re both types of chemical leaveners They also look similar and have similar names. But that’s where the similarity ends. So, what is the difference between them?

All About Meringue: French vs. Swiss vs. Italian Meringue

While all meringues are featherweight and ethereal, they’re not all created equally. Originating from different European traditions, we’re exploring the similarities and differences of all three types — French, Swiss, and Italian meringues. Plus, we have tips and tricks to making perfect meringues every time.

How to Make Better Biscuits

Here in the Test Kitchen, I’m known as the go-to girl for biscuits. It’s because biscuits have always been one of my favorite comfort foods. Warm from the oven simply slathered with butter, or covered with sausage gravy, there’s no wrong way to eat a biscuit. Growing up, my Mom made Bisquick biscuits, and I’ve eaten my share of canned biscuits too, but once I learned how easy biscuits are to make, there was no going back. So welcome to Biscuits 101.

Baking With Kids: Rainbow Sprinkle Cookie Edition

If you’re like me and trying to find new ways to keep the kids busy, I have the perfect baking project for you - Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies. Even if you don’t have kids and just need a little pick me up while being cooped up at home, baking with sprinkles has a way to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The Secrets to the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Want to know the secrets to making the best chocolate chip cookies? We're spilling everything, from if you should use butter or shortening to which kind of chocolate chips to use. Plus, grab our recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies.

Step Up Your Baking Game by Weighing Your Ingredients

I hate to tell you, but you're probably adding too much flour to your recipe.


How to Remove a Tart Pan Ring

Here's an easy trick for getting a tart out of its pan — plus, it'll cool your tart more quickly.

Spray the Flavor

Here's a simple tip to ensure even distribution of flavored liquids like coffee or liqueurs when making desserts like tiramisu or charlottes.

Company-Ready Freezer Muffins

Nothing is more welcoming to houseguests than having a batch of freshly baked muffins at the ready. Use this simple tip and you'll always be ready for company!

Pre-Made Muffin Mixes

No need to panic when unexpected guests call to stop by! This simple make-ahead muffin mix can save those moments — or lazy mornings when you can't be bothered to measure!

How to Make a Cake Collar for Decorating

Frosting a cake can be hard enough without having to clean the serving plate afterwards! To keep your cake plate clean while frosting, use this simple trick with parchment paper.

Berry Barrier for Pie Baking

Fresh berries in pies can make the bottom crust soggy. Here's a simple trick to keep the crust crisp and sliceable for your fruit pies.

A Mess-Free, Waste-Free Way to Measure Dry Ingredients

Measuring dry ingredients (that come in small containers) like cocoa powder can be a hassle — and messy! Here are a few ways you can measure these ingredients out without wasting a thing.

Club Soda Pancakes

Here's a simple replacement to make the lightest, fluffiest pancakes—plus it works in just about any recipe! And you can use it in your favorite waffle recipe, too.

Save Money When Cooking or Baking with Alcohol

Alcohol can be an indispensable ingredient to have in your cooking repertoire, but keeping several different full-sized bottles on hand for infrequent use is both expensive and a space-waster! Here's a quick tip on how to save money (and space) when baking or cooking with alcohol.

How to Keep Parchment Paper from Sliding

Does your parchment paper curl up or slip and slide all over your baking sheets when you're preparing a recipe? Here's a simple trick to keep your parchment in place.

How to Bake Mini Tart Shells-No Pie Weights Needed!

If you are making mini tarts but would like to skip filling the shell with foil or parchment paper and pie weights, try this tip. The pie shells come out perfectly every time.

Use Dough as a Dough Tamper

No need to buy a dough tamper to press pie/tart dough into pans! With this simple tip, you will have perfect, smooth crusts every time.


How To Assemble a Layer Cake with Frosting

Follow these simple steps for a cake that’s both impressive and stable.

How To Make Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

Making Perfect Flaky Pie Crust really is as easy as pie. Armed with just a few tips in this simple, step-by-step guide, you’ll be an expert in how to make flaky, tender, and crisp pie crust in no time — you'll wonder why you ever bothered with purchased pie dough in the first place.


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Homemade Bagels

True New York bagels are a thing of beauty. Boiled then baked, they’re dense but not too dense, with glossy, crackly crusts and soft insides. But NYC isn’t the only place to get decent bagels — they’re one of the simplest breads to make at home.

Smoked salmon and cream cheese or a smoked salmon cream cheese spread makes a great choice for full-flavored Everything bagels. Asiago bagels just beg for a slice of ham or prosciutto and maybe an egg. A sprinkling of rosemary adds a lovely he…

Sour Cream Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

Old-fashioned doughnuts are a rare treat, and once you take a bite into one of these fresh ones, you may never be able to eat store-bought doughnuts again. And because old-fashioned doughnuts are fried at a lower temperature than regular cake doughnuts, or their fluffy yeast cousins, their tops crack, resulting in doughnuts with crunchy outsides and soft, cakey insides. Because this dough can chill overnight, all you have to do in the morning is roll it out, cut the doughnuts, fry, and glaze…

Toasted Pecan Sticky Rolls

If we had to pick a favorite sweet roll in the Test Kitchen, this pecan sticky rolls would be it. The caramel sauce makes these rolls too sticky and gooey to resist. And have patience when turning these babies out of the pan — they need to rest 5 minutes before serving them.

Chocolate Monkey Bread

How do you make monkey bread even better? Stuff it with chocolate! The hardest part is waiting for it to cool down enough to eat.

Frosted Cinnamon Rolls with Sticky Syrup

Buttery flaky rolls, filled with cinnamon sugar, a gooey syrup bottom, and frosting on top, this homemade cinnamon roll recipe will have you saying “oh my goodness”!

Pâte à Choux

Pâte à choux [paht-uh-SHOO], in cooking terms, is a thick and sticky French pastry dough that’s baked to make several types of desserts. The dough is typically made from just four ingredients — flour, butter, eggs, and water — and resembles a paste. Looser than other pastry doughs, it can’t be rolled out. Instead, the dough is piped into shapes and baked. Once it’s piped and baked, depending on the shape, it takes on a new name and identity, such as éclairs and cream puffs.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

For all the banana bread lovers out there, these peanut butter banana quick breads are for you. Adding crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips makes them incredibly moist and delicious. Plus they’re easy — a food processor does most of the work. For the most intense banana flavor, the bananas must be really ripe — you should be able to smell their sweet fragrance.


Panettone is an Italian sweet bread served at Christmastime. The brioche-like dough is infused with lemon and vanilla and studded with dried fruits and nuts. This recipe makes three loaves, perfect for gifting and serving to guests. You can use leftover panettone in French toast and bread puddings for a delicious twist on the classics.

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Anzac Biscuits with dried cranberries

A favorite from Down Under, Anzac biscuits have been connected to Australia and New Zealand since their first iteration during World War I. You might notice eggs are missing from the recipe — this traces back to their scarcity during the war. Omitting eggs in these biscuits gives them a longer shelf life, making them perfect for sending to a friend or loved one. And since the base of this cookie is so basic and quick, raise the bar and add a couple extra mix-ins. Golden raisins or cranberrie…

Chai-Spiced Italian Buttercream

While cream cheese frosting might be the norm for pumpkin bars, go ahead and ditch it for this Pumpkin Cake in favor of this spicier, more elegant Chai-Spiced Italian Buttercream. It’s not only sophisticated but well-suited to be the centerpiece of your holiday table.

Pumpkin Cake

When it comes to desserts this time of year, anything with pumpkin is always a hit, and this cake hits the mark...especially when iced with this Chai-Spiced Italian Buttercream.

German Chocolate Cake

If you’ve got an overactive sweet tooth or a nearly insatiable craving for the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of chocolate, grab a cold glass of milk. This German Chocolate Cake is sure to satisfy.

It isn’t an exaggeration to say most of our staffers are chocoholics, which means it’s also safe to say it’s never in short supply in the Test Kitchen — especially when you discover the two drawers we’ve devoted entirely to stashing it. If chocolate is your weakness, too, we have the recipe f…