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Next time you're craving a good ole s'more, ditch the graham crackers and use freshly-baked snickerdoodle cookies instead. Not only do they provide an extra burst of flavor, but they serve as a sturdy base for an ooey-gooey treat the whole fam can love.
Kris Galicia Brown
Tie-dye is back in a big way, whether you're creating fun patterns on a scarf or baking a batch of cupcakes. Get in on the trend with this radical cake design that's surprisingly easy to pull off.
Erin Gardner
Professionally-made cookies always seem to look smooth, seamless and gorgeous. But there's no magic involved, and you can totally make equally flawless cookies in your own kitchen. All you need are a few basic tips to help you perfect basic cookie decorating techniques and you'll be well on your way.
Crusty French bread. Sandwich loaves. Ciabatta. Homemade bread is truly an art form, but without preservatives, it's tricky to keep it from going stale. The good news is there are different storage tricks you can try to stretch the lifespan of your loaf. Put these into practice and you'll be able to carb-load for longer.
Jessie Oleson Moore
For a treat that has all the crunch and flavor of a cookie but feels a little more fancy, look no further than madeleines. These pretty shell-shaped desserts are a classic French pastry and are easy to customize, letting you create a wide variety of delicious flavors. Serve 'em at your next bridal shower, Mother's Day brunch or fun family event and you'll be sure to wow the crowd.
Nicole Weston
All-purpose flour may be your go-to when baking, but sometimes it's another type of flour's time to shine. Like pastry flour, for instance: if a lighter, more tender pastry is what you're after, here's why you should keep a sack of this low-protein flour in your pantry.
Nicole Weston
Don't toss those over-ripe bananas; use 'em for these tasty recipes instead! Whether you're looking for something sweet or savory, satisfying your banana cravings has never been easier.
When you need to feed a crowd, this cheesy garlic pull-apart bread should be your go-to. It’s inexpensive and fast to make from scratch, but more importantly, it bakes beautifully and is insanely fun to eat!
Kris Galicia Brown
No eggs, no dairy, no problem. This vegan banana bread has all of the flavor you crave, and it's perfect for a holiday brunch or any get-together needing to suit a wide variety of diets. Pair it with some homemade jam for an extra decadent treat.
Jessie Oleson Moore
When baking cookies, it's important to chill — literally. Taking the time to chill your dough is the critical step that results in perfectly gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside cookies. But if that's not enough to convince you, here are more reasons why you definitely shouldn't skip that fridge time.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you're looking for a quick, easy recipe that tastes oh-so-good, you'll go bananas for this one. These simple treats only have five ingredients, but they don't skimp on flavor or crunch. Plus, it's the perfect use for any overripe bananas you have lying around — a great alternative when you're not in the mood for yet another loaf of banana bread.
Kris Galicia Brown
There's nothing worse than realizing your loaf of bread has gone stale before you had the chance to use it all. But don't despair — with some kitchen creativity (and a few recipes up your sleeve), you can work a little magic so it lives to see another day.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Round up the kids and head to the kitchen because it's baking time! Now that Dreamworks' Trolls World Tour is streaming, there's no better time to go all-out with a burst of color on movie night. Whip up a batch of colorful rainbow-frosted cupcakes and your little trolls will love digging in as soon as you press play.
You don't have to be a kid to love all things rainbows, especially when they look this sweet. Whether you go full-out with a colorful buttercream or just stick to the surprise-inside batter, these rainbow cupcakes are sure to be a hit.
Felicity and Krystle
Fact: everything's cooler when it glows in the dark, especially when it comes to sweets. But you don't have to limit yourself to glow-in-the-dark buttercream or slime cake — now you can bring the fun to your breakfast with "glonuts."
Nicole Weston
Hearty, subtly spicy and topped with cream cheese frosting: there is so much to love about carrot cake. And while it's an Easter staple, you definitely don't need to save it for the holiday — especially when it's this easy to bake.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Despite their New England-centric name, Boston cream donuts are beloved worldwide. It's easy to see why: the fluffy donut is filled with a rich, creamy custard and topped with chocolate glaze, so it's the perfect dessert — or, let's be real, breakfast. And while the store-bought versions are delicious, they can't compare to ones you bake in your own kitchen.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Whether it's rainy, snowy or just a plain 'ol Tuesday, you don't need an open fire to make gooey s'mores goodness. In fact, you don't even need an oven — these no-bake bars can be made completely indoors as an easy family treat.
Nicole Weston
The filling gets all the love, but a pie crust can make or break your dessert. If it's too tough, it just doesn't work with the soft inside. And if it's too chewy, forget it. But nailing the perfect pie crust isn't a huge undertaking — if you follow these steps, you'll crush it every time.
Jessie Oleson Moore
You know that horrifying feeling when you're halfway through a recipe that calls for milk and realize, uhh, there's no milk in the fridge? Yeah, we've all been there. But there are dairy and non-dairy alternatives that will do the trick without anyone knowing the difference. Be sure to keep some on hand at all times — you never know when you might need 'em.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Whether you avoid butter for dietary reasons or simply ran out of your stash, here's some good news: there are plenty of substitutes you can use in its place and still end up with delicious results.
Jessie Oleson Moore
From leavening and binding to adding shine to finished pastries, eggs play a lot of important roles in baking. But if you can't use 'em — whether it be due to allergies, dietary choices or your egg carton is empty — there are plenty of alternatives at the ready.
Jessie Oleson Moore
No yeast? No problem! These no-yeast dinner rolls rely on baking powder for leavening, and have the tenderness of a biscuit without being crumbly. Spread some butter on 'em while they're warm and you've got a mouthwatering side dish.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Real talk: there's no bigger bummer than starting a baking project and realizing you're all out of flour. But don't toss out your in-progress recipe — there are simple DIY hacks you can use to create a worthy substitutes to many types of flour.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Sweet or savory, plain or filled — when it comes to croissants, they're all delicious, all the time. That said, there's something special about a filled croissant. You can add that extra burst of flavor before proofing (so you put the filling in the dough before rolling, shaping, etc) or after baking (just slice and fill). Regardless of which you choose, it's likely you'll get a highly delicious result. Pick from any of the filling ideas below and get ready to tickle your taste buds.
Kris Galicia Brown
If you're looking for an easy way to add color and flavor to your salads, cookies and cakes, look no further than your garden. There are more edible flowers out there than you might think, and you may already have a few growing in your own backyard. Pick 'em, clean 'em and get ready for some colorful munching.
Chelsea Fuss
Once you learn to bake croissants, you'll never use store-bought again. Sure, these flaky French pastries are a bit of a time commitment, but as professional baker Colette Christian demonstrates in her class Classic Croissants: Modern Techniques, the payoff is so, so worth it.
Nicole Weston
At peak season, why mess around with strawberry-esque or strawberry-flavored recipes when you can treat your taste buds to the real deal? It may take an extra step to make these authentic beauties, but they hit all the marks: moist, delicious, fresh, flavorful. Whip 'em up for Mother's Day, Easter or any random day of the week — when a recipe's this tasty, you don't need an excuse to bake it.
Kris Galicia Brown
The Fourth of July is a great day for having fun in the sun, but you've also gotta keep cool. And these ice cream-cupcake treats make it so easy to do. The best part? You can make 'em well ahead of time, so you can spend the day-of enjoying time with friends and fam.
Kris Galicia Brown
If you're a fan of bread pudding, it's time you made friends with the Irish variation. The dish doesn't hail from the country, but rather gets its name from the generous amount of Irish cream. Serve it up on St. Patrick's Day or Easter brunch for a table full of satisfied guests.
Nicole Weston
St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to bake with beer, but these recipes are so good, you're gonna want 'em all year. Whether you enjoy lighter wheat beers or deep, robust stouts, there's a way to bake your favorite brew into any sweet treat.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Infuse some Irish luck into your St. Patrick's Day cakes with green velvet batter. It's succulent and moist, just like a red velvet cake, but the red coloring is swapped for a healthy dose of green.
Nicole Weston
While your St. Patrick's Day dinner of slow cooked corned beef and cabbage sounds amazing, there's one easy way to make it better: serving it alongside a dense loaf of Irish soda bread. The traditional loaf is usually unsweetened, but this recipe is proof a spoonful (or two) of sugar goes a long way in enhancing the flavor while keeping the bread moist. Here's how to make it — and store it properly — so your holiday festivities go off without a hitch.
Jessie Oleson Moore
St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to blend alcohol and dessert — and these cupcakes do just that. Whip up a batch for your green-themed party and guests will consider it their lucky day.
Kris Galicia Brown
Delicious and easy? You read that right. This zesty lemon loaf is bright, flavorful and can be made in one bowl with no special mixing equipment. It's almost too good to be true. Almost.
Nicole Weston
Valentine's Day is sweet, and these brownies are too. Make a batch for all your favorite people — and save a bunch for yourself, too.
Kris Galicia Brown
Whip up something sweet this Valentine's Day with heart-shaped strawberry meringues. They're a fun, adorable and delicious dessert to snack on or gift to the one you love. Make 'em even cuter with a quick drizzle of white chocolate you can top off with sprinkles.
Felicity and Krystle
Every beautifully decorated cookie begins with a solid sugar cookie recipe. It needs to have plenty of butter, as that's what makes it easy to roll and re-roll the dough as you wield your cookie cutter. The cut-outs should also be able to hold their shapes well during baking and not puff too much, regardless of whether they're baked when the dough is chilled or warm.
Ashley Rodriguez
Everyone always wonders what the best pastries are to buy at pâtisseries (purveyors of fancy cakes and cream-filled treats) and boulangeries (bread specialists). Which is why we deemed it necessary to create this super-fun list, along with a few tutorials for those who want to try their hand at making these baked goodies at home. Whether you go classic or creative, something very buttery and flaky awaits.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you love bread as much as we do, you could eat it with (OK, for) every meal. But even the most die-hard bread lovers can get bored of the same old recipe. Instead, put your baking skills to the test with these recipes that'll add a little excitement back to your bread basket.
Not all holiday treats need to be big and elaborate. This easy-to-make buttercream is packed with holiday flavor, making it perfect for all your Christmas cakes and cupcakes.
Felicity and Krystle
Make your favorite pie even sweeter by putting it in a chocolate crust! All you do is substitute a portion of flour that traditional pie dough recipes call for with cocoa powder. Seriously — it's that easy.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you find crustless pie highly offensive, we've got good news: you can turn pie crust into cookies that are good for munching all day long.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Soggy crust is the bane of every baker's pie prep. Though often attributed to moist pie filling, most of the time soggy crusts are due to underbaking. This is especially true when it comes to single-crust pies, which don't spend as much time in the oven as double-crust pies typically do. But you can avoid the disappointment with one simple trick: blind baking.
Nicole Weston
There are three types of pie crusts: traditional pastry dough crusts, gluten-free crusts and crumb crusts. Traditional and gluten-free crusts definitely have their place at the dessert table, but crumb crusts are quick, the flavors are customizable and they're the best choice for pies that require blind baking.
Nicole Weston
Going gluten-free for your pie crust is surprisingly simple — maybe even more simple than making traditional pie crusts. Because with traditional crusts, you need to let it rest before you roll it out. But with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (which you can easily find at Trader Joe's and other grocery stores), you can go directly from the mixing bowl to the pie plate. Talk about a time-saver!
Nicole Weston
Create a pie that feeds your stomach and your eyes. Once the dough is made, there are simple ways to give those edges some TLC and shape a fancy crust that you (and your guests) will want to share on social media ASAP.
The best thing about making your own pretzels isn't the simplicity (though they are pretty dang easy), but how you can customize 'em to squash your specific cravings. Jonesing for something savory? Sprinkle with salt, dip in spicy mustard and serve with pickles. Sweet tooth screaming? Opt for cinnamon and sugar. Wanting a more unique lunch? Use pretzels to sandwich lunch meat for the ultimate midday meal.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Cookie crumb pie crust is a simple alternative to traditional pie crust, and it's a no-hassle way to make a pie even sweeter. Made with finely crushed cookies (similar to a graham cracker pie crust), you can use any cookies you like as long as they're crisp and crunchy (though wafers and shortbread cookies tend to work best). Plus, the crust can be stored in the freezer for up to a month, so it's easy prep for a Thanksgiving feast. Trust us, even crust-haters will find this recipe pretty sweet.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Peasant bread is a no-knead yeast creation that should be every novice bread baker's first project. This recipe is made in one bowl, uses just five ingredients and requires no special equipment. The best part: you can make it from start to finish in two hours. So the only question is, why haven't you baked it already?
Nicole Weston
Garlic bread is delicious no matter how you shape it, but there's something about these cute little knots that makes it taste even better. Made with a dough similar to pizza crust, these dinner rolls are brushed with a butter and garlic mixture (not once, but twice) for a huge burst of flavor. And don't let their complex shape intimidate you — they're super easy to bake, so you can serve 'em with all your weeknight meals.
Nicole Weston
This year, skip the full-blown apple pie and whip up a bite-sized treat for easy serving instead. These mini tarts have the same classic flavor, with some modern flair that makes 'em prime for entertaining your Thanksgiving or Christmas guests.
Kris Galicia Brown
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