Test Kitchen Tips

Our Test Kitchen is full of culinary experts who have picked up plenty of handy tricks and techniques over the years. Check out our favorite cooking tips that’ll make cooking and baking at home easier than ever.

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This Is How Long Your Christmas Cookies Will Stay Fresh

So many cookies to make, so little time! This guide will help you bake and store every batch in the best possible way.

How to Store Cookies to Keep Them Fresh

Whether you’re baking for the holidays or for everyday enjoyment, these tips for how to store cookies will help keep...


Today’s Home Bakers Share Their Secrets to the Best Cookie Platters Ever

Putting together cookie trays for friends and family? Take these tips from our Test Kitchen pros and community cooks.


10 Foolproof Steps for Mailing Cookies This Christmas

Homemade cookies are an always-welcome Christmas gift. But how do you mail cookies so they'll arrive fresh and unbroken?...


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How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Love cakey cookies? Or crispy ones? How about chewy? We show you how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies...

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Christmas Cookies Baking Guide

Your one-stop shop for Christmas cookie recipes and decorating ideas, plus tips for storing, packaging and mailing Christmas cookies.


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The Ultimate Guide to Baking Cookies

Go grab your apron—you're going to need it. This all-inclusive guide contains everything you need to know about baking cookies...

The Step Almost Everyone Skips When Making Cookies

Still trying to make the perfect cookie? It's easier than you think! All you need to do is chill cookie...


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Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas to Try This Year

Need a new Christmas cookie decorating idea? Try these stunning techniques that will make your cookie tray merry and bright.


The Secret Ingredients Grandma Puts in Her Sugar Cookies

Amp up your baking game and make cookies that rival Grandma's! These added ingredients go way beyond an extra dash...


The One Ingredient I Double (or Triple) in All of My Baked Goods

Take your cookies (and cakes, muffins and quick breads) from good to great with an extra splash of this secret...

14 Christmas Cookie Baking Hacks to Help You Win the Holiday Season

Between shopping for gifts and entertaining guests, the most wonderful time of the year can get pretty stressful. Save time...


Decorating Tips for Gingerbread Cookies

Have some fun this season by creating elaborately decorated cutouts or using these tips to make your simple cookies stand...


10 Mistakes You’re Making When Decorating Cookies

Have more fun in the kitchen over the holidays with secrets for decorating Christmas cookies, straight from the experts.


9 Things to Know About Freezing Cookies

So you're planning ahead, intending to get a head start on all of this year's cookie-baking—kudos to you! The freezer...


10 Secrets to Baking the Best Cutout Cookies

Whipping up bakery-perfect sugar cookies only requires two basic ingredients: a little love and a little baking know-how.

The Secret to Making Your Chocolate Chip Cookies Extraordinary

Want to bake best-ever chocolate chip cookies? Try this tip.


Why You Should Never Skip Chilling Your Cookie Dough

Have you ever wondered why sugar cookie recipes make you chill your dough before baking? As it turns out, it's...


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Here’s the Easiest Way to Make Your Holiday Cookies Stand Out

We love beautifully frosted Christmas cookies, but they can be hard work! But we found the easiest way to decorate...


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Our Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes and Tips for the Perfect Cookie

Check out some of our Test Kitchen's best chocolate chip cookie recipes and get tips on how to make them...


This Is the Best Oven Rack Position for Baking Cookies

Get a perfect bake every time! Here's the best oven rack position for baking cookies.


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7 Secrets to Baking Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

When it comes to cookies, texture is key. Follow along as we teach you how to bake sugar cookies to...


10 Common Baking Problems and How to Fix Them

Is your latest bake less than perfect? Here's how to learn from your mistakes.


Cookie Packaging Ideas & Tips

To keep your cookies, brownies and bars looking their best, use these cookie packaging ideas. Make sure they arrive in...

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