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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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 them soft and fresh.

15 Tips for the Best Bundt Cakes Straight from Our Test Kitchen

Bundt cakes make for gorgeous yet simple desserts. Get our Test Kitchen's tips for how to grease a Bundt pan,...

How to Prevent (and Fix) a Cracked Cheesecake

A big fear of every baker is a cracked cheesecake. Our Test Kitchen explains how to avoid these cracks (and...

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.

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Buying Vanilla

The type of vanilla you buy can have a big impact on your cooking. Learn all about vanilla extract ingredients...

10 Pie Decorating Ideas You Need this Holiday Season

They're (almost) too pretty to eat.

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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...

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The Ultimate Guide to Baking Cheesecake

Making cheesecake doesn't have to be intimidating. These recipes, tips and techniques will help you make a restaurant-quality dessert at...

The Best Apples for Apple Pie

Some apples are good for snacking, and others are better suited for baking. These are the best apples for apple...

Bean, Paste or Extract: Are You Using the Right Kind of Vanilla for Your Recipe?

When the choices include whole beans, vanilla bean paste or many types of vanilla extract, how do you know what's...

8 Common Brownie Mistakes to Avoid

How do you know when brownies are done? How long do they take to cool? Knowing the answers will lead...

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How Do You Know When a Cheesecake Is Done Cooking? The Wobble Test!

How do you know when that cheesecake, creme brulee or other custard is finished baking? Just give it a (gentle)...

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20 Essential Tips for Making the Perfect Cheesecake

Learning how to make cheesecake can be a challenge. These tips will help your dessert turn out perfect.

10 Common Mistakes People Make When Baking a Layer Cake

You don't want that layer cake to be crumbling, tumbling or leaning to one side. Here's what to fix!

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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.

How to Prevent the Most Common Cake Mistakes

Sometimes our favorite cake recipes fall flat. Learn how you can fix flat (and dry and uneven and sticky) bakes...

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...

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9 Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes With Royal Icing

That colorful coating might look pretty on your Christmas cookies, but royal icing can be, well, a royal pain. Here...

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.

This Secret Trick Lets You Cut Cake Layers Like a Charm

Here's how to cut cake layers like a boss...with no knives or expensive gadgets required!

5 Easy Homemade Frosting Recipes to Know By Heart

There's a whole world of tasty frosting beyond buttercream. Discover your new favorite with our top homemade frosting picks!

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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.