Tag: baking

5 knockout Passover dessert recipes that you’ll totally crave again before next year’s seder.

It used to be that Passover desserts were only good for, well, Passover. No leavening and no flour meant no fun. And it’s even trickier if you keep kosher. Times have changed, though, and while I’m not sure why seder sweets look so much better these days (maybe they always did at other seders?), I’m glad that they do. These 5 Passover dessert recipes are the perfect way to end your Passover meal and spectacular enough to serve any other time you’re celebrating with friends or just feel like a delicious treat. Related: 6 fantastic charoset recipes for your Passover seder   This...

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8 of the best brownie recipes ever. Just because.

We’re coming out of a long (long) winter and before we start talking about fresh spring recipes with asparagus and peas, leeks and carrots, I want to take a moment to talk about chocolate. So I’ve rounded up 8 of the most outrageously delicious and sinfully decadent brownie recipes, for no other reason than we deserve it for making it through another winter. So, yeah, we’re making brownies just because. Making brownies is dead easy. Requiring nothing more than two bowls and spoon, no treat gives you more bang for your baking buck, and they are the perfect treat to bring to winter’s farewell...

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Macaron Day: Yes it’s real, and we’ll take the excuse to try one of these outrageous macaron recipes. (Or just buy some.)

There are a lot of crazy food holidays (I’m looking at you, National Marzipan Day), but some seem totally reasonable to me. And by reasonable, I mean I’m happy to have an excuse to celebrate. Case in point: World Nutella Day. I will never complain complain about having an excuse to eat Nutella. And likewise, I will never complain about eating today’s official honoree, the French macaron. Yes, today is Macaron Day and we absolutely approve. To celebrate Macaron Day, I’ve gathered some tips on baking macarons, then tracked down some outrageously delicious macaron recipes for you to try out. And hey, if you’re not a...

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Move over cronut, we’ve got 5 epic dessert recipe mashups you can make at home

The cronut, a dessert made by frying croissant dough like a donut, set off a nationwide phenomenon in 2013, when Time magazine also named Dominique Ansel‘s creation one of the best inventions of the year. Having had one, I can tell you that the cronut is worthy of the hype and also totally impossible to recreate at home. These five dessert recipe mashups, on the other hand, are equally epic. And you can actually make them. (Yes, you!) All you need is a sweet tooth, some baking gumption, and a lot of sugar. Butter, too. Related: 8 easy homemade donut recipes   Strawberry...

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Mardi Gras recipes: 6 easy ways to have your King Cake and eat it, too.

During Mardi Gras, it’s customary to say, Laissez les bon temps rouler, which translates, Let the good times roll.  In your world, that might be a throwback to Ric Ocasek circa 1978. In my world, it means eat cake. How convenient for me that the most traditional Mardi Gras recipe is a deliciously sweet and cinnamony yeasted King Cake draped in green, gold, and purple. How not convenient that making a King Cake recipe in the classic way is incredibly time consuming. Whether you’re willing to work for the real deal or would rather shortcut with a King Cake inspired treat, we’ve got you...

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8 decadent Nutella breakfast recipes for any special, extra indulgent morning

Recently, there was a whole lot of controversy about marketing Nutella as a healthy breakfast food. Apparently, someone thought that the kids of the world need help eating toast by slathering it in a chocolate-hazelnut spread. But on World Nutella Day, I’m giving everyone a pass.  I’m happy to limit my daily dose of Nutella to snack-time the other 364 days of the year, but I think this weekend, we may celebrate with one of these Nutella recipes for breakfast. Or hey, maybe hold the ideas for Valentine’s Day. It does fall on a weekend this year after all, which leaves plenty of time...

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10 awesome kitchen projects to do with kids when you’re stuck indoors. Especially on a snow day.

Apparently, there are places in the U.S. right now where the sun is shining, the air is warm, and the kids are where they should be: in school. If you live in one of these glorious places a) I’m jealous, and b) bookmark these super fun kitchen projects to do with kids for a weekend or a rainy day. But for anyone in a snow zone like me, these kitchen activities for kids will help make your day inside a little more fun (and delicious, too). Related: The ultimate guide to snow day activities: 20+ indoor ideas to keep you sane   1. Make...

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The top Cool Mom Picks posts of 2014

As we say goodbye to 2014 and remember to start typing 2015 on all our correspondence, we wanted to take one last look back at our posts. Specifically, the top posts written in 2014 that caught the attention and imagination of our readers–aside from our our very popular 2014 holiday gift guide and Mother’s Day gift guide. Some of these are surprising, some, not so much. Let’s just say you guys sure like to make things, you sure like to eat, and you sure like to party. Three traits we like in our friends!   10. 8 easy donut recipes so...

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5 crazy easy Christmas cookie recipes that make a perfect last-minute treat for Santa.

Santa may have a team of elves working for him (not to mention a name-taking Mrs. who pretty much keeps the whole show together), but the rest of us are running on fumes by Christmas Eve, and with little back up to boot. Still, cookies must be made. Because once every gift is finally in order, right before the lights go out, Santa (ahem) needs a snack. Any one of these 5 easy Christmas cookie recipes can be made without stress at the very last minute for a perfect treat for Santa.   Gingerbread Cookies I was not born with the cookie...

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8 of the best jelly donut recipes for Hanukkah. Or for anybody, anytime. Because donuts are non-denominational.

If you’re not Jewish, get ready to wish that you were: Jelly donuts are a traditional Hanukkah food. As in, you must eat them to celebrate the holiday or you get kicked out of the tribe. Okay, you don’t really have to eat them, but you can and should, and these delicious jelly donut recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers and editors are proof. By the way: no judgments if you make one of these jelly donut treats and don’t celebrate Hanukkah. If anything brings us together as one, it’s donuts.   These Blackberry Jam and Custard Donuts (above &...

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Make your holiday cake and taste it, too.

I have a weakness for beautiful desserts, and our Pinterest boards are full of recipes I can’t wait to try. I’d love to serve a new cake at my holiday parties this year, but you know how brand new recipes and big events sometimes don’t go so great together, especially that time you really need everything to be perfect? Yeah. The Nibble cake pan with a tasting cup is my newest strategy for making sure my party treats aren’t a Pinterest fail. Oh, who am I kidding. It’s really for those of us who just can’t wait to get a little bite of whatever we’re...

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Thanksgiving pies that deliver, deliciously

We recently shared our essential tips for how to make a homemade pie, but have a feeling that some of you may skip out on the baking this Thanksgiving. No judgments here if you’d rather place an order and have your Thanksgiving pies delivered. In fact, we’ll help you find the best mail order pies around. Bon Appetit is one of our most trusted sources for foodstuff and they recently did the hard work of tasting 75 mail order pies from around the country. Hard job, right? (I don’t feel bad for them either.) They’ve narrowed it down to...

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8 tips for how to make homemade pie perfectly. Or, you know, nearly perfectly.

We might as well call the holiday season “pie season” if you ask me. That’s honestly what it is—or at least what it should be. Who’s with me? Even if you’re not (and we’ll settle this later), Thanksgiving and the winter holidays create the perfect excuse to bake up a pie or seven which, despite what the saying suggests, is pretty easy to do. Especially if you follow these 8 easy tips for how to make homemade pie like the not-quite-pros but really enthusiastic home cooks that we are..   1. Start with a great recipe. It’s simple: A great...

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6 delightfully easy, deliciously snackable pumpkin spice recipes. You know you want them.

You may be tired of hearing about pumpkin spice flavored foods and drinks, but I’m going to bet that you’re not sick of eating them. Because when they are good, they are oh-so-good, like these six easy, delectable pumpkin spice recipes that hit just the right note without going too far (Leave my hummus alone, pumpkin spice.) If you love a good special occasion pumpkin pie, these Pumpkin Spice Pop Tarts (above) are the perfect everyday fall day treat. This recipe from Southern Fatty calls for scratch dough which is surely worth the effort, but you can also keep this...

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Think outside of the cookie box: 7 easy, festive recipes to make use of your Halloween cookie cutters

I’m taking a stand: No more seasonal cookie cutters for a single use. If I can’t use the cookie cutter for multiple purposes I’m not buying it, and I don’t think you should either. Now we just have to figure out how to use the pile of cookie cutters that we already have! With Halloween coming up, I found seven easy, delicious ways to use your pumpkin-shaped Halloween cookie cutters. Now you just have to find them in that junk drawer. PS: If you don’t already own pumpkin-shaped Halloween cookie cutters, now you can officially buy a set. You’re welcome.   These...

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What’s better than cookies? Cookies that look just the way you want them.

I just cooked to say I Love You. And Superstar, and Happy Birthday, and pretty much any message up to 17 letters that can be stamped into a cookie. Thanks to this genius customizable Cookie Stamper, you can customize any message with letters, numbers, hearts, stars–even plenty of exclamation points!!!   Each kit comes with a wooden stamper, a silicone base that resists heat, and an entire sunny alphabet of non-stick letters, numbers, icons, and punctuation. Whether you’re making cookies for a new mom, planning racy treats for your anniversary, looking for creative DIY teacher gifts for the holidays, or just want a...

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Cookbooks and baking blends to make a gluten-free diet delicious

My experiments with gluten-free cooking and baking have taught me that it can be a seriously tricky endeavor. Not only is it hard to find great gluten-free breads and pastas, but avoiding all of the foods that surprisingly contain gluten—from soy sauce to sausage—can be a painstaking chore. These four awesome gluten-free cookbooks and two gluten-free baking blends offer tons of inspiration, recipes, and mixes that make eating a gluten-free diet easy and, more importantly, totally delicious. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen America’s Test Kitchen is the place to start...

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Good things come in pears: 5 easy pear dessert recipes, plus how to select and store them properly.

Apples come to mind first when most people think of fall fruit. And yes, they are great–these six apple snack and dessert recipes are proof–but they’ll also be around for a while. Right now, I’m all about seizing the moment with pears–which, by the way, have more potassium, fiber and folate than apples. Pears are just as versatile as apples but beyond eating them plain, I love them most in dessert. Check out these five easy pear dessert recipes and, to help make sure that they come out perfectly, check out our quick guide to choosing ripe pears. How to select...

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The best cookbooks for summer, way beyond grilling.

Summer is whizzing by and before you know it, the peaches, tomatoes and corn will be gone. Before summer produce makes its sad exit, you’ll want to be sure to get in all the great summer cooking you can. The good news is that summer cooking is all about a light touch. It doesn’t get all that intense, except maybe when making homemade pie dough. (Though pssst, every single one of these summer pie recipes can be made with store bought dough). The even better news is that I’ve got five awesome cookbooks for summer that aren’t your typical summer cookbooks–no grilling books,...

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5 gorgeous summer pie recipes to make right now.

When I first started writing about food, seasonal eating was mostly a concept for food geeks. The idea of summer pies was laughable to all but those farmer’s market shoppers and serious gardeners. So I couldn’t be happier that only five years later, there is widespread interest in seasonal food. Especially in summer and with good reason – because even the coldest parts of the country are teeming with ripe, juicy blueberries, strawberries, cherries and (mmmm….) peaches. When nature gives us all of that good stuff, there’s only one thing to do: make seasonal pies. Immediately. As in now. I hope these five spectacular summer...

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