Brown sugar, butter and vanilla make a remarkable, full-flavored sauce that's something like butterscotch, only better.
Do the first bake and then finish the cookies as your schedule permits. Half-baked biscotti can sit as long as overnight.
Lime zest, chopped pecans and sweet coconut add a little zing to the traditional buttery, crumbly Mexican wedding cookies.
For chewier cookies, line your cookie sheets with parchment. On greased sheets, the cookies will spread a bit more and be slightly crispier.
For a very distinct marbled pattern, handle this dough as little as possible.
These easy hors d'oeuvres are a great way to get the party started. The sun-dried tomatoes inject a tart counterpoint to the earthy mushroom filling and flaky puff-pastry wrapper.
The little window in this almond-and-hazelnut-flavored cookie reveals a filling of tart raspberry preserves.
Savory cheese puffs with a dash of crunchy walnuts; the elegance of these little snacks belies their simplicity. They're the perfect hors d'oeuvre to serve with sparkling wine or cocktails.…
If you want to make these more than 2 hours ahead, store them in an airtight container.
We’ve adapted the idea for this whimsical garnish from Gale Gand, the pastry chef at Tru in Chicago.
This cake puts very ripe bananas to good use. Be sure to follow the time guidelines for unmolding the cake. If you wait too long, it will stick to the…
Add the topping 40 minutes into baking rather than at the beginning, when it would sink too far into the cake, or at the end, when it wouldn’t sink in…
Melting all the butter at once and reserving half helps streamline things.
These fragrant and chocolatey cookies are an inventive departure from more Christmasy-looking cookies while still being sparkly, festive, and full of delicious nuggets like hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and chocolate…
The trick to ensuring the right amount of crispiness in these bake sale favorites is partially baking the bottom layer before adding the sweet apricot filling and texture-rich crumb topping.…
By turning traditional pecan pie into a shallow pecan rum tart, the nuts stay crisp and toasty on top and the brown sugar-rum filling is sweet without being cloying. My…
Make these impressive desserts weeks before the holiday rush—they all store beautifully in the freezer
Adding cheese and nuts to a basic cream-puff dough gives you gougères, a sophisticated snack to serve with drinks
A guide to making crisp confections that keep for weeks
Learn what causes a pie crust to shrink during blind baking, and what you can do to prevent it.
A pie shield keeps the crust from browning too quickly. Instead of buying one, you can easily make your own from foil. In this photo-essay, Jessica Bard shows you how.
Accurate ingredient measurements can make the difference between terrific baked goods and so-so ones. This article presents some of the guidelines Fine Cooking uses in its test kitchen for consistent…
In this short article, Jennifer Armentrout offers advice on preparing a baking pan so that the cake slides out flawlessly, without sticking.
Melted chocolate must be at the proper temperature (tempered) when it's poured or shaped, or it won't set up properly. This short article gives temperature ranges for workable bittersweet, semisweet,…
Bittersweet and semisweet chocolate can be used interchangeably in recipes, but Fine Cooking recipes usually call for the former. In this short article, Maryellen Driscoll explains why.
Get the lowdown on how long an oven really takes to heat up.
You'd think that measuring flour by volume would be pretty simple, but it's trickier than you might imagine, as this example shows. That's why we measure by weight instead.
It's easy to take pantry standards such as butter, vanilla, and brown sugar for granted, to overlook the ins and outs of when to use them, how to use them,…
Yes, you really can make this gorgeous chocolate mousse cake, using this streamlined recipe and decorating ideas for any skill level
These delicious and great-looking Italian cookies stay fresh for weeks, so they’re perfect for holiday gifts
Whipped cream can help make the simplest desserts look spectacular. Here are a few ideas for dressing up your creations.
Beautiful and tender braided bread starts with an easy-to-handle dough
Whether you're making apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, here's how to make it the star of the dessert table
A cake needn't be complicated to be really good, says Abby Dodge, and proves it with recipes for three easy-to-make coffee cakes that make great gifts at holiday time.
Get the solutions to common holiday baking problems
Do you like to offer food gifts to friends and family? Here are some attractive ways to present your cookies, pies, and candy at holiday time.
Frozen puff pastry is one prepared product that really delivers both convenience and quality. You may not get the same buttery flavor of homemade, but you'll get a fantastic flaky…
I like to cut these cookies diagonally into long rusks, but if you want, cut the logs crosswise to make a larger amount of smaller biscotti.
This dense, luscious cake has a texture a little like fudge and a little like cheesecake. A small slice goes a long way.
Chill the tart dough for at least an hour or up to two days. If it has been in the refrigerator overnight, you may need to let it sit at…
The simplest way to decorate this cake is to press chopped, toasted walnuts onto the sides. For a more dramatic look, try wrapping the cake in a chocolate band (see our…
For this pie, I like to use Braeburns, Empires, Jonathans, Jonagolds, or Northern Spy apples.
Metal and unglazed ceramic pie pans work better than glass for this pie because the crust doesn't shrink as much during blind baking. Unglazed ceramic has the added advantage of…
The great thing about these soufflés is that you must make them ahead so that they’re chilled before they go in the oven. You can make and keep them in…
If you can't find superfine sugar, pulse granulated sugar in a food processor to a fine grind; measure after grinding. Pistachios and coconut are one of my favorite meringue flavoring…
If you like, sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds onto the braid after brushing it with egg wash; both are traditional. To easily measure the honey, first measure the oil in…
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