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Cake decorating tips: pipe like a pro | Features

Transform plain sponges into gorgeous little cupcakes, with our simple piping bag tips.<p>Piping is one of those baking jobs that might seem a little …

The Great British Baking Show's Paul Hollywood shares his Victoria Sponge recipe

Every once in a while we want to do more than just salivate while watching <i>The Great British Baking Show</i> — we want to taste those treats for real! So …

The No-Bake Cookie Secret: It's Just Fudge

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>When I was growing up in Kentucky, no-bake cookies were a summer staple—a simple combination of sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa, boiled on the stove and then mixed with peanut butter and rolled oats. Dolloped into bite-size portions, …

How to Make Sour Cream Pound Cake Moist and Tender Every Time

I have a lot of feelings about cake, in all its many forms. From feather-light angel food to downy squares of coffee cake or a rich and fluffy vanilla layer cake, most recipes aim for dainty airiness.<p>Not pound cake, though—it's a heavy hitter served in slabs. With a crumb as smooth as marble, it's …

12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They've Never Been Before

Where do your brownie loyalties lie? Are you Team Fudgy, Team Cakey, or Team In-Between-y?<p>I'm a fudgy-as-a-truffle gal myself (Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies are my old faithful, preferably straight from the freezer)—but today, we're not here to discuss <i>that</i> age-old question.<p>Instead, <b>we're here</b> …

Dessert

Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Need This Green Ombre Cake With Mirror Glaze

Whether you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day toasting with green beer and attending the parades or staying at home and enjoying some boozy mint shakes, you need to make this recipe! The mirror cake craze is an Instagram phenomenon, and with good reason — these cakes look simply stunning. I’ve applied …

Fruit Scones Recipe: This Michelin-Star Chef Special is Simply Divine

Steve Smith, Head Chef at Michelin Starred Bohemia Bar & Restaurant in Jersey, shares his delightful fruit scone recipe with <i>Ecophiles</i>. The recipe was …

Breakfast

These Genius Oatmeal Cookies Only Take 30 Minutes To Make

I'm an oatmeal cookie convert, y'all.<p>Makes: 3 1/2 dozen cookies<p>1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<p>1 teaspoon baking soda<p>1 teaspoon cinnamon<p>1/4 teaspoon salt<p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened<p>1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar<p>1/2 cup sugar<p>1 large egg, at room temperature<p>1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla …

My Newest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> My Classic Best Chocolate Chip Cookies have been my favorites for close to twenty years. I still love them, but when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, it's hard to be constant. Recipes for chocolate chip cookies are like scarves—you're always happy to have a new one. And so, here's …

Dessert

My Classic Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> In the category of "Great Chocolate Chip Cookies," these get my vote for the greatest. They are Toll House cookies' kin, but I think my nips, tucks, tweaks, and variations on the classic recipe make them their own kind of wonderful. They're thin and crisp and a bit chewy in the center …

Dessert

Make This No-Bake Chocolate Yema Cake on Your Stovetop

A <b>no-bake chocolate yema cake</b> is the kind of dessert that you can make with minimal effort, pantry staples, and limited time. The secret to getting a …

Jeremy Corbyn may not always be right – but he’s spot on about shortbread

Whatever your opinion of Jeremy Corbyn, there’s one of his utterances I can’t in any way argue with: the superiority of shortbread. Asked by Mumsnet what was his favourite biscuit, the answer he came up with was the famous Scottish treat. Shame he had to qualify it by a pious anti-sugar homily and …

Dessert

16 Adorable Circus Party Ideas for Your Kid’s Birthday

Your li’l tyke deserves only the best for their birthday bash. This year, throw them a circus-themed birthday party to really put on a show. With bright colors, tasty treats and flashy prizes, a circus theme is THE way to go. Whether you choose to feature stuffed circus animals or invite over some …

17 Sweet Pancakes Worth Waking Up For

You deserve them all.

Breakfast

Homemade Fudgy Brownies

September 6, 2016<p>posted by <i>Lindsay</i><p>These <b>Homemade Fudgy Brownies</b> are seriously the best brownies! They are so moist and dense, they just melt right in …

How to cook the perfect red velvet cake

A southern American classic, the red velvet has its origins in the 19th century, when cakes as soft and fine as that fancy fabric were the height of culinary fashion. And although the colouring came much later – variously said to stem from the faint reddish hue that results from a collision of …

Dessert

29 Skillet Dessert Recipes You've Been Missing Your Entire Life

If you're only using your cast-iron skillet for steak, you're missing out. Once you try skillet cookies, brownies, and more desserts, you might never go back to the traditional kind. Let these 29 decadent recipes inspire your next skillet dessert that's sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.

Seriously Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies {with a secret trick}

Happy Thursday friends! Today I am sharing you with my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I actually can’t believe I haven’t shared it …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

7 Mantras that Will Stop You from Taking Things Personally

People are toxic to be around when they believe that everything happening around them is a direct assault on them or is in some way all about …

Narcissism

18 No-Churn Ice Creams to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

There’s no such thing as having too many ice cream recipes. Even in the dead of January, you can make some revolutionary winter ice creams or wine ice creams that will warm your soul. If you’ve been holding out on making your own homemade frozen desserts just because you don’t have a machine to …

How to Make Watercolor Paints That are Safe for Kids

There's no denying that children are artists and scientists: they love to imagine and explore, and they always have questions at the ready. Bring out …

Here’s how to manually access a public WiFi login page on Android

If you’ve ever used public WiFi before, you’re probably familiar with one common problem that just about everyone runs into every once in a while. You’ve selected the theoretically open WiFi network that you want to join and your phone tells you that you’re successfully connected, but when you head …

Wi-Fi

20 non-toy holiday gift ideas for kids

Children everywhere have already begun to give serious thought to their holiday wish-list while parents everywhere have already begun to cringe with the realization that in just a few weeks more toys will be invading their home.<p>The good news is that not all gifts need to involve toys.<p>There are …

Holiday Gift Ideas

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

<b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them questions. So if you ask, “How was your day?” and you’re met with a grunt or a shrug, …

Siblings

Foo Fighters: a beginner's guide

Foo Fighters will be Glastonbury's Friday night Pyramid Stage headliners. Here's everything you need to know about the American rockers<p>Who are they?<p>Formed in 1994 out of the ruins of a post-Cobain Nirvana, Foo Fighters came with the usual weary "oh, the drummer's formed a band" reception, only to …

Foo Fighters

Microwave Mug Double Chocolate Brownie

There are certain All-American desserts that are a right of passage for kids. Take chocolate brownies. Whenever I was at a bake sale as a kid — which …

Dessert

When Life Gives You Meyer Lemons Make Meyer Limoncello

Before you discard the peels of those seasonal Meyer lemons, take a look at this recipe for Meyer limoncello. It’s sweet, aromatic, and tasty. Best …

Recipes

Fallen Chocolate Cake

8 to 10 Servings<p>The late Richard Sax, celebrated cookbook author and champion of home cooks the world over, inspired this flourless chocolate cake—a riff on his iconic chocolate cloud cake.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>cake<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1” pieces, plus more, room …

Dessert

5 Minutes in a Mom's Head

What time is it? What day is it? Oh gosh this bed feels so good. Why can't I just stay here all day. That would be the perfect vacation. Screw the Caribbean, I just want my bed. My bed with Netflix and cheesecake. And Tostitos. Guacamole, too. Mmm. Nachos. And sangria. I'll never be skinny. Maybe I …