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How to Properly Store Baking Ingredients to Maximize Freshness

When you start baking more and more, you may want to start organizing your kitchen to suit your baking needs. This also means learning how to properly store all of your baking ingredients. You want everything to be kept in a place where it is safe, won’t go bad and is also accessible to your baking. So where are the …

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Why Do Peanut Butter Cookies Have Fork Marks? (Plus 5 Recipe Variations)

If you are a cookie monster, and you know your sweet treats, you know that peanut butter cookies stand out from all other cookies. What is it that lets you know right away that the round golden brown confections are made from creamy (or chunky) peanut butter? It is the criss-cross markings that are created with a fork that decorate …

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How to Measure Cake Ingredients Without Scales

One of the most accurate ways to measure ingredients when you are making a cake is to use a scale. Making a cake is such a precise science that you really want the ingredients to be as accurately measured as possible which is why many professional chefs and baking enthusiast prefer to weigh ingredients rather than use cups and measuring …

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5 Ways to Fix Dry and Crumbly Cookie Dough (Plus the Common Causes)

Were you excited to eat some fresh baked cookies? Was everything going well until you looked at your dough and saw that it was dry? It is crumbly and tough rather than soft and pliable? Dry cookie dough is never good! So what should you do? You don’t want your cookie efforts to go to waste! And baking dry cookie …

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Can You Substitute Olive Oil for Vegetable Oil in Brownies?

We have all been there. You start making brownies and realize you are missing a key ingredient. Whether you are out of eggs, have no chocolate or have the wrong kind of oil, you may need to get creative every now and then! However, what about a simple issue, like if your brownie recipe asks for vegetable oil but all …

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Can I Use Baking Soda Instead of Baking Powder? (Or Vice Versa?)

If you have ever wondered if you can use baking soda instead of baking powder, you are not alone. Many people have asked this question and it is a good one! After all, what is the difference between baking soda and baking powder anyway? Are they interchangeable? What function do the play in baking? All of these questions (and more) …