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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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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) …

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5 Simple Ways to Thin Candy Melts

Candy melts are a fantastic chocolate creation that allows you to easily melt chocolate and create delicious treats. However, if you have ever used candy melts, you may have found that when melted, they can still have a very thick consistency, making dipping the treats difficult to do. When you want to get a nice smooth candy coating using candy …

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Baking with Whole Wheat Flour (6 Practical Tips to Fool Your Guests)

Baking with whole wheat flour has become quite popular in the past few years as people are becoming more and more health conscious. Opting to use whole wheat flour rather than white, bleached, all purpose flour will not only have a large nutritional impact on your baking but it will also change your baked goods dramatically. Take a look at …