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Holiday Baking

17 Best-Loved Holiday Cookies and Bars

Jennifer Segal | Posted 02.19.2015 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

Snickerdoodles are sweet, buttery sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. With their whimsical name, crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don't know anyone who can resist them!

Baking It Forward

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Taste
Lindsay Pyfer

Our cookie fest has evolved over the years to include more children and more adults, but some traditions remain unchanged.

How To Build A Gingerbread House

Food52 | Posted 02.15.2015 | Taste

Please feel free to interact with the buildings: Nibble on the doors, have a bite of the gravel roads, lick the windows -- it's all edible!

Powdered Sugar, Demystified

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Taste

We've got answers for all the questions you never wanted to ask.

How To Make A Zillion Cookies In One Oven With Two Cookie Sheets

Food52 | Posted 02.09.2014 | Taste

You should know exactly how to break the most common rule of cookie making.

Butter Cookies With Dried Cranberries and Roasted Pecans

Viviane Bauquet Farre | Posted 02.06.2014 | Taste
Viviane Bauquet Farre

The inspiration for this recipe arose a few years ago, when my mother-in-law gave me a huge bag of freshly picked pecans. I was absolutely delighted of course, but wondered what I would end up making with all these pecans.

5 Ways To Pass Off Store-Bought Baked Goodies As Homemade

Shelley Emling | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

I've admitted it before and I'll admit it again. I'm baking challenged, meaning I've seen or tasted every kind of kitchen calamity known to man or woman: the misshapen cookies, the cranberry muffins that were still raw in the middle, the chocolate cakes that quickly became very sloppy Mississippi Mud Pies after they failed to rise.

WATCH: The Fascinating Way A Cookie Becomes A Cookie

Posted 12.03.2013 | Taste

It's science.

My Favorite Holiday Foods, From Kelly Ripa (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

When Kelly Ripa joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we discussed one of the best things about the holiday season -- the food! Kelly divulged that she lov...

Does 'Store Bought' Spoil The Holiday Spirit?

Shelley Emling | Posted 02.16.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

I have a friend who always brings almond-cherry shortbread -- the kind of treat that requires at least 12 ingredients. The good news is that the recipe yields four dozen cookies; the bad news is that it would probably take me four dozen hours to make them.

10 Ways To Ruin A Pie

Food & Wine | Posted 02.04.2013 | Taste
Food & Wine

At Chicago's Hoosier Mama Pie Company, former Trio pastry chef Paula Haney and her team make up to 600 pies a week, kneading dough nonstop for as much as an hour per day,Here, Haney tips off home bakers to the many mistakes that can get in the way of pie perfection.

Holiday Fireworks: Sparkling Pop Rocks Desserts

Posted 12.06.2012 | Taste

These mad geniuses popped some carbonated crystals into a dessert or two.

Christmas Cookie Deathmatch

Posted 12.05.2012 | Taste

Gingerbread, sugar or shortbread, which Christmas cookie's best?

Stress-Free Cookie Decorating: Surgical Precision

Posted 12.04.2012 | Taste

It makes for stress-free holiday baking.

7 Things on Mom's Holiday To-Don't List

Liz Kozak | Posted 02.01.2013 | Parents
Liz Kozak

Here are seven things I will surely not be doing during the most wonderful time of the year. Won't you not join me?

Gluten-Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Amie Valpone | Posted 11.30.2012 | Taste
Amie Valpone

Looking for a sweet treat for your holiday party? How about a simple sugar cookie recipe? The sweet combination of cinnamon, vanilla extract and eggnog will knock the "stockings" off your guests and they'll be begging for more.

Cake Flour Explained

The Splendid Table | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
The Splendid Table

Cake flour is the baker's insurance policy in pie crust and cookies. It saves overworked doughs from baking into hockey pucks.

Homemade Fruitcake: Old School And Worth The Effort

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Lindsay Pyfer

Some people consider fruitcake the worst gift ever. That's because they only know the store-bought version.

8 Gifts Mom And Dad Will Love... And They're All Free!

Posted 12.15.2011 | Home

It's almost the week before Christmas and you're down to the most difficult people on your holiday gift list: Mom and Dad. Even if you've already blo...

The Weekend Baker: A Holiday Gift Suggestion

Jamie Schler | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Jamie Schler

As an avid reader as well as baker, cookbooks are a constant envie and the truly obvious gift for the person who spends so many hours of each day in the kitchen.

WATCH: Make Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate

| Posted 11.29.2011 | Home

Baby, it's cold outside! The season's first snowflakes and the upcoming holidays mean it's time for hot drinks, hearty warm meals, and fresh-out-of-th...

Chocolate Chestnut Charlotte For The Holidays

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

Barely sweet, feather light chestnut mousse filling, its nuttiness perfectly matched to the sweet chocolate buttercream cradled in tender, moist vanilla sponge.

Gluten Dairy, Soy, Nut and Egg-Free Spritz Cookies

Elizabeth Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Gordon

Happy holidays, dear reader. I hope that you have an easier time with the spritz than I and that you enjoy every last crumb of these cute little cookies.

Decadent Chocolate Spice Cake for the Holidays

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

As others are puréeing pumpkin or peeling apples, I want nothing more on my holiday table than chocolate: rich and decadent, spiced with a little Christmas spirit in the form of mixed holiday spices.

'Tis the Season to be Doubly Jolly!

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

Warm, buttery cookies for both Hanukkah and Christmas and whether in the shape of Old Saint Nick and his fleet of reindeer or dreidls, menorahs and six-pointed stars, they are appreciated by the young and the not-so young alike.