The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

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Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

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All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

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60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

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Q&A: Mary Louise Lever, Better Homes and Gardens Annual Challenge Recipe Winner

To create her winning holiday cookie -- Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano -- this Rome, Georgia, reader drew inspiration from her favorite Italian destination.

Why did you decide to use herbs in your winning cookie recipe?

I love rosemary and think it can go with sweet and savory dishes. I grow all my own herbs in flowerpots and am always trying to think outside the ordinary way of using flavors.

Who gives you feedback on your recipes and cooking?

My dad was my original taste tester. Before he passed away, he was always the one who gave me feedback. These days, my friends, neighbors, and people at Georgia Highlands College [where Lever is a volunteer] are the ones letting me know what they think. If they like a recipe, I know others will, too.

Who taught you how to cook?

I had a mother who was an adventurous cook. When we were growing up, I didn't realize it, but when I visited at someone's home the cooking wasn't the same. Later in life I realized why everyone loved to come to my house!

What's one bit of cooking advice from your mother that you'll never forget?

I remember that when my mother would make a pound cake or do any baking, she always went by the recipe. You can play around with a lot of foods, but when you're baking, you may not get the product you want if you don't use the right proportions. Baking is a science.

What's one thing that you love to make from scratch?

I make my own peanut butter. I have a cousin who has great access to peanuts every year. She sends me fresh peanuts, which I use to make my peanut butter. It's so easy and a great gift to give people.

What cookbooks do you enjoy?

The Joy of Cooking is great and so basic. I love some of the other basic cookbooks, like Cookwise by Shirley O. Corriher. I use her book because it gives you an understanding of how things work in the kitchen.

Do you have any last bits of kitchen wisdom to share?

I've been entering recipe contests off and on for 20 years. One thing I've learned is that if you feed them, they will come.

See Mary Louise Lever's Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano recipe.


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