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Bloody Mary Recipes

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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Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

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How to Make a Special Edge on a Piecrust

A pretty edge puts the ideal finishing touch on your favorite pie recipe. Here we show you how to do 7 different edgings, with recipe recommendations for each one.

Fluted-Edge Piecrust

Many recipes for single-crust pies, especially ones with a generous amount of filling, call for a pie shell with a fluted edge. For a double-crust pie, fluting the edge helps secure the top crust to the bottom crust.

To flute pie pastry:

  • Place a finger against the inside edge of the pastry.
  • Using the thumb and index finger of the other hand, press the pastry around the finger.
  • Continue around the rest of the pastry's edge.

Make a fluted piecrust with our Raspberry Pie with Chambord recipe

Cutout-Edge Piecrust

For a decorative pie edge, save the pastry scraps and use them to make cutouts

To make the cutouts:

  • Roll out the pastry scraps until the dough is very thin.
  • Use a fluted pastry wheel to cut the pastry into tiny squares, or use an hors d'oeuvre cutter to cut the pastry into desired shapes.
  • Flatten the edges of the pastry shell slightly and brush them with water.
  • Arrange the cutouts on the edge of the pastry shell and press lightly to adhere; continue around the edges of the piecrust.

Make a cutout piecrust edge with our Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe

Crisscross-Edge Piecrust

The crisscross edge is one of the easiest to make and works well for both single- and double-crust pie recipes.

After trimming the pastry:

  • Flatten the edges slightly.
  • Hold a fork at a slight angle to the edge of the pie.
  • Lightly press the tines into the pastry.
  • Continue around the pie, switching angles with every other pressing.

For a variation on the crisscross edge, hold the fork perpendicular to the edge of the pie instead of at an angle when pressing the tines into the pastry. This simple edge works nicely with nut pies.

Make a crisscross piecrust edge with our Cranberry Chocolate Nut Pie recipe

Petal-Edge Piecrust

You can use the petal edge for any pie, but it's especially pretty with single-crust pies where the filling looks like the center of a flower.

To make a petal edge:

  • Follow the steps above for a fluted-edge pastry, but make the flutes a tiny bit larger than you would for a simple fluted edge.
  • Press the tines of a fork lightly into the center of each flute

Make a petal-edge piecrust edge with our Chocolate Pecan Pie with Kahlua recipe

Scallop-Edge Piecrust

The scallop edge is ideal for old-fashioned, classic double-crust fruit and single-crust custard pies. The scallop edge starts with a fluted edge, but the flutes are rounder, which gives a softer, more casual look to the pie.

To make a scallop edge:

  • Follow the steps above for a fluted-edge pastry, but make the flutes a bit larger than you would for a simple fluted edge.
  • Press the bowl of a spoon lightly into the center of each flute.

Make a scallop-edge piecrust with our Lemon Sponge Pie recipe

Tabbed-Edge Piecrust

A tabbed edge is an easy way to give a professional-looking finish to pies. Use kitchen scissors to snip 1/2-inch slits into pastry about 1/2 inch apart along edge. For a tabbed edge with a slightly different look, press every other tab in the opposite direction.

Make a tabbed-edge piecrust with our Sweet Potato Pie recipe

Rope-Edge Piecrust

The rope edge is a variation of the traditional fluted edge and gives a down-home, country-style look to any double-crust fruit pie.

To make a rope edge:

  • Crimp around edge of pastry by pinching it.
  • When pinching, push forward on a slant with a bent finger and pull back with your thumb.

Make a rope-edge piecrust with our Grape and Pear Pie recipe

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