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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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

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

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Crispy Deep-Fat Frying

The trick to producing crispy deep-fried foods is no trick at all.

Your family will love the meat in their meal deep-fried.

Keep the fat at a constant high temperature. This is best done by using a heavy, flat-bottomed pan and a deep-fat thermometer to monitor the oil temperature. To ensure crispiness:

  • Heat cooking oil to the temperature listed in your recipe, typically 365 degrees F to 375 degrees F. You'll need enough oil in the pan to cover the food you're frying.
  • To avoid a pasty coating, dip the food in the batter and wait for the excess to drain off.
  • Cook in small batches and add the food slowly. Avoid crowding; freely bubbling fat makes for a crispy crust.
  • Watch the oil temperature and don't let it drop below the temperature specified.
  • Stir the food several times to ensure even cooking.
  • After frying, drain the food on paper towels. Keep finished batches warm in a 300 degree oven while you finish frying.

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