1. Store cookies with a slice of apple to keep them from drying out.
2. Your cake will never again stick to the pan with this quick-release formula:
- ½ C vegetable shortening
- ½ C all-purpose flour
- ½ C vegetable oil
Incorporate ingredients and use this to grease your cake pans before baking.
3. Use jello to color your frosting when you’re short on food coloring.
4. To soften brown sugar that has turned into a brick, place in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a wet paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. OR use an oven safe dish, covered with a wet paper towel, and bake for 5 minutes at 300F degrees.
5. Make gluten-free flour with oats. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than store-bought.
6. Custom make your own sprinkles!
- 2 C confectioner’s sugar (+ more if needed)
- 1 T warm water (+ more, if needed)
- 1 tsp egg whites
- Food coloring
- Pinch of salt
- Optional: 1/4 tsp flavoring or extract of choice – vanilla, almond, etc.
Sift confectioners sugar into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine egg whites and water until foamy. Then add extract and salt. Add sugar to the mixture and mix until smooth. You want your final mixture to be thick, like frosting. Add more sugar to thicken, or water to dilute. Tint icing with food coloring.
Pipe mixture in long straight lines onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Allow frosting to dry out for 24 hours. Transfer your piped lines onto a cutting board and chop into your desired length for sprinkles.
7. If you need ripe bananas for banana bread or as a substitute for eggs (or oil),speed ripen your yellow bananas in the oven – bake for 40 minutes at 300F degrees.
8. Use a cake strip to bake even (flat) layered cakes. Simply tie a strip of fabric (old kitchen towel or t-shirt works great) around the cake pan while baking.
9. Use ice cube trays to perfectly portion out your cookie dough before freezing!
10. Slice baked goods without the squish using unflavored dental floss.
11. Make flakier pie crust with a touch of vodka. Swap some of the water in your recipe for vodka and more moisture will evaporate as the pie cooks, resulting in flaky pie crust!
12. Don’t have a pie pan? Bake pies without the pan with free-form pastry.
13. For better, flakier pie crust, keep your butter freezing cold! Freeze your butter and grate it using a cheese grater. Then mix it into your crust.
14. Make chocolate curls for decor using a bar of chocolate and a vegetable peeler.
15. Make your own brown sugar with white sugar and molasses. Mix molasses into white sugar and add until you’ve reached the desired color.