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Nordic Ware Coffee Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Coffee Cake Pan

Coffee cakes can be baked in a variety of pans, from sheet pans to loaf pans to tube pans, depending on the look that you want your finished cake to have. Nordic Ware’s Coffee Cake Pan is a newer option from the well-known bakeware brand and it is designed with coffee cakes in mind. The pan great size and shape for streusel-topped cakes, as well ... Read More »

Wilton Skeleton Cake Pan

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I have a couple of skeletons in my closet – literally – that I bring out for Halloween every year. Wilton’s Skeleton Cake Pan offers just one more way to bring a little spookiness into your Halloween party preparations. The pan is approximately 13-inches long and has a detailed skeleton imprinted onto the base. When a cake is baked in the pan, you can see ... Read More »

Wilton Spiderweb Cake Pan

Wilton Spiderweb Cake Pan

There are many images that we associate with Halloween: jack o’ lanterns, haunted houses, black cats and – of course – plenty of spiderwebs. The idea of a creepy crawly spider (especially the large, colorful Halloween variety) running around the house is a spooky one and Wilton Spiderweb Cake Pan plays on this particular Halloween fantasy very well. This is a two piece set that ... Read More »

Tovolo Spooky Monster Cookie Cutters

Tovolo Spooky Monster Cookie Cutters

Halloween is such a fun holiday for baking. Not only do you get to play around with all the delicious flavors of fall, but you get to play around with funky garnishes, outrageous colors and offbeat designs that you wouldn’t use the rest of the year. A great example of this is the set of online here) from Tovolo. The set includes one round cookie cutter ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Ghost Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Ghost Cake Pan

Halloween is a holiday where it is fun to go over-the-top with decorations, whether you’re covering your house with fake spiderwebs, stocking up on dry ice to give your punch a spooky look or plugging in a motion-activated zombie to hide in the front yard and scare trick-or-treaters. You can easily put some of the holiday spirit into your baking by making good use of ... Read More »

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

A beautifully decorated pie crust can turn a good dessert into a memorable one. You can improve the look of your pies by carefully fluting the crust, or by using small cutouts to add some flair to the top of the pastry. It typically takes a bit of practice to turn out a perfect looking pie, but the results are worth the wait. If you ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

Cook's Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

I find that people – myself included – do not always put as much time as they should into selecting spatulas for their kitchen. Many people assume that a spatula is a spatula is a spatula, only to discover (perhaps after melting a spatula or a spatula handle) that not all spatulas are created equal. The same is true of offset spatulas. These angled spatulas ... Read More »

DIY Girl Scout Cookies with the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

the Girl Scout Cookie Oven

I have been an advocate of skipping the annual cookie sale and baking your own Girl Scout cookies at home for many years now (and donating money to local troops). It seems that the Girl Scouts have finally realized that there are more than just a handful of people out there interested in making their own cookies, since a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven has recently ... Read More »

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