How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, According to Science

No one is complaining about a warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie, right? Except, well, maybe it would be even better if it were crispier? Or crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside? Or just a bit cakier? Here’s a cheat sheet for hitting that sweet spot, no matter your preference. (Hint: It’s all about the sugar.)

1 Amazingly Easy Truffle Recipe, 6 Delicious Variations

This year, romance your Valentine with a little something sweet.

How to Make Donuts That Beat Anything You Can Buy in a Shop

Do the donut shop one better with these decadent homemade treats.

DIY Slice-and-bake Cookies

A refrigerated or frozen log of dough means you can have cookies in a snap 
 for unexpected guests or late-night cravings. Follow this easy, three-step technique for shaping a flawless (no flat sides!) roll.

Is There More to Fall Baking Than Pumpkin Spice? 

It's time for a revival of genuine fall spices. 

Candy Corn Cookies That Are Even Better Than the Real Thing

These festive sweets are the ultimate homemade Halloween treat.

This Classic Lattice Crust is Easy As Pie

Learn the simple technique in less than 2 minutes.

3 Common Baking Dilemmas, Solved

Experts explain everything you knead to know. 

5 Irresistibly Delicious (and Surprisingly Wholesome) Baked Treats

Sweet-tooths, take heart. There’s never been a better time to explore the world of low-sugar baking and natural sweeteners. Maple, molasses, honey and more are not only more wholesome alternatives to processed white sugar, but they can also add new dimensions of flavor to cookies, cakes, and other treats. But don’t just take our word for it. Two beautiful and informative new cookbooks by baking pros Joanne Chang (of the beloved Boston bakery Flour) and Shauna Sever (of the popular blog Piece of Cake) demonstrate how cutting back on refined sugar can be an act not of deprivation, but pure deliciousness. Still skeptical? Here are five recipes to prove it.

6 Boxed Baking Mixes That Taste Homemade

Real Simple staffers tested fifteen different gourmet mixes (made with real, simple ingredients) to find these stars.