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.

5 Ganache Recipes That'll Satisfy Your Chocolate Craving--Every Time

It sounds like a fancy concoction that only the most seasoned cook could create, but ganache is actually just a decadent mixture of heavy cream and chocolate. The result tastes great in between cake layers, as a glaze, and—for those seasoned cooks—in homemade chocolate truffles. Here, five incredibly delicious ganache recipes.

6 Classic Pastry Recipes for Every Taste

Satisfy a pastry craving with one of these buttery, flaky, and utterly delicious pies, scones, or tarts. 

6 Santa Cookies and Treats That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Upgrade your usual cookies and milk with festive desserts that are inspired by Santa himself. 

Homemade Apple Pie Secrets From the Pros

The experts dish on how to score the perfect pie every time.