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12 Baking Hacks That We Know Are Actually Legit

Here's what's actually worth your time.

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1. Use unflavored dental floss to slice baked goods without squishing them down.

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The string will cleanly slice through everything from soft cheesecakes to cinnamon roll dough. Find the recipe for these mini Nutella cinnamon rolls here.

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2. Add mayo to boxed cake batter to make it even better.

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Mayo — which is mostly eggs and oil — makes the end product extra moist. (And don't worry, mayo haters: You can't taste the stuff.) We used this recipe, which calls for a cup.

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3. When finishing pie crusts, use kitchen staples — like forks — as easy decor tools:

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Spoons and tongs work too:

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Find even more pie decor tricks here.

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4. Make the easiest no-knead bread ever with just four ingredients.

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Just combine flour, water, salt, and self-rising yeast — and let it sit overnight. Bake it the next day and you'll end up with a golden brown (and foolproof!) loaf. Here's the recipe.

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5. Downsize a sheet pan with a simple strip of foil.

This is the quickest way to convert it into a tart pan. But it also works any time you want to shrink a sheet pan — like if you're making pizza or an egg bake, but don't have enough ingredients to cover the whole thing.

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6. Add a bit of vodka to pie crust to make it flakier.

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Too much water in pie dough can result in a tougher crust. But if you swap some of that water for vodka, most of the latter will evaporate when the pie bakes. The end result? A perfectly flaky crust.

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7. Prevent batter from sticking by prepping cake pans and cookie scoops with nonstick spray — even if they're already nonstick...

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And spray everything over an open dishwasher so you don't get it all over your countertops.

8. Combine butter + boxed mix + sprinkles to make no-bake cake ball truffles.

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Just melt butter, stir it into the mix, roll, and chill — no oven required.

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9. Keep slice-and-bake cookies round by rolling them into parchment logs or storing them in empty paper towel rolls.,

If you store dough in the fridge or freezer, this will help prevent it from getting flat at the bottom. Find these how-tos here and here.

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10. Make mini cookie butter cakes with just three ingredients.

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Dessert-wise, these are about as easy (and inexpensive!) as it gets: They bake quickly in a muffin tin — and then are glazed with even more cookie butter. Find the recipe here.

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11. Avoid batter splatter by attaching a paper plate to your hand mixer.

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Just pop two holes in and slide the plate onto the mixer.

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(And remember: It's often easier to rotate the bowl, instead of the mixer.)

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It takes less energy (and saves your wrist!) if you spin the bowl, rather than the mixer.

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12. To boost flavor, sprinkle chocolate chip cookies with a bit of flaky sea salt before baking.

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The salt will counterbalance the sweetness perfectly. 🍪

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