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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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Spoons and tongs work too:

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...


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

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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