How to Decorate the Edges of Your Sugar Cookies

Instead of just decorating the top of the sugar cookie, try mixing things up by decorating the sides of the cookie with sprinkles. Fun for the kids! Let the kids join in on the cookie baking fun as they roll the cookie dough in colorful sprinkles, crushed candies, or nuts. So colorful! These cookies are so fun and colorful with their icing and decorated sides that you’ll never want to have plain sugar cookies again.  So easy! All you have to do is roll your cookie dough into a log, pour your favorite decorative toppings on some parchment paper, and roll the …

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Easy Crostatas

How to Make Easy Crostatas Even if you’ve never made pie before, you can make crostatas. Get the premade pie fillings now to make it even easier! Get the Premade Pie Fillings Now Crostatas: Easier than Pie Crostatas are easier than pie. And we actually mean it. Making a typical pie means going through the hassle of rolling out the pie dough, fitting it into the pie pan, crimping the edges to make it look pretty, and hoping the sides of the pie crust don’t collapse while baking. You don’t have to worry about that with crostatas. Crostatas are little …

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Bread Making Made Easy

Bread Making Made Easy Get White Breads for $2 Get Wheat Breads for $2 Make great bread! Choose the Country White Collection or the Country Wheat Collection and get our three favorite white or wheat breads for just $2 each when you add it to cart and use code “ZEZ1” at checkout for white breads and code “ZEZ2” for wheat breads. Look How Easy It Is to Make Bread Click to Learn More: Mixing the Dough Kneading the Dough Letting it Rise How to Form the Loaf Getting the Bread Baked Right Making this in your bread machine? Click Here …

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Three Essentials for Making Bread

When it comes to making bread, I believe it is an art, and like all art forms, there are a few essentials that I would never go without. Here are a few tools that I consider essentials in my kitchen for making bread. But first, consider the Art and Science of Baking. The Art and Science of Baking Baking bread is not hard, but it pays to know the essentials and the science about baking. We’ve written a book by that title: How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking. If you are serious about baking, read that. But …

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How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways Get a FREE Soft Cookie Mix for your ice cream sandwiches! Choose one, add it to cart, and use code “ZSOFT” at checkout. Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways! So much better than the store! You can’t get more than simple chocolate and vanilla ice cream sandwiches from the store; making them yourself is so much better. Get creative! Choose your favorite cookie base and mix and match with the ice cream, the toppings, and even the shape. You can even dip them in chocolate or frosting. So fun and always delicious! Whether you decide to use the ice cream sandwich maker, cut out the cookie shapes from a sheet cookie, or use simple cookies they’re fun to make with the kids and will taste great.

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Scrumptious Cheesecake Bars

Make cheesecake bars your family will love! Endless options!The best part about these cheesecake bars is that you can do them your way. What flavors do you think your family will love the most? Mix and match flavors until you find a new family favorite.You can use either a vanilla or a chocolate crust. Some of our favorite flavors are cherry vanilla, black forest, lemon, pineapple, and raspberry. So easy to make! All it takes is a cake mix for the crust, a basic cream cheese filling, and a pastry filling.The crust is made with our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes …

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes in 15 Minutes

These are my favorite cupcakes—and you can make them a batch of 18 in 15 minutes prep time, about 30 minutes elapsed time with baking. Boston cream pie cupcakes are made with a vanilla bean cake mix, filled with Bavarian cream, and topped with chocolate ganache. Here’s how to make them with step-by-step pictures. Step 1: Bake the Cupcakes Mix the batter as directed on the cake mix package. We used our vanilla bean cake mix and our stand-type mixer. While the cake was mixing, we put paper liners in two standard muffin pans. We also used this time to …

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How to Make Whoopie Pies

Extraordinary Whoopie Pies and How They’re Made Whoopie pies won’t go away. They’ve been around for decades and unlike most food fads, these just stick around. That’s usually a pretty good sign that they’re worthwhile. These are not your ordinary whoopie pies. We served whoopie pies in our store. Instead of two cake-like cookies sandwiched with frosting, we filled them—chocolate cookies with cherry filling and others with strawberry frosting and cream cheese centers. Very yummy and very easy. We dipped each whoopie pie in melted chocolate frosting. Then we drizzled lines across the top with a small pastry bag for …

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How to Use a Mix to Make Carrot Cake that Will Rock Their Socks!

This is not your ordinary carrot cake; it’s so much better. Whenever we served it in the store, our customers would go crazy over it. This is sure to be the best carrot cake you’ve ever made. Carrot cake is a great variation of the typical vanilla cake, and now you can make it different ways with a carrot cake mix or even a vanilla bean cake mix. Learn how to use a cake mix to make carrot cake and the different ways we like to make it at Prepared Pantry. Making the Carrot Cake Base from a Mix Start …

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How to Make Easy Strawberry and Other Berry Shortcakes

Every day is a baking day at The Prepared Pantry. We bake, we test, and we share the good stuff with our customers in the store. We made cakes using our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes and then topped them with fresh or frozen fruit, sauces, and flavored whipped cream. When we got them right, they were luscious. The Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes are cream cake mixes— denser and moister than the fluffy mixes from the store. They are about halfway between the fluffy mixes and a pound cake. Technically, they’re a cream cake. With more substance, we think …

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Whipped Cream Cakes

These cakes are absolutely scrumptious. We have served them to hundreds of people in our store and repeatedly we hear, “Best cake I’ve ever had.” The cakes are good but it’s the frostings that folks are finding heavenly. All you have to do is make a regular vanilla cake in a 9×13 pan, mixing your preferred flavors into the batter, cut the cake half, stack the halves on top of each other with your preferred fillings or frosting in between, and topped with your favorite whipped cream frosting. The Whipped Cream Frosting is to Die For The frostings are made …

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How to Make Muffins Better than the Bakery

Make High-Domed muffins Every Time With this Free Strawberry Cream Muffin Mix. Add it to cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Do your muffins fall flat or won’t come out of the pan? We can help. Click either link to learn: How to Make Bakery-Style Muffins >> How to Remove Muffins from the Pan>> How to Make Bakery-Style Muffins My muffins never come out right. They’re sad, deflated lumps by the time they come out of the oven. It’s really disappointing. I don’t understand what’s happening.” –Anonymous We feel your pain. There’s nothing more disappointing than a muffin that …

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How to Avoid Weeping Meringues

One of the best things to make a picturesque pie is to top it with meringue, but how do you keep the meringue from weeping? Weeping meringues aren’t very pretty. The meringue pulls back from the crust, moisture beads on the topping, and a clear liquid forms below the crust. It doesn’t hurt the pie but it’s not presentable. Most weeping seems to be caused by one of two conditions, either the sugar isn’t completely dissolved or the egg whites are not fully cooked. Say goodbye to weeping meringues. Beautiful pies every time! Your meringue pies don’t have to be …

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Favorite Peach Cobbler with Canned Peaches

This peach cobbler is a nod to the old fashioned peach cobblers my mother would make. My mother made the best peach cobblers. She used the peaches that we canned in the summertime, a quart to a cobbler. They were easy to put together and so good. We liked our cobblers warm. Often we would pour milk over our bowl of warm peach cobbler like you would hot cereal or maybe we would load it with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream. My father poured canned milk over his. I’ve long since lost Mother’s recipe for peach cobbler. Our …

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The Perfect Banana Muffin Recipe (Jumbo Muffins)

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get the Banana Flavor for FREE! Add it to cart and use the code “ZFLA” at checkout. The Perfect Jumbo Banana Muffins Make Jumbo Muffins the Family Will Love! Absolutely delicious! The house will be filled with smiles for days when you make these jumbo banana muffins packed with extra banana flavor from the ripe bananas and a satisfying crunch from the streusel and the nuts. The highest domes! Nobody likes a flat muffin. This jumbo muffin recipe will give you the highest muffin domes you could ever want. Easy to make! These …

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White Chocolate Huckleberry Swirl Cheesecake

We have made our white chocolate cheesecake many times. It’s our most popular cheesecake. This time we put huckleberry flavor and color in one-third of the batter and swirled the two together. You could do the same with other flavors: raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and more. A perfect marriage of flavors! The richness of the white chocolate complements the sweet and tart huckleberry flavor to make a truly scrumptious cheesecake. So versatile! As mentioned above, you can use your favorite flavors for the swirls, whether it’s raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, or even pineapple.  Shopping Tips for Your White Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake Use good …

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Essential Guide to Making Bread

If You Want to Make the Best Bread, Here’s How It’s Done! Get Free Dough Conditioner for Lighter and Airier Bread. Add it to cart and use code “ZBEST” at checkout. Books have been written about baking bread but we’ll give you the essentials so you won’t have to read a thousand pages. This guide will make you a better bread baker. Ready? Here we go! The Bread Making Essentials Learn what you need to! Click on any of the links below. Use the best bread flour you can find. Knead the bread until it’s elastic. Cover the dough and …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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How to Make Muffin Tops

Make Perfect High-Domed Muffin Tops! Get a FREE Strawberry Muffin Mix! Add it to cart and use the code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Everyone knows that the top of the muffin is always the best part. Muffin tops are crunchy, have the most flavor, and can even taste like fluffy cookies if you do it right. They’re not crusty or sweaty like the bottoms of the muffins sometimes are. Once you start making muffin tops, you’ll never go back to standard muffins. Use a Muffin Top Pan All it takes to make muffin tops is a muffin top pan, muffin batter, …

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How to Remove Your Muffins from the Tins

FREE! Make these Strawberry Cream Muffins for your family or friends! Add it to your cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Claim Your Muffins Back from the Tin! Melissa Tracey was a rockstar in our test kitchen. She graduated from two culinary programs, one in New York and one in Idaho. She knew how to bake. Alas, she’s teaching in Arizona now. “She said the most valuable tool we had in our test kitchen was this long, thin blue (it comes in red also) silicone spatula. It’s long enough, thin enough, and soft enough that you can run it …

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