Holiday Baking Fundamentals

This year, before you step into the kitchen to wield your holiday whisk, consider brushing up on a few kitchen science fundamentals. By: Lisa Bell & Nicole Rees

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Pine Nut Cookies Annotations

Pine Nut Cookies Annotations

Recipe calls for: 6 tablespoons softened butter.
What to know: This small amount will give a rich flavor pay off.

Recipe calls for: ½ cup pine nuts, divided.
What to know: Ground nuts act like flour but don’t dry out the cookies.

Recipe calls for: 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour.
What to know: We tested with Pillsbury—other brands may be more or less absorbent.

Recipe calls for: Beating batter with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
What to know: This step adds air into the batter for a tender cookie.

Recipe calls for: Stacking two baking sheets one on top of the other, and lining the top sheet with parchment paper.
What to know: This is a smart trick to prevent over browning.

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