10 cooking tips and tricks only a recipe developer would know | Easy baking tips and recipes : Cookies, breads and pastries : Food Network

An extra dash of vanilla and a pinch of salt does a lot.

Substitute plain butter for browned butter when you feel like it — and microwave it, to boot.

Add an extra yolk (or two!) to the cake batter if you know what’s good for you.

Replace milk or buttermilk with ice water (yes, you read that right) in a cake recipe.

Use oil instead of butter for a cake that comes together quickly and stays moist and tender on the counter for days.

Omit an egg white when making the cookie dough if you’re on the chewy team.

For mouth-watering cookies and brownies, switch up the flour.

Add chocolate chips to brownies for the shiny crust of your dreams.

For the most stable (and luscious) whipped cream, break out your food processor.

A (generous) pinch of sugar will give your homemade breads and muffins the coveted professional bakery look.