• How To Make Cookie Cutters + More

    How To Make Cookie Cutters + More Here are a few vintage cookie cutter shapes to print out for the holidays and a fun poinsettia cookie design how-to. Then I’ve listed a bunch of resources listing instructions for making your own cookie cutters as well as a…

  • Creative Cake Cutting Ideas: {How-To}

    Creative Cake Cutting Ideas: {How-To} Here’s a fun collection of ideas I’ve gathered for showing how to cut cakes in creative ways, these have been snipped from my vast collection of vintage cookbooks. The intention of the illustrations was to show how to economize by…

  • 14 Nifty Ways To Shape Rolls

    14 Nifty Ways To Shape Rolls Here are instructions and illustrations for a variety of ways to shape all kinds of different rolls, this comes from one of my favorite vintage cookbooks (credit below). Butterfly Rolls: Roll dough only 1/8″ thick into an oblong 6″ wide.…

  • 40+ Cake Baking Tips & Tricks

    40+ Cake Baking Tips & Tricks Here is a large assortment of notes I’ve accumulated over the years. Keep in mind different recipes will provide different results, but overall I’ve found these do noticeably improve most or make things easier. Enhancers: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons…

  • Holiday Helper: Managing A Cookie Assembly Line

    Holiday Helper: Managing A Cookie Assembly Line It’s that time of year again when kitchen activity is at its peak, filling dainty trays and gift boxes with fresh homemade goods to give as gifts. Here are a few tips I have for making the most of your…

  • Kitchen Q&A: {Holiday Edition}

    Kitchen Q&A: {Holiday Edition} What’s the best icing to use for decorating gingerbread? Use royal icing since it will set hard to hold its shape and won’t smear when stacked together on plates. Dragees pressed into the icing before it hardens makes a nice…

  • How To Test Baking Powder For Freshness

    How To Test Baking Powder For Freshness You found a can of baking powder tucked away in the back corner of the pantry and you aren’t sure how old it is or whether it’s still good to use. Now you’re wondering if it’s possible to skip altogether,…

  • Baking Secrets Of Success From A Bygone Era

    Baking Secrets Of Success From A Bygone Era These handy hints come from a booklet published in 1937 that provides quick tips for success for a variety of baked goods. White Cakes Don’t beat flour in hard. Too much working of mixture after flour is added is inclined…

  • Recipes For Egg Substitutes & Replacers

    Recipes For Egg Substitutes & Replacers There are quite a few folks who are looking for ways to substitute eggs or even remove them altogether from their favorite dishes. The reasons vary: they may have allergies, are vegan, trying to lower their cholesterol or just don’t…

  • Fresh Fruit Pies: Kitchen Cheat Sheet

    Fresh Fruit Pies: Kitchen Cheat Sheet Summertime provides us with a bounty of fresh fruits and berries, what better way to enjoy them than to transform them into pies! Here’s a handy reference sheet that you can use to quickly check filling and spice amounts (for…

  • Old-Time Magazine Snippets For Bakers

    Old-Time Magazine Snippets For Bakers I’ve collected this fun assortment of tips from vintage cookbooks and magazines dating from the 1940’s through the 1950’s…the Timeless Wisdom collection is a regular feature on Tipnut where I organize and share all kinds of tips from the past.…

  • Frostings You Can Make In A Flash

    Frostings You Can Make In A Flash How many times have you wished you could find a quick way to make luscious frostings? Just follow these recipes and you’ll turn out the creamiest frostings in the twinkling of an eye. Magic Chocolate Frosting Imagine! Only 10 minutes,…

  • Pie Making Advice From Our Grandmothers

    Pie Making Advice From Our Grandmothers I’d be hard-pressed to name someone who could bake a pie better than my grandmother, and I’m sure it’s the same for many of you too. Nobody can make pies like our grandmas did with tasty fillings, melt-in-your-mouth flaky pastry,…

  • Making Bread: {Troubleshooting Guide & More}

    Making Bread: {Troubleshooting Guide & More} Baking your own bread is very rewarding but sometimes a loaf will flop and we’re not quite sure why…even when using a tried-and-true recipe! Here’s a troubleshooting tip sheet to help figure out the problem along with information on how…

  • How To Make Lattice Top & Decorative Pies

    How To Make Lattice Top & Decorative Pies Here’s a lovely assortment of ideas showing how to make decorative tops for pies and tips for handling the pastry. There are also some good ideas for edgings added to the bottom of the page. I found them in my…

  • Make Cookies Like A Pro With These Helpful Tidbits

    Make Cookies Like A Pro With These Helpful Tidbits Here are a bunch of tips I’ve collected from several old cookbooks that include helpful notes for baking, freezing, storage and a basic refrigerator dough recipe (with 9 different variations). Lots here, enjoy! They should be uniform in size and…

  • Good To Know: Handy Ingredient Substitute Recipes

    Good To Know: Handy Ingredient Substitute Recipes Ingredient substitutions are mainly used when baking or cooking dishes and you realize at the last minute you’re out of stock of the necessary food item. There may be a slight taste or texture change when using them but the…

  • Guidance From 1950’s Housewives For The Kitchen

    Guidance From 1950’s Housewives For The Kitchen These handy hints for cooking and baking are from a large collection of tips I’ve gathered together from a variety of books and magazines from the 1940s and 1950s…most of these are quite unique I think since I don’t recall…

  • Help From The Past: 45 Cooking & Baking Tips

    Help From The Past: 45 Cooking & Baking Tips Here’s a handy list of notes from the 1950s and 1960s that I’ve collected from a variety of vintage clippings. Each of these are from magazine articles or newspaper advice columns containing helpful ideas sent in from women sharing their…

  • Tips For Making Fruitcake

    Tips For Making Fruitcake Tis the season for fruitcakes and if you’d like to try your hand at making one yourself (or troubleshoot any problems), here are a few tips and recipes I’ve collected to help achieve the best results possible… Completely dust the…

  • Kitchen Measurements Equivalent Conversion Chart

    Kitchen Measurements Equivalent Conversion Chart If you are a recipe junkie who has a vast cookbook collection or enjoys following food bloggers online who live all around the world, you’re going to come across a tricky situation or two on a regular basis… You’ll want…