Egg Whites

Egg whites are a great way to cut down on fat and cholesterol. Start the day with a healthful meal, like our goat cheese omelet or open-faced avocado, egg white and cheese sandwich. We also have all the techniques you need to whisk egg whites like a pro – whether you need soft, firm, or stiff peaks for one of our delicious recipes.

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Chocolate Souffle

Rating: 3.68 stars 211
Soufflés have a reputation for being temperamental, but they're actually very simple. They get their signature height from stiffly beaten egg whites. Using a few staple ingredients, you can whip up a chocolate dessert that's guaranteed to impress at a dinner party yet easy enough for a casual supper.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.55 stars 620
This all-purpose buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns.

Basic French Macarons

Want to learn how to make macarons? We've taken the guesswork out of making these patisserie beauties, so you can prepare them at home. Our foolproof macarons recipe calls for making your own almond flour (it's so much easier than it seems), then adding just four other ingredients: powdered sugar, egg whites, white sugar, and any filling you please.

Whipped Frosting

Rating: 3.18 stars 1256
Just try not to lick the spoon when you make this basic whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with our Versatile Vanilla Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Cake.

Kransekake

The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.

General Tso's Chicken

Invented in 1950s Taiwan by chef Peng Chang-Kuei, this crowd-pleasing fried chicken dish was adapted for American palates with a chile-spiked sweet-and-sour sauce and has since become a Chinese takeout classic.

Coffee-Caramel Swiss Roll

In this elegant buche de noel, sponge cake is brushed with espresso syrup, filled with caramel, and swathed in seven-minute frosting. For the finishing touch, the snowy white exterior is bruleed with a kitchen torch to create a fabulous faux-bois effect.

Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes

There's something extra-special about an individually sized dessert -- especially when it's a molten chocolate cake served warm out of the oven. You can prepare these rich chocolate pudding cakes up to a day ahead and refrigerate them, then just pop them in the oven when you sit down to dinner. They'll be done by the time you're ready for dessert. And they reheat easily, so you can have two one night and two the next. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter).

Cloud Cake

Rating: 4.17 stars 41
We take the guesswork out of making caramel with our foolproof microwave method. After it cools, chop and sprinkle over the cake for a sweet crunch.

Seven-Minute Frosting

Rating: 3.64 stars 394
This seven-minute frosting is one of our tried-and-true favorites: You can't go wrong.

Royal Icing

Rating: 3.19 stars 429
This is our go-to recipe for royal icing. We use it for decorating cookies and cakes. To make it especially glossy, mix in a three drops of glycerin (available at drugstores).

Egg White Omelet

Rating: 3.28 stars 82
This egg white omelet is an easy and healthy way to kick-start your day.
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Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Macaroon Recipes
The best ways to enjoy these beloved coconut cookies, ranging from sweet and simple to wildly over-the-top. You'll find plenty of coconut here.
Italian Meringue Buttercream
Rating: Unrated 305
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.
Chiffon Cake with Strawberries and Cream
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Talk about a delightful twist on berries and cream! This light and airy chiffon cake will instantly transport you to cloud nine, and the luscious fruit filling is what summer dreams are made of.