35 Easy Pastry Recipes You Can Make at Home

Who says you can’t have dessert with breakfast? Not us! These easy pastry recipes take less than 15 minutes to prep and are the perfect excuse to indulge in the morning.

While cinnamon swirl bread is a natural for breakfast, we love it so much we enjoy it all day long. This is a nice twist on traditional cinnamon swirl yeast breads. —Helen Richardson, Shelbyville, Michigan

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Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits

Because these sweet treats are so easy, I’m almost embarrassed when people ask me for the recipe. They’re a snap to make with refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and your favorite fruit preserves. —Ione Burham, Washington, Iowa

Quick Cherry Turnovers

Refrigerated crescent rolls let you make these fruit-filled pastries in a hurry. My family loves these turnovers for breakfast, but they’re so delicious, they’d be welcome any time of the day. Feel free to experiment with other pie fillings as well. —Elleen Oberrueter, Danbury, Iowa

Chocolate Banana Bundles

Banana with chocolate is such an irresistible combo that I make this quick dessert often. You can also top these tasty bundles with the butter and brown sugar mixture left over from coating the bananas, or sprinkle on a dash of sea salt. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Caramel Bubble Ring

Lots of caramel and ice cream topping make this quick pull-apart bread oh so gooey and delicious. It truly is a finger-lickin’ good baked good.—Laura Clifton, Wenatchee, Washington

Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

I make these lemony muffins for all kinds of occasions. My family always requests them when we have a brunch. They’re so good! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota

Cherry Chip Scones

These buttery scones dotted with dried cherries and vanilla chips are so sweet and flaky that I sometimes serve them for dessert. —Pam Brooks, South Berwick, Maine

Chocolate Toffee Biscuits

These sweet, crunchy biscuits are so quick and easy to mix up, they’re my go-to treat with my morning coffee. —Wendy Weatherall, Cargill, Ontario

Ricotta-Raisin Coffee Cake

These few ingredients go together quickly so I can have a warm coffee cake to serve overnight guests for breakfast. If you don’t have or don’t like cardamom, substitute any sweet spice. I recommend ground nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice. —Carol Gaus, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Raspberry Cheese Danish

After trying a pumpkin scone at a coffee house, I was inspired to look for a recipe to try at home. The glaze nicely complements the pumpkin flavor.

Banana Macadamia Muffins

These muffins taste even better the next day, so to save time, I often make them the night before. They stay moist for days. —Stasha Wampler, Clinchport, Virginia

Banana Beignet Bites

When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they’re pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia

Berry-Filled Doughnuts

Four ingredients are all you’ll need for this sure-bet breakfast treat. Friends and family will never guess that refrigerated buttermilk biscuits are the base for these golden, jelly-filled doughnuts. —Ginny Watson, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake

I found this recipe in a newspaper and make it often. I like to bake this coffee cake when unexpected company stops in and I need something speedy to go with a cup of coffee. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Ginger Scones

I made these lovely scones one day when looking for a way to use up leftover pumpkin, and I was so excited with the results. I often use my food processor to stir up the dough just until it comes together. It’s so simple to prepare this way. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas

Apricot Cream Biscuits

Melt-in-your-mouth good when warm, these shortcut biscuits with a hint of orange prove that the right mix really can offer homemade taste. —Betty Saint Turner, Attalla, Alabama

Pecan Coffee Cake

My mom serves this nutty coffee cake for Christmas breakfast each year. The simple recipe is a big timesaver on such an event-filled morning. Everyone loves the crunchy topping. —Becky Wax, Tuscola, Illinois

Pumpkin Doughnut Drops

I always have a few special treats handy when the grandchildren visit. These cake doughnuts are one of their favorite snacks. —Beva Staum, Muscoda, Wisconsin

Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake

I make this moist cake for Christmas morning every year. It tastes like banana bread but has a sweet golden topping with a nutty crunch. —Gloria Friesen, Casper, Wyoming

Glazed Doughnut Holes

Here’s a simple recipe to create a colorful and fun breakfast—or snack! For the glaze, use any type of juice you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sour Cream Chip Muffins

Take one bite and you’ll see why I think these rich, tender muffins are the best I’ve ever tasted. Mint chocolate chips make them a big hit with my family and friends. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho

Apple Pear Coffee Cake

A friend gave me this apple pear coffee cake recipe to make for a breakfast I was hosting. The pan was empty before the breakfast was over! It’s one of my most-requested recipes, probably because it’s a bit different. —Joanne Hoschette, Paxton, Massachusetts

Cranberry Nut Muffins

These are delicious, beautiful muffins. I serve them during the holidays or anytime cranberries are available. The leftovers always make good breakfast treats. Through the years I’ve tried many cranberry recipes for bread and muffins, but this remains my family’s all-time favorite! —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Buttercup Squash Coffee Cake

Cappuccino Muffins

These are my favorite muffins to serve with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Not only are they great for breakfast, they make a tasty dessert or midnight snack. I get lots of recipe requests whenever I serve them. The espresso spread is also super on a bagel. —Janice Schulz, Racine, Wisconsin

Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

When I was a teacher, this recipe was recommended by one of my student’s parents. I’ve made it so many times, I can’t imagine hosting a brunch without it. Chocolate chips add sweet bursts of flavor to the rich and tender coffee cake. —Michelle Krzmarzick
Torrance, California

Raspberry Breakfast Braid

We also like using blackberries, Marionberries, a mixture of raspberries and blackberries, or all three in this quick and easy pastry. —Tressa Nicholls, Sandy, Oregon

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

While these are delicious year-round, you could easily turn them into an edible Christmas gift. They look festive on a decorative tray wrapped in red or green cellophane or tucked into a giveaway cookie plate. And don’t forget to include the recipe so your recipient can enjoy this treat over and over again! —Pat Schrand, Enterprise, Alabama

Monkey Bread

Both of my boys really enjoyed helping me make this butterscotch monkey bread when they were young. It seemed to taste twice as good when they helped fix it. It’s one of our favorites for breakfast or as a snack. —Carol Allen, McLeansboro, Illinois

Cherry Almond Streusel Scones

My kids and I love to mix the ingredients together and turn out these delicious scones. The tart cherries and the brown sugar and almond streusel complement the tender scones perfectly. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio

Monkey Bread Biscuits

I came up with an easy, savory—instead of sweet—dinner version of monkey bread featuring garlic and Italian seasoning. —Dana Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

Back when my children were youngsters, they loved these doughnut muffins as after-school treats or with Sunday brunch. —Sharon Pullen, Alvinston, Ontario

Lemon Blueberry Drop Scones

I enjoy serving these fruity scones for baby and bridal showers. They’re a bit lower in fat than most other scones, so you can indulge with little guilt. —Jacqueline Hendershot, Orange, California. Check out this drop scones recipe by Queen Elizabeth.

Chances are you’ve benefited from having a friend or family member who loves to bake. They’re always showing up with their latest creation, whether it’s a dozen of the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever had, a celebration cake speckled with sprinkles, or a loaf of bread with a tinge of warmth left from the oven. And who would you be not to encourage their delicious habit when it comes to gift-giving?

F&W Best New Chef Paola Velez — star of our fan-favorite YouTube series, Pastries with Paola — is a magician with sugar, flour, and fruit. We couldn’t have asked a savvier chef to help us wow aspiring bakers and veteran pastry chefs with a few of her picks. “When I’m shopping for the bakers in my life, I’m going all out,” she says. “I’m talking about all the tools I wish someone would buy for me!”

Tilit Recycled Work Chef Apron

Whether mixing cookies, shaping sourdough, or crafting buttercream flowers, a quality apron makes a big difference in both cleanliness and efficiency while baking. “When you wear an apron for a living, you learn what aspects matter most to you,” says Velez. “This Tilit apron checks all of the boxes for me — it’s super lightweight, has hip and chest pockets, and the soft straps won’t scratch your neck.”

Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet

I’m a firm believer that a baker can’t have too many sheet pans — the limit does not exist. If the baker in your life seemingly has everything, they probably still need more sheet pans. This Nordic Ware Bakers Half Sheet is the trial-tested best pick.

“In batch after batch of cookies, it yielded bottoms that were evenly browned and insides that were well-baked without requiring excessive tweaking with recipe times,” notes Food & Wine’s testers after over 30 hours of side-by-side sheet pan testing.

We tested a range of sheet pans for things like sturdiness, affordability, versatility, ease of use, reliability, conductivity, and value, and this one received top marks.

Price at time of publish: $23

Staub Enameled Cast Iron Fry Pan

This heavy-duty frying pan will last years — perhaps even decades. Choose between 10 and 12 inches and eight vibrant colors. “From pies to cornbread, a solid cast-iron pan can handle it all,” says Velez. “I like this sage green enameled version by Staub, which is photoshoot–ready and beautiful enough to sit on the stovetop year-round.”

Iconic American Desserts

Although by no means a new release, this cookbook from pastry chef Stella Parks is the one I most often recommend to everyone — but especially newer bakers. Parks writes with clear instructions and explanations, with many recipes offering troubleshooting tips for potential pratfalls. Volume and weight measurements are available on each recipe, though she’ll tell you at the top why she really encourages you to get a kitchen scale and convert to weight measurements if you haven’t already.

And for the types of recipes, Parks offers any classic you’d need, like a one-bowl chocolate cake, overnight cinnamon rolls, and the perfect buttercream, as well as recreations of classic American brands, like Oreos, Twinkies, and Fig Newtons. Nearly every entry has a section with suggestions how to substitute different flavors in your creations or even how to make a recipe vegan or gluten-free, making BraveTart a go-to for any baker.

Price at time of publish: $22

OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Food Scale with Pull-Out Display

First, think of the dishes you won’t clean by leaving your cup measures in the drawer. You simply won’t need them! But more importantly, weight is a more consistent way to precisely scale your ingredients, as human error and even temperature can affect volume measuring.

As such, this scale rocks. It offers both U.S. (ounce) and metric (grams), and the pull-out display means you’ll still be able to read the scale even with your biggest bowl. My favorite feature is the detachable stainless steel platform. I often use it to weigh bread dough directly on the scale; then, I can easily take the platform off and throw it in with my other dishes.

Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin

There’s something special and time-honored about hand-writing a recipe. If there’s a digital recipe I find myself returning to again and again, I’ll find myself compelled to write it down — what if my internet is down? Or it disappears from my favorite site? I shudder to think.

The Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin definitely leans into baking nostalgia in its designs, and it has a few for you to choose from. The sunny tin boxes feature a gold metallic interior and come with 24 two-sided recipe cards as well as 12 recipe dividers with sections like desserts (my most-used for obvious reasons), sauces, appetizers, breakfast, and more. And if 24 doesn’t cut it, Rifle has plenty more cute cards with which to supplement the set.

Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

File baking mats along with sheet pans in the “can’t have enough” category for bakers. This classic from Silpat is made from a nonstick combination of fiberglass mesh and food-grade silicone, and it’s good for temperatures up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

But many bakers find themselves using silicone mats for much more beyond the baking itself; they’re microwave- and freezer-safe, and they’re great for rolling out pie or pastry dough on — I prefer it to rolling dough out straight on my counter. Instead of trying to wipe away flour mess from my counter when I’m done, I can take the mat over to the sink to dump it there. Plus, I can move the whole thing with dough on it to my fridge or freezer to rest without disrupting more fragile dough if it gets too warm (a classic puff pastry struggle).

Price at time of publish: $16

Julie Hadley Handmade Wabi Sabi Ceramic Cake Stand

After spending (occasionally painstaking) time making a lovely cake or pie, it’s absolutely necessary to have the perfect platform on which to show it off.

“I love this handmade ceramic stand that’s perfectly imperfect and guaranteed to become a family heirloom,” says Velez. “It’s a simple and beautiful way to elevate your desserts that too many people aren’t willing to splurge on!”

We think it’s pretty enough to leave on display on a counter or shelf, even without dessert in it.

Antiques of Tomorrow Tapered French Rolling Pin

If the baker in your life makes a great deal of pies, puff pastry, sugar cookies, or laminated treats, do their wrists a favor and invest in a good tapered rolling pin for them. The dowel-style pin (as opposed to those with handles) gives bakers a better feel for their dough while also being ergonomically pleasing. Antiques of Tomorrow has several finishes available for their rolling pins, from cherry to white ash.

Price at time of publish: $30

Jacobsen Salt Co. Flake Finishing Sea Salt

The bakers who get it, get it. Flake salt might seem like it’s more cooking territory than baking, but a dessert is only as good as its salt, which enhances the sweetness in contrast.

Oregon-based Jacobsen Salt So. gathers its much-beloved flavor crystals from seawater in Netarts Bay, processing and hand-grading the flakes. You’ve likely seen chocolate chip cookies and brownies on social media adorned in the stuff, almost like sprinkles, and though I sometimes contend they use a bit much in the name of photos, I generally co-sign that idea. And you’ll be amazed how much mileage you can get out of a 4-ounce bag.

Price at time of publish: $18

Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

For the person who can never have enough cookbooks on their shelf, here’s another one to add to their collection. According to Velez, “This book from Toni ­Tipton-Martin chronicles over 200 years of Black culinary excellence, and I’ve come to especially appreciate the recipe for gingerbread with a bourbon Chantilly cream; it ties together unlikely ingredients in such a harmonious way.”

Price at time of publish: $20

GIR Spatula

It’s almost guaranteed that every baker has a favorite spatula. It’s heat-resistant, the perfect shape to scrape a bowl (even around a stand mixer attachment), dishwasher-safe, and, inevitably, it’s always dirty.

The GIR (Get It Right) spatula is bound to be a new favorite, and if your resident cookie maker already has one, they’ll welcome a second for when the first is in the dishwasher. The holy grail of baking equipment is made of silicone that’s heat-resistant up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit and comes in several colors and sizes. More spatulas, always.

Price at time of publish: $13

1Canoe2 Speckle Kitchen Towel Set

Tidy chefs and bakers will never have a towel out of arm’s reach, and more likely, it’s actually hanging from their apron tie. This set from 1Canoe2 is, frankly, cute, and the variety of colors makes them seasonally ambiguous (if your baker is the type of person to want to coordinate that kind of thing).

Fairly generously sized at 18 by 27.5 inches, the cotton towels include a loop to keep them snug on a drawer or oven handle, ensuring it’s clean and does not slide to the floor.

Janie’s Mill Special Someone Gift Box

This might be the best gift you could give the friend or family member who’s been sharing loaves of bread since they started making sourdough in 2020. The Illinois farm is renowned by Midwest bakeries for their fresh-milled flour, which provides more flavor and nutritional value than more standard bleached all-purpose flours found at grocers.

The set comes with Janie’s Dark Rye Flour, Silky Smooth Pastry Flour, Heirloom Turkey Red Flour, and All-Purpose Flour, each in 1.5 pound bags, as well as a stainless steel whisk, bowl scraper, and three recipe cards. The bags have icons on them indicating what the flour is best used for, so even someone who isn’t a pro in fresh-milled flours can get started on their way.

Price at time of publish: $25

Madewell Enamel Strawberry Huggie Hoop Earrings

There’s something inexplicably joy-inducing about a sprinkled dessert, and Fancy Sprinkles has established itself in the sprinkaholics community as a high-quality option. This particular celebratory blend of traditional sprinkles, stars, pearls, and more is fit for any cake or sugar cookie.

Verve Culture Citrus Juicer

Real bakers know the importance of a quality juicer to have on hand. “If you want to breeze through juicing a mountain of citrus for your next cake glaze or granita, this citrus press is a game changer,” says Velez. “Bonus: It’s an absolutely beautiful statement piece fit to display on any kitchen counter.” We couldn’t agree more.

A Good Day to Bake by Benjamina Ebuehi

In this book, Great British Baking Show alum Ebuehi proves that approachable baking doesn’t need to be simple or boring. A favorite of Gil Bouhana of Brooklyn Gin as well as F&W Food Editor Kelsey Youngman, this book posits that both everyday moments and celebrations alike are worthy of festive and fun baking.

Smeg Blender

Diner-style milkshakes are all but a given for this throwback-style blender from Smeg. But far from just being gimmicky, this model purees beautifully and pulverizes ice in seconds.

Breville Hand Mixer

Our favorite hand mixer is efficient, functional, and versatile, and it easily surpassed the others in our tests. The silicone-tipped beaters are a game changer. They not only scrape the bowl efficiently; they’re far quieter.

KitchenAid Bamboo Spatula

Is there any kitchen tool more unsung than the humble spatula? KitchenAid’s tools are heat-resistant and feature a handle made of strong bamboo.

Price at time of publish: $19

KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Bowl

We don’t need to sell you on the power and efficiency of this famed mixer. But rather than opt for the standard steel bowl, why not mix it up (pun intended) with the more out-of-the-box floral-printed ceramic version? It adds a sweet retro touch to any kitchen.

Recipes Inspired by Nature by Thalia Ho

“I’ve been baking all of my life, and every so often, I struggle to find sources of inspiration. But, this cookbook from Thalia Ho will truly always spark something in me. It’s filled with delicate imagery and ethereal desserts that take you on a journey through each season.” — Kristin Montemarano, Commerce Food Writer

The Research

After extensively researching this topic, we spoke to pastry chefs for their recommendations on the best gifts for bakers on the market. Each product on this list was suggested and vetted by experts. We then read hundreds of reviews, compared their responses, and created our final lineup.

Our Expertise

Lauren Quick, a food writer and pastry chef with her own cottage bakery (Jean June Pastry), curated this list of high-quality items anyone from home bakers to professional chefs will use frequently and appreciate. And frankly, some of these gifts are on her wishlist this season.

All of these baking gifts are items I own or are products I see with wonderful reviews. None of this is sponsored– truly just items I love! Some of these links are affiliate links.

Baking Gifts from Small Business/Individual Shops

So many unique and even personalized baking gifts in this list!

  • Family Favorite Recipes Binder – Keep your family’s favorite handwritten and printed recipes in this lovely (and practical!) binder.
  • Baking Notebook – I use notebooks to jot down all of my results when baking recipes. Great way to remember all the info as you work on a recipe!
  • Recipe Card Tea Towel – Turn your beloved handwritten family recipe into a tea towel.
  • Personalized Notecards – These are simply adorable (so is this greeting card!) with so many colors to choose from.
  • I’m a Whisk Taker Mug – Gift it with homemade vanilla sugar for morning coffee!
  • Personalized Cookie Tins – A beautiful way to store or transport homemade goodies. I love these “from the kitchen of” tags, too.
  • Personalized Serving Platter – Would be a perfect wedding gift as well.
  • Happiness is Homemade Wooden Sign – A sweet addition to the kitchen or home.
  • Pieces of Cake Wall Art – Brighten up a kitchen wall with this fun art.
  • Life is What You Bake It Print – I have several prints from this Etsy shop. So much beautiful artwork.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Candle – Home smells like cookies even when you’re not baking!
  • Sunflower Stand Mixer Decals – Add a little pizzazz to a stand mixer! These cherry decals and donut decals are also fun.
  • Cookie Lady Shirt – My favorite! So is this “I can’t, I have cookies to bake” shirt. And I love this Baking Heart Shirt too. All very comfortable.

Thoughtful Baking Gifts & Sets

We threw together some various items that, together, make a thoughtful and complete set!

  • Cookie Baking Set – Start with these baking sheets— a staple in my kitchen. They’re durable, don’t warp, and cool quickly. Pair with parchment paper sheets or a baking mat, cookie scoops, and a cooling rack for a complete gift. (I love using this lasagna turner as a cookie spatula, too!)
  • Cake Decorating Set – Start with the best round cake pans, either these 9-inch cake pans or these 8-inch cake pans. Add a cake turntable (because cake decorating is so much easier with a turntable!), this scraper for smoothing icing, this icing comb for textured icing, and/or these icing spatulas.
  • 55 Piece Decorating Tips Set – Start with this Wilton decorating tip kit. For cupcake decorating, I use the star tips or tip 352 for piping leaves & petals like these sunflower cupcakes. For sugar cookie decorating, I use round tips 1 – 5. I also highly recommend Wilton 1M, which is not included in the set but it’s the most common for decorating cupcakes. To complete this entire gift, add piping bags (reusable or disposable) and a monogrammed spatula too.
  • 12 Piece Piping Tips Set – This piping tips set includes some of the most common decorating tips (including Wilton 1M) for cakes and cupcakes, plus it includes piping bags. Add a turquoise cake stand to complete the gift. (Comes in a couple other colors too!)
  • Food Coloring Set – Pair any decorating supplies with this Americolor gel paste kit. I love the quality of Americolor gel food coloring, plus the colors are vibrant and beautiful.
  • Pie Baking Set – Start with a quality pie dish (it’s my go-to, favorite one). Complete the gift with a pastry cutter, pie weights, pastry brush, and a pie crust shield.
  • Baking Pan Set – Second to baking sheets, a 9×13 inch pan is the most common and practical pan to own because it’s useful for sheet cakes, bars, brownies, and more. Add a loaf pan, springform pan, and 9×9 inch pan to complete the set.
  • Cake Decorating Supplies Set – I don’t own this, but it seems to have everything included! What a wonderful gift for beginner cake decorators.

General Baking Supplies

This section includes standard baking tools that my team and I own and highly recommend. If you’re shopping for a beginner baker or are looking to stock your kitchen with high-rated baking supplies, start here.

  • Stand Mixer – A classic gift for any baker! The Matte Blue Velvet is a newer shade and absolutely gorgeous in person.
  • KitchenAid Hand Mixer – I typically reach for this mixer over my stand mixer for quick recipes or when I’m in a rush (unless I’m making something that truly necessitates the power of a stand mixer). 5 speeds is perfect– I don’t think more speed options is particularly necessary.
  • Glass Mixing Bowls – A staple in my kitchen. I switch between glass mixing bowls and these OXO stainless steel bowls.
  • Rainbow Colored Bowls – I own and LOVE these. They conveniently come with lids!
  • Cookie Scoops – Purchase all 3 sizes. I use the small for small cookies, truffles, and as a melon baller. I use the medium for cookies and the large is wonderful for large cookies, ice cream, and shaping meatballs.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – This magnetic set keeps everything together– no missing cups or spoons.
  • Food Processor – I love that there are 2 conveniently sized containers for processing. I use mine for nuts, pesto, sauces, graham cracker crusts, and more.
  • Kitchen Scale – This is by far the most important tool in my kitchen. Precision is everything and that slight mis-measure could spell baking disaster. I also recommend an oven thermometer for accuracy.
  • Flour & Sugar Storage Containers – I highly recommend these. They snap shut so ingredients stay fresh. I own 6 for various flours and sugars.
  • Fun Spatulas – Spatulas are a fun add-on to any baking related gift. These colorful mini spatulas are adorable!
  • Nonstick Kitchen Utensils – Great quality and easy to hold/handle.
  • Adjustable Rolling Pin – The adjustable discs make it easy to roll any thickness– no more uneven dough.
  • Oven Mitt – I own and love the navy, pink, and sage green.
  • Mini Whisks Set – Great for smaller bowls or even little helpers’ hands.

Specialty Baking Supplies

  • Donut Pan – I also love this heart shaped donut pan and mini donut pan.
  • A Classic Bundt Pan – Nordic Ware is classic quality! And this Bundt pan comes with a Bundt cake keeper for storing your leftover cake.
  • Bundtlette/Mini Bundt Pan – Just something fun a baker may not already have. (Tip: Generously grease them so cakes come out nicely!)
  • Beautiful Casserole Dish – I have a few items from this line and the color is stunning!
  • Le Creuset Dutch Oven – A splurge! Great for no knead breads, soups, stews, and more.
  • A Year of Cookie Cutters – This cookie cutter set is perfect for all seasons.
  • Cookie Stamps – These are such a wonderful alternative to cookie cutters and come in such a variety of different patterns like these geometric cookie stamps and greetings cookie stamps.
  • Mini Loaf Pan – You can turn any quick bread recipe into mini loaves when using this pan. Simply reduce the baking time from your favorite quick bread recipe, like banana bread or zucchini bread.
  • 9-Inch Tart Pan for tarts. I love this one because it’s quality for the price and has a removable bottom, convenient for easy cutting and serving.

Here is my Full List of Recommended Baking Pans.

Carriers & Cake Stands

Transporting and displaying your baked goods isn’t always at the top of the mind, so these accessories are majorly helpful to have on hand!

  • Cupcake Carrier – Great for cupcakes but also for cookies! I also own and love this cupcake carrier too.
  • Cake Carrier – I like to place decorated cakes and cupcakes in these carriers and store them in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
  • Bakery Boxes – I’ve tried many brands and keep coming back to these for when I’m gifting my baked goods to others, especially around the holidays.
  • Farmhouse Style Tiered Dessert Tray – Own and love this. I often put my produce on it and have it displayed on the counter as a “fruit basket” of sorts. Always receives compliments!
  • Wood & Marble Cake Stand – I use this cake stand most! It’s simple yet elegant and heavy duty.
  • Glass Covered Cake Stand – Always nice to have a lid over your baked goods when storing/transporting.
  • Wood Serving Boards – I own all 3 sizes and use them for cakes, cupcakes, muffins, charcuterie, fruit, and more. They’re beautiful in person.

Spread sweetness with baking gifts like a tablet stand, games, aprons, and more!

  • Marble Cookbook & Tablet Stand – A welcome addition to any kitchen.
  • Wood Cookbook Stand with Shield – To protect your cookbook from splatters and messes!
  • Life is Sweet Puzzle – A fun activity for the entire family.
  • Hasty Baker Game – Have fun collecting ingredient cards and finishing your recipe first in this family-friendly game.
  • Baking Over Cooking Art – Would certainly spruce up an empty wall in your home.
  • Quality Apron in Many Colors – I have the spruce color. I have a lot of aprons and this is a high quality, durable apron for a fraction of the price of some overly fancy aprons.
  • Floral Apron – My favorite! And you can pair with the matching oven mitt. (I find the oven mitt a little stiff and you really need to break it in.)
  • Cupcake Earrings – Because, of course. And here are strawberry earrings too!

Baking Gifts For Young Bakers

These ideas are wonderful for aspiring young bakers! We have and love many from this list.

  • Young + Wild and Friedman Play Dough Baking Kit – A baking themed sensory activity for kids of all ages.
  • Milk & Cookies Pajama Set – Little bakers will love these soft and cozy pajamas!
  • Personalized Kids Apron – Such a special gift for real kitchen help or play kitchen fun.
  • Matching Baking Aprons – Adorable yet functional matching aprons for you and your assistant baker! And these dog and cat aprons are adorable.
  • Ice Cream Sidewalk Chalk – We had a lot of fun with this set!
  • Intro to Baking Set – Tools for young bakers made for real kitchen use. Gift with The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen.
  • Play Cupcake Set – My daughters have this and LOVE it. It’s complete with toy baking utensils and cloth cupcakes. We love these Green Toys cupcakes too! This imaginary play baking bundle includes a cute apron.
  • Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set – For little ones who already enjoy spending time in the kitchen (try this make a cake mixer set, too!).
  • Play Kitchen – Let imaginations soar in this play kitchen.
  • Play Oven – We have and love this. It’s smaller than most play kitchens, which is great if you don’t have a lot of space.
  • Cookie Board Book and Stir Crack Whisk Bake by America’s Test Kitchen.


More Baking Tool Recommendations

Photo: Blaine Moats

Bring the aromas of your favorite bakery home with our pastry recipes. If you’re a beginner, don’t be intimidated. Pastry dishes always start with a dough consisting of flour, water, and solid fat (which can be shortening, butter, or lard). Some common examples include pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, Danishes, and scones. Here’s a handful of our favorite recipes, including some easy shortcuts, such as frozen puff pastry or refrigerated piecrust.

Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries

Attention blueberry-lovers: These flaky breakfast pastries are full of your favorite bite-size berries. Give them a spread made with cream cheese, vanilla, and lemon juice for a sweet-tart kickoff to the day.

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

We’re letting you in on the secret ingredient to the most fluffy, delicious cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste—potatoes. That’s right, this top-rated recipe from our Test Kitchen uses mashed potatoes to achieve the ultimate soft, pillowy rolls you know and love.

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Layers of light and flaky puff pastry sheets, spiced apple slices, and cream cheese fill this Danish pastry recipe. Save yourself some prep time and skip a step by substituting canned apple pie filling for the spiced apples.

Almond and Vanilla Bean Scones

These rich, moist scones get their incredible flavor from almond extract and vanilla-bean paste. To ease cutting the pastry dough, cover it with plastic wrap and freeze for 20 minutes before slicing. You can also freeze the dough up to two months for delicious homemade pastries at a moment’s notice.

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Cream Cheese Danishes

The key to creating a flaky pastry, like this classic Danish, is all about the puff pastry. Luckily, the frozen version at your grocery store is delicious, and definitely worth buying as a shortcut. Top this easy breakfast recipe with your favorite fruit preserves.

Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart

This delicious pastry recipe is a showstopping brunch treat or dessert that only looks complicated. It takes a mere 10 minutes of hands-on time to get this sweet and tangy tart together. The candied lemons are also easy to make and are an impressive topper.

Make easy work of these sweet pastries—a plastic bag quickly pipes a homemade chocolate filling into purchased cannoli shells. Look for the shells at Italian grocery stores and larger supermarkets.

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Here our homemade strawberry jam is infused with cardamom for a zesty take. Stuffed inside a flaky pastry and drizzled with powdered sugar icing, this is a breakfast recipe that’s sweet enough for dessert.

Rustic Blood Orange Tart with Salted Pecan Crust

Add some nutty flavor to your dough with toasted pecans. Blood oranges make a tangy filling and beautiful presentation. Just remove the white pith from the citrus, as it tends to have a bitter taste.

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Stuffed Churro Puffs

Some flavors were just meant to be paired, such as the dulce de leche that stuffs these churro-inspired cream puffs. If you’ve never made choux pastry, watch our video to show you how easy it is to make from scratch.

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Serve these delicious apple pastry bars to really win over the breakfast guests. You’ll love that the recipe can make 32 bars, and they’ll love the crunch of the hidden layer of cornflakes.

This classic pastry recipe from the 1953 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book is our favorite. We’ve updated the donuts to use butter (and more of it) instead of shortening, but kept its classic cinnamon-nutmeg spice.

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French Market Beignets

Originally developed in New Orleans, these elegant, fried French pastries are dusted with a generous coating of powdered sugar. Fun fact: The word “beignet” is actually French for “fritter.”

Start with purchased crescent roll dough to make these tender, rich pastries in just 35 minutes. A dark filling of almond paste and chocolate makes these treats bakery-worthy.

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The 350-watt Delish by DASH Compact Stand Mixer weighs less than five pounds, making it easy to move around the kitchen. An adjustable slide allows you to move the stainless steel bowl side to side when adding ingredients. Plus, beaters and dough hooks are included.

Nashco Measuring Conversion Magnet

They’ll never worry about cooking conversions again with the Nashco Measuring Conversion Magnet. Just stick this convenient five-by-seven-inch magnet onto their fridge to use as a hands-free guide to converting various units of measurement, including ounces, pounds, teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, gallons, and grams. (Seriously—outside of the meaning of life, it has everything a baker could possibly need to know.)

Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Oval Dutch Oven

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Bakers worth their salt are pretty much contractually obligated to own a Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Oval Dutch Oven. (O.K., maybe not literally, but still, they should have one!) Whether you choose a Dutch oven in a sunny color like Nectar (seen here) or a beautiful deep green like Artichaut, you’ll know your bread will turn out great every time you use this heirloom-quality cookware.

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It doesn’t get more cottage core than the Oma Marta Dandelion Embossed Rolling Pin from Latvian Etsy shop Oma Marta. Crafted from beechwood and hand-oiled, this intricately-engraved rolling pin makes the prettiest and most uniform cookies ever. Just be careful not to put it in the dishwasher so it can retain its quality and beauty for years to come.

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Sunday brunch just got easier. The Delish by Dash Waffle Bite Maker can make up to nine bite-sized mini waffles. Though its Bakelite and aluminum construction means this cute little iron requires hand-washing, we think the extra effort is worth having plenty of light, fluffy waffles at your fingertip.

Delish by Dash Donut Maker

You haven’t lived until you’ve sampled a hot, freshly made donut—lucky for you, the Delish by Dash Donut Maker is as light and delightful as the (seven!) donuts it can make. Just pour your favorite batter into the nonstick molds, wait a few minutes, then frost and enjoy! Your fave (aka Krispy Kreme) could never.

Bread Warming Blanket

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You spend all that time baking bread, it’s only right that slices be warm when you serve them. This Bread Warming Blanket has a removable heating pack that you insert in and wrap around your loaf to make every bite count. If you’re looking for a way to butter up your favorite baker, this is it.

Delish Coming In Hot Apron

We may be a bit biased, but we think our Coming In Hot Apron is the perfect apron for the baker with some great hot cross buns. (Wink, wink.) Constructed of durable canvas, its design boasts adjustable straps and two front pockets to carry your phone or kitchen tools. This sturdy, unisex apron will have you covered as you bake your way through any recipe.

Delish Baking is my Therapy Tote Bag

Rep your favorite hobby with this fun tote bag by Delish. It’s 18 by 18 inches, which is large enough to fit your favorite cookbooks.

BrittanyMadeThis Rap Lyrics Kitchen Set

Decorate your kitchen and show off your swag at the same time with this BrittanyMadeThis Rap Lyrics Kitchen Set. One set of these hand-lettered typographic prints includes your choice of four clever music-themed baking puns, including “Don’t want none unless you got buns, hon,” “Rollin’ with the homies,” and “It’s getting hot in here.” Keep in mind, however, that these prints don’t come framed (giving you the opportunity to perfectly match them to your kitchen decor).

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This sleek and sizable Fox Run Marble Rolling Pin is as pretty as it is practical, with a 10-inch rolling surface, two comfortable wood handles, and a wooden resting base. Unlike other rolling pin materials, marble is more durable and offers natural non-stick properties, so your pizza, pastry, and cookie dough will stay cool and won’t get stuck to the pin. However, the real key characteristic of this valuable kitchen tool is on the inside—it features nylon ball bearings for the smoothest rolling experience ever.

Prairie Hills Pottery Engraved Quiche Pie Pan

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Every great recipe has one ingredient in common: Love. This Engraved Quiche Pie Pan from Wisconsin-based Prairie Hills Pottery is a great way to show your favorite baker how much you care. This personalized ceramic pie plate is oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe, but you can also hang it in your kitchen or place it on a plate stand to honor that family member who made such an impact on your life (and your love of cooking).

Enesco Sesame Street Cookie Dunk Mug

Does a lack of snacks turn you into a grouch? Fight hangry spells with this dishwasher- and microwave-safe Enesco Sesame Street Cookie Dunk Mug. Before you stuff your own face with your favorite cookies, you can stuff Oscar’s using the incorporated cookie slot. Some store-bought cookies might be a tight squeeze, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our favorite cookie recipes.

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Every true fan of The Great British Baking Show knows that before there was Prue Leith, there was everyone’s favorite T.V. grandma, Mary Berry. Her Baking Bible is filled to the brim with 250 foolproof recipes, from her famous Victoria Sponge to an assortment of muffins and scones.

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Brighten up someone’s day with our colorful assortment of kitchen tools. Our 16-Piece Utensil Set has everything a baker needs in their arsenal, including: a pair of tongs, a whisk, six measuring cups, a peeler, a spatula, and six measuring spoons. But that’s not even the best part—all of these silicone tools are dishwasher-safe!

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Who knew an apron could look so chic? PCB Home’s hand-crafted What’s Cookin Good Lookin’ Apron features one-of-a-kind calligraphy, three front pockets, and a dainty cross back silhouette. Plus, the design is directly printed onto this 100-percent unbleached cotton apron using eco-friendly, water-based inks, so you can wash it whenever without worrying about it peeling or fading.

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Split Decision Pie Pan

Chocolate or vanilla? Cake or pie? When you can’t decide, have both! The Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Split Decision Pie Pan gives you the freedom to mix things up by baking two different desserts at once thanks to its removable divider. Not only that, but the bottom is removable to prevent any unfortunate crust-related mishaps when you’re ready to serve.

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

These sweet-and-salty handhelds, made with sugar-free peanut butter, keep in the freezer for up to three months. (That means you can bake some whenever you get a craving.) Bonus: You probably have everything you need to make them already on hand.

Blackberry Jam Pie-Crust Straws

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, make ahead

For those days when you’re craving pie but have no time to bake one. (Store-bought puff pastry to the rescue!) You can thank us later.

Cookies-and-Cream Shortbread Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, make ahead

Think of them as classy homemade Oreos. Your kids will love finding one in their lunchboxes.

Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

This dessert is inspired by light-as-clouds semlor, a yeasted Swedish cake. Cardamom makes the cake delightfully fragrant.

Chocolate Skillet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

The secret ingredient in this ooey-gooey masterpiece? Freshly brewed coffee, for a bold kick. It enhances the rich cocoa flavor.

Gluten-Free Apple Rose Tart

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, special occasion-worthy, make ahead

Well, well, well. Aren’t you ambitious? (JK, the apple roses are easier to assemble than you’d think.)

Chrissy Teigen’s 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

Crowned with salted crisped rice-hazelnut crackle for good measure (and whipped cream, of course).

Blackberry-Raspberry Skillet Cobbler

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Way less work than crimping and blind-baking a homemade pie crust, but every bit as satisfying. It’s a great way to use your farmers market berry haul come summer.

Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, one pan, crowd-pleaser

Your cast iron skillet basically guarantees crispy edges and a fluffy center, aka the perfect cake.

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

In case you simply can’t be trusted around a whole fresh batch, this quick confection will hit the spot without tempting you for days.

Homemade Toaster Pastries

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

Pillsbury has nothing on these beauties. Consider them your picky kids’ new favorite breakfast.

Dessert Nachos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Trade baking for frying and you’ve got cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips with a slew of sweet fixings.

Lemon Meringue Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Rubbing lemon zest into the sugar helps release more of its natural citrus flavor into the cookies.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, no-bake, gluten free

The best impromptu baking recipes are those that require no baking at all. We’re looking at you, cheater’s fudge.

Cranberry Apple Danish

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Warning: Your brunch guests will think you scored these at a posh local café. Let the compliments roll in.

Giant Cinnamon Roll

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Less is more—unless we’re talking about breakfast pastries. (And two-ingredient vanilla icing.)

Brown Sugar-Pear Puff Pastries

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

They’re destined to be the finale of your Thanksgiving feast. Can you believe they start with store-bought dough?

Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

The key to this fall-inspired cake is boiling apple cider until it reduces into a highly concentrated, flavorful syrup. One bite, and it’ll become your new favorite lazy Sunday baking project in the fall.

Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, kid-friendly

These have Valentine’s Day goody bags written all over them, but they’d also make a great hostess gift for any occasion.

Glazed Doughnut Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly, make ahead

C’mon, how ridiculously adorable are these Homer Simpson doughnut doppelgangers? They’re basically edible emojis.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, no-bake, gluten free

You only need six ingredients and a couple hours to pull off this sophisticated Italian treat. We feel a dinner party coming on.

Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, no-bake, gluten free

If you’ve been devastated by deflated soufflé before, fret not. This one comes together in the freezer instead of the oven.

Spiced Palmiers

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

On the hunt for a weekend baking project? Look no further than this impressive pick, starring homemade puff pastry.

Triple Cookie Skillet Pie

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, one pan, beginner-friendly

Something tells us your kids won’t want birthday cake for their next party once they catch wind of this triple threat.

Coconut Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, <10 ingredients

They taste like a blissful combo of sugar cookies and coconut macaroons, and we’re here for it.

10-Minute Caramel Apple Baked Brie

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <30 minutes, gluten free

Keep this Brie recipe in your back pocket for the next time your in-laws make an unexpected visit—it’s just fancy-looking enough.

Classic Banana Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, kid-friendly

Just in case quarantine hasn’t turned you into a total pro yet, this banana bread is impeccably moist and pretty darn foolproof.

Neapolitan Pie

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

This tri-flavored custard pie, layered with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry fillings, is peak nostalgia.

Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

If you’re a sucker for all things sweet and salty, add this stunner to your to-bake list, stat.

Homemade Milano Cookies

Caramel Almond Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Slivered almonds + sugar = a sweet, crunchy caramel crust that will impress every guest imaginable.

Cardamom Crème Brûlée

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, <10 ingredients, gluen free

Be sure to steep whole cardamom pods—not ground cardamom—in the cream to give the custard its warm, soothing flavor.

Brownie Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, make ahead

Let your kids top them off with marshmallows right before they finish baking, so they can watch them melt in the oven.

3-Ingredient Brigadeiro

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes (includes chilling)
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, gluten free, <10 ingredients

These Brazilian sweets are dangerously poppable, not to mention a breeze to make. Take your pick of classic chocolate and unexpected strawberry milk.

Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, gluten free, no-bake, special occasion-worthy

Table this pear-y chic idea (sorry) for your next fancy dinner. All it takes is simmering the fruit in spiced wine until tender.

Microwave Double Chocolate Cake Bowl

Cassava flour, maple syrup and coconut whipped cream keep this 10-minute wonder Paleo-friendly.

No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no-bake, gluten free, vegan, special occasion-worthy

A sprinkling of rose tea is a great substitute if you don’t have dried rose petals in the spice cabinet (or don’t feel like searching for them at the store).

Grapefruit Meringue Stacks

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, special occasion-worthy

Sweet, airy meringues layered with tart, five-ingredient grapefruit curd? Don’t mind if we do.

Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

Sticky toffee pudding, a holiday date spongecake from Britain, was long overdue for an upgrade. This one boasts thick honey-butter caramel.

Giant Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <30 minutes, kid-friendly, make ahead

They’re soft and chewy like the O.G., but also rolled in sugar before baking for crunchy, caramelized bottoms.

Skillet Peach Cobbler

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, one pan

Make this for every summer barbecue you ever throw and boom: You’re the hostess with the mostest.

Caramel Coconut Macaroons

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

A simple caramel sauce sweetens the cookies and gives them a killer burnt sugar flavor. Feel free to dip them in dark chocolate or top them with flaky salt.

Puff Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

It’s as easy as crinkling store-bought dough into a skillet, plopping in fresh plums and letting your oven do the rest.

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