70 Fun Things to Bake When You’re Bored and Craving Something Sweet

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And since you’ll likely be taking these treats with you on the go, we’ve made sure that they’re all easy to transfer. Whether you make a big batch of blondies and sell slices individually or package up your favorite cookie recipes in cellophane for a grab-and-go treat, these ideas are perfect for any situation. With this collection of bake sale recipes, you’ll find crowd-pleasing favorites like cowboy cookies and peanut butter blossoms, plus plenty of fall treats that are perfect for the start of the school year. Try the apple pie bars, the Halloween cheesecake bars, or the pumpkin spice muffins—and any leftovers can double as an after-school snack! No matter which bake sale recipe you choose, these goodies are sure to become instant bestsellers.

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Even realtors know that there’s nothing that makes a house feel like a home as much as the smell of freshly baked goods. That’s why they always use cookie-scented candles or pop a pie in the oven right before showing a new listing. A plate of fancy and delicious stuffed cookies sitting on the counter is oh-so inviting, and who can resist an artsy watercolor cake? But just like we sometimes can’t resist classic comfort foods like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, nothing hits the spot like old-fashioned baked goods made from scratch. Learn how to make these 17 bakery favorites, and even your walk-up studio apartment will feel like the cozy home of your dreams.

Sourdough Bread

Everyone loves a good sourdough, and it’s one of the most popular breads for making at home. This beginner-friendly recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to give homemade breadmaking a try. (Brit + Co)

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nothing tastes or smells as good as a freshly baking batch of chocolate chip cookies. Master the recipe for yourself, and you’ll never suffer through mediocre grocery store cookies again. (viaPinch of Yum).

Chocolate Cake

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We dare you to find someone who wouldn’t have a difficult time resisting this chocolate cake. It looks fancy, but it’s a go-to for any baker who loves chocolate and wants to impress a crowd. Did we mention it’s made with red wine and pears for an uber-romantic vibe? (via Brit + Co)

One Bowl Chewy Brownies


Clear your cupboards of those old boxed mixes, because it’s all about brownies made from scratch. This one-bowl recipe makes it easy to churn out batch after batch of chewy, chocolaty brownies. (via Nourish and Fete)

Blueberry Muffins

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Save money at the coffee shop by learning how to make blueberry muffins at home. Top them with a tangy and sweet yogurt glaze and they’ll taste like the work of a pro. (viaSue Bee Homemaker)

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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Perfect for when you have guests in town, this easy cinnamon coffee cake can be snacked on all day. Set it out at breakfast, but don’t be surprised if you end up eating some with your afternoon tea and as a midnight snack too. (via Sugar Spun Run)

Lemon Bars

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Tangy lemon curd nestled on a buttery shortbread crust will brighten up any dessert table. The blend of sweet and tart flavors and creamy and crispy textures makes it hard to stop snacking. (via I Knead to Eat)

Banana Bread

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Banana bread is a good recipe to have up your sleeve. Not only does it make for an easy but impressive addition to brunch; it’s also the best way to use up any bananas that are past their prime. (via Saving Room for Dessert)

Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

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Sweet enough to be dessert but full of breakfast flavors, sticky buns transform even the dullest mornings into a celebration. And once you taste them made from scratch (no canned dough here, people), there’ll be no turning back. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Classic Yellow Funfetti Cake

Homemade baked goods don’t have to be a serious culinary affair. This colorful funfetti cake will bring back childhood memories, and remind you that eating the cake is just as fun as making it. (via Neurotic Baker)

Parker House Rolls


Make your meals better by serving them with a side of fluffy homemade rolls. Parker House Rolls have buttered tops that are sprinkled with salt, contrasting with their slightly sweet insides. (via Chef de Home)

Butterscotch Blondies With Walnuts


After you learn to make brownies, you’ve got to get a handle on their chocolate-free counterpart. Sweet like toffee, chewy butterscotch blondies are best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (via Munaty Cooking)



Snickerdoodles are one step above a plain sugar cookie. A sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar somehow renders them even more irresistible than the classic frosted lofthouse cookie. (viaVeronika’s Kitchen)

Homemade Soft Pretzels


Soft pretzels are the bomb, but when you get them at ballgames or carnivals, they’re often dried out and stale. Not so when you make them at home — every bite is moist, soft, and chewy, and best served with plenty of mustard. (via Chef de Home)

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You did it! All the cookies have been baked and the festive cakes consumed. You might be asking yourself, “What’s next on the baking agenda?” If you’re coming up blank, don’t fret. This month is actually a sneaky great time to bake: With winter weather settled in, it’s time to hunker down and tackle a project bake you’ve always wanted to try. Or use this time to bake all the recipes you were dying to make while cookies and candies took up your time in December.  

To inspire you, I’m sharing my favorite recipes — from hearty entrées to breakfast treats to sweet indulgences — to keep you and your family warm and well-fed this month.  

Plate of mocha whoopie pies on a table.

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Make your coffee break extra-special with coffee-infused Mocha Whoopie Pies.

1) Mocha Whoopie Pies  

Embrace the darker side of winter with these devilishly dark whoopie pies. They feature espresso-enhanced cake rounds sandwiched around a rich chocolate ganache filling. Pair with a warm mug of hot cocoa or your favorite cup of coffee. 

A popover torn open with jam spread on top.

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Popovers are a fun way to liven up your normal breakfast routine.

2) Popovers 

If you think it’s difficult to whip up freshly baked treats on a cold winter morning, think again. I love popovers for their simplicity — they’re made with only four ingredients and five minutes of prep time — and their versatility. Serve with jam for breakfast (my preferred way) or in the breadbasket for dinner. Heed my warning: Keep that oven door closed while baking! If you open the door, the popovers may not fully “pop,” ruining the “whoa-you-made-those?!” effect these tend to elicit.  

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Chicken and Dumplings are the ultimate comfort food for cold winter nights.

3) Chicken and Dumplings 

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I have a soft spot for this variation of the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. (I even remember eating it in my elementary school cafeteria when I was a little girl.) This quick and easy recipe features fluffy, homemade dumplings (made even easier with self-rising flour!) that sit atop a flavorful chicken soup-style filling. A one-pot recipe, it’s perfect for your Dutch oven.  

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Discover the sweet surprise tucked inside these stuffed cookies.

4) Salted Caramel Stuffed Cookie 

A mashup of an oatmeal cookie, coffee cake, and muffin, these impressive cookies are stuffed with warm, gooey caramel for the ultimate decadent dessert. Senior Recipe Developer Molly Marzalek-Kelly spent countless hours perfecting the ratio of cookie to caramel to streusel topping, and she nailed it. Unlike your average cookie, they’re baked in a muffin pan to ensure they’re adorably chubby and perfectly round.  

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Experience potato perfection with Classic Scalloped Potatoes.

5) Classic Scalloped Potatoes  

This recipe is simple to make, quite affordable, and makes a lot. With layers of thinly sliced, tender potatoes and a creamy sauce made with just flour, milk, and butter, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better way to eat these seasonal tubers. 

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Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa gives these Fudge Brownies their irresistible chocolatiness.

6) Fudge Brownies  

I have baked numerous batches of brownies, and I keep returning to this recipe. They’re easy to make and taste so much better than boxed. This recipe also taught me how to accomplish the perfect shiny crust quintessential to a picture-perfect brownie. (The secret? Chocolate chips!) There’s a reason these brownies are beloved by everyone at King Arthur — they’re simply the best. 

7) Cinnamon-Sugar Crunch Bagels 

We’ve got Recipe of the Year on the mind since our 2023 recipe, Cinnamon-Crisp Coffee Cake, just made its debut. This sweet bagel recipe is a twist on our 2022 Recipe of the Year Ultimate Sandwich Bagels — and the well-loved Cinnamon Crunch Bagel from Panera. It’s distinguished by its spectacularly crunchy crust, made from a streusel topping that shatters with every bite and includes coarse sparkling sugar for a sprinkle-like crunch.   

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Add an extra sprinkle of cheese to this savory quiche right before baking for extra flavor.

8) Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Quiche  

I love quiche for its versatility, and this recipe is no exception. Butternut squash and aromatic herbs provide a rich, earthy, comforting flavor, but you can just as easily substitute other winter squashes or vegetables you have on hand. Baked in a buttery, flaky pie crust with a creamy custard filling, it’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dinner.  

Finished Chocolate Cream Pie with whipped cream on top.

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This Chocolate Cream Pie will satisfy any chocolate lover.

9) Chocolate Cream Pie 

The silky-smooth chocolate filling is what really takes this luscious pie over the top. Crowned with lightly sweetened whipped cream reminiscent of a blanket of fresh snow, this pie is a diner staple that’s even better when made at home. Add some shaved chocolate on top for an elegant touch. Make sure to check out our vegan-friendly version too: No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Pie

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Prep this bread the night before and bake it fresh in the morning.

10) No-Knead Harvest Bread 

Made with whole grains, dried fruit, and nuts, this hearty bread is hands down my favorite bread to toast for breakfast. It packs flavor and texture and needs only a small smattering of butter to bring out all its flavors. No-knead breads are also some of the easiest you’ll ever make thanks to the longer resting times that replace kneading.  

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Homemade Pierogi beat store-bought every time.

11) Homemade Pierogi 

These little pockets of mashed potatoes and cheese are a recipe to put on repeat all winter long. They’re easy to make, and you can customize your fillings based on your taste — sauerkraut is my personal favorite. Serve them like I do, with a dollop of sour cream. 

One slice of Kouign-amann on a plate with a cup of coffee nearby.

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Kouign-Amann is a classic sweet and flaky pastry that’s worth making at home.

12) Classic Kouign-Amann (Breton Butter Cake)  

If you’re snowed in and want a baking project, give this traditional French cake a whirl. Kouign-amann translates to “butter cake,” and for good reason. Like a croissant, it’s made by layering dough with sheets of butter, creating delicate layers that melt in your mouth — but with the pleasant addition of sugar in each of those layers. This recipe is a great place to start if you’re new to laminated doughs, as it’s very forgiving.  

Large plate of Tahini-Scallion Rolls.

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The addition of chili crisp gives these savory rolls a spicy punch.

13) Tahini-Scallion Rolls 

These rolls are unlike any I’ve had before. Creamy tahini lends a slightly nutty flavor that sets them apart from your average dinner roll, while the scallions add a somewhat peppery flavor. I like to sprinkle Everything Bagel Topping on top for added flavor and crunch. (And if you like tahini, don’t miss this Tahini Poppy Seed Pound Cake.)  

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Hot bread is delicious, and with the addition of hot cheese in these crusty loaves, it’s even better.

14) Gruyère-Stuffed Crusty Loaves 

Filled with melty Gruyère cheese and pizza seasoning, these crusty loaves are just what every dinner table needs. I like to utilize the long rest option included at the bottom of the recipe page so I can more easily fit this recipe into my schedule.

For more recipes to bake this winter, check out our recipe collection Cold Weather Classics.

Cover photo (Mocha Whoopie Pies) by Shilpa Iyer. 

Amycakes Bakery was known for decadent desserts that tasted even better than they looked. You can now make our most popular bakery recipes in your home kitchen or even in your own bake shop!  

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Moist Vanilla Almond Cake

You can’t go wrong with a deliciously moist vanilla almond cake, especially with a delectable buttercream to complement it. Like all my cakes, it’s made with a secret ingredient (instant clearjel) to keep it extra moist with a lovely soft texture.

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This was the most famous bakery recipe at Amycakes. It’s always a hit with guests on special occasions, from weddings to birthday parties to family get-togethers. Turn it into a Drip Cake with a white chocolate drizzle to take it to the next level.

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This cake is EXCELLENT. Truly a bakery cake that is so special for a celebration. Everyone at my birthday party was raving about the cake. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m thrilled to be able to make such an incredible cake at home!

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Chewy Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

This bakery-style chocolate chip cookie recipe will have everyone sneaking a bite from the cookie jar. After all, soft, chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookies are impossible to resist.

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The secret bakery ingredient in these cookies is vanilla instant pudding mix, which provides a perfect flavor and a cookie dough that doesn’t spread. It’s a straightforward recipe made with lots of butter and brown sugar.

This is your perfectly balanced go-to cookie recipe with a sweet and salty flavor and crisp edges with an extra soft and chewy center.

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The Best Blueberry Cake

Moist blueberry cake is one of my all-time favorite cake recipes. It starts with an easy blueberry puree made in a food processor from thawed frozen blueberries.

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This bakery-style cake really tastes like blueberry muffins in cake form! Decorate it with fresh blueberries for the prettiest presentation.

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This recipe is amazing!!! It is full of blueberry flavor and moist and the frosting is delectable. This is one of my favorite cake recipes now!

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Soft and Gooey Bakery-Style Cinnamon Rolls

You’ll want to make these cinnamon rolls all the time, as they have the perfect gooey filling and the softest dough.

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When looking for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe, we want super soft and gooey rolls all the way to the very edge. That’s a given whether you’re a professional or a home baker! These warm cinnamon rolls were the first to sell out at my bakery, especially around the holidays.

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I have tried different cinnamon roll recipes for 40+years. I have never kept the recipe because something was always wrong with them. This recipe deserves TEN STARS!!!! It’s the best ever. Thank you for the best detailed recipe ever⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Easy Stabilized Whipped Cream

You’ll be amazed at the thickness and creaminess of this delicious stabilized whipped cream made with only 4 ingredients. It’s almost like a whipped cream mousse. 

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This professional bakery recipe has a deliciously creamy vanilla flavor from pure vanilla. It is thickened with Instant Clearjel, a type of cornstarch that will keep the whipped cream thick and stable for up to a week in the fridge or even longer in the freezer.

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I’ll never make whipped cream using Knox gelatin again after trying this recipe! It was delicious and no rubbery bits to be found. Thank you for my new favorite stabilized whipped cream recipe.

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Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake

The only thing better than chocolate is more chocolate! And my, oh, my, does this triple chocolate ganache cake have everything you could possibly need to fulfill your chocolate cravings.

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Fudgy, extra-moist, and rich, there’s nothing quite like this deliciously moist chocolate cake for a special occasion. The perfect accompaniment to a glass of milk, a scoop of ice cream, or a cup of coffee.

I probably hear back about this cake recipe the most–the comments speak for themselves!

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Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This easy recipe makes thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies with a delicious cinnamony and nutty flavor AND a super soft texture. Juicy raisins and pecans add to the moisture and crunch of these bakery-style cookies.

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The perfect combination of cinnamon-flavored nuttiness and an irresistibly soft and chewy texture makes this my go-to oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

One of my bakery secrets is to soak the raisins in hot water for a few minutes before straining and adding them to the cookies. The pecans and juicy raisins create a beautiful blend of crunch and moisture.

The best part is you can make this simple recipe without a mixer!

Super Moist Vanilla Cupcakes

You cannot go on a home-baking journey without including vanilla cupcakes in your itinerary. This bakery recipe is perfect for all your cupcake needs, whether you’re baking for a bake sale, a birthday, or an extra special dessert treat.

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A deliciously moist texture and a delectable vanilla almond flavor make these the perfect classic cupcakes. You can add some fun sprinkles or decorations to add a pop of color too! They’re also diving with cake fillings!

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I made these for a baby shower so as to not pay a fortune for sub par cupcakes; they were absolutely amazing and so worth the effort, tons of compliments.

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The Ultimate Fresh Strawberry Cake

Moist and fresh, with a burst of flavor, this secret bakery recipe for Fresh Strawberry Cake melts in your mouth, while the light, creamy buttercream makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud.

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This popular cake is made with unsweetened frozen strawberries and pure strawberry emulsion for a very strawberry-forward flavor. You’ll return to this recipe whenever you want a natural strawberry-flavored cake—it’s a dreamy, decadent delight!

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The Softest Monster Cookies

This monster cookie recipe makes the softest, chewiest, Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip-Cookies! They are made from a delicious flourless cookie dough that provides the perfect texture.

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These are no ordinary peanut butter cookies! This flourless monster cookie recipe makes an addictive sweet treat loved by all. At Amycakes Bakery, one of our favorite customers bought a monster cookie every single day!

The recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can modify it to add as much flavor and pizzazz as you want. Add an extra handful of chocolate chips, some Reece’s Pieces, or M&Ms!

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Thank you for another amazing recipe! These are delicious, quick and easy to make, and wonderfully gluten free.

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Easy Coconut Cream Cupcakes

Made-from-scratch coconut cream cupcakes are tender, moist and buttery. The cupcake batter comes together quickly by hand, no mixer necessary! 

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These flavorful moist cupcakes are drizzled with a rich cream of coconut glaze. They’re frosted with a fluffy stabilized whipped cream, then topped off with lightly toasted coconut flakes for extra texture and crunch.

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Today, I decided I was going to bake these cupcakes, and OMG, talk about a religious experience! Taste and texture wise, it was like biting into a creamy, yummy cloud. And I love the coconut flavor!

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Homemade Cream Cheese Danish (from scratch!)

This bakery recipe makes light, soft and flaky cream cheese danish pastries entirely from scratch. Fill them with a delicious cream cheese filling and add your choice of fruit filling (if desired).

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You’ll feel like a professional chef when making these cream cheese danish! Lots of butter is rolled and folded into a delicious sweet yeast dough.

If you love baking, this recipe is a great way to spend a weekend because the final product is so rewarding.

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Old-Fashioned Banana Cake

This bakery recipe for Old-Fashioned Banana Cake is extra-moist and made with only the ripest bananas.  

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This soft and moist banana cake is one of my favorite classic comfort foods. it tastes just like Grandma’s irresistible banana bread in layer-cake form.

The tangy flavor of the cream cheese frosting makes a perfect pairing. If you prefer, you can make it into a loaf cake or sweet bread, as suggested by the reader below!

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Flat incredible! I made this recipe in a loaf pan in hopes it would turn out like banana bread and it was so delicious.

Triple Layer Pumpkin Cream Pie

Traditional pumpkin pie, a layer of pumpkin cream cheese mousse, and lots of fluffy stabilized vanilla whipped cream all in one pie. The three layers create an extroardinary dessert your guests won’t forget.

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The perfect Thanksgiving pie! At Amycakes Bakery, we even converted people who did not like pumpkin pie after they tried this pumpkin cream pie!

Deliciously Moist Carrot Cake

This is Amycakes Bakery’s much-loved carrot cake recipe! It is so soft and moist and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Fill the quick and easy carrot cake batter with raisins and pecans if you’d like, or leave them out–it’s delicious either way!

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I made this for my fiance’s birthday and he loved it! He’s already asking me to make another one, it’s that good.

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If you’re ready to tantalize your taste buds, we’re just getting started. This website features dozens more bakery recipes (from scratch) that you can try!

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Easy Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

💭 Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about using my recipes or techniques in a bakery, cafe, or home baking business.

Can I use your recipes in my own bakery?

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Can I make larger batch sizes of your dessert recipes in a commercial kitchen?

Yes! If you have large commercial ovens and mixers, most of my cake, cupcake, and cookie recipes can be doubled, quadrupled, and more!

We used a large convection oven at my bakery, so most of our cakes were baked in a full sheet pan (a 4x batch), then turned into layer cakes using the cut-and-stack method.

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The largest batch size I recommend for my cinnamon roll recipes is a 4x batch. However, the cinnamon sugar mixture and glazes can be made in even larger batches and stored.

When making large quantities of cinnamon rolls, we preferred to make Take-and Bake Cinnamon Rolls in advance and freeze them. We couldn’t keep those in stock around the holidays!

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Looking for easy baking recipes that even beginners can master? From cookies to cakes to chocolatey brownies, these tasty treats will inspire you to get cooking!

If you’re like me, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as freshly baked cookies right out of the oven. Ooey, gooey, and cooked to perfection.

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Baking is a fantastic way to have some fun in the kitchen or spend quality time with your kids.

So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite baking recipes below. Looking for melt-in-your-mouth cookies? We’ve got it!

Sinfully good chocolate cake? Of course. Chocolate chip muffins to die for? You got it.

These baking recipes are fun to make and even more satisfying to eat.

So preheat your oven and get ready to whip up something delicious!

Easy Baking Recipes & Homemade Treats

1. The Chewiest Peanut Butter Revel Cookie Bars Recipe

Do you love peanut butter? If so, you’ve just found the perfect recipe.

These sweet and chewy bars are packed with creamy peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and quick oats.

But it get’s better! There’s also layer of peanut butter fudge swirled in the center. Mind-blown.

Perfect for family get-togethers, holidays, and potlucks.

Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

2. Paula Deen’s Peach Cobbler

Queen Paula knows her southern comfort food better than anyone.

I particularly love this recipe because it’s just so easy.

Juicy, fresh peaches baked under a bubbly, golden crust – what could be better?

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Serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for the perfect summer treat.

3. Easy Focaccia Bread

Focaccia is one of those breads that I just can’t get enough of. 

I like to top mine with good olive oil, red onions, and a little cheese for a simple and tasty side.

But I’ve also been known to go all-out with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, chicken, and prosciutto.

Focaccia is the best beginner bread because there’s no real shaping involved. 

After a fast mix with a spoon, it needs a couple of rest periods before being pressed into a baking tray.

Don’t be shy with the oil and always sprinkle with good quality sea salt. 

Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Sauce

4. Chocolate Brownies

When it comes to baking recipes, brownies are at the top of my list!

With just 7 ingredients, it’s the perfect recipe to make with kids.

Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, blend until smooth, then bake and enjoy!

Deliciously moist banana bread with walnuts. One of my favorite baking recipes.

5. Deliciously Moist Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those classic comfort foods that everyone seems to love. And for good reason – it’s moist, fluffy, and packed with flavor.

It’s perfect for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert!

Spread some butter on top, pour a cup of coffee, and you’ll have the perfect weekend treat.

6. Apple Pandowdy

This cobbler-like apple dessert comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch and has a few variations. 

Some recipes will have a layer of spiced apples under a puff pastry layer or torn pastry pieces. 

This recipe uses a pastry dough that gets dolloped over the fruit for a biscuit-pastry hybrid.

If you like the flavor of pastry but hate to roll it out, this is for you!

7. Cranberry Pudding Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

This moist, tart cake is loaded with cranberries and orange zest. 

It makes for a wonderfully festive cake that is a little lighter than all those cinnamon treats we’ve been devouring. 

But the star has to be the sauce!

Served warm, this buttery, creamy sauce would honestly make any cake pop, and you’ll probably want to make double.

8. Cheddar Cheese Scones

I’ve talked about my love of scones before, though it’s usually when they’re covered in strawberry jam and clotted cream.

These cheddar scones are an amazing alternative, and when served warm with plenty of butter, they make an incredible breakfast option. 

Be sure to use mature cheddar for these, so you get a really cheesy flavor boost. 

Or maybe a combination of cheeses, such as Gruyere and parmesan? 

Bundt Cake with Frosting and Almonds

9. Louisiana Crunch Cake

If you’ve made a bundt cake before, you know they are easy to overbake. 

This recipe uses sour cream and buttermilk to keep it moist. And the key is to not over-mix the batter.

Before you add the batter to the tin, this cake gets a sugary coconut top that will caramelize and toast up during the bake. 

When you turn the cake out, the crunchy top is all you need, though the glaze is pretty delicious!

10. Pistachio Oat Squares

I know they can be a little expensive, but I’m a sucker for that green color!

Roasted, salted, with sweet chili, or just plain, I have a weakness for pistachios.

This recipe makes such a fantastic granola bar, combining pistachios with oats and coconut.

The simple recipe is perfect as is, but you could always throw in some extra dried fruits to bulk it out if you want.

11. Blueberry Buckle

This blueberry lemon coffee cake is a winner any time of the day. 

The cake comes together much like any other, with lemon zest and blueberries folded through the batter. 

I like to add extra blueberries to the top, which will sink into the cake during the bake. 

The streusel top is the best part, though, and makes it totally acceptable for breakfast.

Kitchen Sink Cookies with Crushed Pretzels and Chocolate Chips

12. Kitchen Sink Cookies

I’m a firm believer that chocolate chip cookies are basically perfect, but my mind was blown the first time I tried these cookies.

Thick, chewy, and loaded with chocolate, pretzels, and toffee bits, they are the perfect salty-sweet treat.

I especially love the combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate, though I wonder how amazing they would be with white chocolate!

13. Crescent Rolls (Amish Butterhorn Rolls)

I know how tempting those refrigerated tubes can be, and I’ve used them more than my fair share!

But since we’ve all been stuck at home trying new things, why not give these homemade crescent rolls a go?

You can make them up the night before and keep in the fridge until morning, or spend a couple of hours before dinner.

Either way, you’ll feel such accomplishment and might not want to turn to the tube again.

Gourmet Chocolate Cake

14. Portillo’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

There are plenty of decadent and fancy desserts out there.

But is there really anything better than chocolate cake?

This insanely easy cake uses a boxed mix and just a handful of ingredients, and it will give you perfection every time. 

15. Nutella Filled Hand Pies Recipe

My only issue with hand pies is having to let them cool down enough to bite into!

With store-bought pie crust, you can have a batch of these babies ready to go in under 30 minutes. 

The trick to keeping these from becoming a mess is to freeze them for around 20 minutes before baking.

It will stop the Nutella from melting too quickly and let the pastry turn golden. 

16. Spaghetti Pie

From the first time I saw this spaghetti pie, I knew I had to try it. 

It’s whimsical, unnecessary, and absolutely worth your time. 

Cutting into it and pulling a perfect slice with a big pull of melted cheese will bring a smile to your face every time!

I love the marinara and beef filling, but you could use any pasta sauce you prefer. 

I’ve even used chicken carbonara and topped it with bread crumbs and extra cheese. 

17. Best Ever One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Looking for baking recipes that you can prep in 10 minutes or less? This simple recipe is sure to impress.

As far as homemade chocolate cakes go, this one is at the top of the list. 

Serve with a scoop of ice cream for a truly decadent treat.

18. The BEST Easy Seven Layer Cookie Bars Recipe

There’s a reason they call these Magic Bars!

Using just seven ingredients, you’ll be making a cookie bar that is chewy, sticky, sweet, and incredibly moreish.

The best part? It takes just five minutes to have everything ready to bake!

Bisquick Peanut Butter Cookies

19. Bisquick Peanut Butter Cookies

If there’s one thing we all have in the pantry, it’s a jar of peanut butter.

But sometimes, you’re low on sugar, eggs, or flour just as the mood to bake cookies strikes.

These cookies are soft, moist, super flavorful, and made with just peanut butter, Bisquick, condensed milk, and vanilla.

If you have chocolate to add in, go for it. But they’re pretty amazing on their own. 

Strawberry Cobbler

20. Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

Strawberry cobbler is often overshadowed by peach or apple, but you should really give it a fair shot. 

Not only is it beautifully vibrant, but the sweet juicy strawberries also make the perfect base for the cobbler topping. 

Not only that, they work well with everything from blueberries to rhubarb. 

21. The Easiest Lasagna Recipe Ever

I can’t be the only one that craves mom’s lasagna? 

Somehow mine never tastes quite the same, so I had to find something just as good that is nice and easy. 

No time to make a marinara sauce? Grab a jar!

Don’t want to cook the pasta sheets? There’s no need!

You can even use pre-shredded cheese. 

Brownies A La Mode

22. Cracker Barrel Coca-Cola Cake (Copycat Recipe)

In the same way that coffee can enhance chocolate, the deep caramel notes of Coca-Cola can do the same thing.

Found in both the batter and the frosting, your guests won’t be able to put their finger on what’s so great about this cake, but they’ll know it’s something special. 

Warming the cocoa with the cola activates the rich flavors just right and creates a moist, fudgy chocolate cake that you’ll want to make at least once a month. 

23. Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies

Known as ‘pasties’ in the UK, hand pies can be filled with anything you like. 

The Brits are known for their Cornish pasties, but you can often find chicken, beef, and lamb in most bakeries throughout the country.

Be sure to soften your vegetables so that once baked. You’ll get just the right texture in every bite. 

24. Easy Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies get such a bad rap, and I think it has a lot to do with their regular filling.

Listen, I love dried fruit and raisins as much as the next gal, and I will throw in all kinds of fruits and citrus to my cakes. 

But cookies are an indulgence. Cookies need chocolate!

These are perfectly chewy like you want from chocolate chip cookies. But they also have a great texture from the oats that is something special. 

Sprinkle with a little sea salt, and you’ll have a batch of great cookies in just 10 minutes.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

25. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

A match made in heaven, the only nuts I like even more with white chocolate are pistachios. 

I like to use way more brown sugar than white for these babies to give a caramel flavor and ultra-chewy cookie.

When buying white chocolate, be sure to get cook quality chocolate, as cheaper white chocolate will often burn and split when heated. 

26. Frosted Cranberry Cookies

We’re all drawn to colors, and these cookies are beautiful. 

As much as I love simple sugar cookies, I can’t get enough of these vibrant cookies topped with sugared cranberries. 

With cranberry in the dough, too, they are not overly sweet, though the glaze makes up for it!

I like to chop my cranberries small and coat them with sugar to make them look like crystal sprinkles. 

Blueberry Muffins with Crumble Topping

27. To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Looking for the best blueberry muffins? Save this recipe and thank me later.

These muffins are crazy delicious! They’re soft, fluffy, and bursting with fresh blueberries.

But my favorite part is the sugar-cinnamon streusel crumble.

That buttery, crumbly topping makes for a decadent treat.

Chocolate Chip Muffins with a glass of milk in the background

28. Chocolate Chip Muffins

And finally, we have arrived… at one of my favorite baking recipes!

Nothing beats a warm chocolate chip muffin right out of the oven. Ooey, gooey and simply irresistible.

They’re soft, fluffy and packed with chocolatey goodness. Plus, they’re super easy to make – no fancy baking skills required!

29. Tastykake Tandy Cake (Copycat)

This classic Tastykake is the stuff of dreams. 

It is simple and delicious with a light and buttery yellow cake topped with a thick layer of peanut butter and chocolate. 

Let each layer chill entirely before adding the next, and don’t be afraid to over-do it with the peanut butter. How much is too much, anyway?

30. Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie will always be a favorite. A buttery pastry with an indulgently sweet and sticky filling? I’ll just take a fork and the dish, please!

These bars are everything you love about pecan pie, turned into an easy to pick up treat that travels well.

If serving at home, why not go all-out and drizzle with some bourbon salted caramel?

Buttermilk Biscuits

31. Popeye’s Biscuits Copycat Recipe

I think we’re all craving familiar favorites after the year we’ve had, and sometimes all you can do is make them yourself!

If you’re going to try biscuits at home, you might as well follow a recipe that you know people love. 

And people LOVE Popeye’s Biscuits.

Be sure to use cold butter in the dough and don’t skip the folds. It’s how they get those glorious flakes. 

32. Savoury Cheese Muffins

If you thought the cheese scones sounded good, wait until you try these!

The garlic and cheese butter is out of this world and coats each muffin in a golden crust that is jam-packed with flavor. 

Try not to over-mix the batter and don’t be shy with the butter before baking. 

Though they’re amazing as is, you can also add to them with jalapeno and bacon. Mmm!

Baking Recipes

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

Not only are tiny desserts more fun to eat, but they’re also more fun to bake. Your guests will gush over these mini treats.

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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.

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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.

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Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Because no baker (or eater) should ever have to choose between cookies and brownies.

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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.

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Berry Galette

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

Do fresh summer berries some justice by showing them off atop store-bought pie crust. Bonus points for topping it with vanilla ice cream.

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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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Homemade Milano Cookies

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

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Microwave Double Chocolate Cake Bowl

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

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

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with coconut stacked

These chewy, chocolate-y oatmeal cookies are loaded with peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread. If you’re not a fan of coconut flakes, simply swap them out for any chopped nuts.

Get the No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Cowboy Cookies

cowboy cookies stacked

These Texas-sized cookies are loaded with tasty mix-ins, like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped pecans, and rolled oats. If you like a salty-sweet treat, try topping them with flaky sea salt.

Get the Cowboy Cookies recipe.

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.

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Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Food coloring? You can do better than that. Pulse freeze-dried strawberries and sugar in the food processor instead to turn the crust pink.

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56. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, no bake

Otherwise known as the tastiest way to repurpose leftover sugar cookies. (The secret is cream cheese, BTW.)

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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.

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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.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

pumpkin spice muffins with frosting on wire rack

The cream cheese frosting on these fall muffins is completely optional, but it also happens to be a very good idea. Either way—they’re delicious!

Get the Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe.

Botanical Shortbread Cookies

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

Violets, pansies, lavender, roses—the garden is your oyster. (P.S.: You can find dried edible flowers at Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.)

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brookies on pink board

Don’t make your customers decide between brownies and cookies (that’s just cruel!). Instead, make this popular mash-up that combines the best of both worlds.

Get the Brookies recipe.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

no bake peanut butter bars on floral napkins

This recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. Then, all you have to do is pop the bars in the fridge so they’re ready for your next bake sale. It couldn’t be easier!

Get the No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars recipe.

Fig Tarte Tatin

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

Store-bought puff pastry meets sticky-sweet, caramelized produce. Bookmark this now to wow the relatives at Christmas dinner.

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Oreo Truffles

oreo truffles with white sprinkles

Here’s a fun bake sale idea: Top these no-bake truffles with pretty sprinkles or nonpareils, then wrap a few of them up in cellophane bags with ribbon for an impressive presentation.

Get Ree’s Oreo Truffles recipe.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

peanut butter blossoms on sheet pan

Who can resist the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter? Roll the dough in sanding sugar (using your school colors) for even more school spirit.

Get the Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe.

Broiler S’mores

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

Craving this summer staple in the off-season? Trade the bonfire for your oven’s broiler and a cast iron skillet.

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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.

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No-Knead Cinnamon-Swirl Bread

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

And just like that, we’re craving buttered toast. This peasant bread recipe is mind-blowingly easy to pull off (and it’s hiding a generous layer of cinnamon sugar).

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Halloween Cheesecake Bars

halloween cheesecake bars with candy eyes and candy corn

With an Oreo cookie crust and a pumpkin cheesecake filling, these bars are the ultimate fall treat. You can make them with or without the fun sprinkles and Halloween candy depending on the time of year.

Get the Halloween Cheesecake Bars recipe.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

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

You’ll have two dozen of ’em ready to eat in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Love Is Blind.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Graduation Brownie Bites

graduation brownie bites with chocolate and candy grad hats

These chocolate-glazed brownie bites are so good, it’ll be hard to eat just one. If your bake sale is happening later in the school year, turn the brownies into graduation hats using chocolate squares and sour candy belts.

Get Ree’s Graduation Brownie Bites recipe.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, vegan, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

We fell hard for both the gingersnap crust and the candied ginger-pistachio topping, but they merely gild the chocolate lily.

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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.

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Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

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Edible Cookie Dough

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

On the worst of days, there’s no cure quite like raw cookie dough. Do yourself a favor and indulge safely in this egg- and wheat-free take instead of the store-bought kind.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake with walnuts and frosting

From the tender apple-spiced cake to the maple brown butter frosting, there’s so much to love about this simple snack cake. You might even want to make an extra to round out your holiday desserts.

Get the Applesauce Cake recipe.


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.

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Zucchini Bread

zucchini bread with tea mugs

Whether you’re selling entire loaves or just individual slices, you can’t go wrong with this healthy-ish recipe. It’s a great way to sneak some veggies onto the table of sweets.

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Apple Pie Bars

apple pie bars on wood board

Serving pie at a bake sale isn’t always easy (and it requires plates). But with these apple pie bars, you can grab a slice without the fuss.

Get the Apple Pie Bars recipe.

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.

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Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly

Believe it or not, the marbled design is such a breeze to pull off that even your kids can help decorate. Start with store-bought sugar cookie dough to save time.

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.

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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.

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Ginger Cherry Pie

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

We hope you like things a lil’ spicy, because this pie calls for fresh, ground *and* crystallized ginger.

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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.

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blondies on blue plate

These rich, nutty, caramel-y bars are a classic bake sale treat. They’re easy to make ahead and they’re a hit with anyone who has a sweet tooth.

Get the Blondies recipe.

Mini Key Lime Pies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

What’s sweet, sour, silky and crunchy in every bite? These lime-kissed cuties, which come together in mess-free muffin tins.

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