Looking for easy baking recipes that even beginners can master? From bars to bread to brownies, these tasty treats will inspire you to get cooking!
We all get those moments where we just want to bake.
It doesn’t matter what we’re making. We just need to get our hands dirty in the kitchen with some tasty treats.
But sometimes, choosing a recipe can be like choosing what to watch on Netflix. Before you know it, an hour’s gone by, and you haven’t left the couch.
Let me make it a little easier with this list of 30 brilliant baking recipes. Whether you want sweet or savory, I have the recipe for you!
Not only are these chewy peanut butter cookie bars to die for, but they have a layer of smooth peanut butter fudge to boot!
The oats in the crumb make for a dense and sturdy cookie base. You could even top them with a layer of jam instead.
But for a pure peanut butter thrill, the fudge is a must!
The only thing I would add is a few dark chocolate chunks or maybe a chocolate drizzle.
Queen Paula knows her southern comfort food better than anyone.
I particularly love this recipe because it’s just so easy.
Layering the batter under the fruit might seem a little odd, but as it bakes, the fruit will sink, and the biscuit-like batter will puff up and engulf the fruit.
Make with peaches, apples, pears, or even a summer berry mix.
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.
I love a good shortcut.
Sure, baking from scratch is satisfying (and kind of my job), but some days I just want a brownie without all the fuss.
Bisquick has everything you need for most cake recipes, so it makes sense to use it for a fast batch of delicious brownies.
Given that the ingredients just need to be blended to smooth, you can spend all that extra time making this mocha mascarpone frosting.
I know that 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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
Don’t be afraid of tahini!
Yes, it’s typically used in hummus, but the nutty, slightly sweet flavor is actually to die for in these cookies.
For people with nut allergies, tahini can be an excellent nut butter alternative.
Be careful if it’s the first time trying, as some people can still be allergic to sesame seeds.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not everyone has access to box caked mixes, and it’s always nice to have fool-proof recipes.
As far as homemade chocolate cakes go, this one is at the top of the list.
The ingredient list might seem long, but you only need one bowl to bring it all together.
Be careful when adding the hot water, stirring slowly to incorporate.
For an even richer flavor, try adding hot coffee instead.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 will need to make at least once a month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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