I admit, I’m not an excellent baker. Cooking is different, you mix things, you substitute what you don’t have, you don’t have to measure everything exactly. Baking is a science, everything needs to be perfect, or else the recipe will be ruined.
But don’t worry, these recipes are tried and true. For National Baking Day, make something special for someone you love. I love myself, so I will be making something for me. I deserve it.
1. Apple Pie Bites
When I was a kid, my grandparents had an apple tree in their backyard. I know this makes it sound like I had a picturesque childhood, but since I didn’t have these apple pie bites in my life before this year, everything was wasted. This recipe really is so simple, you’ll never make regular apple pie again. Can you believe these only take 30 minutes?
2. S’mores Cake in a Jar
Don’t let the length of this recipe fool you, making s’mores cake in a jar is actually super simple. And when it looks that cute, you’re going to need a few easy extra steps. Here’s the recipe.
If you don’t like things that are rich, sweet, and will make you feel guilty, avoid this one. If you want to enjoy the fairer things in life, may I present the carmelitas? Honestly, over anything in that much caramel I will shove it into my face. Click here for the recipe.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nutella, Brown Butter, and Sea Salt
Chocolate chips are such a classic. There’s really nothing that I love more than a simple cookie and a hot cup of tea. Or ice cold glass of milk. Or hot chocolate. Okay, I’m getting carried away. This is my absolute favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, the added ingredients make it even more decadent.
5. Blueberry Lemon Pie Bars
There’s not better recipe for spring. The shortbread crust is so buttery, the lemon is so refreshing, and the gooey blueberries… Here’s the recipe.
6. Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Tartlets
Nothing screams “winter is over” better than rhubarb, it’s honestly one of my favorite foods. I use to eat it fresh out of the ground, obsessed with how sour it is. Since I am not an adult, I can wait until it is prepared to enjoy it. This is one of my favorite recipes.
7. Caramel Apple Brownies
Caramel… apple… brownies… Three of my favorite things, all thrown together in perfection. Click here to learn how to make them.
8. Samoa Sheet Cake
I dropped out of college, I moved across the nation, I did a lot of things for love. But it turns out my true love is actually this cake? I mean, don’t get me wrong. I do love my significant other, and my family, and my friends. But dis cake tho. Warm caramel glaze, toasted coconut, drizzled melted chocolate, if you make one thing from this list… it should probably be this.
9. Cinnamon Rolls
There’s something to be said about Pillsbury, they do make a pretty perfect cinnabun. But what about when you’re walking around the mall and you smell it. The Cinnabon. The smell is wafted through every store, it calls your name, here is a copycat recipe of those monsters.
10. Angel Food Cupcakes
Angel Food is a family favorite, but these cupcakes are an even cuter take on the recipe. For frosting, make it at home. One pint of whipping cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and beat until thick. For the cupcakes, click here.
11. Twix Thumprint Cookie
These are probably my favorite cookie to make, if only because I’m obsessed with candy bars. These taste just like Twix bars. You have to try these.
12. Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake
Of course, you could just make a regular cheesecake, but I’m under the impression that cheesecake is a lot like ice cream. The toppings are important. The recipe is so simple.
13. Homemade Thin Mints
I don’t know of a better business than the one the Girl Scouts are running. Their cookie business is top notch. I was never a Scout, because from the ages of 5-7 I was raised by wolves. But Thin Mints. I know about Thin Mints. I know people hoard them, stash them in their freezer, and try to make it to next year when they’ll be on sale again. Commercial bakeries aren’t even allowed to market them. But this… this is the recipe.
14. Churro Bites
New York City is a pretty magical place. Sometimes, down in the underground, on the platforms while waiting for the L train, little old women would be selling homemade churros. Authentic, delicious, and if you were drunk enough, these little old women worried about you. They’d give you two churros for the price of one. Sometimes I make this when I get a little homesick for them.
15. Cannoli Poke Cake
Despite what this list may lead you to believe, I’m not big on sweets. I hate super sweet foods. That’s why I love this cake. Icing usually grosses me out, but this is a buttercream sweet. It’s creamy, rich, and the burst of chocolate is what makes it.Make this after a big Italian dinner.