Baked goods make any meal better! Here are all the homemade baking recipes you should know: bread, biscuits, muffins, cakes, cookies, brownies, and more!
What’s are all the baking recipes you should know? We’re here to help! Baked goods make any meal better: right? From a flaky buttermilk biscuit to pair with a hearty soup, to a gooey chocolate cookie cake to end the meal with a treat, there are so many sweet and savory baked goods to master! Here are the types of recipes you’ll find in this list:
Breads and quick breads
Biscuits and scones
Fruit Cobblers & Crisps
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Meet our favorite baking recipe: this applesauce snacking cake! It’s moist, scented with cinnamon, and perfectly fluffy. It’s got a healthy spin with olive oil and Greek yogurt, and instead of calorie-rich icing there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar. And the best part? It’s so easy: simply mix all the ingredients together in the baking pan. No mixing bowls required!
First up in our baking recipes: homemade artisan bread! What's better than the smell of fresh baked bread in the oven? Crusty bread is the perfect side to any meal. Here’s an easy artisan loaf baked in the oven with a crispy crust and tender inside. If you're up for a challenge, try our Best Sourdough Bread Recipe: it's got a video tutorial and printable checklist to help you every step of the way!
These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies aren't your average cookie. Nope, these are full of texture and nuance in flavor! They’re gooey and chewy, loaded with dark chocolate and topped with sea salt. Just sweet enough, they're filled with just the right amount of oats. The best part? A hint of molasses makes them utterly irresistible. Also try: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
This really is the best apple pie recipe.And everyone should have a good pie in their baking recipes repertoire! Every single thing about it has been tweaked to perfection: the flaky crust, the rustic lattice, and the tender, spiced filling. This recipe is a stunner, perfect for entertaining or really, any time you're craving pie! Also try: The Best Peach Pie
Yes, those are the best buttermilk biscuits ever. This baking recipe is perfect to accompany any meal, especially soups and stews. They’re perfectly flaky, layered, salty and buttery with just a hint of sweetness. Top with hot honey for a treat! Also try: Best Vegan Biscuits
Here's our fan favorite "famous" banana bread muffins! These healthy banana bread muffins are lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas! They're sweetened with maple syrup and so light and fluffy, you'll never believe there's no flour! They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home. Also try: Healthy Blueberry Muffins or Apple Zucchini Muffins
Meet your new go-to cornbread recipe. Yes, you can make cornbread from a box. But if you want the best cornbread, the kind that’s that’s tender and moist, with just the right sweetness: here's your recipe! This new homemade cornbread recipe is truly stellar, and deceptively easy to make. Also try: Easy Vegan Cornbread or Tomato Sage Parmesan Cornbread
Ever made blueberry scones? This baking recipe should be in your arsenal! There's something about a scone that feels indulgent. A scone says, “You’re special”. Especially blueberry scones that are perfectly crumbly with tangy blueberries and a crunch of turbinado sugar on top!
Gotta have a good fruit crumble in your baking recipes! This is the best classic apple crumble (or apple crisp, because they’re pretty darn similar). It’s a big 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd, and fresh ginger accentuates the gooey apple filling perfectly. Also try: Vegan Apple Crumble (GF)
Quick breads are great baking recipes to know! Whip up a pan of this zucchini bread to impress your friends and coworkers. What makes it the best? It’s the perfect texture: moist, but not oily. And it’s got the perfect flavor: cinnamon-scented, with just the right sweetness. Add chocolate chips for a decadent spin. Also try: Vegan Zucchini Bread, Easy Zucchini Bread, or Zucchini Muffins
Who doesn't want a chewy cookie cake in their lineup of baking recipes? This one is 100% more delicious than a store bought cookie cake. The dark chocolate chunks and a hint of orange zest make it seriously irresistible: the flavor is oh so real. And the texture: perfectly soft and chewy. It's a total crowd pleaser and perfect for celebrations. Also try: Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Skillet Cookie
These brownies are rich and insanely fudgy! Don't eat vegan? Don't worry, people of ALL diets rave about these! They're a wholesome treat that tastes decadent but is gluten-free and 100% plant based. They feature whole foods like almond butter, applesauce, and maple syrup: and of course, chocolate. These brownies instantly jumped to the top of our chocolate desserts list! We hope they will for you, too.
What if we told you you could make fresh artisan bread at home, with minimal active time and a fraction of the cost of store-bought bread? With this no knead knead bread, you can mix up a batch, throw it in the refrigerator for a few hours (or overnight, for up to 2 weeks), and then shape and bake it the day you want to eat it. This one is full of whole grain mix-ins to add texture, like oats and quinoa. It's life changing!
Next up in our baking recipes: a fruit cobbler! Instead of a crumble or a crisp, a cobbler is topped with biscuits. And here's one that's about to be famous: this incredible peach cobbler. Imagine: cinnamon-spiced, ripe and tangy peaches, covered in delightfully flaky ricotta biscuits. It’s truly something special. Also try: Easy Blueberry Cobbler or Skillet Apple Cobbler
Struesel topped muffins deserve their own mention because they're just that good! Pull out these muffins when you're ready to impress. The struesel is a crunchy topping made of glittery turbinado sugar and a little butter and oats. It adds just the right sweetness to each bite, instead of having to add a load of sugar to the muffin batter itself. Try this apple flavor or our Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel. Also try: Vegan Apple Streusel Muffins
Fruit crisps are the best baking recipes because they're easy to make and feature any fruit that's in season! This easy blueberry crisp has a healthy spin: the crunchy topping is made with almond flour, and it uses just enough sugar to have the right tangy sweet pop. And the flavor? Pure, tangy blueberry! Also try: Peach Crisp with Basil or Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.
Hang onto your seats, chocolate lovers! Are you ready for a supremely delicious cake recipe? Because have we got one for you! This one is a gluten free dairy free chocolate cake that turns out rich and irresistibly good. Even if you don’t eat exclusively gluten free or dairy free (which we don’t), it’s an inventive way to eat whole foods in dessert form! Also try: Decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Ganache Glaze (seriously good).
Here's a fun baking recipe everyone should know: popovers! What’s a popover? It's kind of like a dinner roll, but on the inside it’s custardy and filled with air! The name comes from literally “popping over” the sides of the pan. It’s perfect as a side for soup and showy enough for entertaining.
This cherry cheesecake tastes decadent but has a healthy spin: it's crustless! Yes, there's no crust here, making it that much healthier and easier to make. It's ultra creamy, made with Greek yogurt and baked slowly to perfection. It’s got a healthy spin but tastes decadent!
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Put the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the baking pan. Use a fork to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
Use your hands to make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. Into the hole, crack the egg and add the olive oil, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla. Use a fork to mix the ingredients together until smooth and blended. Smooth the top of the batter with the side of a butter knife.
Bake until the cake is fairly firm when you press lightly at its center and a toothpick inserted int the middle has no wet batter sticking to it, 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and leave on the counter to cool completely, 1 hour. Leave the cake in the pan. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces and use a small spatula to lift them from the pan.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.