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15 Comforting Baking Recipes

Get excited to stay inside this winter and serve up some lovin’ hot from the oven.

Picture this: It’s a cold, gray day, you’ve got nothing on the agenda, and you’re craving something warm and fragrant from the oven.  The only problem is you just want something easy that’ll be on the table in no time. That’s where these foolproof recipes come in. Whether you’re craving savory, sweet, or something in between, we’ve got 16 tasty ways to feed your craving, even if you’ve never turned on the oven to bake before.

Berry Banana Bread 

Banana bread is a great place to start for any novice baker, and this fruity loaf is one-of-a-kind. White whole wheat flour bumps up the fiber and three kinds of fresh berries add a pop of tangy sweetness. 

Get the recipe: Berry Banana Bread

Buttermilk Biscuits 

Master this easy recipe and you’ll never again have to wonder, “What will I serve with dinner tonight?” Buttermilk keeps these biscuits tender and flaky on the inside while the exterior gets golden and lightly crisped.
Get the recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits

Scones with Strawberries and Cream 

Pour a spot of tea and enjoy this British import for a civilized morning or afternoon snack. Light and airy scones taste even better topped with creamy mascarpone, strawberry preserves, and fresh berry slices. Could you replace the mascarpone with Greek yogurt? We’ll leave that up to you.
Get the recipe: Scones with Strawberries and Cream 

Cheesy Corn Muffins 

Two ingredients level up cornbread mix to all-star status in this 20-minute recipe. Kids will love to help make and devour corn muffins studded with fresh corn and plenty of shredded cheddar. 

Get the recipe: Cheesy Corn Muffins 

 Homemade No-Knead Slow Cooker Bread 

If you think bread baking is beyond your skill level, you’ll love this no-fuss slow cooker recipe. Five ingredients and a little patience are all you need for a tender white loaf that finishes under the broiler for a crisp, golden crust.
Get the recipe: Homemade No-Knead Slow Cooker Bread 

 3-ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies 

No, that’s not a typo. These lusciously fudgy, gluten-free brownies can be mixed up in seven minutes using chocolate hazelnut spread, eggs, and almond flour.
Get the recipe: Three-ingredient Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies 

 Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies 

If you only keep one baking recipe up your sleeve, this time-tested classic should be it. No one can resist chocolate chip cookies served warm from the oven, especially with a combo of both dark and milk chocolate chips.
Get the recipe: Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies 

 Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Bacon Glaze 

Wow guests at your next brunch with this savory-sweet skillet treat. Applewood bacon and a touch of maple syrup upgrade refrigerated cinnamon roll dough from tasty to drool-worthy.
Get the recipe: Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Bacon Glaze 

 Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins  

This doubly delicious treat combines two weekend morning baked goods into one easy breakfast on-the-go. A sour cream batter and crumb topping add coffee cake flavor to muffins studded with fresh blueberries and pecans.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

Almond Cranberry Biscotti 

These crunchy cookies are perfect for gifting or satisfying a morning sweet tooth. Flaxseed is the surprising egg substitute that makes them vegan-friendly.
Get the recipe: Almond Cranberry Biscotti 

 Soda Bread with Almonds and Raisins 

This traditional Irish soda bread with raisins and nuts is so simple, you don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to make it. It’s ready to bake with just 10 minutes of prep and zero rising time.
Get the recipe: Soda Bread with Almonds and Raisins 

 Pear-Pomegranate-Pistachio Galette 

If you’re nervous about making your own pie dough, try this easy, open-faced tart that uses refrigerated pie dough. A combo of warm spices and a sprinkle of jewel-like pomegranate seeds makes this simple galette celebration worthy.  

Get the recipe: Pear-Pomegranate-Pistachio Galette 

 Five-Ingredient French Onion Tart 

This freeform tart inspired by French onion soup is another recipe fast-tracked with store-bought pie dough. A flaky crust topped with caramelized onions, fresh thyme, and Gruyere cheese makes a delicious brunch centerpiece or light dinner paired with salad.
Get the recipe: Five-Ingredient French Onion Tart 

Citrus Pound Cake 

In the dreary winter months, peak season citrus is vitamin-packed pick-me-up. Blood orange and grapefruit are jewel-toned garnishes for this pound cake flavored with fresh lemon.
Get the recipe: Citrus Pound Cake 

Three-ingredient Bagels with Green Onion Bacon Cream Cheese 

If you think baking bagels from scratch is just for the pros, prepare to have your mind blown. Self-rising flour combined with Greek yogurt yields perfectly dense, chewy bagels, no boiling required. 

Get the recipe: Three-ingredient Bagels with Green Onion Bacon Cream Cheese

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