We all took up new hobbies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we were stuck at home, learning how to bake to replace our boredom and satisfy our sweet tooth cravings made sense.
Now that the world is opening back up, it looks a bit different. Boredom is still a thing, but it’s easier to get groceries and try new recipes. And instead of eating them all yourself, you can safely share them with your coworkers and neighbors.
The next time you’re in the mood to bake instead of binge shows on your streaming app, check out these six mouth-watering suggestions.
1. Lava Cake
You’ve seen a version of this at restaurants like Chili’s and Domino’s, but you don’t need to spend big bucks to enjoy this tasty treat.
Make your own version for the same price (or less) and save it all for yourself, or share it with anyone you want to impress with your mad baking skills. Our favorite recipe is right here. The not-so-secret ingredient is freshly brewed coffee, so you can have your cup-of-joe fix at the same time!
2. Citrus-Caramel Blondies With Cannabis
If you haven’t jumped on the trend of baking with cannabis yet, you’re missing out. With or without the THC component, the benefits of CBD are inarguably life-changing for millions of people.
As far as your baking skills go, you’ll be leveling up when you learn to cook with things like cannabutter and cannabis-infused oils. It’s a smart way to use those leftover cannabis trimmings, too. (For more ways to use your trimmings, check out this article by Veriheal.)
Our go-to recipe for baking with weed is this brownie delight. A unique take on the cliches “weed brownies,” the caramel addition brings a layer of sweet deliciousness you don’t want to miss, and the slight citrus flavor sets it off perfectly.
3. Zucchini Bread
Who says baking can’t be tasty and healthy? Zucchini bread is the targeted combination that gives you nutritious, wholesome baking with so much flavor you’ll swear it’s unhealthy.
This recipe adds walnuts and cinnamon for more tasty goodness that’s good for you, too. Grab some extra zucchini while shopping, bread it with olive oil and parmesan cheese, and add it to your Instant Pot or air fryer for a crunchy side dish.
4. Magnolia Bakery Copycat Banana Pudding
When it comes to Magnolia Bakery, IYKYK. The genius minds behind the delicacies that are set behind the clear glass shelves every day must have some magic in their hands, especially with their banana pudding recipe.
With this copycat version of the famous Magnolia Bakery banana pudding, you can bring some of that magic into your home. Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding, and bananas are the staple of any recipe for this treat. But the Magnolia Bakery version tweaks the design to become almost magical. You’ll see what we mean when you take the first bite.
5. Butter Pecan Layer Cake
It can be someone’s birthday everyday with this butter pecan layer cake recipe. Of course, that’s just an excuse to make this culinary delight. It’s so moist and delicious, every forkful will melt in your mouth instantly.
The cake is made with pecans and butter like its ice cream counterpart. The extra ingredients in the recipe are combined so masterfully, the result is a creamy triple-layer of heavenly goodness.
6. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Of course, what baking list would be complete without the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe? Chewy, chunky, fluffy, or crunchy, they all taste amazing with the right ingredients and a skilled baker.
Spice up the old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie with one of these tasty twists. From swapping out chips for M&Ms to adding some peppermint extract, there’s a cookie for every occasion. The hardest part will be deciding which kind to make. (And not eating them all before you can share them!)
Who says boredom can’t be fun and productive? When you have the ingredients in your cupboards and some basic kitchen tools, turn your downtime into a tasty cooking session.
Go ahead and bake up some or all of these scrumptious goodies. It’s so much better than a social media or TV binge session!