15 Recipes That Will Make Your House Smell Delicious!

updated Nov 21, 2023
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Cooking isn’t only about the food, or the eating, or the pleasure of the table. It’s also about the smells! Certain foods offer up delicious aromas that can make your whole house smell amazing. Last weekend we asked our Twitter friends to tell us which recipes they love to smell cooking. There were some nearly universal favorites — fresh bread, beef stew, cinnamon rolls, anything with onions. Here’s a look at 15 of these favorites from our own archives — these are comfort foods for winter that will make your house feel and smell homey and cozy.

Recipes that will Make Your House Smell Delicious

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
These decadent cookies are soft, chewy, and abundantly chocolate-y.
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Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak
It's a moist cake with a crumb that's almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you about 15 minutes to make.
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IKEA-Inspired Cinnamon Rolls

If anyone has the art of enticing aroma nailed, it’s IKEA, drawing us through their stores with the promise of cinnamon buns. Recreate that irresistible scent yourself!

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No-Knead Bread
This loaf is the simplest bread we know how to bake at home and it requires no stand mixer, no starter, no special knowledge, and no kneading.
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Banana Bread
Here is a very basic and delicious recipe for delicious banana bread that takes all of 10 minutes to mix together. No mixer needed!
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Chocolate Chip

But we think that chocolate chip cookies may still win out over the rest of these baked goods for sheer irrestible aroma. Resistance is futile!

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Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal

This morning dish bakes in the oven and fills your house with the smell of pumpkin and spices.

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Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

Nutty, sweet, and browned — this pie smells like you just walked into an awesome bakery.

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French Onion Soup
Step-by-step recipe for making the best French onion soup you've ever eaten. French restaurant food in your own kitchen.
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Slow-Cooker Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms

The quintessential smell of winter comfort food.

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Sausage & Fennel Ragù

Building up a good ragu from scratch, cooking onions and garlic and sausage all together, will make your house smell amazing for days.

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Slow Cooker Brisket and Onions
The classic flavors of brisket you crave with the ease of the slow cooker. This recipe produces the most crowd-pleasing, tender pot of brisket you've made.
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Potato and Cauliflower Curry

Any curry will smell amazing as you build flavor with ginger, garlic, and onion — and this vegetarian curry is a great weeknight meal.

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Easy Sausage & Peppers

Sausage and peppers, a homey, delicious classic!

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Ponche Navideño

Ponche Navideño is a hot, fruit-based punch served during around the holidays, but it will fill your home with amazing aromas any time of the year.

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