20 Breakfast Baked Goods That Make Perfect Weekend Projects

updated Jun 27, 2023
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Swirled Matcha Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze (Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Unlike those hurried weekday mornings, the weekend is the perfect time to tackle your craving for a sweet, freshly baked breakfast. Whether you’re just getting the hang of baking, you’ve got a few batches of muffins under your belt, or you’re a seasoned pro, there is a recipe that’s just right for you.

From basic muffins to super-flaky croissants, here are 20 essential baked goods to make this weekend.

Perfect Weekend Baking Projects

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Basic Muffins

Muffin-making is an essential baking lesson. With a short ingredient list and only a few key steps, it’s a simple recipe that works for a basic breakfast, a celebratory office treat, or even an improvised dinner roll.

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Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins

This version of a savory muffin takes advantage of one of spring’s most abundant (and certainly most beautiful) vegetables, radishes, and pairs them with goat cheese for a peppery, tangy twist.

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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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Zucchini Bread
I'm pretty sure that zucchini bread is the whole reason that zucchini exists. The shredded zucchini gives this bread a subtle sweetness and a soft texture.
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Buttermilk Quick Bread

This basic buttermilk loaf is rich, a touch tangy, and not overly sweet, making it a good match for everything from a roast to a pot of chili; or, top it with berries and whipped cream as a simple shortcake-like dessert.

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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Classic buttermilk biscuits are a staple in my household. Quick, easy, and light as a feather, they can be served for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and even dessert.

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Southern-Style Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern biscuits walk the line of being both tender and flaky.

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Fast and Fancy Lemon Biscuits
With a touch of sunny citrus and coarse sugar, these pillowy lemon biscuits skew slightly sweet, feel instantly fancy, and come together in a single bowl.
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Buttery, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Scones
The most fabulous butter scones. You'll be serving them with ease for snacks, brunches, breakfasts, and even for your own casual tea parties at home.
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Fresh Cranberry Scones

These scones are flaky and not too sweet, with pops of brilliant cranberry in every bite. For an easy upgrade, top with a rum glaze.

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Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
A warm breakfast baked good is only moments away when you fill the freezer with these make-ahead scones.
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Classic Coffee Cake
A rich, buttery cake topped with giant, cinnamon-scented crumbles, perfect for any and all occasions.
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Matcha-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake

With its golden crust, mesmerizing swirls, and drippy vanilla glaze, this cake is possibly the most Instagrammable dessert to come out of my kitchen — but it’s also insanely easy to make.

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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake

This version, topped with spiced pecans and brown sugar crumbs, also gets a ripple of pear and cinnamon streusel through its center.

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English Muffins

This recipe is surprisingly straightforward. And since the dough is best when made ahead and refrigerated overnight, it's perfect for long, lazy weekends.

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The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
Just seven ingredients, and no yeast or rise time, means that these gooey, fragrant cinnamon rolls are truly the easiest, fastest of all time!
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Spicy Sticky Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

These cinnamon rolls are sweet, spicy, and decadent, and they can satisfy those who want a crunchy sugar glaze on the bottom and creamy icing on top.

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Pretzel Cinnamon Rolls

If you combine these two spiced, pillowy treats you make an ultimate cinnamon roll: A sticky swirl of cinnamon-layered dough with a dark, pretzely crust and sprinkle of chunky salt.

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Classic Croissants

You will never have better croissants than the ones you make yourself and eat fresh from the oven while standing over the kitchen counter.

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