50+ Recipes to Bake This Weekend (and Eat All Week)
We’re in the middle of winter with a long weekend in front of us, so what better time to hunker down in the kitchen and bake something. It can be as simple as a batch of muffins or a pan of chewy brownies. Maybe you want to make something a bit more involved like a really good layer cake. Or you can go all in with a project, like flaky, buttery croissants.
No matter what you do, it’s a good time to treat yourself to a week of delicious homemade baked goods. We’ve put together a list of our favorite weekend baking recipes for every schedule and every baker.
Fast Breakfast Baking Recipes
Some weekend mornings I wake up with an intense craving for fresh baked goods that cannot be ignored. In times like these, I go for instant gratification with quick-and-easy muffins and biscuits. Lemon lovers can’t go wrong with lemon poppy muffins or a citrusy spin on simple cream biscuits. If you prefer something on the savory side, load your muffin batter with radishes and tangy goat cheese.
Cookies, Brownies, and One-Bowl Cakes
For all you bakers who love recipes that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day, these recipes are for you. Cookies, brownies, one-bowl cakes and cupcakes, as well as Instant Pot cakes are all here. This weekend, why not cozy up with some classic cookies, like chocolate chip or peanut butter — or try a batch of pantry cocoa brownies (my favorite). I bet you already have everything you need. You could also whip up an intensely rich chocolate cheesecake in your Instant Pot. Trust me, it’s way easier than it sounds.
Slightly More Involved Baking Projects
Up for spending a little more time and effort in the kitchen? You should totally make a cake! Try an impressive-looking Swiss roll (it’s like a giant Little Debbie!), a bright and sunny glazed lemon bundt, or a decadent German chocolate cake. The long weekend is also an ideal time to make a batch of swirly buns — and you won’t regret mixing in some sweet potato, orange, and cardamom — or getting a bit more sophisticated with your brownies.
Ambitious Baking Projects
Perhaps your only plan for the weekend is to cozy up in the kitchen with a fun baking project. We’ve got some ideas for you! For a treat that’s buttery and rich, and perhaps sweet, go for kouign amann or croissants. They both use laminated dough, which is a process that’s worth the effort. Maybe you want try your hand at a beautiful braided challah, a cinnamon-raisin loaf, or even a batch of English muffins. As you toast them through the week, you’ll be glad you did.