17 Baking Recipes That Don’t Require Eggs

updated Jun 23, 2023
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Chocolate cobbler in bowl with scoop of vanilla ice cream
Credit: Kelli Foster

A great way to stay warm and well-fed during the colder months is to crank on the oven and embark on a baking project. The only problem? Eggs are currently in short supply and high demand. My jaw quite literally fell to the floor the last time I went to the grocery store, only to find the egg fridge completely empty. I could have panicked, but I didn’t. I figured I could use that energy to panic elsewhere about other things, such as how I still need to perfect my nacho cheese game. More importantly, I realized that an egg-free baked good doesn’t automatically equate to a taste-free baked good.

When you remove eggs from the picture, you’re presented with many opportunities to try something new or revisit baking projects that took a side step to make way for your favorite egg-enriched cocoa brownies or banana bread. Why not make a batch of buttery breadsticks? Maybe you can dive into the magical world of vegan baking. Or remember how soothing it is to make a fresh loaf of bread?

The day will return when we bake and cook with eggs freely without a care in the world, but until then here are 16 of our recipe recommendations for baking during this eggs-istential crisis.

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Blueberry Cookies

These naturally blue two-bite blueberry cookies are studded with blueberries and white chocolate chips.The only ingredient you don't need? Eggs!

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Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate cobbler is sure to be unlike any other bake you've made prior. It's a molten cross between a fudgy brownie-like cake and a saucy pudding with a ASMR-worthy crispy, shattery top. From head to toe, this egg-less cobbler packs in a seriously rich chocolate flavor.

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Crazy Bread

Breadsticks are a great thing to bake if you want to cut back on your egg use because they get all of their rise and structure from yeast. Case in point: Our recipe for copycat Little Caesars' "Crazy Bread," which is an allium-loaded and buttery-soft yeasted mash-up of classic breadsticks and garlic bread.

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Tahini Milk Chocolate Bars

Here's a hot tip: Creamy nut or seed butters make a pretty phenomenal egg substitute. A few spoonfuls will provide the same type of binding properties, and then some. In this twist on the classic O'Henry candy bar, tahini is not only the glue for the oat base, but also the primary ingredient that makes them taste so good.

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Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
These fudgy vegan cookies are practically verging into brownie territory, and are packed with chocolate flavor through and through.
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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Softened fruits or vegetables — like mashed banana, applesauce, pumpkin purée, and mashed potatoes — work as a great replacement when you're short on eggs. A full cup of mashed sweet potatoes is what gives these biscuits from Toni Tipton-Martin a soft and flaky interior.

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Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Delectable cinnamon rolls usually start with a dough enriched with a lot of eggs. Our shortcut cinnamon rolls, however, start with buttery, flaky store-bought puff pastry.

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Peanut Butter Bread

Inspired by the Depression-era recipe that went viral in 2020, this recipe adds a touch of extra fat (more oil, no eggs) to give the loaf a tender crumb and an almost stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth effect you get from a spoon of peanut butter.

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Banoffee Pie

If you're looking to put your skills to the test after a Great British Bake Off marathon with a project that doesn't rely on eggs, this banoffee pie is an excellent choice. Quinessentially an icon of classic British dessert culture, it's a shortbread crust crowned with ripe bananas and a toffee filling, made with nothing more than caramelized condensed milk.

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Peach Dump Cake

Dump cake is an endlessly adaptable concept that really couldn't be simpler. You dump everything in a baking pan: canned sliced peaches or any flavor base, sugar, a few spices for flair, salt, and a whole box of cake mix. Notice how there's no mention of eggs. With melted butter drizzled over the top, the cake mix has plenty of necessary moisture to bake up properly.

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Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins

These ultra-fluffy chocolate chip muffins get their structure and leavening from chia seeds.

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Chocolate Wacky Cake

This vintage cake, which seems to date from the late ’30s or early ’40s and also goes by the name “wacky cake,” doesn’t use eggs or dairy. And thanks to a combination of baking soda and vinegar, you’d never know it. The texture and taste screams classic chocolate cake right out of the box.

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Vegan French Toast

Flaxseed meal stands in for eggs in this surprisingly delicious French toast that happens to be entirely plant-based.

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Instant Pot Bread

Look to the Instant Pot for a fresh loaf of no-knead, egg-free bread.

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Garlic Knots

Pizza dough – perfectly pillowy from rich olive oil – isn’t just for pizza. It’s also the base of these Parmesan- and parsley-studded garlic knots.

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

These ridiculously snackable cookies are made with four ingredients: ripe banana, unsweetened coconut, mini chocolate chips, and coconut oil.

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Almond-Tahini Cake with Rose Syrup & Pistachio

This delicate almond-tahini cake soaked with a sweet rose syrup and topped with buttery green pistachios is reminiscent of baklava, and also happens to be naturally vegan and dairy-free.

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