When it comes to baking, there are two camps of people: those who like projects, and those who prefer to stick with the recipes that are easy enough to whip up on a weeknight. I fall firmly into the latter group. My favorite recipes are the ones that are simple, straightforward, and come together without any fuss, and we've shared quite a lot of these recipes on the site this year.
From one-bowl chocolate cake to peanut butter cookies, these were our most popular easy baking recipes of 2017.
These muffins give you a ton of bang for your buck. They're so fluffy and moist, you wouldn't even guess that they're made with whole-wheat flour and are completely vegan, too.
These portable and convenient cups are the make-ahead breakfast of champions. Make a batch and stash them in your freezer now. They're a cross between oatmeal and hearty muffins, and easily customizable for all the hungry mouths in your house.
This recipe is everything you want in a really great slice of banana bread. It's moist and tender, bursting with banana flavor, and could not be easier to make. While it's great as is, you can never go wrong with adding some chopped walnuts or chocolate chips.
As someone who does not usually bake layer cakes, I'm here to tell you that anyone can make this pretty dessert. And it all comes together in just two bowls — one for the cake and one for the frosting.
Start with a package of frozen pie dough and this savory galette could not be easier to make for a quick weeknight dinner. Even if your tomatoes are just so-so, make this anyway — the heat from the oven will concentrate the natural sugar and make them more flavorful.
You'll want to keep this template by your side year-round. Once you know the basics of making a crumble topping and how to prepare the fruit filling, you can choose any fruit or combination of fruit from any season.
These soft and chewy cookies are made for the serious peanut butter lover. In addition to a generous helping of peanut butter mixed into the dough, this recipe also calls for peanut butter chips and roasted peanuts.
Come fall, apple crisp is a must. Make it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.
If you were ever a fan of those packets of apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal, you will love these grab-and-go bars. Make a batch of these on Sunday and you have breakfast for the week.
Studded with white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and a hint of orange zest, these bar cookies have the texture of thick chocolate chip cookies, and come together in a flash.