Easy Baking Recipes Anyone Can Master
Do you hesitate to buy baking ingredients like five- pound bags of flour or sugar?. Maybe it’s because that container of baking powder languishing in the pantry is older than a member of your family? Maybe you don’t buy ingredients because you don’t have time to bake? We have 5 easy baking recipes anyone can master.
While that’s not at all unusual in our super busy world. The good news is that you don’t need hours of time to whip up delicious baked goods or recipes. We have five incredibly easy baking recipes any amateur can master. And a few other tips and suggestions that can help you wow your family and friends. And also satisfy your cravings, without leaving you stuck with half bags of flour or unused ingredients.
The Key Is Easy Baking Recipes with Few Ingredients
As that indicates above, the key to enjoying these easy baking recipes is that they are also easy baking recipes with few ingredients. Not only does this keep things simple and affordable, but it also means only a short period of time is needed. No advanced skills are needed (making most of them easy baking recipes for kids). And you can even enjoy the fact that they are healthier than cheaply made, shop-bought treats.
Whether you are eager to find some easy things to bake when you’re bored, some easy baking recipes for beginners. Or even a few easy baking recipes for cupcakes and muffins, the following five easy baking recipes will meet your needs. Each is different and may combine a blend of standard cupboard items or even pre-made dough. Either way, each whips up into easy baking recipes that will become part of your growing repertoire of super tasty treats and snacks. Ideal for a quick afternoon coffee with a friend. Or just to give yourself a well-deserved reward at the end of a busy day or week, we hope you enjoy them!
So Easy It’s Nutella Brownies
Three ingredients promise that this recipe ranks as one of those easy cakes to make at home. You can slice it like brownies or serve like a cake, as easy tray bakes go. This one rate at the top of almost any list! And with just four ingredients, it definitely shines as one of the easiest of any easy baking recipes you will find.
- 13 oz. jar Nutella
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour – 70g (Plain Flour)
- 1 cup fillings (optional) can include chopped nuts, chocolate chips or whatever options appeal. You can even save a bit of the Nutella to use as a “swirl” added just before baking
- Preheat your oven to 175◦c (350◦F).
- Grease or line a round cake pan.
- In a bowl, combine the first three ingredients until blending into a smooth and thick batter.
- Gently stir in any fillings you have chosen (not mandatory if you don’t want fillings).
- Pour the batter into the pan.
- If you wanted to reserve a few tablespoons of the Nutella as a swirl, this is the time to add drops of it into the batter and use a toothpick to swirl it around.
- Put into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Test with toothpick for doneness around 15 minutes and leave it until the pick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool on the rack.
- Once cool, you can serve with some ice cream, drizzle with some caramel or even a berry sauce, or top with some more nuts and chocolate chips.
As far as easy baking recipes go, that is really one of the simplest, authentic recipes. However, if you are okay with purchasing a pre-made roll of cookie dough, you will fall in love with one of the easy baking recipes that allow you to “dress it up” a bit, too. You can adapt this to serve as a super simple holiday cookie or just use this recipe when your pumpkin spice urges kick into overdrive!
This one makes about two dozen cookies, but can be multiplied as much as you would like thanks to the ease with which the pre-packaged cookie dough is used.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Paradise Drops
- 1 package of Ready to Bake Pumpkin Cookies (these are seasonal, but freeze beautifully, so stock up during the autumn and winter months)
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter powder
- Preheat your oven too – 175◦c (350◦F)
- Lay out the cookie dough on a flat surface and roll each piece between your palms to make a 1-inch ball of dough.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- While they back, mix the other two ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Drizzle water into this mixture (no more than 1tbsp. at a time), and mix to a nice, fluid consistency. You will be drizzling it over the cookies, so add only enough water to make it fluid but not so loose it won’t drizzle well.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and place on a rack. All of them to cool only briefly before you add a dollop of the icing in the centre or by drizzling heavily. Allow this to set for at least ten minutes before serving (or before pouring some milk and getting ready to eat them!)
Now that you’ve done a bit of authentic baking and enjoyed a shortcut recipe, we can amp up your level of skill where easy baking recipes. In this next recipe, we are going to blend premade and prepackaged foods along with regular baking ingredients to create an epic mug cake. This is one of the truly ideal easy baking recipes for a dorm room, for an individual craving a treat but not eager to have huge amounts of sweets laying around afterwards, and is actually easy enough for kids to tackle on their own, too.
It relies on a microwave, a microwave-safe mug and a few minutes of prep to create what is one of the most delicious five-minute treats imaginable. This recipe is for a single serving, and through multiple mugs can be prepped at once, they must cook separately.
Mug Cake a la Oreo
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 ounce of high-quality milk chocolate
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp. whipping/light cream
- 1-2 drops of real vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3 Oreo cookies (or a generic copy, but we LOVE the real thing) broken into large chunks
- Place the butter and the chocolate into your mug
- Put the mug into your microwave and heat together for 40 seconds. (Check at 30 to see if everything is melted and if not finish up the timer)
- With a fork, beat this mixture into a smooth paste. Let it cool for a few minutes.
- Whisk the egg in a bowl or cup and then drizzle this into the cooled, melted butter and chocolate. Remember that if the chocolate is still too hot, the egg will actually cook and this will ruin the recipe.
- Add the drops of vanilla, the flour, powder and the cream. Stir it until combined.
- Add the Oreos, stirring to combine.
- Place the mug (uncovered) in the microwave and cook it for one minute and 30 seconds. Take it out and let it cool for a few moments.
- Top with a final, extra Oreo that has been broken into bits.
NOTE: It doesn’t “look” cake-like when it comes out, but as you dig into it, you get an amazingly dense and cakelike treat. You can a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream to make it extra rich.
So far, the easy baking recipes have not been exactly what might be viewed as healthy. However, there are some recipes that can offer you easy prep, limited ingredients, and a healthy dessert or treat. The following recipes are one such example, and it even comes with the added benefit of being super flexible. Though it emphasizes apples, you can alter to almost any seasonal fruit. It is a classic “crumble” that could work with sturdy berries (like fresh strawberries), tangy rhubarb, summery peaches, autumnal pears, and more.
Also, the vegans of the world can enjoy this one by swapping out the butter for a vegan ingredient or even a super sweet and animal-friendly maple syrup, instead. This recipe makes four very generous servings.
Unbelievably Easy Apple Crumble
- 3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks (you can also swap this out for an equivalent amount – around three cups – of other fruits)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened or at room temperature
- 4 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar, divided
- Preheat your oven to 175◦c (350◦F.)
- Prepare the apples and then put them in a bowl, and sprinkle with three tablespoons of the cinnamon and a few pinches of the brown sugar.
- Blend together the flour and the butter to make a paste.
- Add the remaining cinnamon and the oats.
- Add this to the apples and toss well to coat the apples.
- Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned and the fruit “fork tender”.
NOTE: This is almost irresistible if paired with a scoop of ice cream while still warm!
By this time, you are building your skills and probably willing to have a few regular baking ingredients on hand. In our final super easy baking recipe, we are looking at a simple tray baking recipe that makes an incredibly kid-friendly, sturdy and satisfying snack. Ideal for lunches, it could also be that one dessert that earns universal raves at the office or neighbourhood potluck! This recipe yields a very generous 32 servings.
Peanut Butter Dream Bars
- 1 cup of light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup light oil
- 1/2 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (we love the natural and unsweetened types)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups of “self-rising flour” (This is much easier to use and allows you to avoid measuring out regular flour along with both baking soda and baking powder! This is sold in smaller bags, so don’t worry about having lots of leftovers…plus, you will probably want more of these fairly quickly and that remaining flour won’t last long!)
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or mini-chips (optional, but highly recommended)
- Preheat your oven to 175◦c (350◦F.)
- Grease a 13x9x2 baking pan and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, cooking oil, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth.
- Add the milk, and then stir in the flour until the mixture is thick and well combined.
- Spread this into the prepared pan.
- Coat the top of the batter with the peanuts, and both types of chips.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, and test with a toothpick for doneness.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
We hope that this simple assortment of easy to bake recipes has encouraged you to experiment with additional options. Don’t forget that you can make your own treats without baking (as we did with the microwave in the mug cake recipe). There are different “barks” that can be whipped up by melting some chocolate in the microwave, spreading it on wax paper and topping with nuts, dried fruits and other tasty treats. Crescent rolls from the refrigerator section can be filled with sweet cheese and jams or preserves for instant pastries.
The options for fast and simple baked goods are limitless. Use a bit of imagination and soon you can master the art of quick but delicious treats for yourself, family, friends, unexpected company and so many more!