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40 Best Baking Recipes For a Rainy (or Literally Any) Day

The best baking recipes aren’t always the most impressive, most elaborate, highest-tiered cakes at the bake sale table. Our favorite baking recipes from scratch are the ones we can easily bake at home, either solo, with friends, or as a way to entertain your kids for hours. Baking recipes aren’t meant to be just a means to an end (we’re not getting dinner on the table over here), they’re meant to be fun, creative projects with a satisfying (and edible!) payoff.

Looking to spend some quality time with your spouse or little ones? There’s no better way to bond than baking; work together to create something you’ve never made before (Instant Pot cheesecake, anyone?) or whip up something quick that’s just as easy to bake as it is to eat. We've gathered tons of easy baking recipes for beginners, some with very few ingredients (hello, 3-ingredient brownies), and all with tried-and-true methods that yield the perfect flaky biscuit or classic banana bread, every time.