Let's face it — a lot of us are stuck inside and stressed right now. And we could all use a sweet distraction. (Plus, some of us have a bit more time on our hands while we're trying to stay home, right?)
That's why we rounded up a bunch of our favorite baking recipes that you (and the kids!) can pour all of your energy into — and then devour. So turn off the news for just a bit, turn up your favorite music and get baking. (Self-care for the win!)
First things first, though — the last thing we want is for baking to stress you out, too, so here are some of our best baking tips before you get started.
STRESS-FREE BAKING TIPS
STRESS BAKING RECIPES
As if they already didn't sound amazing, these brownies are made with cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate — which means you'll only need one bowl to make the batter and can skip the fuss of a double-boiler.
Watch how to make them in the video above.
These easy dessert bars are so good that we won't tell anyone if you roll them over for breakfast.
This is our favorite recipe for basic banana bread. It’s not too sweet, too wet or too cakey, and has just the right amount of deliciously healthy banana.
Pro tip: If you have kettle-cooked potato chips sitting in your pantry, use 'em for these! They tend to be thicker and will maintain their crunch even after baking.
Just a few basic baking ingredients make these scrumptious quick breads possible.
The kids are going to LOVE this one.
An easy dough for lemon cookies bakes up into a fragrant, short-bread-like cookie that then gets a creamy lemon glaze drizzled on top.
8. Donut Cake
It's easy to make a cake that looks like a giant donut with this how-to from NYC's Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem.
Don't fret if your icing doesn't seem quite right at first — make it thicker by adding more sugar to the boiling water, or thinner by using less sugar.
The streusel topping really outdoes itself.
This one's made for sharing — but no double dipping! 😉
Everyone's favorite feel-good sandwich turned into a skillet cookie — what more could you ask for?