Baking is not only a delicious way to cook but also a creative way to spend time. You’re in the right place if you want to try baking but want to start with something easy and impressive.
In this article, we’ll talk about some cool and easy to bake treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends and family.
Cool Things To Bake That Are Easy
1. Chewy Cookie Cake Recipe
The recipe for a chewy chocolate chip cookie cake is easy to make and sure to be a hit. It’s the perfect treat for book clubs and potlucks.
It’s gooey and chocolaty, with a smidgeon of citrus zest to brighten the tastes.
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 12 tsp baking soda
- 12 tsp kosher salt
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- granulated sugar 14 cup
- 12 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1 big room temperature egg
- 12 tsp orange zest
- 34 cup premium dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch pie tin with cooking spray. In a mixing basin, combine the flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Place aside.
Cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until frothy. Beat the vanilla, egg, milk, and orange zest for 1 minute.
Add the flour mixture and stir on low speed until barely combined. Take the bowl off the machine and mix in 12 cups of chocolate chips.
With a spoon, press the dough into the pie pan. Add the last 14 cups of chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown and the middle is completely solid. Cool at room temperature for several hours before serving. Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerated for 1 week (reheat before serving).
2. Donuts Baked In The Oven
If you have a doughnut desire, there’s no need to rush out to the bakery. Baked Donuts are a must-try!
They’re irresistibly soft, sweet with a moist crumb, and topped with a decadent chocolate glaze.
What could be more entertaining than confetti sprinkles? All you need is a doughnut baking pan and a creative urge.
- 1 12 cup regular flour
- a quarter cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 14 tsp kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp. softened butter
- 34 cups milk
- a tsp vanilla extract
- 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze or cinnamon sugar for dusting as a topping
- If desired, garnish with sprinkles.
Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Grease well two donut pans with six holes each. This will make enough room for 12 donuts.
Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and kosher salt in a large mixing basin. Whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla essence, and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry components until barely mixed. Avoid the impulse to overmix.
Distribute the batter evenly between the 12 donut holes, filling them approximately halfway; don’t overfill them!
It’s easiest to fill the holes uniformly with a pastry bag (particularly for little donuts). You can alternatively carefully spoon in the batter with a spoon, then smooth off the tops with a spoon or your finger.
Change the top and bottom pans halfway through the baking time. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before taking it out. Take out of the pan and, if necessary, run a knife around the edges. Move to a cooling rack to cool down before adding the glaze.
Make the Chocolate Glaze in a medium mixing bowl if preparing glazed donuts. Dip the donuts into the glaze, turning each one as you take it out to let any excess glaze to fall back into the bowl. Garnish with sprinkles.
Donuts can be kept at room temperature for up to two days in a container with a cracked lid and a tight seal. This will keep the donuts from getting soggy.
You can close the lid if they start to dry out. Unglazed cooked donuts can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months; thaw and bring to room temperature before glazing.
3. Peanut Butter Cookies
Do you want a simple baking project? These flourless peanut butter cookies with three ingredients are soft and irresistibly tasty! You only need peanut butter, sugar, and an egg.
- 1 large egg (or vegan flax egg)
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar (or light brown sugar)
- Optional toppings: flaky sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (mix with the sugar).
Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. 2 baking sheets should be lined with parchment paper.
Whisk together the egg, peanut butter, and brown sugar until a smooth dough forms. Allow for a 15-minute cooling period.
Make 12 tablespoon-sized balls and lay them on the two baking pans, 5 cookies per sheet, evenly spaced about 2-inches apart.
Roll the balls back and forth between your hands until they are as round as possible: if the dough is particularly sticky, lightly oil your hands to make rolling easier.
Flatten the balls and construct a criss-cross pattern with a lightly oiled fork. It’s useful to dip the fork into a small basin of water before each one to prevent sticking.
If preferred, top the cookies with a little sprinkling of flaky salt. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottom is gently browned but still soft.
Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in a cookie tray at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
4. Traditional Apple Crisp
This oat-based apple crisp recipe is a favorite! A delectable, warm-spiced fruit filling is topped with golden crumbs. It makes your kitchen smell wonderful!
- 6 (two pounds) medium to big cooking apples
- 1 tsp. lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 3–1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon powder
- 14 teaspoon allspice and ginger
- 34 cup all-purpose flour (gluten-free: almond flour)
- 34 cup rolled oats, old fashioned
- 12 cup brown sugar, packed
- 14 tsp kosher salt
- a tsp vanilla extract
- 8 tbsp chilled unsalted butter (or vegan butter or room temperature refined coconut oil if vegan)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Apples should be cored, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges.
Mix the apples in a large mixing bowl with the lemon juice, lemon zest, orange zest, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice until well coated.
Make the crumble topping in a separate basin by combining the flour, oats, brown sugar, and kosher salt. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the butter, cut into small pieces, to the basin.
Mix it into the dry ingredients with your hands until evenly distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It might take a while, so be patient. You can also use a dough cutter or a fork.
Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking dish. Place the apple filling in the bottom of the dish, then equally distribute the crumble on top.
Bake for 45–50 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool slightly before serving with maple-sweetened Greek yogurt, whipped cream, or ice cream.
Refrigerate for three days or freeze for up to three months in an airtight container. Reheat at 350°F until the sauce is bubbling and the topping is crisp.
5. Simple No-Knead Bread
This no-knead bread will impress everyone! It’s quite simple to prepare and has the finest flavor, crispy crust, and chewy interior. It’s a fantastic recipe for beginners!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (375 grams)
- 12 cup whole wheat flour (62 g
- 12 teaspoon active dry yeast or instant yeast
- 12 tablespoons kosher salt 9 g
- 1 13 cup water (314 g)
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) apple cider vinegar
Mix the dough and let it sit out for a full day. Mix the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt in a medium bowl. With a wooden spoon or a dough whisk, mix in the warm water and vinegar until all of the flour is covered.
Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap or a proving bag. Let it sit out for 12 to 18 hours at room temperature. The dough will be springy and sticky when it’s done.
When you’re ready to bake, take the dough out of the bowl and put it on a clean, lightly dusted tabletop. Spread the dough into a square, then fold up each side to form a packet. Turn the dough over to the other side.
Place your hands behind the dough and gradually pull it towards you to raise the strain on the dough’s surface. Repeat this process until you get a boule shape.
After 1 hour of proofing, place the boule on a piece of parchment paper twice the width of the boule. Rest the dough for one hour, covered with an inverted big bowl.
Preheat the Dutch oven with lid for 30 minutes at 475°F. Alternatively, for the pizza stone approach, put the pizza stone in the middle of the oven, to one side.
Place a cast iron pan or the thickest baking sheet on the lowest and opposite sides of the oven. You’ll add water to it later to make steam.
Score the bread by cutting numerous shallow slits at an angle across the top of the dough with a sharp knife or lame.
Using oven gloves or mitts, quickly and carefully transfer the dough on parchment paper to the prepared Dutch oven, then place the top on. 16 minutes in the oven.
Alternatively, for the pizza stone approach, transfer the dough to the warmed pizza stone on parchment paper.
After the bread has been placed on the stone, create the steam by covering your hand with a towel and carefully pouring 1 cup of water into the cast-iron pan or baking sheet, then closing the door immediately.
Turn down the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 25–27 minutes. After 16 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F.
Take the bread out of the Dutch oven carefully and place it on the oven rack. Bake for another 25 to 27 minutes, or until tapping the cake makes a hollow sound or the temperature inside the cake hits 205 to 209 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take the bread out of the oven and let it cool on a cooling rack for at least 45 minutes. After the bread has cooled, it is ready to eat.
If you wrap the bread in a cloth or a bread bag, you can leave it out on the table for up to two days. You may freeze it for several months if you cut it up and place it in a plastic bag.
Baking does not have to be difficult. These refreshing and simple delights are ideal for both novice and experienced bakers. Whether you want chewy cookie cake, delicious donuts, or a simple no-knead bread, there’s a delectable recipe in your kitchen. So roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and get ready for some baking fun!
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