23 Things To Bake When You're Bored, Because There Are Better Things To Do Than Scroll Through Facebook

Boredom usually leads to endless television marathons, social media stalking, and, of course, ordering your favorite takeout. But it can also lead to some quality time in the kitchen. There are plenty of tasty, fulfilling recipes you can bake when you’re bored. All it takes is some flour (usually), some chocolate (sometimes), and an empty stomach. And it's much more satisfying than scrolling through social media again. You already know how your third cousin feels about Confederate flags (ugh).

Instead of stuffing yourself with Oreos, try your hand at making some irresistible chocolate cake. Or if you want something a bit savory, skip the instant crescent rolls and attempt to whip up some biscuits from scratch. You don’t have to be a pastry chef to master some decadent dessert recipes. Plus, you can always pretend you’re on Chopped or Master Chef to up the ante a bit. You can even start a baking competition with a friend. Either way, at the very least, you’ll be left with plenty of delicious dessert. And who wouldn’t love that? You can even watch a baking show while eating it! Imagine the possibilities!

Whether you need to satisfy a chocolate craving or you’re down to experiment with lots of dessert recipes, these 23 recipes won’t do you wrong — even if you’re gluten-free or vegan. So the next time you feel boredom striking, stay away from Facebook and leave your Gilmore Girls binge for another day — or just wait until you’ve got some delicious baked goods to enjoy with it.

1. Giant Skillet Brownie

The only thing better than a brownie is a giant skillet brownie. A Beautiful Mess is winning the game.

Try: Lodge 12-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, $26.99, Amazon

2. Vegan Banana Nut Scones

No need for eggs or dairy when you've got tasty glazed scones like these from Cookie and Kate.

3. Pull-Apart Cinnamon Roll Brioche

Skip the store-bought instant cinnamon buns and think outside the box with Half Baked Harvest's brioche recipe.

4. Baked Savory Cream Cheese And Herb Doughnuts

No need to stick to sweets. Averie Cooks' cheesy doughnuts make a perfect snack any time of day.

Try: Wilton Non-Stick Doughnut Pan, $9.49, Amazon

5. Chocolate Cupcakes With Avocado Icing

Dessert doesn't have to be totally unhealthy. Love and Lemons' chocolate cupcakes use avocado for optimal creaminess.

6. Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing quite like a perfect chocolate chip cookie, like this famous version made by The Crepes of Wrath.

7. Baked Fruit — Three Ways

Trying to be healthy? A Beautiful Mess shows how to bake apples, peaches, and grapefruit!

8. Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake

A dense chocolate cake is simple but oh-so delectable. A Cozy Kitchen shows how it's done.

Try: RSVP Endurance Fine Mesh Shaker, $9.95, Amazon

9. Nutella Bread Pudding

A crusty top and gooey inside make Steamy Kitchen's bread pudding pretty drool-worthy.

Try: GreenLife Turquoise Loaf Pan, $9.99, Amazon

10. Orange And Dark Chocolate Scones With Orange Glaze

Citrus and chocolate make a winning combination in A Farmgirl's Dabbles' scone recipe.

11. Mexican Mocha Crinkle Cookies

Warning: These gooey chocolate chip cookies by A Spicy Perspective are so easy to make that you may just want to whip them up every night.

12. Flourless Meyer Lemon Loaf

This gluten-free lemon loaf by I Am A Food Blog makes a perfect dessert, and a great breakfast the next day.

13. Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Who says cheesecake has to be basic? Joy the Baker's salted caramel version is one of the most decadent dishes we've seen.

Try: Good Cook Ceramic Pie Plate in Red, $17, Amazon

14. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti just got better. Brown Eyed Baker will inspire you to ditch the box.

15. Double Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Make a batch of these muffins by Cookie and Kate, and enjoy a cup of tea — you'll feel positively regal.

Try: Wilton 12-Cup Muffin Tin, $6.99, Amazon

16. Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed Pretzels

There may be no better pretzel recipe than this magical one by Half Baked Harvest.

17. Strawberry Banana Bread

Averie Cooks transformed your favorite smoothie into a moist banana bread — and we can't get enough.

18. Gluten-Free Blueberry Banana Muffins


For a healthier dessert or a tasty breakfast, Love and Lemons' blueberry banana muffins are pretty much universally pleasing.

19. Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

The ultimate comfort carb is easier to make than you thought. A Cozy Kitchen breaks it down.

Try: RSVP Endurance Biscuit Cutter Set, $10.95, Amazon

20. Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are a classic, but The Crepes of Wrath makes them all the more drool-worthy with rich brown butter.

21. Tiramisu Cupcakes

No need to kick that caffeine craving — Steamy Kitchen has got you covered with these tiramisu cupcakes.

22. Chewy Ginger Cookies

A Farmgirl's Dabbles' ginger cookies get plenty of oomph from cinnamon and cloves.

23. Classic Lemon Bars

Skip the trip to the bakery, and make this favorite at home. With a buttery crust, Joy the Baker's lemon bars are seriously worth every second it takes to make them.

Try: Ceramabake 8-Inch Baking Pan, $10, Amazon

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