15 Easy Things To Bake If You're A Beginner

OK, I’ll admit it. Baking can be a bit intimidating for first-timers out there. If you didn’t grow up baking cookies from scratch, I’ve got some ridiculously easy baking recipes for all the beginners out there.

Baking is a precise science. If you add too much flour or too little baking powder, you can throw off the entire recipe. Not to mention there are other factors to consider, like altitude, variations in oven hot spots, and whether you can remember to properly grease that pan before pouring batter into it. For many people, it’s a headache that they’d rather avoid. For some, even the boxed cakes are too much to handle. But, I can promise you, even if you feel like a Greek tragedy every time you turn the oven on, there are recipes out there to get you started off easy.

I personally love to bake, primarily because everything is so dang delicious and warm. So I hate to hear beginners giving up on their baking dreams after being stumped by a particularly difficult recipe. The key to becoming a great baker is practice and starting off with the right baking recipes. These easy baking recipes can be thrown together by anyone, and will get you more comfortable with your own baking prowess. You’ll be a baking champion in no time, I swear.

1. Summer Cake with Fruit & Cream

This simple one-bowl butter cake from the Kitchn comes together quick and easy. You literally just throw everything in there, bake it, and top with whipped cream and fruit. So easy, right?

2. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These may sound super fancy, but cookie bar recipes like this one from Brown Eyed Baker are notoriously simple to throw together. Usually they only require one bowl.

3. Peach Cake

You are a mere four steps away from this peachy keen cake from Natasha’s Kitchen. It’s the ideal summer dessert recipe to have on hand for picnics or random drop-bys.

4. Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a personal easy baking recipe favorite of mine. This version from Something Swanky requires little to no effort, and that gooey mess you end up with is finger-licking amazing.

5. Drop Biscuit Cobbler

Cobbler is the easy baking route that anyone can master. Tori Avey makes a drop biscuit version that comes together in a few steps, and everyone will think you spent hours on it.

6. Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cover a cake in sweet, dripping icing, and you’ve got my heart. It’s hard to believe such a gorgeous cake from Cookies & Cups could be as easy as it is.

7. Individual Mixed Berry Clafoutis

Don’t let the fancy name intimidate you. This baking recipe from the Kitchn takes very little attention, and it looks classy AF. Your friends won’t know what to do with themselves.

8. Blueberry Crumb Bars

Now is the time to get into baking with fruits, and Brown Eyed Baker makes it easy with this crumb bar recipe. You don’t even have to cook down the berries; just toss them with a bit of sugar and cornstarch, and they’ll bake up on their own in the oven.

9. Flourless Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Think you can’t master something as simple as an incredible chocolate chip cookie? Think again. Table for Two has a foolproof recipe for you, so have your milk ready when these bad boys get out of the oven.

10. Four-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s hard to mess up a cookie recipe when there are only four ingredients. These soft and chewy peanut butter cookies from Averie Cooks are so simple; you’ll never need another cookie recipe for the rest of your life.

11. Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

If you are sprinkle-obsessed like I am, funfetti cake mix cookies from Mom on Timeout are going to be your new go-to. This recipe is so easy; it even uses cake mix as the base so you don’t have to measure out a ton of ingredients.

12. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

Two ingredients are all that stand between you and these indulgent pumpkin cookies from Cookies & Cups. If you really want to up your game, throw in some milk or white chocolate chips. Hey now, expert baker status is within reach with that move.

13. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

As Averie Cooks says, this recipe is “goofproof.” With a selling line like that and all that chocolate packed in there, I don’t know why you aren’t running to the kitchen already.

14. Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Crinkle cookies are perfect for the beginner baker because you don’t need any skill to get that awesome crinkle effect. This recipe from My Baking Addiction will look delicious even if you think you messed up along the way. It’s foolproof.

15. Samoas Cookie Pie

I know this looks intimidatingly delicious, but Averie Cooks makes this pie recipe so simple, you’ll be chowing down on a slice before you know it. Don’t worry; you don’t even have to make the caramel sauce yourself.

Now head into that kitchen with all the confidence of a professional pastry chef.

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