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30 Recipes for Your Baking Bucket List

Don your apron and dive into the ultimate baking bucket list. We're bringing you oven-ready recipes that range from simple to showstopper.

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Walnut Banana Bread

Difficulty Level: Easy

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I bake 200 loaves of bread. —Douglas Jennings, Ottawa, Kansas
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Difficulty Level: Easy

I love peanut butter and chocolate, so I combined recipes to blend the two. This cake is heavenly served plain or topped with ice cream. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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Lemon Bars

Difficulty Level: Easy

These lemon squares are a delightful recipe from my mother’s file. I’ve been serving it for many years. This lemon bar recipe has a wonderful tangy flavor, and they’re always a hit. The color and shape make them a nice addition to a platter of cookies. —Etta Soucy, Mesa, Arizona
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Bread Pudding with Nutmeg

Difficulty Level: Easy

I always make this bread pudding recipe for my dad on his birthday and on holidays. He says it tastes exactly like the bread pudding with nutmeg he enjoyed as a child. —Donna Powell, Montgomery City, Missouri
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Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

Difficulty Level: Easy

As someone who grew up in the country, I love getting out into nature whenever I can. I also love home-style recipes, including these yummy brownies. —Carol Prewett, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Spiced Peach Cobbler

Difficulty Level: Easy

When you tuck into this warm and comforting fresh peach cobbler, you won’t miss the extra fat and calories a bit! —Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York
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Super Chunky Cookies

Difficulty Level: Easy

Chocolate lovers will go crazy over these cookies that feature loads of chocolate! When friends ask me to make “those cookies,” I know exactly what recipe they mean.-Rebecca Jendry, Spring Branch, Texas
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Buttery Cornbread

Difficulty Level: Easy

A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it’s my favorite. I love to serve the melt-in-your mouth corn bread hot from the oven with butter and syrup. It gets rave reviews on holidays and at potluck dinners. —Nicole Callen, Auburn, California
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Amish Sugar Cookies

Difficulty Level: Easy

These easy-to-make cookies simply melt in your mouth! I’ve passed the recipe around to many friends. After I gave the recipe to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the “best of show” prize! —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri
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Delicious Almond Braids

Difficulty Level: Easy

Similar to an almond crescent, this coffee cake is light and flaky, with a rich almond center. It’s so versatile you can serve it for dessert, breakfast or brunch. It will taste as if it was made from scratch at a bakery, yet the packaged puff pastry makes the recipe quick and easy. —Gina Idone, Staten Island, New York
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Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here’s a simple cake that’s rich, elegant and over-the-top chocolaty. For finishing touches, add powdered sugar, cocoa or liqueur-flavored whipped cream. —Marie Parker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Tender Crescent Rolls

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

My family’s holiday meal consists of different soups and breads. This is one of the favorite breads during that meal. —Bonnie Myers, Callaway, Nebraska
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Peach Cream Puffs

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

On a sizzling day, we crave something light, airy and cool. Nothing says summer like cream puffs stuffed with peaches and whipped cream. —Angela Benedict, Dunbar, West Virginia
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Buttermilk Angel Biscuits

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

When I make these slightly sweet biscuits, sometimes I cut them and fold over one side about a third of the way for a more traditional look. —Carol Holladay, Danville, Alabama
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Basic Homemade Bread

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Here’s a basic yeast-risen white bread that bakes up deliciously golden brown. I enjoy the aroma of freshly baked homemade bread in my kitchen. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York
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Best Cinnamon Rolls

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

I always prepare this roll recipe from my husband’s family for our church conferences. Serve them with scrambled eggs, and you have a filling breakfast. As a variation, you can replace the cinnamon filling with a mixture of raisins and pecans. —Shenai Fisher, Topeka, Kansas
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Bacon Date Bread

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

There is a standing joke between friends that whenever I’m asked to bring a dish to a party, it always contains bacon. My partner loves bacon-wrapped dates and my grandmother got me hooked on date-nut bread, so I made a sweet and salty combination of these recipes. —Terrie Gammon, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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French Loaves

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

My kids love to help me make this delicious bread recipe. It’s quite easy, and they enjoy the fact that they can be eating fresh bread in less than two hours! —Denise Boutin, Grand Isle, Vermont
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Mocha-Hazelnut Glazed Angel Food Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

I love this recipe because it combines three of my favorite flavors: coffee, hazelnuts and cherries. —Joan Pecsek, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Caramelized Baked Custards

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Creme brulee is our favorite dessert and we love Irish cream liqueur, so I decided to put them together for a dinner finale we truly love. With a last name like Moynihan and a husband named Patrick, you can tell St. Patrick’s Day is a very big holiday in our house! -Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Citrus Cranberry Pie

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

To showcase abundant fall cranberries, make this beautiful lattice-topped pie. A dollop of orange cream complements the slightly tart flavor. &mash;Taste of Home Test Kitchen

How to Make a Lattice Pie

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Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

For a change of pace, you can substitute fresh or frozen peach slices for the pineapple in this old-fashioned recipe. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas
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Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you’ll see why this velvety beauty won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Difficulty Level: Advanced

I created this creamy cheesecake using two favorites—caramel and pecans. It’s a stunning cake and rivals any I’ve tasted. —Deidre Sizer, Cedarville, Ohio
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Banana Cream Eclairs

Difficulty Level: Advanced

To surprise my banana-loving family, I made this dessert for a reunion, where it stood out among the usual fare. These special treats are something to look at and mouthwatering delicious. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Florida Citrus Meringue Pie

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Why limit a great dessert to just one kind of citrus fruit? Thanks to orange and lemon, this lovely pie packs a bold sweet-tart flavor! -Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida
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Cardamom Twist

Difficulty Level: Advanced

This golden bread has a soft, tender texture and the perfect amount of cardamom flavor in every bite. Slices are especially good with a cream cheese spread or fresh honey butter. Carla Miller, Pasco, Washington
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Honey Nut & Cream Cheese Baklava

Difficulty Level: Advanced
I love serving impressive desserts that look like you spent hours in the kitchen when, in reality, they’re really easy to make. This is one of those recipes. —Cheryl Lundquist, Wake Forest, North Carolina
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German Apple Strudel

Difficulty Level: Advanced

This gorgeous strudel has just what you crave this time of year: thin layers of flaky crust and lots of juicy apples. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
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Mini Neapolitan Baked Alaskas

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Surprise-there’s ice cream inside! With fancy looks and decadent flavor, this recipe’s a real showstopper. Kids and adults will love this scaled-down classic. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."

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