What to Bake When You’re Bored

What to bake when you're bored - 38 ideas for when you don't know what to make

Update: Jan. 12, 2016 

Because this post has been so incredibly popular (particularly in the winter, when it’s too freaking cold to go outside!), we’ve updated and added EVEN MORE things to bake when you’re bored.

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Some days stretch into nowhere. When your usual go-to’s (lounging by the pool, reading a non-textbook, rewatching a cheesy rom com) just aren’t cutting it, it’s time to pull out the flour, sugar and butter and get to work. It can be so soothing to create something out of nothing, and in the end, you get to savor that soul-quenching feeling of productivity while literally tasting the fruits of your labor.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s not going to be judged or graded (unless you share with that insanely opinionated friend, but hopefully she’ll be too busy stuffing her face to comment). It’s just something fun that you can do to knead a little joy out of your day.

So, without further ado, here are our recommendations for what to bake when you’re bored:

How to make a Nutella-filled birthday cake
Photos: Nathan Davison

Nutella-Filled Birthday Cake

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How to make Slutty Brownies as a Cool Whip Pie - Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com
Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com

Slutty Brownie Pie

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Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts from CollegiateCook.com
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Baked Cinnamon-Apple Cider Doughnuts

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How to make truffle-topped oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

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How to make an anti-gravity cake - Photo: Nathan Davison
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A Milk-and-Cereal Anti-Gravity Cake

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Banana Pudding Bars via Delish.com
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Banana Pudding Bars

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Mug Fudge Brownie
Mug Fudge Brownie

Chocolate-Chip Brownie Baked in a Mug

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Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com
Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com

Gingerbread S’mores Cookie Cups

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Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzel Bites

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Peeps S'mores Dip (Photo: Nathan Davison)
Photos: Nathan Davison

Peeps S’mores Dip

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Oven-Baked Apple Empanadas

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Collegiate Cook's No-Bake Cookie Dough Truffles

3-Ingredient Cookie Dough Truffles

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Fruit salsa for parties

Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Chips

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Collegiate Cook

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nutella-swirled brownies

Nutella Swirl Brownies

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gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Green Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches via CollegiateCook.com

Cake Top Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Peanut Butter Pie (Using Greek Yogurt)

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Chocolate-Chip Pretzel Cookies

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3-Ingredient Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

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Tie-Dye Mini Layer Cakes

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Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

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Starbucks copycat recipe: Coffee Cake

Starbucks-style Coffee Cake

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S’mores Cookies

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Mini Baked Apple Pies - Photo: Nathan Davison
Photo: Nathan Davison

Mini Apple Pies

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Unicorn Cake recipe
Yup, that’s a drowning unicorn. Read the post to understand why.

 

 A Drowning Unicorn Cake

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Holiday Cookie Swap Ideas -- Levain Copycat Recipe
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Levain Bakery-Style Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies (with M&Ms!)

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Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com
Photo: Ethan Calabrese/Delish.com

S’mores Cookie Bars

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Blueberry Mini Pies Recipe from CollegiateCook.com

Mini Blueberry Pies

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Napoleon Creme Brownies

Napoleon Creme Brownies

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French Macarons - Photo: Nathan Davison
Photo: Nathan Davison

French Macarons (yes, you can do this!)

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Banana Coconut Muffins

Banana Coconut Muffins

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Monkey Bread recipe from CollegiateCook.com

Monkey Bread

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Easy Sea Monster Cake

Loch Ness Monster Cake

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie

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Gooey chocolate coconut cookies by Samantha Allen
Photo: Candace Braun Davison

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

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6 Comment

  1. sally says: Reply

    these are great ideas thanxs allot

  2. poo says: Reply

    i cant cook any of them

  3. Tessa says: Reply

    Sound delicious will definitely try them!

  4. Sophie says: Reply

    Thanks very much xx they sound delicious I’ll give these a try x

  5. Lilly says: Reply

    The unicorn cake looked amazing !! 😁

  6. Jana says: Reply

    I thought it was GREAT……even though i am a to be 14 yr old i love love love BAKING

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