Fun Things to Bake: 29 Great Ideas

There is nothing like a cheeky treat day to cheer you up when you are feeling down in the dumps, or just bored. If you are a keen baker, then just the action of making something will be enough to cheer you up. Then at the end of it, you get a yummy treat to take your mind off the fact that you were ever bored in the first place. 

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There is nothing more enjoyable than whipping up a treat from scratch, and nothing tastes better than homemade food. With that in mind, we’ve put together this complete guide to 30 different fun things to bake when you fancy a treat. With savory and sweet snacks included, there is something for everyone in this list. 

So, with no further ado, let’s dive right in. 

Savory Treats 

  1. French Fries

Everybody loves french fries, right? They are undoubtedly one of the best comfort foods that exist, and are so versatile. French fries are surprisingly easy to make, and they will be a lot healthier when you make them at home.

Baking rather than frying makes homemade french fries a lot lighter to eat, and a lot tastier, too. Simply soak the fries for 30 minutes before you cook them, and dry them before you place them in the oven. That way, you’ll have baked french fries that are just as crunchy as regular french fries. 

  1. Baked Potato Chips

Sticking to the theme of baked foods, you should also think about making baked potato chips. There’s nothing quite like chips and dips, and making your own chips takes this snack to the next level.

Baked potato chips are also much healthier than regular potato chips, so there’s no need to feel guilty if you bake this treat. But be warned, these treats are incredibly moreish, and you might find yourself eating the tray in one sitting! 

  1. Sheet Pan Nachos

Another great snack that contains potato chips is sheet pan nachos. Nachos are, without a doubt, one of the most superior snacks, and they are even better because they can also be enjoyed as a meal. Pile your crunchy chips high, and smother them with cheese and other toppings.

In particular, salsa, jalapeños, minced meat and guacamole make wonderful toppings. For an extra treat, put a layer of cheese in the middle of your chips to ensure that the whole dish gets a topping, rather than just the top layer. 

  1. Homemade Pretzels

If you want a salty treat, then there’s no denying that pretzels are the ultimate choice. You might expect pretzels to be difficult to make, but they are actually surprisingly easy as long as you follow a good recipe. This is by no means a quick snack to make, but it is a real treat if you have the time to spare. So, if you want a warm, soft, and salty treat, this is the one to make. 

  1. Baked Brie

If you are a cheese lover (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), this is the perfect treat to cheer you up! This dish is aesthetically pleasing, beautiful to look at, and delicious to boot. This dish is also insanely easy to make, simply pop your brie in the oven to intensify the flavor.

Cook in the rind, or wrap in bacon or pastry, and at the end you’ll have a gooey dish of deliciousness. Add some nuts or jam to the dish, and this is a yummy treat that will make you feel warm inside. 

  1. Focaccia Bread  

Another wonderful comfort food is bread, and Focaccia is undoubtedly one of the best types of bread that exists. This is a treat that will need to be planned a day in advance, but it is so good.

So if you know that you have a dull day ahead, prepare your dough ready to enjoy the next day. Stick to the classic recipe, or switch it up with some sun-dried tomatoes. Either way, you’ll have a yummy treat to enjoy. 

  1. Vegan Savory Donuts

Now, donuts are traditionally a sweet treat, but this recipe for a vegan savory alternative is insanely good. They have a donut shape and are packed with flavor from the herbs that season them.

These treats make a great snack, are enjoyable to make, and are great to serve as a treat, and are a great finger food next time you have guests around. So. they are definitely one to consider. 

Sweet Treats 

  1. Funfetti Cupcakes

If you want a fun sweet treat to make, then look no further than funfetti cupcakes. Funfetti style cakes are something that have become very popular in recent years, and they are a guaranteed hit if you have children.

Funfetti cupcakes have sprinkles everywhere, including in the batter and on the icing. There’s really nothing better than a cake that is covered in sprinkles, so these are guaranteed to be a hit if you decide to treat yourself. 

  1. Funfetti Brownies

Sticking to the Funfetti theme, we would also recommend giving funfetti brownies a try. These are perfect if you love the gooey texture of brownies, but don’t like the intense chocolate flavor.

These brownies contain absolutely zero chocolate, but they contain lots of sprinkles and are so cute to look at. So, if you want a gooey treat to cheer you up, funfetti brownies are the one to choose. 

  1. S’mores Brownies

If the thought of chocolateless brownies has disappointed you, here’s a recipe for you to consider. If you love S’mores, and you love brownies, these are guaranteed to be a hit. With a graham cracker base, a layer of brownie, and a melted marshmallow top, these are the perfect combination of s’mores and brownies all in one.

Some recipes say you should layer your graham crackers whole to make the base, but we have found that crushing them (like you would for a cheesecake base) is the best option if you want your brownies to be delicious. 

  1. Sprite Cake

Using soda in a cake is definitely a thing. You have probably heard of lots of people baking Coca-Cola into a cake, but this can also be done with lemon drinks, such as Sprite. Sprite can be used to infuse the cake with a lemony-citrus flavor, and it can also make the cake a lot lighter due to the bubbles in the soda. Top this cake with icing and lemon slices for a nice and refreshing treat. 

  1. Do-Nothing Cake

The name of this cake implies that you don’t have to do anything to make it, but of course this isn’t the case. The main reason that this cake is given this name is because it is easy to make, and requires very minimal effort and ingredients.

Simply add all the ingredients into your bowl and mix, bake the cake and top with icing when it is cooked. This cake doesn’t require you to ‘do nothing’ as the name suggests, but it does require you to do the bare minimum which is just as good if you fancy a treat, but don’t want to be baking for hours. 

  1. Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly cupcakes are a staple all across the world. They might have different names, in the UK they are called fairy cakes, but the principle is always the same. Butterfly cupcakes can bring back sweet memories of childhood, which are perfectly complemented by this sweet treat.

Just bake your cupcakes like normal, then scoop out the top bit. Cut these in half and set aside. Fill the whole with buttercream, then add the ‘wings’ that you cut earlier. Then your butterfly cupcakes are ready to enjoy. 

  1. Slutty Brownies

Jumping back on the brownie train, you have to try slutty brownies. The name might not be enough to sell you on them, but the ingredients definitely will be. Slutty brownies begin with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough. This is then topped with a layer of double-thickness Oreos, and finished off with a thick layer of chocolate brownie mix. If you thought regular brownies were good in terms of gooey-ness, these brownies are next level and a great way to treat yourself. 

  1. Earthquake Cake

You might not have heard of this delicacy before, but Earthquake cake is actually a type of German chocolate cake. The cake itself is gooey and moist, like all good chocolate cakes should be, and is topped with a mixture of pecans and coconut in one frosting.

The frosting is swirled into the cake, and you can even add pecans and coconut to the batter if you like. This isn’t for everyone, but if you like these ingredients, then you will love this cake. 

  1. Unicorn Banana Bread

Banana bread is a home comfort for so many people, and this recipe is next level. Banana bread can often be quite dull to look at, despite its insane flavor, but unicorn banana bread definitely makes up for this.

This cake is topped with lots of sprinkles and a sweet glaze that will intensify the flavor and make this so much more pleasing to look at. So if you love banana bread, but don’t love its appearance, this is the treat for you. 

  1. Baked Donuts

We spoke about vegan savory donuts earlier, now let’s take a look at a sweet recipe. There isn’t much better than a donut, and this recipe is delicious. These donuts are baked in the oven to make them healthier, and can be topped with absolutely anything that you want.

If you love chocolate on your donuts, or you prefer icing and sprinkles, you can tailor these donuts to suit you, and that is what makes them so great. 

  1. Pineapple Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is so popular because of its light texture and the fact that it can be used with almost any flavor and still be a success. One fruit that goes perfectly with angel food cake is pineapple.

Pineapple is sweet, and delicious, and refreshing, so it works perfectly with the arguably bland flavor of angel food cake. All you need for this is angel food cake mix and a tin of pineapples, then you are good to go. 

  1. Brownie Dessert Pizza

If one of your comfort foods is pizza, but you want a sweet treat, this is the one for you. Brownie dessert pizza combines the best things about pizza with the best sweet ingredients to ensure that each slice is super yummy.

Add almost anything to this dessert pizza, and it will taste great, so spoil yourself by adding all your favorite sweets and chocolates to the recipe before you cook. 

  1. Millionaire Pie

If you want a dish that screams wealth, then millionaire pie is the one to try. This pie is given its name because every bite tastes like a million bucks due to the delicious ingredients used to make it. It is fruity, and tropical, and easy to make at home. So, if you want to make a fancy treat to cheer you up, millionaire pie is the one to opt for. 

  1. Peach Cobbler Cake

Another fun dish to try making is peach cobbler cake. If you love cake, and you love peach cobbler, as you have guessed, this is the one for you. This is a totally random creation, but one that is definitely a hit.

It is effortless to make, and a great way to comfort yourself without the stress that sometimes comes with baking. So, for a refreshing treat, peach cobbler is the one. 

  1. Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

If you don’t fancy cake or biscuits, and would prefer a fruity treat, then maple vanilla baked pears are perfect. Most commonly, you will find people poaching their pears before serving them, but this is usually very difficult to perfect.

Baking your pears is much easier, and you still end up with the same wonderful finished product. Simply slice your pears, prepare your other ingredients and bake. They take very little time to make, and are truly delicious to eat, so if you want to stay away from cakes, then these are a wonderful alternative. 

  1. Chocolate Scones

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But, if you fancy a chocolate cake treat, then chocolate scones are great. Without their topping, scones are usually fairly savory, but this isn’t the case with chocolate scones.

Chocolate scones are packed with the flavor of cocoa, and they can make a wonderful treat, and an equally wonderful breakfast dish. Stay away from your regular scone toppings, and opt for peanut butter or a chocolate sauce to make this treat truly delicious. 

  1. Death by Chocolate

If you fancy a truly scrumptious chocolate dessert, then ‘death by chocolate’ is the one. Death by chocolate is a delicious trifle style treat, packed with different flavors so that every bite is an experience.

With multiple layers of chocolate, cream, and vanilla pudding, death by chocolate also offers lots of ways for you to switch up this recipe and tailor it to your own tastes. So, it is worth a try. 

  1. Italian Rainbow Cookies

Before we take a look at some crunchier options that you have, we would suggest giving Italian Rainbow Cookies a try. Their name suggests that they are cookies, but these treats couldn’t be any further away from a cookie if they tried.

These treats are common in bakeries all over New York and California, and are essentially rainbow layers of almond cake filled with jam and topped with an almond paste. They aren’t for everyone, but if you fancy something Italian, they are a great treat to try, and they are also pretty easy to make too. 

  1. Mexican Wedding Cookies

Moving onto actual cookies, let’s start with Mexican Wedding Cookies. Despite their name, these cookies aren’t only made to enjoy in weddings, they can make a great treat whenever you need one. They have various names all over the world, and are enjoyed all around the globe.

They melt in your mouth when you bite into them, but have the perfect hard appearance that every good cookie needs. These cookies contain almonds, but these can easily be switched out for almost any nut to suit your preferences. 

  1. Gumdrop Cookies

If you have young people in your household, the perfect cookies to make as a treat are gumdrop cookies. The inclusion of gumdrops in the recipe makes these cookies colorful, and immediately attractive to children. They also taste insanely sweet and showcase the gumdrops as the main ingredient.

These cookies are light, and they crumble when you bite into them, this combined with the excellent flavor makes them insanely moreish. So, when you make these cookies, be aware that you might find yourself having to make another batch pretty soon, because these will be gone in minutes. They simply taste that good. 

  1. Cowboy Cookies

If you fancy cookies, and want to stick to the classic style, then cowboy cookies are the one for you. The cookies that we have looked at so far have been a little outside the box, so if you want to stick with a recipe that you know you will love, this is the one.

Cowboy cookies have a crisp exterior and a soft interior that is packed with chocolate and oats. They are yummy, delicious, and easy to make, so they are guaranteed to be an enjoyable treat. 

  1. Kitchen Sink Cookies

But, if you would prefer a cookie recipe that is packed with all sorts of ingredients, then kitchen sink cookies will be the better choice for you. These cookies are aptly named because they are packed with all sorts of ingredients, seemingly everything but the kitchen sink.

From classic ingredients like chocolate and toffee, to more adventurous ingredients like pretzels and Reese’s pieces, there are lots of different things that you can add into these cookies. And there is no need to stick to the recipe, you can add almost anything that you want. So, these are the perfect choice if you want all of your home comforts in one cookie. 

  1. Rainbow Shortbread

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Finally, let’s wrap this up with rainbow shortbread. Shortbread on its own is delicious, but rainbow shortbread is even better. With the addition of rainbow sprinkles, every piece looks like a real treat, and they are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids too!

Once you have cooked these sweet treats, you can then cut them up into small pieces and enjoy them as shortbread bites. But, be warned, they won’t last long, they are simply too yummy. 

Summary

In short, this has been a complete wrap up of 30 fun things to bake when you find yourself needing a treat. From savory dishes like nachos and baked brie, to sweet treats like brownies and cookies, we have looked at absolutely everything.

So, if you find yourself needing a treat, and don’t know what to bake, check out this guide to find the perfect recipe for you. 

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