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28 Delightful Recipes for Fighting Boredom

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Fun recipes should bring more to the table than just a delicious end product. They should offer an inspired way to spend a few hours in the kitchen and a creative blueprint for using pantry staples. We've gathered sweet and savory homemade versions of your favorite snacks and desserts, so you can unleash your inner cook and baker, whether you're fighting boredom alone or with the whole family.

Homemade Donuts

sprinkled donuts on a colorful plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If you've ever wanted to attempt homemade donuts, now is the time. Use this uncomplicated old-fashioned recipe and you'll be munching on hot, sweet dough in no time.

Get our recipe for Homemade Donuts

Potstickers with a Three-Ingredient Dipping Sauce

Courtesy of Little Spice Jar

Get yourself some potsticker wrappers, and you're halfway there to solving the mystery of how potstickers are made. Start with this easy beginner recipe and graduate to more complex fillings and sauces in no time.

Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar

Mini Italian Meatball and Mac n Cheese Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Portion your meatball–mac and cheese dinner into small veggie bowls made of hollowed out peppers, and you'll wonder how something so indulgent can feel so wholesome.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest

Matcha Oreos

matcha oreos
Courtesy of My Name is Yeh

Oreos may be at the top of our "baking projects that impress" list. This version by Molly Yeh is stuffed with a matcha filling, which not only gives the cookie a beautiful green hue, but also sets it apart as the store-bought version's cultured cousin. Got milk?

Get the recipe from My Name Is Yeh

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake

homemade funfetti cake
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

Funfetti have the ability to fun-up just about anything, but they work especially well when baked into a sponge. They'll melt into little droplets of vibrant color that will make you feel like it's your birthday (oh, it isn't?).

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake

giant cinnamon roll cake
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

This is one recipe that's truly as fun to make as it is to eat. Giant versions of our favorite foods are always impressive, and when giant means more layers of cinnamon goodness, it's a slam dunk.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Homemade Tater Tots

homemade tater tots
Courtesy of Well Plated

Nothing like getting back to basics, and making them at home from scratch. This recipe will yield grown-up, dare we say gourmet, tots, with bacon, cheese, and chives. Use this as a blank canvas for spices and flavors you like on your potatoes.

Get the recipe from Well Plated

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

ramen noodle salad
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Have you ever thought about eating a raw packet of ramen? Much less using it in a salad? Here you'll do both, and discover that this $2 noodle has a lot more potential beyond just soup.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Chicken Ranch Bacon Taco Boats

taco boats
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Think of these boats as more delightful versions of chicken quesadilla. Because they're tightly packed when they go into the oven, they'll retain their turned-up shape and delight your youngest family members come dinner time.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Cold Brew Coffee Soda Floats

cold brew coffee soda
Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

If you enjoy coffee desserts, knock it out of the park with this combo of cold brew, vanilla ice cream, and melted chocolate. Is it breakfast, is it dessert? You don't have to decide.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats

Donut Milkshakes

donut milkshakes
Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

And if you've decided to try making homemade donuts as suggested above, save a few for donut milkshakes. You only need two other ingredients for this delightful childhood throwback.

Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Avocado Toast

avocado toast
Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

A good medley of toppings can really bring out your creative side. And sky's the limit when it comes to topping your avocado toast, because there are more things that work on it than not. Get some inspo from this recipe or dream up your own combo using spices, seeds, herbs, and veggies in your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate

Wild-Caught Tuna Crostini

wild caught tuna crostini
Courtesy of The View from Great Island

The formula is pretty simple here—bring out your inner chef and challenge yourself to making the most interesting crostinis possible. They'll all have tuna as a base, which you can dress up with your pantry staples like eggs, pickles, and even beans.

Get the recipe from The View from Great Island

Two-Ingredient Homemade Pasta

homemade pasta
Courtesy of Bigger Bolder Baking

Get ready to let go of your long-held belief that making homemade pasta is what professional chefs do in their free time. You only need two ingredients for this recipe (you read that right), and you can make it without a pasta machine.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking

Pizza Quesadillas

pizza quesadilla
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

A beloved food masquerading as another beloved food? Sign us up! This recipe is perfect for a first cooking project with kids, and for guilty pleasure eating once they've gone to bed.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Neapolitan Cupcakes

recipes for boredom neopolitan cupcakes
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

You'll make chocolate and vanilla cupcake batter, and then use a combo for these visually stunning cupcakes. The strawberry frosting is a must because it blends well with both. Just make sure you use see-through cupcake liners to show off your creation in its full glory.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy

Idaho Sunrise

idaho sunrise
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Serve the breakfast trifecta—eggs, bacon, and potatoes—in a completely new way. Hollow out some baked potatoes and nestle your eggs and bacon in there, before you top it all off with cheese.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Pink Pickled Deviled Eggs

recipes for boredom pink pickled deviled eggs
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

How you like your deviled eggs almost certainly has roots in your childhood. So make some standout memories for your kids and loved ones by adding a beautiful pink hue and a nice pickled kick to your family's version.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite

Sweet and Salty Puffcorn Mix

puffcorn snack mix
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

Dress up your puffcorn with pretzels, M&Ms, and white chocolate for a snack that's greater than the sum of its parts. It's one of the easiest show-stopping snacks you can make, and it stores well for later, too.

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite

Fried Rice Balls

recipes for boredom rice balls arancini
Courtesy of Real Food By Dad

Arancini are always fun to make, and even more fun to eat. You'll flavor the rice with some Tabasco sauce to give it a bit of heat, and you'll sneakily hide mozzarella in the middle. Once these rice balls get fried up, the gooey, melty center will surprise and delight at first bite.

Get the recipe from Real Food By Dad

English Muffin Pizza

recipes for boredom English muffin pizza
Courtesy of Well Plated

Turn the bland and boring English muffins into an opportunity for creative mini pizzas. It's such a great hack for when you realize lunch is 15 minutes away, and you have the biggest craving for your favorite food.

Get the recipe from Well Plated

Caramel-Stuffed Nutella Cookies

caramel stuffed nutella cookies
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

Not sure many chocolate cookies can compete with the indulgent, gooey center of these caramel-stuffed creations. If we could only bake one cookie for the rest of our lives, it would probably be this one.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Bites

recipes for boredom banana chocolate chip ice cream bites
Courtesy of The Baker Mama

Moms know that sweet cravings are never too far away, and this blogger mom created the most ingenious dessert hack of all time. The recipe only needs two ingredients, one of which is a fruit! Brava!

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama

Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini Bowls

lasagna zucchini boats
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

Anything shaped like a boat and then loaded with a delicious crew of ingredients is a winner in our book of fun recipes. This lighter take on lasagna brings all the craveable textures and flavors, with an extra serving of veggies.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy

Taco-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

recipes for boredom bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers
Courtesy of Taste and Tell Blog

Stuff anything with well-seasoned meat and cheese, and you'll have a visually stunning bite. But wrap the whole thing in bacon, and there's really no contest on the visual appeal, or the flavor. Making this dressed up classic right at home is an hour well spent.

Get the recipe from Taste and Tell Blog

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

recipes for boredom bbq meatloaf
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

A meatloaf is a great starter dish when you don't have much experience preparing meaty mains. Make yours infinitely better with the addition of sweet potato, and a stuffing of cheddar cheese.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

Crazy Dough Stuffed Bread

recipes for boredom crazy dough stuffed bread
Courtesy of Bigger Bolder Baking

If you make the base dough for this recipe, there are dozens of ways to use it for inspired bakes. But we really love this stuffed bread because it's pull-apart and features a great combo of bacon and cream cheese.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking

S'mores Pops

recipes for boredom smores pops
Courtesy of Inspired Taste

This recipe proves that there's more than one way to do s'mores right. Think of it as a deconstructed version where you'll start with a marshmallow base (on a stick), and roll it in the rest of the classic s'mores ingredients.

Get the recipe from Inspired Taste

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