Baking for People Who Hate Baking

From three-step chocolate cake to drop biscuits with molasses butter, these recipes will please even the most extreme baking haters.

  • Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake with Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream.  All it takes to create the fudgiest, darkest, most magical chocolate cake you’ll ever taste is melting some chocolate and butter, mixing in eggs and sugar, and stirring in a mere tablespoon of flour.
  • Chocolate Balsamic Macaroons. Each bite is a happy marriage of textures and flavors: spikes of crunchy and toasted coconut blanket a chewy core generously studded with semi-sweet chocolate and an unexpected hint of balsamic vinegar.
  • Drop Biscuits with Molasses Butter. Fluffy, delicate, slightly sweet biscuits—and homemade molasses-y butter to slather all over them.
  • Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake. This effortlessly sexy dessert can be stirred together from your pantry. It is cheery and uncomplicated, with a crackly brown crust and an almost pudding-like interior.
  • Cindy Mushet’s Italian Jam Shortbread Tart (Fregolotta). The dough is one simple shortbread that you use for both the crust and the topping. You can make the entire thing in about an hour, including clean-up, and yet somehow it comes out looking like a Byzantine mosaic.
  • Wake-Up Cocoa Quick Bread. This bread comes together effortlessly, and is full of the flavors of espresso and cocoa. It is not too rich or decadent, making it perfect for a guilt-free breakfast.
  • Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Streusel. Peanut butter, chocolate, and just enough nuttiness from the oats to take you back to the no-bake oatmeal cookies you had as a kid—perfect.
  • Warm and Gooey Citrus Pudding. The batter for this comes together in minutes, but the finished product exudes elegance and refinement. You can make this with whatever citrus you have, and with its layers of curd and custard, it's warm and gooey in all the right places.
  • Loaded with Good Stuff Loaf. This is the kind of quick bread you can make with your eyes closed—but you'd never know it. Eat it for breakfast, snack, dessert, or send it off as an edible gift. Just make sure to keep one for yourself.
  • Sesame and Coconut Sugar Cookies. These cookies are just simple enough to whip up at any whim (or craving)—but the addition of the coconut and sesame makes them feel special, and takes them up a notch from basic sugar cookies.

We love baked goods. You love baked goods. The fact is, most people are batshit crazy about baked goods. But, more often than not, we find ourselves running into one small problem—we all want to eat a homemade cookie, warm from the oven, but no one wants to go to the trouble of making them.

Luckily, making homemade baked goods does not have to be a headache of sifting and measuring and stirring and scooping—it can be much, much easier than that. From (almost) flourless chocolate cake to chocolate balsamic macaroons, we have 10 recipes that will please even those who have sworn off baking forever.

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