Baking Recipes When You're Procrastinating (2024)

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These baking recipes for cakes, cookies, banana bread and more are a great distraction when you should really be doing something else.

Lemon Bundt Cake Yossy Arefi 1 hour 30 minutes
Cheese Sambousek Joan Nathan, Rachel Harary Gindi 1 1/2 hours
One-Bowl Molasses-Chocolate Cake Yossy Arefi 1 hour 35 minutes
Vanilla Cupcakes Yossy Arefi 45 minutes
Berry Jam Buns Yossy Arefi About 1 1/2 hours, plus about 3 hours’ rising
Cast Iron Orange Cake Lisa Donovan 2 hours
Chocolate Layer Cake Claire Saffitz 2 1/4 hours
Lemon Cupcakes Samantha Seneviratne 40 minutes, plus cooling
Cranberry-Orange Scones Yossy Arefi 35 minutes, plus cooling
Brown-Butter Maple Muffins Yossy Arefi 50 minutes
Pink Grapefruit Bars Jesse Szewczyk About 8 hours 10 minutes
Peach Cobbler Millie Peartree 1 hour
Cherry Almond Cake Samantha Seneviratne 1 hour 45 minutes
Semlor (Cardamom Cream Buns) Matt Haines, Ingrid Schatz 1 hour, plus rising
Croissants Claire Saffitz 24 hours, largely unattended
Overnight Pumpkin Spice French Toast Yossy Arefi 40 minutes, plus overnight chilling
Paris-Brest Claire Saffitz 3 hours, plus cooling and chilling
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pull-Apart Rolls Korsha Wilson, Tanya Holland 45 minutes, plus proofing and cooling
Texas Sheet Cake Genevieve Ko 45 minutes, plus cooling
Frosted Sugar Cookies Eric Kim 55 minutes
Banana Bread Julia Moskin, 1 hour 15 minutes
Easy No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Margaux Laskey, Allysa Torey 45 minutes
Rainbow Sprinkle Cake Julia Moskin, Candace Nelson 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling
Salted Margarita Bars Vaughn Vreeland 45 minutes, plus 2 hours’ freezing
Peanut Butter-Miso Cookies Krysten Chambrot 30 minutes, plus chilling
My Favorite Challah Joan Nathan 1 hour
Pumpkin Bread Samantha Seneviratne 1 1/2 hours
Nutella Banana Bread Yossy Arefi 1 hour 20 minutes
Otis Lee’s Detroit Famous Poundcake CC Allen, Otis Lee, Mr. Fofo’s Deli 1 1/2 hours
Gruyère and Black Pepper Scones Yossy Arefi 45 minutes
Butter Mochi Genevieve Ko 2 hours, plus cooling
Chocolate Chip Cookies David Leite, Jacques Torres 45 minutes, plus chilling
Red Velvet Cupcakes Millie Peartree 45 minutes
Sugar Cookie Bars Margaux Laskey, “American Girl Cookies” 40 minutes, plus cooling
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Erin Jeanne McDowell 45 minutes
Lemony Turmeric Tea Cake Alison Roman 1 1/2 hours
Date Bars Korsha Wilson, Tanya Holland 45 minutes, plus cooling
Black Forest Cake Samantha Seneviratne 1 1/2 hours, plus chilling
Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake Yossy Arefi 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling
Hawaiian Guava Cake Kiera Wright-Ruiz, Alana Kysar 50 minutes, plus chilling
Saffron Pistachio Blondies Priya Krishna 1 hour, plus cooling and chilling
Giant Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Erin Jeanne McDowell 50 minutes, plus chilling
Perfect Black and White Cookies Melissa Clark 1 hour, plus cooling
Rainbow Cake Erin Jeanne McDowell 2 hours, plus 1 1/2 hours’ chilling
Lane Cake Yewande Komolafe 1 1/4 hours, plus cooling
Cheddar Beer Bread Rolls Erin Jeanne McDowell 25 minutes, plus rising
Flourless Cocoa Cookies Melissa Clark, Erin Jeanne McDowell 20 minutes
Milk and Honey Cake Melissa Clark, Odette Williams 1 1/4 hours, plus cooling
Nanaimo Bars Sara Bonisteel 30 minutes, plus 1 1/2 hours’ chilling
Cinnamon Roll Bread Erin Jeanne McDowell 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 2 hours’ rising
Cookies-and-Cream Pavlova Eric Kim 2 ¾ hours
Red Velvet Cookies With White Chocolate Chunks Erin Jeanne McDowell 40 minutes
Gingery Brownie Crinkle Cookies Susan Spungen 30 minutes
Sweet Potato Tea Cake With Meringue Tejal Rao, Elisabeth Prueitt 2 1/4 hours, plus cooling
S’mores Blondies Erin Jeanne McDowell 1 hour, plus cooling
Focaccia Amelia Nierenberg, Caroline Fidanza 30 minutes, plus resting and rising
Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies Alison Roman 45 minutes, plus chilling
Vegan Quick Biscuits Tara Parker-Pope, Chloe Coscarelli 40 minutes
Vegan Brownies With Tahini and Halvah Charlotte Druckman, Amy Chaplin 1 hour 15 minutes, plus chilling
Blue Cheese Swirl Bread Erin Jeanne McDowell 1 hour, plus 1 3/4 hours' rising
Kimchi Cheddar Biscuits Bryan Washington 55 minutes, plus chilling
Chocolate Dump-It Cake Amanda Hesser, Judith Hesser 1 hour 45 minutes
Salted Pretzel Brownies Melissa Clark 1 hour
Cheesy Garlic-Potato Monkey Bread Erin Jeanne McDowell Time: 2 1/2 hours, plus overnight rising
German Chocolate Cake Samantha Seneviratne 1 1/4 hours
French Yogurt Cake With Marmalade Glaze Emily Weinstein, Dorie Greenspan About 1 hour and 20 minutes
Pan-Baked Lemon-Almond Tart Mark Bittman 20 minutes
Berry Buttermilk Cake Dawn Perry 1 1/4 hours, plus cooling
Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns Yossy Arefi About 1 hour, plus 2 3/4 hours’ rising and chilling
Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding) Jocelyn Ramirez 1 1/2 hours, plus chilling and resting
7Up Cake Sam Sifton 1 hour 30 minutes, plus cooling
Poppy Seed Tea Cake Dorie Greenspan 1½ hours, plus cooling
Miso-Maple Loaf Cake Dorie Greenspan 1 hour 10 minutes
One-Bowl Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake Melissa Clark 50 minutes
Cheddar Cheese Coins Kay Chun 50 minutes, plus 2 hours’ chilling
Orange Marmalade Cake Melissa Clark 1 1/2 hours
Chocolate-Cherry Ginger Cookies Yossy Arefi 45 minutes

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