If you’re not someone who bakes regularly, you should think about starting. Studies show that baking has a variety of mental health benefits including reduction of anxiety and depression, so it can do everyone some good!
Here, we’re going to give you the best dessert recipes for baking newbies and experts alike. Read on to make yourself feel good both mentally and orally.
- Homemade Sugar Cookies
Making sugar cookies is a pretty simple dessert recipe that’s fun to do alone or with children. You’ll need to make a batter with:
- 2 3/4 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 egg
All of these ingredients should be beaten until smooth and baked for 8-10 minutes.
Many people use liquid sugar in their recipes for cookie icing, but this is something that should definitely be avoided. Instead, try using natural white sugar grains and making buttercream icing with them. Not only will this be more flavorful than liquid cane sugar, but it cuts out unnecessary chemicals and preservatives that come in this liquid.
In any case, beat your sugar with some butter and food dye in a mixer until it becomes smooth. Apply it to the top of your (hopefully cooled-down) cookies, sprinkle some nonpareils on top, and enjoy!
- Chocolate Fudge Cake
We’re not going to tell you how to make batter here. Just use the box, for all we care! We’re here to give you an inside baking tip.
The secret to the best chocolate fudge cake? An unexpected and unsung hero: mayonnaise. It adds a rich flavor and moisture to your favorite cake recipe so that you can experience an even better texture.
Get a box of chocolate cake mix and follow the box recipes, but add in a cup of mayo. We guarantee that you’ll love the way that it tastes even more than you did without it!
- English-Style Scones
Having traveled to England, we can definitively say that English-style scones are way better than American ones. They’re much lighter and fluffier while having a more natural flavor. You can’t really get them here, either, so you’ll need to make your own using:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- 4 teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 3 tablespoons of COLD unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup of milk
- 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of milk (to glaze)
Rub the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter together while adding the milk into the bowl slowly. The milk will make the sticky dough come together slowly. Then, make the dough into one thick loaf and cut it with a well-floured cookie cutter into the shape that you want your scone to be.
Brush the egg yolk and milk mixture on it and bake at 425 F for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy with clotted cream, jam, and a cup of your favorite tea!
(Also, we love blackberries baked into our scones more than pretty much anything. Just a suggestion.)
Beyond the Best Dessert Recipes
No matter how bad a day you’re having, baking and eating a delicious dessert is sure to lift your spirits.
Now that you know the best dessert recipes out there, it’s time to get more insight into things that can brighten your day. Check out the rest of our webpage for articles on food, entertainment, and more!