We’ve got to give it to them. Restaurant chains and fast food joints have a knack for offering up craving-inducing eats. But learn to replicate their recipes at home, and you can tailor your favorite dishes to your own preferences—including opting for fresh, locally produced ingredients.
This collection of restaurant copycat recipes are some of our favorites for comfortably indulging in your favorite dine-out, pick-up and take-out dishes—right from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Cheesecake Factory’s Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Mary of Sifting Focus tackles a Cheesecake Factory’s Carrot Cake Cheesecake. Two desserts in one and decadent to say the least, this copycat may be the undoing of your old favorites (and the newest go-to in your recipe box). Proceed with caution.
Beautifully showcasing the ultimate appeal of restaurant copycats, Leigh Anne of Your Homebased Mom recreates an In-N-Out Burger recipe. Since In-N-Out Burger is only available in a handful of states—none of them anywhere near the East Coast—this recipe is a godsend.
Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti
Izy of Top with Cinnamon offers up a guest post on the site of fellow teenaged blogger, Erica of Cannella Vita. As if this copycat recipe of Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti wasn’t enough to set your mouth to watering, just get a load of the dreamy photography.
Chik-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Notoriously closed on Sundays, Chik-Fil-A presents a very specific challenge for those weekend cravings. But Alyssa from The Recipe Critic comes to the rescue with a Chik-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Copycat. Our hero.
Chili’s Steak Fajitas
Courtesy of The Sisters at Six Sisters’ Stuff, old pros in the copycat game, we find a slow-cooker rendition of Chili’s Steak Fajitas. Not only can you skip the restaurant wait, you can actually go about the rest of your day while these fajitas simmer low and slow.
Starbucks Blueberry Oat Bars
Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Panera’s rotating hearty soup offerings are an easy go-to for cool weather comfort. And now you can make your own Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup any time and as often as you like, thanks to Nathan and Lacy from Wanna Bite.
Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits
A lightened-up version of Red Lobster’s Famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits, courtesy of The Domers from Todd & Lindsey, will make a lovely addition to any dinner table, though we doubt they’ll last very long.
California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza
Does your family go gaga for homemade pizza? This copycat of California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza, as shared by Deborah of Taste and Tell, is a must-try. Deborah’s essential pizza crust tip? Invest in a pizza stone.
P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef
One of our favorite things about the blogger community is just that—the sense of community. We love the combination of stunning photography by Kim of Lovin’ from the Oven and recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff. When the two meet, we’re left with this mouthwatering intro to Copycat P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef.
Applebee’s Maple Walnut Blondie
When we glance over this photo of the Maple Walnut Blondie Copycat from Christy, The Girl Who Ate Everything, we’re suddenly not so sure if copycat recipes serve to combat or encourage cravings. Either way, we’re willing participants.