We got to give it to them—restaurant chains and fast food joints have a knack for creating addictive eats. Replicate their recipes at home and you can tailor flavors to your specific likings, utilize fresh, quality ingredients and produce enough for friends and family—all while saving on cash.
This collection of restaurant copycat recipes, pulled from around the blogosphere, are some of our favorites for comfortably indulging in dine-out, pick-up and take-out menu items at home.
Cheesecake Factory’s Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Mary of baking blog 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 will be a godsend for all relocated West-Coasters.
Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti
Izy of Top with Cinnamon offers up a guest post on the site of fellow teenaged blogger—yes, you read that right—Erica of Cannella Vita. As if this copycat recipe of Starbucks Vanilla Almond Biscotti wasn’t intriguing enough, 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 late weekend cravings. But Alyssa from The Recipe Critic comes to our 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 they cook.
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 anytime you like and as often, thanks to the efforts of 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.