10 Recipes For Fresh Baked Goods in Under an Hour

There’s a time for layer cakes and lattice-topped pies. There’s a time for yeasted breads that need kneading and shaping, and a time for croissant adventures. There’s a time for cheesecakes and trying to fill your own cream puffs. These fresh baked goods are not for those times. These recipes are for when you have a craving and you need something baked, right now, and the bakery is closed/too far away/expensive. They’re for the days when someone drops in unexpectedly or you forgot company was coming. These are for when you just need to bake, bake, bake.

With hands-on time demanding less than 10 minutes and baking times averaging 30 minutes, these recipes are perfect for turning your kitchen into your very own bakery at a moment’s notice.

1. Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

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These banana oat muffins from Pinch of Yum are amazing for three reasons: They take about 30 minutes from start to finish, the oat topping gets perfectly crispy, and they have almost no added sugar but are naturally sweet. With only 2 tablespoons of honey or real maple syrup, all the sweetness comes from quickly caramelizing the bananas in the oven. You could make 6 jumbo muffins for the full bakery experience, but they may take a bit longer to cook.


  • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced, not overly ripe
  • 1 cup oats, pulsed through a food processor until coarse flour forms
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ⅓ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or real maple syrup


See recipe directions at Pinch of Yum

2. Big, Soft, and Chewy Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

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If there is one icon of an American bakery that you can quickly reproduce at home, it has to be the oversized cookie. These cookies from Averie Cooks come together in 10 minutes and cook in 12, though she suggests chilling the dough for 1 to 3 hours. If you don’t chill the dough as the recipe is written, they’ll puddle and you’ll be left with thin, crunchy blobs rather than big, soft, chewy cookies. If you must have cookies immediately, replace half the butter with shortening and cross your fingers.


  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • granulated sugar, for rolling

See recipe directions at Averie Cooks

3. Cranberry Scones

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The perfect just-slightly sweet quick baked good to go with a cup of morning coffee or afternoon tea, these scones from Alton Brown via Food Network get an appealing zing from dried cranberries. When working with butter in times like these, the idea is to work cold and quickly so the butter doesn’t start to melt until the scones hit the oven, creating that wonderful, tender flakiness. This recipe will take about 25 minutes from start to finish.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ¾ cup cream
  • 1 egg
  • Handful dried cranberries

See recipe directions at The Food Network

4. Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

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David Lebovitz, master of all things chocolate, grew up next door to the Hepburns (not Audrey, though, she lived down by the sea). This was Katharine’s recipe, adapted slightly by David, for a cakey, chewy, darkly chocolate brownie, perfect for a bakery brownie that doesn’t come from a box. They’ll cook up in 45 minutes, tops, depending on how long it takes you to melt butter into chocolate.


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup nuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup roasted cocoa nibs

See recipe directions at David Lebovitz

5. No-Knead Bread

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This recipe is cheating a little, but what’s a bakery without bread? Forget kneading and shaping and proofing, though. You’ll need to spend approximately 1 minute preparing the dough for this no-knead bread from Jim Lahey via The New York Times, then it does everything else on its own until it’s ready to go in the oven.


  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1⅝ cups water
  • Extra flour as needed

See recipe directions at The New York Times

6. Coconut Macaroons

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It’s all about that extra vowel. These are not the little fussy French cookie sandwiches (macarons), but instead the joyous little mounds of coconut and whipped egg white. This recipe from Bob’s Red Mill takes 25 minutes to come together and only 5 ingredients. Do be sure to use unsweetened coconut, though, to avoid a sugar shock.


  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 egg whites

See recipe directions at Bob’s Red Mill

7. Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

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This recipe requires a doughnut pan, but if you often find yourself with a doughnut craving, the pan is totally worth the extra dish in your cabinet. Joy the Baker creates depth in these doughnuts with browned butter, and then takes the hassle out of making doughnuts by baking, not frying them. No inches of hot oil to watch and then clean up, no candy thermometers, and fewer calories with these!

Note: the use of buttermilk here is chemically important to how the doughnuts rise in the oven. If you don’t have buttermilk, add ½ tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to milk and stir.



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

See recipe directions at Joy the Baker

8. No Bowl Chocolate Cake

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Forget layer cakes. This chocolate cake from Martha Stewart does not use a single bowl. Seriously. No bowl. It comes together in under an hour and you mix it entirely in the baking sheet. You can then cover it with frosting, powdered sugar, or leave it be and eat with a dollop of crème fraîche as a snacking cake.


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup cold water

See recipe directions at Martha Stewart

9. Jacked-Up Banana Bread

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What makes this banana bread jacked up? Well, bourbon, mostly. For days when banana bread just seems so mundane, throw a kick in the batter and bake up this banana bread from Smitten Kitchen in just under an hour. Eat slices throughout the day.


  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • ⅓ cup melted salted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Up to ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1½ cups flour

See recipe directions at Smitten Kitchen

10. Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Do as all bakeries do these days and make something pumpkin flavored. Again, breads do take a bit longer to bake. This is made up for in spades, however, with how easy they are to get right and how quickly the batter comes together. This pumpkin bread from Garnish and Glaze is topped with cream cheese frosting. To keep the frosting from melting, you should let the bread cool completely. Since approximately no one has time for that, go ahead and cut a slice off first and smear it with some frosting. The rest can get frosted later.



  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ⅓ cup water


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¾ to 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

See recipe directions at Garnish and Glaze

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