Copycat recipes are a boon to anyone who can’t get to their favorite restaurant (or theme park), wants to save money, or just doesn’t want to put on pants for dinner. There’s also something so deeply satisfying about recreating a familiar flavor in your own kitchen, especially if someone else has already done the reverse engineering for you. From your favorite Girl Scout cookies and Disney treats to beloved chain restaurant staples, we’ve collected all the best copycat recipes in one place.
Almost all mac and cheese is good mac and cheese, but if you have a hankering for the stuff from a particular chain, check out these Copycat Mac and Cheese Recipes for Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, and more.
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It’s easy to fill your cart to overflowing in no time at Trader Joe’s—there’s just so much to tempt you—but if you’re in between grocery runs, you can recreate their everything bagel seasoning, cauliflower gnocchi, orange chicken, and much, much more. See the Best Copycat Trader Joe’s Recipes to Make at Home.
While there’s no perfect substitute for a turn on the teacups or a trip through The Haunted Mansion, you can cook up all the most iconic Disney treats at home, from Dole Whip and Mickey ear ice cream bars to monte cristo sandwiches. Get the Best Disney Copycat Recipes.
Missing the mall? Or maybe just the head-size cinnamon rolls slathered in creamy icing you can smell from an atrium away? This Vegan Copycat Cinnabon Roll Recipe is just as sweet, cinnamon-y, and gooey as you’d hope for, but also plant-based so you can share with (almost) anyone.
From Applebee’s Tomato Basil soup to a creamy Olive Garden copycat, these Soup Recipes from Your Favorite Chains will keep you warm all fall and winter. And they may make continued social distancing a little more easy to bear.
Another benefit of copycat recipes is the opportunity to make things healthier, while still capturing all the essential flavor and texture of the food. The recipes in this guide for How to Make Healthy Fast Food at Home will scratch your itch for Taco Bell, Panda Express, and McDonald’s, without leaving you feeling terrible about yourself.
While Chick-fil-A may no longer be a politically incorrect option, there are any number of reasons you might want to DIY their famous nuggets and waffle fries. This Chick-fil-A Copycat Menu has all your faves so you can do just that, and wash it all down with a frosty lemonade.
You’re probably going to need a nap after a full Cracker Barrel breakfast, so what better place to enjoy it than within stumbling distance of your own bed? These Cracker Barrel Breakfast Recipes run the gamut from chicken fried steak to fried applis (and baked biscuits and muffins too).
We’re big proponents of supporting your local Girl Scout troops, but when it’s not cookie season, it’s time to take matters into your own kitchen. These Girl Scout Cookie Copycat Recipes are here for you when the pro cookie pushers are taking a break.
Whether you take a shortcut with refrigerated pie dough or make it all from scratch, these Homemade Pop-Tart Recipes are a fabulous way to start the day, and you can fill them with whatever you like. Hello, Nutella and banana breakfast pies.
Dunkaroos, Pizza Rolls, and Fruit Snacks—oh, my. You can munch your way down memory lane with these homemade versions of your childhood snack staples. See the Best ’90s Snacks Copycat Recipes and brace yourself for the flood of nostalgia.
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