Craving homemade baked goods but not the effort? From savory corn muffins to blueberry bread, these simple New England baking recipes will have you snacking on warm, freshly-baked treats in no time.
18 of Our Simplest Baking Recipes
Who says muffins have to be sweet? Inspired by the savory scones that have become ubiquitous in bakeries and cafés, we created these hearty bacon–scallion corn muffins studded with little bits of bacon and green onion. Serve alone or with eggs, soup, or salad.
Howard L. Puckett
These nutty oatmeal-raisin chocolate chip cookies call for walnuts, peanut butter, and canola oil instead of butter, making them a healthier alternative.
Sweetened with pure maple syrup and the perfect size for snacking, these maple walnut muffins are a popular morning treat.
Incredibly easy (and gluten free!), this recipe for Forgotten Cookies, better known as meringue cookies, is perfect for busy bakers because you just turn off the oven and leave the cookies unattended. Because meringues don’t hold up well in humid weather, they are best made in winter.
Like soufflés, popovers are very dramatic when they come out of the oven, all golden brown and puffed. But, like soufflés, they deflate quickly. Made with fresh rosemary and thyme, these homemade herbed popovers make a delicious addition to the dinner table.
Like sour cream coffee cake, crumb cake was a Northern European invention, originally prepared with a yeast-raised dough but simplified in the 20th century with the use of chemical leaveners like baking powder. It’s generally thought of as a New York specialty, but it’s found all through New England as well.
This moist and flavorful morning glory muffins recipe is made with carrot, apple, coconut, raisins, and cinnamon. It also halves beautifully, so make an extra batch to freeze or share with someone special.
A classic, old-fashioned New England dessert. Soft chocolate cookies with Marshmallow Fluff cream filling never had it so good.
Sweet and spicy thanks to cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these old-fashioned hermit bars are a New England cookie classic.
The beer here adds flavor and helps the bread rise, making this one of the easiest loaves you’ll ever prepare: no kneading, no rising time. Cheddar cheese and fresh scallions give a little extra kick.
These fantastic cider doughnut muffins pack all the flavor of apple cider doughnuts without the fuss and the frying. Yum!
This oven-baked blueberry Dutch baby pancake has the drama of a soufflé without any of the stress. Bring it straight from the oven to the table for all to admire—it will deflate fast but remain slightly puffed and delicious.
These Cranberry Crumble Bars are a great use for those cans of cranberry sauce in the back of your cupboard: Stir them into a fruit filling for these sweet-tart-buttery bars. We love their bright ruby color and ease of preparation.
An old-fashioned recipe for soft ginger molasses cookies from the old Shaker Colony in Alfred, Maine.
This nutty two-layer pineapple right-side-up cake, filled and frosted with tangy cream cheese frosting and slivered almonds, makes for a lovely dessert.
The Publick House restaurant and inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is most famous for its dinner bread basket stocked with sweet and savory treats. But these sweet, golden pumpkin muffins are just as delectable.
The type of cornmeal has a big impact on the texture of cornbread. Use coarse-grind cornmeal for a toothsome texture; medium-grind (stone-ground Rhode Island brands) for a pleasant crunch; or fine-grind (common in supermarkets) for a light, floury finish.