It’s official, you can cook better than a fast food restaurant and now we have the secret recipes to create fabulous copycats that are even better than the originals. Bloggers share their best copycat recipes for fast food favorites and tasty takeout treats.
By Alissa Harb
We have 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
Starbucks’ Vanilla Almond Biscotti
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
This Wendy’s Copycat Frosty from Kristen of Dine and Dish makes for an all-occasion treat. Now if we could just harness the salty wonder of Wendy’s famous fries. To dip, or not to dip? Get the recipe here.
Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits
A lightened-up version of Red Lobster’s Famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits, courtesy of Todd & Lindsey, will make a lovely addition to any dinner table, though we doubt they’ll last very long. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.