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41 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

Going out to dinner can be a fun family outing, but there is still something quite comforting about eating at home. Sometimes we crave those dishes from our favorite restaurants, but don’t feel like leaving the house. While takeout is always an option, you can also attempt to make your restaurant favorites from these copycat recipes. Kids craving Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust or Panda Express Orange Chicken? We have the recipes that will keep the whole family happy (and wondering how the dining room transformed into their favorite restaurant!)


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  • Giant Pecan Waffles Waffle House 1 of 42
    Giant Pecan Waffles  Waffle House
    You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas to enjoy these fluffy, syrup-covered waffles.
    Make Giant Pecan Waffles »
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  • Maple Oat Scones Starbucks 3 of 42
    Maple Oat Scones  Starbucks
    Hold onto your money — you can make a dozen of these yummy scones for the cost of buying one at the store!
    Make Maple Oat Scones »
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks 4 of 42
    Pumpkin Spice Latte  Starbucks
    What better way to accompany your affordable maple oat scone than with a homemade pumpkin spice latte?
    Make Pumpkin Spice Latte »
  • Curly Fries Arbys 5 of 42
    Curly Fries  Arbys
    Trust us, these fries have the quintessential fast-food flavor but with half the fast-food fat.
    Make Curly Fries »
  • Big Mac McDonalds 6 of 42
    Big Mac  McDonalds
    Beat your Big Mac craving without even getting into the car!
    Make Big Mac »
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich Wendys 7 of 42
    Spicy Chicken Sandwich  Wendys
    The smell from this spicy chicken sandwich cooking in the kitchen will lure the kids away from their video games.
    Make Spicy Chicken Sandwich »
  • Orange Chicken Panda Express 8 of 42
    Orange Chicken  Panda Express
    Don’t worry about finding a seat at the mall food court — we know how to make your favorite orange chicken at home.
    Make Orange Chicken »
  • Stuffed Crust Pizza Pizza Hut 9 of 42
    Stuffed Crust Pizza  Pizza Hut
    Expect the eyes to fall out of your kids’ heads when they realize that you, too, have figured out how to get cheese in the crust.
    Make Stuffed Crust Pizza »
  • Bourbon Chicken Chinese Buffets 10 of 42
    Bourbon Chicken  Chinese Buffets
    Save yourself the trip to the buffet — Bourbon chicken is even easier to make at home!
    Make Bourbon Chicken »
  • Mac 11 of 42
    Making this mac and cheese at home is just as easy as ordering it at a restaurant. (There are only three ingredients!)
    Make Mac & Cheese »
  • Bucatini allAmatriciana Babbo NYC 12 of 42
    Bucatini allAmatriciana  Babbo NYC
    $20 at a fancy Italian restaurant, $3.50 at home. You do the math.
    Make Bucatini all’Amatriciana »
  • Fried Apple Pie McDonalds 13 of 42
    Fried Apple Pie  McDonalds
    The only way you can still enjoy these old-school, no-longer-made fried apple pies is with this recipe.
    Make Fried Apple Pie »
  • Caramel Macchiato Starbucks 14 of 42
    Caramel Macchiato  Starbucks
    Why spend big money on a venti when you can make it — and free refills — at home?
    Make Caramel Macchiato »
  • Devil’s Food Cupcake Hostess 15 of 42
    Devil's Food Cupcake  Hostess
    Technically it's not processed food so it's completely guilt-free, right?
    Make Devil's Food Cupcake »
  • Vanilla Cupcake Crumbs Bakery 16 of 42
    Vanilla Cupcake  Crumbs Bakery
    Why wait in line for a delicious cupcake that you can easily make at home?
    Make Crumb Cupcake »
  • Blueberry Cutie Pies Hostess 17 of 42
    Blueberry Cutie Pies  Hostess
    Fresh blueberry filling and a flaky, whole-wheat pie crust put the beloved Hostess treat to shame. You won't find pie like this at a 7-11!
    Make Blueberry Cutie Pies »
  • Strawberry Pop Tarts 18 of 42
    Strawberry Pop Tarts
    Now these are the kinds of pop tarts we can get behind when it comes to breakfast for the kiddies.
    Make Strawberry Pop Tarts »
  • Orange Julius 19 of 42
    Orange Julius
    No need to brave crowded food courts when you can cool off with this frothy, delightfully citrus-y treat at home.
    Make an Orange Julius »
  • Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Hot Pockets 20 of 42
    Pepperoni Pizza Rolls  Hot Pockets
    Make these kid-friendly pizzas at home without ever hitting the freezer aisle.
    Make pepperoni pizza rolls »
  • Gluten-free One-Skillet Pasta Hamburger Helper 21 of 42
    Gluten-free One-Skillet Pasta  Hamburger Helper
    Hamburger Helper is genius in its simplicity: one pan, and you’re done. This version uses brown rice pasta and turkey or bison meat for a leaner twist on the original.
    Make one-skillet pasta »
  • Chicken Selects McDonalds 22 of 42
    Chicken Selects   McDonalds
    Want your picky eater to eat healthier? These copycat chicken nuggets — along with honey mustard dipping sauce — will fool even the best fast-food gourmands.
    Make chicken selects »
  • Small Square Burgers Krystal 23 of 42
    Small Square Burgers  Krystal
    In the South, you can buy these burgers by the sack-full — elsewhere, we’re happy to sink our teeth into these homemade versions.
    Make small square burgers »
  • Peanut Butter Eggs Reeses 24 of 42
    Peanut Butter Eggs  Reeses
    Somehow, the ratio of PB to chocolate in Reese’s Easter Eggs is even more perfect than in their classic peanut-butter cups — now you can enjoy them anytime.
    Make peanut butter eggs »
  • Homemade Ferrero Rocher 25 of 42
    Homemade Ferrero Rocher
    These are the perfect chocolate-hazelnut concoction — and cheaper than the store-bought ones!
    Make Ferrero Rocher »
  • Homemade Peeps 26 of 42
    Homemade Peeps
    You can squeeze these homemade Peeps into any shape you like — letters, numbers, or the classic baby chick — to turn your hot chocolate from average to adorable.
    Make Peeps »
  • Funfetti cake 27 of 42
    Funfetti cake
    You’ll never guess what’s used to make the colorful confetti dots in this recipe — chances are it’s already in your pantry.
    Make Funfetti cake »
  • Cadbury Eggs 28 of 42
    Cadbury Eggs
    Easter is prime candy time — but if you didn’t stock up on Cadbury Eggs, this homemade version will tide you over ’til spring.
    Make Cadbury Eggs »
  • Fudgesicles 29 of 42
    The ice cream man’s in trouble. These homemade Fudgesicles are even more chocolaty
    than the originals.
    Make Fudgesicles »
  • Mocha Frappuccino – Starbucks 30 of 42
    Mocha Frappuccino - Starbucks
    If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Starbucks must be really, really flattered.
    Make a mocha frappuccino »
  • Margarita Cupcake – Crumbs 31 of 42
    Margarita Cupcake - Crumbs
    When you’re craving Crumbs’ margarita cupcake but can’t make it to your local chain, these copycats are the perfect solution.
    Make a Crumbs margarita cupcake »
  • Frozen Lemonade – Del’s 32 of 42
    Frozen Lemonade - Del's
    Loyal Del’s fans know the original recipe for this Rhode Island classic was first made from snow — but we think our version’s quite nice with ice.
    Make Del’s frozen lemonade »
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate – Serendipity 33 of 42
    Frozen Hot Chocolate - Serendipity
    Bring a slice of New York’s famous café to your very own kitchen with the frosty sipper that made Serendipity famous.
    Make Serendipity frozen hot chocolate »
  • Edible Flowers – Edible Arrangements 34 of 42
    Edible Flowers - Edible Arrangements
    Want to give a pretty gift that you can eat without paying high prices for a real edible arrangement? Our DIY version’s certainly up to snuff.
    Make DIY Edible Arrangements »
  • Doughnut Holes – Dunkin’ Donuts 35 of 42
    Doughnut Holes - Dunkin' Donuts
    These cinnamon-sugar bites taste just like the ones from America’s favorite coffee chain — without hitting your wallet as hard.
    Make Dunkin’ Donut holes »
  • Banana Cream Pudding – Magnolia Bakery 36 of 42
    Banana Cream Pudding - Magnolia Bakery
    If you can’t make it to the famed cupcake shop, whip up their equally notorious banana
    pudding at home.
    Make Magnolia banana cream pudding »
  • Homemade Twix Bars 37 of 42
    Homemade Twix Bars
    You won’t need a moment to chew over this recipe. Just make it already!
    Make Twix bars »
  • Shamrock Shake – McDonald’s 38 of 42
    Shamrock Shake - McDonald's
    Celebrate St. Patty’s Day year-round with this happy, er, snack — a cool, minty copycat shake. There’s a dairy-free version, too!
    Make a Shamrock Shake »
  • Homemade Ho-hos 39 of 42
    Homemade Ho-hos
    Ho-hos. That’s the preservative-free stuff.
    Make ho-hos »
  • Homemade Nutella 40 of 42
    Homemade Nutella
    Love Nutella but can’t stand the tiny jars it comes in? We feel your pain. Now you can whip it up whenever cravings strike.
    Make Nutella »
  • Blue-Velvet Cupcakes – Magnolia Bakery 41 of 42
    Blue-Velvet Cupcakes - Magnolia Bakery
    Now here's something you don't see everyday: The famous cupcake bakery's popular red-velvet cupcake switches to the other side of the color wheel with these blue-velvet treats.
    Make Magnolia blue-velvet cupcakes »
  • Homemade Oreo 42 of 42
    Homemade Oreo
    This recipe strips the classic sandwich cookie down to its delicious, preservative-free, basics.
    Make Oreos »

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