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50 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 2 of 51
You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas to enjoy these fluffy, syrup-covered waffles.

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Maple Oat Scones — Starbucks 3 of 51
Hold onto your money — you can make a dozen of these yummy scones for the cost of buying one at the store!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte — Starbucks 4 of 51
What better way to accompany your affordable maple oat scone than with a homemade pumpkin spice latte?

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Curly Fries — Arby's 5 of 51
Trust us, these fries have the quintessential fast-food flavor but with half the fast-food fat.

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Big Mac — McDonald's 6 of 51
Beat your Big Mac craving without even getting into the car!

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Spicy Chicken Sandwich — Wendy's 7 of 51
The smell from this spicy chicken sandwich cooking in the kitchen will lure the kids away from their video games.

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Orange Chicken — Panda Express 8 of 51
Don’t worry about finding a seat at the mall food court — we know how to make your favorite orange chicken at home.

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Stuffed Crust Pizza — Pizza Hut 9 of 51
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.

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Bourbon Chicken — Chinese Buffets 10 of 51
Save yourself the trip to the buffet — Bourbon chicken is even easier to make at home!

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Mac & Cheese — California Pizza Kitchen 11 of 51
Making this mac and cheese at home is just as easy as ordering it at a restaurant. (There are only three ingredients!)

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Bucatina All Amatriciana — Babbo NYC 12 of 51
$20 at a fancy Italian restaurant, $3.50 at home. You do the math.

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Fried Apple Pie — McDonald's 13 of 51
The only way you can still enjoy these old-school, no-longer-made fried apple pies is with this recipe.

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Caramel Macchiato — Starbucks 14 of 51
Why spend big money on a venti when you can make it — and free refills — at home?

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Devil's Food Cupcakes — Hostess 15 of 51
Technically it's not processed food so it's completely guilt-free, right?

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Vanilla Cupcake — Crumbs Bakery 16 of 51
Why wait in line for a delicious cupcake that you can easily make at home?

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Blueberry Cutie Pies — Hostess 17 of 51
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!

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Strawberry Pop Tarts — Pop-Tart 18 of 51
Now these are the kinds of pop tarts we can get behind when it comes to breakfast for the kiddies.

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Orange Julius Drink — Orange Julius 19 of 51
No need to brave crowded food courts when you can cool off with this frothy, delightfully citrus-y treat at home.

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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls — Hot Pockets 20 of 51
Make these kid-friendly pizzas at home without ever hitting the freezer aisle.

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Gluten-free One-Skillet Pasta — Hamburger Helper 21 of 51
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.

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Chicken Selects — McDonald's 22 of 51
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.

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Small Square Burgers — Krystal 23 of 51
In the South, you can buy these burgers by the sack-full — elsewhere, we’re happy to sink our teeth into these homemade versions.

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Peanut Butter Eggs — Reeses 24 of 51
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.

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Homemade Chocolates — Ferrero Rocher 25 of 51
These are the perfect chocolate-hazelnut concoction — and cheaper than the store-bought ones!

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Homemade Peeps — Peeps 26 of 51
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.

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Funfetti Cake — Duncan Hines 27 of 51
You’ll never guess what’s used to make the colorful confetti dots in this recipe — chances are it’s already in your pantry.

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Cadbury Eggs — Hershey 28 of 51
Easter is prime candy time — but if you didn’t stock up on Cadbury Eggs, this homemade version will tide you over ’til spring.

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Fudgesicles — Popsicle 29 of 51
The ice cream man’s in trouble. These homemade Fudgesicles are even more chocolaty than the originals.

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Mocha Frappuccino — Starbucks 30 of 51
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Starbucks must be really, really flattered.

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Margarita Cupcake — Crumbs 31 of 51
When you’re craving Crumbs’ margarita cupcake but can’t make it to your local chain, these copycats are the perfect solution.

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Frozen Lemonade — Del's 32 of 51
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.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate — Serendipity 33 of 51
Bring a slice of New York’s famous café to your very own kitchen with the frosty sipper that made Serendipity famous.

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Edible Flowers — Edible Arrangements 34 of 51
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.

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Doughnut Holes — Dunkin' Donuts 35 of 51
These cinnamon-sugar bites taste just like the ones from America’s favorite coffee chain — without hitting your wallet as hard.

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Banana Cream Pudding — Magnolia Bakery 36 of 51
If you can’t make it to the famed cupcake shop, whip up their equally notorious banana pudding at home.

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Homemade Twix Bars — Twix 37 of 51
You won’t need a moment to chew over this recipe. Just make it already!

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Shamrock Shake — McDonald's 38 of 51
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day year-round with this happy, er, snack — a cool, minty copycat shake. There’s a dairy-free version , too!

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Homemade Ho-hos — Hostess 39 of 51
Ho-hos. That’s the preservative-free stuff.

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Homemade Nutella — Nutella 40 of 51
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.

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Blue-Velvet Cupcakes — Magnolia Bakery 41 of 51
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.

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Homemade Oreo — NABISCO 42 of 51
This recipe strips the classic sandwich cookie down to its delicious, preservative-free, basics.

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Chicken Biscuits — Pies 'n' Thighs 43 of 51
You don’t need to be a New York native to enjoy these irresistible chicken biscuits. Just the thought of the melting honey butter is making our mouths water.

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Double Chocolaty Chip Frappucino — Starbucks 44 of 51
This drink is hands down the most delicious non-caffeinated beverage at Starbucks. Why waste all of those hard-earned dollars when you can sip on this sweet treat at home for a quarter of the price?

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Apple Pound Cakes — Starbucks 45 of 51
Making these cakes at home with your own fresh apples will taste much better than buying them with your morning coffee.

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Caramelized White Chocolate — Magic Shell 46 of 51
Surprise your family with this homemade version of Magic Shell the next time you make ice cream sundaes!

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Fig Newtons — Nabisco 47 of 51
Reminisce on your childhood by whipping up your own fig newtons! Just don’t forget to share them with your little ones.

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Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins — Starbucks 48 of 51
Take these muffins to the next level by swapping out hot chocolate mix for pure cocoa powder. Because really, you can never have too much chocolate.

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Vanilla Bean Scones — Starbucks 49 of 51
Forget going out to get breakfast; you can make these at home and eat in bed instead. Doesn’t that sound cozy?

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Ramen Burger — Keizo Shimamoto 50 of 51
There’s no need to rush off to an expensive restaurant for a ramen burger when you can make a tasty (and healthier) version in your own kitchen.

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Italian Bread Dip — Carrabba's 51 of 51
Why pay for an appetizer you can make with ingredients from your own garden? This recipe is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.

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