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Avocado Recipes

Easy, budget-friendly, Avocado recipes including avocado salads, avocado dressings, avocado breakfast recipes, and more!

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In case you haven’t noticed, we love avocados over here at Budget Bytes. They’re creamy, extremely versatile, and they taste great in avocado salad recipes, avocado dressings, on avocado toast, and of course in guacamole! You’ll often catch us adding avocados on top of breakfast skillets, taco bowls, nachos, and rice bowls. So today we’re sharing some of our favorite avocado recipes that we’re sure you will enjoy!

Collage of six Avocado Recipes with title text in the center.

Easy Guacamole

Guacamole

close up of guacamole in the bowl with a chip.
The fresh flavor of homemade guacamole can't be beat! This simple avocado dip is creamy, zesty, and so deliciously fresh.
5 from 4 votes
$6.70 recipe / $0.67 serving Get the Recipe

Of course we’re kicking things off with one of our favorite avocado recipes, this easy Homemade Guacamole. It only takes a few minutes to make and the fresh flavor is so good!

Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad

Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad

A hand grabbing a stack of two halves of a Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad sandwich on wheat bread.
Light, bright, and full of spring flavors, this Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad will keep you full all afternoon. Serve as a sandwich, wrap, or salad! 
4.84 from 49 votes
$2.46 recipe / $1.23 serving Get the Recipe

This creamy and delicious Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad includes a mayo-free avocado dressing and can be served as a salad, stuffed into a pita, or piled between two slices of hearty bread. It’s absolutely perfect for Spring!

Black Bean And Avocado Enchiladas

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

These hearty vegan Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas are stuffed with fresh ingredients and drenched in a homemade sauce for big flavor in every bite. BudgetBytes.com
These hearty vegan Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas are stuffed with fresh ingredients and drenched in a homemade sauce for big flavor in every bite. 
4.91 from 121 votes
$7.23 recipe / $1.45 serving Get the Recipe

Our popular Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas are filled with a simple black bean and veggie mixture, then covered with a rich homemade enchilada sauce! SO good!!!

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy avocado dressing dripping off a spoon into a bowl
This tangy and creamy avocado dressing is great for both salads and for dipping your favorite vegetables. Mixes up in minutes!
5 from 1 vote
$1.93 recipe / $0.48 serving Get the Recipe

This Creamy Avocado Dressing is so simple to make and is perfect on salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, nachos, bowl meals, fresh vegetables, and more!

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Close up of a bowl of Summer Sweet Corn Salad with a wooden spoon in the middle
Colorful summer vegetables, creamy avocado, pasta shells, and a homemade lemon vinaigrette make this light and fresh Summer Sweet Corn Salad.
4.78 from 18 votes
$7.67 recipe / $0.96 serving Get the Recipe

A light, fresh and colorful Summer Sweet Corn Salad is absolutely perfect to enjoy during the warm weather months or any time of the year. It’s also great for cookouts and family gatherings.

Avocado And Tomato Salad

Avocado and Tomato Salad

Overhead view of a bowl full of avocado and tomato salad.
This simple avocado and tomato salad is a chunky mix of all of summer's fresh flavors, like tomato, avocado, lime, and cilantro.
4.17 from 6 votes
$6.13 recipe / $1.02 serving Get the Recipe

When you’re craving guacamole, but want to keep things super simple and budget-friendly, this Avocado and Tomato Salad is perfect to make!

Warm Corn And Avocado Salad

Warm Corn and Avocado Salad

Warm Corn and Avocado Salad makes the perfect light and fresh side dish for enchiladas, grilled meats, tacos, or any summer meal.
4.84 from 18 votes
$3.15 recipe / $0.79 serving Get the Recipe

This light and fresh Warm Corn and Avocado Salad has cumin, cilantro and lime mixed in and goes perfectly with enchiladas, cilantro lime rice, or even on top of homemade tacos.

Vegetable Breakfast Scramble

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles

A large bowl of Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles about to be eaten with a fork.
These Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are a savory breakfast lover’s dream. Fast, flavorful, full of healthy vegetables, and fully customizable. 
5 from 6 votes
$2.19 each Get the Recipe

Vegetable Breakfast Scrambles are quick & easy to throw together for a filling breakfast meal in the mornings. You can customize them with different ingredients and toppings and they’re perfect for using up leftover veggies in your fridge to save on waste.

Green Gazpacho

Green Gazpacho

Green Gazpacho
Green gazpacho is the perfect light, fresh, cold soup for summer. With cucumbers, bell pepper, avocado, and fresh herbs, it’s full of amazing flavor!
4.18 from 17 votes
$4.39 recipe / $1.10 serving Get the Recipe

This Green Gazpacho recipe is light, refreshing, and includes yummy vegetables puréed into a deliciously fresh cold soup.

Ensalada De Aguacate

Ensalada De Aguacate (Avocado Salad)

Overhead shot of Ensalada de Aguacate on a white plate.
Ensalada de Aguacate, a Puerto Rican-style Avocado Salad, is easy, ready in just ten minutes, and the kind of summer salad that's so refreshing and tasty you'll find yourself craving it on sweltering days.
$3.56 recipe / $0.89 serving Get the Recipe

Ensalada De Aguacate is a creamy avocado salad that’s dressed with a simple mix of oil and vinegar. It’s refreshing and comes together in just 10 minutes!

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Air Fryer Bacon

Making crispy Air Fryer Bacon is quick & easy and less hassle than cooking it on the stovetop. Breakfast just got easier!

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Bacon is my go-to protein of choice for breakfast on the weekends or during the week when I have a little extra time in the mornings. And I love how easy it is to cook Air Fryer Bacon. It’s a lot quicker than cooking bacon in the oven and everything is contained in the air fryer basket, so less splatter on the stovetop. It’s definitely a quick & easy cooking method for all you bacon lovers out there!

Overhead view of Air Fryer Bacon strips on a white serving plate.

Why Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer?

Cooking bacon in the air fryer is all about convenience and saving time. It’s a lot quicker than preheating and baking your bacon inside an oven. It’s also a lot less messier than cooking bacon on the stovetop and having grease splatter everywhere. Everything is contained inside the air fryer basket for easy cooking and simple clean up!

How Long To Cook Air Fryer Bacon?

The cook times for air frying bacon will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you want your bacon to be. We tried a couple different cook times and temperatures with a few different types of bacon. Our preferred temperature was 360°F. So for regular cut bacon, air fry at 360°F for 7-9 minutes or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Bacon?

Enjoy your air fryer bacon with a side of Homemade Pancakes, Cheese Grits, or my favorite is a simple Fried Egg with a side of toast. Air fryer bacon is also perfect to crumble and add to several dishes like Breakfast Pizza, Egg Muffins, or these tasty Twice Baked Potatoes!

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon cooked in an air fryer basket.
Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon strips on a white serving plate with toast on the side.
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Air Fryer Bacon

Making crispy Air Fryer Bacon is quick & easy and less hassle than cooking it on the stovetop. Breakfast just got easier!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 slices
Calories 92kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon $2.66

Instructions

  • Place the bacon slices evenly, in a single layer, inside the air fryer basket.
  • Air fry bacon at 360°F for 7-9 minutes for regular cut bacon or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon. We used thick cut bacon for this recipe and cooked it for 13 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. If you are cooking another batch, carefully pour out any excess grease, wipe out the bottom of the air fryer basket with a paper towel, then repeat air frying the next batch of bacon.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 146mg
Overhead view of a white plate with Air Fryer Bacon and a fried egg on the plate.

How to Make Air Fryer Bacon – Step by Step Photos

Uncooked bacon in an Air Fryer Basket.

Place four bacon slices evenly, in a single layer, inside the air fryer basket.

Cooked bacon strips in an Air Fryer Basket

Air fry bacon at 360°F for 7-9 minutes for regular cut bacon or 12-14 minutes for thick cut bacon. We used thick cut bacon for this recipe and cooked it for 13 minutes until crispy. Remove the cooked bacon from the air fryer and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. If you are cooking another batch, carefully pour out any excess grease, wipe out the bottom of the air fryer basket with a paper towel, then repeat air frying the next batch of bacon.

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon strips on a white serving plate with toast on the side.

Enjoy your crispy air fryer bacon with your favorite breakfast sides or crumbled and added to your favorite dish!

Overhead view of Air Fryer bacon and a fried egg on a white serving plate with toast on the side.

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Dutch Baby

This Dutch Baby recipe looks super fancy, but is so easy to make! Perfect anytime you want an extra special breakfast or weekend brunch.

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Friends, prepare to fall in love with this easy Dutch Baby recipe. I believe my first words after taking the first bite was “This is the only way I want to eat my pancakes from now on.” Ok, I may have been exaggerating a little bit, but seriously, where have these been all my life?! It’s a very smooth and light pancake that simply melts in your mouth. Not only is it fun to make, but it’s also very easy to make and only requires basic pantry ingredients. It’s definitely a showstopper and perfect to make anytime you want an extra special breakfast.😉

Overhead view of a dutch baby in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries in the center and maple syrup on the side.

What Is A Dutch Baby?

A Dutch Baby pancake is like a cross between a popover and a crepe. It’s essentially a giant skillet pancake made with a thin, eggy batter that puffs up around the edges as it bakes in the oven. A Dutch baby is light, more eggy, and less cake-like than traditional American pancakes. It looks super fancy, but trust me it’s actually very easy to make.

Ingredients for Making A Dutch Baby

Just a few simple ingredients is all it takes to make this Dutch baby recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All-Purpose Flour: Flour adds structure and is the foundation of the pancake.
  • Milk: Milk combines with the flour to add moisture and helps create the batter.
  • Egg: Eggs add more moisture and helps hold the pancake together.
  • Sugar: Just a little bit of sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the pancake.
  • Vanilla Extract: A small amount of vanilla extract adds a wonderful flavor and depth to the pancake.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt helps enhance the flavor of the pancake.
  • Butter: Butter adds flavor and richness to the pancake and it also gives it that beautiful golden brown color around the edges.

DO I HAVE TO USE A CAST IRON SKILLET?

The key to a big fluffy Dutch Baby is that sudden burst of heat when the batter hits the hot skillet and that is definitely best achieved with cast iron. However any oven-safe skillet or baking dish will also work well when pre-heated. We tested this recipe using a cast iron skillet and a 9″ glass pie dish. Although the sides did not rise as much in the pie dish, the Dutch baby still baked quite nicely.

If you do decide to stray from using cast iron, just make sure to preheat the dish with your oven to get it as hot as possible, and use something round, about 9 to 10-inches in diameter.

Side view of a Dutch baby in a cast iron skillet with powdered sugar being dusted over the top.

Recipe Tips!

Although this is a very simple recipe, here are a few key tips to help you make the perfect Dutch Baby:

  1. Use a blender to mix the pancake batter. For this recipe you’ll want a very smooth and thin batter with no lumps. After it’s blended, let the batter rest so the ingredients can come to room temperature.
  2. Allow the skillet to heat in the oven while the oven is preheating. This helps ensure your skillet is piping hot when you add the pancake batter.
  3. Move quickly! You’ll want to move quickly (and carefully) when adding the butter and when adding the pancake batter. Try not to let the skillet cool down too much between each step.

How To Serve A Dutch Baby?

You can easily serve this dutch baby straight from the cast iron skillet or transfer it to a serving plate. We dusted ours with a little bit of powdered sugar and served it with fresh berries and pure maple syrup poured over the top. But feel free to play around with other toppings like whipped cream, hot buttered apples, pecans, yogurt, Nutella, lemon curd, or for a really fun twist try our Almond Dutch Baby with Ricotta and Jam!

Overhead view of a slice of dutch baby on a plate with maple syrup being poured on top.
Overhead view of a dutch baby in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries in the center and maple syrup on the side.
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Dutch Baby

This Dutch Baby recipe looks super fancy, but is so easy to make! Perfect anytime you want an extra special breakfast or weekend brunch.
Course Breakfast
Total Cost $1.60 recipe / $0.40 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the batter first. In a large blender, add the eggs, milk, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Blend until completely smooth and no lumps remain. Let the batter sit at room temperature to warm.
  • Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven and begin preheating to 425ºF. Let the skillet heat in the oven for an additional 10 minutes once the oven reaches the set temperature.
  • Using an oven mitt, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add the butter. Swirl the butter around in the skillet and place it back in the oven for 30-60 more seconds until the butter begins to brown (be careful not to let it burn).
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven again and swirl the butter evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Quickly pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet.
  • Return the hot skillet to the hot oven and bake for 14-15 minutes, or until it is golden brown and has puffed along the edges and in the center.
  • Once the Dutch baby has finished baking, slice the pancake into four or six pieces and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries on top (optional).

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 260mg | Fiber: 1g
Close up overhead view of a dutch baby in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries on top.

How to Make A Dutch Baby – Step by Step Photos

Dutch baby ingredients blended up in a blender.

Prepare the batter first. In a large blender, add 3 large eggs, 2/3 cup whole milk, 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Blend until completely smooth and no lumps remain. Let the batter sit at room temperature to warm.

Very hot cast iron skillet with melted butter in the center.

Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven and begin preheating to 425ºF. Let the skillet heat in the oven for an additional 10 minutes once the oven reaches the set temperature. Using an oven mitt carefully, remove the skillet from the oven and add 2 Tbsp of butter. Swirl the butter around in the skillet and place it back in the oven for 30-60 more seconds until the butter begins to brown (be careful not to let it burn).

Dutch baby batter poured into hot cast iron skillet.

Carefully remove the skillet from the oven again and swirl the butter evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Quickly pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet.

Cooked dutch baby puffed up in a cast iron skillet.

Return the hot skillet to the hot oven and bake for 14-15 minutes, or until it is golden brown and has puffed along the edges and in the center.

Overhead view of a dutch baby in a cast iron skillet with fresh berries in the center and maple syrup on the side.

Once the Dutch baby has finished baking, slice the pancake into four or six pieces and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries on top (optional).

Overhead view of two slices of dutch baby on white serving plates with maple syrup and fresh berries on top.

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Ham And Cheese Sliders

These easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are a must-have for parties! They’re buttery, sweet, salty, gooey, and insanely delicious!

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These tasty little Ham and Cheese Sliders might just be the champion of all party food recipes! They’re extremely easy to make, perfect for feeding a hungry crowd, and they’re insanely delicious! With each bite you taste the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls, the saltiness of the ham, the gooeyness of the cheese, and that irresistible buttery sauce. The combination of everything together is simply unmatched! And although these are absolutely perfect for the big football game tomorrow, they can also be enjoyed all year long!

Front side view of a stack of ham and cheese sliders on a plate.

Ham and cheese sandwiches remind me so much of my childhood, but these sliders are definitely the grown up version. My mom has been making these tasty little ham and cheese sliders for years. And every time she makes them, whether it’s for a family gathering, football game, or a holiday party, they are literally gone in minutes! Needless to say I consider these a must-have to enjoy during the Super Bowl game tomorrow!😉

Ingredients For Ham and Cheese Sliders

These buttery & savory ham and cheese sliders are made with just 7 simple ingredients! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Deli Ham: When picking deli ham you’ll often find thinly sliced or regular sliced ham. I tested both and really liked the thickness of the regular ham slices. It also allowed me to use 1 slice per slider, whereas with the thinly sliced ham I needed to add 2 or 3 slices to make it a full slider sandwich.  
  • Swiss Cheese: Swiss cheese has a milder flavor and pairs perfectly with these sliders, but feel free to use a different cheese if you prefer.
  • Hawaiian Sweet Rolls: Hawaiian rolls have just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the savory & salty taste of the ham. They’re also the perfect size to make party sliders. If you can’t find Hawaiian rolls at your local store you can also substitute with bakery dinner rolls. Dinner rolls are a little bigger than Hawaiian rolls so you may need to add more ham and cheese to accommodate.
  • Sauce: The sauce we used to brush over the tops of the sliders is a simple combination of melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and everything bagel seasoning. These flavors combined give the sliders a buttery, tangy taste and compliment the ham and the sweetness of the rolls perfectly!

Recipe Tips and Variations

  1. Use Leftover Ham – If you happen to be making these sandwiches around a special holiday and you have any leftover baked ham, then this recipe works perfectly with your leftover ham.
  2. Turkey and cheese – Not into ham? No worries, this recipe also works well as turkey and cheese sliders! 
  3. Everything Bagel Seasoning – A lot of ham and cheese slider recipes use poppy seeds and dried minced onions as part of the butter sauce. However, we rarely have poppy seeds stocked in our pantry. The good news is that Everything Bagel Seasoning has those ingredients included in it along with dried minced garlic, sesame seeds, and a few other spices. So it works perfectly with these tasty little sandwiches!

Storing Leftovers

If you’re lucky enough to have any of these tasty sandwiches leftover, then just store them in an airtight container or a ziplock storage bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven until warmed through.

Front side view of a hand pulling one ham and cheese slider out of a casserole baking dish.
Front side view of a stack of ham and cheese sliders on a plate.
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Ham and Cheese Sliders

These easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are a must-have for parties! They’re buttery, sweet, salty, gooey, and insanely delicious!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $11.09 recipe / $1.84 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (2 sliders each)
Calories 517kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise.
  • Place the bottom half of the rolls in a 9×13 baking dish. Fold 1 slice of deli ham and place it on top of each roll.
  • Add the 6 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the deli ham in a single layer.
  • Now make the butter mixture. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and everything bagel seasoning to the bowl. Whisk all the ingredients together.
  • Place the top rolls on top of the ham and cheese. Using a pastry brush, brush the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls and the sides of the sandwiches. Brush several layers of the butter making sure the rolls are well coated. You can also carefully pour the butter mixture over the top if you don't have a pastry brush.
  • Loosely cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and continue baking for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2sliders | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 34g | Sodium: 1214mg | Fiber: 0.1g
Side view of two serving plates of ham and cheese sliders with a napkin on the side.

How to Make Ham And Cheese Sliders – Step by Step Photos

Overhead view of 12 hawaiian rolls cut in half on a cutting board.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls in half lengthwise.

12 ham slices added on top of hawaiian rolls in a white baking dish.

Place the bottom half of the rolls in a 9×13″ baking dish. Fold 1 slice of deli ham and place it on top of each roll.

Six slices of Swiss cheese added on top of ham slices.

Add 6 slices of Swiss cheese on top of the deli ham in a single layer. It’s ok if the edges of the cheese overlap a little bit.

Overhead view of melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and everything bagel seasoning mixed together in a small mixing bowl.

In a small bowl melt 8 Tbsp (1 stick) of butter in the microwave. Add 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 1/2 Tbsp everything bagel seasoning to the bowl. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined.

Melted butter sauce being brushed over the tops of hawaiian rolls with a pastry brush.

Place the top half of the rolls on top of the ham and cheese. Using a pastry brush, brush the butter mixture over the tops of the rolls and the sides of the sandwiches. Brush several layers of the butter making sure the rolls are well coated. You can also carefully pour the butter mixture over the top if you don’t have a pastry brush.

Overhead view of baked ham and cheese sliders in a white baking dish.

Loosely cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and continue baking for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Side view of two serving plates of ham and cheese sliders with a napkin on the side.

Time to enjoy that buttery goodness that’s baked into each ham and cheese slider. Trust me these won’t last long. Serve warm and enjoy!

Overhead view of ham and cheese sliders in a baking dish with a hand pulling one slider out of the dish.

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Budget-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes

Over 25 Budget-friendly Super Bowl recipes that are easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd on the big game day!

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It’s almost time for the biggest football game of the year! And whether you’re rooting for your favorite team or just tuning in to watch the commercials and halftime show🫣, the best part about Super Bowl Sunday is definitely the food! So today we’re sharing over 25 budget-friendly Super Bowl Recipes that are perfect for small gatherings or for feeding a crowd; including buffalo chicken dip, sliders, chicken wings, and more. No matter the final score, we’re certain everyone will have a good time with these crowd-pleasing game day recipes!

Collage of six budget-friendly Super Bowl Recipes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Overhead view of a the buffalo chicken dip surrounded by crackers and vegetables.
Creamy, tangy, spicy, and oh so delicious! This super easy buffalo chicken dip is perfect for dipping, and so much more.
5 from 5 votes
$9.35 recipe / $1.17 serving Get the Recipe

We’re kicking things off with the ultimate fan-favorite Super Bowl recipe, Buffalo Chicken Dip! It’s a classic, must-have, party appetizer that’s always popular at football games and family gatherings. You only need a few simple ingredients to make it and its great served with chips, crackers, or even veggies!

Sliders

Sliders

Side view of individual sliders on a wooden cutting board.
This easy recipe for sliders is great for feeding a crowd at parties, potlucks, tailgates, or just for a quick weeknight meal.
3.75 from 4 votes
$16.11 recipe / $2.69 serving Get the Recipe

These super-tasty hamburger Sliders are the perfect way to feed a crowd! They’re made by the dozen and are great for parties, potlucks, and game days!

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

overhead view of buffalo wings on a white platter with celery and white sauce.
This buffalo wing recipe has all the great flavor of classic fried wings with none of the mess of deep frying.
5 from 1 vote
$12.24 recipe / $3.06 serving Get the Recipe

Of course you’ve gotta have some classic recipes for the big game like these Buffalo Wings! They’re spicy, saucy, and baking them in the oven makes the process so easy!

7 Layer Dip

7 Layer Dip

Overhead view of 7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with a napkin, chips, and lime wedges on the side.
This easy 7 Layer Dip is the perfect appetizer for parties, football games, and gatherings. No cooking needed and it feeds a large crowd!
$16.72 recipe / $1.11 serving Get the Recipe

When you need a quick party appetizer that tastes good, is easy to make, and feeds a large crowd…this Tex-Mex 7 Layer Dip is the one to make!!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Close up overhead view of a skillet full of spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips dipped into it.
This creamy and flavorful Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is made with three types of cheese and is the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.
4.75 from 12 votes
$9.73 recipe / $1.62 serving Get the Recipe

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good spinach dip appetizer?! This Spinach Artichoke Dip is made with lots of cheese, a creamy homemade sauce, and a little splash of hotness to tingle your taste buds. It’s SO good and a must-have for game day!

CLassic Homemade Chili

Homemade Chili Recipe

Overhead view of a bowl full of chili with toppings and a spoon in the center.
This is the BEST homemade chili recipe is the ultimate comfort food and is made with simple ingredients like ground beef, beans, and tomatoes.
4.90 from 150 votes
$9.28 recipe / $1.55 serving Get the Recipe

Everyone loves a good Homemade Chili recipe to enjoy while watching football games. It’s easy to serve at parties and you can allow guests to customize it with their own toppings!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Close up side view of shredded buffalo chicken in the slow cooker with tongs
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is tender, juicy, tangy, and rich all at the same time! Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, salads, pizza, and more.
4.91 from 22 votes
$12.65 recipe / $1.58 serving Get the Recipe

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is always a favorite at potlucks and parties. Our version goes a step further and uses ranch seasoning which adds a huge burst of flavor to the sauce and makes it even more delicious!

Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers

Super close up view of jalapeño poppers on a plate with a bowl of ranch.
The perfect easy appetizer for New Year's Eve, tailgating parties, or the big game, this Jalapeño Popper recipe is a spicy, cheesy home run!
5 from 2 votes
$3.94 recipe / $0.66 serving Get the Recipe

Is there anything better than a cheesy, creamy, spicy flavor combo? I think not. These Jalapeño Poppers are easy enough for a beginner to make (no deep frying!) and delicious enough that you’ll have no regrets.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

Close up overhead view of cowboy caviar in a bowl with chips on the side.
Cowboy Caviar is a deliciously fresh bean salad with a colorful mix of beans and vegetables, plus a zesty lime dressing.
4.88 from 55 votes
$5.30 recipe / $0.53 serving Get the Recipe

You’ll definitely steal the show at the party when you make this super fresh and colorful Cowboy Caviar! It’s an easy salsa-type salad that can be served as a chunky dip with chips and only takes 20 minutes to prep!

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

overhead view of loaded smashed potatoes on the baking sheet
These loaded smashed potatoes are boiled until tender and fluffy, baked until golden and crispy, and piled high with toppings!
5 from 7 votes
$4.97 recipe / $0.99 serving Get the Recipe

If you’ve never had smashed potatoes before, let’s just say you’re totally missing out! These Loaded Smashed Potatoes are boiled, smashed, and baked until crispy, then loaded with all of your favorite toppings.

Guacamole

Guacamole

close up of guacamole in the bowl with a chip.
The fresh flavor of homemade guacamole can't be beat! This simple avocado dip is creamy, zesty, and so deliciously fresh.
5 from 4 votes
$6.70 recipe / $0.67 serving Get the Recipe

Give me some chips and a bowl of guac any day!! This easy homemade Guacamole recipe only takes a few minutes to make and the fresh flavor is so good.

Easy Fish Tacos With Cumin Lime Slaw

Easy Fish Tacos with Cumin Lime Slaw

Fish tacos on a platter with toppings on the sides
These super easy Fish Tacos with Cumin Lime Slaw are light, fresh, and the perfect quick dinner for hot summer nights, or any night!
4.94 from 32 votes
$9.17 recipe / $2.29 serving Get the Recipe

Make sure you give your guests plenty of options to choose from and make these Easy Fish Tacos to add to your menu for the big game! They’re easy, fresh, and so delicious!

Baked Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings

A platter full of baked chicken wings, celery, and two dipping sauces
These delicious and crispy baked chicken wings are easy enough for even inexperienced cooks, and are the perfect snack for game day.
5 from 7 votes
$10.35 recipe / $3.45 serving Get the Recipe

Baked Chicken Wings – They’re incredibly simple to make and they can be enjoyed plain or drenched in your favorite sauce.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Close up of one slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled away from the pie
Get the classic BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe, plus other fun toppings you can add that pair well with BBQ and make your pizza even more flavorful.
5 from 7 votes
$5.43 recipe / $1.36 serving Get the Recipe

BBQ Chicken Pizza is a classic party food with its sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, bits of juicy chicken, creamy cheese, and savory onions. And it can be sliced into different serving sizes for your guests.

Crispy Baked Beef Tacos

Baked Beef Tacos

A glass casserole dish filled with baked beef and black bean tacos, with toppings in bowls on the sides
Baked Beef Tacos are a fast and easy way to take Taco Tuesday to the next level and is the perfect fast and easy weeknight meal.
4.96 from 50 votes
$8.88 recipe / $1.78 serving Get the Recipe

Listen, you had me at tacos!! Tacos are one of my absolute favorite foods and these Baked Beef Tacos with seasoned beef and black bean filling will be the first thing I grab on game day!

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

Overhead shot of Queso Fundido in a cast iron pan with a hand dipping a chip into it.
If you're looking for a smash hit appetizer that's easy to make and feeds loads of people, you definitely need to try this simple recipe for unctuous Queso Fundido.
5 from 2 votes
$10.60 recipe / $1.33 serving Get the Recipe

If there’s one recipe that’s sure to bring a crowd together, it’s definitely a good cheese dip! Queso Fundido is a simple recipe made with Mexican chorizo and melted cheese and is always a hit!

Slow Cooker PUlled POrk

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Three pulled pork sandwiches with pickles on a wooden cutting board.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is an easy way to cook the most tender and juicy pork ever. It's great on tacos, sandwiches, burritos and more.
4.38 from 8 votes
$9.48 recipe / $1.19 serving Get the Recipe

You’ll be surprised just how tender and juicy this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe is after it’s cooked low and slow. It’s perfect for BBQ sandwiches, nachos or any potluck or party meal.

Homemade French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip

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This creamy and tangy French Onion Dip is full of caramelized onions and perfect for parties, game day, or as a burger or sandwich spread. 
$2.85 recipe / $0.48 serving Get the Recipe

French Onion Dip is a classic party dip and it tastes even better made homemade with caramelized onions.

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ranch Oyster Crackers

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Ranch Oyster Crackers are an easy and delicious snack made with just 5 ingredients. They're perfect for parties, football games, and more!
5 from 3 votes
$4.71 recipe / $0.39 serving Get the Recipe

Heads up…you’ll probably want to make a double batch of these rich & buttery Ranch Oyster Crackers! This small and delicious snack is made with just 5 ingredients, it’s absolutely perfect for parties, and will be gone in minutes. Trust me!

Crab Dip

Crab Dip

Overhead shot of crab dip.
This creamy, spicy crab dip is so good you'll be pushing a cracker into the corners of your serving dish to scoop up the last schmear! It comes together in three easy steps and you can serve it hot or cold.
5 from 3 votes
$5.07 recipe / $0.63 serving Get the Recipe

Ten minutes is all you’ll need to make this super simple Crab Dip recipe. It can be served hot or cold and goes great with crackers, toasted bread, chips, and raw vegetables.

Stromboli

Stromboli

Overhead view of slices of stromboli around a bowl of pizza sauce.
Stromboli is a fun way to change up pizza night. Fill, roll, bake, then slice your pizza for the perfect finger food or appetizer!
4.79 from 23 votes
$6.62 recipe / $0.66 per slice Get the Recipe

You’ve gotta have some type of pizza on the menu for game day! This Stromboli is a great party appetizer and that’s fun to eat plain or dipped into your favorite marinara sauce.

Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos

Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos

For the perfect Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos, layer your chips and toppings for the perfect chip-to-topping ratio. BudgetBytes.com
For the perfect Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos, layer your chips and toppings for the perfect chip-to-topping ratio. The ultimate comfort food! 
4.92 from 36 votes
$6.36 recipe / $1.59 serving Get the Recipe

Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos – Crispy tortilla chips are topped with seasoned black beans and your favorite toppings for a simple, easy, black bean recipe that’s perfect for parties and gatherings!

Homemade Chex Mix

Homemade Chex Mix

Close up of spicy chex mix on the baking sheet
This Chex Mix is an easy homemade snack mix with just the right combination of salty, crunchy, and spicy flavors.
5 from 5 votes
$3.31 recipe / $0.55 serving Get the Recipe

Homemade Chex Mix is a classic salty, crunchy party snack that’s super easy to make and way less expensive than store-bought Chex mix. It’s also easy to customize and a simple grab-and-go finger food at parties!

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

An overhead view of a hand swirling a pretzel crisp into a white bowl of beer cheese dip that's surrounded by an assortment of pretzels, a glass cup of beer, a wooden cutting board topped with apple slices, and a small bowl of pretzel salt.
Looking for a melted cheese appetizer that's sure to be the hit of the party? You'll love the unique taste cheddar gives this Beer Cheese Dip!
$3.95 RECIPE / $0.66 SERVING Get the Recipe

This easy Beer Cheese Dip recipe combines two casual party staples (Beer! Cheese!) into one creamy, decadent cheese dip!

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos

Overhead shot of sheet pan chicken nachos with sliced jalapeño, avocado, and cilantro.
This is THE BEST chicken nacho recipe! What's not to love about crispy corn chips loaded with succulent chicken breast and melted cheese?
4 from 2 votes
$14.83 recipe / $1.85 serving Get the Recipe

Yes to these crunchy, salty, and cheesy Chicken Nachos!! It includes crispy corn chips, succulent chicken breast, tangy melted cheese and sour cream. What’s not to love?!

Hot Corn Dip

Hot Corn Dip

Overhead view of several chips dipped into a dish full of hot corn dip
This creamy, cheesy hot corn dip will be the star of the show at your next party, gathering, or BBQ. Easy to double for larger crowds!
4.50 from 10 votes
$5.14 recipe / $0.86 serving Get the Recipe

If you like chips and queso, then you’re going to love this Hot Corn Dip. It’s a super creamy, cheesy, slightly spicy dip that you won’t be able to stop dunking chips into.

Pizza Roll Ups

Pizza Roll Ups

Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Pizza Roll Ups are the perfect last minute appetizer or indulgent snack on busy days! BudgetBytes.com
Forget frozen pizza rolls! These Pizza Roll Ups are the perfect last minute appetizer or indulgent snack on busy days! 
5 from 6 votes
$3.71 recipe / $0.93 serving Get the Recipe

I mean who doesn’t love a good tortilla roll up at parties? These Pizza Roll Ups are perfect as a last minute appetizer and you can get creative by adding your favorite pizza toppings!

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7 Layer Dip

This easy 7 Layer Dip is the perfect appetizer for parties, football games, and gatherings. No cooking needed and it feeds a large crowd!

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When you need a quick party appetizer that tastes good, is easy to make, and feeds a large crowd…this 7 Layer Dip is the one to make! It has all of my favorite Tex-Mex flavors in one dish and it’s perfect for serving at potlucks, football parties, and family gatherings. I’m always down for any type of chips and dip, but this 7 layer dip takes dips to a whole new level! I’m not sure which part I love the most, the fact that I don’t have to cook anything over a stove to make this recipe or that it comes in at just over $1 per serving. Either way, I highly recommend adding this 7 layer dip recipe to your Super Bowl menu this weekend.😉

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What Is 7 Layer Dip?

7 layer dip is an easy party appetizer that’s made by building layers of creamy, flavorful, ingredients like refried beans and guacamole into a 9×13” dish. It’s fun to serve at football parties and family gatherings, there’s no need to heat up a stove, and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

Ingredients For 7 Layer Dip

Here’s everything you need to make this easy 7 Layer Dip:

  • Refried Beans: You can certainly make your own refried beans, but to make things easy we used canned refried beans and seasoned it with a few spices.
  • Guacamole: We made a quick batch of our homemade guacamole recipe, but to save time you can easily substitute with your favorite store-bought guacamole.
  • Sour Cream: No need to overthink this layer, just grab a tub of regular sour cream to spread on top of the guacamole. It adds the perfect creamy and tasty flavor to balance the beans and guacamole.
  • Cheddar Cheese: We used medium cheddar cheese but you can certainly use mild or a different flavor cheese if you prefer. And we highly recommend buying the cheese in block form and shredding it yourself for this recipe.
  • Tomatoes: Diced Roma tomatoes or vine-ripe tomatoes both work well and are added on top of the cheese layer.
  • Black Olives: Black olives add wonderful color, texture, and flavor to the dip. Because olives tend to be salty and tangy with bold flavors, you’ll only need a few of them for this 7 layer dip.
  • Green Onions: The final layer is a sprinkle of sliced green onions which add not only great flavor, but also a beautiful vibrant color to the dip!

Recipe Variations

  1. Use taco seasoning – If you happen to have a batch of taco seasoning in your panty, use 1 ½ tablespoons of it instead of the chili powder, cumin, and salt to season your refried beans. This will give the beans even more flavor! You can also mix a little bit in to your sour cream to give it an extra boost of flavor.
  2. Add seasoned ground meat – You can make this 7 layer dip even more filling by adding a layer of taco seasoned ground beef or ground turkey. I would add it right after the refried beans layer.
  3. Add salsa – Your favorite thick salsa also works really well with this dip recipe. If you want to add it as a layer, just make sure to drain any excess liquid from the salsa to keep the dip from getting too soggy.

Storing LEftovers

This dip is definitely best served and eaten the same day it’s made, but if you happen to have leftovers, just store any leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The guacamole may start to brown slightly and the dip may get a bit watery around the edges, but it will still taste delicious!

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Overhead view of 7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with a napkin, chips, and lime wedges on the side.
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7 Layer Dip

This easy 7 Layer Dip is the perfect appetizer for parties, football games, and gatherings. No cooking needed and it feeds a large crowd!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Southwest
Total Cost $16.72 recipe / $1.11 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 (1/2 cup each)
Calories 170kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes $1.46
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese $1.87
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives $2.19
  • 3 green onions $0.45
  • 2 16oz. cans refried beans $2.38
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp cumin $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp water $0.00
  • 2 1/2 cups guacamole $6.25
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream $1.75

Instructions

  • Dice the tomatoes, shred the cheddar cheese, drain the black olives, and slice the green onions. Set these ingredients to the side.
  • In a medium bowl add the refried beans along with the chili powder, cumin, salt, and water. Mix these ingredients together until well combined.
  • Spread the seasoned refried beans into the bottom of a 9×13” casserole dish.
  • Next spread the guacamole evenly on top of the refried beans. Then spread the sour cream evenly on top of the guacamole mixture.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on top of the sour cream.
  • Now add the diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions on top. Make sure everything is spread as evenly as possible.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g
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How to Make 7 Layer Dip – Step by Step Photos

7 layer dip ingredients on a cutting board.

Dice 2 tomatoes, shred 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, drain 1/2 cup black olives, and slice 3 green onions. Set these ingredients to the side.

Refried beans in a white mixing bowl with seasoning on top.

In a medium bowl add 2-16oz. cans of refried beans along with 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 Tbsp water. Mix these ingredients together until well combined.

Refried beans spread evenly in a glass casserole dish.

Spread the seasoned refried beans into the bottom of a 9×13” casserole dish.

Guacamole spread evenly on top of refried beans in glass casserole dish.

Next spread 2 1/2 cups of guacamole evenly on top of the refried beans.

Sour cream being spread on top of guacamole with a black spatula.

Then spread 1 1/2 cups of sour cream evenly on top of the guacamole mixture.

Shredded cheese added evenly on top of sour cream layer.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on top of the sour cream.

Chopped tomatoes, black olives, and sliced green onions added and spread out evenly on top of shredded cheese layer.

Now add the diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions on top. Make sure everything is spread as evenly as possible.

Overhead view of 7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with a napkin, chips, and lime wedges on the side.

Enjoy this tasty appetizer dip immediately with tortilla chips or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Blondies

These rich, chewy, and buttery Blondies are every bit as delicious as they look and so easy to make! The perfect sweet dessert!

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Every now and then I get a taste for something sweet and decadent like homemade cookies, brownies, or carrot cake from my favorite restaurant. But buying pre-made desserts from a store or restaurant can be so expensive. Today, I have a much better option for you! Say hello to these rich, chewy, and buttery Blondies! They’re every bit as delicious as they look and they’re so easy to make. No mixer needed. So if you’re in the mood for baking this weekend or maybe you want to make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, these Blondies are sure to be a hit and probably your new favorite dessert!

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What Are Blondies?

I like to call these sweet little treats the cousin to our favorite Fudgy Homemade Brownies. Blondies are similar to brownies except they are made without the chocolate flavor of cocoa powder. Instead blondies get their rich flavor from a good amount of brown sugar and vanilla extract. And to make these blondies even more special, we used brown butter, which enhances the flavor and all together gives them a slight caramel, butterscotch taste.

Ingredients For Blondies

Here’s everything you need to make these irresistible Blondie bars:

  • Brown Butter: We used browned butter to add a rich, nutty, caramel flavor to the blondies. It not only gives it double the flavor, but also adds a beautiful golden brown color to these bars.
  • Brown sugar & Granulated white sugar: Brown sugar is one of the key ingredients and adds sweetness and lots of moisture to the blondies. We tested this recipe with just brown sugar and also using a combination of brown & white sugar. The use of brown & white sugar was the perfect balance and definitely the winner!
  • Eggs: Eggs give the blondies strength and helps them bake into a sliceable texture.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds even more rich flavor to the blondies.
  • All-purpose flour: Flour provides structure and body to the blondies.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the blondies rise.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt helps the flavors pop.
  • White chocolate chips: Just a few white chocolate chips added a nice contrast and chocolate flavor to the blondies. We only used a small amount because we didn’t want to take away from the deliciousness of the blondie, but feel free to add more if you want!

Blondie Variations

You can easily swap out the white chocolate chips in this recipe for other candies or nuts based on your own personal preference. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Dark or Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • M&Ms – use festive colored m&ms for special holidays like pastel colors for Easter, red & pink for Valentine’s Day or green & red for Christmas!
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • A drizzle of Caramel sauce on top of the batter right before baking
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Blondies

These rich, chewy, and buttery Blondies are every bit as delicious as they look and so easy to make! The perfect sweet dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.98 recipe / $0.33 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 293kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup salted butter (12 Tbsp) $1.60
  • 1 cup brown sugar $0.52
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar $0.17
  • 2 large eggs $0.33
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract $0.50
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips $0.51

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the butter into several tablespoon-sized chunks and add it to a small light-colored skillet. Heat the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter solids turn deep brown and develop a nutty aroma (it will first become foamy, then the solids will sink to the bottom and turn brown).
  • While the butter is browning, add the brown sugar and granulated white sugar to a large mixing bowl.
  • Once the butter has browned, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent burning, and carefully pour it into the mixing bowl with the sugars. Whisk the brown butter and both sugars together until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to stir the flour into the batter until evenly combined.
  • Finally add the white chocolate chips to the batter and fold them in until just combined.
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add the blondie batter to the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Feel free to add a few more white chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  • Bake the blondies in the preheated oven for 33-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove the blondies from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish. Slice into 12 bars and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1blondie | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 177mg | Fiber: 0.4g
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How to Make Blondies – Step by Step Photos

Overhead view of browned butter in a saucepan.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut 12 Tbsps of butter into several tablespoon-sized chunks and add it to a small light-colored skillet. Heat the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter solids turn deep brown and develop a nutty aroma (it will first become foamy, then the solids will sink to the bottom and turn brown).

Brown butter being added to white and brown sugar.

While the butter is browning, add 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar to a large mixing bowl. Once the butter has browned, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent burning, and carefully pour it into the mixing bowl with the sugars. Whisk the brown butter and both sugars together until smooth.

Eggs and vanilla added to bowl with sugar mixture.

Add 2 large eggs and 2 tsp vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until smooth.

Dry ingredients whisked in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt until well combined.

Dry ingredients added to wet ingredients in a bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to stir the flour into the batter until evenly combined.

White chocolate chips added to batter.

Finally add 1/4 cup white chocolate chips to the batter and fold until just combined.

Blondie batter added to a parchment lined baking dish.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add the blondie batter to the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Feel free to add a few more white chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Cooked blondies in a baking dish.

Bake the blondies in the preheated oven for 33-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Overhead photo of blondies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Remove the blondies from the oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes before lifting the parchment paper out of the baking dish. Slice into 12 bars and enjoy!

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Tofu Recipes

15 delicious, easy, and budget friendly Tofu Recipes including pan-fried tofu recipes, tofu scramble recipes, tofu bowls, and more!

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You certainly don’t have to be a vegetarian to fall in love with these Tofu Recipes. Tofu is a naturally budget-friendly and versatile source of protein that can be combined with numerous flavors. Today we’re sharing 15 delicious, easy, and budget friendly tofu recipes that we’re sure will be loved by vegetarians and carnivores alike!

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Honey Sriracha Tofu

Honey Sriracha Tofu

Close up of honey sriracha tofu in the skillet
This easy and delicious Honey Sriracha Tofu recipe is sweet, spicy, and sticky! Perfect for salads, bowl meals, noodles, wraps, and more.
4.77 from 43 votes
$2.64 recipe / $0.66 serving Get the Recipe

Pan-fried, crispy, Honey Sriracha Tofu is seriously addicting and SO good! It’s made with extra firm Tofu and a sweet and spicy sriracha glaze. The only hard part is trying not to eat the entire batch all by yourself!

Peanut Tofu

Peanut Tofu

Overhead view of a skillet full of peanut tofu with limes and cilantro.
A spicy peanut sauce drenches pan-fried tofu and stir fry vegetables in these simple and delicious peanut tofu bowls.
4.96 from 25 votes
$6.74 recipe / $1.69 serving Get the Recipe

This Peanut Tofu stir-fry might just be your new favorite recipe! It’s made with pan-fried tofu, a colorful mix of vegetables and a delicious peanut sauce!

Vegetable TOfu Scramble

Vegetable Tofu Scramble

Salsa being spooned onto a bowl of Vegetable Tofu Scramble
This super vegetable packed tofu scramble is an easy, freezer-friendly, fiber and protein packed meal that is perfect for meal prep!
5 from 9 votes
$5.65 recipe / $1.41 serving Get the Recipe

Enjoy this simple Vegetable Tofu Scramble for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It’s super flavorful, filling, and has an incredibly simple ingredient list!

Pan Fried Sesame Tofu With Broccoli

Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

This Pan Fried Sesame Tofu is seriously crispy and drenched in a tangy sesame sauce. Broccoli florets and cooked rice make it a meal.
4.72 from 163 votes
$5.52 recipe / $1.84 serving Get the Recipe

This Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli is just as good as deep-fried. They’re pan fried until crispy then drenched in a yummy sesame sauce! So goo!

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls With SPicy Peanut Sauce

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. BudgetBytes.com
These vegan Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls are full of rich flavors and plenty of texture to keep your taste buds happy and your belly full. 
4.89 from 44 votes
$7.26 recipe / $1.82 serving Get the Recipe

This Soy Marinated Tofu Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce is the perfect lunch or dinner recipe to keep your belly full. Its made with a super delicious sauce and it’s perfect for meal prep!

BBQ TOfu Sliders

BBQ Tofu Sliders

BBQ Tofu Sliders are an easy and inexpensive alternative to pulled meat sandwiches. With a simple and uncomplicated ingredient list, this is a tofu dish anyone can master! Budgetbytes.com
BBQ Tofu Sliders are an easy and inexpensive alternative to pulled meat sandwiches. With a simple and uncomplicated ingredient list, this is a tofu dish anyone can master!
4.80 from 49 votes
$4.33 recipe / $1.44 serving Get the Recipe

Who says you can’t enjoy great vegetarian BBQ food? These BBQ Tofu Sliders are inexpensive, easy to make and seriously finger-licking good!

Southwest Tofu Scramble

Southwest Tofu Scramble

Overhead view of tofu scramble in a skillet with a spatula.
This southwest tofu scramble is a super fast and filling meal that easy to customize and can be served several different ways.
5 from 7 votes
$3.61 recipe / $1.20 serving Get the Recipe

If you love a good breakfast scramble, then you’ve got to try this Southwest Tofu Scramble. It has lots of flavor and comes together in just 15 minutes!

Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowls

Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowls

Overhead view of a peanut tofu noodle bowl with a black fork on the side
These Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowls feature light and airy rice noodles, cold crunchy vegetables, and a deliciously bright peanut lime dressing.
4.83 from 29 votes
$10.40 recipe / $2.60 serving Get the Recipe

These Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowls are light and fresh with crispy tofu, fresh vegetables, and a simple peanut lime dressing!

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls are a fiber and flavor filled healthy lunch that you can pre-pack for your week ahead
4.96 from 43 votes
$5.72 recipe / $1.43 serving Get the Recipe

These Chili Garlic Tofu Bowls are packed with protein, fiber, and lots of vibrant colors and flavors. Perfect to meal prep your lunch for the week!

Quick Vegetarian Tofu Stir Fry

Quick Tofu Stir Fry

three bowls of quick tofu stir fry
This super fast and inexpensive tofu stir fry is super filling, easy enough for busy weeknights, and endlessly customizable!
5 from 25 votes
$3.82 recipe / $0.96 serving Get the Recipe

This simple Quick Tofu Stir Fry is super fast, easy, filling, inexpensive, and endlessly customizable.

Gochujang Ramen With Tofu

Gochujang Ramen with Tofu

One bowl of gochujang ramen with tofu, chopsticks on the side
Spicy gochujang gives this instant ramen extra oomph! Gochujang Ramen with Tofu is a quick and easy way to satisfy that noodle craving.
4.53 from 19 votes
$2.26 recipe / $1.13 serving Get the Recipe

I loveee a good ramen bowl! This Gochujang Ramen with Tofu is a quick and easy way to indulge that noodle craving!

Curried Tofu Salad

Curried Tofu Salad

This cold, refreshing, and highly flavored Curried Tofu Salad is the perfect quick fix for summer or cold-pack lunch. Budgetbytes.com
This cold, refreshing, and highly flavored Curried Tofu Salad is the perfect quick fix for summer or cold-pack lunch. 
4.86 from 48 votes
$3.47 recipe / $0.87 serving Get the Recipe

Curried Tofu Salad – Super simple prep, and it holds up in the fridge for days! You can serve it over a bed of greens as a salad, or make it a wrap by stuffing it into a tortilla. So fresh and light, it won’t make you groggy in those afternoon classes. ;)

Coconut Crusted Tofu With Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Coconut Crusted Tofu with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

These subtly sweet Coconut Crusted Tofu dippers are the perfect vehicle for tangy sweet chili sauce. Serve as a snack or part of your favorite bowl meal. BudgetBytes.com
These subtly sweet Coconut Crusted Tofu dippers are the perfect vehicle for tangy sweet chili sauce. Serve as a snack or part of your favorite bowl meal. 
4.67 from 6 votes
$5.94 recipe / $1.49 serving Get the Recipe

This Coconut Crusted Tofu pairs perfectly with Sweet Chili Dipping sauce! You can also serve these cute little triangles with leftover rice, avocado, and a few veggies for a simple, super yummy bowl.

Mango Coconut Tofu Bowls

Mango Coconut Tofu Bowls

Mango Coconut Tofu Bowls with savory coconut rice, honey-lime glaze, avocado, sweet mango, and spicy red pepper.
4.79 from 70 votes
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If you want to try a new flavor, just switch things up with this Mango Coconut Tofu Bowls! It features fresh mango, avocado, and a super simple honey lime glaze over the tofu. So good!!

Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups

Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups

Skip the meat and make these light and fresh Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups, for a fast and easy weeknight dinner. Budgetbytes.com
Skip the meat and make these light and fresh Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups for a fast and easy vegetarian weeknight dinner. 
4.94 from 15 votes
$6.12 recipe / $1.53 serving Get the Recipe

If you love lettuce wraps, then you’ve got to try our Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups! And don’t worry, if you’re not into lettuce cups, you can totally serve this as a bowl meal.

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Chicken Stir Fry

This Chicken Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick & easy dinner meal. It has lots of chicken and veggies and a super delicious stir-fry sauce!

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We’re taking the stress out of worrying about “what’s for dinner” this week and making this quick and easy Chicken Stir Fry recipe. It includes lots of chicken, tons of veggies, and THEE best sweet and savory stir fry sauce! It’s also perfect for using up vegetables that you already have on hand in your fridge or freezer. Not only is it great to add to your weekly dinner rotation, but it also makes a lot, so it’s perfect for meal prep! #winning

Overhead view of chicken stir fry in a large skillet with sliced green onions on the side.

Why I Love Stir Fry Recipes

I make stir fry recipes quite often because it helps take away the mental stress of worrying about what to cook for dinner. They’re quick, easy to make, and super versatile so you can always switch things up. Just pick your favorite protein, a mix of vegetables, make a yummy stir fry sauce, and dinner is ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients For Chicken Stir Fry

Here’s what we used to make this easy chicken stir fry recipe:

  • Chicken Breasts: I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but if your budget is tight, you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead.
  • Vegetables: This is where you can really be flexible. I used a combination of broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, and onion for this stir fry. But feel free to choose different vegetables based on your budget, what’s in season, or what’s in your fridge. Sometimes I’ll use just one or two vegetables because that’s what I currently have on hand. Some other great veggie options are green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, snap peas, or different color bell peppers. 
  • Stir Fry Sauce: A good stir fry sauce will definitely bring the entire dish together. I used our same stir fry sauce from our Vegetable Stir Fry recipe as a base, because it’s sooo good, increased the measurements slightly to make it extra saucy, and added a touch of sriracha sauce for just a little kick!

Stir-Fry Recipe Tips

  1. Make the stir fry sauce first. Stir fry recipes cook fast, so you want the sauce to be ready when it’s time to add it to the skillet.
  2. Use a big wok or very large skillet. In order for all of the chicken and vegetables to fit in the skillet with enough space to cook fairly evenly, you’ll want to use a big wok or large skillet. We used a 12-inch skillet for this recipe. 
  3. Don’t overcook the vegetables. You want the vegetables to just be tender-crisp and vibrantly colored. You can always cook them a little longer once the sauce is added at the end, but if you cook them too long in the first steps you’ll end up with limp vegetables that are a drab color.

What To Serve With Chicken Stir Fry

You can easily serve this chicken stir fry with a side of brown or white rice or give our Coconut Rice a try! And if you really want the full take-out experience, whip up some of our Vegetable Fried Rice to serve on the side.

Storing Leftovers

This chicken stir fry recipe stores very well in the fridge and works great for meal prep! You can make it on Sunday, divide it into equal portions, then store in meal prep containers along with your rice. This dish will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days.

Overhead view of a plate of chicken stir fry with white rice and a fork serving some out.
Overhead view of chicken stir fry in a large skillet with sliced green onions on the side.
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Chicken Stir Fry

This Chicken Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a quick & easy dinner meal. It has lots of chicken and veggies and a super delicious stir-fry sauce!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Asian
Total Cost $10.55 recipe / $1.76 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 (about 1 cup each)
Calories 198kcal

Ingredients

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce $0.44
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar $0.12
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.20
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger $0.20
  • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch $0.08
  • 1/3 cup water $0.00
  • 1 tsp sriracha $0.05

Stir Fry

  • 3/4 lb. broccoli 1.75
  • 2 carrots $0.31
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.33
  • 1 small onion $0.32
  • 2 green onions $0.22
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lb. total) $5.25
  • 3 Tbsp cooking oil, divided $0.12

Instructions

  • Start by making the stir fry sauce. Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, toasted sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sriracha, cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.
  • Chop the broccoli into small florets. Slice the red bell pepper, onion, and carrots into similar sized pieces. Slice the green onions. Set all the vegetables aside.
  • Next, cut the chicken breasts into small 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  • Heat a very large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcook the chicken. Once the chicken is browned, remove it from the skillet onto a separate plate and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of cooking oil along with the carrots and broccoli. Cook and stir for one minute, or just until the broccoli begins to turn bright green.
  • Next, add the red bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Give the stir fry sauce another brief stir. Now add the cooked chicken back to the skillet, then pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Give everything a stir and allow the sauce to come up to a simmer, at which point it will start to thicken and turn glossy. Continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes or until it has reached your desired doneness.
  • Remove the chicken stir fry from the heat, top with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) and serve!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 819mg | Fiber: 3g
Side close up view of chicken stir fry in a skillet.

How to Make Chicken Stir Fry – Step by Step Photos

Chicken Stir Fry Sauce in a small bowl.

Start by making the stir fry sauce. Combine the 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tsp sriracha, 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch and 1/3 cup water in a small bowl. Set the sauce aside.

Chicken Stir Fry vegetables chopped on a cutting board.

Chop 3/4 lb. of broccoli into small florets. Slice 1 red bell pepper, 1 small yellow onion, and 2 carrots into similar sized pieces. Slice 2 green onions. Set the vegetables aside.

Chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces on a cutting board.

Cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into small 1/2 inch sized pieces.

Cooked chicken breast pieces in a skillet.

Heat a very large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcook the chicken. Once chicken is browned, remove it from the skillet onto a separate plate and set aside.

Broccoli and carrots being sautéed in a skillet.

In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of cooking oil along with the carrots and broccoli. Cook and stir for one minute, or just until the broccoli begins to turn bright green.

Peppers and onions added to a skillet with broccoli and carrots.

Next, add the red bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes.

Cooked chicken and stir fry sauce being added to vegetables in a skillet.

Give the stir fry sauce another brief stir. Now add the cooked chicken back to the skillet, then pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Give everything a stir and allow the sauce to come up to a simmer, at which point it will start to thicken and turn glossy. Continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes or until it has reached your desired doneness.

Finished chicken stir fry in a skillet.

Remove the chicken stir fry from the heat, top with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) and dinner is served!

Chicken stir fry on a plate with white rice and a fork serving some out.

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Oatmeal Cookies

These delicious Oatmeal Cookies are crispy around the edges and soft & chewy in the center. The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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What could possibly be so good that it keeps our team talking about it for weeks? You guessed it…these insanely delicious Oatmeal Cookies! The golden crispy edges and chewy center had us hooked! We added raisins for the classic oatmeal raisin cookie, but feel free to swap out the raisins for your own favorite cookie add-ins. I’ll share a few different options below. Just know these oatmeal cookies are the absolute best way to satisfy your sweet tooth on a budget!😉

Overhead view of oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack.

Ingredients For Oatmeal Cookies

Here are the ingredients you need to make these delicious oatmeal raisin cookies:

  • Old-fashioned Rolled Oats:  It wouldn’t be an oatmeal cookie without the oats! The oats provide a chewy texture to the cookies. Make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats and not quick oats.
  • Butter: Butter is the base for many cookies. It gives the cookies plenty of richness and creamy buttery flavor.
  • Brown sugar & Granulated white sugar: I like using a combination of both brown and white sugar to sweeten the cookies.
  • Egg: Egg helps bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds a touch of warm flavor to the cookies.
  • Baking Soda: A small amount of baking soda helps the cookies rise just a little bit.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour gives the cookies structure.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon spice adds just a little bit more flavor and the perfect finishing touch to these chewy cookies.
  • Raisins: Raisins are a classic addition to oatmeal cookies with the perfect contrast and sweetness. But feel free to try some other variations if you wan’t a slightly different flavor profile. We’ll list a few suggestions below.

Oatmeal Cookie Variations

Here are a few different options if you want to switch things up with your oatmeal cookies:

  • Dried cranberries: I love swapping the raisins for Craisins or dried cranberries whenever I can catch them on sale at my local grocery store.
  • Chopped nuts: Looking for a little crunch? Add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the dough.
  • Chocolate or Butterscotch chips: These oatmeal cookies also taste great with your favorite baking chips. My favorite combination is a few butterscotch chips and a few chopped pecans. SO good! If you’re adding chocolate or butterscotch chips, I would add them in place of the raisins.

Many cookie recipes suggest chilling the cookie dough in the refrigerator prior to baking. This is to prevent the cookies from spreading too much in the oven as they bake. We tested these oatmeal cookies two different ways. First, chilling the dough for 30 minutes prior to baking, and second, baking the cookies without chilling the dough. We actually preferred the texture of the cookies without chilling the dough. It yielded a thinner cookie with crispy edges and a perfect chewy center. However, this is more of a personal preference. If you prefer a thicker cookie, then feel free to refrigerate the cookie dough for 30-60 minutes prior to baking.

Storing Oatmeal Cookies

So what happens when you’re feeling snack-ish, you’re craving something sweet, and you forgot about the extra oatmeal cookies that you stashed in your freezer? You realize you just hit the jackpot!! That’s exactly what happened to us at the studio. We had extra cookies that we stored in the freezer and were super excited to gobble them up 2 weeks later. These cookies store very well in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. When you’re in the mood for a little something sweet, just take one or two cookies out of the freezer, thaw at room temperature and enjoy!

Overhead view of a pile of oatmeal cookies on a plate with a white napkin and a cup of milk on the side.
Overhead view of a pile of oatmeal cookies on a plate with a white napkin and a cup of milk on the side.
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Oatmeal Cookies

These delicious Oatmeal Cookies are crispy around the edges and soft & chewy in the center. The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.77 recipe / $0.21 each
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 173kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp salted butter, softened $1.33
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar $0.17
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.27
  • 1 egg $0.14
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.25
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.20
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats $0.39
  • 3/4 cup raisins $0.93

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, add the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Blend the ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract to the bowl and blend with the sugar mixture until smooth.
  • Next in a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon) until well combined. Add the rolled oats to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to the same bowl as the sugar mixture. Blend the ingredients together with a hand mixer on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Next add the raisins to the bowl and fold them into the cookie dough with a spatula.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop or your hands, scoop the cookie dough into roughly 2 Tbsp portions then roll into a ball. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart. You'll likely need to cook the cookies in two batches, so keep the remaining dough chilled until ready to roll and bake.*
  • Bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. The center of the cookies may look too soft when you remove them from the oven, but keep in mind the cookies will continue to set as they cool. Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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Notes

*Feel free to chill the entire dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes if you do not want the cookies to spread too much. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g
Very close up view of a pile of oatmeal cookies.

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies – Step by Step Photos

Butter, white sugar and brown sugar in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, add 10 Tbsp of softened butter, 1/2 cup granulated white sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Blend the ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth.

Egg and vanilla added to the sugar mixture in a bowl.

Add 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the bowl and blend with the sugar mixture until smooth.

Flour, cinnamon and dry ingredients added to a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon until well combined.

Oats mixed with flour in a bowl.

Add 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Oat and flour mixture added to butter and sugar mixture in a bowl.

Add all of the dry ingredients to the same bowl as the sugar mixture. Blend the ingredients together with a hand mixer on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.

Raisins added to cookie batter in a bowl.

Next add 3/4 cup of raisins to the bowl and fold them into the cookie dough with a spatula.

Cookie dough shaped on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Using a medium cookie scoop or your hands, scoop the cookie dough into roughly 2 Tbsp portions, then roll into a ball. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart. You’ll likely need to cook the cookies in two batches, so keep the remaining dough chilled until ready to roll and bake.

Baked oatmeal raisin cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 13-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. The center of the cookies may look too soft when you remove them from the oven, but keep in mind the cookies will continue to set as they cool.

Overhead view of oatmeal raisin cookies on a cooling rack.

Let the cookies cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy these irresistible oatmeal cookies with a glass of milk or simply enjoy by themselves and don’t forget to share with your family and friends!😊

Overhead view of a pile of oatmeal cookies on a plate with a white napkin and a cup of milk on the side.

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