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Copycat recipes are great to recreate, especially if you spend too much money on fast food, restaurants, and coffee shops.
As you may already know, we don’t eat out at restaurants often because of the high costs.
I enjoy making recipes from some of our favorite restaurants.
It saves us money but makes us feel like we’re not missing out.
Today, you will find more of our favorite copycat recipes from Pinterest, which I will update regularly.
I’ve also included creations from our kitchen, both keto and non-keto recipes.
Copycat Recipes Without The High Price Tag
One of the main reasons people eat out is convenience, either because of time barriers or lack of meal planning.
Eating out can drastically alter your monthly budget if you don’t know it already, especially if you spend more time at restaurants than grocery stores.
Media Marketing Works
How often have you seen an advert on the television or in a magazine for food and said, “I want to try that,” quite a few times?
I know because I do that quite often; the art of marketing does work.
Factor in the costs of tips and drinks for the meal, and you’ve just spent enough for a week’s worth of groceries for one meal.
Consider how much it costs to make a batch of your favorite muffins, subs, or take-out chili compared to a drive-thru.
What doesn’t work is the prices that keep us at home working on ways to create mouth-watering meals in our kitchen.
Grocery shopping for some people is just B.O.R.I.N.G., but I don’t know many people who shop to party.
Of course, it’s not the most exciting chore, but it should be the smartest when it affects your finances.
What Is A Copycat Recipe?
Well, it’s a recipe you love, but there is no recipe, or if there is, you aren’t going to get your hands on it because it’s a SECRET.
If you want your favorite foods at home to save money, you must determine the ingredients used in the original recipe.
Is it easier to eat out than make it? Yes and No
For the home cook, creating recipes might be a fun way to get creative in the kitchen.
Not everyone likes to cook, but sometimes it takes ‘effort’ to increase enthusiasm.
Too often, we depend on others for our meals, but I bet you’d have to figure it out yourself if you were alone.
Eating at restaurants comes into play for people who are alone and enjoy the atmosphere and conversation more than the savings.
Eating Out Influences
Anyone influenced by co-workers, family, or friends to frequent fast food and eat-in restaurants should ask themselves whether it impacts their financial goals.
The hardest thing to get out of your mouth might be no, but it must be if you’re running on credit card swipes for money.
It’s not until someone creates and uses a budget for more than a month do they see the damage eating out can cause.
Costs Of Eating Out Can Become A Debt Trap
I can’t tell you the last time we went to a restaurant apart from the UK, and it cost us a fortune.
The reason was that I wanted to treat my UK family to dinner as it’s so expensive back home.
With a family of 4 to feed, my sister has a tight grocery budget, so she makes copycat recipes at home.
After eating out, we went grocery shopping at Aldi’s to help offset the extra food costs of having us there.
Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones
This Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones Copycat Recipe is easy to make on your first try, and you’ll love the sweet orange glaze drizzled over these buttery scones.
They’re perfect for the holiday season!
Clone Of A Cinnabon
You have got to try this Cinnabon recipe. The first time I made these rolls, I thought of how much money I could save by making my own!
Starbucks Lemon Loaf
Our favourite is the Starbucks Lemon Loaf that went viral on Canadian Budget Binder.
Although eating out is excellent, doing it too often can lead to high grocery bills and higher eating-out expenses in your entertainment budget category.
Copycat Recipes Are An Eating-Out Fix
I realized that people who are mindful of their grocery budget or want to eat out but can’t still want to make copycat recipes.
They are saving money and getting the restaurant or fast-food cravings that used to cost a fortune.
Kudos to you because you’re the winner enjoying all the benefits of cooking foods you love but can do without the extra “convenience” expenses.
Why Choose Copycat Recipes?
To choose copycat recipes that pique your interest, you may consider the following;
- I tried the product before but can’t or don’t want to keep buying it—for example, Tim Horton’s Chocolate Chip Muffin CopyCat version is the MOST popular recipe in my copycat section.
- They look mouth-watering.
- Copycat recipes are easy to follow.
- Copycat ingredients are inexpensive in comparison to eating out.
I am forever adding new copycat recipes we’ve tried on Pinterest and those we haven’t.
Let us know your favourites in the comment section below.
Costco Muffins Recipe
Homemade Nesquick Copycat Recipe
British Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake Blondies
Popular Copycat Recipes On Canadian Budget Binder
- Dairy Queen Chocolate Dipped Bananas
- Just Like Starbucks Lemon Loaf
- Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake Blondies
- Copycat Tim Hortons Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Crispy Fresh Spring Rolls
- Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Homemade Old Elpaso Taco Seasoning
- Copycat Twinkies
- Milk Toffee
- Nuts and Bolts Recipe Mix
- Dundurn Castle Shortbread
Copycat Dundurn Castle Shortbread Cookies
Most Popular Copycat Recipes From Restaurants
Most copycat recipes come from fast-food joints or eat-in casual restaurants that offer a specific sauce, appetizer, drink, or dessert.
- Cheesecake Factory recipes in the USA are to die for, but the closest you’ll get is a copycat version or the real thing if you have a CF nearby.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken, specifically the KFC secret recipe, KFC gravy, and Classic KFC Macaroni Salad, are trendy.
- Tim Hortons recipes are popular, especially the muffins, donuts, soup, chilli, and bagels.
- Red Lobster recipes– You can buy a box of pre-made Red Lobster biscuits at Costco or make them yourself.
- Applebees recipes are all appetizers and meat-based, like their famous burgers.
- Olive Garden is all about salads, sauces, and bread.
- McDonald’s recipes- Did you see the new Big Mac sauce in a squeeze bottle at the grocery store?
- Chinese restaurant food is famous among Canadians, especially in creating a healthier version.
Some of the best recipes come from inside information, which means you know someone who works at an establishment or works (ed) there yourself.
Most restaurants won’t give up the recipe or leave out ingredients to keep them away from the general public.
You might even try a recipe that comes SO CLOSE to the real thing; you consider it just that or better, but more so for your pocketbook than your taste buds.
Top Copycat Recipes On Pinterest
Below you will find the best copycat recipes on Pinterest sought after by people like you and me who want to stay home and save money.
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Outback Secret Blooming Onion Sauce
I’ve never been to the Outback Steakhouse, but Mrs. CBB has and loves their blooming onion sauce.
Cheese Biscuits Copycat Recipe Red Lobster
Copycat McDonald’s French Fries Recipe
Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe
Cracker Barrel Copycat Hash Brown Casserole
Kentucky Fried Chicken Secret Recipe
CopyCat KFC Roast Chicken Seasoning
Mcdonald’s Big Mac Secret Sauce Recipe
Copycat McDonald’s BIG MAC Secret Sauce
Starbucks Petite Vanilla Bean Scones Recipe
Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Breakfast Sauce From McDonald’s
Salad Dressing From The Olive Garden
Starbucks Double Fudge Brownies Recipe
Panda Express Recipes
15 Copycat Cheesecake Factory Recipes
I’ve never been to the Cheesecake Factory in Toronto, but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews.
Below are 15 Copycat Cheesecake Factory recipes that you can make at home.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders and Sauce
If you’re a fan of Raising Cane’s, here is a recipe for their chicken tenders and dipping sauce.
Pancakes From The Popular IHOP
Try my ultra pillow-soft fluffy pancakes and put them to the test.
Orange Julius Recipe
Popular Wendy’s Frosty Recipe
Bread Recipe From Little Caesars
Muffin Recipe From Costco
Wing Sauces From Buffalo Wild Wings
Red Velvet Cheesecake From Cheesecake Factory
Pretzel Bites Recipe From Auntie Anne’s
Coleslaw Recipe From Kentucky Fried Chicken
Delicious Arby’s Sauce
Kentucky Fried Chicken Recipe #2
Starbucks Lemon Poppyseed Loaf Recipe
Copycat McDonald’s French Fries Recipe
Subway Sweet Onion Sauce Recipe
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Outback Blooming Onion Sauce Recipe
McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Copycat Recipe
Five Guys Burger
Thin Mint Girl Guide Cookies Recipe
10 Taco Bell Copycat Recipes
Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe
Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Taco Bell Quesadilla Recipe
Just Like Kraft Dinner Macaroni And Cheese Recipe
Olive Garden Salad Recipe
TGI Friday’s CopyCat Potato Skins Recipe
KFC Gravy Recipe
Costco Quinoa Salad Recipe
Panera Autumn Squash Soup
Cheesecake Factory Copy Cat KeyLime Cheesecake
Ultimate Guide For Making Starbucks Drinks
I created a blog post specifically for Cheap CopyCat Starbucks Drinks, cold and hot brew.
Related: The Ultimate List of Cold Brew Recipes
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found a new recipe at home.