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Cheap baking recipes

Cakes, bakes, puddings and pies needn't cost the earth. Our budget baking recipes will help save the pennies.

183 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Good Food reader Charlotte Hilsdon shares her simple, chocolate chip muffin recipe, to which you can add fruit, chocolate or nuts

45 mins
Easy
192 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

With just three ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will delight kids and grown-ups alike – and they're gluten-free, too

27 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
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10 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Transform a classic lemon drizzle cake into a self-saucing pud for a cheap, comforting dessert. Serve with cream or custard

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Turn the popular cake into chewy cookies, complete with cream cheese icing. Box them up to give as a gift, or make a batch of dough to keep in the freezer

35 mins
Easy
18 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Use up overripe bananas to make this sticky toffee banana loaf. It’s even more indulgent with the toffee sauce and nut brittle

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Marmite gives a deep savoury flavour to these tasty pinwheel cheddar cheese scones - perfect for afternoon tea or a simple snack

35 mins
Easy
55 ratings 3.1 out of 5 star rating

These decadent, American-style dessert bars are the fairer cousin of the brownie, with the same dense and fudgy texture

55 mins
Easy
22 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

If you love ginger nuts, you'll love these American-style spiced biscuits with chunks of stem ginger, dipped in dark chocolate

32 mins
Easy
14 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This dark and sticky ginger cake is made healthier with naturally sweet dates, buttermilk and plenty of cinnamon and fresh ginger

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
36 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This thrifty traybake sponge used canned fruit and coconut yogurt. Cut into squares and serve up at a party or cake sale

50 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Kids will love making these little chocolate cupcakes, with a crunchy biscuit base and Easter egg topping

50 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

These savoury scones are perfect with potted fish. Make early in the day then warm before serving, for the best results

40 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
29 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Good Food reader, Win Morgan shares her recipe for this traditional Welsh tea bread loaf with mixed spice - serve sliced and spread with butter

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
9 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Give homemade biscuits a fruity spin by sandwiching a layer of apricots in between two layers of buttery tray-baked shortbread

45 mins
Easy
154 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Edd Kimber creates a rustic bake with chunks of sweet apple and a crunchy demerara sugar topping.

1 hr
Easy
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This traditional favourite is a perfect way to end a decadent meal- but our version is made lighter with extra apple and half-fat crème fraîche

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Edd Kimber talks through how to master piping and flood icing to create these cute cookies with a distinct decoration

1 hr and 17 mins
Easy
6 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Cook from the heart and serve these raspberry-centred biscuits to kids, young and old- you don't need a special cutter, either

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
62 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Teach 8-14 year olds how to make fairy cakes and guarantee a fun kitchen activity

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
1,311 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen. It's great for using up overripe bananas, too.

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
63 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Use lemon, lime or grapefruit in this squidgy baked dessert - a simple and nostalgic family pud

1 hr
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These heart-shaped cookies with a crunchy mint filling are fun for children to make and give as a present

37 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Mary's Cadogan's crisp citrus cookies make perfect decorations - just stamp them with the celebration motif of your choice

55 mins
Easy
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