The 50 Best Copycat Recipes Ever!

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Ever tried to duplicate a restaurant recipe to no avail? I certainly have, and more than once, I’ve ended up with a true recipe disaster on my hands. Pulling off your own “secret sauce” is not simple, but somehow, these bloggers and chefs have managed to come up with the perfect combinations of ingredients to duplicate some of my favorites. Call me impressed. From my favorite crispy fried chicken at Chili’s, to Chipotle chicken burritos to yummy desserts from the Cheesecake factory, this list of recipe copycats is sure to wow you and your dinner guests.

If you have a favorite food from a top restaurant or chain and want to try making it at home, you have to check out these 50 best copycat recipes.

1. Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Dessert Now Dinner Later

Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants. Best Recipe Knockoffs from Chipotle, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Cinabbon, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Mc Donalds, Red Lobster, Panda Express  |  Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing http://diyjoy.com/copycat-recipes

Unbelievable that I never knew how easy this one was to make at home. First on my list because I now always keep a bottle of my own homemade Olive Garden salad dressing in the fridge, this dressing recipe is simply divine. I love eating at the restaurant, too, but now I can add this to my favorite chicken salads and veggie combos at home. Try dipping carrot sticks in it for a most delicious snack idea.

2. Lightened-Up KFC’s Fried Chicken Tenders

Pop Sugar

Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants. Best Recipe Knockoffs from Chipotle, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Cinabbon, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Mc Donalds, Red Lobster, Panda Express  | Lightened Up KFC's Fried Chicken Tenders http://diyjoy.com/copycat-recipes

 

KFC but better? How on earth could you do that? Well, this awesome fried chicken recipe has the perfect combination of seasonings and spices to taste like Kentucky Fried Chicken, but it has tons less fat in it, so it is better for you. This means you can eat it more often without feeling guilty, so I say better!

3. CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Cindy Shopper

Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants. Best Recipe Knockoffs from Chipotle, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Cinabbon, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Mc Donalds, Red Lobster, Panda Express  | CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter  http://diyjoy.com/copycat-recipes

 

Yum. Yum. Yum. I made these Texas Roadhouse Copycat Rolls for Christmas dinner and the memory still has me saying that and thinking about them. So delicious, these homemade rolls are incredibly awesome. It is not as hard to make homemade rolls as you might think, either. Check out the recipe and try some of these for dinner tonight. I promise you will  not regret it.

4. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe

Budget Savvy Diva

Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants. Best Recipe Knockoffs from Chipotle, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Cinabbon, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Mc Donalds, Red Lobster, Panda Express  | Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe http://diyjoy.com/copycat-recipes

 

I don’t love everything on the Cracker Barrel menu, but their fried apple dessert is something I just can’t live without. Sometimes I have to wonder if I am glad I learned how to make this one at home.Apple, butter and cinnamon-y goodness does not get any better than this. However, for special occasions (like every weekend) I highly recommend this dessert recipe.

5.  Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

Cooking Classy

Copycat Recipes From Top Restaurants. Best Recipe Knockoffs from Chipotle, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Cinabbon, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, Cheesecake Factory, KFC, Mc Donalds, Red Lobster, Panda Express  | Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts http://diyjoy.com/copycat-recipes

 

I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts so much and I only get to eat them once a year when I go visit my mom. Eating a hot fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut has been a requirement for every trip I make to see her for 15 years. When I saw this copycat recipe for a Krispy Kreme knockoff, I was skeptical, but when I tried it, the result was stellar. Plus, you get to eat as many as you want! A great Saturday morning breakfast idea to surprise your kids or out of town guests, these homemade doughnuts rock!

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