Comfort Food

These 11 Great Recipes Are Already in Your Kitchen

January 10, 2016

Google returns 1,460,000 results for "best weeknight pasta recipe"—and 3,760,000 if you're looking for the "best layer cake recipe." With numbers like that, you'll wade through recipes for so long that you'll have no time to make any.

But recipe detective Posie Harwood of 600 Acres has proven that some of the most time-tested, reliable recipes are hiding in plain sight. All you have to do is open your pantry or cupboard and read the back of the box.

So put away the computer and the cookbooks and use ingredients that double as recipes. Here are 11 back-of-the-box recipes that are the best of the bunch.

Do you have a favorite back-of-the-package recipe Posie needs to know about? Share it in the comments below!

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See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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I used to work at Food52. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream.


Diane January 12, 2016
The Deep Dark Chocolate Cake recipe on the back of the Hersheys cocoa box is the best Chocolate cake recipe. It has been the go to Birthday cake and cupcake recipe in my house for years! Sometimes I add a little espresso powder.
Smaug January 10, 2016
Some of the classics- Toll House cookies (most brands of chips), oatmeal cookies (Quaker), lemon meringue pie (Kingsford). One of my local newspapers had a sort of ongoing thing with recipes for tamale pie from the Albers corn meal box- the recipe has shifted a lot over the years, and various readers swore by various versions, or decried them as not the "real" thing.
Posie (. January 12, 2016
Awesome thanks for the tips!