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13 Baking Projects When You Just Wanna Stay Indoors

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Whether it’s scrapbooking, whittling, calligraphy, or cooking, the perfect time for a project is the weekend. And when it comes to winter weekends, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than baking. If it’s too chilly to step outside, pillowy loaves, towering cakes, and swirly rolls make delicious distractions. And ovens filled with cheese-stuffed breads or light-as-air cinnamon sugar puffs warm up kitchens faster than ancient radiators (in my experience). Plus, the mouth-watering scent of cookies magically quells any cabin-fever spats.

If you're looking for some baking inspiration, we've gathered 13 of our most project-worthy breads, cookies, and treats to warm you through the weekend.

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Not-So-Basic Breads

Croissant Loaf
Croissant Loaf
Scallion Pancake Challah
Scallion Pancake Challah
Italian Appetizer Bread

Italian Appetizer Bread by Posie Harwood

The Famous Chocolate Babka

The Famous Chocolate Babka by Uri Scheft

Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread)
Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread)
Once You've Made Genius Peasant Bread, Try These 5 Variations
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Once You've Made Genius Peasant Bread, Try These 5 Variations

Sweet Treats

The Perfectionist's Guide to Making Chocolate Éclairs
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The Perfectionist's Guide to Making Chocolate Éclairs
Cardamom Doughnuts

Cardamom Doughnuts by Amanda Hesser

Swedish Princess Cake

Swedish Princess Cake by Catherine Lamb

Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs

Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs by fiveandspice

Chocolate Almond Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Almond Whoopie Pies by Food52

Your Guide to the Best Cinnamon Rolls of Your Life
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Your Guide to the Best Cinnamon Rolls of Your Life
Italian Rainbow Cookies
Italian Rainbow Cookies

What are some baking project you've tried? Share your successes (and failures!) in the comments!

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