Recipe Bucket List –

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I’ve wanted to make a bucket list for a while… you know what a bucket list is, right?  A list of things that you totally want to do sometime before you die?  I don’t have a personal bucket list for myself because I just take life as it comes and enjoy every opportunity that it gives me.  But for recipes- I need a list!  There are zillions of recipes out there, I want to try anything and (most) everything), so here’s my bucket list of recipes I want to make sometime in the next 50 or so years!  I’ll be sharing them on my site as I make them and crossing them off the ‘ol list as they are tried and true.  And oh… if you have any “bucket list” recipes that you’d like me to make- please share in the comments.  And if you happen to have a wonderful family favorite recipe for anything that is mentioned below, please email it to me at foodie {at} recipegirl {dot} com and I’ll do my best to make your recipe and share it here on RecipeGirl!

My Recipe Bucket List:


  • Croque Monsieur
  • Gluten Free Waffles
  • Breakfast Sausage
  • Breakfast Panini
  • Breakfast Strudel
  • Eggs Florentine
  • Maple Bars
  • Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
  • Chilaquiles
  • Breakfast Enchiladas
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  • Strawberry Pop Tarts
  • Swedish Tea Ring
  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
  • 2 Ingredient Weight Watchers Bagels
  • Avocado Toast – 3 ways
  • copycat recipes – Cinnabon/ Cracker Barrel/ Starbucks/ Krispy Kreme


  • Double Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cheddar Bay Biscuits
  • English Muffins
  • Croissants
  • Panettone
  • Boston Brown Bread
  • Irish Brown Bread
  • Savory Monkey Bread
  • Buttermilk Sandwich Bread
  • Breadsticks
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Potato Bread
  • Ciabatta
  • Pita Bread
  • Naan
  • Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns
  • Mile High Biscuits
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits


  • Strudel
  • Classic Baklava
  • Apple Turnovers
  • Apple Dumplings


  • Fried Clam Roll
  • Monte Cristo
  • Cool takes on grilled cheese
  • Deviled Ham Sandwiches
  • Portobello Mushroom Burgers
  • Black Bean Burgers


  • Alphabet Soup
  • Miso Soup
  • Cioppino
  • Mulligatawny Soup
  • Pasta Fagioli
  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  • restaurant copycat recipes
  • chicken pho
  • Matzo Ball Soup
  • instant pot soups
  • Slow Cooker Taco Soup


  • Crab Cakes
  • Jalapeno Popper Dip
  • Gooey, Cheesy Dips!
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cheese Straws
  • Spring Rolls
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves
  • Avocado Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)
  • Loaded Potato Skins


  • Homemade Limoncello
  • Plantar’s Punch
  • Paloma
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Classic Margaritas
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Mai Tai
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Loaded Bloody Mary
  • Variations of Moscow Mules

Side Dishes:

  • Pressure Cooker (Instant pot) Mashed Potatoes
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Hasselback Potatoes
  • Funeral Potatoes
  • Savory Tart
  • Grits
  • Savory Bread Pudding
  • Spoon Bread
  • Collard Greens
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Hush Puppies
  • Onion Rings
  • How to Make Applesauce in the Instant Pot

Main Dishes:

  • Beef Bourgignon
  • The Best Turkey Meatballs
  • Baked Tacos (in taco shells)
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
  • The Best Sloppy Joes
  • Chili Mac and Cheese
  • Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
  • Penne Arrabbiata
  • Baked Cornflake Chicken
  • Homemade Chicken Nuggets
  • How to make the Best Filling for Tacos (chicken or beef)
  • Spaghetti with Homemade Pesto Sauce
  • Beef Wellington
  • Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
  • Catfish
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • One Pot Spaghetti (some version of this)
  • Tamale Pie
  • Sheet Pan Meals
  • Taco-Stuffed Shells
  • Chicken Curry
  • Moussaka
  • Stromboli
  • Homemade Tortellini
  • Chicken Paprikash
  • Chicken Kiev
  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • Spanakopita
  • Pierogi
  • Chicken Posole
  • Osso Bucco
  • Grilled Planked Fish
  • Duck
  • Paella
  • Standing Rib Roast
  • Prime Rib
  • Pad Thai
  • Sushi
  • Baked Ham
  • Lamb Shanks
  • Gumbo
  • Tofu
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Simple Roast Chicken
  • Chicken Under a Brick
  • Hoppin’ John
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Perfect Pot Roast
  • Chicken Milanese
  • Chicken Noodle Casserole
  • Fish and Chips
  • instant pot dinner recipes
  • Any comfort food for fall/winter

Cookies and Bars:

  • Rolo Ornament Cookies
  • Reindeer Cookies
  • Shortbread Bites
  • Melted Snowman Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Snowballs
  • Frosted Gingerbread Cookie Bars
  • Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree Cookies (stacked)
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies
  • Buckeye Brownies
  • Cream Cheese Brownies
  • Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
  • Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Red Velvet Cookie Cake (with frosting garnish!)
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Florentine Cookies
  • Macarons
  • Naonimo Bars
  • Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Meringues
  • Rum Balls
  • Fortune Cookies
  • 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

Cakes and Cheesecakes:

  • King Cake
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Rum Cake
  • Dump Cake from Scratch
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Pink Champagne Layer Cake
  • Maple Cake
  • Peanut Butter Sheet Cake
  • Pumpkin Sheet Cake
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
  • Red Velvet Sheet Cake
  • Another version of Gooey Butter Cake
  • Banana Sheet Cake
  • Lemon Cupcakes
  • Gingerbread Cupcakes


  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Blackberry Pie
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Sweet Cherry Pie
  • Grasshopper Pie
  • Avocado Pie
  • Perfect Pie Crust
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • pumpkin slab pie
  • apple slab pie


  • Ice Cream Sodas
  • Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Bubble Gum Ice Cream
  • Sherbet
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Another ice cream flavor?

Other desserts:

  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Tapioca Pudding
  • Crème Brulee
  • Pots de Creme
  • Crepes
  • Classic Tiramisu
  • Churros
  • Madeleines
  • Salted Caramels
  • Plum Cobbler
  • Souffle
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Meltaway Mints
  • Homemade Twix Bars

Other things:

  • Watermelon Agua Fresca
  • Homemade Cheese Crackers
  • Puff Pastry
  • Canning Jams
  • Freezer Jams
  • Dill Pickles
  • Sauerkraut
  • Homemade Eggnog
  • Preserved Lemons
  • Bacon Jam
  • How to quick pickle red onions

Special thanks to Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker, who has a Bucket List of her own and inspired me to make one too!

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Amanda A wrote:

    How’s your list coming along? Has there been a follow up to show how far you’ve come?

  • Denise wrote:

    You should add Panelle to your bucket list. It’s an Italian old world recipe that my mother ALWAYS wanted me to make – but I managed to make it only once. It took a lot of stirring and many strong arms to stir the pot – but it was absolutely so tasty – it disappeared in less time than it took to make it. Tho made with garbanzo bean flour it tasted like flaky whitefish patties with lemon. YUM!

  • Nasreen wrote:

    What about Apple strudel and schwartzwalder kirsh torte and oh whie Im at it….Sacher torte…I know they are all desserts but oh so good.


  • Elizabeth A Gruner wrote:

    Love a bucket list they r so fun

  • Sandy Pudoff wrote:

    I used my laptop’s dictionary function and it appears that macaron is just the French spelling for the word macaroon. Same recipe, different language. I need to learn patience, as I’ve been impatiently saying for 30 years! I’ve made several of your bucket list items (I’m a medically retired chef) but some I’ve never even heard of. IMHO, the diversity in our country’s food is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Only in America can you eat globally without leaving the country!

  • Sandy Pudoff wrote:

    What is the difference between a macaroon and a macaron? I am slightly confused.

  • sandy pudoff wrote:

    Don’t even ask me to be your taste tester. Not even if you beg!!! My husband however, will rent himself out by the hour.

  • Jayme G. wrote:

    Love this idea!!!

  • Carrie Perrins wrote:

    Wow! That is quite the list!
    I have so many recipes that I want to try and this is a great way to mark them off the list.
    Thanks for the idea!

  • Oonagh wrote:

    I have started with my own list……my twist? Picking a recipe from every country and giving them a go…..I am going alphabetically. It has involved a lot of time in the grocery store looking for ingredients and some research for substitutions. But we are loving our ‘cultural’ night 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I love that idea!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick wrote:

    What a wonderful idea! I think I’ll do this myself! I look forward to seeing you work your way through this list… 🙂

  • Julia from Dozen Flours wrote:

    Yes please!! You have my permission to use my name/blog any time you try my recipes. I sincerely appreciate it!

    As a matter of fact, you have already tried one of my recipes: my Snickerdoodle Bars. I think you got the recipe via My Baking Addiction but she got it from me. 🙂

    Thank you Leslie!

  • Julia from Dozen Flours wrote:

    I love your list! I really need to create one too. It’s such a great idea.

    So I saw Nanaimo Bars were on your list. I would like to invite you to try the ones I’ve made. They are the REAL DEAL. Most recipes have you use custard/pudding mix but these are made entirely from scatch and so worth the end result. I encourage you to try them and if you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think of them. 🙂

    Here’s the link:

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Wow! Well, if you’re okay with me posting your recipe on my site citing you as the source, I’ll give them a try. Let me know!