Shake Shack, Covent Garden, London
Shake Shack, Covent Garden, London by Ewan Munro (CC BY-SA)

Copycat Recipes You Can Now Make at Home

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Shake Shack, Covent Garden, London
Shake Shack, Covent Garden, London by Ewan Munro (CC BY-SA)

Satisfy Those Cravings

Stay-at-home orders mean most of us are cooking at home more than ever, but if you're still longing for your favorite food from the outside world, you're not alone. There are plenty of copycat versions of famous foods online, but restaurants, theme parks, and other spots with iconic dishes are indulging us with official recipes, many of which have been specially released in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Craving a taste of normalcy? Here are 19 recipes to try.

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sausage mcmuffin with egg and cheese
sausage mcmuffin with egg and cheese by Derek Lo (CC BY-NC-ND)

McDonald's Sausage and Egg McMuffin

Four ingredients are all that stand between you and your favorite fast-food breakfast after the burger giant tweeted out its McMuffin recipe. To make it truly drive-thru-worthy, you'll need a metal ring to fry up that perfect circular egg patty.

Recipe: Delish

Soy Garlic Glazed Korean Fried Cauliflower
Soy Garlic Glazed Korean Fried Cauliflower by Joy (CC BY)

The Cheesecake Factory's Korean Fried Cauliflower

True to form, The Cheesecake Factory has gone big, releasing several of its recipes to the public so we can all gorge in style during the pandemic. One of the most notable is for its signature Korean Fried Cauliflower appetizer, which is the most calorie-laden of its small plates and snacks — though it has nothing on these diet-busters.

Recipe: The Cheesecake Factory

Dole Whip
Dole Whip by flashphase (CC BY-NC-ND)

Disney's Dole Whip

For many Disney lovers, there's one thing and one thing only that can make that hour-plus wait for Big Thunder Mountain worth it: the Dole Whip, one of the nation's most iconic theme-park foods. Believe it or not, all you need to recreate it is three ingredients and a reliable blender, so hop to it and make staying home that much sweeter.

Recipe: Travel and Leisure


Disney's Churro Bites

Not a Dole Whip fan? Sacrilege! But fear not: Disney has you covered with another one of its most popular treats: churro bites. Making these chewy tubes of cinnamon-sugar goodness requires only basic pantry baking staples, but you will need a piping bag with a large star tip if you want to achieve their signature shape.

Recipe: Disney Parks

Guacamole by Frank Gruber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Chipotle's Guacamole

Guacamole, we've never needed you more, and Chipotle's version requires only six ingredients. If you just can't bear to make some without the chain's signature lime-dusted tortilla chips, there are plenty of copycat recipes online, though nothing officially from the restaurant.

Recipe: Today

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Cole Slaw

Chick-fil-A's Cole Slaw

The world only got its hands on Chick-fil-A's coleslaw recipe when the chain decided to discontinue it in favor of a kale salad in 2016. Remind yourself of the good ol' days with its official, easy-to-make recipe that would no doubt earn your grandma's stamp of approval.

Recipe: NBC News

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SmokeShack Burger
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Shake Shack's SmokeShack Burger

Released a few years ago in conjunction with a full-fledged Shake Shack cookbook, this indulgent burger recipe has everything you need to eat your feelings and then some: beef, bacon, and butter.

Recipe: Epicurious

Slow-Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

Let's be honest: We don't go to Ikea only for the flat-packed furniture. If you've just gotta satisfy that meatball-shaped void in your life, you're in luck. Ikea has released the recipe for one of its most iconic dishes, Swedish meatballs with cream sauce, to hold us over until we can take another bewildering trip through our favorite maze-like furniture store.

Recipe: Ikea

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

The Cheesecake Factory's Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

When you just can't decide between two breakfast favorites, The Cheesecake Factory is here for you with this mashup, another member of their new at-home recipe collection. Just don't look up the sugar content on this baby.

Recipe: The Cheesecake Factory

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

DoubleTree's Chocolate Chip Cookies

The suites at DoubleTree are nice and roomy, but let's be honest: What we're really looking forward to is those warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in. The treat even became the first food to be baked in space, by crews on the International Space Station. We say that's reason enough to give grandma's cookie recipe a rest ... maybe just this once.

Recipe: Hilton

barbecue ribs

Famous Dave's Ribs

Carnivores, rejoice: Years ago, "Famous Dave" himself adapted his rib recipe for all of us casual grillers without a fancy smoker. While he warns the process is long, if there's one thing many of us have on our hands right now, it's enough time to make some good ribs.

Recipe: Esquire

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Disney's Toy Story Land Grilled Cheese

Leave it to Disney to elevate a humble grilled cheese sandwich into something a little, well, magical. Made at Woody's Lunch Box in Hollywood Studios' Toy Story Land, it features a cream-cheese spread, and a mix of garlic, mayo, and coarse salt on top of a blend of cheddar and provolone.

Recipe: Disney Parks

Cinnamon Bread

Dollywood's Cinnamon Bread

If you've ever strolled along the charming footpaths snaking through Dollywood, chances are the heavenly smell of cinnamon bread accompanied you for at least part of the journey. Now you can make the park's famous gooey treat at home — and you won't even have to wait in line for it.

Recipe: Travel and Leisure

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Disney's Cookie Fries

The Happiest Place on Earth delivers again, and this time, the recipe is vegan-friendly — yes, really. Whether you're following a plant-based diet or want a crispy, crunchy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, how could anything named "cookie fries" be a bad idea?

Recipe: Disney Parks

Margherita Pizza

Pizza Express' Margherita Pizza

Pizza Express is a prominent U.K.-based chain, and if you haven't had the privilege of inhaling one of its hand-tossed pies, make sure to do so on your next hop across the pond. In the meantime, satisfy your pizza cravings with one of its longtime menu staples, the classic margherita.

Recipe: Pizza Express

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Disney's Mickey Beignets

Though they might not be quite as ubiquitous Mickey ice cream bars, Mickey beignets are still one of Disney Land's and Disney World's tastiest treats. Your at-home version won't come with the delectable dipping sauces, but a liberal dusting of powdered sugar should blunt any disappointment.

Recipe: Disney Parks

Day 254/365: The Nando's Lunch.
Day 254/365: The Nando's Lunch. by Li Tsin Soon (CC BY-NC-ND)

Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken Thighs, Spicy Rice, and Macho Peas

Founded in South Africa, this chain focusing on spicy chicken also has several restaurants in the United States, Canada, U.K., Australia, and other parts of the world. Customers craving its famous peri-peri chicken can try their hand at it after a recent step-by-step Instagram cookalong.

Recipe: The Daily Mail

Katsu Curry

Wagamama's Katsu Curry

Though it has only a small foothold in the U.S., Wagamama is a popular spot for Brits to fuel up on noodle dishes and other Asian-inspired fare. The chain has shared how to make for one of its most signature dishes, katsu curry, for home chefs to perfect during the lockdown.

Recipe: Facebook

Royal Cupcakes

Buckingham Palace's Royal Cupcakes

Speaking of the Brits, if you love following the royals, you can try your hand at a very prim, proper chocolate cupcake recipe, released by the royal pastry chefs in honor of the Queen's 94th birthday. Premade royal icing is a fine substitute for homemade buttercream, the chefs acknowledge — but good luck with those tiny golden crowns.

Recipe: Good Housekeeping