9 Recipes that totally prove being a copycat can be a good thing

"Copycat!" Yeah, we all heard it a thousand times growing up, and usually, it had a negative connotation about it. But the truth is, being a copycat isn't always a bad thing — especially when it comes to delicious food. Here are just a few examples of copycat recipes worth your time.

Hostess Cupcake Copycat

From the chef: "If you love the moist and creamy taste of a Hostess cupcake, you will love this version!"


2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Baking powder

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup water

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Homemade Copycat Big Mac Recipe

From the chef: "I still love a Big Mac now and then and thought I would enjoy it even more if I could make it myself. Let me tell you, this 'secret sauce' is spot on! Oh. My. Goodness. It was almost better than the real thing! Try it. You won't be sorry!"


4 hamburger buns (with sesame seeds)

4 hamburger buns (additional bottom halves)

1 cup romaine lettuce (shredded)

2 pounds ground beef, patties ( 8 patties)

1/2 cup dill pickles (slices)

8 cheddar cheese (slices, or American Cheese)

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Winger's Sticky Fingers Copycat

From the chef: "This copycat recipe is DEAD ON! You will never have to buy Winger's Sticky Fingers again!"


1 and 1/3 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoon Franks Wings buffalo sauce

4 tablespoon water

15 breaded chicken strips (frozen)

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Copycat Harry & David Moose Munch

From the chef: "Harry & David's Moose Munch made with chocolate, caramel popcorn and nuts is simply to die for, so I created a copycat, budget-friendly, version that you're going to love!"


12 cups microwave popcorn (popped)

1 stick butter

2 tablespoon light corn syrup

dash salt

1 1/4 cups miniature marshmallows

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-ounce milk chocolate bar (Baker's German Sweet Chocolate Baking)

3/4 cup peanuts (Planter's Lightly Salted Peanuts, divided)

Get the full recipe and directions here.

P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef Copycat Recipe

From the chef: "I could eat Chinese food everyday and still enjoy it. I just can't get enough! The addiction only worsens when I'm pregnant. I decided to try and make my own Asian inspired meal and home and it was FABULOUS!"


2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (minced)

1 tablespoon garlic (chopped)

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 pound beef, flank steak

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 green onion (chopped)

Get the full recipe and directions here.

{Copycat} KFC Coleslaw

From the chef: "This coleslaw tastes just like my favorite coleslaw from KFC."


8 cups cabbage (finely chopped)

1/4 cup carrots (shredded (or just use 2 bags of the bagged coleslaw))

KFC Coleslaw dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup whole buttermilk

1 and 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar

Lemon juice, sugar, salt, and black pepper to taste

1/4 cup milk

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Panera Bread Copycat Recipe: Smoked Turkey and Provolone Panini

From the chef: "I had never heard of the Panera Bread Company until I moved to Missouri. We lived about 2 hours away from one but when we did get close to one.... you can bet that is where we went! The sandwiches taste amazing! When I saw that they posted some of their recipes online I was so excited to try one! Obviously I couldn't use Panera Bread for my sandwich but I found some artisan bread (found at most grocery stores) that was pretty darn close. There is nothing like a warm sandwich on a cold day!"


1 Artisan bread (round)

3 tablespoons light mayonnaise

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

5 ounces smoked provolone (cheese)

8 ounces smoked turkey breast (thinly sliced)

1 tomato (thinly sliced)

1 ounce baby spinach leaves (optional)

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Cinnaburst Bread [Great Harvest Copycat]


1 1/4 cup water (warm)

1/4 cup Sugar

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

4 and 1/2 cups flour

1 cup cinnamon chips

Get the full recipe and directions here.

Complete Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad (Copycat Recipe)

From the chef: "We LOVE Cafe Rio and Costa Vida. We have tried and tried to duplicate the Cafe Rio / Costa Vida sweet pork salad.. and tonight.. we nailed it! It was DELICIOUS!! We have tried different sweet pork recipes but something seemed to be missing from each one.. so we combined a few and made our own! I promise, we are VERY VERY picky about our Cafe Rio pork and this tasted EXACTLY like it. We also played around with the rice, the beans, and the ranch."


6 tortillas

1/2 cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend)

2 cups white rice, cooked (Cafe Rio Rice)

2 cups black beans (Cafe Rio Black Beans)

2 cups pork (Cafe Rio Sweet Pork)

6 cups romaine lettuce (or leafy green)

1 cup pico de gallo

1 cup guacamole

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup yellow tortilla chips (Tortilla Strips)

1/2 cup parmesan cheese (Cotija cheese, crumbled)

1 cup ranch dressing (Cafe Rio Cilantro RaOR Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette)

Get the full recipe and directions here.


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