These 10 heartwarming cottagecore recipes will bring warmth, nostalgia, and charm to your kitchen. Embrace the rustic charm of cottagecore living with this delicious collection of comforting dishes.
I realized recently that since leaving my full-time managerial job last spring, life has taken on a different rhythm of simplicity and comfort.
The constant hustle & bustle has given way to a more intentional pace, one that I didn’t even realize was happening and that actually aligned with something called, cottagecore.
With this shift in mindset and perspective, I’ve found a new joy in being in the kitchen and creating homemade meals.
Just a couple of short years ago, I would dread the idea of preparing meals at the end of a long workday, viewing it as just another thing on a never-ending to-do list.
As I unknowingly started to embrace a slower, cottagecore way of life, I discovered the happiness and wholesomeness of cooking homemade dishes for our family.
I’ve found that recipes go beyond creating food for our bellies; they can tell stories of tradition, nostalgia, simplicity, and deliciousness.
My kitchen has now become a space where recipes are explored and dishes are made that align with the cottagecore aesthetic.
In this blog post, I’m sharing 10 of our families favorite comforting recipes that I think you will find, not only feed the body but the soul as well.
What are cottagecore recipes?
Cottagecore recipes are inspired by a simple, comforting, and natural lifestyle.
These recipes often focus on using wholesome, seasonal ingredients, traditional cooking methods, and creating a sense of comfort & nostalgia.
Here are some characteristics commonly associated with cottagecore recipes:
- Seasonal Ingredients: Recipes often emphasize the use of fresh, seasonal produce. Ingredients are typically sourced locally, reflecting the idea of a sustainable lifestyle.
- Simple & Traditional Techniques: Baking, roasting, and simmering are common cooking techniques.
- Comforting & Cozy Flavors: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other spices often play a prominent role in cottagecore recipes, contributing to the nostalgic and homey feel of the dishes.
- Homemade & From Scratch: Whether it’s baking muffins, crafting jams, or creating vanilla extract, homemade elements are central to the recipes.
- Rustic Presentation: The presentation is often rustic and unfussy. The focus is on the wholesome and hearty nature of the food rather than fancy plating.
My Thoughts on “From Scratch” Cottagecore Recipes
I thought it would be important to address what exactly “from scratch” recipes mean in a cottagecore kitchen.
While the cottagecore lifestyle embraces traditional techniques and the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients; it’s important to understand that not every dish needs to be made from scratch.
Don’t be afraid to accept the help of store bought ingredients when you need it. In fact, some of the recipes in this post use a little help from the grocery store.
The ultimate goal here is to create homemade meals that nourish the body and the soul, that fit into your schedule and your family’s tastes.
Not all of us may have time to bake bread from scratch or to make our own marinara sauce…which is completely fine!
The heart of cottagecore is not about following rigid rules, but in the connection around a shared table and the comforting aroma of a kitchen infused with love and warmth.
10 Comforting Cottagecore Recipes to Add to Your Recipe Box
These 10 comforting recipes are ones that have become some of our families favorites throughout the years.
From hearty casseroles to delicious desserts, these dishes have become staples in our home and new recipes you’ll want to add to your recipe box as well.
Sourdough Bread Baked French Toast Casserole
I’ve been making this sourdough French toast casserole for our family for years.
It’s become one of our family’s favorite dishes and a recipe that I use to serve not only for breakfast around the holidays, but for weeknight dinners as well.
There are many things we love about this French toast recipe.
Not only the fact that it tastes delicious, and feeds a crowd, but I love the versatility and that it can be made ahead of time giving me more time with family if baking this on a holiday or more time to get things done on a weeknight.
Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins
It should be no surprise to those of you that have been here for a while, that for me, chocolate chip muffins are the ultimate handheld comfort food.
My love affair with muffins started unexpectedly as a teenager and has continued ever since.
I’ve tried a TON of chocolate chip muffin recipes through the years trying to bake the perfect muffin and I think I finally did!
These muffins are big on flavor, deliciously moist, and loaded with creamy milk chocolate chips. You’ll never want to buy store bought chocolate chip muffins again!
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Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Bread
One of the things I look forward to making every fall is homemade pumpkin bread.
There is something comforting about the aromas that fill our home as the bread bakes in the oven during the autumn season. The delicious, spicy taste of pumpkin bread instantly warms the soul on a cool day.
The full recipe does take help from the grocery store, however with a secret ingredient added to the box mix, no one will know you used a store bought pumpkin bread mix. (Shhh, I won’t tell if you won’t!)
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup
This delicious slow cooker creamy chicken and corn soup recipe is the perfect blend of comforting chicken soup and creamy corn chowder.
Slow cooker chicken and corn soup is creamy and delicious, packed with tender chunks of white meat chicken and loaded with vegetables.
It’s a great way to fill hungry bellies on a cold day with plenty of leftovers for lunch or another dinner too.
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Cheesy Meatless Baked Ziti
One of my favorite ways to get an easy, satisfying dinner on the table any night of the week is with my meatless baked ziti.
This recipe is cheesy and rich with just a few simple ingredients. It’s loaded with flavor and has many of the same elements as lasagna, but without all the work.
Cheesy baked ziti is an easy to make dinner and is even better as leftovers.
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Apple butter is a timeless treat that brings back memories of grandma’s kitchen and warm, buttered toast.
For those of you that might not be familiar with apple butter, it’s a velvety, spiced fruit spread with a rich and concentrated apple flavor.
Unlike traditional butter, it contains no dairy. Instead, it’s made by slow cooking applesauce until the mixture darkens and thickens, resulting in a luxurious, dark brown spread.
It’s a versatile condiment stored in jam jars that can be used on toast, pancakes, or as a glaze for meats. Apple butter encompasses the cozy, comforting flavors of fall with each spoonful.
Quick & Easy Cornbread Muffins
One of the ultimate comfort foods…cornbread.
There’s something undeniably cozy about the aroma of freshly baked cornbread wafting through the kitchen.
Cornbread is a classic that will never go out of style with it’s golden crust, moist interior, and subtle sweetness that is oh so delicious and comforting.
With a few simple steps, you can achieve cornbread perfection that’s going to delight your taste buds and impress your family and friends.
Croissant Bread Pudding
Peaches to me are the ultimate nostalgic summer fruit.
They remind me of my Grandma Cunningham.
The addition of this fruit was a no-brainer choice for me to pair with this croissant bread pudding because with one bite, I’m transported right back to summers in Iowa on grandma’s farm.
Get ready to treat your taste buds to the most delicious croissant bread pudding you’ve ever tasted.
Whether it’s a chilly winter evening or a balmy summer day, this rustic and cozy dessert is perfect any time of the year.
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Grandma’s Peach Pie
Enjoy a slice of homemade heaven with my grandma’s old fashioned fresh peach pie recipe that has been passed down through the generations of my family.
This is one of those magical recipes filled with nostalgic flavors and love. Sweet, juicy peaches are nestled in a pie shell filled with a decadent, creamy custard.
Brace yourself for a truly indulgent experience. The kind that might just have you ditching plates in favor of savoring every peach pie bite straight from the dish.
Banana Bread Bars With Brown Butter Frosting
Not only is this family favorite recipe incredibly delicious and budget friendly…but oh my goodness!
The smell that will permeate your home when the bars are baking in the oven is pure heaven.
The simplicity of the ingredients and the ease of preparation add to the charm of this recipe, allowing you to recreate the nostalgia of a great dessert.
This easy treat is not just about baking something delicious; it’s about creating a taste of home that connects you to cherished memories and timeless flavors.
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