10 Recipes To Make You Happy When Times Feel Tough

Take a break from your newsfeed and join us in some therapy cooking! Here are ten of our favorite recipes guaranteed to lift your spirits, from Cinnamon Rolls to Homemade Mac and Cheese.

Is it just me, or could we all use a little break from the news right now? Personally, I feel like every time I check the news or log in to social media, something new has happened that just makes me feel like crawling into bed and pulling the covers over my head.

You, too? Want to join me in a little therapy cooking?

I went through our Simply Recipes archive and picked out ten of my favorite recipes that I feel certain will lift your spirits and soothe your soul, if only for a few hours in the kitchen. What are your favorite recipes when you need a little extra comfort?

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Bakery Style Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon rolls are like lovely, sugary pillows of pure bliss. I love everything from making the dough to shaping the rolls to slathering them with frosting. And OF COURSE eating them.

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Kraft mac and cheese - a silver spoon is scooping homemade mac and cheese our of a white casserole dish

Mac and cheese was a special occasions dish for my brother and I when we were kids: a good report card, birthdays, the last day of school, random Tuesdays when we all needed cheering up. It still has the magical ability to make my whole day feel happy.

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How to make the Best Chocolate Chip cookies from this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

If you can't remember the last time you made chocolate chip cookies, then it's been too long. A batch of cookies is a gift that keeps on giving — throw one in your bag, hide one in your bedside table, take one with you to the park. A chocolate chip cookie is your friend in times of need.

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Perfect Cheesecake

Have you ever made a cheesecake...just because? Not for a holiday or a dinner party or someone's birthday, but just because you were in the mood for cheesecake and BY GUM you're going to make yourself a cheesecake? I highly recommend giving yourself this treat.

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Lasagana Recipe in large baking glass

I always feel like lasagna is a labor of love -- self love, that is. There's the careful preparation of each of the ingredients, the tender layering into the casserole dish, and then the watchful hovering beside the oven while the whole thing melts into gooey cheesy deliciousness. Serve yourself a big ol' slice and pat yourself on the back.

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Best Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch

This is a soup that takes no shortcuts, and you will be thankful for it. Homemade stock, silky chicken, soft vegetables, chewy noodles, just the right amount of salt. Chicken soup truly is good for the soul.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

I am not generally a baker of cakes, but sometimes, you know what? A gal really just needs some cake. And heck, if I'm making cake, I figure I might as well go all out with double chocolate. Dibs on licking the frosting spatula.

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Whole wheat bread recipe

Kneading bread dough is a kind of therapy unto itself, and I highly recommend it. Plus there's something so satisfying about baking yourself a loaf of bread. Filling the house with good smells. Cutting off that first slice and slathering it with butter. It doesn't get much better.

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Overhead shot of magic cookie bars ready to eat

I like to make these bars on Movie Night and bring the whole tray into the living room with a knife for slicing off "just one more square." Cozy up with a blanket and your favorite Netlfix shows, and settle in for a little self care.

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Pot Roast

There is comforting magic in the humble pot roast. Just knowing that I have a pot roast bubbling away on the back burner makes my shoulders relax. I love knowing that I have a hearty meal to look forward to, not only today but for days to come (we love leftovers in my family!).

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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  1. Karen

    Spaghetti carbonara always makes me happy

  2. Jpp

    Hands down, chicken pot pie! With a home made crust, of course!


    Going to try some of them