17 Ways to Cook or Bake Your Way to Less Stress

Most of us who bake do not necessarily do so because we’re sugar addicts (although that certainly helps). Instead, most of us are spending time in the kitchen simply because it helps us de-stress.Whether we thrive off of our fast-paced modern environment or not, the reality of our world is that it is stressful. As a result, there are multitudes or self-help manuals and tips and tricks offering advice on how to calm yourself down and gain perspective.

However, what many of these guides miss is that one of the best ways to relieve the pressure of your day-to-day life is to spend some time in the kitchen and bake your way to less stress. All you need is a whisk, some will power, and a good recipe to get started. Good thing we have 17 to give you a jumpstart.

1. Coconut Matcha Ice Cream + Black Sesame Brittle Chips

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Snixy Kitchen

Imagine the satisfaction of churning ice cream by hand. It’ll certainly take your mind off whatever else has been eating at you.

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2. Honey Marscapone Cake

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Preppy Kitchen

You could whip mascarpone with a mixer. Or you could whip it by hand with a whisk and individually insert the berries for the desired optical effect. Talk about being in the moment.

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3. 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Pie Crust

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Cotter Crunch

Tear up bread, and knead and reshape it into the perfect crust for your quiche. What an easy and effective way to get rid of those frustrations.

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4. Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ Cranberry Sage Pie

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Food52

After you knead the pie crust and roll it out, you have to painstakingly weave the lattice into a beautiful top layer. There won’t be much else you can concentrate on in the meantime.

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5. Pumpkin Soufflées

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Yin + Yolk

With a soufflé, you’ll have to train all your concentration on carefully transporting the puffy, whipped clouds to the oven without them collapsing. Good luck doing so if your mind is elsewhere.

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6. Chocolate Soufflé

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Mix and Stir

Because once you’ve successfully made one type of soufflé, you’re going to want to try another, and chocolate is the logical next choice.

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7. Turkey + Sage Pot Pie

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Cook Til Delicious

Baking a beautiful pie is no small feat. Challenge yourself to create several mini ones and see where the kitchen adventure takes you.

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8. Pumpkin Gnocchi

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Dessert for Two

Get down and dirty and make some gnocchi. Imagine closing your fingers around malleable dough in a valiant effort to mix all the ingredients inextricably together. Utter satisfaction.

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9. Ombre Chocolate Cake

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A Cozy Kitchen

Don’t just bake a cake. Up the ante and painstakingly color each layer until the finished masterpiece resembles a watercolor painting.

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10. Vidalia Onion Soufflé

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No Crumbs Left

More soufflées are never a bad thing. Especially when they involve caramelized onions. That is sure to be a challenge that even experienced kitchen warriors will need all their wits about them to tackle.

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11. Homemade Fettuccini

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The FeedFeed @JULIE_JONESUK

Release some of the pressure by rolling out ultra-thin sheets of pasta. You’ll get lost in the methodical back and forth motion as you work to evenly press the dough into a sheet that you will then slice into noodles.

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12. Chocolate Blackberry Cupcakes + Cream Cheese + Caramel

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Not Without Salt

Whipping frosting. Beating batter. Cupcakes are a classic kitchen staple for a reason.

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13. Lemon Pudding Cupcakes + Blackberry Lavender Buttercream

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Simply Beautiful Eating

These cupcakes will give you the satisfaction of transforming pudding into a cupcake. How will you master that? Lots and lots of repetition. A perfect remedy for any stressful situation.

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14. Pumpkin Cider Pretzels

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Pretzels will have you kneading and folding to your heart’s content.

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15. Sourdough Pizza Dough

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The Perfect Loaf

There are no worries when you’re wrist-deep in a yeasty dough. The mechanical roll and fold motion will quickly have you feeling like you’re being rocked into a state of bliss.

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16. French Macarons With Buttercream

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Appetites Anonymous

Stressful moments in life can often be fixed with bite-sized treats. Even better if you’ve labored over making them yourself.

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17. Lemon Icebox Pie

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Saving Room for Dessert

Whip yourself out of a frenzy by whipping your meringue into one.

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