15 Recipes to Bake When You're Bored (Instead of Reaching for Your Phone)

If I were my ideal self, I'd be a skilled baker. I wouldn't just know how to make  or brownies or a cake. I would know, from plenty of experience, how to create the firm peaks of homemade whipped cream, as well as the warm shade of fresh caramel. I could tell you the secret to a magazine-worthy meringue and soufflé, and like Ina Garten, I would taste the difference in a certain "good" chocolate—even if store-bought is fine.

Alas, I'm not my ideal self. I've had a package of slice-and-bake cookies in my fridge for longer than I care to admit. I've only ever tasted canned whipped cream in my kitchen. And honestly, I'm pretty satisfied with Hershey's. That's because when I'm bored, I don't practice . I don't read through the stack of cookbooks I own, and I don't get to the list of recipes I've saved. Instead, I let the boredom wash over me, and forget all about this dream I have of being a proficient baker.

But even if your goal isn't to be an expert baker, learning a few tricks in this category can still be worthwhile for those moments when boredom strikes. And to tell you the truth, sifting rather than scrolling is probably a better use of that time. So here are 15 recipes to bake when you're bored, from classic and beginner treats to more detailed and expert displays. Hopefully, I'll take my own advice and work toward this goal in my free time, too. After all, who doesn't want to be more like ?