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30 Copycat Signature Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants

From fast food favorites to casual restaurant staples, these secret recipes are sure to satisfy all your cravings.

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Inspired by: KFC Original RecipeTaste of Home

Inspired by: KFC Original Recipe

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

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Inspired by: Olive Garden BreadsticksTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Breadsticks

These tender breadsticks fill the kitchen with a tempting aroma when they are baking, and they're wonderful served warm. My family tells me I can't make them too often.

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Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Save a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies for this creamy milkshake that's fun for kids and adults, too. —Shauna Sever, San Francisco, California

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Inspired by: Panda Express Orange ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panda Express Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy nuggets so many ways—over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Inspired by: In-N-Out Burger SpreadTaste of Home

Inspired by: In-N-Out Burger Spread

This creamy remoulade recipe is the perfect way to add some Louisiana spice to your favorite sandwiches, crab cakes and burgers. —Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa

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Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

My family always asks for this love-me-tender lemon pound cake. Sometimes, I shake things up and make cupcakes with the batter. So awesome for brunch! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

So fast and so easy with refrigerated pizza crust, these saucy, smoky pizzas make quick fans with their rustic, hot-off-the-grill flavor. They're perfect for impromptu cookouts and summer dinners on the patio. —Alicia Trevithick, Temecula, California

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Inspired by: Ikea Cafe Swedish MeatballsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ikea Cafe Swedish Meatballs

When my husband packs these saucy slow-cooked meatballs in his lunch, all his work buddies wish they had their own! It's comfort food at its easiest. — Christina Logan, Gun Barrel City, Texas

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Inspired by: Dunkin' Jelly Doughnut

Just looking at these plump jelly-filled doughnuts will make your mouth water. There's nothing like them. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri

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Inspired by: Culver's ButterBurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's ButterBurger

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter. My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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Inspired by: Wendy's ChiliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Wendy's Chili

"This flavorful chili is still thick and hearty even though it makes a small batch," confirms Norma Grogg of St. Louis, Missouri. "I serve it with a salad of grapefruit and avocado slices."

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Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggetsTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

I like to make these golden chicken nuggets because they’re so quick and easy. My whole family loves them. You can also use the seasoning to cook chicken breast halves. Stack them on rustic bread with mayo, lettuce and tomato for delicious sandwiches. —Annette Ellyson, Carolina, West Virginia

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company Wisconsin Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company Wisconsin Mac & Cheese

This delicious dish is the ultimate comfort food. A blend of five cheeses, it makes a beautiful entree or a special side. I served it at our Thanksgiving dinner, and it received rave reviews. —Connie L McDowell, Greenwood, Delaware

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Inspired by: Portillo's Chocolate CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo's Chocolate Cake

Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you'll see why this velvety beauty was named the best chocolate cake recipe won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay BiscuitsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Here's our crack at the never-ending biscuits from Red Lobster. Made from scratch with lighter ingredients, they're just as cheesy and buttery as the original. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Long John Silver's Hush PuppiesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Long John Silver's Hush Puppies

Mom is well known for her wonderful hush puppies. Her recipe is easy to prepare and oh, so tasty. The chopped onion adds to the fantastic flavor. —Mary McGuire, Graham, North Carolina

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa ToscanaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love. —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York

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Inspired by: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice LatteTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Each sip of this spiced-just-right beverage from our very own baristas tastes like a piece of pumpkin pie! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Waffle House Pecan WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Waffle House Pecan Waffle

I like cooking with buttermilk. These golden buttermilk waffles are my husband's favorite breakfast, so we enjoy them often. They're as easy to prepare as regular waffles, but their unique taste makes them exceptional.

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Inspired by: In-N-Out CheeseburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: In-N-Out Cheeseburger

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Inspired by: Panera Broccoli Cheddar SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My husband Eric and I eat dinner together to spend some quality time together. This cheesy broccoli cheddar soup is proof that soup doesn't need to be made in big batches to be good. —Cheryl McRae, West Valley, Utah

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Inspired by: Cinnabon Classic RollTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cinnabon Classic Roll

I like to try different fun fillings in these soft rolls, and each one is packed with cinnamon flavor. They are definitely worth the overnight wait. —Chris O'Connell, San Antonio, Texas

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Inspired by: PF Chang’s Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

This is one of my go-to meals when I want a fun dinner. I love the spicy Asian flavors against the cool lettuce and the added crunch of peanuts and water chestnuts. —Brittany Allyn, Nashville, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to see if I could re-create it myself at home. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California

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Inspired by: Culver's Vanilla CustardTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Vanilla Custard

I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and the perfect indulgence on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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Inspired by: McDonald's Breakfast McMuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Breakfast McMuffin

On busy mornings, these freezer breakfast sandwiches save the day. A hearty combo of eggs, Canadian bacon and cheese will keep you fueled through lunchtime and beyond. —Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Editor

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake CheesecakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It's best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon ButterTaste of Home

Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Cinnamon Butter

This recipe is a simple yet special spread for breakfast bread and muffins. —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York

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Inspired by: Auntie Anne's Original Soft PretzelTaste of Home

Inspired by: Auntie Anne's Original Soft Pretzel

My husband and our friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let the bread machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Inspired by: Smashburger  Classic SmashThe musical "Waitress"

Inspired by: Smashburger Classic Smash

The best smash burger recipe comes with being liberal with the kosher salt—it's beef's best friend, trust me. Go for ground chuck that is at least 80/20. If you can find a blend with ground brisket or short rib, all the better. Now is not the time to cut the calories or skimp on the salt. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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