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16 Genius Shortcut Recipes That Actually Work

The real MVPs.

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Sometimes the recipes that seem too good to be true actually work...

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You know, those two-ingredient, five-minute, no-knead recipes that actually result in something delicious?

Well, here are 16 miracle recipes that really do live up to the hype:

1. Miracle No-Knead Bread

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This genius bread recipe only takes four ingredients (water being one of them) and minimal shaping to make — no kneading necessary. Check out our version here, then get the recipe here.

2. One-Bowl Microwave Mac 'N' Cheese

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This clever recipe lets you make a single portion of creamy mac 'n' cheese without having to pull out a big pot — and it's ready in just a few minutes. Get the recipe here.

3. Two-Ingredient No-Churn Coconut Ice Cream

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All you need to make this creamy coconut ice cream is heavy cream and cream of coconut — no ice cream machine required. Check out ours here, then get the recipe here.

4. One-Pot Pasta

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This recipe cooks everything right in one pot, including the pasta. It actually comes out perfectly al dente and the water reduces into a creamy sauce — no strainer needed. Get the recipe here.

5. Miracle Two-Ingredient Bagels

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Trying to make bagels out of just yogurt and self-rising flour might sound like a recipe for disaster, but somehow it works. Get the recipe here.

6. Two-Minute Sweet Potato Chips

These crunchy potato chips don't require a fryer — in fact, you actually cook them straight in the microwave. Get the recipe here.
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These crunchy potato chips don't require a fryer — in fact, you actually cook them straight in the microwave. Get the recipe here.

7. Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Pancakes

One large banana and two eggs is all you need to make these pancakes, but feel free to add additional mix-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon, or nut butter. Get the recipe here.
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One large banana and two eggs is all you need to make these pancakes, but feel free to add additional mix-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon, or nut butter. Get the recipe here.

8. Slow Cooker Lasagna

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This recipe cooks the noodles right in the sauce so you can assemble it in the morning and come home to a warm and comforting lasagna at night. Check out ours here, then get the recipe here.

9. No-Knead Cinnamon Rolls

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Not only are these cinnamon rolls no-knead, but no-rise as well (so no need to make these the night before and let them sit). Get the recipe here.

10. Four-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies

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These shortcut cookies start with a box of cake mix and switch up the ratio of ingredients to give you a chewy cookie without a ton of effort. Check out our version here, then get the recipe for these crinkle cookies here.

11. One-Ingredient Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

Just place an entire can of unopened sweetened condensed milk in your slow cooker, fill it with water, and let it cook for several hours. The condensed milk will magically transform into a golden dulce de leche perfect for serving over ice cream. Get the recipe here.
cupcakeproject.com

Just place an entire can of unopened sweetened condensed milk in your slow cooker, fill it with water, and let it cook for several hours. The condensed milk will magically transform into a golden dulce de leche perfect for serving over ice cream. Get the recipe here.

12. Two-Ingredient Homemade Gnocchi

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These easy gnocchi are made with just two ingredients you might already have on hand — potatoes and flour. Get the recipe here. (You can also check out a similar version made with sweet potatoes here.)

13. Two-Ingredient Cream Biscuits

These super fluffy biscuits are made with self-rising four and cream — nothing else! Get the recipe here.
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These super fluffy biscuits are made with self-rising four and cream — nothing else! Get the recipe here.

14. Chicken and Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake

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The genius part about this recipe is that the pasta actually cooks straight in the sauce as it bakes. It magically absorbs the extra liquid and comes out perfectly al dente. Get the recipe here.

15. Omelet in a Mug

Instead of busting out your nonstick pan, simply cook your morning omelet in the microwave — it'll take you less than two minutes. Get the recipe here.
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Instead of busting out your nonstick pan, simply cook your morning omelet in the microwave — it'll take you less than two minutes. Get the recipe here.

16. Three-Ingredient Nutella Cake

Literally just Nutella, eggs, and flour baked into a fudgy chocolate cake frosted with ever more Nutella. Get the recipe here.
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Literally just Nutella, eggs, and flour baked into a fudgy chocolate cake frosted with ever more Nutella. Get the recipe here.

Know any other miracle recipes that really do work? Let us know in the comments!

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