14 Ingredients You Should Just Make Yourself

Ever find yourself short on one key ingredient for a really fun and exciting recipe? Save yourself a trip to the store and just make it! Here are 14 recipes for basic ingredients you can easily make from what's already in your pantry.

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    Caramel Sauce

    It's easy enough to pick up a jar of caramel sauce at the store, but why would you want to when it's so easy to make it at home? The deep, buttery caramel flavor in this sauce is like no other! Make a big batch so you have extra jars to give as gifts -- your friends will be amazed!

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    You could reach for the boxed stuff at breakfast time, or you could experience the incredibly fresh crunch that is homemade granola. Your yogurt called -- it wants THIS!

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    Chocolate Syrup

    You've probably never thought to make your own chocolate syrup, but once you see how easy it is, you'll never go back to store-bought!

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    Corn Tortillas

    Enchilada-lovers, pay attention! Homemade corn tortillas are fun to make -- and they'll make your Mexican dishes taste even better than they already do!

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    Make-It-Yourself Ricotta

    Homemade ricotta cheese is easier than you think. Just watch!

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    Pizza Dough

    Lots of people will swing by their local pizzeria when that craving strikes, but there's really no need when you've got everything for homemade pizza already on hand! This easy dough recipe whips up in just 30 minutes -- that's even faster than takeout!

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    There's no such thing as a tiramisu or Charlotte cake without ladyfingers. This recipe allows yours to be 100 percent homemade!

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    Marshmallow Sauce

    The fluffernutter will never be the same again! Homemade marshmallow sauce elevates the every day to a whole new experience!

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    Salsa Verde

    Just because tomatoes are out of season doesn't mean you can't enjoy freshly made salsa! Prepared with fresh tomatillos and a hint of spice, this salsa verde recipe will give pico de gallo a run for its money!

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    Pound Cake

    Trifles and parfaits are delicious, infinitely customizable, and a great way to feed a crowd. But they often call for store-bought pound cake, and we all know how much better homemade tastes. This pound cake recipe will take your desserts to the next level!

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    Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers

    Want to make a pie with a chocolate cookie crust? These Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers are a must! Crush them in the food processor and stir in a little melted butter for the ultimate crunchy chocolate crust experience.

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    Piecrust can be intimidating, and many times the refrigerated stuff can seem like a better option. But really, it only takes four simple ingredients and water to make a crust that beats store-bought hands-down! With a can't-miss technique that focuses on a few deft folds, you'll master a crust that's flaky beyond your wildest dreams!

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    Hot cocoa hits on all cylinders when it's topped with homemade marshmallows. This basic recipe also includes three easy ways to amp up the flavor!

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    Blackberry Jam

    When berries abound, you gotta make jam. It's a great way to keep their goodness going all throughout the year. This easy recipe requires no pectin so it's super simple to make! And it's great on everything from toast to baked brie.

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    Crowd-Pleasing Cabbage Recipes

    Cabbage might keep a low profile compared to its flashy counterpart kale, but it holds its own in tasty classics like corned beef and cabbage, stuffed cabbage rolls, and cabbage soup. Packed with vitamin C, it's a natural choice if you want to add some crunchy greens to a healthy meal.
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