Copycat Recipes That Are Better Than the Originals

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Yep, it happened—we found copycat recipes that beat the real deal. We're talking Wendy's Frostys, Olive Garden Alfredo sauce, even Starbucks icy caramel macchiatos. Eating in never tasted so good.

Copycat Chicken Sandwich

When you serve this crispy chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries, no one will believe that this meal isn't takeout. You can skip the condiments and toppings, too—a toasted bun and a few pickle slices are all you need.

Copycat Musketeer Bars

You could buy this favorite candy bar at the store, but why would you when it's so easy to make your own? Plus, sharing is much easier when you make a big batch of these dreamy chocolate bars.

Copycat Pesto Cavatappi

Thanks to Culinary Hill, you can whip up this delicious pasta dish faster than you could order it from Noodles & Company. You're just 15 minutes away from enjoying this yummy noodle bowl—loaded with pesto and parmesan cheese, of course.

Copycat Lemon Rosemary Chicken

This delicious grilled chicken glazed with lemon and rosemary is even better than its counterpart at Johnny Carino's. Created by Cupcake Diaries, this dish is perfect with a side of angel hair pasta tossed with spinach and tomatoes.

Copycat Alfredo Sauce

Your favorite showstopping pasta sauce is here—Cupcake Diaries created a recipe for Olive Garden's legendary Alfredo sauce. With this creamy copycat sauce, pasta night just got a whole lot better.

Copycat Smashed Burgers

The secret to these extra juicy burgers? Form the patties into a ball, then smash them down in the pan as they cook. Finish with your favorite burger toppings, and this restaurant-worthy sandwich is ready to serve.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cream Pies

Step aside, Little Debbie. Gluten Free Gigi has a recipe for oatmeal cream pies that will knock your socks off. Best of all, these sweet treats are gluten free, unlike their packaged counterparts. This is one item you can cross off your grocery list forever.

Copycat Skillet Queso

Guests will be clamoring for this creamy queso, so you better make a double batch! This copycat of Chili's skillet queso from Cupcake Diaries is the perfect choice for a party appetizer.

Coconut Joy Candy Bars

We'll never say no to dessert, and these DIY candy bars are one of our favorite ways to indulge. A decadent milk chocolate ganache covers toasted almonds and a coconut filling, making these homemade bars better than the real thing.

Copycat Mandarin Orange Poppy Seed Summer Salad

Skip the trip to Panera because Dream Green DIY has the secret to their famous poppy seed dressing. If you're not an orange lover, you can customize this recipe by using your favorite seasonal fruit.

Copycat Alice Springs Chicken

Who knew you could make this decadent chicken dinner in your own kitchen? Culinary Hill has topped Outback Steakhouse's recipe for this yummy grilled chicken covered in honey mustard sauce, cheese, mushrooms, and bacon.

Copycat Bow Tie Festival

Forget eating out—with this copycat of Johnny Carino's bow tie festival, you'll want to eat in. This recipe from Cupcake Diaries perfectly captures the creamy sauce and smoky bacon that make this chicken pasta dish a favorite.

Copycat Brown Cilantro-Lime Rice

Your favorite Chipotle side dish is super easy to make at home, and you need only six ingredients! Culinary Hill's recipe for cilantro-lime rice calls for nutritious brown rice, making this copycat a little healthier than the original.

Copycat Crunch Cone

I scream, you scream ... A Dash of Sanity turns plain ice cream into a nostalgic treat similar to Dairy Queen's legendary crunch coat. All you need: a quick dip in praline peanuts and colorful jimmies.

Copycat Corn Salsa

A version of your favorite Chipotle salad is just six ingredients away. Skinny Mom shows you how it's done using red onions, lime, salt, sassy jalapenos, and a bag of frozen corn. Nom!

Copycat Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

A copycat recipe of the top-secret Texas Roadhouse Rolls is out -- and we're all in! Baby Loving Mama creates a duplicate so delicious, you'd never guess it's not the real deal. Bring on that honey butter!

Copycat Tomato Bisque Soup

No to-go bowls here. Just your couch, some sweatpants, and a cozy bowl of homemade tomato bisque! This Blommi-made recipe one-ups Panera with every soul-soothing slurp.

Copycat Lo Mein

Gone are the days of Panda Express takeout runs. This soy-splashed lo mein from Damn Delicious keeps movie night fresh and uninterrupted. Did we mention there will be leftovers?

Copycat Cinnamon Rolls

Rise and shine, Cinnabon lovers. That heavenly smell is back and better than ever, thanks to Jo Cooks' sweet cinnamon roll creation. (Yes, it's made with real cream cheese.)

Copycat Fruit Punch

Taste childhood in every icy sip of this classic summer drink similar to Hawaiian Punch. To make it extra fruity, A Dash of Sanity stirs in all kinds of candylike nectar: mango, guava, and apricot. Bring on the red lip stains!

Copycat Frosty

Wendy's can wait. Rich, thick, and just the way we like it, this ultimate frosty drink by Wheel n Deal Mama is sweet chocolate perfection.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

Your Chick-Fil-A drive-through days are over, thanks to these crispy little nuggets by Damn Delicious. Start with a pickle juice marinade, then dip and dunk in the most epic honey mustard ever.

Copycat In-N-Out Burger

Your Homebased Mom's copycat burger is on point. Even the secret sauce tastes authentic to In-N-Out—just whip together ketchup, mayo, relish, and a splash of white vinegar.

Copycat Lettuce Wraps

Twenty minutes is all you need to make your fave P.F. Chang's starter at home. Damn Delicious uses hoisin sauce, soy, and garlic to give it authentic flavor. Now you can nosh on fancy lettuce wraps all you want!

Copycat Fish Sandwich

There’s nothing fishy about this copycat filet of fish sandwich. Dripping in homemade tartar sauce and topped with crisp lettuce, this Real Housemoms dinner covers that McDonald's craving right at home.

Copycat Iced Caramel Macchiato

When you need coffee, you need coffee. Skip the long lines at Starbucks and opt for your own icy drink at home—Eugunie Kitchen's caramel macchiato hits the spot.

Copycat Doritos Locos Tacos

It's true—1 Fine Cookie has created the ultimate copycat Taco Bell recipe of their Doritos Locos tacos. Taco night just got real.

Copycat Rosemary Bread

Baked with fresh rosemary and topped with flaky sea salt, who wouldn't want a piece of this copycat Macaroni Grill bread? Cooking Classy shows us how it's done.

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