Top 10 Copy Cat Recipes of 2013

We love eating out and enjoying our favorite restaurant food but there are days it is so nice to make our favorites at home. Copy Cat Recipes are a fantastic way to enjoy your favorite restaurant meals at home.

This year we shared some of our favorite copy cat recipes on the blog. I love being able to make our favorite food at home. Some of our favorite restaurants are not in Spokane so we started recreating the food at home so we could still enjoy it.  I really wish Cracker Barrel would come to Spokane but until it does I make Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pancakes at home.

Here are the top 10 Copy Cat Recipes from 2013!

Copy Cat Texas Roadhouse Butter final

1. Copy Cat Texas Roadhouse Butter… 

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Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pancakes

I have a confession to make….I love Cracker Barrel! I mean truly hearts and flower love Cracker Barrel. Sadly the closest Cracker Barrel to us is in Missoula Montana almost a 3.5 hour drive from Spokane.  I decided to make copy cat Cracker Barrel recipes like these Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pancakes so we could enjoy a bit of our favorite foods at home.

Copy Cat Cracker Barrell Pancakes

Whenever we are close to a Cracker Barrel we have to stop in and enjoy their amazing food…. 

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Copy Cat Carls Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich

A couple of days ago John calls me up and tells me I am not going to believe what he just tried at lunch. He was so excited to tell me he tried the Carls Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches. We had seen the signs for the ice cream sandwiches a few weeks ago and thought they looked interesting/odd and were not sure if they would be good or not. I must admit that I am not a Pop Tart fan so I knew they would not be something I would try. John was so excited about them that he said we had to make a Copy Cat Carls Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich for the blog.

I told him that we could definitely make a Copy Cat Carls Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich for the blog whenever he wanted. Well here we are and I have to say I am not even sure you can call this a recipe. This may be the easiest Copy Cat Recipe we have ever posted. In fact I am positive this is the easiest Copy Cat Recipe we have ever posted and we have done a ton of them.

Copy Cat Carls Jr Poptart Ice Cream Sandwich complete

 There are 2 ingredients and 3 steps needed to make this Copy Cat Carls Jr Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwich…. 

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Copy Cat Sonic Peanut Butter Shake

I love a rich and creamy milkshake! Sonic makes amazing milkshakes in so many flavors it is amazing. I thought it would be fun to put together a Copy Cat Sonic Peanut Butter Shake.  My dear Husband John is a huge peanut butter fan. I am pretty sure he eats a scoop of it every day. We do not get by the Sonic in Spokane that often so I thought making a Copy Cat Sonic Peanut Butter Shake would be the best way to mix John’s love of peanut butter and my love of Sonic Shakes.

This Copy Cat Sonic Peanut Butter Shake is so easy to make! All you need is a few simple ingredients, a blender and a few seconds and you have a creamy peanut butter shake ready to go! If you prefer coconut check out our recipe for Copy Cat Sonic Coconut Cream Pie Shakes.

Copy Cat Sonic Peanut Butter Shake

What are your favorite Sonic Shakes? … 

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Copy Cat Boston Market Cinnamon Apples

This Copy Cat Boston Market Cinnamon Apples Recipe is my new favorite treat! Yum, Yum, and more Yum is how I would describe this dish.

We do not have a Boston Market anywhere near us anymore so I am starting to try and recreate their recipes at home. This Copy Cat Boston Market Cinnamon Apples Recipe is my first Boston Market Copy Cat but definitely  not my last. I love the combination of cinnamon and apples. It is such a great warm dish but also fantastic the next day straight out of the fridge. I had the container hidden in the back of the fridge hoping that I would get the last little bit. John found my hiding spot and enjoyed the last spoonful. I am going to have to make these Cinnamon Apples up again later this week so we can have them again.

Copy Cat Boston Market Cinnamon Apples

This is going to be my new go to dish for taking to potlucks and family events. It is so easy to make and tastes great. I think this will be the perfect dish to bring to Thanksgiving this year. Warm and amazing!… 

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Copy Cat Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta

My lovely Husband loves coffee! I mean seriously LOVES coffee! He stocks up on his favorite coffee each year when it goes on sale so he knows he has more than enough to get through the year. When summer hits he still drinks his coffee but always ends up pouring out a big portion of it since it is just to hot for hot coffee. I thought it would be fun to play with some different blended coffee drinks. This Copy Cat Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta is a great combination of coffee, ice, and smooth flavor.

When I made this drink I had to quickly run out and grab a photo before John got his hands on it. It was 90+ degrees outside and he had just finished mowing the lawn. He took one look at the drink and said, “I hope you have photos of this because it is going to disappear quickly!” When he was done with it he asked if there was any more left in the house. He said it was nice and cold and tasted amazing.

Copy Cat Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolata

Copy Cat Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta… 

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Copy Cat Sonic Coconut Cream Pie Shake

I love making copy cat recipes at home. It is so much fun making our favorite restaurant treats in the comfort of our house. This Copy Cat Sonic Drive In Coconut Cream Pie Shake is so good!!!

John came home from lunch and I had just finished making this Copy Cat Sonic Drive In Coconut Cream Pie Shake.  He was so happy to “taste test” the shake for me.  I had to wrestle it away from him so I could snap a quick picture. When I came back in he was eating the extras right out of the blender. He had quite the smile on his face as he told me how much he enjoyed it knowing he was caught sneaking it from the blender.

This recipe is super easy to make and only takes a few minutes to blend up and you can sit back and enjoy a Copy Cat Sonic Drive In Coconut Cream Pie Shake

Copy Cat Sonic Drive In Coconut Cream Pie Shake copy

Copy Cat Sonic Drive In Coconut Cream Pie Shake… 

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Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes

We love Cracker Barrel! Sadly the closet Cracker Barrel to us is in Missoula Montana over 3.5 hours away. Everytime we visit a Cracker Barrel John orders the Pecan Pancakes. I thought it would be fun to make a Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes Recipe. I surprised John on his day off with the Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes. He was so excited. I even had a couple of bottles of Cracker Barrel syrup I brought home from our visit to Missoula a few weeks ago.

I haven’t figured out how they make such perfect pancakes. Mine always seem to be a bit lopsided and not round. I am going to have to work on perfecting the perfect round pancake in the future. Thankfully these Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes taste amazing even though they are not perfectly round. :-)

Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes

 I am so happy with how these Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Pecan Pancakes turned out. They are the perfect treat for the days we really crave a bit of Cracker Barrel. Now if only they would build a Cracker Barrel someplace closer to Spokane. I would be so happy to visit as often as I could :-)… 

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Copy Cat El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa

Do you have certain words you just struggle to spell correctly? For me it is Avocado I always have to look and double check to make sure that I spelled it correctly. I am not sure why I have such a hard time with the spelling of Avocado but I guess it could be worse. I will admit to having to look a couple of times to make sure I spelled Avocado Salsa correctly when I labeled this photo.  For some reason neither Avocado or Salsa looked right to me but the dictionary said they were correct so I am going with it. Ok enough about my spelling issues and lets move on to this seriously yummy Copy Cat El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa!

My dear and amazing Husband loves Avocados so I try to figure out as many ways as I can prepare them as I can. I love surprising him with new ways of preparing Avocados. So far the Greek Grilled Avocados were one of his favorites. I also made Avocado Butter to go with grilled shrimp which he loved.

We do not have any El Pollo Loco’s near us so I figured making this Copy Cat El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa at home would work since we can’t hop in the car and have dinner in the restaurant.

Avocado Salsa

Copy Cat El Pollo Loco Avocado Salsa… 

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Copy Cat McDonalds Sweet Tea

I was not a tea drinker until I got married. I grew up in a soda house and pretty much lived on diet soda up until getting married. John grew up in the South and thought it was crazy that I did not drink tea. Well many years later I am now a tea drinker and have given up soda. One of my favorite treats when we are out and about is tea. I thought it would be fun to make this Copy Cat McDonalds Sweet Tea and see how it turned out.

This is such a cheap recipe to make! Oh my goodness a couple of tea bags, water and sugar and you have a 2 quart jug of sweet tea ready to go!

Copy Cat McDonalds Sweet Tea

Copy Cat McDonalds Sweet Tea… 

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Copy Cat Arbys Jamocha Shake

I love making Copy Cat Recipes! It is so much fun being able to enjoy our favorite restaurant treats at home. John absolutely loved this Copy Cat Arbys Jamocha Shake. He has been complaining that he is not drinking as much coffee because it is so dang hot and he keeps getting head aches. After drinking this Copy Cat Arbys Jamocha Shake he told me he would be happy to get his coffee any day from one of these.

This recipe is SO EASY to make! It only takes a few minutes and you have a fantastic Copy Cat Arby’s Jamocha Shake to enjoy!  If you are looking for a non-coffee copy cat recipe check out this recipe for a copy cat Orange Julius (YUM-OH) or this Copy Cat Wendy’s Frosty is always great on a hot day!

Copy Cat Arby's Jamocha Shake

Copy Cat Arby’s Jamocha Shake… 

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Watermelon Margarita Recipe

I love watermelons! They are the perfect summer fruit. They can be served sliced, blended, juiced and so many other ways! I decided to make this Watermelon Margarita Recipe on a hot summer night. We had tasted Watermelon Margaritas while we were out to dinner at Chili’s and loved them. I wanted to recreate the Watermelon Margaritas at home.

This Watermelon Margarita Recipe is super easy to make! I have to say it also tastes pretty dang amazing!

Watermelon Margarita

The watermelon flavor is so refreshing on a hot summer night. We enjoyed these sitting on the back deck and the pitcher was gone before we knew it. They are so smooth and easy to drink.

If you are in the mood to blend up some fantastic margaritas check out these other great recipes! Copy Cat Chevy’s Sunburn Margarita (yum!),  Blue Agave Margarita, and the seriously yummy Cactus Colada!

Watermelon Margarita Recipe… 

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