Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to treat yourself to an endless array of comfort foods to compensate for the cold weather (read: Hibernation mode). At Spoon, we’re over trying to eat healthier versions of our favorite comfort foods because we worked too hard cramming for finals, and it’s not like eating healthy ever worked anyway. We want the real thing — Ron Swanson style.

1. Candy-Stuffed Pancakes

Photo by Gaby Scelzo

Jut mix pancake mix and your favorite candy for this deliciousness. Find the recipe here.

2. Cream Cheese Pasta

Photo by Maris Rosenfeld

Ha, who needs a meal plan now? Make it here.

3. Southwestern Chicken Tomato Soup

Photo by Nicole Korolevich

Why decide between chicken soup and tomato soup when you can have both? Recipe here.

4. 11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Photo by Julia Wilson

Eleven layers and you’ll still want s’more. Make it here.

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Photo by Bailey Culpepper

Pumpkin spice just got a lot less basic. Recipe here.

6. Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

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When is mixing butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon a bad idea? Recipe here.

7. Mini Nutella Croissants

Photo by Adrianna Simeone

They’re mini so they’re healthy-ish, right? Make it here.

8. Puff Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie

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Look, mom. I’m an adult. Recipe here.

9. Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

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Who needs thin mints when you have these? Recipe here.

10. Pizzadilla

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For those days when you really want a pizza, but you’re too lazy to use an oven. Make it here.

11. S’mores Krispie Treats

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These make a great portable breakfast. Learn how to make them here.

12. Nutella-Stuffed Hot Chocolate French Toast

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You just can’t say no to Nutella, especially when it’s on hot chocolate French toast. Recipe here.

13. Hassleback Baked Potatoes

Photo by Amanda Shulman

You’ll never go back to eating baked potatoes after trying this. Recipe here.

14. Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Bombs

Photo by Amy Erikson

These bombs are the bomb dot com. Make them here.

15. Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Because it’s pumpkin spice season. Recipe here.

16. Chicken Meatballs

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You don’t need to drive to NYC to get delicious meatballs anymore. Make them here.

17. Bacon Mac and Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

Your tastebuds are going to explode from all this deliciousness. Recipe here.

18. White Wine Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce

Photo by Kelda Baljon

Nothing will ever be more comforting than pasta and butter. Recipe here.

19. Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Photo by Megan Yee

Taking bread and cheese to the next level. Make it here.

20. Pizza Bread Pudding

Photo by Alex Furuya

Yes, this heavenly creation actually exists. Make it here.

21. Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Risotto

Photo by Vedika Luthra

Fine dining. Recipe here.

22. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Photo by Caroline Liu

There’s nothing more exciting than eating stuff off of a stick. Recipe here.

23. Cheesy Potato Nachos

The best way to have nachos. Plus, it’s toaster oven friendly. Recipe here.

24. Mashed Potatoes

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Add bacon and extra cheese for extra comfort. Recipe here.

25. Pizza Dip Fondue

Photo by Hannah Giardina

No fancy fondue equipment necessary. You can even make it in your dorm room. Recipe here.

26. Marshmallow Creme Fondue

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SO MANY DIPPING POSSIBILITIES: Strawberries, Girl Scout Cookies, Milanos, your fingers, etc. Make it here.

27. Salami and Provolone Hot Pocket

Photo by Amanda Guido

Forget the microwave stuff and make this instead. Recipe here.

28. French Hot Chocolate

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Perfect for cold nights and Netflix. Recipe here.

29. Better Than Boxed Mac and Cheese

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Just follow the instructions on the box and spice it up with these additional steps.

30. Simple Chicken Pot Pie

Photo Courtesy of Peter Cheng

Easy and cheap to make. For the college student with no money and no time. Recipe here.

31. Classic Macaroni and Cheese

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Make this if you’re feeling like a mac and cheese snob. Recipe here.

32. 5-Ingredient Chili

Photo by Marissa Arnett

It’s even better when it’s 5-ingredient. Recipe here.

33. Portable Chicken Pot Pies

Photo by Xinyi Liu

If you’re looking for a portable version with a delicious flaky, buttery crust. Make it here.

34. Loaded Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Hey, if it happens to be healthy, we won’t complain. Recipe here.

35. Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Photo by Christian Stafford

It’s apple season. Make this recipe here.

36. French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese


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Who needs soup when you can make a sandwich? Recipe here.

37. Cinnamon Rolls

Photo by Gaby Scelzo

These are like pillows of sweet, cinnamon-y goodness. Recipe here.

38. Beer Batter Waffle with Carne Asada

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Breakfast burritos have got some competition. Recipe here.

39. Chocolate Bacon Bark

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Chocolate and bacon is bae. Recipe here.

40. PB&J Stuffed French Toast


Photo by Alex Vu

All your childhood favorites in one sandwich. Make yours like this.

41. Upside-Down Grilled Cheese

Photo by Alexandra Wee

How do you make a grilled cheese sandwich better? More cheese. Find it here.