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18+ Secret Copycat Recipes That Were Just Released for the First Time

Your kitchen is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

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DoubleTree's welcome cookieCOURTESY HILTON

DoubleTree’s welcome cookie

Now you can recreate the same warm chocolate chip cookie you’d get when checking into a room at a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. In a normal year, more than 30 million are consumed on arrival at the properties. “We know this is an anxious time for everyone,” said Shawn McAteer, DoubleTree’s senior vice president and global head, in a statement. “A warm cookie can’t solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness.” While they bake, check out these crafts you can make with kids.

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Disney's assorted delightsCOURTESY THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Disney’s assorted delights

The geniuses behind some of the signature eats found throughout Disney’s amusement parks have gone viral in a new Disney Parks blog series to turn kitchens into the happiest places on Earth. Disney has provided several treats, including one for their churro and another for classic Mickey Mouse–shaped beignets.

But wait—there’s more! Disney also released the following recipes to create further magic in your mouth:

Toy Story Land’s grilled cheese

Plant-based cookie fries from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Canadian cheddar cheese soup from Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse

PCH Grill’s chocolate, peanut butter and banana French toast

The Grey Stuff served atop a cookie at the Red Rose Tavern at Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Be Our Guest restaurant

Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Dole Whip from the Tiki Room

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McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so fans of Mickey D’s morning-menu items were lovin’ it when a recipe for how to make the popular Sausage and Egg McMuffin was revealed on Twitter. You are only six ingredients and a metal egg cooking ring away from pre-afternoon delight. Adding a red and yellow box makes the meal even better. McDonald’s published a print-and-construct template on its website. In case you were wondering, this is why the McDonald’s logo is yellow and red.

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Dollywood's cinnamon breadCOURTESY DOLLYWOOD

Dollywood’s cinnamon bread

The queen of Nashville wants you to carbo-load from “9 to 5.” Among Dollywood’s attractions is a working grist mill, where guests can watch bakers assembling the self-proclaimed “slap your mama good” pull-apart cinnamon bread before enjoying it hot from the oven and slathered in icing or apple butter. It’s so good that they sell, on average, 350 loaves per hour. So, throw on your apron of many colors, turn up the Smoky Mountain songbird’s tunes and get elbow deep in yeast, butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon as you use this recipe to make yourself a loaf.

Dollywood truly has some of the best amusement park food.

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The Cheesecake Factory's chicken and broccoli pastaCOURTESY THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

The Cheesecake Factory’s chicken and broccoli pasta

Unfortunately, no, they did not reveal how to make the namesake dessert.  But The Cheesecake Factory is divulging recipes for other fan favorites from their menu, including the Vegan Cobb Salad, Chicken Taquitos and Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip. The Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, which was just added to their nationwide oeuvre in March, was unveiled in the first-ever virtual cooking class with Chief Culinary Officer Donald Moore on Facebook Live.

Check out these things you probably didn’t know about The Cheesecake Factory.

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Wagamama's katsu curryCOURTESY WAGAMAMA

Wagamama’s katsu curry

The Asian fast-casual chain created an online video series with instructions on how to make some of the brand’s popular meals, starting with the Katsu Curry. After that, requests for Steve Mangelshot, executive chef, to show other recipes came fast and furious, and Wagamama responded by shooting demos for its house salad dressing and Firecracker Curry. It also posted full recipes for its versions of dishes like Chili Chicken Ramen, Chicken Donburi and Yaki Soba on its U.S. website.

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Blue Bottle’s Liège wafels

Blue Bottle Coffee, an Oakland, California–based network of cafés in the United States, Japan and Korea, knows that mornings can be rough, so they’re giving you a reason to get out of bed. Behold, the secret method to whipping up their Belgian-style Liège wafels. Fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, the batter needs a couple of hours to double in size, so plan ahead. (It can also be made the night before and refrigerated for a slower rise.)

To get the interior caramelized crunchy and sweet spheres that this European style of waffle is known for, you’ll need to procure pearl sugar (a compressed beet sugar that is near impossible to substitute) and a good waffle iron. The coffeehouse’s suggested caffeinated pairing is Giant Steps, its darkest blend named in honor of jazzman John Coltrane.

When you’re finished perfecting your waffles, check out these 5 tricks for making the perfect cup of coffee.

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Arnott's biscuitsVIA ARNOTTS.COM

Arnott’s biscuits

The 155-year-old company responsible for Down Under wonders like Tim Tams, Choc Ripples and Tina Wafers has vowed to release a new secret biscuit (that’s Australian for cookie) recipe from its vault several weeks. Arnott’s Big Recipe Release campaign kicked off with the Monte Carlo, a cream-filled cookie sandwich, and continued with Scotch Fingers, a classic shortbread stick that requires only four fairly common ingredients. If your stockpile is running low (or even if it’s not), try these 3-ingredient recipes that don’t require a trip to the store.

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IKEA's Swedish meatballsCOURTESY IKEA

IKEA’s Swedish meatballs

For many, a trip to the Swedish furniture emporium is just as much about Swedish meatballs at the in-store cafeteria as it is about buying build-your-own bookshelves. That’s why, according to IKEA U.K. and Ireland country food manager Lorena Lourido, the company felt a call to provide “an almost-as-delicious alternative” to “fill a gap.” The exact recipe, developed in 1985 with the help of founder Ingvar Kamprad, remains a mystery. But IKEA gets points for creativity. When IKEA dropped the recipe for the meatballs and accompanying cream sauce, it was cleverly disguised as the illustrated assembly instructions that come with their products. Here’s hoping you don’t have any parts or screws left over at the end.

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Pret A Manger's dark chocolate vegan cookiesCOURTESY PRET A MANGER

Pret A Manger’s cookies

Not to be outdone by DoubleTree, the grab-and-go eatery released instructions on its Facebook page for how to make its famous chocolate chip cookie. According to the Independent, cookie monsters had inundated the company’s social media accounts with requests for the recipe. Pret then posted directions to whip up its Little Cup of Goodness (a yogurt and granola bowl) and dark chocolate vegan cookies. No matter which recipe you choose, avoid these common baking mistakes.

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Cathay Pacific Airlines' Cathay DelightCOURTESY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

Cathay Pacific Airlines’ Cathay Delight

There’s no reason you can’t make a toast with a round of frozen award-winning cocktails created by Cathay Pacific Airlines. To prepare the Cathay Delight—which is served in first and business class, as well as in Cathay lounges—follow the recipe below.


  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 ⅓ tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1 cup kiwi juice
  • Mint leaves
  • Optional: alcohol of choice


  • Pour all ingredients together in a blender; keep some mint sprigs aside
  • Add ice
  • Blend until combined and frothy
  • Pour into your favorite glass
  • Garnish with mint sprigs

For more happy-hour ideas, try these fun and festive summer cocktails.

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The Bend Soup Company’s broths

Owner Dave Johns has posted several recipes from one of his 30 proprietary Bend blends and broths on his Facebook page. So far, he’s released French Onion, Mommy’s Chicken Noodle, Zuppa Soupa, Lasagna Devotion, Undercover Sausage Lentil and a gluten-free vegan squash soup called Golden Autumn. He told local TV station KTVZ 21 that it is a “big deal” for a chef to share his secrets but that he wanted to reward loyal customers. Here are 100 of our best soup recipes.

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Panera Bread's favoritesCOURTESY PANERA

Panera Bread’s favorites

The casual bistro has released enough recipes through its Panera at Home initiative for folks to recreate the “You Pick 2” plan in their own kitchens. Choose from Panera favorites like Chipotle Chicken and Ranch Flatbread, Fuji Apple Quinoa Grain Bowl, Caprese Mac & Cheese or Brazilian Seafood Stew. Many use items from their retail line as the starting point, but no one is stopping you from throwing that broccoli cheddar soup into a homemade bread bowls.

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Shakey's mojo potatoesVIA SHAKEYS.COM

Shakey’s mojo potatoes

Talk about comfort food in the comfort of your own home! The Japanese arm of pizza parlor Shakey’s let the secret recipe for its zesty fried spuds slip to SoraNews24. The recipe is pretty simple, but the taters fry up best when the slices are all the same size. A mandolin takes the guesswork out of the equation.


  • Potato (sliced into 9mm-wide wedges)
  • 3/4 cup fried chicken breading mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper
  • Cooking oil


  1. Microwave the potato spuds for five minutes, preferably at a power setting of 700 watts.
  2. Next, carefully remove the heated potatoes out of the microwave.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients (fried chicken breading mix, salt and pepper) in a separate bowl. Then, mix in the potato spuds, leaving no area unseasoned.
  4. Deep fry until you reach desired level of crispiness.

In addition to a mandolin and a deep fryer, these are the kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.

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Ace Hotels’ delectable dishes and drinksCOURTESY ACE HOTELS

Ace Hotels’ delectable dishes and drinks

The hipster hospitality company rounded up recipes for cocktails, sweets and dishes served at several of the brand’s in-house hotel bars and restaurants The Dropbox Care Package includes favorites such as Whitfield’s Buttermilk Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy, Best Girl’s Pozole Verde, King’s Highway’s Date Shake, Seaworthy’s Holy Water Cocktail and Hoi Polloi’s Smoked Bacon and Onion Hash. While these recipes will continue to be favorites, here are 10 things you won’t see in hotels anymore.

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Pea Soup Andersen’s famous soupCOURTESY DISCOVER BUELLTON

Pea Soup Andersen’s famous soup

Generations of road trippers in California have pulled into the parking lot of this Buellton café since it was established in 1924. Their pea soup is so famous that it’s actually the restaurant’s name. Folks can make up this veggie-heavy puree at home. While we’re talking about soup, see why more than 1.5 million people love this chicken soup recipe.

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Popeyes’ marinade techniques

The brand’s head of culinary innovation, Amy Alarcon, did let some marinating strategies out of the bag during an interview with Forbes. The main takeaways were Crystal hot sauce, buttermilk and lots of time in the fridge (at least 12 hours and preferably overnight). She also relinquished her roasted chicken recipe, which employs similar techniques.

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Taco Bell’s copycat recipes

Taco Bell stopped shy of revealing its secrets. But the restaurant isn’t leaving fans high and dry either. The Mexican fast-food chain helping their fans by admitting which copycat recipes it thinks are the closest approximations to the real thing. To get even closer, grab Taco Bell’s Original Taco Seasoning Mix and a variety pack of the signature mild, hot, fire and verde sauces on Amazon. That is, if you aren’t like those of us who already have a pantry full of hoarded packets from previous trips.

Here are some more of our favorite restaurant copycat recipes.

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