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35 Copycat Panera Bread Recipes

Step up to the counter—the kitchen counter, that is—and make copycat Panera Bread recipes for pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads.

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Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie's Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Inspired by: Bacon Turkey BravoTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bacon Turkey Bravo

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good that they ask me to make it all year long. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Inspired by: Pecan RollTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pecan Roll

Soft and sweet, these rolls will get a lip-smacking smile from everyone. They rise nice and high, hold their shape and have a gooey caramel sauce that's scrumptious. There's no better way to start the day! —Carolyn Buschkamp, Emmetsburg, Iowa

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Inspired by: Watermelon Feta SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Watermelon Feta Salad

Capturing the fantastic flavors of summer, this refreshing, beautiful watermelon-cucumber salad will be the talk of any picnic or potluck. —Roblynn Hunnisett, Guelph, Ontario

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Inspired by: Four Cheese SoufflesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Four Cheese Souffles

No matter when I've made these soufflés, they have always been a success. Although I've never seen the centers start to fall, it's best to plan on serving them hot from the oven. —Jean Ference, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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Inspired by: Bear Claw

This bear claw pastry recipe is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It's impossible to resist the delicate dough, rich almond filling and pretty fanned tops sprinkled with sugar and almonds. I made yummy treats like this when I worked in a bakery years ago. —Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Ham & Swiss Cafe SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ham & Swiss Cafe Sandwich

Who knew that the humble pickle could add so much pep to a grilled ham and cheese? Splitting the baguette four ways makes these a manageable size for devouring! —Louise Gilbert, Quesnel, British Columbia

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Inspired by: Southwest Chile Lime Ranch with Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Southwest Chile Lime Ranch with Chicken Salad

My husband loves salads, and this flavorful chicken recipe is easy, nutritious and very tasty. Serve it over greens, tucked in a pita or rolled up in a tortilla. —Sara Hobbs, West Tawakoni, Texas

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Inspired by: Asiago Cheese BagelTaste of Home

Inspired by: Asiago Cheese Bagel

Discover a cheesy alternative to the usual sweet bread brunch offerings. There's no need to stop by a bakery when you can make this asiago bagel recipe at home. —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Bistro French Onion Soup

Enjoy my signature French onion soup the way my granddaughter Becky does: I make onion soup for her in a crock bowl, complete with garlic croutons and gobs of melted Swiss cheese on top. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah

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Inspired by: The Italian Sandwich

Inspired by: The Italian Sandwich

Pesto and focaccia bread make this pretty sandwich deliciously different from most deli sandwiches. This is great to serve at football parties and other group gatherings. —Mary Humeniuk-Smith, Perry Hall, Maryland

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Inspired by: Strawberry Poppyseed with Chicken Salad

This pretty salad is always a hit when I serve it! The recipe came from a cookbook, but I personalized it. Sometimes just a small change in ingredients can create a big difference. —Laura Pounds, Andover, Kansas

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Inspired by: Blueberry MuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: Blueberry Muffin

In Michigan there are lots of blueberries, so I enjoy trying recipes with them, like a jumbo version of a classic muffin. — Jackie Hannahs, Brethren, Michigan

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Inspired by: Vegetarian Black Bean SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

Everyone at my table goes for this feel-good soup. It is quick when you’re pressed for time and beats fast food, hands down. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT Sandwich

With this recipe, two can enjoy the taste of something new and elegant in minutes. All you need to add is the ambiance for a bistro meal at home. —Karen Harris, Littleton, Colorado

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Inspired by: Ham & Swiss SouffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Ham & Swiss Souffle

I like to serve this tasty dish for brunch along with fresh fruit when I'm having guests. Not only is it easy, but everyone enjoys it. Make it the night before, then the next day all you need to do is bake it. —Airy Murray, Williamsport, Maryland

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Crunch Bagel

Inspired by: Cinnamon Crunch Bagel

Once you get the hang of it, you won’t believe how simple it is to make these bakery-quality bagels right in your kitchen. —Kristen Streepey, Geneva, Illinois

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Inspired by: Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken Salad

I'm a huge fan of taking classic dishes and adding some flair to them. I also like to change up heavier dishes, like Cobb salad. I've traded out typical chicken for crunchy falafel that's just as satisfying. — Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Inspired by: Caramel Apple Thumbprint Scone

Inspired by: Caramel Apple Thumbprint Scone

A drizzle of caramel complements the apple and whole wheat flavors of these rustic-looking scones. —Arlene Cook, Bainbridge, Georgia

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Inspired by: Baked Potato SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Baked Potato Soup

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate the flavor. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio

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Inspired by: Fuji Apple with Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Fuji Apple with Chicken Salad

My favorite memory of eating this dish was when my mom made it for lunch on weekends when we were home from school and could have something other than "brown bag" lunches. Happy memories of childhood and late summer days just make this salad extra special. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Inspired by: Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

I love the excellent texture of this easy coffee cake recipe. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma's! Make it the night before a holiday to save time in the morning. —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida

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Inspired by: Tuna Salad Cafe SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Tuna Salad Cafe Sandwich

Sometimes I make a tuna melt out of this sandwich and serve warm. The tuna salad spread is also yummy as a dip. —Kimberly Stewart, Omaha, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Mac & Cheese

You'll always have a winner at the potluck when you bring macaroni and cheese. Here's an extra-rich, creamy version for the slow cooker. —Jennifer Blondek, Chicopee, Massachusetts

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Crunch SconeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cinnamon Crunch Scone

I love baking and am crazy about cinnamon rolls, but they take a lot of time to put together. I made this recipe to satisfy the craving!—Camilla Saulsbury, Nacogdoches, Texas

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Inspired by: Pumpkin MuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pumpkin Muffin

My mother always made these tasty muffins whenever our family got together at her house. Now they’re a family favorite at my house, and my in-laws love them, too! —Carolyn Riley, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: New England Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Inspired by: New England Clam Chowder

This is the best New England clam chowder recipe, ever! In the Pacific Northwest, we dig our own razor clams and I grind them for the chowder. Since these aren't readily available, the canned clams are perfectly acceptable. —Sandy Larson, Port Angeles, Washington

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Inspired by: Blueberry SconeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Blueberry Scone

I love serving this blueberry scone recipe to visiting friends and family. I always make sure a have a few in the freezer. Just pop a frozen scone in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. —Joan Francis, Spring Lake, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Spinach & Bacon Souffle

This souffle is not only absolutely delicious, but light and beautiful. Your guests will be impressed every time this brunch dish is served. So grab your fork and dig in to this little taste of Florence! —Jenny Flake, Newport Beach, California

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Inspired by: Spicy Thai with Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Spicy Thai with Chicken Salad

This healthful recipe looks time-consuming, but it’s as simple as can be. Aside from mixing, the only prep work is chopping a red pepper. It’s a real crowd-pleaser. —Elinor Ives, Fiskdale, Massachusetts

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Inspired by: Double Fudge Brownies

Inspired by: Double Fudge Brownies

A neighbor brought over a pan of these rich fudge brownies along with the recipe when I came home from the hospital with our baby daughter. I asked her how to make brownie frosting like that, and I've made them ever since for family occasions, potlucks and parties at work. —Sue Soderlund, Elgin, Illinois

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Inspired by: Apple Crunch MuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: Apple Crunch Muffin

Waking up to the smell of apple muffins will start your family’s day off right. Cream cheese filling makes them moist and tender, and oats and nuts in the topping add crunch.—Connie Boll, Chilton, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Modern Greek with Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Modern Greek with Quinoa Salad

Packed with flavorful power foods, this salad is as delicious as it is healthy and good for you. Served cold, it's perfect for picnics and outdoor gatherings. —Julie Stockel, Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Roll

These pretty cinnamon rolls are absolutely marvelous and taste just like the ones sold at the mall. Topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting, they are best served warm with coffee. Or reheat leftover rolls in the microwave and enjoy any time of day. —Velma Horton, LaGrange, California

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Inspired by: Asian Sesame with Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Asian Sesame with Chicken Salad

When my friends and I meet for Sunday get-togethers, this is the one dish they always ask me to make. I don’t mind since it travels well, is super easy to make, and absolutely delicious. —Stacy Reed, Gresham, Oregon

Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who shares her passion for travel, food and the beauty of American landscapes. When she's not wielding her red pen, she can be found tending her flower gardens, remodeling her house, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry or dancing to "Uptown Funk."

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