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Presenting the Finalists in Our Ready, Set, Bake! Contest

We asked, and our readers delivered! Check out the very best baking recipes from our Ready, Set, Bake! contest.

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Earlier this year, we asked you to send us your favorite baking recipes—the ones that wow your friends and neighbors and have them asking how they can make your bakes at home.

Our readers delivered! We narrowed down your submissions to 12 amazing recipes. Now, we’re asking you to check out these bakes and vote on your favorite. The winner will be a future Bakeable challenge!

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Banana Pudding Tart Tania Gordon ready set bake contestTaste of home, Tania Gordon

Banana Pudding Tart

Here’s a tart version of the classic banana pudding. Use the entire box of vanilla wafers, reserving 1/4 cup to sprinkle on the whipped cream topping. Add chai spice to make it interesting! —Tania Gordon, Chicago, Illinois

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Audrey's Lemon Meringue Bars Monica Fearnside

Audrey’s Lemon Meringue Bars

We are always trying to find new ways to use the fruit from our lemon tree. My 13-year-old daughter, Audrey, decided to combine two of my lemony favorites: lemon bars and lemon meringue pie. After several intense hours in the kitchen (and warding off her horde of brothers), these delicious lemon meringue bars were born. —Monica Fearnside, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Peanut Butter And Cookie Knots Daniel Carberg ready set bake contesttaste of home, Daniel Carberg

Peanut Butter & Cookie Knots

These braided pastries are filled with chunks of cookies and peanut butter. They are great for dessert or with your morning coffee. You could use any type of chocolate cookie or candy, which would pair well with peanut butter. For something new, try swapping out the peanut butter for hazelnut spread. —Daniel Carberg, Roxbury, New Hampshire

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Honey Kissed Savory Shortbread Crackers Colleen Delawder ready set bake contesttaste of home, Colleen Delawder

Honey-Kissed Savory Shortbread Crackers

It may seem like a lot of work to make homemade crackers. However, after you’ve tasted these sweet and savory crackers, I think you’ll admit that it’s worth every minute. They’re crispy, cheesy, salty and have a lovely honey finish. They are basically cracker perfection. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Maple Chai Pumpkin Muffins Debra Keil ready set bake contesttaste of home, Debra Keil

Maple-Chai Pumpkin Muffins

Why use ordinary pumpkin pie spice when you can up the ante with your own homemade chai spice? The maple syrup pairs so well with the pumpkin and this warming spice blend. Try substituting old-fashioned rolled oats, pecans, walnuts or even white chocolate chips for the pepitas topping. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma

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Salted Brown Sugar And Rye Chocolate Chunk Cookie Julie Peterson ready set bake contesttaste of home, Julie Peterson

Salted Brown Sugar and Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies

These bakery-style cookies are a delicious twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie! The combination of rye flour, chocolate and brown sugar makes these cookies truly unique. They’re soft and chewy with crunchy edges, perfectly salty-sweet and loaded with just the right amount of chocolate. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Chocolate Glazed Raspberry Eclairs Elisabeth Larsen ready set bake contesttaste of home, Elisabeth Larsen

Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Eclairs

I first made choux pastry in high school for a French class assignment, and I was fascinated. Since then, chocolate raspberry eclairs have been my favorite pastry to make. I garnish each eclair either with a single fresh raspberry or with a sprinkling of crushed freeze-dried raspberries. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Samosa Pot Pie Shri Repp ready set bake contestTaste of home, Shri Repp

Samosa Potpie

The go-to appetizer at any Indian restaurant, samosas are reimagined as a delicious main-dish potpie. The heavily spiced potato and pea filling is surrounded by a flaky homemade crust. Serve with green or tamarind chutney. —Shri Repp, Seattle, Washington

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Mini Sweet Potato Scones With Rosemary And Bacon Sue Gronholz ready set bake contesttaste of home, Sue Gronholz

Mini Sweet Potato Scones with Rosemary & Bacon

Everyone who tries these scones thinks they’re delicious! To save a little time in the morning, combine the dry ingredients and cut in the butter the night before. I usually stir in the crumbled bacon at that time, too. Cover and refrigerate overnight and proceed with the recipe the next morning. In addition to saving time, this also allows the rosemary and bacon to come through, and chilling the butter in the mix results in tender scones. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Avocado Quick Bread Katherine Wollgast

Avocado Bread

I love to have avocados on hand, but they sometimes get too ripe too fast. This avocado bread is a wonderful, unusual way to use them. It makes a delightful dessert served warm with chocolate or vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. —Katherine Wollgast, Troy, Missouri

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Cinnamon Rolls With Cookie Butter Filling Kallee Krong Mccreery ready set bake contesttaste of home, Kallee Krong Mccreery

Cinnamon Rolls with Cookie Butter Filling

I created this recipe when I had a jar of cookie butter on hand and I was craving cinnamon rolls. The cookie butter filling gives them a special touch. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

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Triple Mustard And Gruyere Bread Veronica Fay ready set bake contesttaste of home, Veronica Fay

Triple Mustard and Gruyere Bread Thins

As a bread baker, I’m always experimenting with new flavor combinations. My mustard and Gruyere bread has become my all-time favorite for sandwiches. The bread elevates every sandwich to gourmet status. —Veronica Fay, Knoxville, Tennessee

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.
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