50 Easy Snacks to Make In Bulk
Make these big-batch snacks now―you'll thank us when the hunger hits later.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Candied Walnuts
Yet another way to enjoy pumpkin spice this season. Gift these to friends as a festive treat, or enjoy them yourself with an autumnal beer. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, as pancake syrup will taste artificial and will likely overwhelm the spiced flavor.
S'mores Trail Mix
The name says it all--now you can enjoy the flavors of the classic campfire treat when you're on the go. The recipe comes from our book Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper's Guide to the Great Outdoors (Oxmoor House, 2016; $25).
No-Bake Granola Bars
Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Consider yourself warned: A crunch may look like a bar cookie, but you’ll need a fork to eat it. Similar to a crisp with baked fruit and a crumbly topping, a crunch sandwiches a layer of jammy fruit between two buttery layers. While other fruit desserts are on the syrupy side, this fruit is cooked down into a flavor-packed, thick preserve. The bottom layer should be firm enough not to crumble when a piece is cut from the pan, so adding toasted pecans to the mix improves the taste as well as the texture. The top layer can duplicate the bottom, or it can be a simple streusel topping made with flour, sugar, and butter.
Ditch the sugar-laden store-bought bars and make your own at home. They're so much tastier, and way better for you.
Sweet, salty, fruity, and crunchy, these bars truly pack a little bit of everything! Whip up a batch for your next picnic or hike, and stay fueled all day.
Duck Fat Granola
This savory oat and almond granola offers a beautifully salty, delicately sweet, and powerfully aromatic flavor profile, delivered by way of toasty crunch. Though easy to prepare, it makes an impressive and intensely delicious finishing touch for salads, soups, and more (essentially any savory dish you’d be inclined to top with toasted nuts or breadcrumbs. We especially love it sprinkled over this easy and elegant Beet and Labneh Salad.
Nuts and Bolts Trail Mix
Nuts and Bolts Trail Mix satisfies a sweet and salty craving while giving you an energy boost throughout the day.
Seasoned Saltine Crackers
Sesame-Soy Nut and Pretzel Mix
Full of salty nuts, pretzels, and cereal and doused with a butter- and Worcestershire-based glaze, the classic snack mix racks up sodium quickly (and who honestly stops at the barely 1/2 cup serving suggestion?). Our Asian-inspired mix saves 160mg sodium per serving with plenty of crunch and bold, salty flavor in a more generous 3/4 cup portion.
Salted Candied Almonds
These salty and sweet almond treats are easy to make ahead.
Brown Sugar-Spiced Nut Mix
From the Kitchen of…Cheryl Slocum, Senior Food Editor
A bowl of nuts in their shells was a coffee table staple for Thanksgiving snacks when Cheryl was young. "Operating the nutcracker was a real draw for us little kids," she says, "but our tastes have evolved to this sweet-hot crispy mix."
Achieve a bronzelike patina on these candied nuts by keeping a close watch near the end of their roasting time. Too long and they'll overdarken and take on a bitter flavor.
Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats
Skip your boring breakfast and opt for these decadent chocolate-on-chocolate cookies that boast full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness. Rich, decadent, and ultra-crispy, these healthy, bite-size snacks are the perfect start to the day. And they're ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats.
Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers
Dried cranberries give a slightly sweet flavor to crispy, buttery Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Wafers.
Cranberry Oat Bars
Kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
Apple-Oat Energy Balls
Back-to-school has got nothing on these tasty, filling snacks. If you don't have almond butter (or have a picky eater in the house), feel free to swap out for peanut butter or your nut butter of choice.
Crispy Potato Chips
Satisfy your potato chip craving with this super salty and super easy snack. It's better than the bagged stuff―we promise.
Togarashi-Spiced Snack Mix
This flavor-packed snack mix serves eight people and comes together in less than 2 hours.
Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
Take this to snack on before dinner. And if there's any left, toss it on a salad.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
When it comes to making cookies from scratch, these crispy-chewy chocolate chip cookies represent the best of the best. Simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions make this a recipe you'll come back to again and again. Whip up a batch of these all-time favorite cookies and they won't last long. Pro tip: Bake 10 minutes for a softer cookie or up to 14 minutes for a crispier cookie.
After you've made these craveworthy cookies, don't forget to try our fun variations. All sorts of goodies—from crushed white-chocolate pretzels to toffee candy—can be added to the batter to create other signature cookies.
Cereal and Milk Bars
These crowd-pleasers deliver flavors that take you straight back to childhood bliss.
Marshmallow Popcorn Treats with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Reminiscent of classic popcorn balls, these salty-sweet treats make for awesome low-fat, lunch box-friendly snacking. Make a batch with the kids this weekend to enjoy throughout the week.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
These homemade bars combine peanut butter and chocolate to make a tasty after-school treat.
Coconut-Pecan Caramel Popcorn
With the addition coconut flakes and pecans, this is the amped-up version of your traditional caramel popcorn is all kinds of addictive. Once you make a batch, chances are it will disappear before the day is out—so consider doubling the recipe. The combination of caramel and pecans delivers delicious praline vibes, while the coconut’s subtle chew adds a hint of tropical joy. The recipe calls to make the caramel sauce from scratch, but you can substitute with store-bought caramel sauce for ease. Make a large batch and bag this decadent snack up to give as gifts or as party favors at your next holiday gatherings.
Pistachio-Apple Bars with Chia Seeds
These homemade bars combine fruit and nut flavors to make a tasty snack.
Spicy, Barely Sweet Supercrunch Granola
Our supremely crunchy, irresistible granola almost feels more like party mix (but still contains all those great whole grains). It stores well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. Aside from eating out of hand, you can also try this on your morning bowl of yogurt, an ice cream parfait, or a hearty salad (think of it as a replacement for croutons). For folks with gluten allergies or sensitivities, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
Cheesy Pita Chips
These cheesy pita chip recipe is a reader favorite―and for good reason. It doesn't get much easier than this, folks.
Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips
Pringles, who? Fans of the classic Sour Cream & Onion flavor will love our copycat recipe.
Everything Rugelach with Ricotta and Dill
Everybody's favorite Jewish cookie gets a savory makeover in this salty, crunchy treat. Perfect for an appetizer or breakfast bread, this everything rugelach is the perfect marriage between flaky dough and classic everything bagel toppings. Eat them on their own, or smear on a thin layer of cream cheese and top with fresh lox and capers for a non-traditional snack. With just four ingredients in the dough, this pastry is super simple and requires little effort or grunt work, as the food processor does all the mixing for you.
This fall recipe is perfect for snacking on all year long. Savory, sweet, and super simple.
Make a batch of this delicious popcorn for your next movie night and you’ll start a new tradition.
Cheddar Cheese Snack Crackers
Skip the store-bought version and create your own cheesy snack crackers for afternoon snacking.
Maple-Sumac Roasted Walnuts
Here's a perfectly simple and delicious snack. A little sumac adds a bright piney-citrusy note. Look for it at specialty spice stores. A tablespoon of lemon rind can sub for sumac, if you prefer.
Miso-Caramel-Tamari Popcorn Mix
A slightly thicker caramel and the addition of whole roasted almonds turn traditional caramel popcorn into gift-worthy popcorn mix. We use less sugar in the glaze and cut the sweetness with mild white miso (fermented soybean paste) and tamari (a richer, wheat-free soy sauce) for a salty-savory note that makes the snack incredibly addictive.
Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas
Dry your chickpeas as thoroughly as possible before cooking to ensure a satisfyingly crisp result. If you're planning to pack these flavor-coated, fiber-filled poppers as a to-go snack, be sure to allow them to cool completely on a flat surface first.
Tahini-Oat Energy Balls
For a quick, pick-me-up snack when you're on the go, these easy tahini-oat bites are the perfect solution. Full of hearty nuts and creamy tahini, they offer just the right amount of sweet satisfaction. A pinch of salt balances the flavor and brings it all together. Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and keept them on hand for emergency snack situations.
Smoky Snack Mix
Roasted Kale and Chickpea Snack Mix
This fiber-filled, gluten-free snack mix is great sprinkled over salads to give them a little spicy crunch.
Unicorn Snack Bars
These sweet unicorn treats are adorable enough to serve at a birthday party, but easy enough to throw together for after-school snacks during the week. Adding almonds and apple chips into the mix make these snack bars more substantial and flavorful than a plain rice cereal treat, but these ingredients are easily swapped to accommodate your favorite mix-ins or nut allergies. We added a touch of food coloring to give the bars a cheerful pink hue, but it’s A-OK to leave it out if you would prefer.
Pimiento Cheese Crackers
Here is the approximate way my thinking went when I was dreaming up these crackers:
I have delicious pimiento cheese. I should eat that.
It will be best upon a cracker.
What type of cracker would be the superior vehicle for the cheese?
Sweet Fancy Moses, what if the cheese WERE THE CRACKER?????
After all, in my forays into cracker-making I had discovered that many crackers are just fat and flour and seasonings. And I had made cheese crackers which were just fat and flour and seasonings and cheese. Well, pimiento cheese is cheese and fat and seasonings, so what would happen if I just added flour and baked it?
Magic, people, this is what happens, pure alchemical wizardry.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
We love any recipe that revolves around bacon, and in this case, bacon is literally the center of attention. You might want to double this recipe, because these Bacon Bow Tie Crackers won’t last long at any gathering.
Sweet and Spicy Apple Chips
Long, low-heat baking dehydrates the apple slices so they become wonderfully crunchy once they cool. Ancho chile powder and cayenne pepper lend moderate heat—adjust the amount to suit your taste.
Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary
Make a batch of this delicious popcorn for your next movie night and you’ll start a new tradition. Flavored with olive oil, fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and minced garlic, it’s a sophisticated take on a favorite snack. This popcorn recipe can be tailored to what you like or have on hand. Replace the Parmesan with Romano or Asiago, and use fresh thyme or oregano in place of the rosemary.
Hot, homemade boiled peanuts are truly delicious, but you can order them already prepared online. Matt and Ted started their business with this regional treat (5 pounds for $26.50); boiledpeanuts.com.
Prep: 5 minutes; Soak: 8 hours; Cook: 5 hours; Cool: 1 hour.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels are a salty, sweet pick-up dessert that's just as ideal for a snack as it is for a party.
Trail Mix Chocolate Bark
Can't choose between a sweet or savory snack? Don't worry. We've got the recipe for you.
Microwave Sweet Potato Chips
When the chip craving strikes, look no further than these healthy, homemade chips. Pro tip: You'll need a mandoline to slice the potato thin enough to crisp.
Smoked Paprika Popcorn
Inspired by the explosion of pre-popped popcorn on the market, we came up with some fresh and easy snacks of our own. The key to flavorful popcorn is to toss it very well with the butter first, then with the seasonings.
Miniature Corn Muffins
These classic mini muffins make a great side dish for dinner, and a just-as-good standalone snack.
Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies
Try these nutritious cookies with a cold glass of milk for breakfast on the go. Want more? Add chocolate chips or grated carrots for a flavorful spin on the recipe.