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1 Egg Baking (Baking on a Budget)

These are strange times we’re living in, where eggs are so pricey! If you’re looking for recipes that call for fewer eggs, I’ve got a bunch for you in this post!

Why do most recipes call for eggs?

Eggs are used to bind, to add structure, protein, and flavor to baked goods. But these days, eggs are expensive! And there’s no indication that prices will go down anytime soon.

You can use egg substitutes if you like. I wrote a complete post on those! But if you’re like me, you enjoy the flavor that eggs add to baked goods.

With that in mind, I decided to share all of my 1-egg recipes. This way you really can have your cake and eat it, too. (Pun intended.) You can bake with an egg. . .singular.

Here are a few of my favorite 1-egg recipes:


I’ve got some delicious 1-egg breads for you, friends! Check them out then follow the links to the recipes.

Southern Cornbread with Whipping Cream: In this post I show you how to doctor an instant cornbread mix to make it moist and flavorful using a simple ingredient. . .heavy whipping cream.

Brown Butter Banana Bread: If you love the texture and ease of a traditional banana bread but also love the warm, nutty flavor of brown butter, have I got a treat for you! This simple recipe adds rich spices and luscious browned butter for a unique twist on an old favorite. 

Classic Banana Bread with Walnuts: If you’re looking for that classic down-home taste of a great banana bread rich with walnuts, you’ve come to the right place. In this post I offer a great go-to recipe you can whip up when you’re in a hurry.


Oatmeal Rice Krispie Cookies: If you love the flavor of a yummy oatmeal cookie but you’re looking for a bit more crunch, this is the recipe for you. Crisp and sweet, this delicious cookie is packed full of nutritious goodness. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make.

Easy Twix Cookies from Scratch: If you love a good shortbread crust and you’re also a huge fan of caramel and chocolate, have I got a treat for you! These easy Twix cookies come together quickly and require very few ingredients!

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies: If you’re looking for a fluffy, crisp, old-fashioned Sugar Cookie, do I have a treat for you! This is a simple sugar cookie recipe, packed full of flavor, and straight from Grandma’s cookbook!

Orange Holiday Cookies: I don’t know about you but I’m crazy about the combination of orange and cranberry. If you love the mergence of those two flavors–the tartness of cranberries and the sweetness of an orange cookie, you’ve come to the right place.

Easy Thumbprint Cookies with Preserves: This is a fun twist on a traditional Thumbprint cookie that uses cherry preserves (or sour cherry spread) in the center of a delicious almond-infused shortbread cookie.

The Perfect Sugar Crinkle Cookies: If you’ve been looking for the perfect sugar crinkle cookies, you’ve come to the right place! This easy recipe is so fool-proof that you’ll use it again and again! It’s perfect as a sugar cookie, but with a few variations can serve as a base for much, much more!

Stuffed Brownie Cookies: If you love brownies but want the convenience of a gooey cookie, you’ve come to the right place! In this recipe you’ll learn how to make ridiculously easy stuffed brownie cookies. They’re not like anything you’ve ever had, I promise!

S’Mores Kiss Cookies: You know that amazing feeling you get when you stand outside at a fire pit, holding a long stick with a marshmallow on the end? You can almost taste the sticky, scorched sweetness even before it goes into your mouth. That’s the same sense of expectation you’ll have when you eat your first S’Mores Kiss Cookie. It’s that good, y’all.

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies: If someone gave me a nickel for every single one of these Cut-Out Sugar Cookies I’ve made over the past 8 years I would be a wealthy woman, indeed. Talk about the perfect sugar cookie!


I love cake but cake almost always means eggs! Fortunately, I’ve got some great coffee cakes that only call for one!

Easy Cranberry Breakfast Cake: If you love a luscious coffee cake but also love the luscious twang of cranberries, this is the recipe for you! This easy breakfast cake comes together so easily and best of all, it’s from scratch!

Apple Pie Coffee Cake: If you love apple pie but you’re in the mood for a delicious coffee cake, one you would be happy to serve at a breakfast gathering or brunch, have I got a great new recipe for you! This “from scratch” cake is light and luscious and covered in a crisp streusel. 

Easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake: If you love the combination of cinnamon and sugar and you happen to love streusel topping with crunchy toasted pecans, then I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. This Easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is perfect for breakfast. . .or any time of day!


Gotta love those cobblers and pies! I’ve got some great 1-egg recipes here.

Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler: If you’re in the mood for a luscious cherry cobbler, laced with a crunchy crust, have I got a recipe for you! This rich cobbler is packed full of flavor and topped with a crisp layer of almonds.

Easy Cake Mix Cherry Pies: If you want the flavor of a cherry pie but the ease of a quick doctored cake mix, then this is the recipe for you!


These muffins are delicious and call for only one egg. Yum!

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins (with mayonnaise): If you love a hearty breakfast muffin with oats, but you also love the juicy sweetness of berries, then this is the muffin for you. This delicious muffin isn’t your grandmother’s breakfast treat, but it is made with something she kept in her cupboard. . .mayonnaise.

Cookie Butter Banana Muffins:If you’re a fan of cinnamon, spice, and everything nice, then this yummy recipe for my Cookie Butter Banana Muffins will be just the ticket! They are simple to make and have a light fluffy cake-like texture that you simply don’t find in most banana-based products.

Easy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Is there such a thing as a perfect banana chocolate chip muffin recipe out there? The answer, my friends, is a hearty, “Yes!” And you’re about to witness it for yourself!


Delicious and easy. You’ll love these simple pastries. Best of all. . .you only need one egg!

Cake Mix Kolaches: If you love pastries but you’re intimidated by the process, I’ve got great news for you! You can make these crisp, sweet kolaches in minutes! Best of all, they start with a simple white cake mix.

Almond Tea Cakes: These tea cakes are rich in almond flavor with the crunch of slivered almonds on top. They’re so easy to make because they start with a simple white cake mix. They’re perfect for an afternoon tea party or any time of day!

Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Pastries: If you want the ease of a boxed bake mix but the flavor and joy of a luscious cinnamon roll, do I have a brand new recipe for you! These tasty treats have the look of homemade cinnamon rolls but the taste and texture of a high-end pastry–light, crisp and oh, so cinnamony!


Scones are delicious and don’t require a lot of eggs. Just one for each of these recipes, in fact!

Easy Chocolate Chip Scones: These light, fluffy chocolate chip scones are (by far) the easiest scones you’ll ever make. And because they start with Bisquick, they have a soft biscuit-like texture you’re going to love!

Easy Buttermilk Scones: If you’re in the mood for a delicious scone but don’t have a lot of time for a complicated recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This yummy scone is tender and light, but packed full of flavor.

Easy Cake Mix Scones: If you’re in the mood for an easy scone recipe, one that starts with a box of white cake mix, have I got a treat for you! This recipe came together so easily and it’s a terrific alternative when you’re in the mood for something different.

That’s it for this post, friends. I hope you enjoy these delicious 1-egg recipes!

About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

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