Learn how to bake delicious treats and make them look amazing too!

Popular Recipes

Hi there, I’m Sara!

I’m a self-taught, home baker and winner of Chicago’s Best Baker 2019 contest! I started Windy City Baker as an easy way to share my baking recipes and to record my baking adventures. I very quickly learned however, that I wanted to teach others how to make amazing tasting bakes from scratch while also making them look incredible.

In addition to the many recipes on this website, you’ll also find helpful lessons on baking basics, tips to make decorating desserts easier, step-by-step picture tutorials, digital guides, and courses that will inspire you to be a better baker and help you gain confidence and expertise in the kitchen.

Learn more

Cookie Recipes

Peach Macarons

Peach season is the best time of year to get beautifully sweet and juicy peaches. These Peach Macarons with buttercream and peach puree filling taste a lot like eating fresh peaches in a chewy almond sandwich cookie. The richness from the Italian Meringue Buttercream pairs perfectly with the fresh burst from the peach puree center. Learn how to make Peach Macarons!

More recent cookies

Cake Recipes

Decadent Devil’s Food Cupcakes

These decadent Devil’s Food Cake Cupcakes are so incredibly moist and rich! The 100% natural cocoa powder gives the cake an intense chocolate flavor that chocolate lovers will crave. Get the recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes!

More recent cookies

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and Devil's Food Cake Cupcakes


Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee consists of a rich and buttery toffee filled with chopped and toasted almonds. The dark chocolate coating offsets the sweetness of the caramelized sugar and the additional chopped almonds add a nutty crunch. Read more about Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

More recent cookies