Bring back the nostalgia of the pre-internet days with these free printable recipe cards! Use to store your favorite recipes or customize and gift to friends & family.
I can hardly believe it’s been 4 years since I first shared printable recipe cards and it’s crazy to think back to the stage of life I was in when I created those (which so happen to be one of the most popular posts on the site!). It’s a weird feeling of nostalgia and reflection when I look back because for each post I write on this blog, I can vividly remember where I lived when each of the photos was taken. This particular one seems SO long ago because it was taken in my college apartment (4 apartments ago!) and I can still remember laying the white foam board on my bed (because it was closest to the window) and trying to stand/balance on the bed to get the overhead shot. It makes me miss those carefree college days but it also makes me grateful for how far I’ve come since then.
And in a sense, looking back on old posts reminds me of flipping through an old scrapbook. It makes me remember specific times in my life (creative & personal) where times were good, as well as times where the last thing I wanted to do was create things for this weird corner of the internet. And though life’s crazy twists & turns the past few years have eaten up most of my “free blogging time”, this digital design & recipe book is one thing I try to make a little time for because I have a hard time letting it go.
And although I have some of my most prized recipes here on the site, I’m not oblivious to the fact that they won’t live on forever. In fact, I literally get anxiety when I think about how little of a paper trail this new generation of millennials is leaving (guilty!) and it makes me sad that our grandkids & great grandkids won’t have as much to un-dust and discover about us. (I guess I feel the same way as I did when I wrote this 4 years ago!) Most of our photos never get printed & when it comes to recipes, when was the last time you WROTE one on paper instead of just sending someone a link to allrecipes.com?
So although I’m aware that I won’t change the world with this post, I wanted to share these fun & colorful printable recipe cards to hopefully inspire you to write down or print off some of your favorite recipes and stick them in a book. I’ve created the template to be compatible with Avery Design & Print Online, which means you can choose to keep the fields blank and hand write the recipe OR if that’s too old school, you can use the pre-set fields to type in your recipe to print.
The great thing about being able to type in your own recipe is that you can print off as many copies as you need so you don’t have to spend an hour hand writing 5 copies of that in-demand cookie recipe all your friends are asking you for.
I find that recipe cards are not only great for just for jotting down recipes to keep in your own binder, but they also make a great gift for the baker’s in your life! Instead of spending $20 on a custom set of recipe cards, you can use this template to customize with the names of your friends & family. How fun would it be for Sally to get a pack of recipe cards that already has her name listed in the “From the Kitchen Of: Sally” section that she could then use to hand write HER own recipes to give out to people?
Pair them with a set of measuring spoons or slip them into a DIY baker’s gift box and you suddenly have a custom gift that would be great for birthdays, bridal showers, or baking parties. I included a whisk, spatula, cookie cutter, sprinkles, and cupcake liners alongside the printable recipe cards but the options are really endless.
In the download below, I’ve included two options depending on if you’re planning to type or hand write. The handwritten version leaves all the fields blank, while the type version has all the fields pre-set for Avery Design & Print Online so that all you have to do is click, type, and print on the pre-cut White Matte Postcards.
And because it wouldn’t be 2017 without a internet recipe rating system, I threw on some stars to color in. But really, you wouldn’t give someone a recipe card that was rated 1 star so I guess their purpose is pretty much just for fun. Which I’m not against.
So what do you say?! Who wants to start a recipe card revolution? I’ve got about 5 minutes a week to devote to campaigning, but it might be worth a shot… ;)
To Download, Customize, and Print the Recipe Cards:
A. Download & save the Avery Templates to your computer. Unzip the file. Included in this zipped file are (1) Avery Fill-in-the-Blank Recipe Cards (double-sided) & (2) Blank PDF (to hand write)
B. Print and customize the recipe cards through the Avery Design & Print Online software by:
1. Go to avery.com/print > Open a Saved Project from: My Computer > Browse a file to open
2. Upload the file you just downloaded.
4. Print on Avery White Matte Postcards!
Materials & Supplies:
Avery White Matte Postcards
Please note that these files are for personal use only and redistribution or reselling for commercial use is strictly prohibited. If you would like to spread the word about this printable, you are free to do so but (A) must link directly back to this post for download (please do not link directly to the printable download file) and (B) may only use one image from the post. Thank you for your cooperation!