Print Your Own Recipe Cards!

Whether you love or hate to cook, there’s probably one question that we all ask ourselves several times a day: “What should I make to eat?” While I do use different sites like Pinterest to keep and compile different recipes I would like to try, I have to say that I still think the best thing is a good old recipe card with all the info I need right on the card. I love that I have recipe cards in my binder that are almost 20 years old (written out in my Mom’s beautiful handwriting), detailing how to make some of my childhood favorites. And they are right next to recipes from my grandmother and friends with little notes in the margins for tweaks that I wanted to make as I made them. In case you haven’t started a recipe collection yet (or just want more cards and dividers to add into yours), we’ve teamed up with our longtime partners and friends at Canon USA to create a cute printable set that you can print from home so you can get started tonight!

Download your printable recipe cards and decide how many categories you want to have in your recipe box (like “Snacks”, “Desserts”, etc.). Print out that many dividers so you can label them and separate your cards into sections for easy location later. The Canon PIXMA TS8120 is perfect for a project like this because you can print on different paper formats and not sacrifice any of the colors or quality of the prints. And it’s so nice being able to print them at home, as there’s no limit to the number of recipe cards you can print! If you like to use a recipe book/binder, then just print out how many cards you need instead.Use scissors (or an X-Acto knife and metal ruler) to cut out your cards and dividers. So cute! Isn’t that such a pretty recipe box too? While recipe cards may be the “old school” way to do cooking, they certainly add a personal touch to the process. They are also a great way to share a recipe you love, and you can attach one to a giftable food item like our cookie butter spread (the Oreo one is ah-mazing!!), so the recipient can make more once the gift is gone! And speaking of cooking, don’t forget to grab a copy of our new cookbook Weekday Weekend so you’ll always have something delicious you can make any day of the week! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Graphic Design by Mara Dockery.
  • Not able to get them to print yet. Still trying so hopeful a brain aneurysm and stroke in 2008 left me unable to write so really need this! Have often said never saw a recipe I didn’t like! Cooking has become areal challenge now that one side is paralyzed but I still do try at times today is my son’s 42nd birthday have the cake made and planning to prepare him his favorite meal of Texas hash green beans mashed potatoes and homemade bread!

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  • I love this. As a food blogger I have everything digitally, but guests at my wedding shower each wrote out a recipe and I got a bunch from my mom with the matching recipe box. I love the handwritten ones, and a handwritten one from my late grandmother.

  • These are so adorable! My mom and I have been working on writing down family recipes, so I got a recipe box. I’ll definitely have to print these out for us to use.

  • Ahhh, I’m dying over that recipe box, it’s so cute!

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  • That is such a cute recipe box, and these cards are lovely I can’t wait to print them! I’ve made a resolution to be more active in the kitchen this year. So far so good, but I need to step up my cooking game and get some new recipes. Thank you for this!

  • LOVE! Would you be willing to link to those beautiful measuring cups? I feel like you can never have too many 🙂 Thank you!!

  • GASP. My mama would be so proud if I did this! she has like 4 recipe boxes. I love this idea. Thank you!!

  • This is such a cute a creative idea I will definitely be using this! Great post xo

  • What a brilliant idea, I definitely need to organize all my recipes at home!

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  • Last month my grandfather passed away and my grandmother moved into an assisted living facility. She basically told me to go to her house and take anything that I wanted. All I grabbed was her recipe box.
    My husband and I took it to a local bar where we drank wine and went through the cards and I got to tell him all the memories that these recipes conjured up.
    My whole adult life I felt like keeping a recipe box was silly when I just have the whole internet in my pocket and I can look anything up. But now, I feel like keeping a recipe box is just as important as keeping a journal. So I’m excited for these printables to get me started. <3

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather, but definitely make the best out of your grandmothers recipes, I’m sure you’ll come across some really good ones that you can use with your family! 😀

    • So sorry for your loss but what a beautiful story Libby! Hope these help you make more memories!

      Laura 🙂

  • These are so clever + cute! I got a recipe box as a gift for my bridal shower, and I love stocking it full of my favorite recipes to come back to.

  • The recipe cards are super cute! I love the colours! 🙂

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