Help/FAQ - Recipe Box
 

How do I open up my Recipe Box?

It’s easy to access your Recipe Box from any page!

  1. Simply click on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar. If you’re not logged in, you’ll be prompted to do so.
  2. You can also log in first by clicking on the Sign In link in the gray toolbar, then click on My Allrecipes in the dropdown menu.

Recipe Box overview

My Allrecipes contains a personal online Recipe Box where you can store recipes from our site, add recipes from your own collection, categorize recipes, add private notes to recipes, rate and review recipes for everyone to read, create a personalized shopping list, and more!

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Deleting a recipe from your Recipe Box

To delete a recipe from your Recipe Box after you have logged in, click on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar.



  1. Select the recipe(s) you wish to delete by hovering over the recipe.
  2. Expand the Options dropdown menu by clicking on Options.
  3. Click Delete at the bottom of the menu.
  4. You will see a confirmation message on the top of the page confirming the recipe is deleted.

Adding recipes to your Recipe Box

You must be logged into your Allrecipes account to save a recipe to your Recipe Box. Open the page of the recipe you want to add to your Recipe Box, and click the + Recipe Box button. You can add the recipe to a specific folder (such as a muffin recipe to your Baking folder), or save it as an uncategorized recipe. You can select the folder you would like to add the recipe to by clicking on the down arrow.

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Custom Recipes

Once you’re an Allrecipes Pro, you have the exclusive power to add and change recipes—and save them as your own. It’s the perfect way to build your own recipe database, so you have all the tried-and-true (and loved!) recipes of your life.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Make it your way. You can take an existing recipe and add or modify ingredients, change directions, and give it a new title.
  • Take cook’s notes. You can also add personal notes about the recipe (“This is Grandma Ella’s famous Oatmeal Cookie recipe.”), and add your own photo.
  • Collect good tastes. Build your own recipe database of what you, family, and friends love to eat. Create recipes for every occasion: party food, picnic food, or simply what to do with the chicken in your fridge (in 30 minutes or less!).
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How do I customize a recipe and save it as my own?

As an Allrecipes Pro, you can customize any recipe.

  1. Find a recipe you want to modify. Click Edit and Save next to the Ingredients.
  2. Modify the recipe in the following way:
    • Change the recipe title.
    • Add a recipe description.
    • Change the ingredients amounts or listing.
    • Add a Custom Recipe Rating.
    • Add tags for your reference.
  3. When you have completed your changes, click on Preview to save the changes so you can review them.
  4. When you’ve made all your changes, click on Save Recipe to save all the changes and leave edit mode.
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Can I edit my saved Personal or Customized recipes?

You can continue to change your recipes and save your revisions. Just click on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar, which will take you to your recipes.

  1. Select the recipe(s) you wish to edit by hovering over the recipe.
  2. Expand the Options menu by clicking on Options.
  3. Click Customize Recipe.
  4. Make whatever changes you would like—you can even add a photo!
  5. Choose whether or not you would like to submit this recipe as a Kitchen Approved recipe and click the Preview Recipe button.
  6. Either Cancel, Edit or Save Recipe! You’re all set!
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Categorizing recipes in your Recipe Box

Categorizing allows you to place your recipes into provided categories or categories you create yourself. You can categorize recipes as you save them to your Recipe Box by selecting a category from the Add to Recipe Box Folder dropdown list, and click Add. You can also categorize the recipes already in your Recipe Box. From your Recipe Box select the recipe you want to categorize, then:

  1. Hover over the title of the recipe you want to move into a folder.
  2. An Options link should appear. Click on the Options link to open the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Add to Folder, select which folder you would like to add the recipe to, and click Add to Folder.

The recipe is now added to the folder in your Recipe Box!

Managing your folders

First, be sure you’re logged in to your account and then open your Recipe Box. Once there, click on the My Folders link in the My Allrecipes Tools box.

Adding a folder:

  • In the toolbox on the left, click on Add a Folder where you can name it and place it where you want.
  • Once you have managed and created your new folders list, return to your Recipe Box by clicking on the All link on the left.
  • You’ll now see the new folder in your folder list. From here, you can save recipes to your folders.

You can also rename, move, delete, or add a subfolder. Simply do the following:

  • Hover over the title of the folder you want to manage and click on the Options link to open the dropdown menu. Click on the action you’d like to take: Rename, Move, Add a Subfolder, or Delete.
  • Follow the prompts and you will see the updates in your folders list.

View entire Recipe Box recipe list

Access your Recipe Box list by clicking on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar, then clicking on All to see the entire list of your saved recipes.

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Changing the list view

Your Recipe Box can sort recipes alphabetically, by rating and by date added. Change the listing by clicking on the category heading above that column. Each time you click on a new heading your Recipe Box will sort accordingly. Please note that your Recipe Box will sort by date by default.

Recipe notes

A recipe note is a private note on a recipe (reviews are public). You can add, view, and edit personal notes to a recipe from within your Recipe Box.

Log in and go into your Recipe Box by clicking on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar, which will take you to your recipes. Under the column heading My Notes, located to the far right of a recipe title, click on the Add Notes link and then follow the prompts.

Your recipe note will not appear directly on the recipe page in your Recipe Box; you will have to click on the View Notes link to view notes. The Advanced Print Option allows you to print your notes along with each recipe.

Editing your recipe notes

From your Recipe Box you can add, view, and edit personal notes to a recipe just by clicking on the link under the column heading My Notes to the far right of the recipe title.

  1. Click on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar, which will take you to your recipes.
  2. Click on links under the column heading My Notes to the right of a recipe to add, view, or edit notes.
  3. Follow the prompts to view, create, or edit a note.

Your recipe note will not appear directly on the recipe page in your Recipe Box; you will have to click on the View Notes link to view notes. The Advanced Print Option allows you to print your notes along with each recipe.

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Adding Personal Recipes

Your own recipes can be saved in your Recipe Box as personal recipes. You can also share your personal recipes with other home cooks by selecting Share or Share and Submit once you have entered the recipe.

Once you have entered and saved a personal recipe, you can print it out or email it to a friend. (Your personal recipes will print without advertisements.) You can also add notes to personal recipes, rate/review them, and add your own photos as well.

To add personal recipes to your Recipe Box:

  1. Open your Recipe Box by clicking on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar.
  2. At the top of the page click on the Create a Recipe button.
  3. Enter your recipe information in the fields provided, following the helpful hints provided on right side of the page as you enter each field.
  4. All fields are required unless otherwise noted. When entering ingredients: use one line per ingredient. When entering directions: do not number the steps. Each line will be automatically numbered for you, just use one line per step.

Once you have finished entering all of the information, you will be able to preview your personal recipe and either Cancel, Edit, or Save your recipe.

Please note: personal recipes are not connected to our database. Therefore, although they can be added to your Shopping List, scaling and nutrition information are not available for personal recipes.

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Adding web links and references

The option to save Weblinks and References in your Recipe Box allows you to save other pertinent cooking information all in one place! A weblink is a URL address to another website that contains information you want to save in your Recipe Box, such as cooking advice. A reference is an online catalog that you can create for your favorite recipes from books and magazines.

To add a weblink, open your Recipe Box and click on All in the Recipe Toolbox on the left. Then click on the Add a Link button at the top of the page. Enter the web address (URL) in the field provided—the best way to enter a URL is to copy and paste it directly into the form then click the Continue button. On the following page you will be able to create the title, description, photo, and notes for your link. You can then Cancel, Edit, or Save.

To add a reference, click Add a Reference button at the top of the page. You will need to complete the form to add a recipe reference to your Recipe Box. Enter the recipe title, description, reference location, notes, and more. Select whether or not you’d like to share this reference. Once you Preview and Save, your reference will be stored in your Recipe Box!

Searching your Recipe Box

You can find recipes stored in your Recipe Box by using the Search box located at the top of your Recipe Box. You can search for recipes by keyword, title, or ingredient.

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Sharing your recipes in Recipe Box

With every Kitchen-Approved, Custom, or Personal Recipe you save and enter, you can choose to make the recipe public or private. (Note: If you click + Recipe Box from the recipe page, the recipe will automatically be public.)

  • To choose whether you share or keep private your Kitchen-Approved or Custom recipe, click on the Recipe Box link in the gray toolbar.
  • Under the column heading Status, each recipe will be set to either Public or Private. To make a recipe Private, click on an individual recipe’s status and check the box that says “Do not share this recipe.” It will then be set to Private.


Please note: when you enter a Personal Recipe, you can select to keep the recipe private, share the recipe, or share and submit the recipe. For Allrecipes Pros, when creating a customized recipe you also have the option to share or hide the recipe.

To find out how to share your public Recipe Box with friends, just click here to visit our Community help page.

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