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20 Best Free Microsoft Word Recipe Card & Cookbook Templates to Download in 2022

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Explore 20 free recipe templates for Word in 2022. We'll also check out premium modern Microsoft Word recipe templates. Create recipe cards or cookbooks quickly with these free and premium options.

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Cook Book, a premium recipe template for Word on Envato Elements

Are you an excellent chef with your own secret recipes? And is it time to put them on paper so you can share them with loved ones or even make some money out of it? Recipe templates for Microsoft Word will help you create recipe cards or cookbooks with minimal effort. 

The simplest way to record a recipe is by using a recipe card and is generally for personal use. The intention in most cases is to keep a record of recipes, so you don't forget or to pass it on to someone. A cookbook works for the same purpose but can also be sold for a profit. 

In this article, we'll take a look at how you can use a free and premium pre-built template to avoid starting from scratch. These cookbook and recipe card templates for Microsoft Word will help you get a head start on your project. 

Suppose you're looking to create a cookbook. In that case, the best options are Envato Elements' premium cookbook template for MS Word and GraphicRiver's premium recipe book templates for MS Word. These professionally designed templates are modern, creative, and impressive. Just what you need for your future cookbook!    

Get the Best Premium Recipe Templates for MS Word Cookbook on Envato Elements for 2022 (Unlimited Use)

Get a premium recipe template or a cookbook template for Microsoft Word from Envato Elements. They're professionally designed using Adobe InDesign format and are editable on Word. This is an excellent option for those who are comfortable using MS Word. 

An active Envato Elements membership unlocks your access to an all-you-can-download digital creative library—all for a low monthly fee. 

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Envato Elements' selection of premium cookbook templates in MS Word

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What if you're new to premium and what to test it out? Check out GraphicRiver's vast selection of top MS Word templates. It works on a pay-per-download modal, allowing you to buy and download assets immediately. We'll explore top recipe templates and MS Word cookbook templates from GraphicRiver in the next section. 

Top Premium Recipe Templates for MS Word Cookbook for 2022 (Envato Elements & GraphicRiver) 

Here are some best premium InDesign cookbook templates for Word from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. These InDesign templates are professionally created with modern creative designs. They can be edited in MS Word. Select any one of them to start making an impressive cookbook:  

1. Recipe Book Template

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This professional cookbook/recipe book template comes in letter size. The premium template pack includes files for InDesign, PowerPoint, and MS Word. With well-organized layers, this template can easily be customized to align with your brand.

2. America Menu Recipe Book Template

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Don’t let the name mislead you; this premium recipe/cookbook template for Word can be used for any type of cuisine! The template is in portrait orientation, and can be edited not just in Word, but also in InDesign and PowerPoint. A documentation file is included to help you customize the template to bring your vision to life.

3. Bakery Cookbook Recipes Template 

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Get a 16 page professionally created template that you can edit in Microsoft Word. It comes in an A4 format and has a 0.125 bleed. Include your mouth-watering recipes, striking images, and you're all set. 

4. Kitchen Cookbook Brochure Template

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Use this premium template that comes with 20 unique layouts to help you showcase your recipes and share cooking tips. It's a well-designed template with layers and is easy to customize. Change the color palette with just one click. 

20 Top Free MS Word Recipe Card & Cookbook Examples to Download (2022)

Let's explore out some free options available to you. Start by checking out Envato's free premium offerings. Test out various premium files (not always Word cookbook templates) at zero cost to you. 

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Each month Envato Elements offers a different selection of free files for you to try. You can also find free files each month on GraphicRiver.

Here's what Envato offers:

  • Envato Elements has 12 awesome handpicked files (audio, video, print templates, etc.) available for free every month. Create a free account to access this month's premium freebie files
  • Envato Market has seven excellent monthly free files. Log in with your Envato Market account to download this month's premium assets

Now it's time to have a look at 20 free recipe card templates for Word found on the web: 

1. Free Cookbook Template Word

This template comes with line drawings of food. It uses a soft tone of blue, green, and yellow.

2. Newsletter - Free Editable Recipe Card Template for Word

This is a four-page restaurant newsletter template that you can use as a recipe card or a simple cookbook template. 

3. Fancy - Free Recipe Card Template for Word

There are four recipe cards with gold and purple borders. It comes with a section for ingredients and directions. Don't forget to include your name!

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4. Two - Free Editable Recipe Card Template for Word

There are no borders for these cards. But there's a small illustration of a cartoon chef.

5. Single - Free Recipe Card Template for Word

This is a 6" x 4" recipe card template. It comes with a border, simple illustrations and space for you to write the ingredients and directions to cook. 

6. Christmas - Free Editable Recipe Card Template for Word

This is a Christmas-themed template that comes with two different designs to pick from. 

7. Blank - Free Recipe Card Template for Word

This template comes in four different sizes. It's got a green border and a simple illustration of kitchen utensils. 

8. Yellow - Free Cookbook Template for Word

Here's a simple template. It's got room to add a short description, list of ingredients, preparation steps, and an image of the dish. 

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9. Large Image - Free Microsoft Word Recipe Book Template 

Does the recipe serve four or eight? Mention how many people it serves, prep time, cook time, and difficulty score with this template. 

10. Gray - Free Cookbook Template for Word

This is a minimalistic design with a gray text box on the left and gray icons. 

11. Red - Free Cookbook Template Word

Design elements and icons on this template are red. If you need your image to pop, change this color to something not as loud as red. 

12. Kids - Free Recipe Book Template Word

This template works as a simple recipe card or can be turned into a recipe book. It comes with an illustration of a girl. 

13. DIY - Free Recipe Book Cover Template Word

This free download comes with a recipe book cover template in Word and inner pages that you can edit easily. The font used is Calibri. 

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14. Easy - Free Recipe Book Template Word

This is an A5 layout design. It uses PT Sans fonts. It includes food icons.

15. Keto - Free Cookbook Template for Word

This file comes with a nice recipe book cover template in Word. The inner pages are also available. 

16. Modern - Free Cookbook Template Word

This is a print-ready A4 paper size template. It was created for recipes that need a lengthy description.

17. Professional - Free Cookbook Template for Word

This template uses Lora and Cinzel fonts. It comes with a recipe book cover template for Word in pink.

18. Smart Choice - Free Recipe Template for Word

This template uses green and red to grab attention. The recipe section is a simple table.

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19. Biscuit - Free Microsoft Word Recipe Book Template

This free download allows you to include a title, an image, a list of ingredients, and a direction. It's a very basic design that works for personal recipe compilation. 

20. Popcorn - Free Recipe Template for Word

This template allows you to record a recipe before you forget it. Just like the Biscuit - Free Microsoft Word Recipe Book Template above, this template is best for personal use only. 

How to Make a Great Recipe Card or Cookbook in Word

Whether you’re making a cookbook for personal or business purposes, you’ll want to customize the cookbook Word template you choose. These steps show you exactly how to do that.

For purposes of this demonstration, I’m going to use the premium Recipe Book Template for Word from Envato Elements. I chose this template because it’s in letter size and can be edited in Word, InDesign, and PowerPoint.

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The premium Recipe Book Template for Word is a great option for recording recipes.
Take note that I’m using Microsoft Word for Mac version 16.54. If you’re using a different version of Word, then your interface may look different.

Let's get started:

1. Choose Your Page Layout

Copy the template files, so you can revert to the original designs anytime you want. Next, open the template.

This cookbook template has several page layouts. You may decide to use them all or to use only one throughout the document, for consistency. For this tutorial, I’ve chosen this layout:

2. Enter Your Recipe Content

Next, it’s time to type your recipe content. Click and drag across the placeholder text to select it. Then type in your own content.

3. Customize the Fonts and Font Sizes

If you wish to change the fonts and font sizes, now is a good time to do so. Again, select a piece of text. Make sure you’re under the Home tab. Use the font and font size buttons to select the settings you want to use.

You can also use the buttons on the ribbon to add styles like bold or italics for emphasis.

4. Change the Object Colors

Changing the colors of fonts and other elements in your cookbook involves similar steps. Select the object or text, then use the appropriate buttons on the ribbon to select a new color for it.

5. Add the Recipe Images

Finally, it’s time to add images. Click on the placeholder image or shape. Under the Shape Format tab, go to Shape Fill > Picture…. Find the image file in your computer, then click Insert.

As you can see, nothing brings a cookbook to life like pictures.

Image Credits: Flour, chocolate frosting, chocolate cake

5 Quick Microsoft Word Recipe Card & Cookbook Design Tips for 2022

Are you looking for guidelines or tips to create the best possible recipe card or cookbook? Check out these top five quick design tips to keep at the back of your mind while working on this project. They'll help you create an impressive cookbook in 2022. 

Here are the five tips: 

1. Define Your Target Audience

It always helps to get a good perspective of who your potential readers are. Knowing this allows you to create a book that best appeals to them. For example, a cookbook with simple recipes for kids will look very different from a vegan cookbook for single adults.  

Check out this article if you're not sure how to define your target audience:

2. Avoid Starting From Scratch 

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Pizza Cookbook, a premium well-designed template from Envato Elements

There are loads of free and premium pre-built template options out there. Take the time to browse and select a template that helps you create the cookbook you've got in mind. A good template saves you time and effort. 

3. Keep It Clean

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Minimalistic Cookbook (premium template) from Envato Elements, uses loads of white space to create a clean look.

Minimalism is in trend now. Most premium templates on Envato use white space to create clean, minimalistic designs. All you've got to do is include your images and texts in the layouts. Reframe from adding more elements as it may throw off the look and feel of the pages. 

4. Use High-Quality Strong Visuals

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Get your hands on food-related premium creative graphics & strong photos, all from Envato Elements.

Visuals grab attention and are a vital element of your pages. Use photos, icons, or illustrations to draw your reader in. Download and use generic food-related visuals with your Envato Elements subscription. 

5. Use Interesting Copy

Your content or copy is a crucial component of your book. It could make or break your project. A well-written copy allows you to: 

  • engage your readers and create an enjoyable experience 
  • make it easy for your readers to follow your instruction and recreate your dishes
  • stand out from the crowd as a subject matter expert 
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Square Cookbook, a premium template from Envato Elements that helps you keep copy concise.

Use clear, simple, and concise words. The directions need to be easy to follow while one is cooking, so stick to bullet points. Include cooking or health tips and tricks that your readers will benefit from. 

Discover More Top Microsoft Word Template Designs

Are you in the restaurant or food business? In that case, these MS Word templates will help you get organized for any project and create impressive menus and business cards. These three articles below have loads of options for you to work with. Select your favorites and get started now!  

Common MS Word Questions Answered (FAQ)

Microsoft Word is so feature-packed that you’ll most likely have questions as you use it to create your recipe cards or cookbooks. In this section, I’ve compiled the best answers to the most commonly asked questions about Word:

1. How Do You Choose a Microsoft Word Template?

As the preceding sections have shown, you can find numerous premium and free templates for Microsoft Word. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a specific template for your project.

The best thing to consider is the vision you have for your finished document: Choose the cookbook template that most closely resembles what you want your final product to look like.

The fewer customizations you have to make, the better. You’re less likely to run into frustrating projects, and you’ll complete your project faster.

2. Is MS Word Better Than Google Docs?

Microsoft Word and Google Docs are both excellent word processing software. You can successfully complete your project using either one. Your final choice depends on several factors.

For example, if you need more robust features and the security of editing your documents on your local computer drive, then MS Word makes more sense for you. But if you don’t have the budget to purchase Word, then Google Docs is a good—and free—alternative.

This article goes into more detail on Microsoft Word vs. Google Docs:

3. How Do You Make a Page Layout Design in Word?

You've got two choices when it comes to making a page layout design in Word:

  1. create one from the default layout
  2. start with a template

Either way, you can customize a Word layout to make it look exactly how you want.

You can change the number of columns and page margins, as well as the fonts and colors. Changing the background and adding your own images are other ways to make a Word page layout truly your own.

Read this step-by-step tutorial and video on how to create a page layout in Word:

4. How Do You Change Default Fonts in Word?

Default fonts in Word look pretty good. But you may want to change them to your branding fonts. It’s easy to do so.

Select a chunk of text then change its font through the Fonts button on the Home ribbon. Or, you can change the fonts by editing paragraph styles. You can learn more about changing fonts in Word through this tutorial:

5. How Do You Add Images and Backgrounds in Word?

You can communicate more effectively and express your brand more strongly by adding images to your Word project. For a step-by-step tutorial of this process, read this:

Learn More About Making Great Word Documents in 2022

Don't let your lack of Microsoft Word skills hold you back. Pin this Microsoft Word Tutorial Guide as a favorite and refer to it when you need to. This compilation of how-to tutorials will help you with just about any concerns you may have about MS Word. 

Here are three sample tutorials from the guide: 

Get a Premium Recipe Template for Word Cookbook Today!

You can find loads of free editable recipe card templates for Word online for anyone to use. But they generally have simple designs and may not be the best solution if you're looking to impress. A premium Microsoft Word cookbook or recipe card is your best bet. 

On Envato Elements, you'll find premium cookbook templates for MS Word to help you create your legacy in style. A subscription to this digital library gives you access to millions of professional creative assets (including recipe book templates for Word) for any project. Get your hands on top Microsoft Word Templates or any creative file without the worry of extra monthly costs.

If you're new to premium and would like to test it out, check out GraphicRiver's collection of best Microsoft Word templates. It works on a pay-per-download model allowing you to buy and download any premium editable recipe card template for MS Word right now. A recipe book template for MS Word is just what you need to give you that extra push to finish this project. 

Get your premium Microsoft Word recipe book template and start writing those yummy recipes. Subscribe and download one now!  

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Alexis (Lexi) Rodrigo. Lexi is a freelance instructor for Envato Tuts+.

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