Recipe cards are a popular way to record and organize your favorite recipes, making it easy to find and recreate them whenever you want. They make thoughtful holiday gifts for family and friends.


Recipe cards have been around for centuries, but their form and function have evolved over time. In the past, recipes were often passed down through generations by word of mouth or written on scraps of paper or in notebooks. However, with the invention of the printing press, recipes could be printed and distributed more widely.

The first printed recipe cards appeared in the late 19th century, and they quickly gained popularity. They were often distributed by food companies as a way to promote their products and they were also sold in stores. Early recipe cards were often illustrated with colorful images and included tips for using the products being promoted.

Over time, recipe cards became more standardized, with standard sizes and formats.

Recipe Cards in the Modern Kitchen

Recipe cards are still a useful item for anyone who loves to cook. They provide a way to organize your favorite recipes and make them easy to find and recreate. They also allow you to share your recipes with others, whether you're passing them down to future generations or sharing them with friends and family.

Today, with so many recipes available online, it can be overwhelming to keep track of them all. Recipe cards provide a way to organize and store your favorite recipes in a physical format, making it easy to find and use them whenever you want.

You can customize your recipes to your liking. You can make notes and adjustments to the recipe to suit your taste, and you can also include information about the recipe, such as where you found it or who gave it to you.

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    Creating Printable Recipe Cards

    Choosing the Right Size

    The first step in creating printable recipe cards is to choose the right size. There are three common sizes for recipe cards: traditional (3" x 5"), modern (4" x 6"), and oversized (5" x 7"). The size you choose will depend on your personal preference and the amount of space you need to write down the recipe. It’s easy to design them in Canva or PowerPoint or use template you find online.

    Selecting Text and Color

    1. Keep things simple
    2. Easy to read font
    3. Avoid excess colors and patterns

    When it comes to selecting text and color for your recipe cards, it's important to keep things simple and easy to read. Choose a font that is easy to read, such as Arial or Times New Roman, and stick to black or dark gray text on a light background.

    Avoid using too many colors or patterns, as this can make the card difficult to read and distract from the recipe itself.

    Create colorful special purpose recipe cards, such as for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and BBQ and cards intended for gift giving.

    Printing on Cardstock

    Once you've chosen the size and design of your recipe card, it's time to print it out. For best results, print your recipe cards on cardstock paper. This will give your cards a professional look and feel and ensure that they hold up well over time.

    Be sure to adjust your printer settings to the correct paper size and quality. Print a test card before printing out a large batch.

    By following these simple steps, you can create printable recipe cards that are both functional and visually appealing. Whether you're creating cards for yourself or as a gift for a friend, these tips will help ensure that your recipes are always at your fingertips.

  • I’ve never used recipe cards. In addition to a few go-to recipe books, have a binder I put together from printouts, and I have my electronic notes in my phone.
    I do like the thought of nicely printed and organized cards, sound so neat 🙂
    The holidays have been on my mind in today’s post as well.

  • What a lovely idea!
    I may get my daughter to do some of these for the meals my grandaughter can eat. She is Dairy, Potato, Oat, Barley, Coconut and Egg intolerant. As you can imagine, it is quite a task finding food she can eat.

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