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How to make your recipe printable in Blogger

I love sharing recipes on my blog and I love visiting other sites and trying new recipes I find there.  I have been wanting to make my recipes printable so that my readers could print them off and try them easily but hadn’t been able to figure out how.  I just found an easy way so I am going to share it with you in case you want to try it yourself.  This works on Blogger blogs. I have no idea if it will work on WordPress blogs or not.

How to make your recipe printable in blogger

How to make your recipe printable in Blogger

1.  You have to have a Google account which you should have already if you have a Blogger blog.

2.  Go to Google Sites and log in.

3.  Click on Create New Site. This will open a new page where you can enter your information. It should look like this picture below.

how to make a recipe printable instructions

4.  Leave it on Blank Template.  Where it says Name Your Site, type in your blog name.  Site Location should be a the name of your blog with no spaces like confessionsofanoverworkedmom. Type in the Captcha code and up at the top of the screen click the orange Create button.

5. Now you should see your sites. Your screen should look like this with your site listed.

6.  Click on the link with your site name. Your screen should look like this.

7.   I’m going to show you how to make your recipe printable using my Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pizza recipe as an example. You’ll need to do this for each recipe you want to make printable.

8.  Click the New Page icon in the upper right hand corner. It looks like a sheet of paper with a + on it.

9.  This will bring up the new page. Your screen should look like this:

10. In the box that says Name Your Page, you should put in the name of your recipe.

11.  Click the orange Create button in the upper left hand corner. Your screen should look like this:

12. In the blank box below the title, paste in the text of your recipe from your blog. I don’t generally include photographs because people don’t like to print those and use up a bunch of ink.

13.  Click Create Page. Check to make sure everything is good and then click the blue Save button in the upper right hand corner. At the bottom of the screen is the word Print. Click on that to see the printable version of your recipe.  It should look like this:

14. Copy the URL at the top of the screen and then go back to your blog post that has the recipe in it.

15.  Edit your recipe post and include Printable Recipe (or whatever text you like) and link it to the URL you copied from the last step.  It will result in a post that looks like this:

16.  When they click on the words “printable recipe” they will be brought to the printable site page you created and be able to print it out.

I hope that this makes sense to all of you.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will do my best to help. You need to do this in every recipe you want to create. It would also work well for crafts!

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. Turning the Clock Back says:

    you ROCK! Worked like a charm!

  2. Missy Shay says:

    I'm trying to figure out how to show the buttons to pin it and share on FB? I have it checked to show for the FB but it still does not show up and I can't figure out how to add the pin it button. Any suggestions?
    missysaprons@yahoo.com

  3. LaToria Bolden says:

    Cool..Im transistioning my blog right now i cant wait to try to do this.Thanks for the info

  4. Mom vs. the boys says:

    thanks so much!

  5. Hi Ellen, thank you so much for this! SO easy!!!! :)

  6. Ellen, I tried it and found that someone already has the name of my blog, so I didn’t proceed. What do you suggest? Should I just use another name, or add #’s at the end? Does it matter what the name of it is? Any help or suggestions are much appreciated! Thx! Marianne

    • Ellen Christian says:

      Marianne – I would probably try some variation of your name. So instead of Passion for Excellence, I might do My Passion for Excellence or A Passion for Excellence. Hope it works for you!

  7. I haven’t tried this yet.  But you sure did an awesome job on the tutorial.
    Minta

  8. Great tips Ellen.  I love learning new things.

  9. Awesome, awesome, awesome post!

  10. Great tutorial!

  11. Thank you so much! I have been trying to figure out how to do this for a year now. I even joined a silly recipe site to link to for printable recipes, but then anyone wanting to print the recipes had to join too. This is so much better and easier!

  12. Thank you!  Just added my first “Print Recipe” to my blog.  Your site was really helpful!

    http://www.fullhands-fullhearts.com/2012/07/nanas-pan-eclairs.html

    Pinning this so I can revisit if/when I forget in the future.  Thanks again!

  13. Thank you! It worked and I am so happy! I’ve tried forever to figure this out.

  14. Thank you, this helped me out tremendously.

  15. Fantastic tutorial. I wanted to upload a picture I created in Powerpoint. I had to save it as a jpg and upload as copying and pasting didn’t work. Thanks so much for this!

  16. Ellen, I can not say thank you enough!   I just made my very first printable recipe all thanks to you and this awesome step by step tutorial.  Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you.

  17. This is EXACTLY what I’ve been searching days for! Thank you so much!!

    I’m new to blogging and trying to figure out how to best format my recipes for viewing on my blog, any suggestions?

  18. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial! :0)

  19. Thank you so much for these instructions! So helpful! And YES, it works for WORDPRESS bloggers!

  20. Thanks so much! Now I can finally add this into my blog! :) Such a great help! 
    http://www.thinkofmeglutenfree.blogspot.com

  21. Thanks for the clear information!

    I linked to your page on my blog.
    http://milosandbeans.blogspot.be/2013/03/internet-resources-so-quick-and-easy.html

  22. Ellen, thanks so much for the great tutorial! I recently had a comment on my blog, asking for a way to copy the recipes without all the pictures. I’d been wanting to give that option on my posts, but had no idea how to do it. After “googling” the subject, I was directed to your site. It was just what I was looking for.
    Thank you again! By the way, I included a link to your site in my most recent post, notifying my readers of the change that would be coming. Hope you might stop by and visit me too. Have a great day!

  23. Thank you so much, Ellen!! I’ve been looking for a way to make my recipes printable and was not having very much luck. This was such a simple process! Thanks again.

  24. I just googled how to do this and your post came up. I love this option on the blogs I visit so am glad there is a way to do this with Blogger! Will be trying this for my next recipe post for sure!

  25. Christy says:

    OK….I’m about 17 years late to the print party, but is this the tutorial you are still using? I love the way your current recipes are formated with a print option etc, but I wanted to see if this is what you use to create your great recipe print options? I noticed a lot of the print options now have a save on them too. Looks like an awesome tutorial and doable. :O)

    • Ellen Christian says:

      I transferred to WordPress and the current recipes you see on my site are done with the WordPress Plugin Easy Recipe Plus. This post was done when I was still on Blogger & lets you make your recipes printable but they won’t be in this format.

  26. Hi Ellen ~ I just wanted to take the time to Thank you for taking the time to write out this wonderful tutorial on how to make your recipes printable on Blogger. I had tried this a while ago from a different website and it was so confusing, my poor blog has just sat in disarray for the longest time. I just stumbled onto your blog and gave your tutorial a whirl and it worked perfect! The pictures were a huge help, not confusing at all!! Now I can finally get my recipes up on my blog and link them for printing! So excited!! Thank you again! Hugs, Cathy

  27. Hi Ellen. This is the best tutorial so far, but I am having an issue at steps 14 &15. I copy the URL like you say, go to edit my recipe post, paste the new URL in there but i’m not seeign an option to type ‘print this recipe’ or something like that. So currently, if someone clicks on a recipe, they are taken directly to the new site I created for it. Which is fine, but I guess I’d still want them to see the entire post, with pictures and all.

    So, Im just not seeing that option where I can add in ‘printable page’

    Thanks for your help,
    Dana

    • Ellen Christian says:

      Just type the word “printable page” in your post like you would any other word you typed & link it to that URL. Then when they click on the link they will see the page to print out. Just like I say here:

      15.  Edit your recipe post and include Printable Recipe (or whatever text you like) and link it to the URL you copied from the last step.  It will result in a post that looks like this:

      If you mean you want them to see your recipe with photos the way it looks on your blog, you cannot do that to the best of my knowledge in Blogger. This is as close as I have managed to come. If you are on WordPress, I would recommend the plugin Easy Recipe which is what I use now.

  28. Hi, thanks so much for posting this! I just used this on my blog and it working perfectly, your instructions were very clear and easy to follow! Thanks again! Great blog btw :)

  29. Thank you so much! This has been really helpful and was such a breeze to follow your instructions!

  30. Thank you!

  31. thanks for sharing this, I’ve been searching for ages for something like this

  32. So helpful! Thank you!!

  33. Cammi Allen says:

    Hello Ellen! I am a brand spankin new blogger, and I have tried a few other tutorials about how to do this, and it didn’t make ANY sense! I just made my first printable, thanks to you! I appreciate people like you who really know what they are doing. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise for us novices!

  34. thank you, this is so helpful!!!! I really appreciate your knowledge!!!

  35. Brilliant! Very well explained tutorial! There were a few minor differences, but I think I still got it to work nicely! Thanks!

  36. This post is awesome!! I have searched for some time to make print friendly recipes and it seems as though with blogger that’s impossible until now! Geat stuff, thank you so much :-)
    Cathy

  37. Ellen, Thanks so much for this tutorial.  It took me a couple of tries but it finally worked.  I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with those of us who aren’t tech savvy.

    • Glad to help, Melanie!

      • It’s me again Ellen.  I have a question for you.  I would like to put free stitchery patterns on my blog but haven’t been able to find a tute for this.  I’m trying to think this through.  If I scan my pattern and use this as my image on my blog then go through your steps to connect it to a printable page this would work….I think….right?  
        I think we are kindred spirits.  I have three boys, 16, 15, 10.  I left teaching when the oldest was born.  I do sub teach occasionally.  We live on six acres complete with a garden, 50 chickens and two goats.  I have been crafty my entire life and have done craft shows for 14 years.  I have an etsy shop and have waited about 15 years to  publish my stitchery patterns.  Now that the kids are older, I have some time. Living with 4 males, I cook a lot, always trying some new fangled dish, often some I make up.   I most certainly am not a tech guru like you, though.  Thanks for your help.

        • Hi Melanie!  I would think that should work fine.  You’d have to make sure your image was good enough quality to be printable & then they could simply print off the written in structions.

          I love being able to live closer to the land even though there is so much more I would rather do!  I’m far from a tech guru but thank you!

  38. Thank you so much for making it simple!

  39. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!  I have been trying to figure out a way to link to a printable FOREVER.  I am so grateful for your help!  :) –Fran

  40. I rarely comment on posts, but I have to chime in with a THANK YOU of my own! Your tutorial was easy to find after a quick search and was the most thorough out of all the options I sorted through. Thank you, thank you! Easy, quick, and worked right the first time!

  41. Thank You so much! I don’t post a lot of recipes, but I would like to increase the traffic and user friendliness of the ones I do post. This helped a lot!

  42. Thanks for these directions. Just used them to create a recipe for my blog! Thanks!

  43. thank you thank you thank you! blogger and i have a very bad relationship. i don’t understand him. he doesn’t get me. it’s volatile :) but today…you made it better! xo

  44. I have been using the Print Friendly html, but this seems neater and more user friendly. Thanks!

  45. Thank you…now to add my 300+ recipes. Oy!!

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