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Creating a recipe

To upload a recipe, you must first create a free user account. To do this, click Login in the top right of the menu bar then click Sign Up.

General settings

Creating a recipe
  • To add a new recipe, click the + icon in the top right of the menu bar and click recipe.
  • Enter the necessary fields: 
    • Title, Work Time and Total Time are required fields.
    • The remaining fields are optional. However, we recommend that you enter relevant Hashtags, Intro Text, Diet and Dish Type to help more people find your recipes. We recommend at least three hashtags.
  • Add your images. You can either drag and drop images from your desktop into the placeholder or click the placeholder and select image files from your computer.
    • The Thumbnail Image is the image that appears in a listing. The recommended aspect ratio is 1:1 (square).
    • The Theme Image is the image that appears in the recipe itself. You can only select 1 image, unless your theme supports multiple images. To add images within your content, see the Method section below. 
  • Select your Theme. If you have a custom theme, this will automatically be preselected for you.  


Creating a recipe
  • Enter the serving size
  • Add the ingredients.
    • You can add ingredients individually or you can copy and paste a list of ingredients. If copying and pasting, check each ingredient carefully after pasting to ensure accuracy.
  • To help with the auto-scaling of ingredient quantities, use the quantity field whenever possible. For example, instead of “the juice of 1 lemon”, enter ‘1’ in the quantity field and “lemon, juice only” in the text field. Or, instead of saying “a handful of chopped parsley”, put ‘1’ in the quantity field and ‘handful of chopped parsley’ in the text field.
  • You can divide your ingredients list into sections.
  • You can reorder ingredients and ingredient sections by dragging and dropping using the drag handle icon.


Creating a recipe
  • Sub-recipes allow you to include other recipes in your recipes.
  • This is especially useful for things like sauces and side dishes that you might want to re-use in many other dishes and master recipes.


Creating a recipe
  • Enter your method text. Use Headings and Normal Text formats to structure your text. 
  • Enter Tips, Wastage Tips and Equipment Needed, optional.

Numbered lists

  • We recommend that you use numbered lists or bullet points to structure your text and create clear step-by-step instructions.
  • To do this, type or paste your method text into the editor. 
  • Highlight the text and click the Numbered Lists icon in the toolbar (see image above). 
  • Doing this ensures that the numbers are formatted in line with your theme.

Inserting media

Creating a recipe
  • To add images or videos within a piece of content, click the Insert Media icon in the editor’s toolbar and select an image from your gallery. 
  • Click Insert Item to place it within your text at the position of the cursor. 
  • Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop an image from your desktop into the text editor box at the position of the cursor. 
  • Do not attempt to resize the image within the editor. CooklyBookly automatically resizes the image for you to match your theme.

Important editor features

Creating a recipe
  • Link to content: the anchor icon allows you to link to another piece of CooklyBookly content. After clicking on the icon you will be shown a chooser that lets you select a recipe, technique, blog post or Gallery image. The link will appear as a highlighted, underlined piece of text.
  • Unit conversion: the unit conversion icon lets you enter a value that will auto-convert between US and Metric units. Click the toolbar icon, enter the value and unit and click Insert. Once clicked, the value will appear in a highlighted bubble. 

Previewing and publishing

  • You can preview your recipe once you have entered the required fields (Title, Work Time and Total Time).
  • Return to Edit Mode by pressing the pencil icon. 
  • You can change the theme at any time. 
  • When you’re happy with your recipe, click Publish. Use the Now option to publish immediately or use the Custom date field to control the order that your posts appear in your profile page. Your profile page is in reverse chronological order.
  • Click Draft to make changes or take your recipe offline. Click Publish to once again make it findable and viewable by everyone.

Click here to browse through some of our creators’ recipes.

Using the Gallery

We recommend you now read our post on how to use the Gallery, where you can manage your videos and images. Click here to find it.