Cards is a recipe app designed for your recipes, your family's long held traditions, all those cards sitting in box files or books. It was created for you to store, share, and modify those beloved recipes. It was designed from the ground up for ease of use and style.

There are many recipe apps out there, but most are designed for other people's recipes, or over crowded with tons of features most of us will never use, and a lack of style on the features you do use. We started with the basics of creating, managing, and sharing recipes, and worked to get those right first.

Cards is iCloud enabled, so that you always have your recipes with you. Someone love your casserole at a pot-luck? Simply send the recipe to from your iPhone to their iPad to them via AirDrop, or email it, message it, tweet it, or post it to your wall! Also compatible on OSX Yosemite with third party sharing services such as Tumblr and Pinterest*.

Cards has a number of recipe management features that do their best to not get in the way of you using them, or looking great, including tags and books. Scaling a recipe is done non destructively, so changing back to the original is as simple as ticking a checkbox.

*Tumblr and Pinterest belong to their respective owners, and no relationship with Dark Chocolate Software is intended or implied.

What’s New

Version 2.4

Support for Mojave's Dark Mode.
Behind the scenes improvements towards the next major version.
This is the last version that will support downloading Cards 1 databases.
Updated website importers.

Ratings and Reviews

Chewy Hoo 22 ,

Fury and Frustration

All digital recipe apps force you to invest lots of time and energy, only to be disappointed in the end. This desktop and iOS app are no exception. I’ve run into numerous issues with syncing and displaying the proper recipe information. I also have the experienced the bug where this program kicks you out of typing in your ingredient. It’s super annoying and not fun to use. The developer has tried to work through a few of the bugs, but it’s to the point where this is no longer a viable way to store my recipes. Since upgrading to macOS Sierra, the desktop app no longer displays any of my recipes. They’ve all disappeared. I would look else where or use iBooks to store PDF version of your recipes. iBooks seems to be the most reliable way to go in my opinion. Good luck.

a missionary to america ,

So much better than paper in a box!

I was a little bit apprehensive about this app because of the reviews. At first it was very easy to add ingredients if you click the box to the right of the measuring cup, very laborious if you click all the individual boxes on the left and I could easily add a picture. But after the third recipe or so it would close me out of things I was trying to add - for each ingredient and each instruction. Once I get everything added, I’ll really like having this instead of all that paper. But for sure some bugs need to be worked out as far as the ease of entering information. I haven’t tried to import a recipe.

mslucky1 ,

Incredibly cumbersome

I was so excited to find what was billed as a simple, classy, and intuitive recipe app. Instead I found that entering recipes is a major production. I have to double-click to add each ingredient, which most of the time doesn’t work until I’ve double-clicked multiple times. The same is true for each step of the recipe. It would seem much simpler to access those functions with either the tab or return key. The final result looks good, which is why I gave it 2 stars, but it’s sure hard to get there, which is also why I gave it 2 stars. I’m hoping there will be an update soon that makes it simpler and faster to use. Thanks.


Dark Chocolate Software, LLC
16.8 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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