Rather than simply taking you through my most popular recipes of 2012, I’d like to name a few superlatives as well.
2012 marks SBA’s first full year in the blogworld. I told you how I began, started, and grew my blog in this post. But what about the recipes? How did my recipes do this year? How did I grow and develop as a baker? Which recipe was made the most? Which recipe was reposted the most? Which recipe was stolen the most?
Let’s take a stroll through 2012 memory lane together. Grab a cookie, you may get hungry.
10 Most Popular Recipes of 2012
It’s no surprise I love cake batter flavored treats. In fact, I’m not the only one who likes the taste of the cake batter more than the baked cake! There are three cake batter flavored desserts in my top ten most popular recipes and this SUPER easy fudge definitely earns its spot in the top ten. Love this stuff.
9. Mini Cinnamon Buns (no yeast)
Sometimes, I just don’t have the patience for yeast to rise, to knead the dough, to wait wait wait. A glorious solution? These mini cinnamon buns. Made form store-bought crescent dough, these cinnamon buns are ready in 20 minutes! That’s it. I covered them in a 3-ingredient maple icing. Wait until you try them warm from the oven!
And aren’t they adorable?
Want to know my secret for super-soft, super-thick cookies? I used a special ingredient in 4 of my cookie recipes this year. And I will never turn back! This will be the softest cookie you’ll ever taste. And they are loaded with white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries. I made these a couple times in November & December. Everyone loves them!
You love cookie dough as much as you love cake batter. Well, the same goes for me. This is, without a doubt, one of my very favorite cupcakes ever. The cupcakes are super fudgy, the frosting is thick, creamy, and studded with mini chocolate chips.
You could even use a boxed brownie mix for the cupcake!
You love peanut butter and healthy treats as much as I do!
I really need to thank Kevin for this recipe – it is what we had for his birthday dessert! He loves peanut butter and chocolate together and with all the other treats we had that week, I decided to make something a little healthier for his birthday dessert. Ironically enough, this does NOT taste healthy at all.
The most unhealthy-tasting healthy dessert.
See? You all love your peanut butter and skinny desserts! You and I are a lot alike.
Made with no butter or oil, these brownies are still one of the fudgiest brownies I’ve EVER tasted. Whole grain oats are ground up with yogurt, cocoa powder, sugar, and a few other easy items to make a thin brownie batter. Swirl in some melted peanut butter and bake. The end result is one CRAZY fudgy guilt-free brownie.
I still make these all the time! Just made them yesterday in fact.
The 4th most popular recipe on my website. You guys love your cake batter! This is also the most tested recipe on my website. It took me 11 months to develop. I first made them back in January, then again in September, then again in December. Each time I took more and more notes, deciding how I can continue to improve it. Dozens of batches. That’s a lot of sprinkles!
The third time is a charm. You and I love the final version so much!
This recipe is one of the most remade recipe on my website. Readers have commented, written in, emailed, tweeted, and Facebook chatted with me letting me know they made and loved these cookies.
This recipe took me 1 month to develop. It’s my most simple cookie recipe made from scratch.
It is also the recipe most stolen on the internet. I’ve had this recipe reprinted without my permission a handful of times – the photos stolen as well. The recipe development and photoshoot took me a long time!
(Are you noticing a cookie trend here? You love your cookies!!)
A recipe posted recently quickly jumped to the top 3 of my most popular 2012 recipes. You all love how easy this recipe is – and so do I! Made from a cake mix, sprinkles, and a couple other pantry staples… these cookies are the quickest, fluffiest, sprinkle loaded cookies you’ll ever taste.
I’m going to make them again for Valentine’s Day.
I published this recipe 33 days ago. In those 33 days, it has been viewed over 200,000 times. It blew up on Pinterest – pinned 152,000 times. You guys LOVE this stuff!! And I do as well. Thank you to everyone who has written to me letting me know how much you love it!
It is my most popular recipe… and it was only published a few weeks ago. Crazy.
Recipe Most Made by Readers (as far as I know - be sure to comment or email me if you make a recipe of mine!) – The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie.
- Recipe That Took Me the Longest to Develop – Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies. 11 months to get the perfect recipe – more flour, less flour, more butter, less butter, eggs, no eggs, etc! SO worth every failed batch.
- Recipe Most Pinned on Pinterest -Peppermint Crunch Puppychow – 152,000 pins! What would we do without Pinterest??
- The Most Unhealthy-Tasting Healthy Dessert - Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Pie. Tastes like a sinful peanut butter/chocolate explosion. Creamy, rich, and umm… diet friendly!
- Recipe Most Reprinted – my Chewy Butterfinger Cookies were most remade by other bloggers. I am so flattered to see that so many bloggers enjoy this recipe! I also had several exact reprints of this recipe floating around the web and my pictures being stolen. So upsetting! It is why I began copyrighting my material.
- Most Popular Cake – with cookies overflowing the top ten list, I wanted to share my most popular cake recipe. Buttery Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake. You all love this cake so much – I’ve had so many great reviews on it. The flavor is spot-on and it’s such a stunning cake to look at.
And last but not least, what is my favorite recipe of 2012?
Another recent recipe I shared with you are my Raspberry Sweet Rolls. Not only are they my favorite recipe to eat, but I am most proud of this recipe as well. It was my first yeasted roll recipe EVER.
From the mixing, to the kneading, to the rising, to the rolling, to the baking, to the photoshoot, to the editing, to the post-writing… this recipe and post took me over 20 hours.
But for you to remake this recipe – there is only about 30 minutes of work time and then 3.5 hours of waiting time as the dough rises. Not too shabby!
Worth every single darn bite.
What were some of your 2012 favorites? Not particularly on my website, but any favorites that you made? Tell me about them! Recipe links are welcome and encouraged!
Here’s to a sweet 2013.