2015 Recipe Superlatives

collage of 12 recipe images with text overlay that says 2015 recipe favorites

Here we are with only 2 days left in 2015. Which completely blows my mind. It feels like yesterday I was shooting 10+ recipes per day for Sally’s Candy Addiction. When in reality, it was 11 months ago. (Yes, 10 recipes photographed PER DAY.) But without a doubt, another year has come and gone. And with your help, I’ve been able to work with more brands I support and respect. I’ve been able to travel for my brand, attend conferences for my brand, and I introduced you to 160 more recipes. And, much to my surprise, you love my newer savory recipes just as much as all the chocolate chip cookies. That, my friends, is pretty freakin’ epic.

Not only this, 2015 meant even more for SBA:

Oftentimes, I feel quite overwhelmed where my blog has taken me in only 4 years. From tiny hobby blog in 2011 to a professional food blog business in 2015. The work is exhausting but the thrill is awe-inspiring. I’m full of gratitude that you’ve helped me make my dreams come true. And guess what’s coming in 2016?

  • SBA Tumblr.
  • SBA YouTube.

Stay tuned for more information about both. Just working out a few Tumblr kinks and getting ready to shoot a few videos. I’m really, really excited about both!

So that leaves us with the best part!! The annual Sally’s Baking Addiction Superlatives. A post dedicated to looking back at the most popular recipes in the past year. See previous years:

2012 Recipe Superlatives

2013 Recipe Superlatives

2014 Recipe Superlatives

I’m doing things a little different this year and simply sharing the 15 most popular recipes in all categories. I gathered these by using google analytics and comparing it all to the positive reviews left on each recipe. So, my friends, these 15 are the best of the best on Sally’s Baking Addiction. According to YOU!

#15 Red Velvet Layer Cake

No surprise here! This red beauty is so much more than vanilla cake tinted red. It’s a fabulous mix of butter, vanilla, and cocoa topped and layered with sweet and creamy cream cheese frosting. I tested so many red velvet recipes until finding my way to the one true masterpiece. If red velvet is your thing, this is a must!

Slices of red velvet cake on white plates

#14 No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This only proves that you don’t need a billion ingredients to make a damn good dessert. In fact, you only need 5. These no-bake and completely simple bars are the answer to your peanut butter and chocolate prayers.

stack of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars

#13 Easy Coconut Shrimp

I’m so excited these made the top 15! It’s simply the best coconut shrimp recipe I’ve tried and you won’t believe how easy they are to make. Even perfect for New Years Eve tomorrow night!

coconut shrimp on a white serving plate

#12 Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles

If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw just how simple these homemade snickerdoodle cookies are to make at home. I just snapped videos of me making them last week! They’re a must on my holiday cookie trays. Everyone always comments on how soft they are, too. And you don’t have to chill the cookie dough!

stack of snickerdoodle cookies

#11 Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

This comes as a shock to me too! I had no idea that jalapeños… stuffed with cheese… and wrapped in bacon… would be so popular on my baking blog. Just goes to show that you love your easy recipes more than anything else. Kevin is very happy these made the top 15. They’re definitely his favorite.

bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños

#10 Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hallelujah!! My beloved raisin-filled oatmeal cookies made the top 10. If you know anything about me by now, you know that raisins are sorta my love language. And that I’m an 80 year old woman inside. But it looks like you’re right there with me. Besties.

Oatmeal raisin cookies

#9 Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Well, this comes as no surprise whatsoever! These are the easiest from-scratch cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. There is only 1 rise, which makes the recipe perfect for yeast beginners. And guess what? I posted a slow cooker version just last week.

cinnamon rolls in a glass baking dish

#8 Classic Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

No fancy, no frills! You all love classic recipes like this. And this is my very favorite from-scratch chocolate cupcake. Took me some time to land upon the best ratio of ingredients and I’m confident this is it. Thanks for loving it as much as I do! And guess what? Here they are again with a Snickers makeover.

chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles

#7 Skillet Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

I threw this relatively healthy dinner together one night and decided to put it on my blog because maybe (??) you would want to try a new dinner recipe? Well, omg. You totally LOVE this 1 skillet meal! This past fall, I posted a lemon and thyme version. And I just made it last night!

overhead image of chicken with creamy cilantro lime sauce on a white plate

#6 Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Every baker needs a solid cookie cutter sugar cookie recipe under their belt and I shared mine with the world back in 2014. These cookies keep their shape, have impeccable flavor, and are easy to decorate. Here’s my holiday version using the same exact sugar cookie recipe.

stack of decorated heart sugar cookies

#5 Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

My career’s pride and glory! Enough said. Remember the day I made 12 dozen of them? I’m still recovering from it.

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

#4 Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My career’s other pride and glory. The recipe with the most comments on my blog! This is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. What makes it so unique? Extra egg yolk and brown sugar for chew, melted butter, no mixer, cornstarch for softness. The list goes on! Several readers have told me that they ditched their old favorite for this one. And one reader told me she makes these chocolate chip cookies every single week for the local fire department and they won’t accept any other chocolate chip cookie. Ha!

Here they are again with butterscotch and again stuffed with caramel.

chocolate chip cookies on a silpat baking mat

(I think you like cookies.)

#3 Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

I first made this cake on a snowy day with a windchill of -10. I’ve made it at least 8 times since as it’s regularly requested by my family and a few lemon-loving friends. This recipe went completely viral on Facebook and Pinterest and there’s no question why. It’s FANTASTIC.

Lemon blueberry cake on a white cake stand

#2 Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

There’s no room for box mixes when homemade brownies taste as good as these do. You don’t need a million hours, 100 ingredients, or even a mixer! All you need is a love for chocolate. The popularity makes sense.

brownies with frosting

#1 Homemade Salted Caramel

My beloved liquid gold has taken the internet by storm. The funny thing is– that recipe is on a page, not its own post. I created a separate page for it so I can link to it in all the recipes where it’s used. Without the intention of ever creating its own post! Have you tried it yet?

Salted caramel in a glass jar with a spoon

And finally…

My #1 favorite recipe of 2015.

My favorites change on the regular, so I’ll tell you the recipe I’m making the most these days. There’s no chocolate or sprinkles. No caramel or cookie surprises. It’s not full of sugar, butter, or even gluten. I’m being totally honest here when I say my favorite recipe of 2015 are my go-to snack bars!! I make these every single week, usually on Sundays or Mondays. While I post dozens of dessert recipes for you each month, those desserts do not reflect what I eat on the regular. Because in reality, I eat as healthy as I can during the week and leave the indulging only for weekends. That means fruit and nut bars for snack time! Plenty of them.

Yep, I’m officially 80 years old.

vanilla almond snack bars

So that wraps up 2015! I have one more recipe to share this year, then come next week you can expect a bunch of my favorite healthy meals, snacks, and even desserts. I have so much planned for SBA in January!

Q: What were some of your favorites this year? 

Here’s to a pretty sweet 2016. ;)


  1. Nurfatma Perveen says:

    OMG Sally, I love your chewy chocolate chunk cookies. I just made them yesterday….AGAIN. But I ain’t complaining. they are super easy to make and everyone loved them. I am definitely gonna bring a whole box with me once I go back to school next week. And YouTube (YouTube addict here

  2. My mom and grandma love the lemon blueberry cake. The chewy chocolate chunk cookies are the only chocolate chip cookies I make anymore. And I forgot I wanted to make the pb bars. Have to try those for the New Year’s Eve party. The boys in my house love the snicker doodles but the chai ones. Finally, I love the homemade kind bars.
    Can’t wait for YouTube videos. 

  3. I love almost all of your recipes! They have saved my a thousand times from baking disasters; I find the baking basics especially helpful. Although I love your recipes, I would have to say, my favorite is probably your peanut butter fudge! It’s simple, and has peanut butter in it! What could be better? 
    Thank you so much for an amazing year inspired and enhanced by your recipes. I bet next year will be just as great. 🙂

    1. Claire, I’m happy you enjoy the baking basics! I’m working on more for 2016 🙂

  4. Sally,

    I have no idea what my favorite recipe of yours is… because I literally LOVE them all. They have all turned out so good and I’ve probably made 30 of them to date! LOL. But you should really think about making a savory cookbook… that would be amazing. My family is still raving about your chicken chili I made last week. They never want me to make any other chili again haha

    1. Everybody keeps mentioning a savory cookbook, I’ll have to put that on the bucket list!

  5. Hands down the recipe I make the most your chewy chocolate chunk cookies! I make them regularly & have them ready by the dozens in the freezer for a quick birthday treat. “My”cookies (I always give you credit & send them to your blog) are legendary. Thank you! Thank you!

  6. Not sure it is THE favorite, but my 7 and 5 year old kiddos help me with your pizza crust every week…so it is the most frequently made.  We use garlic olive oil in the dough and it is excellent!!

    1. Deb, I have to try it with a garlic olive oil!

  7. Gorgeous photos as always! I brought the lemon blueberry cake to a party this year and it got rave reviews. I’ve made quite a few on this list but I have to say, one of my favorites were the chai spice snickerdoodles. WOW are those amazing. I made those a few times and heard a lot of “these are the BEST cookies I’ve ever had!” And can’t forget the butternut squash mac and cheese. The hubby (and I!) LOVE it! 

    1. I love both of those recipes too!!

  8. Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says:

    Wow so much good stuff here! I’ve been following you for the past couple years (or so? I think I’ve lost count) and whenever someone wants a tried and true traditional baking recipe, I send them to you instantly. I absolutely love and admire your blog and the work you do. I’ve made plenty of these recipes but I think my favorite are the BROWNIES. I actually hid some in the freezer from the last batch I made, and split the last one with the hubs this morning over coffee 🙂
    Thanks for being so incredible and sharing so many good recipes! You’re a huge inspiration. Cheers to 2016!

    1. I’m so glad you depend on my recipes, Ashley!

  9. Yes! I’m so excited to start making videos. Happy new year!

    1. Happy new year! 

  10. Thanks Kathy, I hope you have a great new year!

  11. Best year EVER for you Liz! Loved meeting you. xoxo

  12. I’m glad you enjoy the snaps! Your stuffed peppers sound great- I need to try them with sausage! Kevin would love them.

  13. You LOVE that toffee Krithika!! And I’ll definitely share some frosting how-to videos this year! Great suggestion.

  14. Yes to a triple date ASAP! Miss you!

  15. Thanks Kayla 🙂

  16. Thank you Laura, you are the sweetest! Those soft sugar cookies are the best ever. I making them again next week for my sister’s bridal shower!

  17. Those apple pie bars are LIFE.

  18. You made some of my personal faves this year!

  19. OMG those strawberry cheesecake muffins! I haven’t made them in months. Changing that this weekend.

  20. Thanks Pat! Happy new year to you!

  21. I completely understand the confusion with Snapchat. I was doing it wrong for at least a week. It still makes no sense to me. #30

  22. Thank you again for coming out to see me Stefanie 🙂

  23. Sally, there are soooo many things to love about your blog, but I have to say, finding a US food blog which offers metric grams in the recipes makes me smile as much as your red velvet cake (which I made for my brother’s wedding cake – it is THAT good!). Happy 2016, love from Australia!

    1. I’m humbled my red velvet cake recipe was used for a wedding cake! 🙂 Thanks Jasmin!

  24. I am a huge fan of YouTube for DIYS and How-To videos so I’d be more than game to see some baking/cooking videos from you on there.  And there’s already lots of pictures of your delicious sweets floating around on Tumblr so it’s only right that you create an official SBA Tumblr.  I’m so excited 🙂
    I’m a big fan of your homemade cake recipes–they’ve made me see the light (move aside box mixes)! Your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were on repeat-bake during the festive season over here, too!  
    It looks like non-dessert food is a big hit on your blog too so I’d love to see some creative salad recipes and other healthy dishes that you favor when you aren’t indulging in funfetti cookies 😉 I love your blog and I eagerly await the big changes with SBA for 2016!

    1. Happy you’re excited for the big things to come in 2016, Melanie! I need to make a few more cake recipes. I have plans for a marble cake and even a basic white cake recipe (my favorite!).

  25. Sally – Happy New Year!! I made your oatmeal raisin cookies last week and everyone LOVED them (even those who typically prefer chocolatey cookies or desserts)! Definitely agree on the lemon blueberry cake, as well (made it for my boyfriend’s birthday last year and it was a big hit). Next in my baking line-up are your chewy fudgy brownies, cinnamon rolls, cake batter chocolate chip cookies (already have made and love your go-to chewy chocolate chip cookies, so looking forward to this variation), and sugar cookies. Thanks for your wonderful recipes – all of your success is very much deserved! I hope 2016 brings you continued success and happiness. Warm wishes, Christy

    1. Thank you so very much, Christy! xo

  26. Newcomer here to SBA. Everything looks awesome!  Can’t wait to try your recipes.  I like the Baking Basics, could you tell me the best way to transport a layer cake? I prefer layer cakes over 9 x 13 types, but they are tricky to transport without sliding around. Thank you

    1. Kara, have you ever seen this cake carrier? I swear by mine!

  27. My favorites were on this list–the AMAZING brownies, the best coconut shrimp and the salted caramel!! But another favorite is your salted caramel apple pie bars! I guess the caramel was there though so it’s okay. Happy New Year Sally!!

  28. Regina Contreras says:

    Happy New Year Sally!!!! For the first time in my life I tackled baking with yeast. I made this morning your Easy Cinnamon Rolls (from scratch) and they turned out so delicious, and so picture-perfect. My picky 10 year old nephew said “these are da bomb”. In your recipe for the filling though you say to use granulated sugar, but I used brown sugar. Could this be a typo because brown sugar just tastes so much better in a filling. Looking forward to a yummy 2016 with your help.

  29. Hi Sally,

    I want to say thank you for all your wonderful recipes! My favorite is definitely the Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. I made them for a sweet skinny snack last year as well as for my Aunt’s birthday! They taste like you are indulging in a rich cheesecake but the slice is under 200 calories! Cray good! Oh, and I am so glad I was able to meet you when you visited Portland! It was so much fun! And I finally tackled my fear of making candies with your new candy cookbook. I made the Mocha Chocolate Truffles and Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark for Stocking Stuffers for Christmas and they were a hit! Thank you again! I can’t wait for SBA YouTube! 🙂

    1. Natalie, I’m so happy that you tried your hand at candy making over the holidays. And what fantastic recipes you chose to make! I am obsessed with the mocha truffles!! Glad we met last year 🙂

  30. There are so many time, reading your recipes, I wished I lived near you so I could be your ‘taste tester’ (YUM!!) but with this blizzard, I’m just a bit glad I don’t. I live in upstate NY and WE MISSED IT (for once!). YAY!

    Just know that even though it’s as cold here as where you are I know what you’re experiencing. I follow your sites and try most of your recipes. Keep on, keepin’ on, Sally!!!

    1. Happy you missed this blizzard. It was out of control Barb!!

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