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2015 Recipe Superlatives

Top 15 recipes on sallysbakingaddiction.com for 2015! Includes cake batter chocolate chip cookies, lemon blueberry cake, chewy homemade brownies, red velvet cake, salted caramel sauce, and more!

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!

Homemade Red Velvet Cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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!

Easy Coconut Shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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!

Soft & Thick Snickerdoodles recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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 Jalapeno Peppers recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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.

Soft-Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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.

My BEST ever Cinnamon Rolls - totally from scratch, great beginnger recipe!

#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 Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

#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!

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

#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.

Soft Cut Out 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.

THE Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com One of the most popular recipes!

#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.

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

(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.

Deliciously sweet and light Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake. Tangy cream cheese frosting gives each bite a sweet touch!

#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.

My Favorite Homemade Brownies

#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?

How to make Salted Caramel Sauce

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. ;)

72 comments

  1. 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!!

  2. 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! 

  3. 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!

  4. Hi Sally, 
    So many of your delicious recipes to choose from, but since we are talking favorites, your savory baked pineapple teriyaki chicken was a definite hit! Your cake batter chocolate chip cookies are classic, as are your toasted pecan snowballs, biscoff white chocolate chip, and snickerdoodle cookies!  Did I mention your soft-baked funfetti sugar cookies? :).  Cheers to another year of good health and happy baking.  All the best and continued success to you in 2016! 

  5. The lemon blueberry cake, and the chocolate chip cookies are favorites! Also the sugar cookies are amazing- I made them for the hotel gift bags for my daughter’s wedding and everyone loved them

  6. I’ve made those cinnamon rolls dozens of times by now! Same with those peanut butter chocolate bars. I’ve only made the salted caramel a couple of times (honestly, whenever I make an apple dessert, I make caramel sauce!), but I love that too. I’ll have to try those snack bars! They look right up my alley 🙂

  7. Wow it sounds like 2015 was a REALLY big year for you! And now I can’t wait for 2016 because I’m SO excited to hear you’re making a YouTube channel! Yay! I’ve been hoping you’d do that someday. 🙂 
    I’ve made A LOT of your recipes this year but I think some of my favorites were the frosted sugar cookies, raspberry cheesecake brownies, chocolate chip cookie cake,  chocolate white chocolate cupcakes, cookies and cream cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting, and mini vanilla bean cupcakes to name a few. I can’t wait to see the new recipes that will come out in 2016. And now I’m going to go find a recipe to make for tonight! Who knows, maybe I’ll end up finding another favorite. 😉 

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

    • 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!).

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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! 🙂

    • 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 🙂

  15. 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!!!

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