Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

We Have the Same Favorites!

My BEST ever Cinnamon Rolls - totally from scratch, great beginner recipe! Recipe on

As I sat at my desk inhaling my 2nd bowl of chicken chili yesterday, I realized we hadn’t yet discussed the favorite SBA recipes of 2016. I quickly clicked over to my webpage analytics, ran a report for the year, and discovered that we have the exact same favorite recipes. This happens every year. The most popular recipes on SBA happen to be in my regular kitchen rotation! Tastebud twins. That’s why I love this baking enthused community so much.

We just *get* each other.

I know you’ve got some things to do before a new year begins on Sunday, so let’s make this snappy. Recipe countdown in




2016 Best Recipes on

#10 Homemade Pie Crust

Everyone needs a dependable pie dough recipe and this buttery flaky pie crust is my standard. I link to this pie crust recipe in nearly all of my pie recipes. I’m happy that so many of you count on this recipe too!

#9 Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think it’s safe to say that I made cake batter chocolate chip cookies approximately 900 times in 2016.

#8 Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I’m comforted by the fact that so many of you faced your fear of yeast this year with these easy cinnamon rolls from scratch. These particular cinnamon rolls are a favorite because there is only 1 rise. And they’re super quick while sacrificing zero flavor.

#7 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic never goes out of style. Nor does it leave our kitchens! I make these chewy chocolate chunk cookies often because they’re super easy. You don’t even need a mixer.

#6 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ahh!!! Raisins beat out chocolate chips!!! That is why I love you and these soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. Raisins for the win.

#5 Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

If I made the cake batter chocolate chip cookies 900 times, I made these soft cut-out sugar cookies 901 times. I even have a few versions going into Sally’s Cookie Addiction cookbook!

#4 Lemon Blueberry Cake

Lemon blueberry layer cake proves that chocolate cake isn’t always #1. This has been a favorite since I posted the recipe in 2014. I make it often even without the blueberries. Try it as a sheet cake in a 9×13 pan. Takes about 40 minutes.

#3 Homemade Salted Caramel

I link to this salted caramel recipe on a weekly basis. Because the stuff is so versatile! We poured it over cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. And a few days before that? Turtle brownies. Ahh!

#2 Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies

I thought cookies would be in the top 3! But these chewy fudgy homemade brownies are a go-to. I love that the recipe only makes a 9-inch square pan so if you have a small family, you’re not left with dozens of leftover brownies. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…

#1 Honey Garlic Shrimp

This shocked me too. SHRIMP is #1. This 20 minute honey garlic shrimp is a dinner I make on the regular too. It’s easy, super quick, relatively healthy, and pairs perfectly with mixed veggies and some brown rice. Leftovers hit the spot for lunch the next day too. The shrimp soak up all that sauce in the refrigerator!

Soft and thick snickerdoodles recipe on

Here are some other favorites in the top 30.

Skillet cilantro chicken on

See year 2015 + year 2014 + year 2013 + year 2012!

Q: What are your favorite recipes? Not particularly from my blog, but any recipes on the internet you make ALL the time?


  1. Sally, my favorite recipe to make hands down is your Red Velvet Layer Cake! It is most definitely the absolute best red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting recipes that I have ever had. Thank you for being so fun to follow:)

  2. Happy New Year Sally!!
    Such a great post! I was definitely surprised that a savory recipe is #1.  But I do love that cilantro lime chicken & the chicken chili….  I make your corn bread often & your banana bread is my go to. A big favorite too is the strawberry bread!! And don’t even get me started on your pie crust!! I just made the triple chocolate layer cake & it was SO moist & chocolaty & delicious!! And I also made your chicago style pizza & absolutely loved it!!! Will be repeating that one soon.  Loved the sauce!! 
    Excited to see what you have in store for 2017 (& cookie addiction!!!)… 🙂

  3. Your creamy cilantro lime chicken is one of my absolute favorites!! 🙂 Happy New Year Sally!

  4. Your Chewy Choc Chunk recipe is #1 for me. Followed closely by your pumpkin snickerdoodles. I adore that brownie recipe too!

    Recipes that aren’t yours? An old macaroni and cheese recipe from the 40’s, a lasagna recipe that has the noodles rolled up, and vegetarian 3-bean chili.

    I am excited to see what’s new from you in 2017, all the while making my old faves of yours. (the chili recipe!)

  5. Sally, I just have to tell you, I LOVED your salted caramel sauce recipe. The actual page doesn’t have a comment section, otherwise I would have written there. 

    I used it to make a salted caramel cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day and it is divine. Just the right mix of salty and sweet. I even have enough left over to use in another recipe or just on top of my Halo Top Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Thanks so much for sharing. 


  6. Love your recipes. All time favorite is Salted caramel cupcakes. ❤️

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