Favorite Recipes of 2013

Another year has come and gone.  This was actually my first full year of blogging.  2013 flew by.  While I’m already planning recipes for 2014, this is the perfect time to look back at my personal favorite recipes of the past year.  Hopefully you’ll discover a recipe or two you missed the first time around.  Happy New Year!

Frostedn Clementine Cookies

Frosted Clementine Cookies

These unique cookies have amazing orange flavor in both the cookies and icing.  They are the perfect winter treat!

Caramel Pretzel Bars

Caramel Pretzel Bars

Brown sugar shortbread covered with a thick layer of gooey caramel with salty pretzels.  What’s not to love about these bars?  They were a hit on Pinterest and featured on both Food Porn Daily and the FoodBuzz Top 9!

Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

I make these all the time and never get tired of them.  I only wish I hadn’t waited 23 years of my life to make them.  You’ll never want store bought marshmallows again!

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

I had never so much as tasted Coconut Cream Pie before I made it.  Man was I missing out!  The silky smooth filling with toasted coconut on top is a tropical treat.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Homemade bread is one of my favorite things to make and eat.  This is my favorite bread, with the subtle spice of cinnamon and tons of raisins.  Plus, it makes the house smell amazing!

Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

I know not everyone likes coconut (I didn’t like it for most of my youth), but it’s one of my favorite flavors.  I am so proud of this original recipe and often crave the moist layers of cake and insanely creamy filling.

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Whether for breakfast, snack, or dessert, this buttery snack cake with a carmelized crust, complements the sweet-tart rhubarb perfectly.  The crumb topping is pretty addictive too.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Topped with a mound of homemade marshmallow meringue, the tart lemon filling and buttery crust go together perfectly.  This is a show stopping dessert!  It was Mom’s Mother’s Day treat and she loved it even more than I did.

Homemade Nutter Butters

Homemade Nutter Butters

Dad’s Father’s Day treat, these nutty-oaty cookies are sandwiched with peanut butter Italian buttercream.  A recipe from Thomas Keller, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was left speechless by the amazing taste of these giant cookies.

Sour Cherry Crisp

Sour Cherry Crisp

A trip to a local farm inspired this fruity treat.  I devoured it for breakfast several days in a row.  Vegan and gluten free, the syrupy cherries and crispy topping are a match made in heaven!

Flourless Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

These are my favorite peanut butter cookies ever!  In fact, I may never make another kind again.  They don’t have any butter or flour, so I don’t have to feel too guilty about eating them; plus they pack serious peanut butter flavor!  If you are a peanut butter addict, you must try these cookies!

Peach Granola Bars

Peach Granola Bars

I know these might not sound like one of the best recipes of the year, but they are.  In fact they’re one of my favorite recipes of all time.  Chewy granola, crunchy nuts, soft peaches, these bars are one of my favorite breakfasts.  And one of the many reasons I can’t wait for summer and peach season!

Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

By far the most popular recipe on my site (thanks Google!), these gluten free, butter free cookies are outstanding.  The almond flavor shines through and they hold up better than the peanut butter ones.  Crispy exteriors and chewy interiors make these cookies totally irresistible.  I love them so much I even made a video with Mom about them!

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

Whether you love pumpkin pie or not, you have to try these bars!  The crunchy crust, the silky, spiced filling, the crumbles, some soft, some crunchy.  When is Thanksgiving again?

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

This is my go-to apple pie.  I used the same crust that I adore, and the inside is filled with thinly sliced apples that cook perfectly, but it’s the salted caramel sauce layered with the apples in the filling and poured onto the crust before baking that make this a winner.

I think I need to get in the kitchen and make some of these things again.  I bet you want to start baking too!

Comments

  1. Ashley says:

    Ummm I need those caramel pretzel bars! haha they sound amazing – with that sweet and salty combo that I love! I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve!!

  2. mmmmmmmmmmm some def. tastiiies!

  3. You made a lot of great stuff this year. Happy New Year!

  4. What a great lineup! Everything looks so good, but that Salted Caramel Apple Pie is calling my name! I am a sucker for anything with salted caramel! :)

  5. Sues says:

    Everything looks awesome, but I’m DYING over those Caramel Pretzel Bars! Happy New Year! :)

  6. What a great year you’ve had. But so have we-because we get to look and cook with you!

  7. Joanne says:

    There are so many of these that I can’t wait to make in the new year!! Like, caramel pretzel bars. Where have they been all my life?!

  8. Johlene says:

    Hey there, what a nice compilation! I did one too and loved seeing all I made & had learnt in 2013 :-) Xx

  9. Debbie Eccard says:

    I loved everyone of your selections! I have actually made three and want to make a few more….Thanks for all the good posts and looking forward to seeing your 2014 posts!

  10. Yummy!! Everything looks so good!!

    Happy New Year!! <3

    Diana
    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
    New Blog Post: Ways to Add More Joy to Your Days in 2014

  11. I need about 5 of those peanut butter cookies right now!!! Great list you have here!!

  12. I’ll have one of each please ;) Happy new year, Laura!

  13. Ice says:

    I have my eyes on those Caramel Pretzel Bars!

  14. The caramel pretel bars and coconut cake look fantastic! Happy new year!

  15. those clementine cookies are so delish looking!

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