Best Recipes

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 30, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

I’ve compiled your favorite recipes of mine for the year. It’s fun to see what you have loved. If you’ve made one of them, let me know in the comments below. Sadly, I don’t feel like I shared near as many recipes this year as we’ve focused on renovations of our home, but I look forward to cooking and baking a lot in the coming year. So let’s end this year on a yummy note, shall we?

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

I create for myself, my family & friends & when I started this blog in early 2008 I never dreamed that it would be a place where so many of you come to find inspiration & recipes. Over the holidays, I had a reader comment “When I read the recipe I felt like I could give it a try. Well, the cookies came out perfect and were so delicious. My family is still talking about them and I feel like I conquered the world.” Honestly, it made my day. Okay, week! I love when you share your experience, successes, & how you adapt a recipe, but it was unbelievably satisfying to hear that one of my recipes gave her confidence in baking! Through pageviews, pins & comments I can see what you enjoy.

Looking back through these recipes, some a few years old, reminds me how much my photography & blog have grown. It has been an exciting ride & I can’t wait to see where it leads. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Recipes of 2014 on the blog:

 

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Icing – I’ve shared this in a few formats, first for Valentine’s Day a couple years ago with tips to make sugar cookies without a lot of effort & another with tips to ice sugar cookies with buttercream rather than royal icing. It seems you love them just as much as we do!

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Easy Toffee – What can I say, a 4 ingredient elementary school recipe that I shared a few years ago has become a Pinterest sensation that has been duplicated time & time again. Who knew? Well, one bite & you will. So simple, so amazing.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake – This is one of the easiest, creamiest desserts you can make & it’s always a crowd pleaser. You seem to have forgiven me for my early photography skills, thank you.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip – Apparently everyone shares my affinity for cheese dip & bacon. My friend Becky has won not one, but two contests with this recipe. Call it an appetizer or dinner, I won’t judge.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream – I had a “Why not?” moment that resulted in pure, delicious genius that the girls & I couldn’t get enough of. Why didn’t I think of it before? We’re just another snowfall away from an incredible 3 minute dessert.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Skinny Apple Tart – Easy tarts are a classic 5 minute dessert. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to share this at first because I definitely didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I love the simplicity & texture of it so much that I couldn’t resist!

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Homemade Pasta – A few years ago I received a pasta maker attachment for my birthday & I’ve been making homemade pasta ever since. It’s so quick & easy & has an incredible texture. It feels like an art form without a lot of effort. Even with a hand pasta roller, it’s deceivingly quick & easy to make homemade pasta.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Pear & Walnut Salad – I’m not a fan of bottled salad dressings, even from my favorite restaurants. I think they contain so many preservatives that the true flavor is lost. Making your own takes just a few minutes & is so flavorful.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

 

Chocolate Fluffernutter Cookies – Some experiments pay off exponentially. I can’t get enough of chocolate + peanut butter + marshmallow. I was surprised to see that my Marshmallow & Peanut Butter Cookie Cobbler didn’t make the list…what I wouldn’t do to have a bite right now!

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

Easy Cinnamon Bread – I grew up making quick breads with my Grandma…it reminds me of the joy of baking. Togetherness, sharing & the pride of making something from scratch, even if it doesn’t require a lot of effort.

Top 10 Recipes of 2014 | The most popular recipes on my blog & on Pinterest for 2014

I really appreciate comments, likes & the community I’ve found in you. If you have or plan to try one of these recipes, don’t forget to rate it & tag me on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Wishing you all the best for 2015!

Julie

The Best Recipes of 2015 (according to page views)!

Firehouse Green Beans

The best green beans recipe

Is it any surprise that one of the easiest recipes is also a favorite? Who would’ve thought that green beans would have done so well. Well, anything that can get me to eat green isn’t bad, I promise you! I was that child that looked at green beans and got squeamish, now I eat them like candy.

Skinny Apple Tart

5 Minute Skinny Apple Tart recipe | fall baking

This is another recipe that is ridiculously easy and ridiculously good! It’s truly seasonless and makes a beautiful addition for brunch or dessert.

Bakery M&M Cookies

The best M&M cookie recipe - tips for large bakery style cookies

Get the secret that makes this classic SO good and tips for bakery style cookies. You won’t regret it.

Sugar Cookies

Easy and incredible cutout sugar cookies with buttercream icing

My sugar cookie recipe has been among my most popular recipes since I first shared it a few years ago. To top it off, I ice these cookies with yummy buttercream.

Saltine Toffee

Best Recipes of 2015 | Incredible easy saltine toffee recipe

Another oldie but a goodie. Yes, I just said that. This is a recipe I took straight from my handwritten elementary school cookbook. Who knew I could attribute some of my success to an elementary cooking class? Have a share plan ready for this recipe – I can’t be trusted alone with it!

Homemade Pasta

small swirls of spaghetti style egg noodles on a marble countertop

Making homemade pasta is one of my passions. While we often enjoy it for Sunday supper, it’s easy enough to make on Monday after work. One bite and you’ll see that it’s well worth the extra 10 minute investment of time.

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

Best recipes of 2015 | Bacon Cheese Dip recipe - incredible make ahead game day appetizer

This quick and easy make ahead dip is always a crowd pleaser, especially for game day entertaining!

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

I cannot even tell you how excited I am that this recipe made your favorites! It’s a salad dressing with a kick and makes eating a salad feel as good as eating tacos.

Cinnamon Bread

cinnamon bread recipe

6 loaves, 10 minutes, lots of happy faces. I often make this bread for breakfast, snacks and as a hostess or housewarming gift.

Better than the Bakery Cinnamon Rolls

Easy made from scratch cinnamon rolls in about an hour

It’s true. You will LOVE these rolls. Get the secret here.

These are the best recipes of 2015 according to you. Thank you for inviting me into your kitchen, sharing them with family and friend on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook and thank you for following along on my daily adventure to celebrate everyday life.

Every now and then, I love to check in with Google Analytics to see what you love. It brings me so much joy to see which of my recipes you’ve been cooking, baking and making in your home for friends and family. I’m humbled that you invite me in some small way to be a part of your life.

I’ve invited my friends Oh Sweet Basil and That Skinny Chick Can Bake to share their reader’s favorite recipes as well, so you have plenty of inspiration to fill your meal plans in the new year!

Let’s kick off your favorite recipes, shall we?

Easy 5 minute sweet bread recipe perfect for gift giving.

You’ve reminded me that sometimes simple is simply the best. As you know, I love an effortless, but beautiful dish, especially those that can be gifted and shared {because we all know I don’t need 6 mini loaves of bread!} Your favorite recipe this year was my Sweet Bread!

wine marinated grapes - the perfect summer dessert

You also love frozen grapes marinated in wine. Of course you do! Who can resist a semi-healthy treat? May I also suggest you try my champagne grapes?

Easy white wine pasta sauce for pasta - perfect for adding chicken or seafood

Speaking of semi-healthy…this white wine sauce is so easy, and soooo good! Bonus that it’s light on calories.

how to make peanut butter fudge

But we all have a sweet tooth. This creamy peanut butter fudge has been a huge hit! If you’re more of a Crock-Pot girl, try my Crock-Pot fudge!

The best green beans recipe

We can’t forget the green beans that get kids {and adults like me} to eat their greens.

Salted Caramel iced sugar cookie recipe

Your philosophy must be the same as my friend Ina’s {we can all pretend, right?}, “You can be miserable before you have a cookie and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie, but you can’t be miserable while you are eating a cookie” because you are loving my salted caramel sugar cookies!

The best M&M cookie recipe - tips for large bakery style cookies

Okay, it’s clear we all bake more than is reasonable accepted, but I won’t tell if you don’t. These bakery M&M cookies are soooo good. Get the secrets here.

Easy sweet & salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No bake butter loving fans, this peanut butter bar is for you!

Light and refreshing pasta salad recipe for summer

Pasta salad takes me back to summer. Think we could fast forward a few months? It’s cooooold here in St. Louis! This is another light and easy recipe.

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

And finally, a vinaigrette with a kick. I can’t resist Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette and it gives me my Mexican fix without the calories. I’ve also made an incredible chicken recipe with it!

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