My 15 favorite recipes of 2013

Want to know what my 15 Favorite Recipes of 2013 are? Read on, but get ready to drool.

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I showed you your favorites from this year…now it’s time to show you MY favorites. It was hard to choose, but I did it. And I’m sorry for any hunger pains you get reading this post! 🙂

1. I really loved these Milky Way Brownie Bites. They kind of shocked me, how easy and good they were!


2. Peanut butter cookie + cheesecake = Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars. Still one of my favorite versions, ever.

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 3. These Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls were such a snap to make, and that’s probably why so many of you loved them!

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 4. I made these Mountain Bars for my mom, who loves the hard-to-find candy. If you remember Mountain Bars – or even if you don’t – these are perfect for you. The peanut butter version is coming up soon!

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 5. I just think the cute factor of these Banana Split Cupcakes is 100%. What’s not to love about them?


 6. This Chocolate Mint Poke Cake was Jordan’s 8th birthday cake. She was in love with it, because mint is her favorite. This is one of my favorites too! Shortly after I made this one, I made the Cherry Coke Poke Cake, which was also a huge hit!


 7. I love cinnamon rolls – a lot. I have made countless versions, including Carrot Cake, Zucchini, Peanut Butter, and Gingerbread Spice (which almost tied for the #1 cinnamon roll spot, BTW), but my absolute favorite had to go to these Bacon Maple Cinnamon Rolls. I love the combination of bacon and maple, and in a cinnamon roll there isn’t much better! (If you love cinnamon rolls, check out my recent round-up, with over 70 ideas!)

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 8. This Nutella Strawberry Tart was just so pretty I couldn’t not include it in this list. And, well. NUTELLA.


 9. Now, you might call me weird, but I love baking avocado into recipes. This Avocado Banana Bread is my absolute favorite! And, see in the recipe notes, you can make it completely sans butter – great for getting healthy after the New Year!

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 10. These Bakery Style XL Chocolate Chip Cookies were a huge hit in my house – and online. One reader even compared them to Alton Brown’s recipe…which blew my mind a little (or a lot…). These were soon followed by their cousin, the Bakery Style XL Peanut Butter Cookie, another family favorite.

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 11. Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars. I know, two cheesecake bars in one list. But these are one of my favorites too! First, they are so pretty. Two, they have toffee on top. And three, they were an experiment with Greek Yogurt that totally worked. They’re one of my favorites!

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 12. These Cake Mix Soft Pretzels popped into my head one day, and I’m so glad they did. They’re like eating a slice of cake…that has the texture of a pretzel. And if you love soft pretzels, I also made them out of breadstick dough this year, in case you have a hankering for some RIGHT NOW.

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 13. Probably my favorite picture of the year: these Maple Walnut Truffles. They’re a copycat of my favorite candy: See’s. I also made my own version of the Butterscotch Square this year too. Next year: Pecan Roll.

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 14. This Salted Butterscotch Fudge is SO easy to make, and I swear, Salted Butterscotch needs to reign over Salted Caramel. It’s way better.

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15. And last, but most certainly not least, these Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. They are a meal in a brownie, I swear. When I discovered my favorite fudgy brownie recipe earlier this year, I created all sorts of different flavors to go with them: Coconut frosted, Orange frosted, German Chocolate, and Oreo Stuffed. But these? These are my favorite. And I bet you can see why.

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Oh, er…sorry about all that drool. The New Year’s resolutions still have a few days to go. Go make some dessert!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday!


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  1. OK so after scrolling through this, I am heading straight to my kitchen. I just don’t know which recipe to pick. They all look so amazing. Also let me get the chance to wish you and yours a fabulous 2014!

  2. Dorothy – everything you make is incredible – but i LOVE that avocado banana

  3. I’ll take one of each, please. I can’t wait to see what you bring to the dessert table in 2014. Happy New Year’s, Dorothy.

  4. Peanut butter mountain bars? Can’t wait! And I loved all your cinnamon rolls, too. This is a killer round up!

  5. Oh my. Another great list. Of course. And I do not remember that Nutella Strawberry Tart! *faints*

  6. A meal in a brownie. Okay AWESOME. Sign me up!

    Your Nutella Strawberry Tart is magazine cover stunning. There was a holiday fudge you made, gingerbread I believe, I love those images too. It just looks so dense and perfect. The Mtn. Bars and the Milky Way B.Bites both look so good to me right now – I mean it all does, actually 🙂

  7. I actually AM drooling right now!! Those banana split treats are so gosh darn cute! And I am dying over those XL Chocolate Chip cookies! Great looking treats all around Dorothy! I can’t WAIT to see what you have for the New year!! 🙂

  8. Awww amn your blog is sooo bad for my bum. xD I am drooling so much! XD

  9. I’ve made two of these 15 (maple truffles and salted butterscotch fudge) and I can attest to their deliciousness!

  10. You have had some excellent recipies this year! I wish I had a plate of milky way brownie bits to eat right now!

  11. Oh my word! You made an imitation Sees chocolate!!!! I looked at the picture before I read the caption and thought- “that looks like Sees”. I must have missed this post earlier this year. I’ll be trying these for sure. Thanks for the recap- gorgeous pictures! Happy New Year!

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  13. So many amazing recipes! Those banana split cupcakes are so fun! Happy New Year!

  14. This must have been a hard list to keep short, Dorothy! You have so many amazing recipes! I love these round-up posts because I get to revisit my own favorites (Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies) and see if there are any “must make” goodies I might have missed (Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars)! Happy New Year!

  15. They all look delicious, I would pick the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies! 😉

    I enjoyed visiting your site!

  16. What an incredible line up! Everything looks so good, but those Milky Way Brownie Bites are calling my name! Yum! 🙂

  17. Yum, yum, YUM!!! I totally love your creativity with the funfetti pretzels. Seriously brilliant. And those XL cookies? Still daydreaming about eating an entire dozen! 😉

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