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I can’t believe another year is almost over! This year has been such a year of growth for me regarding this blog. When I first started this blog four years ago, I posted maybe once every couple months (sometimes once every six months!). My first post didn’t even include a picture. Yup. That’s right. I look back to where I started and to how far I have come and I can’t believe how much I have learned. And of course, how much more I have yet to learn. That has to be one of my favorite things about blogging, is the constant learning. I’m a teacher, clearly learning is in my core.
As 2015 ends, as 2016 is on the horizon, I can’t help but think of how I want this blog to grow in the coming year. I used to make resolutions solely based on myself. You know the typical- lose 10 lbs, learn to play the ______, work out more, quit ______. Usually it was the 10 lbs thing, but when baking is your favorite hobby in the world gooooood luck with that. So this year, my resolutions center on how to make this blog even better.
But before I focus on my resolutions, it’s good to focus on the year that’s ending. Every comment, email, follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook has meant so much to me. And as a thank you, I thought it would be fun as 2015 ends, to go back and highlight the top 15 most shared recipes from this year.
So here we go.. the top 15 recipes of 2015…
Flourless Fudge Cookies– These cookies are so fudgy and delicious. And the best part is they are made WITHOUT flour. This year I was told to stay away from gluten. I do not have celiac disease but a gluten sensitivity- so I stay away for the most part- and these cookies make me feel like I am not missing a single thing. Oh and did I mention they are less than 100 calories for a single cookie?
M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies– These are the best oatmeal cookies. I adapted them from the classic Cook’s Illustrated oatmeal cookie by adding in M&M’s and chocolate chips. I can’t wait to make different versions of these in 2016. So many possiblities!
Lemon Raspberry Bread– This quick bread recipe is so darn moist. I adapted the recipe from this sourcream citrus pound cake that I learned how to make at a baking class. The lemon and raspberries pair perfectly together. I’ve also made this for co-workers as gifts- and everyone always asks for the recipe.
Candy Cane Cupcakes– This holiday season I was on a major candy cane kick. And one of the things that came from that kick were these candy cane cupcakes. I adore this chocolate cupcake from Hershey’s kitchens, and the pink cloud of candy cane buttercream is TO DIE FOR.
6 ingredient caramel sticky buns– Ok now this recipe has been shared A LOT on my blog. Now it might be due to my mom alone on this. I swear she has e-mailed me multiple times to make this for co-workers. I can’t say I blame her, this sticky bun recipe is so easy to make, delicious, and can be made overnight as well!
World’s Best Dinner Rolls– Oh. MY. God. These rolls. I have made them now for two Thanksgivings in a row (and maybe after Thanksgiving as well) and they come out fluffy and perfect every time. Don’t be afraid to work with yeast. This recipe is easy to come together and seriously makes the best rolls. Have I said that already?
One Bowl Carrot Cake– Sometimes life calls for cake. And when it does, it should be easy to make and not make a ton of dirty dishes. Like this one bowl carrot cake. And this one gets covered with my favorite cream cheese frosting.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies– This oatmeal cookie is like a carrot cake in cookie form. It’s a classic oatmeal cookie but loaded with carrots, dried pineapple, spices, and golden raisins. If you are craving carrot cake, but don’t feel like going to all the trouble to make a cake, then these cookies are sure to please- especially if you cover them in cream cheese frosting.
S’mores Cupakes– So my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe gets a graham cracker bottom, and a homemade marshmallow frosting. S’mores and cupcakes together. I topped them off with a Hershey square and a graham cracker square to really just send them over the edge.
Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars– I love apple pie. Hands down the best pie. However, making an apple pie isn’t something I always feel up for. These bars are like apple pie only easier. And it has a swirl of salted caramel baked in with an oatmeal streusel topping. Not sure what I love more, salted caramel or apple pie? Good thing with these bars I don’t have to decide.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting– I remember thinking I was genius when I decided to stir cake mix into my frosting and came up with these cupcakes. I’m sure if I did a google search, I would find this was not an original idea. Well whatever, I was quite pleased with how these cupcakes came out. And the frosting might need to make an appearance again in 2016.
Lemon Cupcakes with Mixed Berry Buttercream– I didn’t quite know this in 2014, but I discovered in 2015 that I truly love lemon desserts. And these lemon cupcakes surely fit the bill. They are a vanilla cupcake made with fresh lemon zest. And the buttercream is made with fresh mixed berry puree. Light, lemony, and perfect.
Brownie Pudding– This recipe was from Ina Garten. I don’t know if it’s a brownie, pudding, molten chocolate cake? Whatever you want to call it. It’s death by chocolate in the best way.
Nutella and Oreo Rugelach– Rugelach are my favorite holiday cookie, and this my twist on a classic. This rolled cookie has a nutella and crushed oreo filling. I’m pretty sure my grandmother would approve of this twist on her classic cookie recipe.
Apple Cinnamon Scones with Apple Cider Glaze– So you may not know this about me, but I worked at a bakery one summer. And I made A TON of scones. My triceps that summer were definitely killer. I always thought I would never want to make a scone again. So much for that. And this scone recipe might be my hands down favorite. Pretty sure it has something to do with the cider glaze drizzled on top.
So that’s it! The top 15 favorite recipes of 2015! If you want to make sure not to a recipe in 2016 you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Facebook or sign up to have e-mails sent directly to you inbox!
If you enjoyed a recipe this year from Boston Girl Bakes let me know and I hope your 2015 has been a great one!