Top Recipes of 2016

Happy New Year! 

I honestly have no idea how it’s possible that it’s already January, but whatever. I hope you all had an amazing holiday season. Ours was a little crazy, but mostly fun. It involved several bouts of the delightful little stomach bug that’s been going around {not fun} and a few trips, including ones to Disney World and Los Angeles {fun}.

As we head into the new year and I get ready to get back fully on board with the blog, I wanted to share the 10 recipes and food tutorials people were loving the most this year. {Look for the 10 most popular projects and tutorials coming out tomorrow!}


I’ve got some really great things planned for 2017, so stay tuned. And if you have any special requests of what you want to see more of, I’d love to hear them!

10. Lemon Chewies

I’m always surprised at how popular this recipe is, mainly because it’s a vegan recipe, of which I have a grand total of approximately… one. Vegan’s just not my thing, people. Bacon? My thing. Cheese? All over it. Vegan? Not generally so much. But this was a recipe I made for an online cookie swap a few years ago and it just so happened that it was vegan. And delicious. Who knew??

Lemon Chewies - 2013 Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap

Lemon Chewies

9. Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls

This recipe, I’m never surprised at. Because they’re pretty much the cutest things ever, and they are super easy to make, which makes them even that much more adorable. I mean, come on. I can’t even take them.

These Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls are super easy to make, and could not be cuter. I love these for a fun Christmas treat! #OreoCookieBalls #ad

Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls

8. Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

More Oreo fun! These are another easy-but-impressive treat that are so much fun to make. I’m starting to think I need to increase my Oreo game in 2017…

Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops -- these could not be cuter, and they are so easy to make!

Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

7. Spicy Spitfire Shrimp

As I was collecting the recipes for this post, I got so excited to see this one. Because if I’m going to be honest, I kind of forgot about it. Between the chaos of the fall, tailgating, the holidays and vacations, there hasn’t been a whole lot of healthy eating happening in my house lately, but that is going to change. I want to get back in the swing of things with eating better and working out regularly, and this shrimp recipe is perfect for that. It works for lunch or dinner, and can be eaten hot or cold. Super easy, super versatile, super healthy and SUPER delicious. 

These spicy shrimp are so delicious and easy to make -- and they're super healthy, too! And as a bonus, they work for the 21 Day Fix!

Spicy Spitfire Shrimp

6. Sprinkle Cake

Ahh, the sprinkle cake. One of my first forays into decorating a store-bought cake, and one of my favorite and most popular to date. You would not believe how crazy people go over a cake coated in sprinkles. If you don’t believe me, make one sometime and see. People will act like you are a baking genius, and you can totally bask in the glory and not tell them that you actually just slapped some sprinkles onto a store-bought cake. I won’t judge and call you a fakerooney. I promise.

Sprinkle Cake! Learn some tips and tricks for making a beautiful, festive cake -- in 10 minutes!

Sprinkle Cake

5. Brown Sugar Penuche Fudge

This is another recipe that has a special place in my heart, because it was my Grandma’s. I have such great memories of making this with her when I was a kid, and it was my first recipe that was featured on a major site. Plus, it’s just insanely delicious. So, yeah. I love it, and it makes me happy that so many other people do too.

Penuche Fudge recipe

Penuche Fudge

4. Grilled Peach Lemonade

I love grilled fruit, especially stone fruit, so trying out new ways to use it is kind of my jam. I thought I might be a bit crazy when I thought of trying it in lemonade, but it couldn’t have turned out better. Super sweet, somewhat smoky and completely amazing.

If you thought peaches couldn't get any better, try grilling them and adding them to some Simply Lemonade! #AlwaysDelicious

Grilled Peach Lemonade

3. Mini Pumpkin Pecan Snickerdoodle Pies

It makes me so very happy that other people seem to love quick and easy desserts as much as I do. These little pies are so easy, I really think it might take longer to type out the name of the recipe than it does to actually make the recipe. You really have to try these.

You won't believe how quickly these Mini Pumpkin Pecan Snickerdoodle Pies come together. Use them for a delicious snack or a healthier dessert option! #EffortlessPies #ad

Mini Pumpkin Pecan Snickerdoodle Pies

2. Reese’s Pieces Anti-Gravity Cake

Another of my decorated store-bought cakes, this is one of the posts I am most proud of on this site. I’ve had several friends recreate this for their own kids, and one actually entered it into a cake decorating contest. When I say that this is way easier than it looks and it will blow people’s minds, I really, truly mean it.

Learn how to make this amazing anti-gravity cake that looks like a bag of Reese's Pieces is being poured over the cake!

Reese’s Pieces Anti-Gravity Cake

1. Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

I find it absolutely hilarious that my most popular recipe post of last year was a healthy one. Because if you’re at all familiar with this blog, you know that healthy recipes aren’t really my go-to. But I make this one at least once a week — it might be healthy, but it tastes like dessert. And that, my friends, is the sign of a pretty much perfect recipe.

This strawberry cheesecake protein shake is so amazingly delicious, it's hard to believe it's good for you. And, you will never guess what the secret ingredient is!!

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

So there you have it — my 10 most popular recipes in 2016. I am excited to see what 2017 brings — Like I said, I have approximately a bajillion ideas, and I can’t wait to get started!!

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