Best of 2012

by Erin

I am trying my best to not write an entire post about how I cannot believe how fast this year went by, so let’s talk about the fact that by the turning of this calendar year I will have lived in Memphis (and been in graduate school) for 5 and 1/2 years now. Cannot. Freaking. Believe it. That also means I only have a few more months left until I defend my dissertation and graduate for (hopefully) the very last time in my life! We’re talking serious party time. But until then, I have decided to spend NYE in Memphis this year because I never have after all this time. Guess that’s what happens when you are still very much attached to family and friends who live elsewhere. But obviously I have friends in Memphis too, so I want to share this holiday with them for a change.

But before I venture off into the night and enter a new year by watching a giant guitar drop on Beale Street, let’s go back and take a look at all the best recipes from 2012 on The Spiffy Cookie. I have included a list of your favorites based on visits and also a list of my favorites that didn’t make the cut. Gotta show them some love too!

Best of 2012 – Your Favorites

1. Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip – This recipe exploded on Pinterest and was only the beginning of my adventures into cake batter dips!

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip 2

2. Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Bricks – I have to agree with you on this one – definitely a drool worthy treat.

PB Fudge Brownie Bricks 2

3. No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars – Best homemade granola bars I’ve had

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

4. Stromboli – It certainly was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever made as wel

Homemade Stromboli #recipe #pizza

5. Pizza Quinoa Casserole – This was the most popular Secret Recipe Club pick I’ve made. I guess I should make more things with quinoa!

Quinoa Pizza Casserole

6. Shortbread Cookies – I made these to serve with the red velvet cake batter dip so it’s not all that surprising to see this one in the list as well.

Shortbread Cookies

7. Peach Greek Yogurt Pie – It’s hard to know if this pie only made the list because it was also associated with a Chobani giveaway, but I certainly liked it.

Slice of Peach Greek Yogurt Pie

8. Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas – After the huge hit that the cream cheese enchiladas were last year, I knew you would be ready for an alternative.

Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas 3

9. Loaded Baked Potato Dip – This tailgating favorite got lightened up!

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

10. Cake Batter Puppy Chow – Cake batter strikes again! This time in the form of puppy chow.

Cake Batter Puppy Chow 3

Best of 2012 – My Favorites

1. Malted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – Seriously the best cookies I made all year. The malted flavor along with the peanut butter got to me.

Malted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies #cookierecipe

2.  Goat Cheese Ricotta Gnocchi with Walnut Thyme Butter Sauce – It was hard to pick which gnocchi was my favorite, since I made so many different great flavors.

Goat Cheese Ricotta Gnocchi with Walnut Thyme Butter Sauce

3. Bleu Cheese Ball – The cheese ball that performs disappearing acts! A good thing too, because nothign else would’ve stopped me from eating it all by myself.

Blue Cheese Ball 4

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars – Addictive award.

Choc PB 7 Layer Bars

5. Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls – I was sad when I ran out of these leftovers.

Lasagna rolls with chicken and pesto

6. Mini Pumpkin Black and White Cookies – Fun variation from the traditional. I actually liked it better!

Mini Pumpkin Black and White Cookies

7. S’mores Molten Lava Cake – Need I say more? Apparently since it didn’t make your top 10! It’s a molten lava cake with a graham cracker crust and marshmallow cream cheese filling. You cannot resist.

S'mores Molten Lava Cake

8. Pumpkin Bagels with Cinnamon-Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread – The combination of these two items together is what made them on the list.

Pumpkin Bagels 2

9. Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream – Made this for a Valentine’s Day dinner with friends and it still has a special place in my heart.

Chicken Jalapeno Cream

10. Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries and Bananas – A great breakfast recipe that can be changed up with different berries. I know because I’ve remade it with others! Yummy.

Overnight Baked Oatmeal #Blackberry #Banana

Here’s to a happy new year in 2013 full of lots more delicious food!


Laura Dembowski January 7, 2013 - 2:13 pm

OMG! So many yummy recipes. The granola bars and those malted cookies sound amazing! I don’t know how the smores molten cake didn’t make the favorites either – that looks insane. I love black and white cookies, but adding pumpkin sounds amazing, as do pumpkin bagels. It sounds like a year of super yummy food for you :)

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection January 1, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I love this recap of recipes that are the most popular and your favorites. The gnocchi looks out of this world delicious!! I’m definitely putting that on my list to try. And congrats on the Red Velvet Dip going viral…I saw it all over my pinterest for about a month :)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 31, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Your Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip has gone bonkers on my site! It’s crazy!! thank you for that! :) The Stromboli looks amazing!!! Amazing!!! Have fun tonight!! Happy New Years!!


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