Best of 2015

by Erin

Journey back through time as I recap the best recipes on The Spiffy Cookie in 2015, both reader favorites and some of my own!

Best of 2015 Recipes

What a delicious year we had! To recap I am counting down your top 10 favorite recipes posted in 2015 (which does differ from the top posts in general in 2015). It’s always fun doing the analysis to determine which ones were your favorites; one by one they fall out. And just like in years past, I included 10 more of my favorites because there were some that didn’t make the cut onto your list that I am still swooning over. But man was it difficult to narrow them down to just 10 when I started with 28. I wish I could run stats on my taste buds to auto generate my list.

I also did the Instagram #2015bestnine which you can see by clicking HERE. You will notice a couple repeats between that and this list, and a few runners up made the IG top 9!


10. Chocolate Deviled Eggs – Color me impressed! I thought for sure you would all run away screaming from this one. But they are surprisingly good. After all, it is an Ohio Poultry Association recipe and if they don’t know eggs, then who does?

Chocolate Deviled Eggs 2

9. The Mempho (Grilled BBQ Mac & Cheese Sandwich) – Originally this was in my top 10, but jumped into the rankings with only 2 days left in the year! I guess you guys are satisfying your inner fat kids before committing to your New Years resolutions. Or maybe you just cannot resist an epically awesome sandwich. Makes me miss that good ol’ Memphis BBQ.

The Mempho 2

8. Chinese Fried Rice – After finally trying my hand at my former coworker Qing’s fried rice I am excited that you enjoyed it too. Although I’m still convinced that she will always make it better than me.

Chinese Fried Rice 2

7. Banana Split Ice Cream Sandwich Cake – Such a simple recipe with layers of ice cream and ice cream sandwiches creating a fun cake! I wanna try it again with different flavors.

Banana Split Ice Cream Sandwich Cake 6

6. White Chocolate Chip Creamsicle Cookies – These cookies are also one of my favorites for the year. They blew the socks off everyone who tried them, including myself.

White Chocolate Chip Orange Creamsicle Cookies 3

5. No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups – These granola cups taste like dessert but are good enough for breakfast. I know, because I did both.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups 2

4. Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza with Cauliflower Crust (Beetza) – This recipe was a huge success from the moment I posted it. You guys arn’t shy about trying new things!

Beetza 6

3. Coke Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting – Classic coke cake turned into cupcakes. Messy, delicious cupcakes. What’s not to love?

Coke Cupcakes 4

2. Spiralized Apple Fritters – This was a fun recipe experiment, where I turned the healthy spiralizing trend into an oven-fried treat. I’d call that a successful experiment!

Spiralized Apple Fritters 5

1. Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas – Once again enchiladas reign supreme. Almost every year the top recipe is enchiladas! At least I know what to make to keep you coming back for more.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas 4


(that didn’t already make your list)

10. Homemade Cardamom Pear Sauce – I was inspired to make this when I heard that Trader Joe’s made pear sauce but couldn’t find it. And then I added cardamom and became addicted. Already made 3 batches!

Cardamom Pear Sauce 1

9. Currywurst Sliders – After experiencing currywurst for the first time in Berlin and hunting down a German food truck here in Columbus, these currywurst sliders are the next best thing. Sauce makes anything delicious.

Currywurst Sliders 2

8. Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with Chocolate Icing – Scraped every last bit of this moist cake out of the pan and have a renewed loved of sheets cakes. So easy to make and none of that fussy frosting decor.

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with Chocolate Icing 4

7. No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Pie – I made a few no-bake pies this year with the same backbone and after a tough decision, this one wins. Just like a peanut butter pie except made with chocolate-hazelnut spread.

No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Pie 2

6. Root Beer Chocolate Chip Cookies – Since I already have another cookie on my list (spoiler alert) I was tempted to trade in for a non-cookie dessert but I cannot deny the magical powers of root beer. There are two whole cans in there! Told you, magic.

Root Beer Chocolate Chip Cookies  4

5. Italian Wedding Soup with Veggie Balls – This recipe took more effort than I usually like to devote to a soup but dude, it was worth every minute, I promise.

Italian Wedding Soup with Veggie Balls 1

4. Kofta Platter – This recipe is up there for longest ingredient list and steps but looks can be deceiving. This platter comes together with ease but still tastes like you spent hours preparing it.

Kofta Platter 1

3. Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Crumble Topping – This came in at #11 on your list after the Mempho muscled it’s way off of my list and onto yours, so I swapped them. My favorite apple pie gets ever better with salted caramel inside and a crumble topping.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Crumble Topping 3

2. Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash – Best. Turkey. EVER. Seriously, why do we bother cooking the entire turkey when we can have this!? Being wrapped in bacon is never a bad thing.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash 3

1. Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies – These cookies were one of the first things I brought into my new workplace at the beginning of the year and they rocked everyone’s socks off. Sciencing by day, baking by night O:-).

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies 2


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 1, 2016 - 6:42 am

The salted caramel apple pie was the winner for me but everything you share with us is good.

Happy New Year and maybe 2016 be a wonderful year for you.

Emily @ Life on Food December 31, 2015 - 9:11 am

I got a spiralizer for Christmas. Cannot wait to use it. Those apple fritters look great and just might be my first recipe!

spiffycookie December 31, 2015 - 10:12 am

Nice! I’m posting another spiralizer recipe soon too!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 31, 2015 - 7:14 am

Happy, happy new year to you! What a delicious round-up. I might have to make those enchiladas immediately;-)

spiffycookie December 31, 2015 - 7:37 am

Happy new year to you too, Lauren!

Cathy December 30, 2015 - 6:33 pm

I’m glad the Kofta platter made it onto your list. Every time I make, I love it! Well worth the long list!

spiffycookie December 31, 2015 - 7:35 am

Awesome, thanks for reporting back Kathy! I love hearing how recipes worked out for others, good or bad, but mostly good ;-). Happy new year!

Susan December 30, 2015 - 6:15 pm

I am not at all surprised that people jumped at trying your ‘beetza”, given how good your pizzas always are. I actually have not tried that one, partly because beets don’t seem to get along with us, digestively speaking, and because my husband doesn’t care much for the flavor of beets. But I’ll be it tastes wonderful.
Happy New Year, Erin!

spiffycookie December 31, 2015 - 7:39 am

It’s just so different from a regular pizza with the cauliflower crust and the beets! But I actually don’t think beets have that strong of a flavor so I tend to enjoy them for their fun color. Granted I’ve only had them in things, never alone.


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