Best of 2023

by Erin

After a year of deliciousness, it’s time to countdown more than the seconds until the next year. Let’s look back at the top 10 best recipes of 2023.

Best Recipes of 2023.

As we close out another year, it’s time to reflect on the best bites of 2023. While I only posted 46 recipes new recipe this year, I did some significant work updating old recipes. I could have figured out how many and seen if any of those trended this year, but that was more work than I cared to do as I write this on the eve of my flight to LA.

So as usual, I am sharing only the top 10 recipe that were posted in 2023. Any favorite recipes that did not make the top 10 according to Google, were added to my own personal list following the first. Sometimes Google just doesn’t know what’s up. Does it have taste buds? Not yet, at least. Who knows what AI has in store…


Overhead shot of Reese's Heart Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars.

10. Reese’s Heart Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars (2/8/23) – Make life easy with a sheet of cookie bars topped with a festive peanut butter cup. You could make these for any holiday.

Baklava Thumbprint Cookie Recipe.

9. Baklava Thumbprint Cookies (12/8/23) – These cookies were one of my personal favorites as well, but I am still impressed that they jumped to #9 after being posted less than a month ago. Not far behind them in slot 13 were the oatmeal cranberry walnut cookies which we also posted in early December.

Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese.

8. Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese (10/30/23) – This also would have made my favorites list if it wasn’t already here. I am not sure if it was made extra delicious by making my own roasted tomatoes but dang was it good.

Bite into a Mini Peanut Butter Cup Brownie.

7. Mini Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (1/30/23) – Your favorite nostalgic cookie cup, but make it in a brownie. Heck you could do the same thing for #10 up there and bake these in a pan instead.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake Muffins.

6. Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake Muffins (7/24/23) – Another of my favorites (clearly you guys have good taste). These are a mash up of two of my favorite things, moist lemon poppyseed muffins and cheesecake.

Bite out of a Blue Poop Challenge Muffin.

5. Blue Poop Challenge Muffins (2/12/23)- I’ve been seriously slacking on my #ScienceSundays posts this year and clearly I need to get with it because either you really like the blue poop trend, or you like science. I am hoping the latter.

Mom’s Frito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing.

4. Mom’s Frito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing (1/16/23) – The nostalgic recipes always seem to be winners. Clearly my mom wasn’t the only one who made dishes like this based on the comments I received. I love that we have shared food memories… but I made need to make a Cheetos version of this hahaha.

Chocolate Covered Cheetos from above.

3. Chocolate Covered Cheetos (3/5/23) – Polarizing, but clearly popular, this sweet and savory snack is best eaten immediately. Heck why bother waiting to let the chocolate harder, just eat it like fondue.

Scoop of Cheetos Pie.

2. Cheetos Pie (5/1/23) – Evidently you are here for my Cheetos adventures and I appreciate you for it! This was just another moment where I took a recipe that uses another chip and used Cheetos instead. This is the way.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Cookies (Fluffernutter).

1. Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Cookies (7/17/23) – AKA Fluffernutter cookies. What’s not to love about this nostalgic treat in cookie form? These were definitely one of my favorite cookies of the year as well.


Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Prosciutto Pizza.

10. Shaved Asparagus Ricotta Pizza (7/14/23) – Once again I upset my husband for making “weird” pizza but at the same time make him enjoy it. I haven’t experimented as much lately with pizza toppings but this was definitely a new favorite.

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with a Bite.

9. Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (5/4/23) – Shocking that I would put an all chocolate recipe in my top 10, but the texture differential between the cookie and the filling did it for me. Afterall, I did post these on my birthday (which yes it Star Wars Day) so I also made a version in the same post that look like little Jawas.

Almond Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies with Blood Orange Drizzle.

8. Almond Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies (3/23/23) – Watch out Ted Lasso, these shortbread and legit. Although these are jazzed up with blood orange I bet even the plain jane version would rival his.

Carrot Gnocchi with Candied Hazelnuts and Carrot Top Pesto.

7. Carrot Gnocchi with Candied Hazelnuts (12/1/23) – While I don’t particularly love these photos, the flavor profile of this entire meal was exceptional. I especially love using the whole carrot from the gnocchi to the pesto.

Pork Bulgogi Rice Bowls.

6. Pork Bulgogi Rice Bowls (9/27/23) – I could eat this meal on repeat. Not only is it easy to make but it’s packed with flavor which sometimes is lacking on a weeknight when you are not particularly motivated.

Lime, Mint, Rosemary, and Lavender Sugar Cookies with Granulated Sugar or Turbinado Sugar.

5. Lime, Mint, Rosemary, and Lavender Sugar Cookies (6/7/23)- These were not particularly optimized for SEO with a name like that but I couldn’t leave out any flavor component! There’s a lot going on here but they balance each other out so well. But I couldn’t decide if I preferred them coated with regular or turbinado sugar.

Frozen Coconut Mojitos.

4. Frozen Coconut Mojitos (3/24/23) – An ode to my trip to Belize where I fell in love with this beverage. I could try these on repeat, with or without alcohol doesn’t matter to me.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.

3. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake (10/9/23) – This was a hit for my taste buds and all those that were lucky enough to try it. SO much so that I have already made it again! It’s almost silly how easy it is to make with how put together it looks.

Cheetos Street Corn.

2. Cheetos Street Corn (9/19/23) – Not gonna lie, I am a little shocked that the other two Cheetos recipes made the list above but not this one, because honestly this one was my favorite. Elote was meant to be coated in Cheetle dust. I considered adding my Cheetos Chocolate Chip Cookies as well, but they were almost too subtle.

Chai Tiramisu.

1. Chai Tiramisu (9/20/32) – I do not like coffee, but when I finally realized I could make tiramisu with Chai I had to try it and was immediately in love. It may not be traditional but what’s the fun in that?

See the top recipes from other years:

  1. Best of 2022
  2. Best of 2021
  3. Best of 2020
  4. Best of 2019
  5. Best of 2018
  6. Best of 2017
  7. Best of 2016
  8. Best of 2015
  9. Best of 2014
  10. Best of 2013
  11. Best of 2012
  12. Best of 2011
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