As 2013 winds to a close, I can’t help but reminisce over the insane amount of baking I’ve done in the past year … and in the past three years that I’ve been running this blog! Easily hundreds of pounds of butter, powdered sugar, and veerrrrrrry big trough full of vanilla extract.
But some of those recipes stood out from the pack, mostly thanks to people like YOU who helped make my Chocolate Chip Brownie Bombs the most popular recipe on my blog EVER (over 500,000 views this year!), helped my Caramel Apple Bread go viral on Pinterest, and who helped make my Chocolate Donut Turkeys and Marshmallow Dreidels make it to national TV. And for those amazing successes, I am deeply grateful to all of you — your support, your wonderful comments, your pinning, your feedback, your personal emails, your features, your Facebook shares — EVERYTHING! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Enough sap? Sorry. I just have a lot of feelings.
Anywho, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see what the most popular recipes were on The Domestic Rebel in 2013! Some were made this year, some were made years prior, but no matter when they were created, they were made into instant internet hits!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs — who knew this simple idea would be such an instant success?! It’s made a live TV appearance, has been featured on numerous websites, and even has its own hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. While this original gangsta remains the most popular, its offspring variations are equally as popular!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake — what’s with you guys and cookie dough!? Don’t worry — there will never be a shortage of cookie dough around here this cake is no exception! While I made it a few years back, it didn’t quite take off until this year. I LOVED reading about you guys making this cake and loving it. It truly is a cookie dough lover’s dream come true!
Snickers Brownie Bites — these little bite-sized nuggets of homemade Snickers were an insta-hit IRL and on the WWW. And pssssssst, I have another version of this coming soon!!
Birthday Cake Seven Layer Bars — these gooey, sprinkly bars are jam-packed with all that sweet, sinful birthday cake flavor!! One of my favorite versions of Seven Layer Bars!
Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs — I didn’t realize what monster cookies were until I met my friend Ashton. Since then, I couldn’t stop thinking about these candy-studded cookies! These brownie bombs are certainly monstrous in the size and flavor department.
Caramel Apple Bread — this stuff is seriously addictive, and for good reason! Studded with fresh, tart apples and swirled with buttery caramel, it’s the perfect dessert-for-breakfast treat!!
Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Caramel-Filled Cookies — I had noooo idea these cookies would become so popular, but now that I think about it, why wouldn’t they? Buttery chocolate chip cookies baked deeeeeep dish style with a gooey caramel filling. So yummy.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Bombs — um… just look at them! They’re awesome.
Samoas Cookie Cups — enjoy those delicious, highly-addictive Girl Scout cookies any time of year with these easy-to-create cookie cups! You’ll be surprised it is to whip these up!
No-Bake Nutter Butter Butterfinger Bars – 1) no-bake treats ALWAYS rule, and 2) the combination of salty Nutter Butter cookies ground together with crispy Butterfinger candies makes for an awesome, easy bar!
Circus Animal Cookie Truffles — these bad boys are still one of my favorites! Made entirely of Circus Animal Cookies (you know, those classic frosted pink & white ones?!) they will instantly transform you back to your childhood.
Cupcake Pie — it’s a pie made entirely of cupcakes! If this isn’t going to satisfy your sweet tooth, I don’t know what will!
And while you guys made those recipes what they are, I have some personal favorites myself! These are the things I’ve made that can’t stop thinking about, make frequently, and/or combine my favorite flavor combinations using some of my favorite ingredients. Try them and see if they’ll be one of your new favorites, too!
Oatmeal Cookie Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars — er mah gerd, dudes. These bars are oatmeal cookies with actual jelly donuts stuffed inside. No, not a health food but they are extremely healthy for your soul!!
Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls — these rolls are surprisingly simple to make and have a HUGE amount of insanely delicious flavor. You’ll love them!!
Churro Donuts — it’s no surprise that donuts are my favorite food EVER, so these mini homemade donuts — with the same cinnamon-y crunch of a churro — are one of my favorites!
Banana Split Poke Cake — I love banana splits, and this take on a classic ice cream favorite makes for a super scrumptious cake!
Birthday Cake S’moreos — I LOVE this overly sweet, chewy take on s’mores using birthday cake Oreos and birthday cake flavored PEEPS marshmallows.
Lite Triple Coconut Cupcakes — STILL one of my favorite cupcakes ever!! They are a coconut dreaaaaaaam.
Again, thanks so much for your loyalty and support in 2013 and for making these recipes bigger & better than I ever thought possible! Happy New Year, friends — see you on the other side