Reader Favorites: 2012

Hi everyone!!

I hope you had a fantastical Christmas holiday/vacation! My family continued our long-standing tradition of waking up at the insane hours of the morning, this year being 2:30 am to open presents. We were finished at approximately 3:07am and promptly went back to bed. And I totally made out like a bandit this year in gifts, so I’m pretty stoked. The end.

Since the year is now coming to a close and I’m officially turning 22 in less than one month (OMG) I decided it’d be a good idea to do a Reader’s Favorite Roundup of all your favorite treats from 2012! This year, my blog kinda sorta exploded on the interwebs and I was surprised at some of your favorites–but then again, you guys do have good taste 😉


Caramel Apple Breadthis recipe is SO easy to make and tastes insanely delicious. Perfect for New Year’s Day breakfast!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake: one of the most popular recipes on my blog for a reason–it’s sinfully delicious, ultra decadent, and something you MUST make.
Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars: my first (and definitely not last) attempt at seven-layer [magic] bars. These will satisfy ANY chocolate peanut butter craving!
Twinkie Cupcakes: we may have had to say goodbye to Hostess this year, but you don’t need to part with those beloved Twinkies! These cupcakes are a cinch to make. 


Circus Animal Cookie Trufflesone of my best ideas, if I do say so myself! Take the classically fun cookie and turn them into adorable truffles… brilliant.
Cotton Candy Bars: outrageously sweet and super fun to make & eat, these bars are one of a kind.
Snickers Brownie Bites: love Snickers and brownies and wish they’d have a baby? Wish no more. Instead, get baking–these pups taste identical to the candy bar with a chewy texture.
No-Bake Nutter Butter Butterfinger Bars: 1) no-bake, 2) overly peanut buttery, 3) super delish. And take under 30 minutes to make!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has helped The Domestic Rebel become such an amazing success this year. 2012 was definitely the ultimate year for my blog: I’ve met so many new friends, had opportunities to work with some of my favorite brands and companies, and watched my little cupcakes and brownie bites turn into Pinterest sensations. I’m beyond thrilled and humbled and appreciate all of your love, support and sweet teeth! <3

What were some of YOUR favorite recipes from The Domestic Rebel this year?    You’ll get to see my favorite recipes this year tomorrow! (And yes, it was HELLA hard to narrow it down to 8 thankyouverymuch).

xo, Hayley

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  1. I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas Hayley!!!! I hung my ice cream cone ornament on my tree! And used my body shop body wash this morning. 🙂 What would I do without you? Congrats on an amazing year. You have come SO far and it is clear how very hard you work on The Domestic Rebel. You are such a supportive reader and friend and I am SO thankful for our friendship. Thank you for everything!!! CONGRATS on an amazing 2012 girl!!!!!!

  2. Congratulations, Hayley!!! Wow! What a year you had! The chocolate chip cookie dough cake – INSANE!! Want! Cheers to many more years of deliciousness!!!

  3. Wow, everything looks incredible! Congrats on an exciting year and happy 2013!

  4. Mmmm…all these treats look soo deliciously yummy! I am just now coming around to find your blog at the end of 2012, but lets make 2013 even better yet!!

  5. Gahhh!! I am kinda freaking out at some of these!! Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars??? Oh Lord, I am DYING!! My blog went through a little growth spurt this year (ok so a big one…) and like you I was surprised at some of my top recipes! Keep up the good work lady – I am SO glad we have been able to connect and I look forward to reading about all kinda of delicious recipes from your fabulous blog!

  6. I need that chocolate cookie dough cake! Happy New Year!

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