Best of 2013 on The Domestic Rebel!

bestof2013As 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!

browniecookieChocolate 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!

doughcakeChocolate 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!

snickerbrowniebitesSnickers 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!!

bdaymagicBirthday 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!

monsterbombMonster 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.

applecinnamonbreadCaramel 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!!

deepdishcaramelcookieDeep-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.

redvelvetbombsRed Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Bombs — um… just look at them!  They’re awesome.

samoacupSamoas 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!

nobakenutterNo-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!

circustruffCircus 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.

cupcakepieCupcake 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!

pbjellydonutOatmeal 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!!

caramelapplerollCaramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls — these rolls are surprisingly simple to make and have a HUGE amount of insanely delicious flavor.  You’ll love them!!

churrodonutChurro 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!

bananasplitcakeBanana Split Poke Cake — I love banana splits, and this take on a classic ice cream favorite makes for a super scrumptious cake!

bdaysmoreosBirthday Cake S’moreos — I LOVE this overly sweet, chewy take on s’mores using birthday cake Oreos and birthday cake flavored PEEPS marshmallows.

snowballcakeLite 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 🙂

xo, Hayley








  1. O deah, I feel dizzy with lust for the sugah!
    IT all LOOKS so GOOOD!

  2. Gawd, I wish I could eat every single item you’ve featured here! What a deliciously fabulous year you’ve had, Hayley. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014!

  3. Definitely have my eye on those samoa cookie cups!! But…I love them all, of course 🙂

  4. DAMN girl you got some good recipes up in hurrrr!! Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for ya!! XO

  5. OMG. I wish you lived next door.

  6. Deep dish caramel filled cookies? whaaaaat? all of these look amazing!

  7. SO MUCH SUGAR! It warms my heart to see all these decadent posts heehee (or maybe my arteries). Hayley I am so SO Happy to have met you this year and I can’t WAIT to see what amazingly sweet treats you concoct in 2014!! Happy Early New Years my friend! 😀

  8. I’ve made a couple of those but so many remain on my “to make” list. Gotta work on that!

  9. Aww, the chocolate chip cookie dough cake was the first recipe I ever read on your blog! And I’ve been reading it ever since 🙂 So glad you had a great year, can’t wait to see what delicious treats you bring us next year!

  10. I bow down to the queen

  11. So many amazing recipes this past year! Can’t wait to see what the new year holds for you, Hayley!

  12. What a great year of goodies- now I’m in a sugar coma!

  13. So many sweet and amazing creations. It has been a joy to watch you bake and grow this blog. You are such an incredible, talented and kind soul, I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you. And I’m going to keep pushing that reality show, because it would make me, who hates tv, want to watch tv, so clearly it has major hit written all over it. Wishing you the happiest of new years!

  14. I love the Samosas cookies cups and carmel apple bread. Yum!

  15. Wow! Completely amazed at the skill and imagination for these yummy treats.I want to try them all!

  16. Hayley, you are SO freakin awesome! I’m relatively new to food/baking blogs but I love your site! Everything looks so good that I spend more time reading and dreaming about your creations that I never get around to trying anything! I think you are truly talented (and you have mad style) and super funny. Love love love your site!
    Wishing you all the best in 2014! (All the way from Northern Canada!)

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Andrea!! So glad you found my blog and glad to have met you! xo 🙂

  17. Venessa Dameron says:

    Please publish a cookbook so I can buy it!!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Working on it, babe! Thanks for the kind words and the little fire under my butt to write one, Venessa! xo!

  18. Let me just say that you are a GENIUS! I have several recipes saved on Pinterest that link back to your site. I love the ones I’ve tried & have many more recipes I’m anxious to make.


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