December 29, 2011

Your Top 10 of 2011 {Most-Viewed Recipes of the Year}

Well, here they are!  Your top 10 of 2011 ... as 'voted for' by your clicks.  And I must say, you all have great taste.  Hee, hee.

1.  Funfetti Cake Balls - By farrrrrrr your most clicked post.  This post was viewed a whopping 7 times more than the #2 post.  Boy, who would have thought that one of my biggest 'oops' of the year would turn into such a fabulous-little-favorite treat.  One reader even called me "the MacGuyver of the kitchen" for this recovery of a flop ... I'm so flattered!


2.  Salted Chocolate Cake Pops - Oooohh, this one brings back such a wonderful memory ... an entire day this summer spent making cake pops and cake ball truffles with my friend Jenny.  Thanks so much for giving me this walk down memory lane!


3.  Nutella French Toast with Maple Syrup, Bananas, & Strawberries - I've definitely been on a Nutella kick this year.  Yum.



4.  The BEST Vanilla Cupcake + the BEST Coffee Buttercream - Thank you for coming along on my quest for the BEST vanilla cupcake!  It was surprisingly difficult to find a vanilla cupcake that I was truly happy with.



5.  Stovetop Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese - This one holds a special place in my heart, because it was created for the first ever Crazy Cooking Challenge, the brain child of and hosted by Tina of Mom's Crazy Cooking.  I love participating in the Challenge with Tina and the other 80-or-so participating bloggers!  (Hey, check us out on January 7th when we'll be going live with a Chicken Noodle Soup Crazy Cooking Challenge ... I know, I know, shameless plug.)

6.  Margarita Cupcakes - a.k.a Top Shelf Margarita Cupcakes.  These were a July creation that were just perfect for summer.


7.  German Chocolate Chip Cookies - These tasty little beauties were also made for a Crazy Cooking Challenge ... the 2nd one, featuring chocolate chip cookies.  I decided not to submit these as my entry though, going instead with Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies (which also made the top 10 list at #9).  Looks like you all liked these even better than the Nutella Chocolate Chippers ... maybe I should have gone with these for the Challenge!



8.  Black Bottom Cupcakes - Chocolate & cheesecake together in a two-or-maybe-three-bite-sized cupcake.  What more could we ask for?  This is the post in which I included a blast from the past ... Animal of the Muppets singing "mnah-mnum" ... love that little puppet guy.  This is also the sweet treat I featured in my personal cancer story post for 'Frosting for the Cause' in support of breast cancer research.


9.  Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies - My 2nd Nutella-based treat to make your top 10.  These little tasties were baked up for the Crazy Cooking Challenge.  Delish.



10.  Margarita Cake Ball Truffles - Margarita Cupcakes' little sister!  This post even features a visit from Elvis.




And I would like to include my favorite find from 2011 in blogland ... S'More Pralines, adapted from Bakergirl's Graham Cracker S'mores Candy.  Incidentally, these made Bakergirl's 2011 Top Ten!  Believe me, these are absolutely scrumptious.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by my little spot in blogland this year!  I truly appreciate you reading, your comments, your support, and your encouragement.  Happy New Year to you!!

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Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

This post is linked with Savvy Homemade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Share Your Creations hosted by Kristen's CreationsCreative Juice hosted by Momnivore's Dilemma, Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum, Weekend Bloggy Reading hosted by Serenity Now, Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Countdown to 2012: Best Desserts of 2011 hosted by Finding Joy in My Kitchen, Think Pink Sundays hosted by Flamingo Toes, Sundae Scoop hosted by I {heart} Naptime, Feature Yourself Friday hosted by Fingerprints on the Fridge, Mangia Mondays hosted by Shine Your Light, Cast Party Wednesday hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain, Inspiration Friday hosted by At the Picket Fence.

13 comments:

  1. These are some super yummy posts, no surprise they are at the top!! You've had a 'delicious' year!

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  2. Can I please have a bowl of that coffee buttercream ASAP? Looks amazing.

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  3. What a delicious top 10! My favorite are those salted cake pops. What a great idea!!

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  4. Your funfetti cake balls look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wow - glad I found your blog. So many good things to try from 2011. Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2012!

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  6. Wow - I missed the nutella french toast!! :( I'm definitely pinning this - - I think I will be making it for my hubby for his bday - HE WILL FLIP! :)
    Happy New Year!

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  7. These treats look amazing! Wonderful ideas and photography : )

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  8. Oh, I love seeing all of your top recipes again. They're so beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  9. yummy-found you from-Kristen's Creations-now I'm following you so stop by for a visit!

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  10. Happy New Year to you too! I'm so glad that you decided to join us for the countdown! Such fun.

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  11. Those funfetti cake balls look amazing! I definitely need to follow you - you post my kind of food :)

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  12. Wow, I am in awe at all that good looking food. You got the #2 spot for last week's Sweets for a Saturday and I'm not surprised. Congrats!

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  13. Oh yum! Those margarita cupcakes and funfetti cake balls look delicious! Actually I take it back -they all look delicious! Found you over at Freshmen Friday (Home Savvy A to Z). Love the blog

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