Are the throes of Christmas Eve preparations getting to you? Then here’s a little mindless entertainment and/or eye candy to distract you for a bit.

Back by popular demand here are the top 10 reader favorite recipes of 2013!! Later on this week/early next week I’ll also be recapping my favorites as well as The.Boy’s favorites. So stay tuned, don’t stress too much, and Merry Christmas!!

Let’s go in reverse order, shall we? Build up some momentum.

chocolate pudding pie from Eats Well With Others

10. Chocolate pudding pie is a Thanksgiving tradition in my family, and this homemade version puts the pudding-from-a-box version to shame. Big time.

penne with butternut squash, kale and goat cheese

9. Penne with Butternut Squash, Kale and Goat Cheese – Who can resist a winter-squash filled pasta dish in a goat cheese sauce? Obviously neither you nor I.

maple-gingebread layer cake with salted maple caramel sauce

8. This maple-gingerbread layer cake with salted maple caramel sauce is the perfect fall or winter treat.

malted pumpkin cookies with brown butter frosting

7. Malted Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting – for when you want your whole life to taste/smell like pumpkin pie (plus malt and brown butter).

chocolate-caramel tart with sea salt from Eats Well With Others

6. Decadent, delicious and classy is this Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt.

rigatoni torte with fall vegetables

5. This Rigatoni Torte with Fall Vegetables was pretty much a cheesy pasta fall flavor explosion. But don’t let that stop you from making it in winter.

pink champagne cake

4. Make sure you ring in the New Year with this stunning Pink Champagne Cake!

pumpkin spice cheesecake bars

3. Alternating layers of pumpkin pie and cheesecake make these Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars something to write home about. Also, I would like to say RIP to that dish, which I broke approximately three days after purchasing it. Thanks for the memories.

perfect vanilla cupcakes

2. Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes. The name pretty much says it all. I mean, those vanilla bean flecks in the frosting! I can’t even deal.

brown sugar cookies

1. And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for…your FAVORITE RECIPE of 2013 – BROWN SUGAR COOKIES!!! It actually cracks me up a little bit that these are the favorite because Whole Foods posted them on their facebook page and people went berserk at the idea that they had sugar in them. I mean, who would have thought with a name like brown SUGAR cookies. But anyways, I guess there were just as many of you (if not more!) who loved them as hated them!

Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you have so much happiness no matter what your holiday plans are. <3


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50 Responses to Top 10 Reader Favorite Recipes of 2013

  1. Lynn says:

    Lots of sweetness there! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, my friend! I love reading your blog and might just try those cookies. πŸ™‚

  2. I am so not surprised since I want to eat every single one of those off of the screen! Seriously, this could be one of the best meals ever if we ate all of it:-)

  3. I couldn’t let the holidays pass without stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday. Hugs and Christmas blessings…Mary

  4. So many gorgeous recipes! Have a merry Christmas Jo!

  5. Haha, sugar cookies with sugar in them, whatever will they think of next?
    Nice roundup, have a brilliant Christmas, Joanne!

  6. They all look so delicious. I had to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope it is filled with peace and happiness!

  7. bellini says:

    I couldn’t let another day go by without wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Joanne. Eat lots and smile often. It looks delicious around here.

  8. gloria says:

    OMY!! All look fantastic Joanne!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  9. What a tasty roundup! Happy Holidays!

  10. so much deliciousness, hard to handle. Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  11. Jeanette says:

    I’m taking a break to check out your reader favorite recipes – everything looks fantastic, and that rigatoni would be great for a cozy meal. Happy Holidays Joanne!

  12. Yum! Everything looks incredible! No wonder they are a big hit!! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  13. danielle says:

    YUM! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. +1 to everything on this page. holy moly… droool

  15. SallyBR says:

    Oh, NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! A cookie with SUGAR? I might need my smelling salts to counteract that!

    I swear, people act in strange ways sometimes. Too often, I am afraid.

  16. I could lick the screen! So many wonderful recipes in 2013! Can’t wait to see what you make next.

  17. What a delicious year! It all looks amazing!

  18. cquek says:

    HO HO HO all ,bless all ….

  19. It seems we love sweets and pasta…all terrific recipes. I hope you and The Boy have a wonderful Christmas.

  20. I love how so many of these are glorious desserts. I guess that could be a meal in itself. Great collection πŸ™‚

  21. I still have that Maple layer cake on my to do list. I made the brown sugar cookies a few weeks ago and will be posting them one day. They were AWESOME!

  22. Beth says:

    I loved those vanilla cupcakes! Filled with dulce de leche, it was one of my favourite new recipes of the year.

    And I’m dying to try that rigatoni torte. How did I miss that the first time around?

  23. That pink cake is gorgeous! Have a great holiday girl! Enjoy it and take some time to relax!

  24. Susan says:

    Oh my gosh, Joanne! I’ve been in such a funk since the loss of my sister I didn’t even know you had gotten engaged! Congratulations to you and the boy!!

    This will be a very Merry Christmas for you, indeed. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  25. Deena Kakaya says:

    Look at those cakes! Incredible! X

  26. I’ll take one of everything. And also? #7 should totally be #1. Just sayin’…

  27. I am totally stuck on the pink champagne cake. Really must have it! Merry Christmas!

  28. Kate says:

    There are a lot of desserts here!

  29. Christine says:

    Joanne, OMGoodness…such a mix of heavenly delights! I can’t pick a “best”, they’re all so good! But DO love the pink champaign cake!

  30. You sure had an amazingly delicious 2013!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Joanne!

  31. Your 2013 rocked my socks my friend, so delicious πŸ˜€

    Happy Holidays!

  32. Everything on th elist looks fabulous, but that chocolate & caramel tart is calling my name! ;–) Merry Christmas! x

  33. You’ve had so many great recipes this year, Joanne! I can see why these ones were the favorites. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  34. Hotly Spiced says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Joanne and The Boy and all your family. I see quite a few of my favourites here but I couldn’t go past the champagne cake – so gorgeous and I need to learn how to decorate just like that xx

  35. Foodiewife says:

    Well, of course, the top three recipes are desserts. I was just thinking today that a champagne cake would be fun for our wedding anniversary– which is on New Year’s Day. Thank you for reminding me of yours. These all look awesome… and those cookies… SWOON. Thanks for a great year of great recipes…and for your friendship. Deb

  36. These are definitely all worthy of making the top 10 list! What a gorgeous looking round up – I didn’t think I could want more sweet things after Christmas yesterday, but I’ve changed my mind πŸ˜‰ I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Joanne.

  37. Monet says:

    A wonderful collection of recipes, Joanne! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your love today!

  38. What a great year of amazing recipes. I want to have all this week before the year is gone. Those brown sugar cookies were amazing by the way!!

  39. Simply Life says:

    yum! this post reminds me of way too many recipes I need to try!

  40. Sugar cookies have sugar?! No wonder I’ve gained weight this Christmas! haha Hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  41. Teffy says:

    Oh god how could anyone have picked a favourite between all those!?
    They all look absolutely delicious, I could just sit here and eat those sugar cookies all day. Followed by two bowls of the pasta of course.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  42. Joanne , Merry Christmas ! Hope you had a wonderful Holiday!

  43. Pier 1 still has that plate, if you miss it too much :-p I have the same one and use it all the time. All these recipes sound amazing!

  44. Abby says:

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday! So basically…all my meal planning for the next week is solved πŸ˜‰ Love every single thing!

  45. Reeni says:

    I LOVE all these! I want to have a potluck with each and every one! That would be perfect. Hope you had a good Christmas!!

  46. That penne was awesome! I liked that you put these in countdown order. I always forget to do that.

  47. TidyMom says:

    What a delicious year!! I want to make it all!!

    Here’s to a tasty 2014!!

  48. Courtney says:

    I have loved reading your blog this year and save pretty much every recipe you post. I’m so glad we got to meet and hang out at BSP, and I’m crossing my fingers that I get to see you in 2014! You’re going to have one heck of a year, and I’m feeling super excited for you.

  49. Roz says:

    Each and every one of your recipes are visually gorgeous and no doubt, physically delicious! Each. And. Every. ONE! As always none of them can top the other! Great selection!!!!!!!

    Buon Anno Joanne!

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