Year in Review: Top Ten Trending Recipes of 2017

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At the end of every year, I like to look back on all the recipes I’ve made—not only to reminisce about all the delicious meals I’ve enjoyed but also to reflect on my growth as a chef, writer, and photographer. This year, these ten recipes truly stood out, amassing thousands of views, shares, and pins. My blog traffic has tripled over the past year, and it’s all thanks to readers like you!

Top 10 Recipes of 2017

Creme Brulee Cookies

Dubbed the creme de la creme of cookies, these treats feature a vanilla pudding filling and a torched, caramelized sugar topping that cracks just like traditional crème brûlée. They bring a delightful surprise to the cookie jar and provoke the question, “How did you make that?!”

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Overnight Oats

The rise of overnight oats in 2017 marked a trend toward easy, portable breakfast options. Whether you prefer them warmed up or enjoyed cold, the mason jar method offers convenience without sacrificing taste, making it a hit for busy mornings.

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Geode Cookies

Designed to deceive and delight, geode cookies mimic the real stones with a moldable exterior that cracks open to reveal a sparkling sugar interior. They are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the palate.

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Game of Thrones Recipes: Gendry’s Bowl of Brown

Inspired by the epic season of Game of Thrones, this recipe brings a taste of Westeros into your kitchen. “Bowls of brown,” a staple in the series, combine mystery meat, broth, and barley into a hearty stew that transports you straight to Fleabottom.

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Game of Thrones Recipes: Daenerys’ Dragon Eggs

Celebrate the Mother of Dragons with these no-bake, dragon egg-shaped delights. They’re crafted to add a touch of mythical magic to your menu, no fire required.

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Harry Potter Magical Recipes: House Elf Beef & Dumpling Stew

Turning my kitchen into Hogwarts resulted in this magical dumpling stew. It’s perfect for a cold afternoon in the Great Hall and brings a bit of the wizarding world into our world.

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Day Old Bread = French Bread Pizza

This recipe transforms day-old bread into delectable French bread pizza. It’s an excellent solution for leftover bread and turns a few simple ingredients into a mouth-watering meal.

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Hanky Panky

A classic holiday appetizer, Hanky Panky—comprising a cheesy, beefy topping on rye—proves simple recipes can still be crowd-pleasers. It’s easy to prepare and universally adored.

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Maid Rites

A nostalgic favorite from my mother’s hometown of Greenville, Ohio, maid rites are a unique, sweet loose meat sandwich that combines simple ingredients like onions and mustard for a surprisingly delicious result.

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The top recipe of 2017, these cafeteria-style crispitos brought back fond high school memories. Determined to recreate this childhood favorite, I crafted a version that did not disappoint.

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It has been a great year for recipes – everything from savory to sweet! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for my kitchen.

Happy New Year!

As we bid farewell to another flavorful year, I’m filled with gratitude for the moments we’ve shared through these recipes. Your enthusiasm and interaction have transformed my blog into a bustling community of food lovers. I’m eager to keep this momentum going and promise to bring more unique and exciting recipes your way in the coming year. Whether we’re cracking through creme brulee cookies or stirring up some hanky panky, our kitchen adventures will continue to bring us together. Thanks for making my recipes a part of your table, and cheers to a delicious new year ahead!

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