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Favorite Recipes of 2012


As 2012 comes to a close I thought it would be a great time to reflect on some of the most popular and favorite recipes I shared over the year.

I really enjoyed looking back at all of the deliciousness that went on in our kitchen this past year. I’ve pulled the top 12 most popular recipes from 2012.  Maybe you will find a recipe that you missed or forgot about!

Favorite 2012 recipes at TidyMom.net

Let’s start with #12 and work our way up to the most popular recipe of 2012…….then I’ve added 3 of my family’s favorites recipes that didn’t make that top 12 list.

Peanut Butter Eggs by TidyMom

12.  Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs – hands down my husbands favorite holiday candy is Reese Peanut Butter Eggs, the home made version is even better.

Cappuccino Cookies

11.  Cappuccino Cookies – These soft sweet cookies made with instant cappuccino and topped with white chocolate are insanely delicious, whether you are a coffee lover or not.

bean and avocado salsa at TidyMom

10.  Bean and Avocado Salsa Tortilla Cups –  the best cowboy caviar bean salsa recipe served in tortilla cups

Bailey's Chocolate and Caramel Cupcakes

9.   Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes – the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day or any day…. featuring chocolate caramel ganache and   Buttercream frosting dosed with Bailey’s Irish Cream.

caramel banana french toast at TidyMom.net

8.  Caramel Banana French Toast – this french toast was inspired by one of our favorite pancake joints and I share my secret to making the best french toast!

Red Velvet Crepes

7.  Red Velvet Crepes – if you’re a fan of red velvet you’ll love these crepes with raspberry preserves and a kicked up sweet cream cheese filling with Nutella drizzled over top!

Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese

6.  Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese – A kick hot sauce gives a new twist to this old classic

Nutella Gooey Butter Cake Recipe at TidyMom.net

5.  Nutella Gooey Butter Cake – I wish my house could smell like it did while this was in the oven every day!  Gooey Butter Cake has been a favorite in our house since I was a child, this chocolate Nutella flavor was a big hit and  it’s a dessert that you can make up to three days in advance, getting better with time.

Peaches Cream Coffee Cake

4.  Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake – Poke your fork in this delicious spice cake lifting out sweet peaches topped with a generous crumb and creamy glaze.  Perfect for breakfast or as an impressive dessert any time.

Bacon Potato Soup

3.  Bacon Potato Soup – This soup is a stick-to-your-ribs type meal that is perfect for a cold winter chill.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes at TidyMom.net

2.  Salted Caramel Cupcakes – One seriously sensational cupcake, inspired by our trip to Sprinkles Cupcake Shop in New York City.

….and the most popular recipe on TidyMom from 2012 was………

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie TidyMom

1.  The New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe My search for the absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe has ended with this recipe!

Many of the recipes listed above were favorites of my family (including #1 which we made more times than I can count), there were a few recipes my family and friends really loved that didn’t make the cut but were very much worth mentioning.

Coca Cola Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting at Tidymom.net

Cocoa Cola Cupcakes – I made these for my coke and peanut butter loving husbands birthday and they were a huge hit!

Chocolate Frosted Cake

Dark Chocolate Frosted Cake with Raspberry Filling  I made this cake for my daughter to take to work and one of the other girls requested it for her birthday a few months later (it was THAT good!)

Banana Nutella Milkshake recipe at TidyMom.net

Banana Nutella Milkshakes – Nutella Milkshakes, what more can I say?!  We whip these up all the time.

 The most popular recipe of all time on TidyMom

Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch Recipe

Ducky Baby Shower Punch


Thanks to all of you for making 2012 such a great year! I love sharing what I’ve whipped up in my kitchen with you and appreciate your continuous support. I’m looking forward to a delicious 2013.  I would love to hear if you have any recipe requests you’d like to see here in the new year.   Happy New Year!

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Such a great year for you. Wishing you all the best in 2013!

  2. Happy, Happy New Year and thanks for a great 2012!!


  3. just incredible. the amazing food & the beautiful pictures!

    Happy New Year, Cheryl!


  4. What a great re cap of the years greatest on your site! That soup is calling my name right now!

  5. Great list of your wonderful recipes!

  6. By far we L-O-V-E LOVED the peaches and cream coffee cake! It was incredible! HappyNew Year!

  7. Great recipes! I loved that Chocolate cake!! YUM! Happy New Year.

  8. What a delicious year it’s been! Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2013!

  9. Love ’em all Cheryl!!! Thanks so much for a year of AMAZING recipes 🙂 XO

  10. It all looks great!!! Congrats on a great year!! PS I love Nutella shakes too!

  11. oh- I am so glad that you did this! I forgot about those peanut butter eggs, and I am completely smitten with them! I am making them FOR SURE!!

  12. That chocolate cake is calling to me! And the punch – so cute!!

  13. What a great round up! Yay for Buffalo Chicken Mac n’ Cheese… mine was in the my top 10 recipes for the year as well. And ohhhh man how did I miss the Red Velvet Crepes?! Making those for V-day!

  14. Those cappuccino cookies are calling my name! Thanks for the round-up and happy new year!

  15. Oh my goodness…how did I miss the Nutella cake! It’s now on my short list to try! Happy New Year!

  16. What a delicious collection! Congratulations on another beautiful year of blogging! Happy New Year!

  17. Oh, how I wish I was sitting in your kitchen!! I hope you have an amazing new year!

  18. Happy New Year, Cheryl! All of these recipes look fantastic, but I love the look of that soup the most. Yum!

  19. Excellent roundup. Happy new year!

  20. It looks like you had a fabulous year! Everything looks delicious!

    Happy New Year!

  21. That Dark Chocolate Frosted Cake with Raspberry Filling has to be my favorite, it’s gorgeous!!

  22. So fun seeing them all in one place!

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