The Best of Brown Eyed Baker in 2012: 20 of My Favorite Recipes

The Best of Brown Eyed Baker in 2012: 20 of My Favorite Recipes

Yesterday, I shared my annual roundup of the 10 most popular recipes on Brown Eyed Baker that were made during 2012. While many of those on that list were my favorites, there were also a ton of recipes that I fell in love with this year that didn’t make the cut. I want to share my personal favorites with you that weren’t on the previous list, so I put together this follow-up roundup, which features 20 of my favorites from 2012 – 10 sweet and 10 savory. It was agonizing to pare this list down; there are so many more recipes I want to include! (Please note the three honorable mentions at the end, as well!) These are the recipes that I made over and over, tried to hide from others, and cried when they were gone. Enjoy browsing the list, and feel free to share any recipe requests for 2013 in the comments below!

 (The recipes are listed in chronological order, January through December.)

Savory Recipes

1. Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwiches

Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwiches

2. Conch Fritters

Conch Fritters

3. Bacon and Cheese Easter Bread

Bacon and Cheese Easter Bread

4. General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

5. Chicken Fried Steak with Sawmill Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak with Sawmill Gravy

6. Hot Corn and Cheese Dip

Hot Corn and Cheese Dip

7. Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries

Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries

8. Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

9. Potato Skins

Potato Skins

10. Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini


Sweet Recipes

1. My Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Birthday Cake

My Dad's Favorite Chocolate Birthday Cake

2. No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

3. Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

4. Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwiches

5. German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

6. Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

7. Filled Raisin Cookies

Filled Raisin Cookies

8. DIY: Homemade Klondike Bars

Homemade Klondike Bars

9. The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

10. Ho Ho Cake

Ho Ho (Ho) Cake

Honorable Mentions:

These recipes all made my short list, but were at the very top of my Chief Culinary Consultant’s favorites from the past year, so I wanted to make sure they were included in the list!

Greek Custard Pie (Galaktoboureko)

Greek Custard Pie

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Sweet Apple Glaze

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Sweet Apple Glaze



Do you have any recipe requests for Brown Eyed Baker in 2013? Share them below!


54 Responses to “The Best of Brown Eyed Baker in 2012: 20 of My Favorite Recipes”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on December 27, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I love this list more than the most-popular list among readers because it shows what YOU loved and although I think people will always click on chocolate or cheesy things, they may not click on baklava but knowing that you loved it that much and made it over and over….now THAT is the kind of insider’s info I want and those are the recipes I want to make. And that Greek custard pie, wow!

    I loved all your chocolate cake recipes and am glad they made the cut here!


  2. Renee on December 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Galaktoboureko… amazing!


  3. Azzina on December 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    My dear Great post….so nice to have a compilation of the trend reports in one place!


  4. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Why do not remember you posting the Banana Split Ice Cream Cake? Oh my gosh!!!! All your personal picks look delish!!!


  5. little kitchie on December 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

    That Easter bread, my heart be still…
    I love this post! Getting to see what you enjoyed the most is so interesting and helpful!


  6. Liz on December 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Will have to give some of these a try. Could you devote one day a week to “healthy” recipes? I would love to see a few good frittata recipes. Thanks for a great blog.


    • Kate on December 27th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Skinnytaste is my favorite for healthy recipes-it’s an excellent food blog designed for folks on Weight Watchers, but it has really yummy stuff in addition to the standard salads and whatnot. 🙂


    • Michelle on December 27th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Liz, I sprinkle in some of my favorite healthier recipes here and there, but I don’t devote a certain number of posts per week or month to them.


  7. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on December 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

    If I wasn’t feeling so sick right now, I’d be heading for the kitchen…


  8. MgMama on December 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’m still trying to master the perfect beef stew. I’d love a great recipe for that


    • Emma on December 27th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      MgMama:Michelle has a great beef stew recipe on here-it makes great broth/gravy. You should give it a try =)


  9. MollyCakes on December 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Scones! Or anything with lemon! I love both!


  10. Kim C on December 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I second the request for some lighter recipes in 2013. I remember once that you mentioned you were a pretty healthy eater yourself most of the time. We love your recipes so much, we’d be nterested to see how you lighten things up. 🙂 thanks for sharing!!


  11. Tali Palmrose on December 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    If you have a recipe for a caramel pecan apple pie & dutch apple pie, I would love it. I live in Sacramento and every year we go to apple hill and there is a place called High Hill who makes the best dutch apple pie & caramel crunch apple pie. The caramel crunch apple pie has pecans and caramel and apples. If you have a recipe for these two pies if you can include them in 2013 my family and I would be oh so grateful. Happy New Year!


  12. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on December 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    In one of my first bread baking attempts ever, I made your bacon & cheese Easter bread this past year. I can’t wait to try perfecting it again next year!


  13. Allison C on December 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I have been seeking a great roasted (or not) butternut squash soup that is vegetarian (gasp!). I have tried many, but haven’t been happy with any yet…


  14. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on December 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I remember your post with Your Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Cake. It was the sweetest post ever! Love this list – so many of my BEB favorites are here!


  15. Karin on December 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    A strange request I know…but what about fortune cookies? I always wanted to make them from scratch…and somehow make them taste better, too!


    • Michelle on December 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I love that request! I’m definitely adding it to the list!


  16. Kate on December 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I only recently discovered your site, and LOVE all these recipes! My husband is particularly happy with the hot chocolate mix and marshmallow recipe. 🙂


  17. Patty T on December 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I would love for you to do a Buche de Noel (Yule Log). I found a recipe this year and made it but I think it could have been a lot better.


    • Michelle on December 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Patty, A yule log has been on my list for some time, but every year it ends up getting put on the back burner for more cookies 😉 I’m bound and determined to make it next year!


  18. Cris on December 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    These are awesome! I would love to see a recipe for a lattice top peach cobbler. I’ve been looking for a while but haven’t found one that I like.


  19. Kristen H. on December 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love reading your blog and getting new ideas. I am really getting into a salad kick lately and I like the sweeter salads that have dried fruits or sweeter dressings. Could you maybe do a post about good salad dressing recipes that are easy to make at home? That would be great! Have a great 2013!


  20. T.R. on December 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Great post. I actually made your spinach artichoke dip, 7 lay dip and red velvet cheesecake recipes for my holiday party this year. Everyone loved them. I actually got the spinach artichoke dip as a request to bring to a Xmas gathering. I’m kinda new but CAN”T wait to try more. I really want to try the Conch fritters, but it’s so expensive and hard to find, any substitutions suggestions? i.e. crab.
    I was SUPPOSED to make the Carmalize Onion, Mushroom, Guyerre Cheese Tarlets and the Chili Con Queso but didn’t plan my time well. Had the ingredients but they didn’t make the final cut. :O(


    • Michelle on December 27th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Hi T.R. – I have used shrimp successfully in place of the conch, and I don’t see why you couldn’t use crab as well. They are very tasty, I hope you give them a try!


  21. Laura Dembowski on December 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Great list! It is surprisingly hard to choose favorites from posts. I loved everything I posted so much.


  22. Holiday Baker Man on December 27, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Great post! I am always on the look out for a cookie for my next year’s Christmas boxes. Needs to be reasonably priced, interesting, and will travel long distances well.

    All the best in 2013!


  23. Linda on December 28, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I had lunch a few months ago at the Olive Garden restaurant and had a slice of their Black Tie chocolate mousse cake and thought I had died and gone to heaven! It is really really good. I would love to be able to recreate that awesomeness at home, how about giving us your version?


  24. Tracey on December 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    It was such a great year for your blog Michelle! You have no idea how many of your recipes I have bookmarked 🙂 Hope you had a very merry Christmas with your family! Wishing you all the best in 2013!


  25. Michelle on December 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Michelle.
    Twenty years ago a mennonite friend of mine made creamed peach pies. Since then, we’ve moved away and lost touch but I still remember how delicious her pies were. That would be my request for 2013.
    Keep baking/cooking and posting. We will keep following!


  26. Laketia on December 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Michelle! I absolutely love your blog and have actually made quite a few of the recipes and they are always a hit! So I have a request for you. The California Pizza Kitchen had this amazing garlic chicken pizza in a garlic white wine sauce. It was my favorite thing on the menu and I got it every time I went there. When I went recently the waiter informed me that it was no longer on the menu and I was completely heartbroken. If you could recreate that I would be forever grateful. I tried to do some research on the net for it and found one recipe but I lost the site. Have a happy new year! <3 Laketia


  27. BC on December 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for amazing vanilla chai cupcakes. Everything I’ve come up with hasn’t quite grasped the taste of chai tea entirely. Since you’ve managed to cupcakeify car bombs and margaritas, I have no doubt you’d manage to make some wonderful chai cupcakes!!!


  28. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on December 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Oh my gosh…I’m glad I don’t have to pick just one! I want to chow down on potatoes and chicken right now 🙂 With dessert of course.


  29. Steph in Lex on January 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    How about Italian cream cake? You are one of two blogs that has by far the most awesomely delicious cake/cupcake recipes that I have come across, and I would love to see what recipe you would find for that!

    And I second the chai cupcakes!


    • Steph in Lex on January 4th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      p.s. I’ve made the baklava twice and it was AMAZING both times. I never realized that it was so easy to make–just time-consuming. Definitely one of my favorite desserts and now I can make it super-easily thanks to you!


  30. Nicky on January 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for your amazing blog!!
    For 2013 recipes:
    How about a 7 layer MOIST cake (yellow cake chocolate frosting and chocolate glaze)? And also maybe a few more good chinese recipes? ie beef/ chicken lo mein, sesame chicken???
    You do an amazing job!!


    • Michelle on January 9th, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Hi Nicky, Thanks for the suggestions, I will add them to my list!


  31. Julie on January 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I love your sie, i check it often. For 2013 i want Something sweet with coconut


  32. JB on January 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I just found your blog and love your recipes. I would love it if you could post a white chocolate cake (with frosting), gluten free if possible, please. Thank you, Michelle!


  33. Maja on February 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    This weedend I made your HoHo Cake and the Banana Split Cake. Both were a total hit! Thanks for sharing!


  34. HatfullofCrazy on February 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve been trying to find a recipe that replicates the Starbucks Cinnamon Scone. My boys LOVE them, and I’ll admit they’re spectacular…but $2.25 each? Ouch! I figure you’re genius enough to pull it off 🙂


  35. NORMA WRIGHT on February 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Love your site. Have not tried the recipe yet, but DEFINITELY going to try the red velvet cheesecake recipe. Two of my favorite things 🙂


  36. Nancy on February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Would love to see a recipe for a hazelnut dacquoise . Love you blog, and the pictures are awesome. They make me hungry everytime. Well done


  37. Salman on March 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I liked the recipe very much. Can you tell me recipe of Green Grape Cake.


  38. Andrea on April 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    i noticed that you don’t have a recipe for Vinegar Pie. sounds & smells weird, mainly while you cook it, but tastes oh so good.


  39. KraftedKhaos on September 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but I was really hoping you’d have some recipes that used Feta cheese… I’ve got a big container of it, and no recipe to use it in!
    I guess I’ll have to google it for now, but it’s something to think about, since I didn’t see a single recipe (under your ‘listed by ingredients’ section) for Feta cheese.



  40. Julie on October 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I have come to know and trust Brown Eyed B
    Baker for all my recipes needs. I always check her
    recipe against another and normally wind up with
    the Brown Eyed Baker recipe, she has not failed me yet!!
    Couldn’t live without her.
    What about a Beef Wellington recipe?


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