The Best of Brown Eyed Baker in 2009: The Top 20 Recipes

If you have been a reader of Brown Eyed Baker for some time, you know that each year on or around New Year’s Eve I do a “year in review” and recap my favorite recipes of the year (feel free to check out the rundowns for 2007 and 2008. My how time flies!). This year I am giving you favorite recipes, but with an additional spin – first up are YOUR favorite recipes! I thought it would be great to share the recipes that you all flocked to over the course of the year, so thanks to Google Analytics, below are the Top 10 recipes that were made during 2009, based on site traffic. By the looks of the list, it was the year of the cookie!

#10: Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)

I had never heard of these before a few months ago and coincidentally right after a reader had left a comment asking if I had ever made them, I was flipping through a cookie cookbook and saw a recipe. I considered it fate and whipped them up right away. They are soft, full of molasses and tons of spices. A must for your holiday baking list next year!

#9: Snickerdoodles

A classic that took me years to perfect. They were my nemesis for so long and I finally found the perfect recipe – soft with the perfect cinnamon/sugar combination. You won’t want to wait for the holidays to make these!

#8: Zucchini Bread

This is a great recipe for the end of summer when gardens are overflowing with zucchini. It’s moist and has a subtle zucchini flavor without being too savory or too sweet.

#7: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

This was the first time I had eaten a macaroon and I’d probably look for any excuse to gobble them up in large quantities. They provide a great option for fancier cookie trays that are incredibly quick to throw together.

#6: Better Than Brownies Chocolate Cookies

These are so rich, so chocolatey and indeed like a brownie in cookie form. Probably my favorite from this Top 10 list, if you are a chocolate lover, you will roll over for these babies!

#5: Pittsburgh Penguins Sugar Cookies

Made for fun during the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, I think they may have certainly been good luck as the Pens overcame the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7. I’ve made them a few times since and will be sure to make them again in the spring for another playoff run!

#4: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I adapted this recipe from one of my favorites for chocolate chip and it was a definite winner. The combination of macadamia nuts and white chocolate seems so natural and are absolutely delicious in these cookies.

#3: Brown Sugar-Buttermilk Waffles

The only non-dessert recipe that made the Top 10 (based on traffic) and these are so incredibly worth it. Bacon is sprinkled with brown sugar and baked in the oven and then crumbled and mixed into a buttermilk waffle batter. Fast forward a few minutes and you have a golden Belgian waffle sitting in front of you that couldn’t possibly be more delicious.

#2: How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing

Definitely the most popular tutorial I put together this year, and I have enjoyed receiving feedback from readers who have used it to decorate cookies and have had great success. I have become somewhat addicted to decorating cookies with royal icing and am thrilled that others have been bitten by the bug as well.

And now, the most popular recipe on Brown Eyed Baker during 2009…

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#1: No Bake Chocolate, Oatmeal & Peanut Butter Cookies

A cookie that doesn’t require the oven or an electric mixer? A dream for hot summer days! While these are new to me, many readers have shared stories about how they made these cookies as children with their mom or grandmother. A recipe that stirs up warm memories is always one that I hold dear.

Okay, I’m not done yet. There are other recipes that I absolutely loved this past year, so below are MY Top 10 favorites that I whipped up during 2009 (in chronological order from the beginning of the year to the end):

Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)

A classic Italian cookie, these are filled with ground figs, dates, raisins, walnuts and orange marmalade. They are perfect for a special occasion or just sharing time with friends and family.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Could you imagine a better way to start the day? Sweet, tender dough with a rich cinnamon filling and topped with decadent icing.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is one of the best meals I made all year. I have only recently discovered Chinese food and fallen in love with General Tso’s. This recipe is a perfect replication of the take out favorite and one I’m sure you’ll love as well.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

As always, Peter Reinhart never disappoints. This variation on his classic bagel recipe is absolutely delicious and a favorite of mine and my Chief Culinary Consultant.

Spumoni Ice Cream

I really loved all of the new ice cream I made this year (Chocolate and Tin Roof lead the pack), but this spumoni was just spectacular. A classic Italian dessert, creating an authentic version was no small feat so I was beyond proud to pull all of the flavors together and everyone who ate it (all Italians well versed in spumoni) loved it and most said it was the best spumoni they had ever had.

Stained Glass Jello

While there really isn’t anything special about regular Jello, I had to include this one due to the “cool” factor. I made these for the Fourth of July and can only imagine all of the color and shape combinations you could come up with for holidays, school functions, or just about anything.

Lemon-Limoncello Cupcakes

These are truly gourmet cupcakes, and are worth every bit of effort that the recipe takes. It’s not hard, but requires a few separate steps, and your guests will certainly thank you. Serve these to cap off the end of a summer dinner party.

Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars

Quite possibly the most popular baked good that I made this year, these were requested multiple times within weeks of the first time I made them. They have been dubbed “magical” and they just may be – they certainly disappear at an alarming rate! It’s not hard to see why though with a rich brownie base, marshmallow middle and chocolate/peanut butter/Rice Krispies topping.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I made these for Halloween and they filled the house with the first scents of the autumn season, with Thanksgiving smells wafting from the oven. The cupcake tastes just like a pumpkin pie but with a cake consistency and the cream cheese frosting is flat-out to die for. You must find a reason to make these in the coming year!

Homemade Oreo Cookies

Only better. Much better. Much, much better.

Now tell me – What was YOUR favorite Brown Eyed Baker recipe in 2009?

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and looking forward to more food and fun in 2010!