Yesterday I posted my ten favorite main dishes and sides of the year. Today I’m sharing my absolute favorites of the desserts and baked goods that I’ve made. It was a challenge to choose just ten because I have loved every recipe that I’ve posted, but here are ten of the best.
I hope you have a healthy and happy new year!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes & Cookie Dough Frosting: These cupcakes are heavenly and it is amazing how much the frosting tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough.
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: I am so glad that I found this recipe this year, as these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. If you’ve never tried them, they should be on your must-bake list for 2011.
Chocolate Banana Bread: An all-time favorite of mine, I love how the chocolate and banana flavors complement each other. For an extra-decadent treat, top this quick bread with a smear of peanut butter.
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars: Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and these bars have an amazing cheesecake flavor. Blueberries are a delicious topping, as would be raspberries or strawberries.
Dark Chocolate Truffle Caramel Swirl Ice Cream: I have had so much fun experimenting with my new ice cream maker this year. To create this ice cream, I made a vanilla ice cream base, mixed in dark chocolate truffles, and added a caramel swirl. Brad and I both agreed that it is some of the best ice cream we’ve ever had.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies: With oatmeal, pumpkin, cranberries, and white chocolate chips, these cookies are moist and chewy with just the right amount of spice.
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Squares: This was a recipe that I knew I had to make as soon as I first saw it. I cannot think of a combination more irresistible than cheesecake, caramel, and chocolate.
Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies: As these cookies bake in the oven, they make your kitchen smell amazing- warm, sweet, and spicy. I’ve always enjoyed a good gingersnap cookie, and these molasses spice cookies are even better because they remain a bit soft and chewy while having just the right amount of spice.
Cranberry Scones: These scones are light and buttery, with a subtle sweetness that perfectly balances the tartness of fresh cranberries. Cranberry scones are a special treat with your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti: This is my all-time favorite biscotti recipe. Dipped in a cup of coffee or eaten just as they are, they are so good.