It’s been a fabulous year here at Overtime Cook. There have been loads of highlights…too many to list. But I am going to be a total cliche and list some of my most popular posts. First, starting with plain stats- here goes:
Scroll all the way to the bottom for the giveaway!
Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes: It’s funny how things work out sometimes. I made these on a whim, and happened to take a nice picture of them. Months later and it’s still usually the most popular post every day. Also, it’s totally my favorite breakfast! And my blog’s most popular post!
Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks: These are among my favorite real-life recipes, but they are also the first ever recipe on Overtime Cook to go “viral.” I still remember the feeling of checking my stats and yelping when I saw that they had gone up by a gazillion percent. Or something like that. Probably one of the best moments of the year for me, as a blogger!
Homemade Milk Chocolate Fudge: This one’s popularity is pretty much due to pinterest. It’s kinda funny, because after I posted it, I regretted not adding the words “2 ingredient fudge” to the picture. I mean, who wouldn’t repin that? Turns out, folks don’t need those words to repin this. They were right to, I should add, because this is amazing.
Flourless Chocolate Cookies: I often wonder if the popularity of these cookies was due to my describing them as “chocolate clouds” or because gluten free is just that in style. Either way, I can’t believe how popular these were, and continue to be, but they sure are delicious Passover cookies!
S’mores Cheesecake: I absolutely love this. It was one of those things where I knew from the second I dreamed it up that it would be a smashing success. I mean, just look at that! You know you want to eat it!
Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: Everyone loves the classic chocolate chip cookie. This recipe claims to make the best, chewiest cookies ever. Is that true? Well, loads of readers think so. Try them and see if you agree!
Mini Apple and Honey Tarts: Another stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. This dessert screams fall, is super easy to make, and drew a gazillion of you to my website.
Zebra Bundt Cake: Bundt cakes are among my favorite desserts to make for a crowd, because they are beautiful and don’t require much effort. This one is extra special because the beauty really shows when you cut it open… Plus my handy little graphic showing step-by-step directions to make the zebra effect was repinned once or a thousand times.
Homemade Iced Mocchaccino: I don’t know what to say about this one, other than it deserves a top spot. Winter, summer- who cares? This is a delicious drink, and it takes less than five minutes to make!
Mini Quinoa Pizzas: I am so glad that these barely squeaked their way into the top ten list. Honestly, I thought these would revolutionize the entire food world. (Hah!) I mean, the idea of a pizza on a crust of quinoa (hello? gluten free?) and relatively healthy is just mind blowing to me. I’m glad quite a few of you discovered the awesomeness of these!
There’s another kind of popular, and that is recipes which I received a ton of feedback on. I don’t have the stats to show it, but some of the recipes which I received the most feedback on, that people actually made and enjoyed the recipes, are:
Healthy Mock Breaded Cauliflower: One of my favorite dishes ever, and a reader favorite too. Every time someone tells me they made it, I kinda want to run to my kitchen and make it again. Yep, it’s that good.
Garlic and Shallot Topped Smashed Potatoes: I don’t think you have to look much further than the name of this recipe to start drooling and understand just why so many people have told me they made and enjoyed this. Best part is, they look impressive, but they don’t actually require that much work.
Creamy Orange Vegetable Soup: This is a real family favorite, and it’s no wonder so many people have made this and let me know how much they loved it. It isn’t difficult to make, but it’s delicious, filling, healthy and just so awesome.
Mini Shepherd’s Pies: I don’t think it’s hard to figure out why these are so popular. They are beautiful thanks to the nicely piped mashed potatoes on the top, but they are delicious comfort food under the pretty little exterior.
Chanukah Style Peanut Butter Blossoms: These cookies, along with my newer version of chocolate coin cookies (published in Ami magazine) were made by loads of people all over the world probably because they are so darned cute.
Lemon Glazed Honey Cookies: Honey cookies don’t have the greatest reputation, so I am glad lots of you gave this updated version a try. Trust me, these are simply…amazing.
And lastly I thought it would be fun to draw some attention to the least popular posts of 2012! These posts are delicious, so head on over and give them the love they deserve!
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies: I can’t believe these have been so un-popular on the blog, because in real life, they are the most popular I make. No jokes. I don’t take it lightly when I make the claim that I make the best oatmeal butterscotch cookies. In. The. World.
Spiced Corn Fritters: These are from the early days of my camera when I really had no clue what I was doing, so the pictures are kinda lousy, but the fritters are delicious. In fact, I am totally putting them on this week’s menu!
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade: I am totally sad that this isn’t more popular, because it’s not only one of my most ingenious ideas, but it’s one I make all the time in the summer. I know it’s winter, but I am craving some now!
Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies: Ok, so these are one of the first recipes ever posted on this blog, and the picture is positively cringe-worthy, but believe me- these cookies are gooood.
Peanut Topped Peanut Cookies: Poor little peanut butter cookies… the least popular of the year. Sad, because these are simply a delicious peanut butter cookie, with a little extra decor with the peanuts on top. Totally delicious.
And there you have it folks, the most (and least) popular recipes of 2012! I want to thank each and every one of you for reading, commenting, baking and cooking. It’s been a fabulous year, and my little blog has grown in leaps and bounds that I never would have dreamed of! I can’t wait to see what next year brings, how about you?
And now…to thank all of you awesome readers in the way that a blogger does best: A Giveaway!
Last year, during the holidays, I picked up this fabulous special interest publication from Better Homes and Gardens entitled 100 Best Cookies. Naturally, I knew I had to buy it. Not only did I love it, but I baked about half of the cookies in this publication. So this year, when I saw they were selling it again, I knew I had to pick up a copy to give to a lucky reader!
Prize: 1 copy of Better Homes and Gardens 100 Best Cookies Magazine 2012
To enter: leave a comment on this post telling me what recipe or recipes you have made from my blog over the last year!
Giveaway ends: January 7th, 2013 at 11:59 pm eastern time
Limit 1 entry per person.
Prize can only be shipped within the US.
Giveaway is sponsored by me, and is not connected with better homes and gardens!
Good luck, and don’t forget to check out all of my links above! -Miriam