Top 10 Favorite Recipes for 2011

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Citrus Cream Cheese Danish Braid

At the start of a new year it’s fun to take a look back at the things you’ve accomplished, the new friends you’ve made and if you’re a food blogger, your favorite recipes of the past year. These are my top 10 favorite recipes in 2011.

Let’s start with dessert first!

Lemon Bar Cookie Cups served on a floral plate

Lemon Bar Cookie Cups – This year I fell in love with the cookie cup. Not only were they one of my favorite recipes, they were also in my reader’s 10 top too.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Cups

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Cups – if you’re a peanut butter and chocolate lover, this cookie’s for you.

Chewy Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies

Chewy Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies – these were my daughter and son-in-law’s favorite cookie this year. They liked them so much they gave them away as gifts.


Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting – a fun twist on carrot cake. It’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten. I’m planning on creating a bundt cake version for 2012.

Favorite Main Dishes

Light Creamy Pesto Ravioli – made with light cream cheese and 1% milk, but the sauce is so flavorful you’ll never miss the extra fat.

Light Creamy Pesto Ravioli – a quick, delicious, and easy week-night meal.


Queso Bacon Burgers with Avocado Salsa – a burger really doesn’t get much “awesomer” than this.


Creamy Cashew Chicken Puffs (Vols-au-Vents) – this prizing winning recipe is an elegant dinner that looks difficult to make, but it’s simple and oh so delicious!

Start the day off right


Coconut Cherry Granola – my favorite granola flavor. If you haven’t made granola at home yet, what are you waiting for.


Baked Cherry French Toast – another prize winning recipe this year. Switch it up with whatever fruit is in season.


Citrus Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid – filled with cream cheese and cranberries, sprinkled with citrus sugar to create a light sugar crust, and drizzled with a tart lemon glaze. Looks elegant and complicated, but it actually easy to make.

Thanks for taking a stroll down memory lane with me. I also want to thank you for taking the time to visit Barbara Bakes in 2011 and sharing your comments with me. I cherish my readers and their sweet comments, questions and suggestions. Wishing all of you a fabulous new year filled with all your favorite things.

More end of year favorites posts you’ll enjoy:

The Best of Picky Palate Recipes 2011, Picky Palate
Our 10 Favorite Recipes from 2011, Two Peas and Their Pod
Top 10 Recipes of 2011, Mountain Mama Cooks
My Favorite Recipes of 2011, Completely Delicious

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