My Best Recipes of 2021
December 21, 2021
It was a year full of plenty of experimentation in the kitchen for me, and I always love looking back at what I created. This year, I had so many delicious recipes, it was tough to choose favorites, so I’m breaking it down award-show style. Discover my best recipes of 2021, and be sure to let me know which ones you loved!
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Best Overall Recipe:
While I really enjoyed so many of my recipes, it’s wasn’t a tough decision to choose my overall fave. There was something special about this cheesecake. First, it’s a simple recipe to make. Because it’s no-bake, there aren’t very many places to mess up.
Also, the flavor combinations were just mouthwatering. The cloying sweetness of molasses is balanced by tangy cream cheese. The creamy texture compliments the crunchy graham cracker crust. And the whole thing is tied together with a gooey butter rum sauce.
Now for the rest of these, I’ll introduce you to a few favorites in each category. Then you can reveal the winner!
Best Fruity Treat
During the produce season, I tend to focus a lot on fruit-centric desserts and breakfast recipes. This year was no exception. Each of these choices highlights a different fresh fruit, by pairing it with complimentary flavors: orange & cream, rhubarb & strawberries, cherry & cheesecake, blueberries & corn, and apples & cheddar.
Best Non-Fruit Dessert
Whether chocolate, cream, or nut-based, these non-fruit desserts deserve their own category. Each of the sweets I selected here show off a delicious flavor or combination, featuring different styles of preparation: cookie bar, cheesecake, torte, brownies, and pastry, showing off the versatility of dessert.
So many great recipes highlighted 2021! Here are a few favorites.
Cookies went from being one of my least favorite to one of my favorite things to bake. I love experimenting with flavors in a small-scale treat. Plus, these are perfect for sharing with friends and family. From chewy to melt-in-your-mouth, these cookies each represent a wonderful snack.
As I always say, it’s not brunch without cocktails, and honestly, it would be Slumber & Scones either. These drinks are full of character, ranging from classy to colorful, and all have plenty of flavor. Featuring bourbon, tequila, rum, vodka, and even a zero-proof option, they really accentuate the variety of drinks I created this year.
There can only be so many favorites, but I feel like I need to mention some other highlights of the year:
I posted this recipe on December 31 of 2020, which technically means it couldn’t be a favorite of 2021, and that it was after my favorites of 2020 post. But don’t let these cinnamon rolls slip through the cracks. They are a game changer.
Let’s give a shout out to the fruit that kept me going this summer! Not only are blueberries the easiest of all the berries to pick, but they taste delicious and keep on adding their gorgeous color to recipes like Blueberry Lemon Bars with Gingersnap Crust and Blueberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream.
This was one of my favorite recipes from developing the idea, all the way through the execution and eating it. But I’m not sure if it counts as a fruity or non-fruity recipe? If I keep cooking with butternut squash, I might need a new category!