Best of 2011–The Sweet

What a sweet, sweet year this was.  Once again, you guys have shown me just how much you love your sweet treats.  (Me and my sweet tooth are totally cool with that, by the way.)  Cookies, cupcakes, bars, ice cream, it doesn’t seem to matter.  As long as it’s sweet, it seems to hit all the right notes.  For that I say a huge and very heartfelt thank you.

best chocolate chip cookies

I also owe you all a thank you I still don’t quite believe I get to say.  Your response to my best-ever chewy chocolate chip cookies has been unbelievable.  Truly.  I still cannot wrap my head around the number of hits and comments I’ve gotten from these cookies; they’ve brought my blog to a place I never imagined it could be.  Apparently, you believed me when I said they really were (still are!) the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten.  Thank you.  

butterscotch blondies chocolate ganache

In February I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual baby shower for one of my dear friends, Annie.  I’m not going to lie, choosing a treat for someone as amazing as Annie was definitely intimidating.  Good thing Annie is not only super talented but super sweet, as well; I knew she’d love the fact that I participated no matter what I made.  Then I found these butterscotch blondies with chocolate ganache and my nervousness melted away.  I knew Annie would love them.  I did too.

pina colada ice cream

This piña colada ice cream may not be traditional, but it’s definitely one of my new favorites.

banana cupcakes

An urge to bake and a surplus of cream cheese, ripe bananas, and banana chips led to these banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  What a happy and delicious coincidence!

raspberry gelato

 Summers in Arizona are ridiculously hot.  I don’t really enjoy anything
about that extreme heat, but I do take it as a sign that I need to make
plenty of ice cream.  I found this raspberry gelato recipe and knew I needed to make it.  Oh my, was I so glad I did!

peanut butter jelly bars

August came back to school time and a new reason to bake.  I changed
schools and knew sharing treats would be a great way to begin getting to
know my new coworkers.  I am so happy to say the wonderful reception to
these peanut butter and jelly bars was a great indication of how much I would love my new job.

lemon chex mix

Apparently you all are a bunch of serious lemon lovers!  These lemon buddies were a huge hit.  Good thing they’re easy to make and perfect for sharing with a crowd.

sweet tea tiramisu

 Nothing can top the feeling of using my love of cooking and baking for celebrations.  My friend Josie, a true Southern belle, welcomed a sweet baby boy into the world this year and craved sweet tea for much of her pregnancy.  I was beyond thrilled to make this sweet tea tiramisu for her virtual baby shower.

pumpkin pull apart bread

What can I even say about this pumpkin spice pull-apart bread with bourbon glaze?  Layer upon layer of yeasted pumpkin bread filled with cinnamon sugar and covered in a generous drizzle of bourbon glaze.  I think I’ll just leave it there.

cranberry chai cupcakes

Whenever I hear someone say cupcakes are on their way out I just giggle.  Sure, they might not be all the rage they were a year ago, but who doesn’t love having their own miniature cake?  I mean really, who could resist something as delicious and elegant as these cranbery chai cupcakes?

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  1. That Girl
    December 30, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    What a sweet roundup!

  2. Rebecca
    December 30, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    Yummy and DARLING recap of 2011. Congrats 🙂

  3. Nicole Gamble
    December 30, 2011 / 4:30 pm

    So simple and so perfect! Yammy!

  4. Jessica @Sunny Side Up
    December 30, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    First, your wedding pictures are STUNNING! Every time I see them I think about how great they are! 2011 was a great year for you! I made those chocolate chip cookies the very same day you posted them and I totally get why they became so popular! Great list 🙂

  5. Elizabeth King
    December 30, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    Wow! I have to say the only thing I've made from the "Best of 2011" are the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. That cookie recipe is the best by far! Thanks for sharing it and Happy Holidays!

  6. Josie
    December 31, 2011 / 3:46 am

    I totally got teary eyed looking at your wedding pictures :-)I really want to make those chocolate chip cookies. And of course the sweet tea tiramisu. And the raspberry gelato. That picture is so gorgeous!

  7. Angela
    January 2, 2012 / 1:59 am

    Every recipe in this roundup looks divine, but your wedding pictures definitely take the cake – how beautiful!! Congratulations on a wonderful year 🙂

  8. Kelsey
    January 2, 2012 / 4:02 am

    Thank you so much, ladies. It's wonderful readers like you who keep me going and have made this blog such an enjoyable endeavor!

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