10 Most Popular Recipes of { 2012 }


Happy New Years Eve! I seriously love seeing all the “Top Ten” posts that pop up this time of year! :) I always find so many fun new posts to Pin and bookmark. I especially love finding recipes, because you know they must be really good if they’re the most popular! :) This year I decided to round up the Top 10 Most Popular Recipes on Kevin & Amanda. These are the top 10 recipes that received the most pageviews in the 2012 calendar year. I loved creating this list and finding that some of your favorites were some of my favorites too! :) Hopefully you’ll find something new in here you’ve missed over the years. :)

Starting with number 10


Gooey S'mores Cookies

10. Gooey S’mores Cookies

These cookies are sweet S’mores perfection! The soft, chewy cookie is made with sweet cinnamon graham crackers. It’s stuffed with mini marshmallows that get all toasty from baking and mini Hershey’s kisses that get all melty and gooey. It’s everything I love about s’mores in one delicious cookie!

Mini Lasagna Cups

9. Mini Lasagna Cups

These mini lasagna bites are heaven! This recipe makes 12 mini lasagnas in a muffin tin by using wonton wrappers. So perfect for kids, appetizers, or just for fun! I LOVE how the layers of wonton gets soft like a lasagna noodle, while the outside gets perfectly toasty and crisp. Such a wonderful combo!

Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

8. Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

After I made cookie dough cupcakes, I HAD to make these Brownie Batter Cupcakes!! These are the fudgiest, richest, chocolatiest chocolate cupcakes ever. SO decadent! Make these for the chocolate lover in your life. :)

Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine

7. Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine

This recipe is just awesome. Make your own homemade ice cream with just two ingredients and without an ice cream machine. You won’t believe how smooth and creamy it is! The best part is that  you can add your own flavors, syrups, and toppings in to create the perfect ice cream combination just for you. All you do is stir in your favorite toppings, freeze, and go!

Spicy Sausage Pasta

6. Spicy Sausage Pasta

Oh my gosh you guys. This is so seriously one of my favorite meals ever. I’m so glad to see ya’ll love it too!! I make this for us ALL the time. We love it! It’s such a quick and easy weeknight meal, everything cooks in one pot, and you don’t even have to boil the noodles first! Make this ASAP!! :)

The BEST Chocolate Cake

5. The BEST Chocolate Cake

This doctored-up cake mix cake will knock your socks off! Add just a few “secret” ingredients to a cake mix to make it unbelievably delicious. One of the secret ingredients is a box of Jello pudding. This chocolate cake is made with a Devil’s Food Cake cake mix and a box of Chocolate Jello Pudding — all chocolate. But you can mix and match any cake mix and pudding mix to create any flavor you want! Yellow cake + vanilla pudding, Red Velvet Cake + white chocolate pudding, Butter cake + french vanilla pudding, or a white cake + pistachio pudding are just a few of my favs. The options are endless! :)

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

4. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

I had no idea what I was getting into when I created these brownies! :) Would you look at how insanely decadent this photo is?? Lol. These brownies are:

Layer of Cookie Dough
Layer of Double Stuffed Oreos
Layer of Brownies

All in one massive bar. You can opt to use a homemade recipe for both the brownies and the cookie dough, or you can go all store bought with refrigerated cookie dough and a brownie mix. Or you can do like I did — homemade cookie dough with a doctored up brownie mix. If you haven’t tried them before, make them for your next party! They’re especially fun with the bright and colorful holiday Oreos. You can also stuff them with any candy or cookie besides Oreos. I’ve made them with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups before too! :)

Perfect Pulled Pork

3. Perfect Pulled Pork

This is one of the very first recipes I ever shared, and I’m not surprised it’s still in the top three recipes today. I call this a “company recipe” because it feeds a crowd, and everyone you make it for will rave over it! Prepare to have everyone ask for the recipe and beg to take home the leftovers. :) This pulled pork is tender, supremely flavorful, and perfectly seasoned. It’s so good the way it is, it doesn’t even need sauce . You can make this in a crock pot, but I much prefer it made in the oven, or better yet, a smoker! :)


Chess Squares

2. Chess Squares

You guys, I almost didn’t even post this recipe. (Find out why) But I am SO glad I did. :) I love these darn chess squares! This go-to recipe has been one of my favorite potluck standbys since college. It’s sweet, buttery, chewy, and soft with a perfectly crackly crust. I love every single thing about it. Plus the way it makes the whole house smell while it’s baking makes me want to FAINT! :)


And the number one recipe of 2012…

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

1. Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies! These cookies are so rich and decadent! They’re ooey, gooey cookies made in a muffin pan and oozing with hot, melted chocolate. What’s so fun about these lava cookies is that you can stuff them with just about anything! I’ve filled them with melted chocolate,  fun-sized candy bars, chocolate ganache, Hershey’s syrup, peanut butter, Nutella, Biscoff, caramel sauce, and more. The options are endless with these gooey, melty cookie cups. The best thing about cookie cups? They’re the perfect shape for a scoop of ice cream. :)


And here are three more of our most popular posts that weren’t recipes, but definitely deserved an honorable mention. :)

To keep you organized in 2013…

Kitchen Cabinet Organization

Kitchen Cabinet Organization


To keep you inspired

My Weight Loss Story

My Weight Loss Story — 30 lbs, before and after


And to keep you smiling. :)

Louie, the Lemon Basset Hound Puppy

Louie the Lemon Basset Hound Puppy

Happy New Year!!! :)


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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 31, 2012 at 2:46 am

I’ve seen some of those recipes pinned, repinned, and pretty much on EVERY pinboard I go to – there’s one of your recipes on it! Congrats Amanda for coming up with so many ooey, gooey, chocolaty and well-loved recipes!


Gretchen December 31, 2012 at 4:50 am

Hi Amanda,
I’ve been subscribed to your blog via email for ages but I never come over and comment. I thought it was about time I did. I really enjoy reading your blog and your lovely recipes. Hope you have a Happy New Year too!


gerontologist December 31, 2012 at 9:12 am


My daughter is an Amanda as well. The recipes look wonderful. I have some of them on my boards. Louie the Lemon is too adorable! I would love to give him a squeeze. Happy New Year!


Karly December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’ve been loving the top 10 posts too! So much fun to see what everyone has been up to all year. As expected, your top 10 was full of gooey, melty, decadent goodies! I would expect nothing less. ;)


Nicole December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’m definitely going to make that spicy sausage pasta. I don’t know how I missed that post! All of the dessert look A-MAH-ZING!

Happy New Year :)


Terry December 31, 2012 at 9:59 am



Ann des December 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love the top 10 but don’t forget the delicious ‘cini-minis’!
Happy New Year! Keep those recipes coming


Soffy Restrepo December 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

Happy new year… you both and the dogs are great … and all your post bring a smile to me … hugs from Colombia at south america… thanks for all you share!


Leslie December 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones. I love your website and all your great ideas and recipes. Thank you!


Lauren December 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

Yay, I love top 10 lists! I’ve made a few of these, too! But, alas, the diet starts tomorrow…maybe post a Paleo recipe or two? (hint hint)


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2013!!


Lori @ RecipeGirl December 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I look forward to loving your blog for yet another year! Hope to see you lots in 2013!~


Lynne December 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Happy New Year! Love your top 10 – thanks for posting!


Erin @ Texanerin Baking December 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Happy New Year’s Eve, Amanda! :)

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m the pickiest eater ever. I’m worse than a 3 year old. But your top 10?! I could easily devour them all (although I might just pick the sausage out of that pasta ;))


Ginny December 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hi Amanda!

I am new to your blog but I am loving it already! I stumbled across it while looking for photography tips for our DLSR and fell in love when I saw you have Bostons! One of our favorite photography subjects is our Boston, Heidi. :-) I also love how diverse your blog posts are. I have loved all the photography tips, recipes & just general useful info. I am not a blog follower but I have a feeling I’m going to be pinning a lot more stuff from yours!

I also wanted to let you know that the link to the recipe for the brownie batter chocolate fudge cupcakes goes to a photo of the lasagna cups. Can you update the link? I’d really love to pin that recipe. Thanks!


cassie l. December 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

ah – loved your chess squares. We call them Ooey Gooey’s around here. They are the perfect sweet IMO as they are so sweet you only need a little square!


Mike January 1, 2013 at 2:31 am

That’s a great change, congratulations! That’s a lot of weight.
How about a vegan challenge? Is there any of these recipes that could have no animal products? Thank you, blessings and a happy new year!


Becky January 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

W0w…These all look so yummy. I just re-read your diet plan and I forgot how awesome it was. About 8 years ago I lost 60 lbs but have gained back 49 lbs I would like to loose so I am going to give this a try. I was wondering how in the world you lost all that weight while fixing all those decadent desserts. Love the cheat day a week so you can enjoy life with friends and family. I will have to make myself one new rule : To give all the desserts away after the cheat day. lol. Hugs and Happy New Year to you and yours, Becky


megan @ whatmegansmaking January 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

There are so many that I want to make! This is dangerous haha. I think I’ll start with the pork and the brownie batter cupcakes :)


REnea B. January 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

Help! I can’t get the brownie batter cupcake link to take me to the receipe. It looks sooo good! Renea


JulieD January 3, 2013 at 1:53 am

Oh man, what a great year, Amanda! I love all of it especially the chocolate chip lava cookies – woah! Happy New Year to you both!!


Barbarainnc January 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The link to the Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes didn’t work. It takes you to a picture of the Lasagna cups. I went back to your recipe list and found the recipe. Can I use Regular Sweetened Condensed Milk for the Brownie Batter Part of the recipe??


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