Top 20 Most Popular Recipes of 2013

Check out the very best recipes of 2013! From dinner to dessert to everywhere in between, our most popular recipes have got you covered!

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Top 20 Most Popular Recipes of 2013

Happy New Years Eve!! :) To celebrate, here’s a fun countdown of our most popular recipes in 2013. I love seeing all these type of posts that pop up this time of year!! :) This list represents what you guys loved most on Kevin & Amanda in 2013.

Here we go! :)

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20. Cheesy Sausage Tortellini

Kicking off the countdown is a recipe I first shared back in March. This cheesy, warm, and comforting pasta dish is definitely one of our favorite, easy, weeknight meals. Plus it’s cooked in one pot and ready in under 30 minutes. I can see why it’s so popular! :)


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19. Breakfast Casserole

This one’s an oldie but goodie first posted all the way back in 2008. And it’s still going strong! This 4-ingredient breakfast casserole is quick, easy, and perfect for “breakfast for dinner” nights.


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18. Mini Lasagna Cups

These little lasagna cups are so fun! They’re made in a muffin tin with wonton wrappers. They’re perfect for families because everyone can customize their own fillings and toppings. How fun would a mini lasagna bar night be?? :)

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17. Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookies

Oh, baby. Warm, gooey perfect chocolate chip cookies stuffed with decadent, rich, melted chocolate. Need I say more??


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16. Crispy Shrimp Pasta

This rich, buttery, creamy pasta is a cinch to whip up, and it’s also one of Kevin’s all time favorite meals. Obviously you guys love it too! :)


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15. Quick Cinnamon Buns

Oh my word. You guys. I cannot even tell you how much I love these Cinnamon Buns. I’m glad to see these on the list, because they are definitely at the top of my list. They are a Christmas morning tradition in our house. They’re as soft as a pillow and deliciously decadent. Treat yourself to these cinnamon buns ASAP!!


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14. Kevin & Amanda Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies

I just posted these cookies back in October and they’re already one of the most viewed recipes of 2013. They’ve gotten tons of pageviews in just a few short months! If you haven’t tried them yet, click on the photo above to get the recipe and see what all the fuss is about. :)


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13. Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars Recipe

Oh my gosh, you guys. Here’s another one I posted in September of this year. This bar is just basically ridiculous. I can see why it shot to the top of the charts in just a few months. It has four decadent layers: soft, buttery shortbread, creamy caramel, indulgent cookie dough, and rich, fudgy, chocolate ganache. Ridiculous. Make these ASAP. :)


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12. Gooey S’mores Cookies

AKA Campfire Cookies. I love these Gooey S’mores Cookies!! They’re the perfect combination of sweet graham crackers with warm, melted chocolate, and gooey, toasted marshmallows. Just look at this dough!! :)


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11. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

It’s cookie dough. In a cupcake. AND it has cookie dough flavored frosting. It’s basically the best cupcake ever. :) It totally deserves its #11 spot this year. :)


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10. Perfect Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is one of the very first recipes I ever posted, and year after year it is consistently within the top 10 most viewed posts on my entire site. It is a tried and true favorite!


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9. Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine

This fun homemade ice cream is made with just TWO ingredients and NO machine required! :) All you need is a freezer! It’s decadently creamy and you can customize and create you own personal ice cream flavor with any mix-ins and toppings you desire. Pin this one for sure! :)


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8. Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies

These brownies are insanely gooey, soft, and fudgy. We love them and they are totally worth the hype! :)


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7. Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

This is another one of our favorite quick and easy weeknight meals. It’s like a super cheesy broccoli soup with added chicken, bacon, and spicy tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with that combo!! :)


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6. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

These cute little soft pretzel bites are one of my all time favorites!! Maria and I made them when I stayed with her in Utah earlier this year. They’re heavenly, buttery, pillowy pretzel bites covered with a fabulously crunchy cinnamon sugar crust and finally and dipped in THE most heavenly salted caramel sauce ever. These would be perfect for a winter movie night!! :)


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5. Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

AKA The Mega Extreme Chocolate Overdose Cupcake. These cupcakes are outrageously indulgent!! Love them to pieces. :)


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

Oh my goodness, these brownies are one of the most popular recipes on our entire site, if not THE most popular recipe of all time. When I dreamed up these brownies, I hadn’t seen them anywhere else before. I knew they were a winner, but could’ve never dreamed how popular they would become!! Since then I’ve seen this idea taken all over the internet, either my recipe or a copycat (with a very, uh, “creative” name). Nevertheless, it’s always a compliment when people really like an idea you created.


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3. Chess Squares

This recipe is a Pinterest legend. It’s been pinned over a million times! These bars have been favorite of mine for years. I used to make them in college to impress boys. Click on the photo above to read why I almost didn’t even post this recipe!


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2. Perfect Pulled Pork

This recipe is a tried and true favorite, and it’s probably Kevin’s number one favorite thing I make. It’s always a huge hit, it comes out perfect every single time, and it always gets requested at get-togethers! :) It’s delicious and versatile. You can make it for Christmas dinner or a backyard BBQ. Your family will be fighting over the leftovers — if there are any! :)


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1. Spicy Sausage Pasta

And finally, the number one most popular recipe of 2013 is this Spicy Sausage Pasta. Not surprised at all by this revelation!! It is definitely one of our favorite meals. I’ve made it so many times I can’t even count! We have it all the time. It’s all cooked in one pot (you don’t even have to boil the noodles first) and it’s done in less than 30 minutes. It’s easy to keep everything you need to make it on hand so you can whip this up on those “what am I going to make for dinner??” nights.


So there you have it! The best recipes of 2013. I had fun going back and reminiscing about some of my old (and new!) favorites with you! :)

And before I go, I just want to send out a huge, heartfelt thank you to those of you who have taken the time to read my blog this year. I have loved every second of sharing it with you. I am so grateful every day for each and every one of you.

I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings. Happy New Year!

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25 Responses
  1. Annette

    I love the S’more cookies. My daughter’s boyfriend said, I usually don’t eat sweets or cookies but, I like this one. I will try the spicy sausage pasta next. Thanks.

  2. Becki

    I have made the s’more cookies SEVERAL times and always get rave reviews! I do have a question though. The dough never really comes together for me…it’s always just crumbles. I make it work but when I get to end of the batch I always seem to have more choc chips and marshmallows than dough. I end up tossing it because I can’t form balls to bake. Any suggestions? Also saw about a zillion comments re the spicy sausage pasta… Will have to try that next! Thank you!

  3. Shelley

    My sister sent me the sausage pasta recipe and I couldn’t believe a dish that took less than 25 minutes had so much flavour packed into it. I have made it twice already and it is now on my weeknight menu rotation. It is so easy and so good. My 4.5 and 2.5 year old love it too!
    I LOVE your dessert recipes so much but am so scared to make them. I am in the process of losing weight and these would just sabotage my diet as I would eat the whole thing. I love to bake and make desserts and wish I could get to my desired weight so I could eat this and exercise and just maintain. LOL

  4. Lara

    I’ve determined you are bad for my diet. ;) Thanks for sharing! Also – I noticed Kevin’s shirt in your sidebar photo – my sister went to Auburn! I’d say “War Eagle,” but I went to FSU. :)

  5. Andrea W.

    Amanda, I ran across this pin yesterday and thought, “Huh? I think I’ll have to check it out” As I did, I found a recipe that I made for dinner that very same night. The spicy sausage pasta. It had all of my hub’s favorite fixins. I have to say he called me from work and thanked me AGAIN for dinner as he had just enjoyed the last of it for his lunch. I also made the chess squares and those were a big hit with the whole family. So today I’m back for some more. Thanks for a new place to find inspiration.

  6. Tosin AK

    I have made the Spicy Sausage Pasta so many times too, that’s the only thing my 18 month old will eat! Thanks for posting

  7. Megly

    I only recently started following your blog more closely…. you guys have the best recipes!!! Making the cheesy chicken bacon broccoli rice tonight and the sausage and shrimp pastas soon, too. Not to mention the sweets- I’m drooling :)

    Also THANKS for making your images clickable. That’s one of my biggest blog pet peeves when they lead to the image source.

  8. Rachel

    I LOVE the spicy sausage pasta! The first time I made it, I accidentally doubled the amount of chicken broth, but it did cook down and became super creamy. I made it again that way the second time, so it’s a slight variation since I skip the broiler step too, but it tastes SO GOOD! I’m so happy you posted it; it makes me want to try your other recipes too! I especially appreciate all your pictures. It makes it so much easier for me, haha.

  9. Ashley

    Your pictures are always so gorgeous – you’re definitely more talented than I am. However, I am growing tired of bokeh, bokeh, bokeh everywhere I look on the internet. It’s starting to make me feel dizzy! I’d love to learn more about photography that doesn’t include shooting “wide open.” I can learn this anywhere online, but your tutorials are always the best. If you get the chance, maybe that could be a good blog topic!

  10. Tieghan

    Oh my gosh! How did I miss that rice?!? That looks insanely delicious and my family would love it!
    Great recipes and Happy New Year!

  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Seriously can I have one of everything you just posted? It was so awesome meeting you in 2013. I can’t wait to see what you do this year!

  12. Lynne

    Happy New Year Amanda! I really enjoy reading your blog – your recipes are the best. And your photos of Miley & Howie are so much fun. I am excited for 2014!

  13. TidyMom

    so funny with all the amazing sweets you post and talk about that a savory dish would be your #1 – we need to give that one a try soon!!

    Have a wonderful new year Amanda!!

  14. kathy

    I’ve made the spicy sausage pasta several times now. Our whole family (six kids) love it! Thank you so much! It’s hard finding a recipe that everyone likes. Now I want to try the cheesy sausage tortellini.

  15. Sharon B.

    I have so enjoyed following your blog for the past few years and happy to say I’ve made 3 of these recipes! We also love the Chicken Salsa Verde recipe not on this list, but it’s so good with the little cornbread bites! Happy New Year and I look forward to more great posts in 2014.

  16. Ms. Sew N Sew

    All the best to You, Kevin, Miley and Howie! It has been a pleasure following your blog since the fall of 2009. It sometimes feels like I know the family personally. Here’s to all of us having a bigger and better 2014! Happy New Year

  17. Dawn

    Love the spicy sausage pasta. I use an Italian turkey sausage from Costco sometimes and give it an Italian twist. It’s a great one pot meal!

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