The new year is almost upon us. I want to say a special “thank you” to all of the readers of the Baked Chicago blog for a phenomenal year. Your support and feedback have been terrific. In preparing for the new year, it’s important to look back at 2013 to appreciate the blessings received, learn from any stumbles or falls, and to ready yourself for the challenges and opportunities of the coming year.

Today, I wanted to share the recipes that were most popular with you, the readers of Baked Chicago, in the past year. Many of the recipes were expected, but there are a few surprises. I wonder what recipes we’ll embrace the most in 2014? I guess there’s only one way to find out. Here’s to a 2014 filled with health, prosperity and culinary adventure for you and your family!

amaretto peach cobbler in a mug

#13 – Amaretto Peach Cobbler

Honeycrisp apples in bowl

#12 – Baked Honeycrisp Apples with Peanut Butter & Pretzel Topping

oatmeal breakfast cookie with peanut butter and banana

 #11 – Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

 #10 – Marshmallow Pretzel Crunch Brownies

turtle brownies

#9 – Turtle Brownies

bacon & salted caramel brownies

#8 – Bacon and Salted Caramel Brownies

flourless peanut butter cookies

 #7 – Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies [gluten-free]

marshmallow & honey banana bread

 #6 – Marshmallow & Honey Banana Bread

red velvet cake with eggnog frosting

 #5 – Red Velvet Cake with Eggnog Frosting

banana butterscotch muffins

#4 – Banana Butterscotch Muffins

buttermilk brownies

 #3 – Buttermilk Brownies

root beer brownies

 #2 – Root Beer Brownies

eggnog brownies

#1 – Eggnog Brownies