2023 was a fun year for food and new recipes!

I received more traffic to my website this year than ever (other than the pandemic year when everyone was at home baking!), and I’m so grateful for all the comments and reviews left on recipes.

I recognize the time it takes to check back and leave a review; it is so helpful for others that look through the comments before making a review. And it means a lot to me! So thank you!

Below are the recipes that were the most popular on my website this year both in terms of traffic and reviews.

What recipes were YOUR favorites this year??

#15 Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Square piece of banana oat snack cake on spatula.

Cake for a snack? Sign me up! So many rave reviews on this easy snack cake. Erin commented: I haven’t ever had something like this, it was so good! I loved all the flavors together and it was so easy!  I’m with you Mel, I can’t decide if it’s breakfast or dessert! 

#14 Creamy Beef and Noodle Soup

Spoon scooping up bite of soup with tomatoes, noodles, and ground beef.

This soup is incredible. I’ve made it dozens of times this year, and it’s ridiculously yummy served with these breadsticks.

#13 Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Baked pepperoni pizza with golden crust on parchment paper.

Chari left this comment on this recipe: I use the recipe weekly and have it memorized and written on my heart. Best pizza dough recipe and so versatile. 

Same, Chari, same. I hear from readers all the time how they have tried every recipe in the book for homemade pizza dough with little success…until this recipe! It’s quick, easy, and makes the best pizza ever.

#12 Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Five square rolls in basket with blue and white towel.

Serve these rolls with homemade cinnamon butter and you’ll never have to put on real pants and leave your house again.

#11 Sour Cream Banana Bread

The best banana bread ever! Moist, fluffy, tender...this sour cream banana bread is perfection!

This recipe has made the “most popular” list for ten years running, I think. It is one of the tastiest banana bread recipes on the planet.

#10 Soft and Chewy Drop Sugar Cookies

Baked sugar cookie on sheet pan next to cookies with sprinkles.

If you want the best and easiest sugar cookies of your life, make this recipe. This review on these sugar cookies made me smile.

Annie writes: Honestly, the best sugar cookie I have ever made. And I’ve been baking since 1970 ! No more cut out cookies for me, these are my go to from now on. I rolled them into walnut size balls and dipped them in vanilla bean sugar. They taste like toasted marshmallows.

#9 Monkey Bread

There is a reason this recipe is consistently so beloved and so popular. It makes the most delicious monkey bread (from scratch! move over canned biscuits!).

#8 The Best Gravy for Any Occasion

White bowl with mashed potatoes and brown gravy.

Sometimes it’s hard for new recipes to compete with these “most popular” lists because they haven’t had as much time online to gain fans and popularity! But this homemade gravy recipe and tutorial is the exception! I posted this right before Thanksgiving, and it quickly surpassed many recipes that had been living on my site for years in popularity. Good gravy can fix anything! That’s a great motto to live by.

#7 Leftover Turkey Soup

White bowl with the best leftover turkey soup, creamy vegetable, turkey and rice.

Let’s hear it from Barbara who left this comment! (Also, this soup works exceptionally well with cooked chicken subbed in for the leftover turkey.)

This recipe certainly belongs in the Soup Hall of Fame! Full disclosure: I was just the go-fer while my husband made the soup. In any case, the soup is truly among the very best we’ve ever had…and we are in our late 70s! We now plan to get an extra-large turkey at Christmas and use the leftovers for Round 2 of the soup. Don’t know how well it freezes but we’ll soon find out. Meantime, do yourself a terrific favor —Make The Soup!!

#6 The Best Homemade Salsa

The Best Homemade Salsa

With over 2,300 five-star reviews, you know a recipe is a keeper. I plant a garden just for this salsa so I can make jars and jars of it to get us through the year (apparently so do hundreds of you!). It’s the very best salsa, and you can’t convince me otherwise. 😉

#5 French Bread Rolls

Easy French Bread Rolls

This recipe has stood the test of time and been my go-to, all-purpose roll for almost 20 years now. It makes fantastic dinner rolls, hamburger buns, sandwich/hoagie buns and more. Kyra says: Oh. My. Goodness. Heavenly! My first attempt at homemade dinner rolls and even my picky husband absolutely loved them. I will never even consider trying another recipe. I give this 100 stars

#4 Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate dipped strawberry on fondue fork.

This chocolate fondue recipe is wildly popular (especially around New Year’s and Valentine’s Day). And you won’t believe how easy it is! Get those strawberries, bananas and rice krispie treats (my top three fave dippers) ready for dipping action!

#3 Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip

white dish with softened cream cheese topped with chopped cranberry jalapeno mixture

This recipe is another one that has consistently been one of the most popular and most made recipes on my site year after year. Pamela sums up the deliciousness with this comment: Love this, and it is quite the hit for parties! I also just eat it out of the bowl by the spoonful!! Nice and crunchy, tasty, tart and Christmasy!

#2 The Best Quesadillas

four chicken quesadilla triangles stacked on white plate

Really. The best quesadillas. And if you don’t think you need a recipe for quesadillas, think again. The simple tips in this easy recipe will have you rethinking that philosophy and embracing this quesadilla recipe wholeheartedly. After all, it was the SECOND MOST POPULAR recipe on my blog garnering millions of views (with hundreds of you making it to rave reviews!).

#1 Homemade French Bread

Easy Homemade French Bread

Ah, this beloved French bread recipe has been a staple for me (and here on the blog) for decades. The nearly 3,000 5-star reviews don’t lie. It will likely be the best bread you ever make, and it has been the most popular recipe on my site for years and years. It’ll take a miracle for this recipe to get unseated as #1!

Which of these recipes have you made? Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list?

Happy new year, friends! 🎉