The Best of 2017

The Best of 2017 – The 10 MOST POPULAR recipes on Averie Cooks in 2017!! Check to see if your favorites made the cut and what other recipes you just HAVE TO make! Plus MY personal top 20 favorites!!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and most importantly, THANK YOU FOR YOU LOYAL SUPPORT AND READERSHIP over the years! My blog wouldn’t be where it is without you: my readers, my internet friends, and everyone who checks out my website. Thank you for clicking over and if you’ve ever made one of my recipes (or a hundred recipes for some of you), another round of big thanks and gratitude!

The Best of 2017 – The 10 MOST POPULAR recipes on Averie Cooks in 2017!! Check to see if your favorites made the cut and what other recipes you just HAVE TO make! Plus MY personal top 20 favorites!!

(We are on vacation in Puerto Vallarta right now and I just took this picture from my iPhone a few days ago.)

I haven’t done one of these ‘Best Of’ posts in about 5 years but I figured why not. It’s fun to go back and see what took off. And for the other approximately 150 recipes that I posted in 2017, whomp, sorry you didn’t make the cut.

One extremely important thing to note is this roundup includes only the top 10 recipes that I published in 2017. The brownies below are actually 132nd in popularity overall on my website, but for 2017, they’re the 10th most popular.

MY OTHER RECIPES

Also just because these 10 recipes became the ten most popular (in large part due to either a viral Facebook video or a viral Pinterest pin), that doesn’t mean they are my personal top 10 favorites or even the recipes that readers write to me day in and day out raving about.

At the bottom I’m including 20 personal favorites from 2017. With over 1500 recipes on my website, spanning nearly 9 years, I do remember them all to varying degrees, but some of them just standout as total keepers. I confined my top 20 to 2017 only to make it an apples to apples comparison.

This years Top 10

10. Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe} – Rich, fudgy, chewy, easy, no mixer recipe that tastes just like Starbucks!! Save money, make your own, and impress everyone you know!!

Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownies {Copycat Recipe} - Rich, fudgy, chewy, easy, no mixer recipe that tastes just like Starbucks!! Save money, make your own, and impress everyone you know!!

9. Pina Colada Fruit Salad – This EASY fruit salad is ready in 5 minutes tastes like a TROPICAL vacation!! The fruit is tossed in pineapple juice and pina colada mix! Guaranteed party and potluck WINNER!!

Pina Colada Fruit Salad - This EASY fruit salad is ready in 5 minutes tastes like a TROPICAL vacation!! The fruit is tossed in pineapple juice and pina colada mix! Guaranteed party and potluck WINNER!!

8. P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef (Copycat Recipe) – Make the restaurant favorite AT HOME in 20 minutes!! EASY and it has so much FLAVOR! Tastes even BETTER than the restaurant version!!

P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef (Copycat Recipe) - Make the restaurant favorite AT HOME in 20 minutes!! EASY and it has so much FLAVOR! Tastes even BETTER than the restaurant version!!

7. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Chili – Don’t have all day for chili to simmer? No problem! This EASY, hearty, healthy chili is ready in 30 minutes and it’s full of FLAVOR!! Perfect for busy weeknights!!

Easy 30-Minute Turkey Chili - Don't have all day for chili to simmer? No problem! This EASY, hearty, healthy chili is ready in 30 minutes and it's full of FLAVOR!! Perfect for busy weeknights!!

6. Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables – Fast, EASY, one pan recipe that’s full of FLAVOR!! Juicy sausage, lots of veggies, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese to finish it off! Put it into your regular rotation!!

Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables - Fast, EASY, one pan recipe that's full of FLAVOR!! Juicy sausage, lots of veggies, and a dusting of Parmesan cheese to finish it off! Put it into your regular rotation!!

5. Coca-Cola Cake – One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that’s supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

4. 20 Healthy Easy Dinner Recipes – Looking for healthy, easy recipes that taste GREAT and everyone in the family will love? Plenty of options here that you’ll want to put into your regular rotation!!

20 Healthy Easy Dinner Recipes - Looking for healthy, easy recipes that taste GREAT and everyone in the family will love? Plenty of options here that you'll want to put into your regular rotation!!

3. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread – Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a slightly crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!! The MINI loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and accidentally vegan!!

 Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a slightly crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!! The MINI loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and accidentally vegan!!

2. Easy Better-Than-Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice – One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you’ll never takeout again!! Homemade tastes WAY BETTER!! Tons more flavor, not greasy, and loaded with tender shrimp!!

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice - One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never takeout again!! Homemade tastes WAY BETTER!! Tons more flavor, not greasy, and loaded with tender shrimp!!

1. P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} – Skip the restaurant version and make at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you’re controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} - Skip the restaurant version and make at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

As I scanned through the alphabetical list of 2017’s photographs, these are the ones I remember as my own personal favorites from 2017. Not surprising there’s lots of cheese, desserts, and cookies with a small smattering of savory.

My 20 Personal Favorites

Caramel Apple Crumble Foil Packets – EASY, zero cleanup, made on the grill (or oven) in record time, and tastes amazing!! Juicy apples, chewy crumble topping, and luscious salted caramel…SO irresistible!!

Caramel Apple Crumble Foil Packs - EASY, zero cleanup, made on the grill (or oven) in record time, and DELISH!! Juicy apples, chewy crumble topping, and luscious salted caramel! So irresistible!!

How To Make The Best Cheese Board – Learn my TIPS and tricks to create the BEST cheese board!! From brie to prosciutto and everything in between, this board has it ALL! It’ll be a major hit at your next party!!

How To Make The Best Cheese Board - Learn my TIPS and tricks to create the BEST cheese board!! From brie to prosciutto and everything in between, this board has it ALL! It'll be a major hit at your next party!!

Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls – An EASY version of chicken shawarma that’s fast, HEALTHY, and delish!! Fragrant spices, juicy lemony chicken, fresh veggies, and a tangy Greek-yogurt sauce that’s cooling and PERFECT!!

Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls - An EASY version of chicken shawarma that's fast, HEALTHY, and delish!! Fragrant spices, juicy lemony chicken, fresh veggies, and a tangy Greek-yogurt sauce that's cooling and PERFECT!!

One-Bowl, No-Mixer, No-Chill, Extra-Large Chocolate Chip Cookie For One – An incredibly FAST and EASY recipe that produces ONE extra-large soft and chewy cookie that’s loaded with chocolate!! One bowl to wash, no mixer, and no waiting!!

One-Bowl, No-Mixer, No-Chill, Extra-Large Chocolate Chip Cookie For One - An incredibly FAST and EASY recipe that produces ONE extra-large soft and chewy cookie that's loaded with chocolate!! One bowl to wash, no mixer, and no waiting!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Lasagna – A chocolate chip cookie base topped with cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and mini chocolate chips!! An EASY layered dessert that tastes so AMAZING!!

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread – Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a slightly crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!! The MINI loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and accidentally vegan!!

 Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - Super soft, tender, moist pumpkin bread with a slightly crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!! The MINI loaves are EASY, brimming will fall flavors, totally IRRESISTIBLE, and accidentally vegan!!

Cranberry Baked Brie – EASY, 15-minute appetizer that’s filled AND topped with richly spiced orange-scented cranberry sauce!! Perfect for holiday entertaining! Salty, tart-yet-sweet, and IRRESISTIBLE!!

Cranberry Baked Brie - EASY, 15-minute appetizer that's filled AND topped with richly spiced orange-scented cranberry sauce!! Perfect for holiday entertaining! Salty, tart-yet-sweet, and IRRESISTIBLE!!

Crustless Cranberry Pie – FAST, super EASY, no-mixer dessert that’s perfect for holiday entertaining!! Somewhere in between pie, cake, and blondies is what you get with this FESTIVE recipe! Take advantage of those fresh cranberries!!

Crustless Cranberry Pie - FAST, super EASY, no-mixer dessert that's perfect for holiday entertaining!! Somewhere in between pie, cake, and blondies is what you get with this FESTIVE recipe! Take advantage of those fresh cranberries!!
Creamy Mexican Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad – A healthy EASY salad that’s ready in 15 minutes and so flavorful!! Corn, zucchini, cilantro, queso fresco and more are tossed in a DELISH creamy lime sauce!!

Creamy Mexican Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad - A healthy EASY salad that's ready in 15 minutes and so flavorful!! Corn, zucchini, cilantro, queso fresco and more are tossed in a DELISH creamy lime sauce!!

Halloween M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies – Super soft, perfectly chewy, BROWNED BUTTER cookies that are LOADED with M&Ms and chocolate chips!! An EASY one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that’ll put everyone in the Halloween spirit!!

Halloween M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies - Super soft, perfectly chewy, BROWNED BUTTER cookies that are LOADED with M&Ms and chocolate chips!! An EASY one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that'll put everyone in the Halloween spirit!!

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon – Make salmon at home in 30 minutes that tastes BETTER than from a restaurant!! EASY, tender, and packed with FLAVOR from the honey and lemon butter!!

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon - Make salmon at home in 30 minutes that tastes BETTER than from a restaurant!! EASY, tender, and packed with FLAVOR from the honey and lemon butter!!

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} – Skip the restaurant version and make at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you’re controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} - Skip the restaurant version and make at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

One-Minute Microwave Brownie – When chocolate cravings strike, make this EASY brownie recipe in one bowl, without a mixer, and it’s ready in ONE MINUTE!! Rich, FUDGY, decadent, and accidentally vegan!! (no dairy, no butter, no eggs!)

One-Minute Microwave Brownie - When chocolate cravings strike, make this EASY brownie recipe in one bowl, without a mixer, and it's ready in ONE MINUTE!! Rich, FUDGY, decadent, and accidentally vegan!! (no dairy, no butter, no eggs!)

Soft and Chewy Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies – Pillowy SOFT thanks to the NUTELLA and loaded with chocolate in every bite!! EASY cookies you have to make!!

Soft and Chewy Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies - Pillowy SOFT thanks to the NUTELLA and loaded with chocolate in every bite!! EASY cookies you have to make!!

PB & J Bars – Super soft peanut butter bars topped with strawberry jelly, peanut butter chips, and a peanut butter drizzle!! Fast, EASY, and they’ll be your new FAVORITE way to eat PB & J!!

PB & J Bars - Super soft peanut butter bars topped with strawberry jelly, peanut butter chips, and a peanut butter drizzle!! Fast, EASY, and they'll be your new FAVORITE way to eat PB & J!!

Sea Salt Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies – Super soft, perfectly chewy, SALTY-AND-SWEET chocolate chip cookies that are AMAZING!! An EASY, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe!!

Sea Salt Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies – Super soft, perfectly chewy, SALTY-AND-SWEET chocolate chip cookies that are AMAZING!! An EASY, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe!!

Better-Than-Girl-Scout Samoas Cookie Bars – Resembles Samoas but BETTER!! An Oreo crust topped with coconut, chocolate chips, and drenched in salted caramel!! Chewy, rich, decadent, and EASY!!

Better-Than-Girl-Scout Samoas Cookie Bars - Resembles Samoas but BETTER!! An Oreo crust topped with coconut, chocolate chips, and drenched in salted caramel!! Chewy, rich, decadent, and EASY!!

Easy Spanish-Inspired Cheese Board – Learn my TIPS and tricks to create the PERFECT cheese board!! From prosciutto to manchego and everything in between, this board has ALL the goodies! It’ll be a major hit at your next party!!

Easy Spanish-Inspired Cheese Board - Learn my TIPS and tricks to create the PERFECT cheese board!! From prosciutto to manchego and everything in between, this board has ALL the goodies! It'll be a major hit at your next party!!

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake – A fast, EASY, foolproof cake that looks tie-dyed from the strawberry streaks!! Super moist yet light and perfect for spring and summer parties!!

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake - A fast, EASY, foolproof cake that looks tie-dyed from the strawberry streaks!! Super moist yet light and perfect for spring and summer parties!!

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Coconut Curry – An EASY one-skillet curry that’s ready in 30 minutes and is layered with so many fabulous flavors!! HEALTHY comfort food that tastes AMAZING!!

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Coconut Curry - An EASY one-skillet curry that's ready in 30 minutes and is layered with so many fabulous flavors!! HEALTHY comfort food that tastes AMAZING!!

18 comments on “The Best of 2017”

  1. Merry Christmas to yoi and your family! We enjoyed so many of your recipes and several of these were seasonal staples for us. It’s always hard for me to pick favorites but since I am a major salad lover, your 12 super foods salad was probably #1 for me. Mexico looks fabulous right now–enjoy!!

    • I think you probably make more of my recipes than anyone else and I appreciate it more than you know! As well as leaving a comment on every single post – thank you!!!

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas day and are able to have a low key last week of the year with your friends and family!

      Mexico is treating us so well…LOVE it here!

      • I have made a lot of these recipesw in the past year. Now that you have them listed here I wont have to search my “Copy me that file to make them again Thank you for a healthy, nutricious year in food!!! Looking forward to cooking your recipes in the next year!!!!

      • Thanks for trying lots of my recipes this past year, always so appreciated when people make things! Hope that you see things in 2018 that catch your eye!

  2. Merry Christmas, Averie! Our favorite recipe of the listed ones is the sheet pan veggies/sausage. Still so many to try!

  3. Merry Christmas Averie. Thank you for sharing us your recipes. I will surely try to make them. myself.

  4. So I love cranberries, and the cranberry baked Brie is supreme. I just copied to save the crustless cranberry pie and will be making that soon. I have been following you for years and you are a favorite. Thank you and a healthy and happy 2018.

    • Thanks for the nice comment and it’s great to hear you’ve been following me for years! That cranberry pie was a family favorite – I made it many many times! And that cranberry brie was so good that I couldn’t stop eating it until I ran over to my neighbor’s house and said HERE eat this so I don’t eat it all by myself :)

  5. I love your sheet pan sausage and peppers, and tout orange chili salmon became a family favorite of yours. I also mKe your flourless peanut butter banana muffins on a regular rotation. I love checking your site for fsmily friendly recipes to add to my collection. Merry Christmas

    • You’re not the first person who’s mentioned the sausage and peppers recipe that you make it and glad to hear you make that orange chili salmon often! I love that salmon. So good! And the blender muffins are a few years old but one of the most top 10 popular recipes on my site of all time!

  6. Many of these recipes I recalled but a few I had missed so this is an especially great roundup! So happy and bright – which goes with the first pic, what a great idea to go somewhere tropical for the holidays!

  7. I love this collection of recipes! Your blog was the VERY first food blog I had ever seen (several years ago) and I was instantly hooked. I have made several of your recipes over the years and they have all been sooooo yummy! Now I have my own blog and I feel like that is because of the way you inspired me. Thank you Averie!!

    • What a lovely and amazing comment! I remember the two blogs I ever stumbled on nearly 9 years ago that inspired me to start my own blog. Both of those ladies are still blogging today with very successful blogs and we’re friends. It’s so amazing what finding a blog can do – it can change your life – and in the case of you and I it really did because we started our own blogs! Congrats on your blog!

      Thanks for making my recipes and I am glad they have been a success!

  8. Nice picture, enjoy your trip! Love these summaries to see what I missed on your site, love all of your recipes and see that I’ll love the pb&j bars and the better than girl scout samoas bars, thank you for putting all of this together!

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