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Our Top 100 Reader Favorite Recipes: The Best Recipes of 2012

By: Rachel Bernstein, Editor,

Discover what recipes were the most popular in 2012, as voted on by fans like you. This guide to Our Top 100 Reader Favorite Recipes has everything from easy cake recipes to awesome chicken dinner recipes. Browse all of The Best Recipes of 2012 right here.

Banana Split Icebox CakeOvernight Angel Biscuits

Chicken Salad CasseroleGooey Potato Bake

Our Top 100 Reader Favorite Recipes: The Best Recipes of 2012

Table of Contents

The Best Recipes for Dessert

Easy Pie Recipes You'll Love

Delicious Recipes for Cake

Our Best Recipes for Bread

Favorite Recipes with Chicken

Our Top Recipes for Beef

Recipes for Casseroles We Love

The Best Recipes for Soup

The Best Salad Recipes

Reader Favorite Amish Recipes

Our Top Recipes for Cheap

Even More of Our Best Recipes


The Best Recipes for Dessert

What better way to kick off our collection of the best recipes of 2012 than with a sweet treat?  These recipes for dessert are a surefire hit with any crowd.

5-Minute No-Bake CookiesCinnamon Rolls

Island Sticky PuffsExtra Gooey Caramel Apple Cupcakes

  1. Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
  2. No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
  3. No-Bake White Trash Candy
  4. 5-Minute No-Bake Cookies (shown above)
  5. Cowboy Candy Bars
  6. Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  7. 6-Minute Miracle Cookies
  8. Extra Gooey Caramel Apple Cupcakes (shown above)
  9. Better Than Sex Layered Dessert
  10. Island Sticky Puffs (shown above)
  11. Wendy's Frosty 
  12. Mississippi Mud No-Bake Cookies
  13. "Very Special" Brownies
  14. Old Time Fudge
  15. Heavenly Cinnamon Rolls (shown above)


Easy Pie Recipes You'll Love

Easy pie recipes are great for special occasions or just an everyday treat. Here are five of our readers' favorite pies.

Strawberry PieSpecial Easy Boston Cream Pie

  1. Old Fashioned Funeral Pie (#1 of the year!)
  2. Five Layer Pecan Pie
  3. Summertime Strawberry Pie (shown above)
  4. Special Easy Boston Cream Pie (shown above)
  5. Wicked Whoopie Pie


Delicious Recipes for Cake

Whether they're chocolaty or fruity, from a cake mix or from scratch, recipes for cake are always a favorite. Below are 16 of our top picks for delicious cake creations.

Orange Blossom Cake Brown Sugar Spice Cake

Three Layer Hummingbird Cake3 Minute Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

  1. Orange Blossom Cake (shown above)
  2. Pumpkin Poke Cake
  3. Pumpkin Dump Cake
  4. Old Fashioned Ice Box Cake
  5. "Secret" Ingredient Cake Mix Cake (shown above)
  6. Effortless Berry Pound Cake
  7. Three Ways to Heaven Cake
  8. Lemon Dream Cake
  9. Ultimate Banana Split Icebox Cake (shown at top of page)
  10. Three Layer Hummingbird Cake
  11. Outrageously Moist Coconut Cake
  12. Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake
  13. Easy Hawaiian Dump Cake
  14. In Your Dreams Jello Cake
  15. Boston Cream Poke Cake
  16. 3-Minute Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (shown above)


Our Best Recipes for Bread

Recipes for bread sometimes don't get the respect they deserve. Here we're sharing 6 bread and biscuit recipes that will be the star of your next meal.

Skillet BiscuitsCopycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

  1. Hobo Bread
  2. Easy Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits (shown above)
  3. Overnight Angel Biscuits (shown at top of page)
  4. Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls (shown above)
  5. Old-Fashioned Bishop's Bread
  6. Yeehaw Cowboy Bread

Favorite Recipes with Chicken

Recipes with chicken are a staple in most households, and for good reason. Here are some of the chicken dinners our readers loved the most this year.

Chicken PillowsEasiest Ever Baked Chicken

  1. Cracker Barrel-Inspired Chicken & Dumplings
  2. Chicken Pillows (shown above)
  3. Easiest Ever Baked Chicken (shown above)
  4. Chicken Salad Casserole (shown at top of page)
  5. Easy Orange Chicken
  6. Too Easy Chicken Fingers
  7. Stupid Chicken
  8. Sunny Day Slow Cooker Chicken
  9. Slow Cooker "Fried" Chicken
  10. Chicken Puffs
  11. Best Oven Fried Chicken
  12. Crunchy No-Fry Chicken

Our Top Recipes for Beef

These recipes for beef rose to the top of the pack in our roundup of the best recipes of 2012. Try them out and you'll see why!

Beef StroganoffItalian Pot Roast

  1. Hamburger Crunch
  2. Insanely Easy Skillet Beef Stroganoff (shown above)
  3. Zesty Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast (shown above)
  4. Hamburger Meal in One


Recipes for Casseroles We Love

Casseroles and bakes are wonderful solutions for easy weeknight meals. Browse this collection of our 12 favorite recipes for casseroles for inspiration.

Cowboy CasseroleEasy Country Chicken Casserole

  1. Lazy Pizza Pasta Casserole
  2. Summer Cabbage Casserole
  3. Creamy Alfredo Potato Casserole
  4. Best Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
  5. Super Easy Cabbage Casserole
  6. Aunt Ida's Potato Casserole
  7. Cheesy Hot Dog Casserole
  8. Cowboy Casserole (shown above)
  9. Country Chicken Casserole (shown above)
  10. No Fuss Fritos Casserole
  11. Crazy Easy Ritz Casserole
  12. Gooey Potato Bake (shown at top of page)

The Best Recipes for Soup

Soup is one of those dishes that's just better when it's made from scratch. With this collection of easy recipes for soup, you have 7 different homemade dishes to choose from.

Creamy Home-Style Potato SoupOlive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

  1. Creamy Home-Style Potato Soup (shown above)
  2. Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana
  3. Weeknight Italian Wedding Soup
  4. Classic Creamy Potato Soup
  5. Fresh Corn on the Cob Soup
  6. Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
  7. Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli Soup

The Best Salad Recipes

Salads, especially deli salads, are always a winning dish, especially in the warm summer months. Here are the top 5 best salad recipes according to our readers.

Watermelon SaladOld-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

  1. Summer Broccoli Salad
  2. Watermelon Salad (shown above)
  3. 7-Up Salad
  4. The Best Broccoli Salad
  5. Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad (shown above)

Reader Favorite Amish Recipes

Amish cooking is all about simplicity and great flavor. Make a delicious, old-fashioned meal by following any of these 6 reader favorite Amish recipes.

Amish Breakfast Puffs

  1. Amish Breakfast Puffs (shown above)
  2. Amish Country Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Amish Style Strawberry Pie
  4. Amish Friendship Cake
  5. Addictive Amish Applesauce Cake
  6. Awesome Amish Biscuits

Our Top Recipes for Cheap

When cooking on a budget, you're always on the lookout for great recipes for cheap. Here are 7 of our favorite budget-friendly meal ideas.

No Fuss Cabbage Fritters

  1. Hobo Potatoes
  2. Easy Poor Man Dumplings
  3. Lazy Man's Cheap Cabbage Rolls
  4. Beggar's Breakfast Casserole
  5. No Fuss Cabbage Fritters (shown above)
  6. Frugal Husband's Baked Bean Casserole
  7. Dollar Store Cornbread


Even More of Our Best Recipes

Craving even more awesome recipes?  The 5 reader favorite recipes below round out our list of the best recipes of 2012, so enjoy!

Breakfast CupsSuper Easy Layered Dip

  1. Too Easy Egg & Cheese Breakfast Cups (shown above)
  2. Simple Chicken Fried Pork Chops
  3. One Pot Cowboy Pie
  4. No Fail Comfort Pot Pie
  5. Super Easy Layered Dip (shown above)


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