Top 15 Recipes in 2015

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Top 15 Recipes in 2015

I want to write this post every year, but the end of the year and the beginning of the new one always comes and goes so fast that I never get around to putting it together. And even though I’m running a little late (would have loved to have actually posted this in 2015 ????), it’s going up anyway!

Never mind that it’s only taken me 5+ years of blogging to finally do a “best of” post. Woot woot!

2015 was really a fun year for the blog. I did a lot of experimenting with the camera and food styling, tried out a few new lenses, and worked really hard on improving the quality of the content on Something Swanky from recipes to writing to photography. I had opportunities to develop recipes with some of my favorite brands yet (I’m looking at you M&Ms!) and learned even more about the business side of blogging than I ever have before.

Even better than all that stuff, this year I accomplished BALANCE between my blog life and the rest of my life. I handed off more responsibilities to my social media manager and spent more time focusing on me, my family, and our newest little addition. I spent almost two entire months entirely devoted to me, the baby, and being present at home while barely cracking the laptop open at all. It was so needed this year and has brought me such peace.

But before we jump into 2016, let’s take one more stroll down memory lane. Here are YOUR favorite recipes from Something Swanky in 2015:

#15 Skinny Funfetti Pancakes

These are still a personal favorite of mine, and we make them frequently!

Skinny Funfetti Pancakes


#14 Bisquick Donuts

These semi-homemade donuts are so easy to make and even easier to eat!

Easy Bisquick Donuts


#13 Cookie Monster Fudge

I was so happy to see that you guys loved this recipe as much as I did!

Cookie Monster Fudge


#12 Ooey Gooey Oreo Pie

This is always a total crowd pleaser (and so easy to make)!

Ooey Gooey Oreo Pie


#11 World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

While this didn’t end up being my favorite chocolate chip cookie, it’s still fun to see the Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment represented in the 2015 reader favorites!


#10 Tiger Butter Fudge

No surprise here! I know you guys always love a good fudge recipe, so a peanut butter and chocolate swirled fudge was bound to be a reader favorite for the year.

Tiger Butter Fudge


#9 Baked Chocolate Donuts

Another one my personal favorites that we make on the regular. I love these even better than fried donuts!

Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts


#8 3-2-1 Cake

This recipe was such a lifesaver during my dairy-free and chocolate-free months after I had the baby! My repertoire of  approved treats was super limited, and this old Weight Watchers recipe made me feel almost normal again. So yummy, so easy, and diet friendly.

3-2-1 Cake


#7 Animal Cracker Popcorn

So fun to see this in 2015’s reader favorites! A recipe throwback to my cookbook, Party Popcorn, that I wrote in 2014.

Animal Cracker Popcorn


#6 M&M Brownie Cookies

Great minds think alike. This one is definitely also in my T0p 15 for the year too!

M&M Brownie Cookies


#5 Cannoli Dip

This one went crazy just in this past week. Raise your hand if you made it for New Years!

Cannoli Dip


#4 Nutella Brownies

I love seeing this one so high up in my Top 15 for the year, because it gives me another chance to remember our sweet friend Joan who passed away in 2015. We miss you!

3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies


#3 Brownie Mix Cookies

If you visited Something Swanky at all last year, you know that I am OBSESSED with these cookies. Good pick you guys!

Brownie Mix Cookies


#2 Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

These are huge, fluffy, full of chocolate chips and delicious!

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins


And the NUMBER ONE recipe on Something Swanky in 2015 is…..

…..drumroll please….

#1 The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix

My tried-and-true, gold standard, go-to chocolate cake. Make it with my Best Ever Chocolate Frosting!

The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix

The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix


THANK YOU all so much for such a wonderful year in dessert! You make my dreams come true every day, and I am so grateful. Here’s to a chocolate-y 2016!