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These Are The Recipes That Won 2015

Here's what our editors and readers loved this year.

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We recently asked BuzzFeed Life's editors, writers, and readers to share the favorite thing they made this past year. Here's what they said.


1. Banana Cake with Nutella & Cream Cheese Frosting

"It's sweet enough to satiate your craving for sugar, but not so sweet that you can't even finish a piece. I've made this in layer cake form, but usually I put the batter in cupcake pans instead because they're easier to bring on the go. (And they're so good you really will want to take 'em everywhere.)" —Mallory McInnis

Recipe here.

2. Stovetop Carnitas

"I made this stovetop carnitas recipe with no real expectations, but it turned out so SO well. The lemon and lime juice evaporate while the pork cooks slowly, and it gets the meat super tender in less time than other methods." —Christine Byrne

Recipe here.

3. Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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"I am really in love with David Lebovitz's chocolate chip cookies from his book Ready for Dessert. They're the ideal chocolate chip cookie texture: exactly in the middle between cakey and chewy. I put in cashews and sometimes coconut." —Sarah DiGregorio

Recipe here.

4. Pesto, Tomato & Broccoli Pasta

"This was one of my staple weeknight dinners this year because it's so quick and easy — and it's loaded with vegetables so I can justify eating pasta with alarming frequency. Plus, pesto and Parm? My ultimate pair." —Melissa Harrison

Recipe here.


7. Original Plum Torte

"This year I finally accepted the truth that all other summer desserts look and taste like garbage compared to this legendary plum torte from The New York Times. I usually make it with the tweaks outlined by Smitten Kitchen. It's designed for the long, dark purple Italian "prune plums" that start appearing towards the end of summer, and that's how I love it the most, but the great secret is that it works with basically any fruit (my aunt swears by blueberries). It's such a sweet, gooey, beautiful payoff for so little work. —Rachel Sanders

Recipe here.

8. Creamy Brussels Sprouts Shallot Dip

"I didn't realize that I liked brussels sprouts until about two years ago. Ever since then, I've been making up for lost time by ordering them whenever I see them at a restaurant and trying out every brussels-centric recipe I see. This dip is my favorite sprout dish I've made so far: It's eat-with-a-spoon worthy." —Mallory McInnis

Recipe here.

9. Homemade Pumpkin Butter & Sautéed Dates

"My favorite kinds of recipes are ones where you take a fruit or vegetable (here, squash and dates, respectively), add pantry staples to them (sugar and olive oil & salt, respectively), and go to town." —Rachel Christensen

Recipes here and here.


10. 2-Ingredient Biscuits

"This was the year I discovered the wonders of self-rising flour, which makes these biscuits possible. They're great. I've made them jumbo-sized with chopped chives and used them for sandwiches. I've also put strawberries in them, then topped with sugar." —Sarah DiGregorio

Recipe here.

12. Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach & Goat Cheese

"I love this recipe because it's full of vegetables but really only healthyish, on account of the goat cheese and the bacon. It's also great because it teaches you how to cook spaghetti squash in a way that makes it sweet and al dente, instead of water-logged and flavorless. —Christine Byrne

Recipe here.

13. Avocado Bread

"This was my favorite thing I tried this year, and is quickly turning into the only bread I need. It's sturdy enough to toast and not too sweet, but still super dense and moist. Highly recommended the warm bread + ice cream combo, too." —Lauren Paul

Recipe here.

14. Chocolate & Caramel Covered Graham Crackers

"I love these because they taste like a Heath bar and are made completely out of things that I can pick up at CVS. I tried to make them for a friend recently and they ate so much of it that I had to make a second batch. (So keep that in mind when you're picking up ingredients!)" —Mackenzie Kruvant

Recipe and video here.


19. Thai Coconut Soup

"This year I took a Thai cooking class and learned how to make my absolute favorite soup in the world: Tom Kha Gai. I always go to this recipe whenever I need to get my fix." —Sabrina Jayde, Facebook

Recipe here.

27. Easy Oven Fajitas

"I've had this recipe for almost every lunch for a couple of months now, but instead of using a tortilla, I make it part of a burrito bowl. Add rice, lettuce, cheese, hot sauce, guacamole — whatever you'd like." —unituna

Recipe here.

32. Grilled Cheese with Sriracha BBQ Chicken

"We won a grilled cheese contest with this recipe, and some folks in Wisconsin thought it was one of the best things they ate this year as well." —Chasing Snacks, Facebook

Recipe here.

33. Baked Potato Soup with Bacon, Scallions & Cheddar

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"This is my new favorite comfort food. The only changes I made were to halve the original recipe (because it makes tons!) and to use the bacon grease in place of some of the butter. —Emily Handler, Facebook

Recipe here.

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