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20 Recipes That Won Pinterest In 2013

These were the things we all aspired to eat in 2013, according to Pinterest.

When you're just one single recipe riding the unending tide of nifty / trendy / cutesy / yummy food content that turns up on Pinterest, it takes a certain je ne sais quoi to rise to the top of the heap (although if the quoi is buffalo chicken, you're a shoo-in).

Here are the recipe pins that triumphed this year, according to Pinterest's Top Pins of 2013 roundup, along with our (highly unscientific) analysis of why.

1. Cinnamon Toast, The Pioneer Woman Way

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Very little! A true original.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Impulse-buying fresh flowers.

Get the recipe at A Feast For The Eyes.

2. Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Buffalo chicken, creative application of beer, visible cheese.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Stacking objects on top of each other.

Get the recipe at The Beeroness.

3. Meatball Bubble Biscuits

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Thing inside other thing, plus cute name.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Chalking your hair for the first time.

Get the recipe at Pillsbury.

4. Nutella Brownies

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Straight up Nutella power.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Talking IRL about a cool infographic you saw.

Get the recipe at Buns In My Oven.

5. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Buffalo chicken ____.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Hacking a piece of IKEA furniture.

Get the recipe at Go Bold With Butter.

6. Reese's Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Krispies! Peanut butter! Chocolate!

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Repurposing an Altoid tin.

Get the recipe at The Taylor House.

7. Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Thing stuffed with other thing to create low-carb dinner inception.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Completing the look with a statement necklace.

Get the recipe at Peace + Love + Low Carb.

8. Rosemary Chicken Lasagna

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Pretty, involves chicken, copious amounts of visible cheese.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Putting a small animal in a teacup.

Get the recipe at Feasting At Home.

9. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: A muffin tin is involved?

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Organizing your bookshelf by color.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

10. 30 Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Few carbs, many options (because everyone loves a round-up).

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Using at least six fonts in one day.

Check out the recipes at A Spectacled Owl.

11. Individual Parmesan Hash Brown Cups

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Thing not usually made in a muffin tin is made in a muffin tin.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Covering a single jar in chalkboard paint.

Get the recipe at The Yummy Life.

12. Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: The most magical words in the Pinglish language are "two ingredient."

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Believing you can ride a bicycle in a maxi skirt and high heels.

Get the recipe at Two Peas And Their Pod.

13. Spinach Artichoke Chicken

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Vague impression of healthfulness, visible cheese.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Drinking out of a mason jar.

Get the recipe at Add A Pinch.

14. Churro Waffles

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: It's a thing that's sort of like a different thing.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Picking a coffee shop based on the typography of the sign.

Get the recipe at Chica Chocolatina.

15. Beer-Candied Bacon

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Creative application of beer, displayed in a cute glass.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Choosing "rustic" as the theme of your wedding.

Get the recipe at Tide & Thyme.

16. Vegetable Tian

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Low-carb, things arranged in a cute pattern.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Researching ideas for nail art.

Get the recipe at For The Love Of Cooking.

17. Red Velvet Poke Cake

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Red velvet, the bacon of the cake world.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Snail mailing thank-you notes on repurposed library catalog cards.

Get the recipe at The Country Cook.

18. Double Decker Taco Cupcake

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Non-cupcake thing rebranded as a cupcake.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Hand-painting a coffee mug.

Get the recipe at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

19. Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Nutella, thing shaped like a heart, DIY version of food you can buy for much less money.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Freezing flowers in ice cubes.

Get the recipe at The Novice Chef.

20. Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken

WHAT'S PINTERESTING ABOUT IT: Spaghetti squash, chicken, cheese, thing-inside-a-thing: THIS RECIPE HAS IT ALL.

PINTERESSENCE LEVEL: Crocheting booties for your pet hedgehog.

Get the recipe at Skinny Taste.

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