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The top 10 posts of 2017 on Persnickety Plates! The most popular, most viewed, YOUR favorite recipes.

The top 10 posts of 2017 on Persnickety Plates! The most popular, most viewed, YOUR favorite recipes. |

I’ll go ahead and say the cliche “I can’t believe the year is already over!” but really, I can’t. 2017 flew by.

I think having a baby has a way of making the days go by faster.

In blog world, I’ve also been super busy and really enjoying everything I’ve created this year. I look forward to making many new things in 2018!

I love looking back on the year and seeing which recipes were well received. Four of my Top 10 are actually old posts that I went in and revamped with new pics and text.

That is my biggest goal for 2018 – I have a lot of great recipes that no one sees because they’re from forever ago with crappy cell phone pics (remember when cell phones had 1.3MP cameras…).

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Let’s get to it…

TOP 10 POSTS OF 2017

Going backwards, the most popular are…

#10 – Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies – I originally published these cookies in 2009 and I personally feel like the updated photos are 1000% better.  I made these Christmas themed but they’d be great any time of year. I love that shortbread cookies are so easy to work with for making cut-outs.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies are a simple, from-scratch, shortbread cookie dipped in dark chocolate that's perfect for dunking in milk, coffee, hot chocolate...Santa won't be disappointed!

#9 – Chocolate Snack Cake – This one is special to me because it served as our birth announcement as well as a recipe. Rosie is amazing and the cake is really good, too 😉

Chocolate Snack Cake is a simple, dairy-free, cake made from scratch that is perfect for the kids to help with! |

#8 – Budget Friendly Kitchen Updates – I need to take all these tips to the bank now they’re we’re finally quoting out our kitchen revamp. I had no idea running a gas line would be over $3k. Ew.

Updating your kitchen is totally possible without going broke. Here are Five Budget Friendly Kitchen Updates that will make a huge difference in your house while being affordable and without leaving you with a giant renovation. | AD

#7 – Hard Rock Cafe Twisted Mac & Cheese -Originally published in 2012, this copycat recipe got much needed new pics and is doing well. You really do eat with your eyes first!

Hard Rock Cafe Twisted Macaroni & Cheese is cavatappi pasta tossed in a slightly spicy cheese sauce with roasted red peppers and topped with Parmesan parsley breadcrumbs. A copycat version of a favorite restaurant dish! |

#6 – Halloween Chocolate Tunnel Cake – This cake was really fun to make and could easily be customized with different colors for different holidays/occasions.

Halloween Chocolate Tunnel Cake is a moist, from scratch, dark chocolate cake filled with a tunnel of orange cheesecake center and drizzled with a cream cheese frosting. Just the right amount of festive and spooky for your Halloween party! |

#5 – Ranger Cookies – I LOVE these cookies. I’ve made them four times since originally posting them. Oatmeal + chocolate chips + crispy rice cereal. Yum.

three ranger cookies on a dark wood table and spilled oats

#4 – Strawberry Shortcake Cake – I tried my hand at making a rustic, semi-homemade Strawberry Shortcake Cake and it was SO good. I’m glad you guys liked it, too.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a rustic vanilla layer cake filled with a whipped cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Easy, impressive, and SO good! |

#3 – Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops – Yet another revamp from 2012. These pork chops got new pics and a video and are getting the attention they deserve.

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Potatoes – six ingredients and a full meal right in your slow cooker! |

#2 – Jack Daniels Sauce – A copycat recipe I first posted in 2010, this year it got new pics and video. I love this sauce at TGI Friday’s and this homemade version is just as good, if not better. It’s great on chicken, fish, veggies…everything.

Copycat TGI Friday's Jack Daniel's Sauce - great on chicken, fish, veggies - the possibilities are endless! |

#1 – Butterscotch Bundt Cake – I just created this Butterscotch Bundt Cake in early November but it quickly rose to my most popular recipe of the year, being pinned more than 22,000 times already. After initially making it, I’ve had three family requests to make it again and all the reader reviews have been really positive.

butterscotch bundt cake being sliced on a cake plate

And, for fun, my most popular post of the year, NOT published in 2017, was (AGAIN) my Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken. You guys really like this meal. So do I.

Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken | Persnickety Plates

Thanks for reading in 2017 and here’s to a happy, healthy, and tasty 2018!

In case you’re curious, here are the top 10 from years past…



Persnickety Plates Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015!


Persnickety Plates Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014







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