Yesterday I highlighted the top 10 reader favorite recipes of 2014. Today I’m sharing 20 of my own personal favorites. It may seem like a lot, but I actually had an incredibly hard time narrowing it down that far. Here they are!

I’ve come a long way since the days when I hated all lemon desserts. First I tolerated them, then I started really liking them and then earlier this year I found these creamy lemon crumb bars which, to date, are probably my favorite of all lemon desserts. If you love lemon, you must try these!

January is all about citrus and this blood orange loaf cake was a perfect way to highlight it. So delicious and so beautiful.

For every kitchen experiment that works out, there are probably two more that flopped. I am so glad this  raspberry cobbler with dark chocolate biscuits was one that worked out because it is truly fabulous.

These thai veggie burgers with peanut sauce showed me just how great veggie burgers can be. They have become a family favorite and are a fantastic meatless meal.

This salmon salad with honey mustard vinaigrette is another main dish that instantly went into heavy rotation in our house. It is a perfect simple weeknight meal – it’s quick, colorful and healthy. What’s not to love?

What better treat for Caroline’s bunny-themed birthday party than carrot cake whoopie pies? These were a huge hit and became an instant favorite in our family.

Our popsicle molds were working overtime last summer. Sooo many awesome treats came out of them. But these chocolate peanut butter pudding pops were undoubtedly one of the best. I really didn’t like sharing them.

Sometimes the classics are better left alone, but I like to think I improved on the classic seven layer dip with my modernized Mexican seven layer dip. I mean, chorizo, fresh tomatillo salsa and chipotle sour cream? Please anyone give me an excuse to make this right now.

I think I can officially say that Mexican is my favorite type of cuisine, and corn tortillas from scratch totally upped my game this year. Have you made them yet? You need to.

It’s always nice to have a fabulous breakfast in your repertoire and this peach raspberry granola crumble is just that. Light, healthy, pretty and extremely delicious.

Up until now, I have been fairly underwhelmed by zucchini. These zucchini ricotta sandwiches made me for once glad to have a surplus of zucchini from the garden. Can’t wait to make them again next summer!

Some meals are seasonal and some seem to work at almost any time of year. That is how I feel about this tortellini with kale pesto and peas. Our whole family loves it and we have been enjoying it throughout the seasons.

If I were being forced to choose a number one favorite recipe from all of 2014, it would be this sweet corn black raspberry ice cream. It is truly phenomenal. Thank goodness for Jeni and her amazing crew that make such outstanding recipes.

Summer really was all about the popsicles for me, and these peach sangria popsicles were another favorite. Cocktail popsicles are definitely something I’ll continue to explore next summer – should be fun!

I’ve always been a bit iffy on the use of floral flavorings and accents in food, but this summer I decided to step out of my comfort zone and make blueberry lavender honey jam. It certainly became a new favorite jam of mine, and it is still being enjoyed thanks to the wonder of home preserving.

The cocktail Fridays series that I did throughout August and September was such fun. I loved trying new flavor combinations. This nectarine thyme gin fizz was one of my most favorite from the series (though it is hard to choose – I loved them all!) We will definitely make these again when nectarines are back in season.

These black bean chorizo tortas with tomatillo salsa totally wowed me with their simplicity, short prep time and amazing result. Such a great recipe to have on a busy weeknight – no need to sacrifice flavor!

I never thought I would see the day when I actually craved kale smoothies, but that day came this year. I adore this lemony kale mango smoothie and it is a frequent part of my breakfast routine.

As it turns out, a cranberry sorbet champagne fizz (or any kind of sorbet champagne fizz) is basically the easiest cocktail ever. These were a huge hit at our recent holiday party. Because clearly, the only way to improve on a party with lots of champagne is to add sorbet!

Classic flavors of pie are nice, but now that I’ve tried salty honey pie, I’m not sure I can go back. It’s just…so much better than other pies.

  • Lydia

    Ah stop it! You have me craving summer foods now! And I totally love all your photographs. They are phenomenal!

  • Thanks for the great reminder of some absolutely amazing recipes Annie! Your oatmeal creme pies are ridiculously amazing. Happy new year and here’s to loads more tasty food in 2015!

  • Chrissy Lawrence

    Your Zucchini Ricotta sandwiches have been a game changer in our family. I tried making fresh ricotta for the first time this year, and now I use it almost exclusively. Your blog is my #1 favorite and it is the first place I go to look for recipes. When I bring in baked goods to work, my coworkers say, “Is this from that Annie Woman?” and the answer is always YES! Happy New Year Annie, and thank you for helping me be more adventurous in the kitchen!

  • You have shared so many delicious recipes this year, Annie! There are tons that I want to try from this list, starting with the Salty Honey Pie and Corn Tortillas. I’ve made your Lemony Kale Smoothie many times and we love it! Happy New Year!!

  • annieseats

    Ha! “That Annie woman” – I love it! SO funny. Thank you so much for all your kind words. I hope 2015 brings even more great food!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    The salty honey pie is a favorite at our house. So good!

  • Diana

    I think that dark chocolate cobbler is my favorite things you’ve posted (that I’ve made) this year. It was amazing. Now I need to make it again soon!

  • Amber

    Thank you for posting these! I always love seeing which are your favorites, and there’s usually always one that I somehow missed seeing you post in the craziness of life (this time it was the zuccini ricotta sandwiches), as well as reminders of which ones I’ve been meaning to make and need to get on it! Happy New Year!

  • Erika Robinson

    This year you helped me master a lot of from scratch basis: yogurt, cheese, pizza dough, flour/corn tortillas, simple tomato sauce, pie crust! Thank you for all your work put into the blog! It is appreciated.

  • Melissa Brooker

    The salmon salad and kale pesto tortellini have become favourites in my house! And these chino ricotta sandwiches are a new favourite! I look forward to trying some more of your faves!

  • Rosanna

    Thanks for posting this! I totally forgot about the chocolate cobbler with raspberries (my absolute favorite dessert combination–chocolate and raspberry). I will be making this soon. Happy New Year!

  • Matea Milojkovic

    Carrot cake whoopie pies look delicious!


    Everything looks amazingly good

  • What a great list of recipes Annie! I pinned quite of few of them and can’t wait to give them a try in 2015. Personal favs: peach raspberry crumble – breakfast has been reinvented & homemade tortillas – hubby will think I am a superstar for these.

  • Lindsay Coulter

    I baked the lemon bars last night- the best ever! It’s actually good warm too, spooned more like a cobbler. (We couldn’t wait ;). Great the next morning too ;)
    The honey-mustard vin. was so strong it made my lips puck up, not sure if I measured something wrong. Ack! Good solid combo though! I just needed a sweeter dressing.

  • annieseats

    Glad you loved the lemon bars! Yeah, the vinaigrette can be strong to some tastes, but it’s easy to adjust just by adding more oil.