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Best of 2016!

I started sharing my recipes and treat ideas on this site in January 2011 and can't believe it has been 6 years already!  I began making videos for my recipes on my YouTube channel at the very end of 2013, a little over 3 years ago, and it has been so much fun interacting with more and more of you on my channel and through social media. This year, I got the site a little makeover, just in time for the holidays, with a pretty new recipe index, fancy little slider on my homepage and a nice mobile version to go along with it. So, based on the most viewed recipes of the year, I bring you the Lindsay Ann Bakes, Best of 2016



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READERS' CHOICE: Top 10 Posts of 2016


Starting with... #10 THE BEST Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes
 These classic favorites always make the top 10! Moist, buttery, light and fluffy vanilla cupcakes from scratch. Perfect every time and so versatile, you can pair them with just about any filling and frosting combination!



#9 Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mint and chocolate go together like milk and cookies... so why not combine them?! The combination of fresh cool mint, deep chocolate and sweet buttery cookie make these mint chocolate chip cookies absolutely incredible.




#8 {VIDEO} Easy No-Bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake with "Melting Cone"

This is one of my favorite videos ever! It's a super impressive ice cream cake, that is so easy to assemble, requires NO baking... and it’s a lot cuter and cheaper than a store bought ice cream cake!




#7 {VIDEO} How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!
Learning how to dip the perfect chocolate covered strawberries is a quick and simple process that always makes a big impression. Not to mention is is a lot more affordable to dip your own strawberries, than buying chocolate dipped berries at around $3 a piece from gourmet chocolate shops. The best part is, it is totally customizable. Create monograms, color patterns to match a theme, fancy chocolate drizzles or a variety of toppings!


#6 {VIDEO} Miniature Pies
These cuties make it into the top 10 every year! Because I can't resist turning classics into miniatures, I made cherry, apple and blackberry miniature pies. You can use store bought crust and pie fillings or make your own from scratch with my simple recipes. These mini pies can be made in a standard or mini muffin pan and are such a fun party treat or special gift.



#5 Homemade Fresh Fruit Tart

Using sweet fresh fruit layered on top of a cool, creamy, custard-like pastry cream, all encased in in a rich, flaky, buttery pie crust and finished with an optional light fruity glaze, this is the ultimate summer treat... even for the ultimate CHOCOLATE LOVER like me!



#4 {VIDEO} 3-Minute Microwave Banana Bread in a Mug (egg free, dairy free, with low fat and gluten free options)
Yes... incredibly moist, flavorful, warm banana bread from the microwave in minutes! My microwave mug recipes are some of my favorite desserts to make when I need a quick and easy sugar fix. I've tried tons of recipes, but this banana bread, with a touch of warm cinnamon, studded with your choice of chopped nuts or chocolate chips is my absolute fave, you HAVE to try it! 




#3 {VIDEO} Mini Cotton Candy Lollipops
These whimsical miniature cotton candy treats are so much fun! All you need is some cotton candy and lollipops to make these little cuties. I even have a cotton candy cupcake recipe video to go along with them!




#2 Easy Mexican Shredded Chicken
Now, this one took me by surprise... after all, this is a baking blog, and my second most popular recipe is chicken, so you know it must me good! This super duper easy, one-pot recipe makes literally THE BEST shredded chicken you will ever have! This stuff is great for tacos, enchiladas, nachos, burrito bowls, wraps, Mexican casseroles, tortilla soup and more.



AND IN THE TOP SPOT FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! DRUM ROLL PLEASE... 
#1 {VIDEO} Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
It took me a while to come up with a small batch of 8 cookies that fit perfectly on one cookie sheet and these are definitely perfection. They have a rich, buttery, caramel flavor, with crisp edges and a melt in your mouth chewy center, that are the perfect indulgence when you don't need an entire plate full of cookies tempting you the next morning!


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Did your favorites make the list? Check out my complete collection of recipe and treat roundups, for more fun recipes and inspiration!

Check out past roundups: 
Best of 2011
Best of 2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014 
Best of 2015