Our Favorite Recipes of 2014

It’s a few days late now, but Happy New Year! These are some of our favorite recipes that we made in 2014. Of course we made many more dishes that were not blogged about (or were blogged about in previous years), but of the ones we posted, these are the very best. We ended the year on a delicious note- our family hosted a New Year’s Eve party, and we had all kinds of delicious things like stuffed mushrooms, pimiento cheese dip, triple onion dip, hummus, ham and cheese sliders, Grandma pizza, blondies, chocolate cake with marshmallow buttercream, and confetti sprinkle cookies. As you can imagine, we spent many hours in the kitchen! It was mostly fun though (and some of those recipes would’ve made this list if we had blogged about them in 2014!).

Without further adieu, here are the best recipes of 2014 on We Like Two Cook (in no particular order)!

1. Chocolate Chip Waffles (with or without the toppings pictured)

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Waffles can sometimes be way too crunchy or soft and floppy. These waffles are perfect, in both texture and flavor, and are made even better with the addition of chocolate chips.

2. Broccoli Slaw

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I’m sure my Grandmom is happy to be reading this one! While I used to not be a huge fan of broccoli, I now really enjoy it when prepared well, especially in this delicious slaw. Crunchy, tangy, and fresh- what more could you ask for?

3. Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream

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When we got Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, this ice cream (and the heavenly milk chocolate) was one of the first recipes we made. It’s truly fantastic, and has a nice tang from the buttermilk.

4. French Onion Toasts

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I love, love, love caramelized onions. They make pretty much any main dish better! I was bound to enjoy these French onion toasts, since they’re the goodness of caramelized onions on top of French bread and covered in melted Gruyere cheese.

5. Gooey Butter Cake

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This is one delicious dessert. It may be rich, but it’s worth every bite. A yeasted base is topped with a gooey, buttery (of course) topping that gets amazingly caramelized around the edges. Give it a try!

6. Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

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While in my opinion macaroni and cheese from a box is kind of gross, there is nothing better than a bowl of homemade mac and cheese. This one is particularly awesome- it has jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and roasted red peppers. Yum!

7. Funfetti Cupcakes

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Pretty much everyone’s favorite cupcake as a kid was funfetti, right? This homemade version of the boxed classic is spot-on. It’s fluffy, full of sprinkles, and has a tiny bit of almond extract to boost the flavor. Topped with whipped vanilla buttercream, it’s definitely one of my favorite cupcakes!

8. Vegetarian Pot Pies with Feta Scallion Biscuits

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Biscuits are one of my favorite things, so the addition of feta scallion biscuits (which are amazing on their own), makes the flavorful vegetable filling even better. Dare I say that these are even better than chicken pot pies?

9. Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These muffins are one of my very favorites ever; they’re soft thanks to the ricotta, and have the addition of orange zest and chocolate chips. I could eat way too many of them in one sitting!

10. Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

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Banana bread is one of the best breakfasts, in my opinion, so I loved these cupcakes. They’re moist and delicious on their own, and are made even better with a decadent Nutella buttercream.

 

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

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I know Christmas is over and most of you are probably no longer in Christmas baking mode, but I thought I’d share these cookies we made on Christmas Eve anyway just because they’re awesome! Snickerdoodles have always been one of my (Celine) favorite cookies. This eggnog-flavored version, which has nutmeg and rum extract to add an eggnog taste without ruining the texture by adding eggnog itself, is particularly fantastic and I know for sure I’ll be making these again! They are perfectly chewy and have just the right amount of eggnog flavor- they’re pretty addictive! These went over really well with all of our brothers. Happy Belated New Year’s- tomorrow we’ll be putting up a post with our favorite recipes of 2014!

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Recipe from Cooking Classy

Makes 36

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups (398 g) all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (3.3 oz.) all-vegetable shortening*

1 cup (210 g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (110 g) packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

For rolling:
1/4 cup (56 g) granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Mix in eggs and then add vanilla and rum extract. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add flour mixture and mix just until combined.

Whisk together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for rolling in a small bowl. Scoop dough out 1 1/2 tablespoons at a time and shape into balls. Roll dough balls in sugar mixture. Bake dough balls on a sheet lined with parchment paper (place dough balls about 2 inches apart) in preheated oven 9 – 10 minutes (the cookies should appear slightly under-baked). Cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

*You can substitute butter for the shortening (which is what we did), but you should make sure to chill the dough for a couple hours if you’re making this substitution to ensure that your cookies don’t spread too much.