Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2015

Time to wrap up the year with Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2015! It’s always SO fun and interesting to see which recipes y’all loved the most. Did your favorites make the list? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Top 20 Recipes of 2015 ~ Five Heart Home's 20 most popular recipes of the year! | FiveHeartHome.com

So without further ado, here are the twenty most popular Five Heart Home recipes of 2015, as determined by the highest traffic. Can you guess which recipe earned the top spot???

#20 ~ Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip

With only five ingredients — including chocolate, cream cheese, and freshly whipped cream — this addictive dip will have everyone at your next party choosing fruit over cookies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip ~ made with cream cheese, melted chocolate, and real whipped cream, this dessert tastes just like dipping fresh fruit into chocolate cheesecake! | FiveHeartHome.com

#19 ~ Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast

Juicy berries, lemon-infused cream cheese, and a homemade lemon syrup make this the perfect make-ahead breakfast to celebrate springtime or ring in Easter morning.

Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast with Lemon Syrup ~ bursting with juicy berries and layered with lemon-infused cream cheese, this make-ahead recipe would be a special breakfast or brunch for celebrating Easter or spring! | FiveHeartHome.com

#18 ~ Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

One of my family’s favorite soups when the cold weather hits…and I love how effortless it is to make!

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup ~ a smooth and creamy crock pot soup garnished with a variety of toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions | FiveHeartHome.com

#17 ~ Buffalo Chicken Dip

Loaded with chicken, cheese, and wing sauce, this creamy dip is the perfect appetizer for watching the big game!

Buffalo Chicken Dip ~ warm, creamy, and loaded with cheese, chicken, and wing sauce, this decadent appetizer is perfect for parties or ideal for game day tailgating! | FiveHeartHome.com

#16 ~ Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Who doesn’t love Chicken & Dumplings? This here recipe is a pot o’ perfection!

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings ~ a comfort food classic featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings | FiveHeartHome.com

#15 ~ Homemade One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese

A big hit with the kiddos…and adults love it, too! You may never rely on that little blue box again… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Homemade One-Pot Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese ~ creamy and made from scratch, this mac & cheese is as easy as one pot, a handful of ingredients, and ten minutes on the stove! | FiveHeartHome.com

#14 ~ Oats & Honey Granola Bars

These granola bars are tasty, wholesome, and hold together nicely…making them a great on-the-go breakfast or snack!

Oats and Honey Granola Bars ~ these homemade, all-natural granola bars are baked until slightly crunchy, making them the perfect breakfast-on-the-go or a wholesome, portable snack | FiveHeartHome.com

#13 ~ Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Doesn’t get much simpler (or yummier) than this comforting, filling supper!

Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake ~ loaded with tortellini, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese, this effortless pasta dinner is one that the whole family will love! | FiveHeartHome.com

#12 ~ Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake

Y’all love a good mug cake, and this blueberry version makes an acceptable breakfast because…muffin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake ~ enjoy a fresh, warm, blueberry muffin in a mug that's ready in minutes with this simple-to-make, bursting-with-berries, breakfast or snack recipe | FiveHeartHome.com

#11 ~ Easy Spanish Rice

Did you know that making a pot of Spanish Rice is as easy as cooking up a regular ol’ batch of rice? Seriously! You must try it next Taco Tuesday.

Easy Spanish Rice ~ cook a pot of rice using chicken broth, tomato sauce, and a few seasonings to make this quick and easy Spanish Rice...it's the perfect base for rice bowls or a delicious side dish to your favorite Mexican entrees! | FiveHeartHome.com

#10 ~ Homemade Italian Dressing

A good Italian Dressing can be used for so many more things than just salad. And this recipe puts even Olive Garden’s to shame! ๐Ÿ˜‰

"Better than Olive Garden" Homemade Italian Dressing ~ this all-natural, zesty salad dressing is economical, easy to make, delicious on salads, and makes an excellent marinade! | FiveHeartHome.com

#9 ~ Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

I’ve had more real-life friends tell me that they’ve tried and loved this recipe than any other. And with good reason…it’s pretty darn delicious.

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa ~ flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic, cilantro, and Mexican spices, this tender, juicy meat is an ideal filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for rice bowls and salads | FiveHeartHome.com

#8 ~ Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

It’s more likely that recipes in this Top 20 list were posted in the first three-quarters of the year, since they’ll have had more time to build up steam (and pageviews) by the end of December. And that’s what makes it such a feat that this appealing salad recipe has landed in the Top 10 after less than two months in the world wide web…it’s festive, pretty, and just plain scrumptious.

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad ~ full of flavor and texture, this gorgeous salad is loaded with fresh apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, and salty blue cheese, all dressed with a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette atop a bed of your favorite salad greens...so vibrant and tasty you'll want to make it an annual addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu! | FiveHeartHome.com

#7 ~ Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Our top crock pot recipe of 2015, one taste of this tender chicken in an coconut milk-based Asian peanut sauce and you’ll know why!

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce ~ features tender chicken stewed in a flavor-infused coconut milk/peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles, and garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro | FiveHeartHome.com

#6 ~ Overnight Oats, 3 Ways

This was my first foray into Overnight Oats, and oh my goodness…where had I been?! This past holiday season I also added Eggnog Overnight Oats to the roster, but it all started with these three: Peanut Butter Banana, Raspberry Nutella, and Coconut Almond. I honestly can’t say which one is my favorite.Overnight Oats, 3 Ways: Peanut Butter Banana, Raspberry Nutella, and Coconut Almond flavors ~ refrigerate a mixture of oats, milk, and yogurt overnight for a creamy, wholesome, instant, no-cook breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

#5 ~ Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites

When you’re a food blogger, you sometimes think you’ve come up with the most unique, creative recipe idea ever…only to learn (often after the fact) that it’s already been done before in some way, shape, or form. Well, I can honestly say that I conceived these mini pimento cheese balls in my own little brain, was thrilled when they turned out better than I imagined, and could find no evidence of any similar recipe on the big, wide internet. WIN!

Pimento Cheese and Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeรฑos and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers, perfect for game day or any get-together! | FiveHeartHome.com

#4 ~ Healthy Oat Smoothies

I’m just realizing that there are multiple oat recipes in this year’s Top 20…which is great, because that means y’all love them as much as I do! I kicked off 2015 with these Peach Cobbler and Blueberry Muffin Oat Smoothies, and I added a Pumpkin Pie Oat Smoothie to the lineup this past fall. Perhaps I should come up with a new oat smoothie flavor for 2016?Healthy Oat Smoothies {Blueberry Muffin & Peach Cobbler Flavors} ~ thick, filling smoothies featuring oats, yogurt, and frozen fruit taste just like blueberry muffins and peach cobbler! | FiveHeartHome.com

#3 ~ Classic Cream Cheese Frosting

So simple. So versatile. So delicious. This is my favorite frosting ev-ah, and lots of y’all apparently agree.

Classic Cream Cheese Frosting ~ silky and sweet with a slight tang from the cream cheese, this effortless frosting comes together with just four ingredients and complements a variety of cakes and cupcakes | FiveHeartHome.com

#2 ~ Homemade Sloppy Joes

Every year, it seems that the simplest recipes end up being the most popular. You can’t get much simpler than Sloppy Joes, and this recipe garnered countless rave reviews over the past year.

Homemade Sloppy Joes ~ ditch the store-bought can of sauce for these quick and easy, all-natural Sloppy Joes with no additives or preservatives...and they taste better, too! | FiveHeartHome.com

Drumroll please, for Five Heart Home’s most popular recipe of 2015…

#1 ~ Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Remember (about a dozen spots ago) when I said how y’all love a good mug cake? Well, CASE IN POINT. This snickerdoodle variation topped our 2015 pageviews this year, and with good reason…the recipe is quick, easy, and yields fluffy vanilla cake layered with cinnamon-sugary goodness. Good job picking #1, y’all! (And if you haven’t tried this one yet, you can remedy that in about five minutes flat…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake ~ bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! | FiveHeartHome.com

And there you have it! So how many of the year’s Top 20 recipes have you tried? Did you see any of your favorites in the countdown?

As I wrap up another fun and successful year of blogging, I just wanted to thank y’all for all of your support. I wouldn’t still be here — cooking, photographing, and writing my little heart out — if not for each of you. I can’t adequately express how much I appreciate each and every time that you visit, comment, e-mail, and share Five Heart Home with your friends and family via word of mouth or social media. Over the past two and half years, this website has evolved into a full-time job, but I can truly say that I love it and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be able to work from home. Even more than that, I’m touched and honored when y’all share with me that my recipes make your lives easier and/or more enjoyable. And while I realize that my posting schedule has been a bit erratic over the past couple of months while working on my Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers Cookbook, I’m looking forward to wrapping up my manuscript soon, turning it in, and getting back to regularly scheduled blogging! So thanks again for a fabulous 2015, and I’m looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2016…for all of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Top 20 Recipes of 2015 ~ Five Heart Home's 20 most popular recipes of the year! | FiveHeartHome.com

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One thing I love about the annual Top 20 post is comparing this year’s most popular recipes to the previous years’ most popular recipes. It always makes me feel good that, if nothing else, at least my photography is slightly improving each year — ha. While today’s post counted down the top Five Heart Home recipes published in 2015, the truth is that many of our most-viewed recipes in 2015 were actually published in 2013 and 2014…some from the very earliest days of the blog! So to see more of our most popular recipes that continue to get lots of traffic today, check out…

Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2014

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Recipes of 2014 ~ a round-up of the year's most popular recipes | FiveHeartHome.com


Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Posts of 2013

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Posts of 2013 ~ the most popular recipes of the year, plus a few fun printables thrown in!

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And see all of our PRINTABLES <<< here!

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  1. I love these year in review posts. It amazes me all the great ideas which are shared. Tumbleweed Contessa is hosting a Best of 2015 round up party. Iโ€™d love for you to share this.

    Wishes for tasty dishes in 2016,

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      What a fun round-up party, Linda! Thanks for the invitation…I just linked up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks for putting this list together, I have most of them bookmarked.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Amy! I hope you enjoy any of these recipes that you have a chance to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh my goodness! All of these look delicious!
    I especially like the Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup!

    Have a wonderful New Year!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Melissa…the Baked Potato Soup is definitely one of my favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start as well!

  4. You know why that mug cake is number one?? Because it’s so darn easy and quick I’m already looking around to see if I have everything to make it!! And shocker…I do. haha. Great year Samantha, these all look incredible!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Karen! That mug cake is actually a little bit dangerous for the exact reasons you described…it’s almost too easy to make (several times in a row — ahem), which rather nullifies the concept of portion control. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by…hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

  5. Love seeing everything that made it on your list! Everything looks absolutely incredible! Can’t wait to see what you share in 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Kelly, and right back atcha’…you never cease to impress me with your gorgeous, delicious creations! Here’s to a great 2016 for us all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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