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Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2016

Happy (almost) New Year, friends! Just wanted to quickly pop in before the ‘ol ball drops with Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2016! Which recipe do you think made it all the way to #1?

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Recipes of 2016 ~ a countdown of the year's highest traffic, most popular recipes! | FiveHeartHome.com

It’s always fun to look back on the last twelve months, dig through analytics to see which posts received the most traffic, and figure out which new recipes from the past year were the most popular. So keep reading to see if your favorites made the list!

#20 ~ Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Pizza

S’mores recipes always go over well. But add marshmallows to the top of a thick, chewy, (giant!) homemade peanut butter cookie, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit!

Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores Pizza ~ melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows top a thick, chewy, homemade peanut butter crust in this fun and decadent dessert recipe that's perfect for summer parties or year-round special occasions! | FiveHeartHome.com

#19 ~ Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Need a recipe for a summer barbecue or get-together? This colorful, flavorful pasta salad is loaded with marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, tangy artichoke hearts, briny Kalamata olives, and creamy feta cheese!

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad ~ marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese are tossed with corkscrew pasta and a tangy dressing in this colorful, flavorful recipe that's perfect for summer barbecues and get-togethers! | FiveHeartHome.com

#18 ~ Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers Cookbook

The next post in the countdown wasn’t actually a recipe…it was the announcement that my cookbook, Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers, was officially available for sale!  Since its release in October, I’ve been thrilled to hear from so many of you who’ve been enjoying it and using it to cook slow cooker dinner recipes made with real, unprocessed ingredients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my cookbook a success in 2016…and it’s not too late to let it simplify your dinner menu in 2017! 😉

Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers Cookbook Preview ~ 80 brand new, easy, from-scratch, family-friendly, slow cooker dinner recipes using real, unprocessed ingredients! | FiveHeartHome.com

#16 ~ Simple German (Swabian) Potato Salad

This is the type of authentic potato salad that my relatives in Germany make, and I’m so happy that y’all have loved the recipe as much as my family does.

Simple German Potato Salad {Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat} ~ hailing from the Swabian region of Germany, this delicious recipe features sliced potatoes, minced onions, hot broth, oil, vinegar, and fresh parsley! | FiveHeartHome.com

#15 ~ Ultimate Mexican Street Corn Dip

I shared this recipe just in time for Super Bowl last year…and if you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, I highly recommend you make it for the 2017 Super Bowl! It’s always a big, huge hit for any occasion.

Ultimate Mexican Street Corn Dip ~ warm, creamy, and loaded with a mouthwatering combo of ingredients...corn, cotija cheese, avocado, bacon, jalapeños, cilantro, and chipotle chile powder for the perfect amount of smoky heat...ideal for Super Bowl, game day, or just about any party or get-together! | FiveHeartHome.com

#14 ~ Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

This is another dip that’s guaranteed to disappear in a flash at any gathering, although it’s a sweet treat instead of a savory snack. But the best part of all is that it’s super easy to whip up, only requiring three ingredients!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip ~ requiring only three ingredients and a few minutes to assemble, this sweet and creamy dip is an effortless recipe for game day, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert, or just about any special occasion or get-together! | FiveHeartHome.com

#13 ~ Ultimate Bean Dip

Hmmmm…I’m starting to sense a trend here. Y’all really like your dips! This creamy, cheesy stovetop dip requires only 6 ingredients and takes just 10 minutes to make.

Ultimate Bean Dip ~ requiring a handful of simple ingredients -- refried beans, cream cheese, salsa, pepper jack, and cilantro -- and taking just 10 minutes to make, this stove-top appetizer recipe is creamy and cheesy...the perfect snack for parties or for watching the big game! | FiveHeartHome.com

#12 ~ Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

Fun and easy to make with the kids, yummy, and CUTE! Can’t wait to enjoy this again come spring…

Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ a simple, festive, spring treat featuring two kinds of chocolate swirled together and topped with mini chocolate eggs, pretzels, and pastel sprinkles! | FiveHeartHome.com

#11 ~ Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Banana bread type-recipes always go over well, and chocolate improves just about anything. So these pretty half-and-half muffins are the best of both worlds!

Banana Bread & Chocolate Muffins ~ these sweet, moist, bakery-style muffins combine half plain banana batter and half chocolate banana batter for a perfect breakfast or snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

#10 ~ {One-Bowl, Big-Batch} Monster Cookie Bars

This is one of my go-to recipes when I’m short on time but need to bake a big batch of treats. Can’t go wrong with these chewy bars, loaded with oats, peanut butter, and M&Ms.

{One-Bowl, Big-Batch} Monster Cookie Bars ~ loaded with chewy oats, decadent peanut butter, colorful M&Ms, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips, this effortless recipe whips up in no time! It is then spread in a large rimmed sheet pan to yield a big batch of bar cookies, perfect for sharing or serving at parties. Even better, you can customize these yummy bar cookies for various holidays by using seasonal M&Ms! | FiveHeartHome.com

#9 ~ Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts

2016 was the year that I discovered baked donuts (I know…totally late to the party). And while the latter part of the year saw me sharing Apple Cider Baked Donuts and Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts, these popular lemon beauties were my inaugural recipe.

Lemon Sugar Baked Donuts ~ light, citrusy, and generously coated in a crunchy, lemon-zest infused sugar...the perfect sunny treat for breakfast or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

#8 ~ Southern Squash Casserole

Every summer, my father-in-law gifts us with a bounty of yellow squash. So this past summer, I decided we needed a new way to enjoy it…and the resulting casserole just so happens to be good enough to eat for breakfast. 😉

Southern Squash Casserole ~ this cheesy, comforting side dish recipe is loaded with tender sauteed yellow squash, cheddar, Parmesan, and sour cream, then topped with buttery cracker crumbs and baked! | FiveHeartHome.com

#7 ~ Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

This gorgeous salad is exploding with contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, & fresh cilantro. I could happily eat it once a week!

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing ~ exploding with the contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, and fresh cilantro! | FiveHeartHome.com

#6 ~ Quick Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

My kids love this tasty, wholesome breakfast…and I love how quick and easy it is to make on hectic school mornings.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal ~ in just a few short minutes, you can enjoy a hot, wholesome, homemade breakfast flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with honey, and topped with crunchy peanuts! | FiveHeartHome.com

#5 ~ Thanksgiving Salad
(with Pomegranates, Pears, Pecans, & Brie)

This was one of those recipes that immediately took off. Not only is this salad beautiful but it’s also delicious, bursting with color, texture, and flavor. I concocted this salad with Thanksgiving in mind, but it would also be a lovely addition to your Christmas or New Year’s menu…or for just about any other holiday or special occasion!

Thanksgiving Salad ~ this gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures. It would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table, or it would make any dinner special! | FiveHeartHome.com

#4 ~ The BEST Lemon Cupcakes
with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

I coined them “the best,” and tons of you have agreed! A simple, one-bowl batter results in luscious, lemony, perfectly moist cupcakes.

The BEST Lemon Cupcakes ~ start with a simple one-bowl batter and end with a soaking of lemon simple syrup and a topping of fluffy Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting for luscious, lemony, perfectly moist treats! | FiveHeartHome.com

# 3 ~ Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Woo-hoo…an easy dinner recipe landed in the Top 5! With all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked Chicken Enchilada Casserole boasts the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ with all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked casserole recipe boast the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them! | FiveHeartHome.com

#2 ~ Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

This sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish is the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day!

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots ~ a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish...the perfect recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on Easter, any holiday, or a regular weeknight! | FiveHeartHome.com

And now, for Five Heart Home’s most popular recipe of 2016…

#1 ~ Creamy Jalapeño Dip {Chuy’s Copycat}

I’m not kidding when I say I could drink this stuff by the vat. In fact, I’m making it again (for about the 100th time this year) for New Year’s Eve. And if my family is lucky, maybe I’ll even share… 😉

Creamy Jalapeño Dip ~ a base of homemade ranch dressing is flavored with fresh jalapeños, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa in this addictive copycat recipe of the popular appetizer at Chuy's! | FiveHeartHome.com

So there you have it…Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2016! Did any of your favorites make the list?

As another year comes to a close, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your support in this little food blogging venture of mine. When I started Five Heart Home in June of 2013, I never imagined that 3 1/2 years later, things would have evolved to what they are today…a blog with 10 million pageviews per year, a national TV appearance, and me becoming the author of a real, live cookbook! But all of this success is thanks to all of YOU! Each one of your comments, e-mails, and social media shares means the world to me. And while 2016 sometimes got the best of me when it came to responding to every comment (I never used to miss a single one, but I missed a bunch of them this past year 🙁 ), not falling so behind (on this blog and in life in general) is one of my resolutions for 2017.

So what else is to come in 2017? Well, obviously, lots of brand new, quick and easy, family-friendly, real food recipes! But I’m also going to finally, reluctantly (okay, dragging-my-feet-kicking-and-screaming) start creating VIDEOS to go along with my recipes! I seriously have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to video so wish me luck. But I know it will be okay. Blogging has always been all about learning new things and growing in new ways, so the part of me that’s not dragging my feet is actually a tiny bit excited to get started. 😉

Thanks again for a fabulous 2016…and here’s to much more food, fun, and friendship in 2017!

Five Heart Home's Top 20 Recipes of 2016

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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’s fun to peruse the recipes that appeal to y’all, to track trends…and to shudder over how terrible my photography was when I first started out — ha.

While today’s post counted down the top Five Heart Home recipes published in 2016, many of our most-viewed recipes in 2016 were actually published in 2013, 2014, and 2015…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 2015

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

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

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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. Happy New Year Samantha! Wishing you a very late Merry Christmas 🙂 Very fun recap and a good reminder of some recipes I am interested in. Looking forward to your videos!!!

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

      Happy (very late) New Year to you, too, Kristin! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. 🙂 And yes, I’m slowly trying to figure out video — eeek! Hopefully by this time next year I’ll look back and laugh at how intimidated I was feeling at this point. 😉 Hope you have a great week!

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