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10 Best Baking Recipes of 2021

The end of the year is weird. My body is composed mostly of cookies at this point. I keep having to check to see what day it is, which means I’m never quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing on any given day. BUT I do love to reminisce a bit, and for the blog that means checking out the 10 Best Baking Recipes of 2021!

collage photo of top 10 baking recipes from Live to Sweet

2020 was a doozy of a year, and we all thought 2021 would be different. It definitely wasn’t what we had all hoped, but with these recipes, it wasn’t all bad!! These are the 10 Best Baking Recipes of 2021, the most popular recipes on the blog this year!

Full disclosure: I specified that these are the top 10 *baking* recipes because, technically speaking, Homemade Chocolate Extract and Homemade Kahlua were in the top 10 this year! I just couldn’t bear to keep those non-dessert recipes in there and skip out on others that involved baking…and it’s my blog so I make the rules. 😉 But, just so you know, both of those recipes are fantastic and you should check those out, too. 😀

10. Coconut Pineapple Tart

It’s a little weird to think about this coconut-pineapple dream in late December because it just screeeeeams summer, but I think you can see why it was so popular this year!

Coconut Pineapple Tart
This Coconut Pineapple Tart has a coconut crust filled with homemade pineapple curd! Topped with pineapple "flowers", this tart is a tropical dream!
Check out this recipe
Coconut Pineapple Tart

9. Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs

I love these little gems, and have plans to reshoot this recipe so I can brag about them even more in 2022!

Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs
These gorgeous Dulce de Leche Cream Puffs are filled with dulce de leche cream, dipped in thick, shiny dark chocolate glaze, then drizzled with more dulce de leche!
Check out this recipe
dulce de leche cream puffs

8. Chocolate Cherry Pie

It’s no wonder that this pie was so popular in 2021–this pie is a showstopper!

Chocolate Cherry Pie
This Chocolate Cherry Pie has juicy, fresh cherries and chopped dark chocolate in a crisp, flaky chocolate pie crust! I think the two-tone lattice gives it a little pizazz, too! 🙂
Check out this recipe

7. Rosemary Almond Apple Galette

I am in LOVE with this galette! It’s incredible that this recipe made the top 10, since I didn’t share it until mid-October! This baby deserves it’s place–soooo delicious!

Rosemary Almond Apple Galette
This Rosemary Almond Apple Galette is a rustic beauty! Its sweet pastry is filled with homemade almond paste, apples, and rosemary sugar!
Check out this recipe
rosemary almond apple galette with two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top

6. Chocolate Champagne Cake

This is one beautiful cake! I don’t think I shared it on social once the entire year–and it’s still in the Top 10! I think this baby deserves a facelift with some new photos this year so it looks as gorgeous as it tastes!

Chocolate Champagne Cake
Chocolate champagne cake with champagne swiss meringue buttercream and dark chocolate ganache! For your next celebration, or anytime!
Check out this recipe
Chocolate Champagne Cake

5. S’mores Sandwich Cookies

This is another oldie-but-goodie recipe! This recipe took off on Pinterest in 2021 and became one of my most popular recipes of the year!

S’mores Sandwich Cookies
These S'mores Sandwich Cookies are soft, chewy graham cookies with dark chocolate ganache and toasted homemade marshmallow cream! (*Drool*)
Check out this recipe

4. Blueberry Angel Food Cake

Okay, so the heading says blueberry, but the link below says strawberry. That’s because I switched out the strawberries for blueberries in my Strawberry Angel Food Cake recipe and you guys went bonkers for it! It’s no wonder, either, with its gorgeous color and fantastic flavor!! Click on the blog post to see the gorgeous purple color of the blueberry version!

Strawberry Angel Food Cake
This Strawberry Angel Food Cake is light and fluffy with serious strawberry flavor thanks to freeze-dried berries! Also delicious using blueberries, with the bonus of a showstopping purple color!
Check out this recipe
Strawberry Angel Food Cake

3. Blackberry Cream Pie

The color, the flavor, and the creamy texture can’t be beat in this pie! It’s rich and refreshing at the same time!

Blackberry Cream Pie
A classic graham cracker crust filled with light-as-air blackberry cream, topped with fresh vanilla bean whipped cream and blackberries!
Check out this recipe

2. Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

Year after year this recipe makes the Top 10! This is an old family recipe, and definitely the bake I make most in my kitchen! My family never tires of these muffins!

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins
Simple and delicious, these Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins will make your morning! The recipe makes a fabulous base for other flavors, so check out the recipe notes for apple-cinnamon and blueberry variations!
Check out this recipe

1. Honey Sugar Cookies

Dun dun dahhhh! These Honey Sugar Cookies take the #1 spot in 2021! No doubt because I shared them sooo many times on social media. They’re simple, delicious, and they work for all holidays and gatherings. Check out the blog post to see the different kinds of patterned cookies that I made with them this year!

Honey Cookies
These Honey Cookies are tender and chewy, with the floral flavor of honey! Drizzled with a honey vanilla bean glaze, these cuties are simple and delicious!
Check out this recipe

This wraps up my 10 Best Baking Recipes of 2021! If there’s one thing the past few years has taught me, it’s that all I know is: I don’t know. 😉 I’ll continue to roll with the punches and do my best. And of course I’ll be baking! I have big plans for the blog and lots of new recipe ideas to share with you in 2022.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, sweet new year! <3

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