Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-Up

The Super Bowl is coming up in just over a week and…

Well, to be honest, football just isn’t my thing. But Justin Timberlake and game day food are definitely my things. If it’s salty, crunchy, cheesy, made with Frank’s Red Hot, or is basically just a giant cookie, I. am. in.

The archives are loaded with big game-worthy recipes, but I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of my favorites to give you a little Super Bowl party inspiration!

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpGuacamole
I have never once brought guacamole to a party and gone home with leftovers. Not once. I make damn good guacamole, y’all. I don’t have some magical secret ingredient or any crazy methods—just buy good, ripe avocados and taste, taste, taste. Follow the recipe, adjust for salt and lime, and use sturdy chips. I promise you won’t have any leftovers.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpChorizo Cornbread {Gluten-Free}
Cornbread is pretty perfect all on its own, but I love this version. Slightly sweet and studded with salty chorizo, this cornbread makes an excellent soup side. And speaking of chorizo…

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBeef & Chorizo Chili
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Super Bowl party that didn’t have some sort of chili on the menu. This Beef & Chorizo version was a happy accident that became a favorite 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBuffalo Chicken Biscuits
Buffalo chicken is a game day classic! Instead of making traditional wings, shred it up and serve it on cream biscuits—everyone loves sliders! Don’t forget the bleu cheese and celery sticks 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpCaramelized Mushroom Tostadas
Who could say no to crispy tostadas loaded with sweet & earthy caramelized mushrooms, quick-pickled red onion, a swipe of guacamole, and salty cotija cheese?! This combination of textures and flavors is guaranteed to be a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike 🙂 Need them to be vegan? Just skip the cheese.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpUltimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
If you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, this is the dessert for you! These cocoa brownies are topped with a layer of peanut butter cream and studded with miniature peanut butter cups, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and peanuts—so freaking good.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBrown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
As Julia Child once said “A party without cake is just a meeting.” I’m not sure that a Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is exactly what she had in mind, but it fits the bill on Super Bowl Sunday! This simple dessert is easier than making a batch of cookies and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpWill you be serving any of these dishes next Sunday? Let me know on Instagram!

Most Popular Recipes of 2017

This is a list of the ten most popular recipes on this site for this past year, but I know one short list can’t speak for all of you (or the other 200+ recipes in the archives). If you don’t see your favorite E2 Bakes recipe on this list, feel free to tell me about it in the comments or on social media—I love seeing what you bake up!

With just three days to go before we launch into 2018, let’s see which of my recipes y’all loved the most over the last year.

Most Popular Recipes of 201710) Overnight Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

This is easily my favorite recipe of 2017 and was featured on The Kitchn’s Instagram feed! These shop-quality doughnuts are made in three simple steps before being dipped in a chocolate glaze and showered with rainbow sprinkles. Oh, and they’re literally the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. Ever. Ever ever ever.

Most Popular Recipes of 20179) Sweet Cherry Shortbread Bars

These shortbread bars are a twist on classic sweet cherry pie, but waaaaaay easier than making pie. A quick shortbread dough serves as the base and topping for these bars, with a layer of nutmeg-scented sweet cherries in between—yum! Cherries are out of season in the winter of course, but you may use frozen or canned or go in a more seasonal direction and make these Apple Shortbread Bars.

Most Popular Recipes of 20178) Iced Sugar Cookies {Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies & Quick-Dry Royal Icing}

Everybody loves the look of Iced Sugar Cookies, but the flavor can be hit-or-miss. After years of tinkering and messing with piping bags, I’m happy to report that these cookies are even more delicious than they are beautiful.

Most Popular Recipes of 20177) Cashew Butter Snickerdoodles {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

These little cookies were a happy accident. Their formula is based on the popular three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe, but uses cashew butter instead. This take on classic Snickerdoodles is a favorite among my vegan and gluten-free friends, but I am neither of those things and I’m crazy about ‘em, too.

Most Popular Recipes of 20176) No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

This was last year’s #1 recipe and I’m so happy it made the list again in 2017! If you love banana pudding, ice cream, and easy recipes, this one’s for you. Maybe wait til it’s not 18 degrees outside to make it though.

Most Popular Recipes of 20175) Chipotle-Sweet Potato Hummus & Homemade Pita Chips

Smoky, spicy, sweet, savory, hearty, and nutritious—all these words describe my Chipotle-Sweet Potato Hummus! It’s made with roasted sweet potato and chickpeas and, paired with my easy baked pita chips, makes a great mid-afternoon snack. You could also stretch it into a light lunch with a side salad.

Most Popular Recipes of 20174) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

This slightly lower calorie alternative to traditional Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies was an instant hit when I posted it last year. It makes perfect sense, of course—who doesn’t love soft, chewy, chocolaty cookies?!

Most Popular Recipes of 20173) Marzipan Bundt Cake

Marzipan is one of my favorite candies, and this bundt cake showcases its sweet almond flavor in a totally irresistible way! This recipe is a Pinterest favorite, and with its beautiful texture and stunning appearance, it’s easy to see why.

Most Popular Recipes of 20172) Cashew Butter Ginger Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Y’all seem to love cashew butter cookies. This recipe, made with molasses and ginger and given a roll in sugar, is a new holiday favorite of mine. I especially love that I can share these cookies with my gluten-free vegan friends—I love inclusive treats.

Most Popular Recipes of 20171) Cornmeal Pancakes {Vegan & Gluten-Free} with Blackberry Compote

I love that a recipe I created while in my favorite place is the current most-popular recipe on this site. These soft, not-too-sweet Cornmeal Pancakes were a hit with my friends this past summer (despite their unusual egg swap), and it seems like y’all love them too.

How many times have I said “love” in this post? It feels like a lot. But I do love baking, running this site, and you all for reading it, and I hope you have a wonderful start to 2018. See you next year!

Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Happy Friday! I’m headed up north to Cambridge, MA, to celebrate my sister’s birthday–keep an eye out next week for her cake!

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin EditionHeading up to New England in the fall has me daydreaming about–what else–pumpkin! While I am not one of those people who needs everything I eat this time of year to be bright orange and pumpkin-flavored (still baffled by the pumpkin spice almond milk at Trader Joe’s…), I do enjoy my fair share of the seasonal favorite.

I don’t have a new pumpkin recipe for you today, but I have lots in my archives. Here are some of my favorites 😍Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Make Your Own Pumpkin Purée

Buying canned pumpkin purée is certainly the easiest way to get it into your baked goods, but every once in a while, it’s fun to make your own! This tutorial starts with helping you find the right pumpkin, and then gives you a full-photo step-by-step look into the whole process.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie Spice

By itself, pumpkin doesn’t have a very strong flavor–Pumpkin Pie Spice is actually what we’re all so in love with 😍 It’s all over store shelves this time of year, but I suggest making your own; it’s much more economical than buying those tiny jars, and you can control the flavor. My favorite blend is souped up with cardamom and black pepper. It sounds weird, but don’t knock it ’till you try it!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie

We may be two months away from Thanksgiving, but it’s never too early to get your Pumpkin Pie fix! My recipe is lighter than most, thanks to the addition of whipped egg whites.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Scones

Start your day with pumpkin spice! These soft-in-the-center, nubbly-at-the-edges Pumpkin Scones are a great weekend breakfast option.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

As far as weekday breakfasts go, these Pumpkin Oat Muffins can’t be beat! They’re super soft, full of flavor, and an easy grab-and-go option. Did I mention they have chocolate in them?!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies

I posted a recipe for classic Oatmeal Creme Pies a few weeks ago, but these pumpkin-spiced Little Debbie knock-offs were one of my first posts ever 😮 They’ve got the soft cookies and marshmallow filling you love, and plenty of pumpkin flavor!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Have you made this cake yet? I know I only posted it last week, but I love it and can’t wait to hear what you think! It’s super flavorful, stays soft for days, and beyond that, it just looks pretty.

Are you into pumpkin? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend.

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Friday Favorites: No-Bake Recipes

I have not forgotten you, I promise.

My oven died an untimely death last Wednesday, so I have not baked a thing in over a week. The stove still works, but the one day I was planning to make a batch of doughnuts for this blog, we had an electrical surge and were left without power for fourteen hours. The universe just did not want me to bake this week. Ah, well.

It’s odd not being able to do something I’ve done nearly everyday for four years, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t enjoyed having a little forced break from baking. I have gone to bed earlier, washed fewer dishes, and spent a little more time outside (but also watched most of Girls). I also bought myself a bunch of new clothes and went a little nuts and booked a trip to Maine with my little sister. I clearly need my oven back so I can do more than browse AirBNB to fill my time.

As I sit here waiting for a technician to arrive and replace the oven’s heating element, I’m ready to get back to work. He’s been here twice already, so let’s hope the third time’s the charm. In the meantime, here are a few recipes from my archives that don’t require a functioning oven!

Oreo Peanut Butter

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesOreos and peanut butter are a match made in heaven! Here the chocolatey cookies and salty peanuts are blitzed together in the bowl of a food processor until nice and creamy. This stuff is excellent by itself on toast, but I highly recommend pairing it with marshmallow fluff for the best Fluffernutter sandwich of your life.

Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesYou can’t bake cookies without an oven, but when you have truffles filled with sprinkle-studded cookie dough, who cares? These easy no-bake treats are made with an edible, eggless cookie dough that is formulated specifically to be eaten raw!

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesWhile we’re on the subject of edible, eggless cookie dough, let me introduce you to your new favorite ice cream. As you might have guessed, it’s a combination of mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, and it doesn’t require an ice cream machine–the best of all worlds.

Ultimate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesThis stuff gets me into trouble. There’s chocolate, peanut butter, cereal, candy, a delectable confectioner’s sugar coating…let’s just say that when I start, I can’t stop.

Brownie Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesJust because you can’t actually bake my Cocoa Brownies yourself doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them to someone else! Just layer the dry ingredients in a jar, attach a card with instructions, and give it to someone you love. If you’re lucky, they’ll invite you over to share 😊

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @e2bakesbrooklyn.

Cross your fingers for my oven!

Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Hello! I hope you’ve been enjoying this holiday week with your family and friends. I am still in Texas for another week, but I certainly haven’t been on vacation. This week, my little sister and I catered a birthday party for one of my favorite readers (hi Robyn!), and then I had a little pop-up sale for all my hometown friends. I made Peanut Butter Blossoms, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Malted Whoppers Cookies, and Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars–we sold out after two hours! It was so much fun to see people from all parts of my life in Texas: high school, college, church, and summer camp. I am so humbled by and appreciative of their support.

I’ll be putting those pop-up sale recipes on here in 2017, but first, let’s take a look back on this past year. 2016 has not been my favorite year on record, but one thing is certain: I have eaten well. From what I can tell from this site’s analytics, you have too! These were the most-viewed recipes on E2 Bakes this year.

10a. Enchiladas Suizas

Most Popular Recipes of 2016If I could write a love letter to a food item, it would be these Enchiladas Suizas. Filled with chicken and Monterey Jack cheese and smothered in a tangy tomatillo-sour cream sauce, they’re nearly as good as those from my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. The batch can be doubled or tripled easily (heck, I quintupled it for my catering gig this week), and it makes excellent leftovers.

10b. Winning Hearts & Minds Cake {Grain-Free}

Most Popular Recipes of 2016I fell in love with this recipe when I saw it on Orangette a few years ago. Molly Wizenberg is a genius when it comes to simple recipes that are also rustic, elegant, and delicious. This Winning Hearts & Minds Cake comes together in minutes. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles beyond being supremely chocolaty, and is a wonderful dessert for dinner parties and lazy nights in alike.

9. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Who doesn’t love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?! Chock full of oats, brown sugar, and chocolate, they’re a classic. Cream cheese is subbed for half the butter in my recipe, making these cookies extra chewy and lower in fat than others, but you wouldn’t know it from the flavor.

8. Banana Pudding Cookies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016After trying the Banana Pudding Pudgies at Evelyn’s Kitchen a few years ago, I became obsessed with figuring out how to make my own. After more than a year, these are the result. And, oh, are they good. Super soft and chewy and tasting just like banana pudding, this is one of my favorite recipes on this blog.

7. Coconut Oil Biscuits

Most Popular Recipes of 2016I grew up eating my grandmother’s Buttermilk Biscuits, and until recently, would have insisted that they were the only way to go. After trying these Coconut Oil Biscuits though, I can safely say I was wrong. I love the delicate balance of savory biscuit and coconut flavor, but my favorite thing about these biscuits is that I can make them for my vegan friends 😊

6. Puff Pancake {Dutch Baby}

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Puff Pancakes are my absolute favorite weekend breakfast. The batter comes together in the blender before baking in the oven. The pancake puffs up and turns golden as it bakes, becoming custard-like in the center and chewy at the edges. It can be dolled up any way you please–I prefer maple syrup, confectioner’s sugar, and salt. If I’m feeling fancy though, I go for this Caramel Apple version.

5. Vanilla Layer Cake

Most Popular Recipes of 2016If you have a good vanilla cake recipe, you can use it as a base for any cake you like. I spent years developing this recipe, and I am totally in love with it. Moist, buttery, and incredibly delicious, this Vanilla Layer Cake is a staple in my repertoire.

4. Carrot Cake Blondies

Most Popular Recipes of 2016You know that feeling when you want cake, but don’t want to make a cake? This is the recipe for that moment. Carrot Cake Blondies have all the flavors of the classic cake, but are almost no trouble at all. My favorite thing about this recipe? There’s nearly as much cream cheese frosting as there is blondie 💕💕

3. Everyday Cassoulet

Most Popular Recipes of 2016Everyday Cassoulet is my favorite weeknight meal. It’s a super easy one-pan meal that is much more than the sum of its parts. Double the recipe–you’re going to want leftovers.

2. Marzipan Bundt Cake

Most Popular Recipes of 2016This cake came to be when I needed to use up a can of Marzipan that kept falling out of my cookie add-ins cabinet, and it’s so much more than I had anticipated! This is a simple tight-crumbed bundt cake with a huge almond flavor! Drizzled with vanilla glaze and paired with a cup of coffee, it’s a great dessert for any occasion.

1. No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

Most Popular Recipes of 2016You guys sure do love banana pudding! I am almost in shock that this is my most popular recipe of the year. No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream is my most re-pinned recipe, and I get why. The creamy base, mashed banana, and crushed vanilla wafers make this ice cream absolutely delicious. I know it’s winter and all, but this ice cream would make a good dessert any day of the year.

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

Thank you for reading this year–I can’t wait to bake more in 2017! Happy New Year 🎉