The Best recipes of 2018 include cookies, cakes, sandwiches, and breakfast items.

Gingerbread bunt cake with "Top Ten Most Popular Recipes of 2018" written over the photo.

Can you believe 2018 has come and GONE?!

As I look back it feels as though this past year happened in the blink of an eye.

What were the highlights of your year? Tell me the good, the bad, the ugly. 

After all, it’s the good AND the hard moments in life that allow us to really grow and become better people.

2018 has been a wonderful year for Salt & Baker. This blog has helped me in more ways than you’ll ever know. It’s a hobby and a passion. Thank you for being here, reading my blog posts, trying my recipes, and commenting on my posts. Your comments mean the world to me!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As 2018 is coming to a close I thought it’d be fun to show you which recipes were the TOP 10 of 2018.

In addition to showing you YOUR favorites, I also want to showcase 10 recipes my family and I loved.

So without further adieu, I give you Salt & Baker’s Top Ten Reader Favorites of 2018

Top ten reader favorites

10.  Chocolate Cake

I’m happy to see you love chocolate cake as much as I do! Homemade chocolate cake never disappoints. GET THE RECIPE.

A slice of chocolate cake with a fork cutting into the cake.

9.  Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies taste as good as they look. BEST chocolate chip cookie on the internet. MAKE THEM!

Close up of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet, topped with flaky sea salt.

8.  Buttermilk Pancakes

Easy buttermilk pancakes! I love this recipe because it makes FLUFFY, thick, and flavorful pancakes. One reader said, “Alright, these are the best pancakes I’ve ever had the honor of making and eating. They were tall and perfect!” GET THE RECIPE.

A stack of pancakes on a plate with maple syrup being drizzled overtop.

7.  Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Apple pie caramel apples are a thing. And they’re delicious. Glad you guys think so too!! GET THE RECIPE. And if you’re one who prefers dipping the apples in caramel, I suggest making this caramel apple dip.

A close up photo of a caramel coated apple, cut in half so that you can see the layer of caramel and white chocolate.

6.  Nutella Brownies


My husband is obsessed with these brownies. As am I. Which is odd because brownies have never been a dessert I enjoy eating. These Nutella Brownies are different. They’re LOADED with Nutella and have a soft interior and perfectly shiny crackly tops. MAKE THEM ASAP.

Nutella Brownies topped with a sprinkling of course sea salt.

5.  Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

CREAMY vanilla ice cream! I’m so glad this one made it into the top 10. It’s delicious! It’s the best vanilla ice cream everrrrr! GET THE RECIPE.

A bread pan full of homemade vanilla ice cream with an ice cream scoop scooping out some ice cream.

4.  Chicken Salad Sandwich

This chicken salad sandwich is perfection! It’s so flavorful. We make chicken salad anytime we are hosting lunch. GET THE RECIPE

A croissant roll with chicken salad sandwich between the bread.

3.  Classic No-Bake Cookies

AKA my son Bronson’s all time favorite cookie. This is a classic no bake cookie recipe that makes a small batch of cookies. It’s the perfect cookie recipe for when you’re craving something sweet but you don’t want a dozen cookies laying around the house.

A stack of chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies.

2.  Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This is a classic holiday Bundt Cake that many of you have made and loved! The gingerbread cake is topped with a delicious maple glaze. Gingerbread + maple is a beautiful holiday flavor combo. And if you aren’t a cake lover I have soft gingerbread cookies you can make instead.  GET THE RECIPE.

Overhead photo of a gingerbread bundt cake topped with a maple glaze.

1.  Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not even a little bit surprised that this cookie is the most loved recipe on my site. The comments I’ve received from those of you who’ve made these cookies… it’s amazing! They’re sooooo good! If you haven’t made them yet, you should! GET THE RECIPE. 

A double chocolate chip cookie on a white parchment paper with a bite taken out of the cookie.

Top 10 Family Favorites

*In no particular order*
  1.  Maple Bacon Popcorn

Perfect snack for game days, parties, or movie nights!

Overhead photo of a bowl of maple bacon popcorn with popcorn kernels scattered around the bowl and a bowl of maple syrup in the top corner.

2.  Skillet Lasagna

This lasagna is easy to make! And the flavors are incredible. Add it to your dinner menu. We love this recipe!

Overhead photo of lasagna baked in a large black skillet, topped with fresh basil.

3.  Tilapia Cakes

We love fish at our house, especially my 4 year old. He gobbles these tilapia cakes right up! They’re moist, flavorful, and require zero tartar sauce! Unless you like tartar sauce… then you can totally use it here if you’d like.

Tilapia cake on a small plate topped with fresh parsley and a fork resting along side the fish cake.

4.  Sweet & Spicy Chili

Amazing. Best chili I’ve ever had.

Make it. You’ll know what I’m talking about.

A ladle full of sweet and spicy chili.

5.  Pepperoni Pizza Dip

The perfect Super Bowl appetizer!

A cast iron skillet with baked pizza dough balls along the perimeter and pizza dip in the center.

6.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies I made the day before going into labor, and the cookies I made the day I came home from the hospital after giving birth. What can I say, they’re the best!

A stack of 4 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, with a glass of milk and two orange pumpkins in the background.


7.  Chickpea Curry

A healthy and easy dinner recipe! This chickpea curry packs a punch of flavor! One of my favorite dinners to make because it tastes good and its easy to prepare!

A bowl full of white rice and chickpea curry with a garnish of fresh cilantro.


8.  Buttermilk Waffles

A classic buttermilk waffle recipe. Crunch exterior and soft interior, these waffles are a true family favorite.

Three waffles on separate plates, with syrup in a white jar and a bowl of strawberries off to the side.

9.  Biscuits and Gravy

Not your typical biscuits and gravy recipe. This sausage gravy is seasoned with hints of thyme.

A buttermilk biscuit with homemade sausage gravy overtop.

10.  Stroganoff Boats

Easy to put together and loved by kids and adults! I make these all the time for dinner.

A hoagie bun with beef stroganoff, diced tomatoes, diced peppers, and shredded cheese overtop.

If you made it all the way to the end I applaud you. I have one last request… in the comments let me know how your 2018 year went. And then answer the final question below…

Q: What has been YOUR favorite recipe?

Q2: What recipe(s) do you want to see in 2019?