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The 21 Most Popular Recipes of 2021

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s that time of year again, where we count down our top posts of the year to see what everyone’s hands-down favorite recipe was! We have shared a LOT of new recipes this year and you all have baked plenty, but also a few oldies worked their way into this countdown…which I’m so excited to share! Below, you’ll find the 21 Most Popular Recipes of 2021!

three doughnuts stacked with a bite taken out of one, flowers, milk, and more doughnuts behind

This is absolutely one of my favorite times of year on the blog! Sitting down and counting down our most popular recipes every year is always so much fun and always full of surprises. Like this years most popular post. It originally flopped when we posted it, but I recently re-shared it on our socials and it went VIRAL! You all loved it so much and it really was amazing, as it’s one of our favorite recipes on the blog!

So, while I don’t want to give too much a way, I do want to take a minute and thank all of you. Honestly. You have made this year on our blog the BIGGEST yet! We’ve broken personal goals we’ve had for this blog since the beginning, but it couldn’t have been without all of you.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Without you all baking, loving, sharing, commenting, and rating our recipes, we wouldn’t be able to do this every day. We are so grateful for our Bakers Table family growing.

I hope you all are having a great holiday break! Let’s see if you can guess the MOST POPULAR recipe of 2021.

The Most Popular Recipes of 2021

almond joys on parchment with almonds and chocolate chips

21. Homemade Almond Joys

Super simple, extra delicious, and perfectly sweet Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Joy! Each sweet candy is then drizzled with a little bit of extra chocolate and finally finished with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Similar to a classic almond joy…but made so much better and made with some extra special touches that make them even more delectable!

overhead shot of lemon rolls in pie pan with a napkin, forks, lemons, flowers, lemon curd, and plates

20. Small Batch Lemon Sweet Rolls with Lemon Glaze

These Small Batch Lemon Sweet Rolls with an easy Lemon Glaze are the perfect breakfast for this summer! Buttery sweet dough, swirled with a sweet homemade lemon curd. Then, after baking, generously drizzled with the easiest two ingredient lemon glaze. There’s nothing not to love about these lemon rolls, every bite tastes just like summer and practically just melts in your mouth!

iced gingerbread cookies on gold cooling rack with napkin, greenery, lights, and piping bag

19. Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

These delicious yet so easy Homemade Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to bake! Made with double the amount of traditional gingerbread spice and sweet brown sugar. These cookies have a crisp exterior, but once you take a bite, these cookies are soft, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, perfectly balanced between sweet and spice with hints of molasses throughout. There’s seriously no better cookie to bake up this holiday season!

pulled back shot of roasted pecans in old cake pan with parchment paper, a bowl of salt, vintage spoon , flowers, book pages, and other pecans around

18. Salted Butter Roasted Pecans

The simplest TWO Ingredient Salted Butter Roasted Pecans for all of your snacking needs. Made with salted butter and a whole lot of pecans…it doesn’t get better than this! These nuts are roasted to perfection to bring out all of those wonderful buttery, nutty, a little salty, and slight sweetness that naturally comes from the nuts. Trust me, these are the PERFECT snack for any day of the week.

overhead shot cookies with star anise and two cinnamon sticks

17. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Sweet, warming, and chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies. The ideal Fall treat! All made using pantry staple ingredients. Homemade molasses cookies, made with a good amount of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and a bit of brown sugar really makes these cookies better than the rest! Every bite is filled with warming ginger spice, molasses, and a good amount of sweetness… Delicious and easy to make, these extra ginger-y cookies will have you feeling the holiday spirit in no time!

close up of cake with slice missing out of it on white cake stand

16. Tiramisu Layer Cake

We’re celebrated our 3rd blog anniversary today with this delicious Tiramisu Layer Cake…which is also the perfect bake for all your weekend baking needs! A vanilla infused white cake, drizzled with a mixture of rich coffee and coffee liqueur, topped with a delicious mascarpone cream filling, a light dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder, and finally finished with Chantilly Cream. It tastes like the classic dessert, but so much better!

a bowl of chantilly cream on a marble counter with a pink hand mixer

15. How To Make Chantilly Cream

Chantilly Cream, or sweetened whipped cream. It’s a necessary staple for SO many delicious desserts. From strawberry shortcakes, to waffles, even pound cake! It’s even a delicious as a topping for ice cream. But, learning how to make chantilly cream is not something everyone has had the chance to do. Sometimes it’s over beaten, sometimes it’s under, the proportions are never right, too sweet, not sweet enough!

three doughnuts stacked with a bite taken out of one, flowers, milk, and more doughnuts behind

14. Homemade Glazed Vanilla Doughnuts

Switching up the normal breakfast with these delicious Homemade Glazed Vanilla Doughnuts! A super easy sweet dough, fried to golden brown perfection, glazed generously a with a delicious vanilla glaze, and served warm for the best doughnut ever. Every bite is so soft, but full of sweet vanilla flavor. These doughnuts are truly so light, fluffy, and perfectly balanced between sweet and vanilla. SO. GOOD.

overhead shot of sweet potato casserole with roasted marshmallows on a grey napkin with some on a plate and glass of bourbon

13. Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Roasted Marshmallows

One Pot Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Roasted Marshmallows…for those nights when you’re craving something just a little sweet to go with dinner, but also need something super simple and easy to prepare! Boiled sweet potatoes with bourbon, nutmeg, a splash of vanilla, and just the right amount of brown sugar to make this casserole sweet and so delicious!

candied pecans in white mug with fairy lights, cinnamon sticks, and more pecans scattered around

12. Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

The most perfect Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans. Made simply on the stovetop with pecan halves, sugar, cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and just a bit of salt to help cut the sweetness. Each candied pecan is just as delicious as the next…it’s hard to just eat one! The secret? That splash of vanilla! It helps round out the flavors and really brings out just the perfect sweetness. 

slice of pecan pie with fork on white plate with pecan pie behind

11. Easy Southern Pecan Pie

Sweet, nutty, buttery, and oh so good, this classic Easy Southern Pecan Pie is just the pie you’ve been looking for! The crust is a simple mix of ingredients, while remaining flakey and buttery. The custard filling is made with plenty of brown sugar, a splash of vanilla, eggs, corn syrup, butter, salt, and lots of pecans! From there, you bake this delicious pie until the crust is a beautiful golden brown the custard is set.

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shoepeg corn and green bean casserole with two gold spoons and thyme

10. Shoepeg Corn and Green Bean Casserole

Shoepeg Corn and Green Bean Casserole with Buttery Ritz Crackers…the only side dish recipe you really need for Thanksgiving. Think the southern classic shoepeg corn casserole that we all know and love, but made without the canned soup, with fresh vegetables, and topped with the best-ever Ritz cracker topping. This casserole is creamy, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned!

stacked coffee truffles on lined pan with coffee beans and more truffles behind

9. Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles

Keeping things sweet with these 7 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles. A creamy, extra chocolate-y, and strong coffee flavored filling that’s coated in a perfectly thin layer of deep dark chocolate. These truffles are seriously SO. GOOD. You will always find yourself wanting another one. Think a chocolate covered coffee bean, but creamy and richer. Finish each chocolate with a light sprinkle of chocolate curls, a coffee bean, or even an extra drizzle of chocolate for something delicious and super cute!

pumpkin roll on wire rack with small piece of parchment, flowers, on top, more flowers around, and two white pumpkins

8. Spiced Pumpkin Roll with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling

Perfectly spiced, extra pumpkin-y, and SO. GOOD. This Spiced Pumpkin Roll with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling is the simple dessert you’ve been searching for this holiday season. A simple cake made from flour, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, salt, eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, and, of course, plenty of pumpkin! Every bite is light, tender, fluffy, and full of flavor.

nine slices of apple pie coffee cake on parchment with streusel, a knife, and flowers

7. Apple Pie Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

Getting into the Fall spirit with this delicious Apple Pie Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel. Made with simple pantry staple ingredients, a super easy homemade apple pie filling, this coffee cake is soft, buttery, perfectly sweetened, and is everything you could dream about for Fall! But then, there’s the cinnamon pecan streusel. The topping is made with brown sugar, pecans, and delicious cinnamon to give it a little extra kick.

twelve pumpkin pie bars on parchment paper with whole spices, plates, and milk glass

6. Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust

These Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars with Shortbread Cookie Crust are the delicious bites you need to make this Fall! Fifteen luscious, perfectly sweet, creamy, extra pumpkin-y, with just the perfect amount of pumpkin pie spice, and the easiest homemade shortbread cookie crust ever! Each slice is generously topped with the most delicious chantilly cream and finished with a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice.

nut cake with a slice taken out of it on a white plate with fairy lights, greenery, and glasses

5. Southern Holiday Nut Cake

Celebrating the beginning of the Winter season with this delicious Southern Holiday Nut Cake. Perfect for all of your holiday baking needs! A rich and dense molasses-y cake loaded full with a mix of raisins and chopped pecans. Oh, and a splash of bourbon to round out the delicious flavors. Honestly, this cake is mouthwatering and oh so good. Every bite is layered with crunchy pecans, raisins, bourbon, and hints of molasses. It’s so simple, but it tastes exquisite!

six hamburger buns on parchment paper with two stacked behind and a knife

4. Sourdough Hamburger Buns

These easy Sourdough Hamburger Buns are light, soft, made with simple pantry staples, brushed with olive oil, baked to perfection, and are SO delicious! Be sure to serve these buns room temperature for the best flavor and texture! Great for any night of the week from weeknight dinners to summer holiday’s with friends and family.

apple cinnamon cake on a white plate with caramel being drizzled onto it

3. Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Drizzle

Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Drizzle…because it’s never too early to start with delicious Fall bakes! You don’t need to be an amazing baker to be able to make this deliciously simple spiced apple bundt cake. This cake is simplistic in looks, but has a truly show-stopping flavor… with minimal effort!

cornbread dressing with a slice sitting in the pan and two plates of dressing

2. Southern Cornbread Dressing

Sharing this year’s best-ever holiday side… Southern Cornbread Dressing! Buttery cornbread, buttermilk biscuits, chicken stock, sautéed onions and celery, and some eggs to take the southern classic from bland and boring to flavorful and completely delicious! Even if you have dressing haters in your gathering, they will absolutely love this casserole! It’s an amazing holiday side dish, but it also just makes for a great meal afterwards.

bundt cake on wire cooling rack with flowers, a slice in front, slice behind, and candied lemon slices
  1. Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Celebrating this Tuesday with our number one recipe of the year! Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze. Perfect for all your citrus season baking needs. Sweet lemony sour cream cake, bursting with the brightest lemon flavor, and it truly just melts in your mouth. Honestly, this cake is just as pretty as it is delicious! Every bite is layered with summery flavors, the perfect amount of sweetness, and delicious hints of lemon.

citrus tart with three slices laying next to it, a cake knife, white napkin, glass, and bowl of citrus slices

Bonus: Winter Citrus Tart

Well, with going into 2022, we couldn’t resist sharing a bonus! This was another one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This citrus tart is simple, pretty, elegant, and SO. DELICIOUS. This is not like any other tart you’ve had before, trust me. It’s like all the wintery citrus dreams have come together to create this instant classic of bright flavors.

If you’ve made any of The 21 Most Popular Recipes of 2021 over the past year, be sure to leave a comment and let us know! We always love hearing from you guys, talking to you guys, and enjoying this together. As always, if you make any of these recipes, don’t forget to tag us on social media! Looking through pictures of the recipes you all have made always makes our day.

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