Top 5 Recipes of 2013

Best of 2013 - Chez CateyLou

Happy New Year everybody! 2013 was a great year for TheBetterHalf and me. In addition to taking some amazing trips, we launched ChezCateyLou.com! It has been so much fun to master new recipes, learn about photography, and get to know the blogging world – and to share it all with you, my amazing readers! Blogging sure is a lot of work, but we have loved every second of it. The past few weeks have been exciting for us – we are now self-hosted and I’m looking forward to making some improvements to the blog in the upcoming weeks. I predict good things in 2014 :)

Before we get settled into 2014, I want to take a look back at my top 5 favorite recipes of 2013. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to pick only five. It is like picking your favorite child!   I’m still debating if I picked the right ones (let me know yours in the comments!), but here goes:… 

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Dark Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Cookies – Mystery Dish

These coconut oil cookies are full of dark chocolate chips and walnuts – they are so soft and chewy, and the coconut oil gives them an amazing flavor!

Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Coconut Oil Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com

It is December 30 – 2 more days until the new year’s resolutions start.  So I have one more cookie recipe for you, just in case you haven’t had enough this month!  These cookies come to you as part of the Mystery Dish group.  I guest posted in October, and was thrilled to be asked to join them full time!  Sherri at The Well Floured Kitchen came up with a great list of ingredients for us this month.

Dark Chocolate
Greek Yogurt
Berries
Coconut Oil
Walnuts
Fish (any white flaky such as cod)
Baby Spinach
Pecorino Romano Cheese

We had to use at least two – I picked Dark Chocolate, Coconut Oil, and Walnuts and made these delicious cookies…. 

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Muffins

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon muffins are so light and fluffy thanks to buttermilk. The flavor combo of the warm cinnamon with the chocolate chips is incredible!

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Sunday! It is bright and sunny here in NYC, a nice change from yesterday when it snowed literally the entire day. But I didn’t mind – it gave me an excuse to bake the day away, starting with these chocolate chip cinnamon muffins. Not that I need an excuse to bake all day :) Plus when you’re all warm and cozy inside, the snow is so pretty. It made the city look so calm and peaceful. It wasn’t quite as pretty and peaceful when I left to go out to dinner. The streets were not plowed, so let’s just say our cab did not have the easiest time driving! Ah the joys of city living…. 

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Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cake mix is added to chocolate chip cookie dough, making these cookies taste like cake batter! Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies are so fun and festive!

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Chez CateyLou

What is it about sprinkles that make them so celebratory? They are just so cute and colorful, and always remind me of a party! So today is the perfect day to write about these amazing cake batter chocolate chip cookies (chock full of sprinkles!).  It is our second wedding anniversary! … 

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Some nights you just need a cookie.  I mean right now.  Immediately.  And that is why I am so happy that I recently discovered cookie bars.  Because on those nights that you just need a cookie right away, you didn’t think ahead to soften butter to room temperature, nor do you have time to let dough chill.  Enter the amazing cookie bar.  Specifically a chocolate chip cookie bar with salted caramel sauce swirled inside and sprinkled with sea salt.  Sounds complicated, right? It is not at all!!  Especially if you have some caramel sauce leftover from making these brownies.  Just melt some butter (no waiting for butter to soften in this recipe!) and mix it with sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips, and you are ready to go!  There is no chilling this dough, just plop it right into the pan. Well there is one little extra step, but I promise it is worth the time because it involves caramel!  Press half the dough into the pan and then pour caramel sauce all over it.  Then you dollop the cookie dough in little scoops over the top (it looks so cute!) and lightly press it down.  Sprinkle everything with some fleur de sel, and that’s it!  In about 30 minutes, warm gooey cookie bars are ready for almost immediate consumption! Now I will say that the texture changes a lot as these sit.  The bars firm up and become like actual cookies. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with sneaking a square (or two) of the warm bars when they are still doughy and gooey! … 

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