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Dear Friends,

I hope your holiday is going swimmingly. I’m just here…checking in real quick, and asking if it’s okay if I take another week off? Pretty please? I’m just not ready to come back to work. You see that sweet little babe wrapped up in a towel after her bath? I need more snuggle time with her. Plus, I decided to throw a last-minute New Year’s Eve party, we have 2 kids’ birthday parties coming up, and I have company this weekend. My bestie from middle school is coming to town, and I couldn’t be more excited for him to meet Camille! I need more time to cram in these wonderful life moments.

So, in the meantime, I’m checking in to share the top recipes of 2015. It was a fantastic year filled with 2 dogs, 2 cookbooks, and 1 baby.

But what did we eat this year?
Let’s take a look back!

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Caramel

Your #1 favorite recipe this year was these big ass salty caramel chocolate chip cookies. I made these after I stood in line at Magnolia Bakery to order pretty little cupcakes, and my husband ordered the salty caramel chocolate chip cookie. I took one bite of his and knew he made the right decision. (He always orders better than me!). So, I came home and recreated them. I love them and make them a few times a month.

Rosé Lemonade Cocktail

I guess all those salty cookies made you thirsty, because you guys raved about this Rosé Lemonade. It couldn’t be simpler–equal parts leftover rosé and lemonade. Make your own lemonade if you wanna, use store-bought if you gotta. It all tastes good here.

Easy croissants at home @dessertfortwo

It took me months, but I finally mastered a small batch of croissants for you. And then what did I do? Stuff them with chocolate and make chocolate croissants! You guys loved these even more than the plain croissants!

Smores Dip recipe

Since I’m trying to take over the world with my small-batch empire, I started sharing cooking videos with you this year. It’s all part of my master plan to replace Giada on Food Network. You know this. You can check out all of my videos here, but the one you guys loved the most is when I showed you exactly how to make my S’mores Dip!

Melting Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving

I wrote ‘eat more sweet potatoes’ on my New Year’s resolution list last year. It was so easy with these Melting Potatoes. They’re baked entirely in the oven, and the maple-pecan sauce is entirely optional except it’s not.

Easy chocolate dipped marshmallows

2015 was the year of the marshmallow! I scaled down marshmallows and made them in a bread loaf pan. When they’re diced, they make 8 big fat marshmallows. While my original small-batch marshmallow recipe is popular (and so are the corn-syrup free marshmallows made with maple syrup), these chocolate marshmallows were your favorite by a landslide. I don’t blame you one bit.

Oh, and berry-swirl marshmallows? Get outta town!

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Do you guys really like chocolate, or do you really like chocolate? I made this fudge-bottom chocolate cake as an homage to one of my favorite bloggers, Mel. You loved it! And I love you!

Gluten free chocolate coconut pie

I teamed up with Martha Stewart online this year, and scaled down some of their most popular recipes. This gluten-free chocolate pie with coconut crust was irresistible! You guys loved that the recipe only has 4 ingredients. Yes, FOUR!

No Bake White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Parfaits

My girl Sarah recently pointed out to me that I’m the queen of easy yet indulgent desserts. Well, she didn’t exactly call me a queen, but I gave myself the title because I’m fabulous like that. But these no-bake cheesecake parfaits prove just that–the cheesecake is made with melted white chocolate, cream cheese and a touch of sugar. You can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. The blackberry sauce on top is the icing on the cheesecake.

Chocolate Layer Cake for two

I’m not sure if you guys really like chocolate, or if you just really liked staring at my pregnant belly in the photo shoot for my Mini Chocolate Layer Cakes. Babies and chocolate are both pretty great, if you ask me.

Psst! More belly peeks in my Mini Lemon Layer Cakes post!

Roasted-Vegetable-Lasagna-for-two-h

You were probably starting to feel guilty after all that chocolate, because y’all loved my Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. I make a small lasagna in a bread loaf pan for two very generous servings. Since then, I’ve made two versions of skillet lasagna to make it even faster. Check out my White Skillet Lasgane and my classic meat sauce Skillet Lasgana.

Pregnant girl with cake

So, there’s no recipe for my #12 most popular post in 2015. I shared the news that Dessert for Two was becoming Dessert for Three, and shared photos of my very pregnant self stuffing my face with chocolate cake perched on my very pregnant 6-month belly. I meant to share the cake recipe with you, really, I did. But, I ate it all so fast, it just wasn’t possible. Sorry about that.

Thank you guys for all the sweet, supportive comments on that post. It still makes me cry to this day. When I shared photos of Camille when she was 4 days old, and the internet monsters came out to attack me, you guys lifted me back up. I can never thank you enough for your support. I love you guys to the moon and back.

I’ll see you guys in a few more days…just as soon as this dreamy vacation is over.

Love and cupcakes,
Christina