The Top Keep It Sweet Desserts of 2011

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I can barely believe that 2011 is coming to an end.  It was one of those years where January feels like it was a lifetime ago, but in the blink of an eye, my vacation is coming to an end and I’m not quite sure I’ve accomplished everything I needed to.  But alas, I think that is how life always is.  The days that you want to last forever are gone as soon as you try to hold on to them, yet there are plenty of weeks that drag on and Friday evening seems to be a lifetime away.

If you told me January 1st where I’d be today, I don’t think I’d be surprised but I think I would be relieved.  This blog is doing really well, and actually has kept me going through some of the rougher days throughout the year.  Comments and emails from readers have been some definite highs.  Matt and I made a significant move into a new apartment where I can walk around in the kitchen and don’t feel like I’m getting whiplash watching TV.

The best part of this year coming to an end is that I am really looking forward to the start of a new year.  I’m not one to make resolutions, but I do like to come up with some goals for myself and big picture ideas of what I want the new year to look like.  Some exciting things may be coming down the road for Keep It Sweet and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.  I’ll be putting in a lot of hard work and time, but I have a feeling it will be worth it.  All I can say is, it is a good thing I have such supportive people in my life or I’d never have the guts to do half the things I want to.

And on that note, let’s take a look back at the year and your favorite recipes.  If I’ve learned nothing else from this, I at least know that I’m not the only one around here that likes peanut butter and cookie dough!

10.  Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 26a

9.  Peanut Butter Caramel “Baked Brownies”

peanut butter caramel brownies 33a

8.  Ooey Gooey Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Crunch

disappearing cookie 4

7.  Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Pie

peanut butter cup ice cream pie

6.  Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls 12a

5.  Cinnamon & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Cookies


4.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bars

cookie dough ice cream bar 25a

3.  Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Surprise (aka Best Dessert Ever)


2.  Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites 2_1

1.  Flourless Chocolate Cookies

flourless chocolate cookie

And though some of those were my favorites too, here are the ten I picked that didn’t make that list:

10.  Margarita Cheesecake Bars

margarita cheesecake bars 6a

9.  Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Gingersnap Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing 8_1

8.  Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

7.  Salted Caramel Buttercream


6. Chocolate Chip Toffee Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Chip Toffee Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

5.  Cookie Bottomed Cupcakes

Cookie bottomed Cupcakes

4.  Black Bottom Ice Cream Cupcakes

black bottom ice cream cupcake 8a

3.  Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate and Toffee Bars

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Toffee Bars 19a

2.  Chocolate Chip Blueberry Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate & Blueberry Peanut Butter Cookies 22c

1.  Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Truffle Pops

Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Truffle Pops 17

Do you have any Keep It Sweet favorites? I’d love to hear feedback if you baked anything from the blog!


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53 Responses to “The Top Keep It Sweet Desserts of 2011”

  1. alyssa - fashion fitness foodie December 29, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I’d have to say the buttery caramel goodness was my favorite since I got to try it :)

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:21 am #

      Those are definitely one of my all-time favorites, too!

  2. Florida Foodie December 29, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    My favorite Keep It Sweet memories are when I get to sample your tasty treats in person!

    • debbie c. December 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

      Jessica and I are so proud with how far the blog has come in the last year!!!!! We wonder what next year will bring…………!!!

    • RWB January 2, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Ditto to that! Jo and I both made the red velvet cookies for our respective coworkers and they are still talking about them! And I may just have made some more last night…

      Love Keep It Sweet and love you!

      • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:21 am #

        i’m so glad the cookies were a hit!

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:21 am #


  3. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 29, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Funny how our favorites sometimes don’t make the list of everyone else’s favorites. Both lists are fantastic though!

  4. Becky December 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Fantastic list! Thanks for all you do…Keep It Sweet is def one of my fav foodie blogs! Happy New Year’s!

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      Thanks so much, Becky!

  5. Colleen Bierstine December 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    These literally all look fantastic. It’s torture looking at all those delicious photos!

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    These kinds of posts are killing me. Everytime I open a new one I want something different! lol For yours… it’s brownies and cookies. Wish I could tap my screen and have it magically appear in my hand. :)

  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Yay, I’m glad you gave the cookie-bottomed cupcakes some love! I thought those were genius. :)

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      Thanks, Tara!

  8. Maggie @ Kitchie Coo December 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    It was fun reading this post and knowing how much other bloggers get out of their blogging adventures. It has opened a whole new world of creativity in my life and I am so happy when I hear how its changed others lives. I am also drooling over all your peanut butter and chocolate desserts. My favorite sweet combo, hands down. Happy New Year!

  9. Baking Serendipity December 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    If I wasn’t on sugar overload already, I might be now :) These line-ups are mouthwatering. You have had such an awesome blog year and I’m definitely looking forward to what’s to come!

  10. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods December 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    YUM! The brownies are my fave. :)

  11. Scott at Real Epicurean December 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I think someone has a soft spot for cookies ;-)

  12. Maris (In Good Taste) December 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    This is a mouthwatering array of desserts. I want to try them all!

  13. Russell at Chasing Delicious December 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I suddenly want all the desserts! All of these look scrumptious. Yum!

  14. kyleen December 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Everything just keeps getting better and better the farther I scroll down! You had me at the brownies. They look so fudgy and dense and delicious.

  15. Lora @cakeduchess December 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    What a delicious roundup, Lauren:)I wish you a sweet and Happy New Year! xo

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      Thank you, Lora! Same to you!

  16. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    One thing looks better than the next!

    Thanks for the yummmmmmmy recap :)

  17. DessertForTwo December 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    So happy to hear you’re doing well :)

    Big things a’comin’, big things, girl :)

  18. Nicole @ Bake Me Blush December 30, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    I would eat every treat you just listed in a heartbeat… especially that peanut butter cup ice cream pie!!

  19. joanne December 30, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    One of the best parts of my year was getting closer to YOU. :) It’s so great when you meet someone who you instantly can relate to and can talk to as if you’ve known them forever.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this favorites list. And now I feel like I need to start baking.

    Here’s to even MORE awesomeness from Keep It Sweet in the New Year!

  20. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 30, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    You have definitely had a wonderful year and I’m intrigued to see what’s up for 2012 :) I think my favorite dish on this list is the cookie-bottomed cupcakes! Yum!! Happy New Year, my friend!!

  21. Squash Blossom Babies December 30, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    yum! You have some great looking treats here! Happy New Year!

  22. MarciaL December 30, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Everything you listed is delicious! I also love your shortbread cookies! They melt in your mouth!

  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 30, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    What great lists! I would have a very hard time picking a favorite, I will just have to take 1 of everything :)
    Can’t wait to see what you are working on for 2012!
    Happy New Year!

  24. betty December 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    I just can’t decide which one is better I’m between the cookie bottom cupcakes and the ice cream bars but honestly everything looks delicious you have such good recipes!

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks, Betty!

  25. Lemon December 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    So many delicious recipes. I wanted to make a decision, but I just can’t.

  26. Jersey Girl Cooks December 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Now these are some yummy desserts! I just did a favorite recipe post too. Happy New year…the best is yet to come!

  27. Culinary Collage December 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    All of your desserts look amazing!!!

  28. Ann December 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    It was a fantastically, deliciously sweet year! Looking forward to many more sweet treats and delicious recipes in 2012!

  29. Beth Michelle December 31, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Such a great list of delicious desserts! Looking forward to some more in 2012!

  30. Lori @ RecipeGirl December 31, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Wow, you’ve been busy w/ sweets this year!! Those cookie bottomed cupcakes look pretty fun to me. Happy New Year!

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:26 am #

      Thanks, Lori! Funny that my tight clothes would agree with you, oops!

  31. Anna @ hiddenponies January 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Wow, what a great list! Those pumpkin pie cookies are on my to-try list, they look delicious! Happy New Year :)

  32. Joyti January 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I’d go for your classic chewy chocolate chip cookies. Those look so good.
    Happy New Year!

  33. marla January 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Lauren, such awesome sweet treats! love them all :)
    Happy new year! Wishing you the best in all that is to come with your blog & beyond.

  34. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Yummy! What an awesome roundup! They all look incredible, but that Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Surprise is really calling my name! ;)

  35. Elina (Healthy and Sane) January 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    OMG, I want every single one. Saving this post for future dessert inspiration :)

  36. thelittleloaf January 3, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    This is an AWESOME round up – I want to bake (and eat) every single recipe. Congratulations on an incredible year of blogging and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings :-)

  37. Alexis @ There She Goes January 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    fantastic list! i could def go for a margarita cheesecake bar right about now :)

  38. vanillasugarblog January 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    i should have done a recap.
    love those cheesecake bars.
    happy new year indeed!

    • KeepItSweet January 5, 2012 at 6:27 am #

      It’s not too late:-)

  39. Casey January 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    OMG I want to make EVERYTHING!!!! Ahh all those cookies look amazing and those thick and chewy peanut butter chocolate toffee bars look like the most incredible things in the entire universe! I think i’ll just print this post out and stick it on my fridge, so many yummy choices to make :)

  40. Rachel @Healthy Chick s January 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Found your blog through Elina at Healthy & Sane. Next time I need a good dessert recipe, definitely know where I’m going to look first. Great blog!

    • KeepItSweet January 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks, Rachel! Let me know if you try any of my recipes!


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