Portuguese Girl Cooks: My Top 12 Recipes of 2012

Happy New Year!! By the time some of you read this you may have already ushered in 2013! When it comes to New Years, I’ve never been much for big extravagant parties, instead I like to keep it quiet at home with a really good meal. Generally I prepare a nice seafood meal, and tonight will be no different. I hope that whatever you are doing, you have a safe and very fun evening!

A couple days ago, I shared the most viewed recipes of 2012, and today I want to share my favourite recipes of 2012. There are a couple repeats and a few different ones. Clearly pumpkin, chocolate, and caramel were at the top of my list this year! :) Picking my absolute favourite recipe is difficult, it’s like picking your favourite child, but there are a few that are in the top spots.

Thank you to all my readers and friends for an awesome 2012, I couldn’t have done it without all your support! In 2013, well have even more fabulous food and of course conversation! Thanks again, and I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and happy evening! All the best for  a happy, healthy, and delicious 2013!



12. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

11. Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze

1o. Spicy Pulled Chicken on Homemade Cheddar Buns

9. Dark Chocolate- Espresso Pumpkin Bread

8. Pumpkin Doughnuts with Buttermilk Spiced Glaze

7. French Onion Grilled Cheese


6. Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

5. Salted Caramel Pudding

4. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel 

First, second, and third place are pretty much tied, so in no particular order…

3. Chocolate-Espresso Buche de Noel

2. Chocolate Banana Cake with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Salted Caramel ‘Ding Dong’ Chocolate Cake


Have a fabulous evening!











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  • Matilda

    why no new posts?

  • Mafalda Lucena e Vale

    they are all so godddddd… Happy New Year!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks! Happy New Year, Mafalda!

  • http://twitter.com/realnutritioncg claire

    Your photos are just SO GORGEOUS!!!!!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thank you do much, Claire!! :)

  • angela @ another bite please

    i so love pumpkin too…LOVE…that spicy pulled chicken is looking so so so good for a family dinner…gotta try!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Wow, I love it all! Your photographs are such an inspiration to me! :)

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Chung-Ah! You just made my day :) :)

  • marla

    You are amazing!! All of these recipes + photos are fabulous. I have pinned all of them many times :) Here’s to a great 2013!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Marla! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • http://twitter.com/Tutti_Dolci Tutti Dolci

    Drooling over all these creations, Happy New Year!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Laura! Happy New Year, all the best for 2013!!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com/ Averie Cooks

    Lots of cakes and glazes and things with filling and swirls – that’s what I see when I look at these pics and I love it all!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks so much, Averie! Happy New Year!

  • http://twitter.com/LawStudentsWife Erin

    Long live pumpkin, caramel, and chocolate! Also, I’m super excited you did this, because I missed a few of these recipe gems.
    I hope you have a very happy new year Jess! Enjoy your meal tonight. I’m sure it will be wonderful! It’s been great “meeting” you, and I look forward to what you have ahead in 2013!

    • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

      Thanks do much, Erin! I hope you have a fabulous new years eve and all the best for 2013!! It’s been a real pleasure meeting you as well this year! Can’t wait to get to know you better!