A completely biased love letter to the recipes we still can’t believe didn’t break the internet in 2016.
We’re head over heels for these dinners, desserts and snacks, and we think you might be, too, if you give them another look.
This Beautiful Cake That Is Basically Just Crepes and Caramel and MAGIC
This is a cake you don’t have to bake. You also don’t have to cook anything. All you need to do is make a sky-high stack of store-bought crepes with an easy dulce de leche filling, and top it with whipped cream and caramel. You’ll be done in 30 minutes, you’ll love it, and you’ll also maybe refuse to share. Recipe here.
These Pretty Little Crescent Bites That Just Want You to Be Happy
For us, happiness means eating more spinach and artichoke dip (plus bacon), and don’t you want that, too? Just roll up crescent dough with a creamy filling, and in 45 minutes you’ll have a party-friendly appetizer that travels like a dream. Take it to an office potluck, family Thanksgiving, tailgating in a parking lot—it’s truly a one-app-fits-all recipe you don’t want to miss. Recipe here.
The Fancy-Adult Chicken You Can Make in Real Life
If you like chicken Marsala, you’ll love “coq au vin,” which is how the French say “chicken with wine.” This fast version has a rich sauce made with red wine, butter, bacon, mushrooms and herbs, and is so easy, pretty much anyone can make it. Just think of it as French comfort food, perfect for eating in your fancy sweats—or serving to your boyfriend’s mom, because doesn’t “coq au vin” sound impressive? Recipe here.
This Compliment-Grabbing Hybrid of Cheesecake and Pie
While we’re demystifying French food, let’s talk about this gorgeous galette, which indirectly translates to “a homemade pie that’s supposed to look a little imperfect and doesn’t even require a pie plate, so you have no excuse not to make it.” This one starts with Pillsbury pie crust dough, so you don’t have to make anything from scratch, and is topped with rich and creamy cheesecake filling. And sure, you can serve it with forks, but you can also just pick up a slice and eat it with your hands, because when you make the galette, you make the rules, too. Recipe here.
These Sizzling Kabobs That Give You Permission to Eat More Queso Dip
We’re gonna level with you here—sometimes, we fall in love with a recipe based on its potential as a vehicle for queso dip. Yes, the chicken and veggie kabobs—which are basically fajitas on a stick—are great on their own, but just wait until you dip the pieces in a three-ingredient homemade queso dip. And as we all know, if it’s homemade, it’s classy. So go forth and eat cheese, and thank us later. Recipe here.
The Ice Cream Sandwiches You Should Totally Make On Your Birthday Because SPRINKLES
Cake batter ice cream, sandwiched between sweet and crunchy granola bars, coated in sprinkles, with a white chocolate drizzle over the whole shebang, just screams “BIRTHDAY.” The hardest part about making these is the patience required to wait overnight for them to firm up. Stay strong. It’s worth it. Recipe here.
The Lasagna That’s So Cozy You’ll Want to Take a Nap in It
You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you’re all snuggled in bed and you kind of just stretch and yawn a contented yawn before burrowing down under the covers to sleep 30 more minutes? This lasagna tastes like that feeling. It’s rich, and creamy, and full of savory butternut squash and fontina cheese. The toasted hazelnuts on top take it up a notch into “perfect fall and winter dinner” territory, and they don’t look back. Recipe here.