Top 10 Recipes – 2019

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Top 10 Recipes of 2019 – JoyFoodSunshine. From homemade mac and cheese to pumpkin pie to the best green smoothie, here are the 10 most-loved recipes on for 2019!

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I look forward to this post every year, because I love celebrating what YOU all enjoyed making throughout the year! I am grateful for and humbled by all of you who make our recipes and take the time to leave comments telling me how much you love them! 

So here it is, all the recipes YOU loved the most in 2019! To say that it has been an amazing year would be a serious understatement.

Let me know in the comments what recipes YOU made in 2019, and what you’d like to see in 2020! 

#10: Yogurt Overnight Oats

Coming in at #10 is this easy Overnight Oats recipe! I totally understand why it’s kicking off our top 10 recipes this year! It’s a delicious, healthy, high-protein breakfast! This recipe only takes 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare! Plus it’s no-cook, gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free!

Overnight Oats

#9 Cinnamon Honey Butter

This Cinnamon Honey Butter is SO delicious you’ll want to spread it on just about everything.  It’s made with 5 ingredients in less than 5 minutes, and it’s even better than Texas Roadhouse butter! It tastes delicious on rolls, pancakes, waffles, muffins, banana bread, toast, etc.! 

#8: Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese

This Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese is healthy comfort food at it’s finest! It is one of my favorite creations of 2019! It’s low-carb and keto and a delicious gluten-free dinner, side dish or meal prep idea!

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese

#7: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Reminiscent of my favorite treat to enjoy at the mall as a kid,  this is the BEST strawberry banana smoothie recipe ever! It’s easy (ready in less than 5 minutes), healthy, and made with yogurt so it’s full of protein! It’s the perfect snack or breakfast!

#6: The BEST Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

I worked for years to create a cut-out sugar cookie recipe worthy to share on my blog. They are soft, sweet and buttery with a perfect shiny sugar cookie frosting. Did you make them this holiday season?!

#5: Best Green Smoothie

I’m so glad you found my comprehensive post on making the BEST green smoothie helpful (and delicious)! It’s a simple green smoothie for beginners that is healthy, tastes amazing, and it’s made with 4 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! My kids beg me to make it all the time (and I happily oblige their request)!


#4: Dirt Cake

This Easy Dirt Cake Recipe (Oreo Dirt Pudding) is one of our favorite no-bake desserts! Crushed Oreos are layered between a French vanilla pudding mixture for a kid-friendly, make-ahead dessert recipe perfect for any potluck or BBQ! My daughter loves this so much she is asking for it for her birthday dessert this year instead of cake! So that’s HUGE!

Oreo Dirt Cake


#3: Stovetop Cinnamon Apples 

I’m so glad I took the time to update this old favorite recipe – Cinnamon apples! These Stovetop Sautéed Cinnamon Apples taste like a warm apple pie, but they come together in 5 minutes and are SO much healthier! This recipe makes a perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert and is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free!

A bowl of Cinnamon Apples


#2: Classic Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

This Pumpkin Pie recipe wound up being the SECOND most made and visited recipe on my site published in 2019!  This is the BEST Pumpkin Pie Recipe from Scratch! This easy pumpkin pie contains NO sweetened condensed milk and is the only pumpkin pie recipe you’ll ever need!

Overhead view of a slice of pumpkin pie

#1: Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese

I often feel like I live in the “Land of Mac & Cheese” because I make it SO often it’s crazy. You all LOVED this recipe so much that it came in as the #1 most popular recipe published in 2019, and the #4 recipe overall on my website! This Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe is made with 8 ingredients in 15 minutes on the stovetop (no baking required)! Time to ditch the boxed mac and cheese for this irresistibly creamy, smooth & cheesy homemade recipe! 

overhead view of a pot of homemade mac and cheese


Honorable mentions 

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

This is always the top recipe on my site. It has the most comments, gets the most social love and is all around everyone’s favorite. If you haven’t made them yet, RUN to the kitchen and get baking! 

(PS These comments are all from a few days in December. DAYS. And I didn’t even include all of them from those days)!

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Homemade Pizza Dough & Easy Pizza Sauce

These two are also crazy popular, because who wouldn’t want to make homemade pizza in 30 minutes flat?! Our pizza dough is super delicious and doesn’t require any rising! And our pizza sauce is ready in less than 5 minutes! We make these two recipes every single Sunday, which is pizza night in our house! We make them so often that my 8 and 6 year olds can make the dough and sauce without any help!

front view of a whole homemade pizza




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  1. I have made so many of your recipes, and it has literally changed the way I feed my family! I went from someone who HATES to cook to actually being excited to try new things. My husband demands your healthy no-bake oatmeal bars weekly!

  2. We made the pumpkin pie four times!!! And I was surprised to see your chocolate chip cookies as an honorable mention instead of on the top! We’ve made at least 3 batches since October… I would love more donut recipes for 2020!

    1. Hey Sarah! I love that you enjoyed the pumpkin pie! And of course, the cookies are my #1 recipe always…but I didn’t publish that recipe in 2019! This post is the top ten NEW recipes published in 2019! My cinnamon rolls are #2 on my site (after chocolate chip cookies, of course) but they were published in 2018! 😉