The Most Searched Recipes of 2012

The Most Searched Recipes of 2012
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The Most Searched Recipes of 2012

Click through to discover the 9 most searched recipes online in 2012.

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9. Cupcakes

Whip up a batch of this trendy treat with this heavenly carrot cupcake recipe. Chef Bryan Vietmeier makes these terrifically moist and carroty cakes for Seattle's Take 5 Urban Market. He suggests freezing the cupcakes before frosting to firm them up, preventing crumbs.

Get the Recipe: Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

8. Banana Bread

For a delightful take on this popular dessert, we recommend Coffee Banana Bread. When you combine coffee and banana bread, one just makes the other that little bit nicer.

Get the Recipe: Coffee Banana Bread

7. Lasagna

We aren't surprised that a hearty lasagna was a most searched recipe this year. Convenient products like no-boil lasagna noodles and cream of broccoli soup make this flavor-packed Vegetable Lasagna simple and delicious. Plus, it takes just 30 minutes to prep before it goes in the oven.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Lasagna

6. Cheesecake

This No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake recipe has omega-3-rich walnuts in the graham cracker crust and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese in the filling to keep saturated fat in check. If you want a bright red topping, use sour cherries. Sweet cherries give it a more purple hue. To make gluten-free no-bake cherry cheesecake, use gluten-free graham crackers.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

5. Chicken

While there are thousands upon thousands of fantastic chicken recipes out there (and seemingly, a huge demand for that volume), the recipe for Cider Vinegar-Braised Chicken Thighs stands out in our minds. This is Cotton Row chef James Boyce's simple go-to, one-pot dish for entertaining. Serve the vinegar-braised chicken with buttered noodles, wheat berries or rice alongside, to soak up the tangy, buttery sauce.

Get the Recipe: Cider Vinegar-Braised Chicken Thighs

4. Chocolate Cake

A traditional chocolate cake is one of America's favorite recipes, but we also love our chocolaty creations with a bit of a gourmet twist. This Rich Chocolate Cake could be considered the moistest, most delicious cake on the planet, but it is made even more irresistible when it is topped by a drizzle of salty dulce de leche. The combination has a perfect salty-sweet thing happening that is like a highly addictive sensory overload. It will have you coming back for more. If it doesn’t, perhaps the crumbled brittle that decorates the top will.

Get the Recipe: Rich Chocolate Cake with Salty Dulce de Leche & Hazelnut Brittle

3. Pancakes

Try a new take on this classic breakfast by injecting pancakes with cranberries for a sour spike. For couples, one of you can make the coffee and heat the maple syrup while the other makes the pancakes. It's instant relationship bliss.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Pancakes

2. Chili

If you are looking for a great chili recipe to warm up the cooler months, try Quick & Easy Chili. The name says it all - this mouthwatering chili is easy and delicious - and ready in 15 minutes!

Get the Recipe: Quick & Easy Chili

1. Cookies

This beloved crispy, chewy, or chunky treat tops the list as the single most searched recipe online in 2012. For an unusual cookie sure to wow guests at a New Year's gathering, try Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies. A stuffed cookie is like a sandwich cookie, only with more cream on the inside-it's fatter, fuller and (if you're the kind of person who twists apart the cookies to get to the cream) better. Jessica Sullivan, the pastry chef at Boulevard restaurant in San Francisco, makes hers with nutty chocolate-chip cookies and silky chocolate ganache.

Get the Recipe: Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies


Each year, factors such as food trends, the economy, and even the weather influence people around the world to craft certain dishes at home, and they often turn to the Internet for these recipes. Some recipe searches are ever popular, such as chicken or chili, which are among the most searched recipes online year after year.

Still, other recipes rise and fall in Internet popularity. This year, we saw an international obsession with cupcakes, a dessert that was growing as a search term in 2011, and its recipes have now become one of the top searches in 2012. Similarly, items such as bread and pizza, which made the list in recent years, have given way to more decadent endeavors such as banana bread and lasagna.

View the slideshow above to find out the number one, most searched recipe online in 2012 and discover some delicious recipes along the way.

The 9 most searched recipes online were compiled using Google Trends.

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