Most Popular Recipes of the Season

Most Popular Recipes

About four times a year, I like to review our logs to find out which are the most popular recipes of the season. What I’ve discovered is that the most popular recipes tend to be the best recipes. And, in what has become a constant at Leite’s Culinaria, about 80 percent of the best recipes are dessert recipes. The best cookie recipe, the best pastry recipe, the best cake recipe, the best cupcake recipe—well, you get the idea. (What is it with you guys and sweets, anyway?)

Maybe it’s pedigree. Just look who created these luscious lovelies: Dede Wilson, the fabulous Flo Braker, and David Lebovitz (each offering up two of the most popular recipes), plus Mollie Cox Bryan. (And then there’s Jacques Torres, for that ultra-popular, baked-’round-the-Internet chocolate chip cookie.) Of course, what’s a “Best of” list without an outlier? And in this incredible lineup of desserts lurks a Southern staple—one of our all-time most popular dishes: shrimp and grits, this one by Paula Deen.

How do we define the most popular recipes (aka the best recipes)? It’s not just that they’re the most viewed and printed dishes—that in itself wouldn’t be enough. It’s also the fact that each of these recipes, dessert or not, works—time and time again, in kitchens all around the world. Our testers have made them and so have you. And if I were to come clean (The One’s always cautioning me about playing favorites in public), most of these are in my go-to file, and the rest are in steady rotation at our house.

So, come on…your turn to fess up. What are your favorite recipes on LC? And—are you more of a baker, cook, or both? Let us know below.

The Most Popular Recipes of Summer 2010

The recipes are ranked from left to right, top to bottom.

David Leite's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie
adapted from Jacques Torres
Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts
Portuguese Custard Tarts
Pastéis de Nata by David Leite


Sour Cream Apple Pie
by Dede Wilson

Orange and Cream Cake
by Flo Braker

Black Bottom Cupcakes
by David Lebovitz


Fresh Peach Pie
by Mollie Cox Bryan

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
by David Lebovitz



  1. Here’s another vote for the Svelte Green Goddess Dressing. I now live in England where salad dressings just don’t seem to match the ones we have in the U.S. Even the shelves in the very good supermarkets seem devoid of much in the way of a good selection – especially for low-calorie and tasty dressings.

    Maybe we can have another for Ranch Dressing??

    I’m addicted to this one.. and so easy to make!

      1. Aha! 100 uses it is! Evil Twin and Other Twin have compiled a list and have promised to forward to us…… hopefully it will show up soon.

  2. The Lemon Pull apart has been done so many times in my house, I no longer need the recipe to remember the amounts or process. I will need to try the other.. I have a chocolate chip recipe that is awesome but, it will not hurt to cheat on it with yours…

  3. No contest!! It is Michael Symon’s Spicy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup followed closely by Svelte Green Goddess Dip. In fact — drizzle a little of that GG Dip over the bowl of beautiful orange-red soup and you have a real winner!! Come on over, Soup’s On!!

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