5 Best Baking Recipes of 2018

After a Big and Bold year, I hope you enjoy the 5 Best Baking Recipes of 2018 chosen by the Bigger Bolder Baking team!

Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s been an incredible year here at Bigger Bolder Baking, and the upcoming New Year switchover is the best time to stop and reflect on the journey that brought us here. We’ve had loads of fun, loads of sweets (and a savory treat here and there), and we’ve watched the Bigger Bolder Baking community grow in exciting ways. There are now more of you Bold Bakers than ever, and that sense of family has become even stronger. In 2019, I (and the amazing team here) will have so many amazing things in store for you, including some thrilling announcements, and of course, new Big and Bold recipes!

In the meantime, I thought it’d be lovely to have the Bigger Bolder Baking team all sit down and discuss what were their favorite recipes of the year and why — creating the official list of the 5 Best Baking Recipes of 2018! Watch the video (above) and get the recipes (below)!

10 Minute Berry Tiramisu

5 Best Baking Recipes of 2018

It doesn’t get much more gorgeous than my 10 Minute Berry Tiramisu! Shot over the summer, this recipe actually came about years beforehand when I was baking for priests in Dublin. It’s fast, easy, and really impressive. Plus, it tastes absolutely wonderful — and it’s also my own personal favorite recipe of 2018!

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Easy Lemon Bars

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Beautiful yellow, soft & chewy, and that light and fresh tart flavor that makes a Lemon Bar truly incredible. Olivia’s favorite recipe of the year makes so much sense — just look at them! They’re a breeze to make, and it’s about time you head into the kitchen and give them a go, Bold Bakers!

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Best Ever Blondies

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They have the texture of a brownie, but are somehow elevated by delicious white chocolate and brown sugar. What’s not to love? My Best Ever Blondies recipe was our cameraman and editor Ira’s choice for one of our Best Baking Recipes of 2018. He’s made them multiple times, so he knows what he’s talking about!

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3 Ingredient Flatbread

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So few ingredients, and yet this recipe yields incredible results in very little time. Brian, our Content and Community Manager, chose my 3 Ingredient Flatbread recipe because of how truly versatile it is. Not only can you whip theses up like on a conveyor belt, but the first thing he did when they were done was to turn them into mini pizzas for his kids! On top of this, you can freeze them for whenever you like, and they go with almost any meal.

Get my 3 Ingredient Flatbread recipe and give it a go!

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

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What would a Best Baking Recipes of 2018 list be without my Best Ever version of a classic staple? My Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies are everything you ever remember about chocolate chip cookies growing up, and everything you dream of when you think of the chocolate chip cookies you’ll eat in the future. Kevin, my husband and Bigger Bolder Baking‘s producer, couldn’t resist choosing my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies — and I’ll teach you the secret reason why these cookies truly are the Best Ever.

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Amazing Honorable Mentions

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48 thoughts on “5 Best Baking Recipes of 2018

  1. Linda
    Desperately need your scone recipe. I can’t find it anywhere? I need measurements Gemma! Do you have another book where your scones are shown with Recipe measurements?

  2. Hi Gemma, I love your recipes and am a fellow baker. I’ve made many recipes that my family, friends and boyfriend have enjoyed. Would love to get any tips you have.

  3. Omg why did it take me this long to discover you and all your sweetness. I am obsessed with your recipes and your videos!!! Your knowledge is amazing!!! I can’t wait to get baking all your amazing recipes. I simply have been watching your videos for about 3 hrs straight!!! Thank you for all your baking wisdom!!! I adore you!!!????

  4. Hi Gemma
    I’m not a baker but since watching your videos an using your recipes I love it. Just wondering if you have a recipe for hermit cookies.

  5. Hi Gemma
    I just had to tell you I love your Recipes and your videos.I am 67 years old and I have tried and tried to make pie crust well guess what now I can with your Recipe thank you it is delicious

      1. Morning Gemma,
        I’m situated in the Philippines where it’s a constant 30 or more degrees and very humid.
        Making good pastry is a long and laborious chore as we don’t have a/c. So the coolest time of the day is around 3am . Everything and I mean everything is in the chest freezer along with a large floor tile and a big bottle of iced water to roll out with. I thought that a gluten-free recipe would be a better option but I see you have an egg in your recipe, doesn’t this create gluten?
        I use egg and vegetable oil in my no-knead bread recipe and it works great for most rolls, etc.
        Have you any more advice on this, please ?

        1. Hi, Terence. Egg is gluten free. Hence, it will not create gluten or make the recipe into one with gluten. It sounds like you are doing well with your results. A good thing to note in making bread, is to be careful not to over proof or underproof the dough. When you get the correct consistency of your dough, you may need roughly 45-55 minutes since it’s hot humid where you are. Try not to over proof your dough. Doubling in size should work well enough. I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Welcome to my site and the community. You need buttermilk in a few of my recipes like my soda bread, pancakes, biscuits etc, best ever chocolate cake. If you don’t have it to hand you can easily make it at home


  6. Just saw this end of 2018 video. It was fun seeing people behind the scenes and them talking about their favorite recipes. I was surprised to find out that the top recipe was the flat bread. That is my fave. I have made it before and actually was looking for the recipe again to make when I ran across this video. The best to you all in 2019.

  7. Hi Gemma n team. Thank you for all the wonderful, easy to follow recipes. I’ve tried a few of them n they have turned out wonderfully. I especially love the easy ‘crazy’ recipe series and I bake bread or rolls a few times a week. Keep on Baking ❤️????

  8. Hi Gemma,
    Just found your beautiful site….
    Here I am in my 70’s and still learning something new every time I visit with you!
    You are a joy to watch and bake with!! Keep them coming…
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year..

  9. I don’t usually leave reviews because I’m not great at expressing myself, but I have to say something about this. These people know their stuff and how to communicate to the rest of us. I have gotten so many fantastic recipes from here and everyone loved them. Thank you Gemma and everyone else involved with this blog.

  10. Hey gemma. ..I’m a big fan of u..I really appreciate u for all ur effete. .I start baking 1st time after getting inspiration from u. .
    Thanks. ….

  11. Your “Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies” truly are the best. These cookies are amazing, and hard to stop eating. I find myself making them 2-3 times month. My daughters, friends, and neighbors all ask for more. If I want to take a cookie to an event or pot luck, your Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies are the ones I take. I guarantee, once anyone tries this easy recipe, they’ll become addicted to your cookie. Thanks for the recipe!

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, and I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere! No matter your skills, I have you covered. Sign up for my FREE weekly emails and join millions of other Bold Bakers in the community for new recipes, baking techniques, and more every week!

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