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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!

Get my 10 Minute Berry Tiramisu Recipe!

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!

Get my Easy Lemon Bars Recipe!

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.

Get my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe!

Amazing Honorable Mentions

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  1. gretamt on September 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    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!!!????

    • Gemma Stafford on September 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thank you for your kind words. I hope you give my recipes a go. I would be interested to know how you get on.

  2. Donna on August 1, 2019 at 2:31 am

    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.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 1, 2019 at 8:09 am

      Hi Donna,

      I have never heard of hermit cookies before. I’ll have to look that one up. Sounds interesting.

      Thanks for the tip,

  3. Ladybug5247 on April 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    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

    • Gemma Stafford on April 13, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Delighted to hear that!! With Pie crust you just need the right technique and you are good to go!

      Thanks for trying it out 🙂

  4. Haley on April 2, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I want some of those blondies right now.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Right! These are one of mu favorites too!

  5. Shellshell61 on March 8, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Hi Gemma, I am new to your web site and just made your butter, it is wonderful, what recipes do you have to use the butter milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 9, 2019 at 6:52 am

      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. Yvonne O'Donoghue on January 25, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Would love the recipe for your Tiramisu Cheese cake looks absolutely Devine and no baking!

  7. Megan on January 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Those lemon bars look amazing.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 23, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you!

  8. Sandi Runge on January 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I love your recipes and your sweet voice. Wish we were neighbors.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Hi Sandi,
      Haha! thank you, that is indeed really kind. I tend to be a feeder, so you may not be delighted for too long 😉
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Christine Bell on January 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    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.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Hi there, I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed that flatbread its one of my favorites too!

      • Barb Horan on March 27, 2019 at 2:44 pm

        I made it today for first gime… husband loved it…..I am a Gemma fan, big time! Barb

        • Gemma Stafford on March 27, 2019 at 3:27 pm

          YAY, i’m delighted to hear that!

  10. Zoey on January 7, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Hi Gemma how do I find the recipe for Cinnamon raisins bread. I would like to try it Thank you

  11. Vena Naidoo on January 2, 2019 at 12:54 am

    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 ❤️????

    • Gemma Stafford on January 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Thank you so much for this lovely message, i am delighted to hear that!

  12. maryam on January 1, 2019 at 6:20 am

    i loved your idea of making cake on a stove top. i cant wait trying making it !!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      It’s a great one, you have to try it. Enjoy!

  13. Cathie Irene on December 31, 2018 at 10:25 am

    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..

    • Gemma Stafford on January 1, 2019 at 2:05 am

      Hi Cathie,

      Welcome to my website! I’m delighted to have you with us. We have big plans for 2019 so stay tuned 🙂


  14. Anisah Mohd Arshad on December 31, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Hi Gemma, thank you for all your best ever recipes. I love it all

    • Gemma Stafford on January 1, 2019 at 1:57 am

      Thanks so much, Anisah!!! Happy New Year 🙂

  15. Cindy Tidrick on December 29, 2018 at 4:50 am

    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.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 30, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much for reaching out, i am delighted to hear that!

  16. Sumaira on December 29, 2018 at 3:27 am

    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. ….

    • Gemma Stafford on December 30, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      That is so kind thank you so much for the lovely message!

  17. MIchael Heather on December 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    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!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 30, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      YAY i am delighted to hear that! Next time please share a photo with us!

  18. Kris on December 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    I must say the ten minute berry Tiramisu is my favourite too. So easy to put together and so delicious.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      YAY i am delighted to hear that!

  19. Joy on December 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Looks delicious!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you!

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