Recipe-mania: HG's TOP ATE of 2012!

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We're taking a stroll down memory lane with our most popular recipe emails of the year! Read on to see if your faves made the list... and to find out if there's good stuff you've missed!

  1. Cakes in Mugs!

We're not surprised to see this email on the list. Who wouldn't want individually portioned cakes made in a super-speedy fashion? This round of mug-bound sweets featured the Cloud Cake Sundae (our angel-food twist on strawberry shortcake) and Coffee Cake in a Mug (perfect for those who can't be trusted around a multi-serving version of the sweet treat). And if you like those, there's a mini roundup of more microwavable desserts at the end. YES!

  2. PB Chocolate Madness!

More guilt-free portion-controlled sweets! The first recipe here is another cake in a mug -- this one being a chocolate cake infused and topped with peanut butter. And for those of you who like to play it cool with your dessert, the Choco-PB Pudding Crunch Parfait is just FOUR ingredients away. And, of course, no email entitled "PB Chocolate Madness!" would be complete without a collection of links to MORE peanut butter 'n chocolate recipes!

  3. Chocolate Cupcakes + Cheesecake = YUM!

You people really like desserts, don't you?! With their sweet cream-cheese topping and fudgy cake base, these Double-Decker Fudgy Cheesecake Cupcakes create an ultra-decadent experience for anyone lucky enough to get their hands on 'em. Plus, they're so BEAUTEOUS!!! Hungry for more black & white cupcakes? Check out these Mini Ice Cream Cakes and these Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes!

  4. School of Crock!

People love slow-cooker recipes, and for good reason -- they're easy to prepare, they make big batches of food, and that slow-simmered flavor ROCKS. Our Sweet Apple BBQ Chicken and HG-rific Taco Meat were launched as summertime slow-cooker recipes, but there's no wrong time to enjoy these dishes! Bust out the slow cooker, set it, and forget it... Just don't forget to serve it and enjoy it. P.S. For more slow-cooker magic, click right here!

  5. Nuts About Brownies!

Back to desserts, you nutty readers! Honestly, you can't go wrong with our cakey brownies. For those of you not familiar, the secret (read: not a secret at all) is using CANNED PUMPKIN in place of the eggs, oil, etc., that would ordinarily be used. Mixing pumpkin with devil's food cake mix gives you wildly delicious chocolate treats (which don't actually taste like pumpkin). These Fudgy Frosted Walnut Brownies get a super-indulgent boost from the gooey topping and crunchy walnuts. Need more brownie recipes in your life? This email from 2011 is packed with HG brownie creations!

  6. Mocha Frap' Madness!

We all wanna sip something FANTASTIC from time to time -- a fact made obvious by the popularity of sweet, blended coffee drinks like the ubiquitous Frappuccino. However, we are NOT down with all the extra fat and sugary calories that come with conventional versions. That's why we've got a whole bunch of swappuccino recipes! Our latest is the Mocha-Happy Frappé. Take a look. Yup, that's right -- it's drizzled with chocolate syrup. Yes!

  7. Five Ingredients or Less!

Who doesn't love incredibly easy recipes? Sometimes a few smart ingredients are all you need to whip up fantabulous recipes. These debuted in the summer, but our love for them hasn't faded one bit. The Zucchini-Ribbon Salad is still a favorite, the Fizzy Virgin Sangria would be perfectly appropriate as an all-ages New Year's party sip, and the Super-Simple Veggie Skewers JUST PLAIN ROCK. And if you like recipes with five ingredients or less, you'll LOVE our hot couples and trios!

  8. Foiled... Again!

Last in the list, but certainly not least, are these fabulous foil packs. For an easy-to-prep meal with amazing flavor and quickie cleanup, you can't go wrong with food cooked in foil. The Herbed-Up Spring Chicken Packet is practically exploding with tomato-basil goodness, and the Super-Special Chicken Sausage 'n Squash Pack... well, it's called "Super-Special" for a reason. Click here for over a dozen more foil-packed recipes!


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Today, December 21st, is National French Fried Shrimp Day. Yesterday was National Fried Shrimp Day. For a fancier spin on a classic swap, whip up these Sweet Coconut Crunch Shrimp. Ooh la la!

And that, friends, is the last Hungry Girl email of 2012... Or is it? Stay tuned for an extra-special email arriving in your inbox next Friday. Happy holidays, everyone!

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