10 Most Popular Recipes of 2023

Happy New Year! We all say it every year—the days flew by! My 2023 was packed with more amazing experiences, recipes and fun. Season 3 of Zoë Bakes hit the air.  My newsletter featuring recipes, Q&As, and so much more continued to grow. And, of course, I got to share all kinds of recipes and fun with family, friends, colleagues and all of you! To wrap up the year, I put together a list of my 10 most popular recipes of 2023. As always, it’s an eclectic and fun list featuring all kinds of flavors and treats. If you’ve tried any of these recipes, would you be so kind as to leave a rating/review? It helps other people find them more easily. Cheers to a new year!

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10 Tasty Mini Treats For Gifting and Gatherings

Desserts are my favorite party favors! Tasty minis that friends and family can bring home after a party are a joy to make and even better to gift. Or, you can make a plethora of treats to stuff in stockings on Christmas morning. There are so many ways to use fun little treats, and this list of 10 are some of my favorites in times that call for mini versions of favorite sweets!

Looking for more tasty bite-sized ideas? Check out my cookie guide, including 22 recipes or my fun cupcake recipes!

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My Cookbook Recommendations of 2023

Best cookbooks 2023 | A stack of cookbooks from Zoë François's collection.

I started writing cookbooks in 2005 before the publishing world discovered the internet. My co-author and I not only cold-called every newspaper around the country, but we also sent copies of our new book to all the food bloggers (there were only a few dozen at the time) to ask if they’d bake from it. They did and many of them wrote about us. It was a long and exhausting process, but we were confident if people tried our 5-Minute Bread method, they would love baking bread as much as we did. Eventually, it caught on, The New York Times wrote about us, and we’ve sold about 1 million copies of the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day series since then.

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Holiday Party with Andrew & Zoë

My friend Andrew Zimmern and I are throwing a Holiday Party on Magnolia Network and we hope you’ll join us! Tune in Sunday 12/3 at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT on Magnolia Network and streaming (HBO) Max and discovery+!

Put on your holiday sweaters (you won’t be alone, Andrew is in full holiday cheer) and come along for a hilarious afternoon of planning and preparing the party we’ve been meaning to throw for the nearly 30 years we’ve been friends. The menu is delicious and I haven’t laughed (or cried) like this in a while! I hope you’ll join us!

All recipes from the show below. Happy Holidays!

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Orange Poppyseed Mini Bundt Cakes with Chocolate Ganache & Gold Gelt

Mini bundt cakes as seen On Andrew & Zoe holiday special.

Every year for Hanukkah I make jelly doughnuts (Sufganiyot). They are fried in oil, which is the most significant ingredient of the holiday. This year I made an orange, olive oil, and poppyseed mini bundt cakes instead. Although they are baked instead of fried, they still have the oil in the batter. I finished them with a dark chocolate glaze and a bit of gold to give a nod to the gelt found on many Hanukkah tables. I used marmalade in these mini bundt cakes because it is one of my favorites, but feel free to change up the flavors to suit your taste.

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Crockpot Rolls with Rosemary

Crockpot rosemary rolls in a napkin-lined bowl next to a cutting board with rosemary sprigs, salt, and butter.

When you’re hosting, oven space is often a challenging feat of timing and choreography, so I “baked” the dinner rolls in the Crockpot. These Crockpot rolls are fluffy, rich with butter and the smell of rosemary will fill your house. The brilliant part is you can plug in your slow cooker anywhere so it is out of the way and your oven is free for the rest of the meal. Just before serving, I brown the tops under the broiler but that is an optional move.

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