Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of August

published Aug 31, 2023
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cut zucchini cake topped with cream cheese frosting and topped with chopped nuts on parchment paper on a marble surface
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe: Food Styling: Rachel Perlmutter

While I am sad to see summer fade away, I already look back at August with an afterglow from all the incredible eats it delivered. As a collective, our favorites (from both you, our readers, and us editors!) were creamy, crispy, and all sorts of carby. Does icebox cake, carbonara made with a whole tin of anchovies, crunchy-punchy French onion dip chicken thighs, or Boston cream pie ring a bell? Probably, because it seemed like everyone was making them.

Let’s dive into the 10 most popular recipes that we blissfully ate as we enjoyed the last whispers of summer.

1 / 10
Brown Sugar Apple Pan Dowdy

Forget all the fussy pie crimping and latticing. These brown sugar-sweetened apples are baked under a pastry crust that gets broken into syrup-coated pieces.

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2 / 10
Cincinnati Chili

This iconic Midwestern combination of spaghetti, chili, and cheddar cheese is definitely worth a try.

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3 / 10
Creamy Parmesan Zucchini

With a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce, this simple side is a must-make during zucchini season.

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4 / 10
Anchovy Carbonara

This ultra-creamy (and weeknight-friendly!) pasta carbonara swaps in tinned anchovies for guanciale.

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5 / 10
Zucchini Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Grated zucchini is added to an oil-based cake batter along with warming spices and chopped walnuts, baked, then frosted with a lemon cream cheese frosting.
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6 / 10
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
With three impressive layers, plus a double dose of caramel sauce, these pie bars are a fall dessert you don’t want to miss out on.
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7 / 10
Boston Cream Pie
With three delicious layers of sponge cake, pastry cream, and chocolate ganache, this nostalgic dessert is a stunner.
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8 / 10
Icebox Cake
Turn whipped cream and Oreos into the ultimate no-bake summer dessert.
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9 / 10
Apple Dump Cake

Ease into early fall with this three-ingredient dessert. Just dump apple pie filling, cake mix, and butter into a dish and bake! (Yes, that's really it.)

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10 / 10
French Onion Dip Chicken Thighs
Rub skin-on chicken thighs in a combination of mayonnaise and onion soup mix for a simple chicken dinner full of crunch and tangy flavor.
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