(Can I get a ‘whoop whoop’ from any of my crazy-named friends out there?!)
When I was younger, ‘Hayley’ was not a very popular name. I mean, I was down in the 170s or something with Ashleys, Jessicas and Brittanys kicking the name-game sh*t out of me. So when I heard my name being called at school or in a store or in dance class, I knew it was me. Nowadays, I hear ‘Hayley’ in a store, I turn, and see a couple young girls peer out wondering if that was their mom calling them.
So while our name has become gradually more popular, the spelling is where it differs. And I get it: there are a bajillion possible ways to spell it. In the sixth grade I was desperate to change the spelling to ‘Hayleigh’ because I liked making things unnecessarily complicated and also because I was SO irrationally jealous of people who had ‘i”s in their names. THINK OF ALL THE SYMBOL DOTTING POSSIBILITIES! Hearts, stars, clovers, balloons… I digress. Also because whenever teachers made us do acrostic poems (seriously, why are all elementary school teachers hell-bent on doing these?!) I could never find two adjectives that described me that started with ‘Y’ besides ‘young’ and ‘yodels’, and the latter was most certainly not true, so there’s that.
While I longed for those dumb trinkets with your name engraved on them, sadly there was nary a ‘Hayley’ anywhere we went and everything had to be custom-made. I came to accept the fact that there were a lot of other spellings of my name in the world and that people would occasionally misspell it.
But what irked me the most (and STILL irks me to. this. day) is when people who see my name — on homework, on paychecks, on my blog, on my OkCupid profile where my username IS MY NAME — and they misspell it. As if they’re purposely trying to avoid reading at any and all costs and or deliberately pissing me off by being so ignorant.
Why would I want to respond to your OkCupid message when you say, “Hey Haley” ESPECIALLY when my username is MY NAME?! Is it really that hard? Or when family — yes, it has happened, granted they’re extended family — misspells my name. How are we blood-related? I was even looking through old yearbooks a couple weekends ago and 90% of the people who signed it — staff and students alike — misspelled my name.
THERE’S A ‘Y’ IN THE MIDDLE. AS IN, WHY AREN’T YOU SPELLING IT RIGHT WHEN IT IS IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE?!
I guess you could say I’m a little bitter about it.
Anyway, while my dating luck has been less-than-stellar, my baking ideas have been through the roof awesome, if I do say so myself! Sometimes, I have spouts where I am totally dried up and spend a good thirty minutes in the candy aisle at Target willing some candy to speak to me and croon, “bake me in coooooookies” but I just end up leaving empty-handed. And then there are times like now where I cannot.shut.the.voices.up. when it comes to baking ideas. Every 2.587 seconds I think of a new treat, but sadly I was only born with just two arms and can only make so much.
So when this idea popped into my head I knew I had to make it ASAP. One, because Tagalongs are in right now — hello, Girl Scout cookie season is upon us!, and two, because the idea of stuffing a cookie within another cookie is simply intoxicating, no? You’ll never want to eat a naked Oreo or naked Tagalong again when you can have BOTH!!
*inspired by Ashton’s Thin Mint Stuffed Oreos recipe
- 1 pkg Tagalongs (I ALWAYS use store-brand versions, like Great Value's Peanut Butter Fudge cookies or Keebler brand -- should equal to about 15 cookies)
- 15 Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
- 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
- 3 squares white chocolate Candiquik
- 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside. Meanwhile, melt the package of chocolate Candiquik until smooth & melted completely.
- Gently untwist each Oreo cookie and set the halves onto the foil sheet. Dip the top and the bottom of each Tagalong cookie into the melted chocolate. Place the Tagalong onto the frosted half of the Oreo, and gently sandwich the remaining half on top of the Tagalong cookie. Repeat with remaining 14 cookies.
- Freeze the cookie sandwiches for about 30 minutes to an hour so they're nice and firm. This will help them from falling apart when they're fully dunked.
- Gently reheat the Candiquik again until melted once more. Dunk each cookie sandwich into the Candiquik, allowing it to submerge completely/cover completely. Using a fork, allow any excess chocolate to drip off and return the cookie to the foil sheet. Repeat.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, melt the remaining white Candiquik. Once melted, stir in the peanut butter. Pour the mixture into a zip-top baggy, seal out the air and snip off a corner of the baggy. Drizzle the peanut butter copiously over the tops of the cookies. Once set, serve!
This is the ULTIMATE chocolate & peanut butter cookie for all you hardcore PB&C fans! Despite being sandwiched together in this incredible hybrid, you can still amazingly taste each individual cookie within each bite — the chocolate wafer cookies with their delectable crispy crunch, and the smooth, salty peanut butter swirling throughout the middle. These are equally good frozen and room temperature by the way! Just be warned, it’s hard to stop at one 🙂
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Have a fantastical day!!