Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake

This Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake comes together in minutes and tastes AMAZING! It's easy, chocolaty, creamy and extra sweet! My brother has an issue with me.

He doesn’t like that I work in silence.

In my defense, I don’t even notice the silence. You know the feeling, right? Where it just feels… right? Where you’ve got your icy cold soda, your comfy chair, your fan going, and all is right in the world? That’s me when I’m working.

But he can’t even do the dishes without having music blasting. I get it – music is nice. Music is fine. I have no qualms with music. It’s just that I rarely listen to it outside of the car and the occasional baking sesh. I like working in quiet – it keeps me focused. Music makes me want to move and do things, like not work. Plus, I get so distracted tapping my fingers along to the beat and singing along that precious minutes of work just roll by while I’m knee-deep in the chorus.

And every time, without fail, he’ll complain that it’s “too quiet.” Too quiet? No comprende, homeboy. Not quiet enough. When everyone’s home, the TV is blaring and people are talking and I can hear the TV shows I want to be watching instead of working and it’s all downhill. And the dogs bark and the phone rings and all this noiiiiiiise. WHY CAN’T I JUST LIVE MY LIFE?!

Anywho. What we don’t bicker over is cake. We love the stuff in this household, and this Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake was a real winner in this house.

It starts with yellow cake mix. Throw it in a pan and bake it up like you normally would. Then, once it’s cooled down some, poke holes alllllll up in that biznass. Then spread some prepared pudding over the top, pop it in the fridge for a beat, then pour on the frosting. It’s so impossibly easy, you could do it in your sleep. But you’ll want to be awake for the eating part – it’s remarkable.

Playing music optional.

This Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake comes together in minutes and tastes AMAZING! It's easy, chocolaty, creamy and extra sweet! *from this recipe

4.5 from 2 reviews
Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake
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This Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake is a real winner! Layers of yellow cake, vanilla cream filling and chocolate icing come together for this magical spin on a classic dessert.
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 can prepared chocolate frosting
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Pour into a greased 13x9" baking dish and bake at 350 according to package directions, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Once cake has cooled, poke holes all over the surface, careful not to penetrate through the bottom, with a handle of a wooden spoon. Set aside. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding by whisking together the pudding mix and milk until combined. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake, taking care to fill the holes in the cake.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until pudding is firm. Then, remove the foil and cap of the frosting and microwave the frosting for about 45 seconds, stirring after about 15 seconds or until the frosting is pourable. Pour the frosting over the cake and spread out to the edges in an even layer. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or longer until set.

This Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake comes together in minutes and tastes AMAZING! It's easy, chocolaty, creamy and extra sweet! Easy, fast and delicious. You’ll be eating this cake in no time!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best and Easiest Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

These crispy, creamy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are the BEST and EASIEST recipe! This foolproof recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing! It is so hard meeting people as an adult.

As an adult who works from home.

I basically have no friends.

That was almost like the saddest haiku ever, wasn’t it?

I went to our family’s friend’s birthday party over the weekend and I was hoping I’d maybe get lucky and meet someone at the two bars we were going to on a poppin’ Saturday night. Maybe my knight in shining armor would be there playing ping-pong while I sauntered by. Maybe my one and only would be standing next to me, five people deep as we try to flag down the bartender for a drink.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, I stood next to sweaty people and it was not at all romantical.

And it got me thinking: I’ll probably be single forever. I know, poor me – cue the violins. But seriously, where am I supposed to meet the stud muffin in my life? Online? Fat chance – already tried online dating and it failed miserably. At the grocery store? Perhaps, if he wasn’t deterred by peeking in my cart full of chocolate chips, ice cream, cake mix and regret. Based on groceries alone, I look like I haven’t eaten in weeks. And maybe at the gym, if I went to the gym more often than once a week at best. Oops.

The next best thing is at friend’s birthday parties where we’re actually required to dress up nicer than my usual workout attire and shame. But alas, I just had an off night and didn’t meet any hotties. You win some, you lose most. Isn’t that how the saying goes?

Plus, if we’re being honest, maybe these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are all I really need in life. I mean, they’re smothered in sweet and spicy cinnamon sugar, they’ve got the creamiest, dreamiest cheesecake filling, and they’re portable, so I could take them on vacations with me and pose them in my annual Christmas card. Isn’t that what being in love is all about?

These crispy, creamy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are the BEST and EASIEST recipe! This foolproof recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing! Anywho, these bars are absolutely amazing. I first made them years ago and needed to update the pictures since they didn’t quite do these bars justice. These are crispy, creamy, chewy, glorious bars that deserve the very best… kinda like me. Thankfully, we have that in common :)

Make them!!

These crispy, creamy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are the BEST and EASIEST recipe! This foolproof recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best and Easiest Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
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These Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are to-die for! Rich, creamy, cinnamon sugary delights that are a cinch to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup cinnamon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Lay one roll of crescent rolls down in a single layer on the bottom of the pan, pinching together any seams to seal and stretching to fit the pan. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla until combined. Spread the mixture evenly over top of the first crescent roll layer.
  4. Unroll the other crescent roll sheet onto a cutting board and pinch the seams together to seal, lightly stretching it out as you go. Pick it up and carefully lay it over top of the cheesecake filling, covering it completely. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top, and evenly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top.
  5. Bake for approx. 30 minutes, then let cool completely before chilling in the fridge. Store bars covered in the fridge.

These crispy, creamy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are the BEST and EASIEST recipe! This foolproof recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing! I love how the cinnamon sugar mixture completely caramelizes on top of the bars, creating this crispy, crunchy crust on top that’s absolute heaven. It melds so well with the light and vanilla-y creamy cheesecake filling. Drizzle on some honey for the complete and true sopapilla effect!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Texas Sheet Cake

This Best-Ever Texas Sheet Cake is moist, chocolaty and ultra rich and SO easy to make! An impressive dessert for company or potlucks, too! A couple of days ago I went to get a massage.

I went to a new place close to my house because I don’t really have a place near me that I’ve been loyal to. In fact, I don’t get massages often at all (and certainly not as often as I’d like!), so I randomly decided to show up at this place.

When I went in, I told the therapist I wanted a deep pressure since I’ve found most pressures are too light for me. So you can imagine my grimace when the therapist tore into me. I mean, homeboy was basically massaging my skeleton (and I’m no skinny girl) he was so deep. I could actually feel my muscles screaming.

So of course, I asked him to go lighter. But he didn’t speak English very well and instead he said “deep pressure today, lighter pressure next time.” Um?

So the entire time I laid there grimacing in pain while he worked out the gigantic knots underneath my skin. It wasn’t even a “hurts so good” pain – it just hurt. And a couple times as he tried to navigate my ponytail, he pulled my hair. It felt like what I used to do to my Barbie dolls: hold them by the hair and spin them around and around, launching them into the wall or a tree trunk. I was an evil Barbie player.

After emerging from the room with my hair mussed and my muscles sorer than if I’d just fought an MMA fighter, it was time to pay. Except I made the mistake of going to one of those places that has monthly subscription services and thus began being berated by a very passionate receptionist about purchasing a program. It was one of those situations where I suddenly felt more anxious than I had when I walked through the door in the first place.

All in all? I probably won’t return, and I feel like I just drove my upper body into a brick wall which is not the serenity I was hoping for. Actually, it was the exact opposite of what I was hoping for. And now I need another massage already.

This Best-Ever Texas Sheet Cake is moist, chocolaty and ultra rich and SO easy to make! An impressive dessert for company or potlucks, too! Anywho. It was all okay in the end because I was able to come home and eat my pain away via this Best Ever Texas Sheetcake. This stuff is insanely good! Super chocolaty, packed with flavor, moist and buttery. Plus, the sheetcake frosting is AMAZING. You guys will want to shovel it in with a spork, I tell ya.

Make it. And then get yourself a massage as a reward for making it.

This Best-Ever Texas Sheet Cake is moist, chocolaty and ultra rich and SO easy to make! An impressive dessert for company or potlucks, too! *very slightly adapted from Allrecipes

4.7 from 3 reviews
Easy Texas Sheet Cake
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This Sheet Cake is a real crowd-pleaser! Serve it up family-style and enjoy the rich, chocolaty flavor and amazing texture!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream (I used full-fat)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • About 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a 15x10" jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring butter, water and cocoa powder to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add in the sugar and flour, mixing well. Lastly, add in the remaining cake ingredients until blended. Do not over-mix.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, while cake partially cools, prepare your frosting. In another large saucepan, melt together the butter, cocoa powder and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and chopped pecans. Working quickly, pour the frosting over top of the warm cake, spreading into an even layer. Allow the frosting and cake to cool before cutting into slices.

This Best-Ever Texas Sheet Cake is moist, chocolaty and ultra rich and SO easy to make! An impressive dessert for company or potlucks, too! This cake is so moist, rich and chocolaty, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser for sure. Make this for potlucks or family get-togethers for an easy, impressive dessert. So delicious!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Gooey Butter Cake Bars

These Gooey Butter Cake Bars are the BEST! Rich, decadent, buttery and gooey, they're the perfect treat!You guys – these bars are SO. AWESOME.

I don’t think I’m too terribly bossy, but in this instance, I’m going to have to demand that you make these bars. Because really? Your life is seriously lacking these Gooey Butter Cake Bars.

When I made these, it was like heaven’s flood gates opened and I was rushed in. They are oh so heavenly, decadent and positively divine.

And apparently, they’re a huge deal in St. Louis. Who knew?

I mean, I’m sure St. Louis is a great city, but why go there when you can easily make these cake bars at home now? Save yourself some time and money. St. Louis will be there when you decide you can’t wait to get to Missouri.

In the meantime, it’s time for me to eat another bar, so here’s the recipe! I suggest you be a smartypants and make something with it :)

These Gooey Butter Cake Bars are the BEST! Rich, decadent, buttery and gooey, they're the perfect treat!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Gooey Butter Cake Bars
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These gooey cake bars have a buttery, decadent flavor and are absolutely irresistible!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, melted & divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, ONE (1) stick of the melted butter and 1 egg until a soft dough forms. Batter will be thick. Press into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese and vanilla in a large bowl together until blended and smooth. Beat in the remaining 1 stick of melted butter and 3 remaining eggs. Lastly, beat in the powdered sugar until combined.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden and the center is just about set. Do NOT over bake as these will continue to set up as they cool and are called gooey bars for a reason. Cool completely before cutting into bars, and dust bars with additional powdered sugar if desired. Store bars covered in the fridge.

These Gooey Butter Cake Bars are the BEST! Rich, decadent, buttery and gooey, they're the perfect treat! These decadent bars are swimming in rich cream cheese, warm vanilla and creamy butter – they’re absolutely sinful and delicious! A tall glass of milk is optional :)

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. It’s officially back to school season.

And I am counting my lucky stars that I’m no longer in school. Phew! I do not miss the nervous energy surrounding the first day of school, the hours planning the perfect outfit, and the awkwardness of seeing everyone again after a long summer apart.

I do, however, enjoy shopping for school supplies, mainly because it’s another way to spend money I don’t have. There’s nothing like the smell and potential of fresh composition books, cracking open a new day planner, or scribbling out the first couple words with your new mechanical pencils and pens. I buy allthecolors of highlighters because highlighting is just one of the ways my OCD manifests itself. And snapping open a new binder sends happy chills down my spine.

Except, of course, for the going to school part. Again: I’m so thankful I’m done with those days!

But for the many kiddos heading back to school, it can be fun. You’re reunited once again with your pals, you have a fresh start to a new year, and the first week there’s hardly any homework, so that’s a bonus. And with back to school comes school lunches and treats… and that’s precisely where these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars come into play!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. These bars are perfect for back to school season since PBJs are synonymous with school… at least in my mind :) They consist of a buttery peanut butter cookie bar filled with sweet strawberry jam… and I know you’ll love them!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. This recipe is in partner with Krusteaz, where I’m a part of their Bakers Dozen program. This is a yearlong program in which I’ll be bringing you delicious recipes, tips and tricks on behalf of Krusteaz, featuring their line-up of amazing products. This recipe uses their Double Peanut Butter Cookie Mix which is absolutely delicious! Buttery, peanut buttery and rich, it’s the perfect base for these bars! This is the first of many treats, so I hope you enjoy!

Now, ready for the recipe?! Click HERE to get the recipe! 

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

 

The Easiest Coconut Macaroons

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So you guys know how much I hate the TV show House Hunters, right?

I still hate it with a fiery passion in my soul.

And my family? Loves it. It’s always on in my house, probably just to spite me. I cannot fathom how anyone with emotions can successfully watch an episode without erupting into a manic rage. It is so infuriating.

Everyone on that show is aggravating, nit-picking every.single.thing about each house like they’re being paid to criticize every excruciating detail (which they probably are). And they have such crazy, outlandish requests which always baffle me to no end.

“My husband travels a lot for work, so we need to be close to an airport… but we want to live in the country.”

“Well, this house is about 200 miles from a jail. So if a prisoner hypothetically broke out of jail, he’d come straight for our house since it’s so convenient.”

“This spare bedroom holds a bed, a dresser, and a nightstand, but it’s too small. Guests who stay over will feel uncomfortable, since they’ll likely spend all day in this room like antisocial weirdos.”

“I’m a voyeur who likes spying on her neighbors, so there must be a window in every room in the house, including the closets.”

“We want to live five minutes from downtown but we want a big yard for our kids.”

“Well, this is on the beach like we wanted, but now we’ll probably track sand in the house. Does this house have sand-preventing floors?”

“We asked for a duplex, you gave us a duplex, but we don’t want to hear our neighbors, so let’s complain to the real estate agent about it.”

“I want an open floor plan but I also want the home to be 400 sq. feet.”

“This house has white appliances. I want black. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“This house has a hideous paint job. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“I want a house on the beach but I don’t want to hear the ocean.”

See? Totally infuriating. I still don’t understand how this show is on-air. Or how they find that many irritating people to try out for it.

End rant.

Anywho, for the past couple of months I’ve been searching for the perfect Coconut Macaroon recipe and folks, these are it. They’re perfectly domed, chewy bites of heaven that are bursting with toasty coconut. There are a couple of different ways to prepare coconut macaroons, but I chose the sweetened condensed milk way. To me, it’s easier than the egg white version and produces a sweeter, better-tasting macaroon. (And by the way, these are macaroons. Macarons, with one ‘o’, are the French style sandwich cookies).

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So if you’re looking for the easiest coconut macaroons ever, this is your recipe!

Enjoy!

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!*adapted from allrecipes

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Easiest Coconut Macaroons
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These tender and chewy Coconut Macaroons are the easiest cookies ever!
Ingredients
  • 5 & ½ cups shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Melted chocolate, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the coconut and flour until coated. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and both extracts and using a spoon or spatula, blend together to coat.
  3. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of the sticky mixture onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until golden and lightly toasted. Cool completely.
  4. *if you'd like, dip the bottoms in the melted chocolate and allow to set before serving.

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!Chewy, toasty, flavorful and sweet – these cookies are the ultimate for any coconut lover!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Chewy Peanut Brittle Bars

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!When I was in New York a couple weeks ago, I was riding the subway one day when I noticed an elderly man sitting next to me staring at me and my legs.

For those of you who have never seen my legs, they’re covered in tattoos – specifically dessert tattoos. Many people are intimidated by my cupcake tattoo. *sarcasm

I just smiled at him politely and continued to ride the train in my own silence when I noticed him mumbling to the girl next to him about my tattoos. I could clearly hear him talk about them, but I couldn’t hear what he was saying, so I just smiled again and said, “you like my tattoos?” thinking he’d respond with a polite ‘yes’ and we’d go about our days like normal human beings.

Nope.

“Tattoos are a sign of the devil. They’re evil. You are severely cursed, young lady,” he said. “You’ll be damned to hell because of all of those trashy tattoos. You’re damned,” he continued. I just stared at him wide-eyed with an are you serious expression on my bemused face. I’ve had my fair share of old farts comment on my tattoos, usually with negative things to say, and I always quip back with something snarky back at them. (One time, an old man told me “why would you do that to your body?” loudly in public, so I asked him if he wanted to talk about the brown spots and wrinkles all over his. He shut up).

But to tell me I’m damned to hell? Is this subway ride really taking me to Herald Square, or are we really headed for the fiery gates?

Crypt Keeper continued to berate me publicly about my tattoos, continually reminding me how ‘damned’ I was and how I was going to hell. The only thing that will save me, he said, was “lots of prayer” and even then, “I don’t know it’ll work.”

Sweeeeeeeeet.

After about five minutes (not even kidding) of him berating me about my evil desserts-themed tattoos to the woman next to me and to my face, I finally had it. I had a couple more stops and I was not going to be berated by an elderly man who probably shits himself on the reg. So I smiled a sinister smile and after he told me for the millionth time that I was doomed to hell, I looked him dead in the eyes and said, “oh I know. Because you know what? I am the Devil.” Then I grinned a big, scary toothy grin and he looked at me like he’d seen a ghost.

Or the Devil. Or a spunky 24-year old on the train who was no longer gonna take his crap. Same difference.

And lo and behold, my bold remark shut him up. In fact, he didn’t say a peep after that to me or the poor train passenger next to him. He took his belongings and got off on the next stop wordlessly.

And just like that, I convinced a senile old man that I was the Devil. It was awesome.

So the next time you see someone with tattoos you don’t like, for the love of Pete, keep it to yourself. Because not only is it effing rude to tell someone your invalid and unwanted opinion about their body, most likely they won’t care. Or maybe you’ll ruin their day (spoiler: he did not ruin mine). Or maybe they’ll flip out and call you names (which they should). Or maybe they’ll go back to the tattoo shop and try to return their tattoo because you can totally do that. Duh. 

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!Okay, enough about that old man. Now we must converse about these Peanut Brittle Bars. 

These bars are oh so good and taste pretty darn similar to peanut brittle. They’re made with toffee bits and dry roasted peanuts for that brittle effect, sitting atop a buttery peanut butter bar base. They’re chewy, crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty, and they’re utterly delicious. I prefer mine with a tall glass of milk, but no matter how you eat ’em, you must make them!

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!*adapted from this old recipe from the archives

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chewy Peanut Brittle Bars
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These crunchy, chewy Peanut Brittle Bars are to-die for! Everyone will love their nutty, peanut buttery flavor and texture.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 & ½ cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, one (1) cup of the peanut butter, the egg and the oil with a rubber spatula or spoon until a thick dough comes together. Make sure to fully incorporate that peanut butter! Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining peanut butter, vanilla and condensed milk together.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and pour/spread the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top of the bars, spreading out to the edges evenly. Top with the peanuts and toffee bits. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the center is set and topping is firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!You guys have to give these a try! They’re for true peanut butter lovers – from the peanut buttery, chewy bar cookie crust to the gooey peanut buttery and vanilla-scented middle to the crunchy, crisp, buttery toffee and sweet & salty peanuts on top. Amazing!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert

This Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert is irresistible! Light, fluffy and bursting with refreshing mint flavor, everyone will love this easy, no-bake dessert!I hoooooope you guys don’t see me as a one-track pony here with ALLTHELUSHDESSERTS.

In my defense, these lush desserts are downright delicious. And my oven was broken for what felt like eleventy billion years, so there’s that. Thank god it’s since been fixed!

But in the meantime, if you haven’t already, you must give my lush desserts a try. They’re seriously one of the easiest, tastiest desserts you’ll make – and they’re no-bake which is great for this heat we still have.

(Seriously, when will summer end for good? I’m dying over here).

This Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert is irresistible! Light, fluffy and bursting with refreshing mint flavor, everyone will love this easy, no-bake dessert!And this one is the epitome of refreshing. It’s sweet, creamy, fluffy, and minty, which totally screams summertime to me. It’s light and totally delicious – you guys need to try it!

This Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert is irresistible! Light, fluffy and bursting with refreshing mint flavor, everyone will love this easy, no-bake dessert!*adapted from the s’mores lush

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert
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This Chocolate Mint Lush is irresistible! It tastes just like grasshopper pie with a delectable Oreo crust.
Ingredients
  • 36 Chocolate Mint Oreos
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) Chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp mint extract (MINT, not peppermint)
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup Andes mints, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, mint extract and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the chocolate mint pudding layer.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the mint candy pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This Chocolate Mint Lush Dessert is irresistible! Light, fluffy and bursting with refreshing mint flavor, everyone will love this easy, no-bake dessert!I think this one was my favorite lush dessert thus far. It’s so light and fluffy and is packed with that refreshing sweet mint and chocolate flavor I love! It’s so perfect for summertime!

Enjoy!!

xo, Hayley

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.I am the worst packer.

Well, the best and the worst wrapped up into one messed up person.

You see, I just got home from a quick little jaunt to NYC and I spent hours packing for this long-weekend trip. Ruminating over every piece of clothing, every necklace, every cosmetic, everything. And then I packed.

And promptly unpacked.

And promptly repacked, after assessing I had everything in there appropriately the first time.

And then an hour later, unpacked again. Because last time I checked, I maybe forgot something.

So then I repack again. Will this cycle never end?

And finally, after hours of deliberation, rumination, and excruciating unpacking and repacking, I finally decided I was good to go… only to second-guess myself at the very last minute the morning I was to leave.

WHYYYYY does this happen to me?!

Why am I such a control freak who has to have everything in its perfect little place? Or feel like I’m going to die if I don’t bring XYZ necklace or XYZ pair of shoes? Hello, that’s just another excuse to go shopping, after all.

But regardless, time and time again I go through the packing and unpacking motions. Thanks, OCD, you’re a real help in this whole vacation thing.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.ANYWHO. Before my jaunt, I made this Easy Coconut Cream Pie. You guys – this pie could not be simpler to whip up. It’s so creamy, luscious, thick and light, it’s like you’re eating coconut cream clouds. And it’s prepared in a premade graham cracker crust, so there’s no baking, no muss, no fuss. Amazing!

I wish I could have packed this.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Coconut Cream Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This Coconut Cream Pie couldn't be easier to whip up! Light, thick, creamy and luscious, it tastes like it's made from scratch but comes together in minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz each) instant Coconut Cream pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • ⅔ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • About ½ cup toasted coconut (I toasted mine in a skillet)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and milk until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ of the Cool Whip and the ⅔ cup of shredded coconut until combined and creamy. Pour into the prepared pie crust.
  2. Spread carefully with remaining Cool Whip and top with toasted coconut. Refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours or until firm. Cut into slices and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.No-bake, classic pudding pie. What’s not to love?!

I hope you enjoy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Cake Batter Lush Dessert

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!So I need new pants.

I came to this conclusion when I realized after working out that my pants were see-through.

Underwear. Underwear everywhere. All up in everyone’s sweaty gym faces. *groans*

In my defense, it wasn’t like I was wearing mesh shorts to the gym. They’re basic black bike shorts… ones I thought under the incorrect notion that they were opaque. I wasn’t dressed like I was going to the club. In fact, I kind of looked like a bum in bike shorts. What a sight to behold indeed.

And to think I was down on my hands and knees doing fire hydrants and mountain climbers with see-through shorts. I’ll bet that was a sight to behold.

What I want to know is, why didn’t anyone say anything to me? Not that I expect people to, but if I saw someone begrudgingly doing squats and realized her shorts were sheer I’d probably be pointing it out to her.

Maybe people were intimidated by my form? KIDDING. I have no form. And I’m hardly intimidating.

Anywho. After realizing this I immediately rushed home and insisted on stuffing my face with this Cake Batter Lush. If you don’t know, ‘lush’ is basically a pudding dessert and it’s absolutely heavenly. This one is flavored with the sweet taste of cake batter, and it’s positively perfect for any sprinkle-lover.

It’s made with French vanilla pudding and Birthday Cake Golden Oreos, which add to that cake battery goodness. You layer the lush with an Oreo crust, then top it with the pudding mixture and the Cool Whip. Lastly, I top it with more chopped Oreos and sprinkles for a festive touch and added crunch.

You guys are gonna love it!!

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!*adapted from my S’mores Lush recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cake Batter Lush Dessert
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 9
 
This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush is absolutely heavenly! It tastes exactly like cake batter!
Ingredients
  • 36 Birthday Cake Golden Oreos
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) French Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup dry Funfetti cake mix (just the dry powder)
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, dry Funfetti mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip and ¼ cup sprinkles, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the cake batter pudding layer.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!Sweet, fluffy, airy and light, you’ll love this cake battery delight! My family went nuts over this lush!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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