Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is a wonder! Super fast, super easy and totally delicious!

You guys. This cake is outrageous. Like, crazy-town good.

It’s basically a gigantic cinnamon roll stuffed with cheesecake filling. So in a word, it’s perfect.

Serve it up for breakfast, lunch, linner, dinner, or dessert. Or simply have it as a snack. Just whatever you do, promise me you’ll make it? It’s quite possibly one of the best things I’ve made.

You read that right!

It’s Friday, so I’ll keep this post short & sweet, but here’s the low-down on this monster.

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Basically, you open a package of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and unroll one of ’em slightly. Place it into the center of a greased pie plate or round cake pan. Unroll another cinnamon roll completely and begin wrapping it around the first cinnamon roll, cinnamon-side in. Continue with the remaining rolls until there’s a gigantic spiralized cinnamon roll in the pan.

Now you could bake this puppy off and be done, but why would you want to skip out on cheesecake filling?

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Whip up your cheesecake mixture and pipe it in between the cracks of each roll. It should be roll, cheesecake, roll, cheesecake, and continue to infinity… or until the middle of the cheesecake cake. Bake it up until it’s golden brown and purty, then top it with the cinnamon roll glaze that comes in the package.

Simple. Fast. Phenomenal. (And I’m not describing myself).

Do yourself a flava and MAKE IT!

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! *adapted from the Pillsbury Bake Off Desserts cookbook

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake
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This GIANT Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is a stunner! Fluffy, cinnamon-spiked cinnamon rolls with a cheesecake filling and a luscious glaze. Perfect for breakfast, or dessert!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (5-count) refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" pie plate or round cake pan.
  2. Open the package of cinnamon rolls and take one roll in your hand. Gently loosen the roll so it's still wound up but not as tightly. Place it in the center of the prepared pan. Take another roll, unroll it completely, and begin wrapping it around the center roll, cinnamon-side facing inward, and pinching the ends of the roll to seal. Repeat with remaining rolls, creating a large spiral.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Spoon the cheesecake filling mixture into a piping bag, snip off the end, and pipe the cheesecake mixture halfway in between each strip of cinnamon roll. Start from the center and work your way to the outer edge.
  4. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and set. Cool for about 10 minutes, then top with the prepared glaze from the cinnamon roll package. Cut into wedges and serve warm, or at room temperature.

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Super gooey, packed with cinnamon goodness and filled with creamy cheesecake. Is there anything this Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake can’t do?!

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is so easy, smooth, creamy & addictive!

So I’m a cream-with-my-coffee kinda girl. Always have been, always will be.

It’s to the point where I actually carry mini coffee creamers with me when I travel. What? I love my coffee creamer! I dare Wayne Brady from Let’s Make A Deal to make a game out of what’s in my purse. I would so own him with my thimbles, spare change, hand sanitizer and coffee creamer. (Okay, maybe not a thimble… but if I ever went on the show, you bet your booty I’d be stocking up on thimbles).

So this pie is totally my bag. Not literally of course, but figuratively. Rather: this pie is my jam. No wait. This pie is my life? That’s more like it.

It’s so unapologetically creamy and dreamy and brimming with amazing coffee flavor. It tastes like a latte almost, with that slight milky undertone with that warm, aromatic coffee flavor. And of course, there’s a chocolate crust because chocolate + coffee = BFFs. Like the Rachel and Ryan of the food world (and yes, I’m still holding out for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams to rekindle their love. I’LL WAIT FOREVER FOR YOU, RYRA.)

Making this pie is a cinch. Just whisk together some cold brew coffee, a little milk and some instant pudding mix into a bowl until it’s nice and thick. I also added in some Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract because I really wanted to drive home the coffee flavor. This extract is a total must-have if you want a delicious coffee flavor in your baked goods, and it really ramps up the flavor here.

Once the mixture is good and thick, fold in some Cool Whip. I know, some of you detest the stuff but man, there’s no substitute for it. It’s more stable than whipped cream so I like it for no-bake pies like this. Once it’s good and combined, pour it into the prepared Oreo pie crust.

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! Then you must wait for it to chill. It’s excruciating, I know, but if you don’t let it chill, it will be a disastrous mess. Trust.

Once it’s sufficiently chilled, it’s time for EATING, Y’ALL. Pipe on some whipped cream if ya fancy, and add some dark chocolate-coated espresso beans for a fancy schmancy garnish. Voila!

Coffee lovahs, this one’s for you!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! *adapted from my Root Beer Float Pie recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie
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This frozen, no-bake Cold Brew Coffee Pie is PHENOMENAL. Creamy, smooth and packed with coffee flavor, it's perfect for a hot day and for any coffee fanatic!
Ingredients
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • ¾ cup cold brew coffee (any brand is fine, but please make sure it's sweetened. I used Starbucks)
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • 1 Tbsp pure coffee extract (or less if you want a less strong coffee flavor)
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding dry mix, the cold brew coffee, the milk and the coffee extract. Whisk until combined and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip completely, making sure to get the bottom!
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, pipe on whipped cream and garnish with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Cut into wedges and serve!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! I think you guys are going to love this Cold Brew Coffee Pie! Serve it up with a glass of iced coffee, natch. 🙂

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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The Best Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! These truly are the BEST Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars you’ll eat!

I know, I know – two sprinkle-filled treats in one week? But I can’t help myself. Sprinkles make my soul sing. They are my spirit animal. And I require them on pretty much every dessert.

Cookies are no exception!

So some of you know that I have a desserts-themed tattoo leg sleeve. I’ve got pretzels, cake, ice cream, a gumball machine, donuts, candy hearts, lollipops… and the like. It’s adorable, and I love it because it’s so me. Bright, fun, loud and covered with sprinkles. Plus, it’s a fun representation of what I do for a living – bake!

But I did not think about the commentary I’d be receiving when people saw my tattoo – not that it would have changed anything, or that I regret my tattoos (not the case!).

It usually starts with being leered at by strange men while I’m minding my own business. As I walk past, a craggy older dude will say, “you look delicious!” and lick his lips while he looks at my leg like it’s a greasy chicken leg.

Or creepy dudes will ask, “what flavor is your cupcake?” with one of those gross “heh heh” at the end.

And I just do the tight-lipped, half-hearted half-smile and just continue along my merry way, wishing I could disappear into thin air or spontaneously combust.

I also get women making the same comments, but lemme tell you – it’s a lot cuter coming from a little old lady or a kid than it is from a grease-ball dude.

Do the comments come with the territory? Yes and no. I don’t deserve to be cat-called, but I am. Do they spark conversation? Sure! Are some people socially awkward or bad at communicating? Most definitely. Do I hold a grudge? No. In fact, most of the time I find it funny or amusing. Hell, it’s the closest kind of male attention I’ve received since my last boyfriend… three years ago. Even if it does come from a strange older fellow in the local antique shop.

Moral of the story: if you’re a man, maybe think twice about what you’re going to say to a woman with desserts on her leg. Just think about it is all I’m asking! If nothing else, I’ll give you a tight-lipped smile and work on that whole spontaneous combustion thing as I walk away.

ANYWAY, let’s talk about these sweet-as-sugar Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars. They taste pretty darn identical to the store-bought Lofthouse Sugar Cookies you find at the market. Pillowy soft with a light texture and a thick slathering of buttercream frosting, these have the same texture and flavor but in an easy bar form! (Yay for not having to cut out cookies!)

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Best part is, these are totally versatile! Change up the food coloring to match your local sports team’s colors, your kiddo’s favorite color, or colors for upcoming holidays (green for Christmas or orange for Halloween would be particularly cute!). You can also add different flavorings to the cookie dough or frosting, such as orange, almond, lemon, or even mint!

And whatever you do, don’t forget the sprinkles!

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! *adapted from here

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars
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These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are truly the BEST ever! Soft, pillowy and airy with a thick buttercream frosting and plenty of sprinkles!
Ingredients
  • FOR SUGAR COOKIE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2-4 drops liquid food coloring (I used pink)
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter & cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour until combined. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Bake the bars for about 20 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center is set. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, cream and vanilla until combined. Beat in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Beat in the food coloring.
  5. Spread the frosting in an even layer over the bars and sprinkle liberally with sprinkles. Let set about 1 hour in the fridge before cutting into bars.

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Thick, fluffy, soft & chewy with a buttery sugar cookie base and a sweet buttercream, these bars are such a hit wherever you take them!

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for any PB lover – packed with peanut butter chips, Reese’s Pieces and covered in a creamy peanut butter frosting with peanut butter cups, they truly are the ULTIMATE!

So I experienced a first a couple days ago.

And in retrospect, I’m kind of surprised this *was* a first, but whatever.

I was part of a Good Neighbors group on Facebook for my city. I’m sure your city or town has one, too. It’s basically a collective group where people come together to complain about teenagers running traffic stops or advertising lemonade stands or upcoming church events. You know, the usual.

Well, I’d been seeing a LOT of people advertising about upcoming events – some that were heads-up, but some that were functions in which they would strongly encourage you to donate or help support the cause or whatever. So I thought, I have an upcoming book signing, so I’ll post it here!

I told the neighbors about my book signing, told them there would be treats, and to stop by and say hi! Never mentioning A) buy my book, B) PLEASE buy my book, C) BUY MY BOOK OR MY FACE WILL HAUNT YOUR DREAMS, or D) any of the above. Just a friendly ‘would love to meet you, so stop by, grab some treats, and say hi!’

Cool, right?

WRONG.

Because then just like that, I was straight-up BANNED from the group. BANNED. You’d think I put a voodoo hex on all of the members of my city or screamed obscenities or said something controversial. Nope. I advertised my book signing. (And FYI, my book is not a voodoo hex/obscenity-filled/controversial book either, in case you were wondering).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I was banned from somewhere. And I didn’t even do anything to deserve it! The vigilante in me is screaming injustice, but truth be told, some of the people in my community are stinkers (and that’s the non-obscenity I’m choosing) and I didn’t really enjoy communicating with them or find anything beneficial about the group. So it’s probably a good thing.

But man, had I known I was going to be banned, I would have left with a bang and said something wild and confusing like, “THE GOATS TOLD ME TO DO IT” or “DON’T TRUST THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SHIRT” or “I SPOKE WITH YOUR DOG AND HE IS GOING TO EAT YOU IN TWENTY FORTNIGHTS” or “THE LOCAL STARBUCKS RAN OUT OF COFFEE FOREVER” or something.

Anyway, their loss – because I used to give away my treats to the members of the group! Now they’ll never know what treats I’m cooking up, and now I have eleventy million of these Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These cookies came to me in a dream (well, from insomnia, anyway) and I knew I had to make them immediately. They’re a peanut butter pudding cookie base that’s stuffed to the gills with peanut butter chips and Reese’s Pieces. Then I slathered on a creamy and decadent peanut butter frosting and topped that nonsense with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Don’t blame me; blame the goats.

Make them so we’ll be part of our own special group!

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies
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These ULTIMATE Peanut Butter Cookies are outrageously decadent and delicious! A peanut butter pudding cookie is filled with Reese's Pieces and PB chips, then topped with a peanut butter frosting and PB cups.
Ingredients
  • FOR COOKIES:
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg INSTANT vanilla pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Reese's Mini Pieces
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chopped Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the baking soda, dry pudding mix and flour and beat until a soft dough has formed. Fold in the Reese's Mini Pieces and peanut butter chips.
  3. Drop the dough into heaping Tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Once the cookies come out, gently press down on them slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Cool on the racks completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, until frosting is spreadable and smooth.
  5. Spread a heaping Tablespoonful or so (more or less to suit your tastes) of the frosting onto the cooled cookies. Top with a heaping Tablespoonful of chopped Reese's PB Cups.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Soft & chewy cookies with plenty of Reese’s candy topped with a silky peanut butter frosting and gooey peanut butter cups… could it GET any better?! (The answer is no).

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Frozen Bananas Foster

This Frozen Bananas Foster is incredible! Creamy, smooth, a little icy and packed with caramel, bourbon and banana flavors! Some of you may know from prior posts, but I cook dinner for my family every single night.

And have since I was 14. I’m now 25. That means I’ve been cooking for over a decade. I feel supremely old and exhausted.

ANYWAY.

Lately, I’ve been in such a major cooking rut. I feel like we eat the same 5 things week after week, and honestly, I’m just over the whole cooking bit. I love baking – that’s where my heart lies – and some days I’ll spend the entire day in the kitchen baking up a storm for my blog… only to return to the kitchen an hour later to have to cook dinner, too. It’s exhausting!

So when I found out my dear friend Phi from Sweet Phi wrote a cookbook called Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes – A Cookbook for Busy People, I was like YASSSS. FINALLY, someone understands my life and my quarter-life crisis!

Phi’s book is packed with amazing five-ingredient recipes based on her super popular Five-Ingredient Fridays series which she created on her blog. The idea is genius – and it’s truly only five ingredients, minus pantry essentials like salt & pepper or oil.

Dinners like Pepperoni Pizza Pockets, Beef Stroganoff (yes, only 5 ingredients!), Unfried Cornflake Chicken, and Spinach Alfredo Lasagne fill the pages of this glorious beacon of hope (er, cookbook).

And of course – there is dessert! Desserts like Butterscotch Cornflake Clusters, Peanut Butter Sea Salt Cookies, Jam Crumb Bars, and of course, this outrageous Frozen Bananas Foster.

This tastes just like the classic old-timey Bananas Foster dessert but better because it’s frozen, doesn’t require igniting anything, and is cheaper than going to Louisiana. Loaded with banana, vanilla ice cream, bourbon and caramel, it’s one sweet treat after a long day of cooking 🙂

*from Philia Kelnhofer’s Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes cookbook

This Frozen Bananas Foster is incredible! Creamy, smooth, a little icy and packed with caramel, bourbon and banana flavors!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Frozen Bananas Foster
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This Frozen Bananas Foster is such a fun take on a classic old-timey dessert!
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces bourbon (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, combine the bananas, vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon (if using) and ice. Blend on HIGH power for about 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Drizzle each glass liberally with caramel sauce and pour in the frozen drink. Garnish with a banana slice.
  3. NOTE: this makes 2 very generous glasses, or four smaller glasses depending on the size of your glassware.

Icy, caramel-y, chilly, banana goodness! I am in love with this Frozen Bananas Foster!

Five Ingredient Recipes cookbookBe sure to check out Philia’s cookbook next week when it launches in stores on July 19th! Or you can always pre-order it NOW on Walmart, Boswell Books, Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble. You can also follow the hashtag #sweetphicookbook on social media to see more recipes and posts about Phi’s new book!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Cake Batter Gooey Bars

These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are AMAZING. Gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, they taste JUST like cake batter and are so easy to make! If you love cake batter – and who doesn’t? – you will die and go to HEAVEN with these Cake Batter Gooey Bars!

Cake batter flavors always transport me back into my childhood.

Since my parents never cooked or baked, when my mom got the baking bug, it was always a treat. During that time, she’d get out her marble pastry slab – passed down from generations ago – and her linen apron. She’d tie her hair up and sprinkle flour liberally over the slab before kneading a risen dough that fragranced the house with its warm aroma. Soft classical music played in the background as she worked her palms into the pliable dough, and in the distance you could hear the birds singing from our front yard.

Just kidding.

She baked from a box mix. And was probably blasting AC/DC.

But she always let us pick out the cake flavor, and my siblings and I always chose the confetti cake. ALWAYS. There’s just something about the confetti cake that’s so irresistible and fantabulous. To me, it seems more gooey, has a better texture, and is just all-around better tasting than even a plain white cake.

It’s obviously because I’m addicted to sprinkles. And these Cake Batter Gooey Bars have no shortage of sprinkles!

So these bars instantly took me back to that childhood of biting into a buttercream-from-a-can-frosted confetti cupcake and thinking it was the best thing in the world… second only to licking the beaters when she was done with the batter.

Nothing beats the beaters!

These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are AMAZING. Gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, they taste JUST like cake batter and are so easy to make! These bars taste just like cake batter. There’s something magical that happens during the baking process that just transforms them into basically solid cake batter but with a chewy, ultra gooey texture. And duh, obviously sprinkles make everything better.

Ready to head back to childhood?

These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are AMAZING. Gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, they taste JUST like cake batter and are so easy to make!

Cake Batter Gooey Bars
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These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are a sprinkle-lover's paradise! Packed with sweet cake batter flavor, these buttery bars are awesome and easy, too!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 1 box confetti cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg powdered sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup assorted sprinkles
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; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the confetti cake mix, egg and melted butter, stirring until a soft dough forms. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer. Set aside briefly.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese and eggs, beating well until combined. Add in the almond extract and the powdered sugar, beating well. Lastly, beat in the melted butter, then stir in the sprinkles to combine.
  4. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center is just about set. It may still look a little jiggly, but this is okay - you do not want to over-bake them! Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars.

These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are AMAZING. Gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, they taste JUST like cake batter and are so easy to make! Buttery, ultra gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, these Cake Batter Gooey Bars are a cake batter lover’s paradise!

These Cake Batter Gooey Bars are AMAZING. Gooey, chewy and studded with rainbow sprinkles, they taste JUST like cake batter and are so easy to make! Want more Cake Batter goodness? Check out my other cake batter recipes!

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If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!Funfetti Cream Pie

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are the ultimate bar recipe – sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey, and AWESOME.

So I have some exciting news!

Our family has expanded… kind of. No, I’m not pregnant (thank goodness and Jesus help me if I was). We have discovered a family of birds living in our garage.

It started about a month ago. We close off our garage side door at nighttime, and in the morning when I go to feed Mannie in the garage, I open the side door again. Well, one morning I went out there and heard flapping and fluttering. I saw a immediate and quick motion – a blur of brownish black – and my first thought was, OMG A BAT! If Dracula taught me anything it’s that I could die from Dracula sucking my blood right here or die of a regular ol’ bat giving me rabies. Also, is my rabies shot current? And shouldn’t people be required to get rabies shots every couple years like dogs and cats do? Because the world doesn’t need more people with rabies, am I right? 

ANYWAY.

Turns out it was a little Carolina wren. And before you go thinking, wow, she sure knows her birds!, I don’t. I just googled “little brown bird” a billion times until I found the closest looking bird. It’s not like my mom will go out there and be like, “nuh uh. This is actually a rare Brazilian finch that is known for her distinct mating call.” My family’s bird knowledge can be summed up as: Eagle, pigeon, or “bird.”

So the next couple weeks, the bird would continue getting stuck in our garage, and I’d continue letting it out every morning. I thought nothing of it because I’m lonely and I felt like a real Snow White for a moment as I actually pondered asking the bird how much she’d charge to pick up my clothes off the floor of my bedroom.

And then a couple days ago, I heard this weird chirping noise. It was close to that side door but wasn’t outside, and I determined it was coming from atop our filing cabinets. Apparently, I am a mega freaking idiot because even with all this mounting evidence that there was, in fact, a family of birds in our garage, I still didn’t think there could possibly be a family of birds in our garage. Until my brother saw a baby bird’s beak open, and until we saw mama bird flying past the side door, that I finally realized, I am an idiot. And also: YAY! New family members!

So yeah, now we have birds being raised on top of our filing cabinet. I’m pretty excited about it because I love going and peeking in the little crack between the boxes and junk up there to see their nest and their tiny bodies. And I love that mama dutifully brings them worms and slugs and things to eat. I’m even making sure to wait until she comes back inside at night before locking up the garage.

And only now am I realizing that I’m turning into a crazy animal lady at 25. Oh well.

Anyway, let’s talk about these outstanding Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars, shall we?

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! They start out exactly like my Salted Caramel Butter Bars recipe, except in addition to caramel, I also added smooth and slightly melted Biscoff cookie spread and toffee pieces to the top. The combination of that spicy Biscoff spread with the buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty toffee pieces is too much to handle – in a good way!

I guess the good thing about new animal family in town means that I don’t have to share 🙂

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars
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Serves: 15
 
These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are so rich, buttery and chewy with a delectable caramel & Biscoff filling and a crunchy toffee topping.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (11.5 oz) jar salted caramel sauce
  • 1 (14.1 oz) jar Biscoff spread
  • 1 & ½ cups toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 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 the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the four (4) cups of flour until a soft dough has formed. Press HALF of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Refrigerate the remaining dough.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. Pour the caramel sauce evenly over the bar base, then pour on the Biscoff spread (it helps if you microwave it for a few seconds in a separate bowl to make it smoother and thinner). Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top, trying to cover the sauce filling as much as possible. Top liberally with the toffee bits.
  4. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the caramel is bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with flavor, you’ll flip for these Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars!

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! Have a super sweet day!

Want more bars? Check out my other popular bar recipes!

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!Salted Caramel Nutella Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars(The Original) Salted Caramel Butter Bars

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas are the epitome of sweet and salty! Gooey peanut butter cups meet buttery caramel in these chewy, easy bars! Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas

xo, Hayley

 

 

Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!Howdy, friends!

I hope y’all had a lovely Fourth of July extended weekend!

We did – mostly. Mannie, my three-legged Border Collie, is still very much scared of the fireworks and some idiots down the street had illegal fireworks that they were letting off at 10pm on the 3rd. To say I was livid was an understatement – I could practically feel my blood at boiling temps as I tried to calm down my sweet kiddo.

But all in all, no complaints! Mostly because I had these Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolates to drink all weekend long… which may or may not have been spiked. We may never know.

I do want to elucidate some more about how much I adore this Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe. It truly could not be any simpler to whip up and it tastes SO outstanding! Creamy, icy, freezy goodness that’s uber chocolaty and rich but still refreshing and cool. Like a mixture between a slushie and a chocolate milkshake – but better.

And this caramel version? Otherworldly, people!

For this recipe, I used International Delight’s Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer. This isn’t sponsored – I promise! – I just adore their creamers and find them to be the most true to flavor. Plus, the flavor options they have are amazing! (Southern Butter Pecan, I’m looking at you!).

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!The coffee creamer adds wonderful creaminess (duh) but also a great caramel flavor that makes this drink taste like it came from an expensive coffee shop. Combined with a little milk, some ice, and some caramel-flavored hot chocolate packets, this recipe is perfect for any chocolate & caramel lover!

For the hot chocolate packets, I used caramel-flavored cocoa which I found at the grocery store. If you can’t find the caramel cocoa mix, please feel free to use regular instant hot cocoa mix! You can up the caramel ante by adding some caramel syrup (like by Torani), but that’s up to you and how caramel-y you want to make it.

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!So yeah. No other descriptions needed, right? Because OMG.

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 2-4
 
This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is delectable and SO easy! Freezy cool, icy and creamy with a wonderful caramel punch of flavor!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 & ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup Caramel Macchiato coffee creamer (like by International Delight)
  • 3 instant caramel-flavored cocoa packets (if you cannot find the caramel-flavored packets, please use regular hot cocoa packets)
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and caramel-filled candies for garnishing, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add in the ice, milk, coffee creamer and hot cocoa packets. Blend on HIGH power for about 30 seconds-1 minute or until almost smooth and still icy and frothy.
  2. Drizzle caramel sauce and chocolate sauce into glasses and pour the frozen hot chocolate in the glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, more chocolate and caramel syrups and the chocolate caramel candy. Serve immediately.
  3. NOTE: this recipe makes two large glasses or about 4 smaller glasses. Obviously it depends on the size of your glasses.

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!I think you guys will adore these super easy, super chill Frozen Hot Chocolate drinks!

This Caramel Macchiato Frozen Hot Chocolate is so dreamy! Freezy, icy, creamy and perfect, it's made in minutes and has wonderful buttery caramel and rich chocolaty flavors!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Are you a sweet & salty lover? Then you’ll fall in love with these White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies!

Folks, it’s come to my attention that I’m part of an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation.

Thankfully it’s nothing medical – except for maybe mental – and thankfully it isn’t related to zombies, politics, or wearing sandals and socks in any way.

It’s saying the word “ohp” or “oop” when running into people in public.

Now I know this is nothing to be too alarmed about, but someone brought it to my attention after showing me a viral video of a guy making fun of people who say “ohp” and/or “oop” while bumping into people in public. And it was in that moment that I realized I was part of this problem. I’m an ohper. And an ooper. Guilty. As. Charged.

So let me set the scene for you: you’re in a public place, like the supermarket or your favorite boutique, and someone’s in your way or appears out of nowhere in the direction you’re headed or there’s just other people in the store besides you and as you walk by, nearly run into them, or maneuver your way around them, you say “ohp” or “oop” aloud… usually with an “excuse me” or “you’re okay!” or “it’s okay!” or something along those lines following the oop.

I don’t know exactly where the ohps and oops came from – some weird recess in my brain, perhaps – but it’s there and I say it. I’ve tried to be more conscious of this so I don’t keep repeating “oop” over and over in public and sound like a complete weirdo, but I can’t stop. It’s part of my language, like ‘dude’ and ‘creepy’ and ‘y’all’, which I happen to say all the time.

I suppose I should just accept that I’ll forever be an ooper. Are you an ooper? Please say you are so I’m not alone in this world.

ANYWAY, can we talk about cookies? Specifically these phenomenal White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies? Because if you looked in a dictionary under ‘phenomenal’ you would absolutely see this picture.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! I am a sweet and salty fiend and these fit the bill perfectly. They have those salty, crunchy pretzels, the little pockets of gooey caramel, and the sweet little white chocolate studs throughout. They are truly one heck of a cookie!

For these, I used Pretzel Crisps – you know, the thin pretzel crackers? Those are my favorite for savory dips and things, but they also work excellently in these cookies. Just throw a heaping handful of ’em into the batter, mix it up, and it’ll crush the pretzels into little bite-sized pieces throughout the cookies for that salty, crispy bite.

Ohp. Time for you to make them!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious!

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
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These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are SO tasty and easy! Studded with white chocolate, caramel bits and crisp pretzels, they're the perfect sweet & salty bite of heaven!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Pretzel Crisps or pretzels, coarsely crunched (I put them in a bag and gently crunched them with my hand)
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup caramel bits
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, then the vanilla. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, salt and flour until a soft dough forms. Toss in the pretzel crisps, white chocolate chips and caramel bits; beat gently until pretzels are broken up into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners, parchment paper, or spray the sheets with cooking spray. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart (I used a 2-Tbsp cookie dough scoop, but you'd get more cookies out of a 1-Tbsp cookie scoop).
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets for about 10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Crunchy but chewy with crisp edges, these cookies are my new favorite and I guarantee will be your new favorite, too!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

This post is not sponsored by Pretzel Crisps; I just love them! 

No Bake Grasshopper Pie

This No Bake Grasshopper Pie is SO easy, SO creamy and SO fluffy! Packed with bright mint flavor, Oreo pieces and a chocolate ganache topping that's to die for! This No Bake Grasshopper Pie is phenomenal! Creamy, light & fluffy and packed with delectable mint flavor and rich chocolate!

So I’m in a rut.

I used to love cooking dinner for my family every night. I would spend hours researching recipes on different websites and poring through cookbooks and cooking magazines just to find the perfect recipes to add to my weekly dinner plans.

I did this since I was fourteen years old. Now I’m 25. So yeah, I’m a little sick of cooking dinner after doing it for a decade.

And I love my family to pieces, but sometimes they can be a tad dramatic when it comes to the whole dinner thing. Like, say, if I don’t have plans for dinner that evening, they’ll pout around the house and sigh audibly and continually ask me, “so we don’t have dinner plans?” phrased in different ways until I finally crack and start cooking Kraft Mac & Cheese for them.

Or when I say it’s “fend for yourself” night which, is pretty self-explanatory if you ask me, they’ll take one look in our pantry, overfloweth with food, and decide that they can’t be bothered to cook anything or even make a bowl of cereal. Or they’ll complain that they’re having cereal for dinner. Um, have y’all HAD cereal? It’s the BEST. I freaking love nights when I have cereal for breakfast. And in case you were wondering, no, our cereal isn’t gross stuff like bran cereal or unsweetened flakes, puffs or pops – it’s the sweet, good stuff like Cap’n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. AKA, all the things a good dinner make.

It’s gotten to the point where I literally dread 3-4pm because that’s when the questions start coming. Most days I just want to scream, make your own dinner!! and then start drinking boxed wine because I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m having a quarter-life crisis. But I suck it up and make them complicated dishes like Lil Smokies with Kraft Mac, or grill bratwursts, or boil pasta because I’m a good person and I’m in denial about my quarter-life crisis. Also because admitting to them that I’m so over cooking dinner every night is something I don’t feel like arguing about. Adulting is hard; I don’t know how you Moms and Dads and husbands and wives do it every day for eternity for your family/kids/etc.

BUT ultimately, I think this is a screaming wake-up call that I need a vacation badly because I’m hot and cranky and want to shove my face in a stack of magazines for a week. So if y’all know of a place where I can have someone else cook me dinner for a week, I’d love to know.

ANYWAY. Let’s talk about this No Bake Grasshopper Pie! It is a classic dessert that I’ve revamped a little so it’s extra delicious, super easy, but still impressive. Definitely something you want to make if you’re in a rut, too!

It’s creamy, light, fluffy and packed with amazing mint flavor and crushed Mint Oreo pieces. Then I topped it with a silky chocolate ganache and more crushed Oreos because, duh. The whole thing is refrigerated until set, so there is some waiting time – plan accordingly! But ultimately, if you’re on the hunt for an easy pie to take to a backyard BBQ or summer pool party, this is it!

Enjoy!

This No Bake Grasshopper Pie is SO easy, SO creamy and SO fluffy! Packed with bright mint flavor, Oreo pieces and a chocolate ganache topping that's to die for!

5.0 from 1 reviews
No Bake Grasshopper Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This easy and classic Grasshopper Pie is wonderful! Creamy, smooth, fluffy and light, it's bursting with mint flavor and Oreo cookie pieces!
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared Oreo cookie pie crust
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp mint extract
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
  • 16 Mint Oreos, divided
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and mint extract until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the green food coloring until your desired shade of green has been achieved. Fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined. Set aside briefly.
  2. Put 10 of the Mint Oreos into a gallon-size plastic bag, seal out the air, and smash the Oreos until they resemble coarse crumbs. You want itty bitty pieces - nothing huge and chunky. Fold the crushed Oreos into the mint filling.
  3. Spread the filling into the prepared pan gently. Set aside. In another medium size microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat on HIGH power for about 15 seconds. Stir, then heat again for another 10 seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour the ganache over top of the pie, and spread out to the edges.
  4. Using the same plastic bag, crush the remaining Mint Oreos until they are coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the ganache layer. Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours or until set.

This No Bake Grasshopper Pie is SO easy, SO creamy and SO fluffy! Packed with bright mint flavor, Oreo pieces and a chocolate ganache topping that's to die for! I think you guys are going to love this simple, classic pie!

This No Bake Grasshopper Pie is SO easy, SO creamy and SO fluffy! Packed with bright mint flavor, Oreo pieces and a chocolate ganache topping that's to die for! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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