18 A+ Back to School Snack Recipes

These 18 "A+" Back to School "Snack" Recipes are great to make for kids and with kids! Okay, so they're mostly desserts... but super easy and delicious! Howdy friends, and Happy Friday!

So I know it’s August, and that’s usually when you send your kiddos off to school yet again for another fun-filled school year! *sarcasm. Unless your kid’s school doesn’t have complicated 5th grade math homework, book reports, mandatory fitness gram pacer tests in PE, and 10-minute recess. In that case, what school is it and can I still attend at 25 years old?

At any rate, your kids may have already started, or the dun dun-style Jaws music is already blaring in their heads as school approaches (or does everyone enjoy school and I was the only one who dreaded it?). But either way, if you’re a nice mom or dad (which you are, right?), you’ll want to make their start back as smooth and pleasant as possible. And to me, that means quitting school and moving to Disneyland. KIDDING (I’m not). But SERIOUSLY, you’ll want to bake them some of these fantastic snacks I’ve rounded up for you!

Okay, and let me clarify this whole ‘snack’ business. So when I used to come home from school, my grandma was in charge of watching my siblings and I until my parents got off of work. My grandma would give us a healthy snack called ‘Twinkies’. Or sometimes we’d get an all-natural treat called ‘Nutty Bars.’ So clearly, brain food was at the fore-front and of the highest priority. But as a kid, you don’t really think, man, this Nutty Bar is impairing my thought process while I work this Pythagorean theorum! You think, screw apples, this is badass! (Again, this may be a little bit autobiographical here).

So yeah. Maybe these treats aren’t so much ‘snacks’ as they are after-dinner desserts. Or once-in-awhile treats. I’ll let you decide since you’re the parent 🙂 (But if I were in charge, Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies all DAY, yo!)

peanut butter and jelly barsPeanut Butter & Jelly Bars – like the sandwich, but with cookies. You’re welcome.

Copycat Hostess CupcakesCopycat Hostess Cupcakes – so much easier to make a big batch than splurge on the store brand!

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!Fudgy Frosted Brownies – like Cosmic Brownies but even FUDGIER.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!Blueberry Streusel Cookies – if muffins and cookies had a baby, these would be it!

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly!Copycat Lieges – a great treat to send with the kids to school! Pair with fresh fruit!

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!Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars – dye the frosting the same color as your kiddo’s school!

Magic Marshmallow Monkey Bread Muffins are cinnamon-sugar encrusted monkey bread muffins filled with marshmallows! The marshmallows magically disappear during baking, making for a great St. Patrick's Day treat!Magic Marshmallow Muffins – make these with your kids the night before and pack ’em in their lunch the next day!

NO BAKE BROWNIE BOMBSNo Bake Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs – make your kiddo’s fave cookie dough flavor!

NUTTY BUDDY POPCORNNutty Buddy Popcorn – a good way to control the chocolate your kid eats 🙂

These Copycat Oatmeal Cream Pies are fantastic! Chewy, soft and filled with a smooth marshmallow filling!Copycat Oatmeal Creme Pies – way easier to whip up in a big batch, & more cost-effective!

These Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are delicious! Super easy, totally fun! No one will know these moist, orange-burst cupcakes started with a mix!Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes – think how giddy they’ll be when they see this in their lunch!

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe!Perfect Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats – nothing beats the homemade version of this classic!

These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are easy, foolproof and taste like fall! You don't want to miss this delicious recipe!Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts – a fun way to introduce kids to good-for-you nuts!

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!S’mores Cookie Bars – gooey, chewy & delicious… and will remind them of the fun summer they had!

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing!Texas Sheet Cake Bites – fun, poppable treats that are a great pick-me-up midday!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING!Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies – so fun and delicious!

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect!Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies – who doesn’t love a gooey, classic chocolate chip cookie!?

Best Ever PB CookiesThe Best Peanut Butter Cookies – gluten-free and packed with peanutty goodness!

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

 

No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies

These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle dessert! Fudgy brownies, egg-free cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache - all entirely NO BAKE! Easy, impressive and great to make with kids! You read that right: these No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are entirely no-bake! The oven isn’t turned on ONCE. The fudgy brownie base, the gooey egg-free cookie dough and the rich chocolate ganache are all no-bake!

It’s Wednesday! But not just any Wednesday.

It’s the Wednesday after my book’s official release! (That was yesterday, August 2, 2016!)

I feel like a new mom who has to capture and document every single “first” with my book. First time I held my book, first time I read my book, first time I baked from my book, first time my book made TV, first time my book made print, first time it was on shelves…

All with pictures of me looking totally deranged and goofy, but purely happy and oblivious to anyone around me who may be questioning why is that tattooed girl holding a cookbook and smiling like a maniac in this Barnes & Noble?

Anyway, the book should have shipped from anywhere and everywhere, so if you pre-ordered it, I hope you get it ASAP! And if you happened upon it in stores and purchased it, I hope you’re enjoying every second of it! I truly put my heart and soul into every recipe, story, picture, everything. And it means the world to me that you purchased it!

So yeah, I’m eagerly awaiting the book’s arrival on everyone’s doorsteps. LET ME KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT!

But in a way I’m also kind of scared. Like, will I feel how celebrities feel when I read my reviews on Amazon? Will it be likened to paparazzi saying “she gained 10 pounds!” or whatever, except with people saying, “I hate this book; I gained 10 pounds!”? Or worse: this book is gross? I mean, I edited the recipes including cricket flour down to less than five, and there are minimal hot dog desserts in the book so I think we should be good with avoiding the whole ‘gross’ factor 🙂

Either way, I’m going to be stuffing my face senseless with these No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies while the comments roll in.

These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle dessert! Fudgy brownies, egg-free cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache - all entirely NO BAKE! Easy, impressive and great to make with kids! No Bake Brownies are my new favorite thing to make. For one, they’re SO easy, and for two, it still blows my mind that they’re super fudgy and rich but entirely no-bake. And of course, this version has an egg-free cookie dough topping that’s just to-die for. And chocolate ganache. Because any time you eat your feelings, there has to be ganache involved.

So yeah. Write a nice review and I’ll make you a brownie?

These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle dessert! Fudgy brownies, egg-free cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache - all entirely NO BAKE! Easy, impressive and great to make with kids!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies
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These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle! Super fudgy, ultra rich and SO EASY!
Ingredients
  • FOR BROWNIES:
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 (15 oz) pkg Oreo cookies, ground into a fine powder (filling and all)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • FOR COOKIE DOUGH:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour (cook it if you're worried about eating raw flour, or use almond meal or another flour substitute)
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, whisk together the evaporated milk, chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff until smooth. While it melts down, in a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar and Oreo crumbs. Pour the chocolate/mallow mixture over the Oreo crumb mixture and stir to combine. Mixture will be thick and sticky.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer, using an offset spatula if needed. Refrigerate while preparing the cookie dough topping.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar, about 1 minute. Add in the vanilla and heavy cream, beating well. Lastly, add in the salt and flour, until combined and a soft dough forms. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the cookie dough mixture evenly over the brownie base, gently smoothing it out into an even layer. Refrigerate while you make the ganache.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 20-25 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 10-15 seconds or until smooth and melted. Pour over the cookie dough layer and smooth out the top. Top with additional mini chips, if desired. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up.

These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle dessert! Fudgy brownies, egg-free cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache - all entirely NO BAKE! Easy, impressive and great to make with kids! Thick, chewy, rich and gooey, these cookie dough brownies are everything & more!

These No Bake Cookie Dough Brownies are a miracle dessert! Fudgy brownies, egg-free cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache - all entirely NO BAKE! Easy, impressive and great to make with kids!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Triple Chip Cookie Cake

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! It’s MONDAY, so how about we celebrate with this Triple Chip Cookie Cake!? Loaded with white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate chips and topped with a buttery chocolate frosting, it’s perfect for any chocolate chip cookie lover!

So I’ll get straight to the point today: if you like pina coladas – I mean – if you like chocolate chip cookies, you absolutely must make this cookie cake! It’s soft, chewy, and filled with triple the chips!

The days of eating cookies with a single chip are long gone. It’s 2016 – up your cookie game!

Allow me to break down the anatomy of this amazing cookie cake:

This is the same recipe as my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies except with a few little tweaks. It’s just like your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe – butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs, flour – and with a couple little differences that make it amazing. Things like: adding an extra egg yolk for moisture and richness. Adding in cornstarch to make these fluffy and chewy without being cakey. And of course, triple the chips, DUH.

For this cookie cake, I love using Guittard Chocolate Chips. It’s local to Sacramento (it’s made in the Bay Area of California) and I find that when you’re making a chocolate chip-based recipe, why not splurge for the highest quality chocolate chip you can find? I prefer Guittard, but if you can’t find it, I also love Ghirardelli!

Blend everything together and stir in your chips, then press it into the greased pan. For this, I used a greased round springform pan, but you can absolutely use a round pie pan if you don’t have a springform pan!

Once it’s baked, golden and utterly perfect, you’ll ramp it up a notch with a glossy and rich chocolate frosting and a little sprinkling of miniature chocolate chips.

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! And voila! All that’s stopping you from face-planting a gigantic cookie is willpower. Or if you’re like me, you’ll just face-plant it anyway because willpower is not in your vocabulary.

Now who’s ready to face-plant?

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Triple Chip Cookie Cake
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is so delicious, moist and chewy and PACKED with triple the chocolate chips!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like Guittard, but Ghirardelli works too!)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • FOR FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Miniature chocolate chips, for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until blended, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat until combined. Lastly, add in the salt, baking soda, cornstarch and flour and beat until a soft dough has formed. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center appears mostly set. If it's still gooey looking, that's okay - you do not want to over bake. But if it's sloshing around in the pan, bake it for another 5-10 minutes if needed. Cool in the pan completely, then gently release the cookie cake from the pan.
  4. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, beat together the butter, cocoa powder and vanilla until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and cream and beat until smooth and creamy. Pipe around the perimeter of the cookie cake and immediately top with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles. Serve!

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! Gooey, chocolaty, soft and chewy, this cookie cake is for serious chocolate chip cookie fans only!

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Ganache Cookie Cups

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! I am SO GLAD it’s Friday!

Usually the days blur together since I work at home, sometimes never changing out of my pajamas from the night before. Sorry, I know that’s not the image some of you probably had of me, all glammed up all day every day, dressed to the nines, but it’s the truth. #YogaPantsForLife

But this week was an exceptionally busy one. For one, I kicked off my week-long cookbook giveaway! (Have you entered!? You should!). I also kicked off an Instagram-only cookbook giveaway (which you should enter, too!). Then I had an interview (!!) with the local paper in which I was interviewed about my book. This was awesome in every sense of the word, and I was/am so excited to see my goofy face in print.

…But it also meant cleaning ALL THE THINGS to make my house look less sordid than it does on a daily basis. Okay, ‘sordid’ is a bit dramatic. Unkempt? Bedraggled? What’s the term for haven’t-vacuumed-in-weeks? Lazy? That’s the one.

So I spent days scrubbing baseboards, dusting every single one of my props, making my desk look like a desk and not a floating vessel that holds every paper in existence, and obviously, baking. Lots of baking.

Now that the interview is over (and I eagerly await to see my mug in print!), I can go back to letting the house chores fall to the wayside (sorry, Mom) and continue wearing yoga pants all day long. But man, my house does look nice, so there’s that.

ANYWHO, the long-winded point of this is that I’m pooped and ready for the weekend! It’s over 100 degrees here in Sacramento and I just cannot handle one more minute of it, so I’m spending any free time researching moving to Antarctica because it doesn’t feel like Satan’s armpit in the summertime. Also, penguin neighbors. Always a plus.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! SO long story short (or, long – sorry), here’s the recipe for the day! These poppable little devils are Salted Ganache Cookie Cups and man, are they fantastic! Little chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled with creamy, rich chocolate ganache and sprinkled with a little sea salt action. Chewy, gooey, exceptional!

And goes great with weekends, FYI.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salted Ganache Cookie Cups
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These petite Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are amazing! Chewy, gooey and rich with a little delightful salty bite. And only 3 ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (24-count) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray. Place one ball of cookie dough into each muffin cup. Using your fingers, gently press it into the cup.
  2. Bake the cookie cups for approx. 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, slightly crisp edges and the centers look just about set. Do not over bake. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  3. After they've briefly cooled, use the handle of a wooden spoon to make indentations in the center of each cookie cup, careful not to puncture all the way through. Allow the cookie cups to cool completely, then gently pop them out of the muffin tin and place on a wire rack.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 25 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for another 20 seconds. Stir until smooth and glossy.
  5. Evenly distribute the chocolate ganache into each cookie cup. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately, or let set.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! I am absolutely in love with the outrageously gooey chocolate ganache filling! The salt on top really deepens that rich chocolate flavor. If you prefer a stronger chocolate, use dark chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips instead!

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

Out of the Box Desserts Book GIVEAWAY!

This Domestic Rebel Giveaway retails at over $250 and is filled with all of my favorite baking essentials and my new cookbook, Out of the Box Desserts!Hey friends!

I am so so so so so very excited for today’s post… because it’s a GIVEAWAY!

Who doesn’t love free stuff!? And this, my friends, is totally FREE to YOU if you enter! Easy peasy, right?

So if you didn’t know, I started writing my first-ever cookbook, Out of the Box Desserts, back in January… and I finished it in March. Don’t even ask me what happened from mid-January to mid-March because I haven’t the faintest idea. A meteor could have taken out half of Antarctica and I wouldn’t have found out about it until April; I was so engulfed in sugar, flour and butter.

But now my sweet sugary baby is HERE and I couldn’t be more excited, proud, humbled…and did I say ‘excited’? Because I am 🙂

So before I bore you to tears with my sapfest about my book, let me just give you some quick pointers, mkay?

  • The book has a color picture for every recipe. It was imperative to me that every recipe had a photo!
  • There are 100 recipes in this book, one to suit nearly every particular taste, season, holiday, etc.
  • The book consists mostly of recipes that doctor up mixes (such as cake mix, brownie mix, cookie mix, etc), but there are some completely homemade recipes in there, too!
  • Most of the recipes have helpful hints and tips corresponding to the recipe at hand, like how to use leftovers of a certain ingredient, or how to switch up the flavor for next time.
  • And the book will be released officially next Tuesday, August 2, 2016!!

And okay, let’s get to the GIVEAWAY, right!?

Here’s what’s in store for you!

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA glorious basket FULL of my baking essentials, plus some fun staging goodies, too! 🙂

Here’s the breakdown:

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA signed copy of my book, Out of the Box Desserts (of course)…

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA cutie scalloped cake stand, an ice cream cone timer, cupcake liners, SPRINKLES(!!), two glass milk bottles (for staging and for drinking, obvi!), piping bags, and two of my most-used, favorite piping tips: #1M and #6B.

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA set of measuring spoons, a cookie dough scoop (for perfectly portioned cake batter/cookie dough, but you can also use it to make meatballs!), a sifting wand (a necessary luxury you didn’t know you needed), and the CUTEST cake server EVER.

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA silicone baking mat (essential for amazing cookies!), a trio of rubber spatulas (easily my most used kitchen tool!), a whisk, and liquid measuring cups that stack to save space!

Domestic Rebel GiveawayA 12-cavity muffin tin, a 9″ square pan, a 13×9″ rectangular pan, an insulated cookie sheet, and the coolest, handiest conversion wooden cutting board!

AND – since I’m a brand ambassador for Krusteaz, they are also providing a wonderful sampler pack of mixes for you to try! There’s Belgian Waffle mix, cookie mixes, and muffin mixes to choose from!

KRUSTEAZ GIVEAWAYPHEW. That’s a lot of stuff!

And it’s valued at over $250!

Ready to enter!? ENTER HERE:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that’s it!

Before I sign off, I just want to say thank you! to the amazing folks who have already ordered or purchased my book, and for those who will purchase it in the future, and to those of you who entered my giveaway! I truly hope y’all love the book because I put my heart and soul into every piece of it!

Have a super sweet day, and GOOD LUCK! (Contest ends at midnight on 8/3).

xo, Hayley

*this giveaway is sponsored entirely by me, except for the Krusteaz prize pack, which was graciously provided by Krusteaz. Giveaway entries for US residents only. Giveaway starts at midnight 7-26 and runs until midnight 8-3. Retail value is over $250. Any questions, email me!

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No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake

This No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake is amazing! Easy, rich, fudgy and super chocolaty, complete with a brownie batter glaze! Hey friends!

I’m so excited to be bringing you this creamy, outrageously chocolaty Brownie Batter Cheesecake today!

This recipe comes from my dear friend Julianne’s brand spankin’ new cookbook, No Bake Treats! If you know me, you know I love to bake (uh, this blog should make that obvious). But in the summertime, it’s often really hard for me to justify turning on the oven when it’s so dang hot outside.

Enter: No Bake Treats. This book is a culinary godsend, folks. A beacon of light and hope in the miserable summer months. A talisman to guide you through life, one no-bake cheesecake or parfait at a time.

And when I got my hands on this book, I immediately marked most of the pages with Post-Its about what I needed to make rightnow. And duh, this Brownie Batter Cheesecake was number one… but there are so many I’m dying to whip up. Things like… Chocolate Stout Dirt Pudding (a grown-up version of your fave childhood treat!), Coconut Lime Cookie Truffles, German Chocolate Cookie Cups, No-Churn Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Ice Cream, and Salty Chocolate Bacon Mini Tarts (!!), just to name a few.

But being a die-hard brownie batter lover, I knew this cheesecake had to be made asap.

The cheesecake is such a cinch to prepare! Simply make your Oreo cookie crust in a springform pan. Press it in there real good-like, and let it set for a hot minute while you prepare your filling. (If you’re in a pinch or don’t have a springform pan, use a prepared Oreo pie crust!).

To make the filling, whip together some cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, cream and dry brownie mix. The whole thing goes from good to AMAZINGLY GREAT in seconds with the addition of that brownie mix, creating a sinfully chocolaty cheesecake mixture. Pour that bad boy into the prepared pan and let it chill for a couple hours in the fridge.

Once it’s ready for its debut, pipe on some fresh whipped cream and garnish it with her brownie batter glaze. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Like chocolate syrup on crack, I pretty much need an IV of brownie batter glaze from this point forward.

And voila! Brownie Batter Cheesecakey goodness. YOU ARE WELCOME.

This No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake is amazing! Easy, rich, fudgy and super chocolaty, complete with a brownie batter glaze! *created with permission from Julianne Bayer’s book No Bake Treats

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 8-10
 
This No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake is so scrumptious, easy and impressive! Fudgy chocolate cheesecake with a homemade brownie batter sauce that's out of this world!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 2 & ½ cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
  • 3 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups brownie mix (just the dry mix)
  • FOR THE BROWNIE BATTER GLAZE:
  • 3 Tbsp dry brownie mix
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9" springform pan with cooking spray, then gently blot the cooking spray with a paper towel. In a large bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until moistened. Press into the prepared springform pan to form a crust, and work the crumb crust up the sides of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until it's light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and combine. Next, add in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Slowly add in the dry brownie mix, beating on medium speed until the dry mixture is completely incorporated into the cheesecake mixture. Pour the filling into the prepared pan and smooth out the top gently. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  3. To make the glaze, in a small bowl whisk together the dry brownie mix, oil and heavy cream until smooth. For a slightly thinner glaze, add additional heavy cream. Drizzle the glaze over the cheesecake and/or on the plates before plating the cheesecake.
  4. To make the whipped cream, beat the heavy cream and powdered sugar on high speed for 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Pipe onto the cheesecake in a decorative design around the edge of the cheesecake, or serve alongside the cheesecake.

This No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake is amazing! Easy, rich, fudgy and super chocolaty, complete with a brownie batter glaze! Fudgy, smooth, silky and packed with amazing flavor, this cheesecake tastes just like brownie batter!

Be sure to pick up Julianne’s book, No-Bake Treats, ASAP! You can pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and QVC! And be sure to hop on over to her blog, Beyond Frosting, for more amazing, drool-worthy desserts!

This No Bake Brownie Batter Cheesecake is amazing! Easy, rich, fudgy and super chocolaty, complete with a brownie batter glaze! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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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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Serves: 8-10
 
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 3 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 2 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

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