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Oh hi! Hey!

Some of you may or may not know, but I wrote a cookbook! It was a labor of love that was done in about 2 months… which is a very tight deadline for any book author. I spent half of January and the entire month of February buried underneath pounds and pounds of butter, powdered sugar and cake mix, and honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

There was such a quick turnaround for the book because… QVC is selling it – TODAY! To say I’m excited is a serious understatement – I’m over the moon! Tune into In the Kitchen with David today to see the book live – and hear the lovely David chat about the book and get a peek at some of the delectable desserts within the pages of this beauty.

In this book you’ll find easy, effortless cakes & cupcakes, chewy & gooey brownies, blondies & bars, irresistible cookies, my signature brownie bombs, and other decadently divine desserts. I put my heart and soul into each and every recipe with all of you lovely readers in mind – I wanted this to be something you’re proud to own and bake from!

So, with that said, I’d love to give y’all a sneak peek at some of the recipes in the book!

CookbookThis cake is OUTRAGEOUS. It’s the first recipe in the book, starting the cookbook off with a bang! I know you guys are going to LOVE this one!

CookbookJust like on this blog, I wanted the pictures to feature super gooey, drippy, delicious desserts like these special candy cupcakes.

CookbookLikewise, in my bars chapter, I wanted the bars to all be very gooey, chewy and loaded with flavor. These in particular are not lacking in any of those departments! If y’all love peanut butter & chocolate, you’ll want to give these bars a try.

CookbookAnd of course there had to be rainbow sprinkles! These cookies are great for any cake batter lover.

CookbookMy family deemed this pie one of the best recipes in the book! It’d be great for summertime get-togethers since it’s no-bake and SO easy to whip up!

CookbookAnd of course, my unique brownie bombs are prevalent in the pages of this book. You’ll find the classic brownie bomb flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough, as well as a TON of new flavors you’ve never seen before.

I wish I could show y’all the whole thing, but I’ve got to entice you to pick up your own copy 🙂 If you love the recipes on this blog, I know you’ll adore the book. It’s truly me on every single page and within every single recipe. You dessert lovers are my people!!

The book is available for pre-order now on AMAZON, Books-A-Million, & Barnes & Noble. It should ship as early as August 1, 2016 (on Books-A-Million) or as late as August 23, 2016 (Amazon & BN), though the dates could potentially change and ship even earlier than that! *fingers crossed*

So if you’re looking for a wonderful page-turner (ha!) with a ton of dessert recipes that will satisfy every sweet tooth craving, this is the book you need!

As always, I cannot thank you guys enough for reading my blog, commenting, following me on my social media, and making my recipes. And to those who pre-ordered and those who will pre-order, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! This book is dedicated to all of you!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! If you look up ‘fudgy’ in the dictionary, these brownies would come up for sure.

I only had tried German Chocolate Cake in college. I suppose my family is incredibly boring in our cake choices and we only ever had chocolate or Funfetti to choose from. When I grew up, it was like a whole new playing field with cake flavors. I know this sounds like I lived in a bunker, knowing only the sprinkles in the Funfetti mix, but I promise I was a member of society, albeit an awkward teenager at that time.

When I had it, I served it for my Food & Culture college class when I was presenting on Germany. I mistakenly thought German Chocolate Cake had to come from Germany. Um, HELLO. But little did I realize that it isn’t German at all. I’m more German than German Chocolate Cake, and I’m barely German. It’s actually very un-German.

Instead, I should have served Black Forest Cake which is German. Although I did give the class braunschwieger. If you don’t know what that is, consider yourself lucky… unless you like hot dogs, because it honestly tastes like hot dogs. My grandma used to give it to me all the time on saltine crackers and I gobbled it up. If I’d known it was liver, I would have balked… but call it ‘hot dogs’ and any kid would flip.

Unless you’re one of those kids who eats like, beet puree. Then I simply don’t trust you.

But the fact that German Chocolate Cake is an imposter didn’t halt my love for it. There’s something so intoxicating & delicious about that gooey coconut pecan frosting paired with the chocolaty cake. That’s precisely what gave me the inspiration for these Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies. They’re the fudgiest little suckers you’ll ever eat short of eating actual fudge, and they are topped with a glorious coconut pecan frosting that could honestly just be eaten with a spoon.

The brownies start with my Best-Ever Fudge Brownies recipe which produces really thick, ultra chewy brownies packed with chocolate flavor. In fact, there is a full pound of chocolate in the brownie recipe. I meeeeeann..

Then you top them with that coconut pecan goodness. It starts with some sugar, butter, evaporated milk and egg yolks which are boiled and stirred for exactly 12 minutes. Don’t ask me why; it’s just the nature of the beast and no one questions beasts. Like why Two and a Half Men is still on the air and why tourist men wear socks with sandals, some things we’ll never know… including why it takes precisely 12 minutes to complete. How’s that for your scientific answer?

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Once the frosting is done, stir in some pecans and coconut – necessary add-ins for the traditional frosting. Then spread the whole mishegas on top of the brownies, cover it up with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for a couple hours to set. Once it’s all settled, cut it into bars and eat that goodness up as if your life depends on it!

By the way, I got an A for my Germany presentation, but I’m giving myself an A+ for these brownies.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies
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These ultra fudgy, super chocolaty German Chocolate Brownies combine classic cake flavors with an easy brownie recipe!
Ingredients
  • FOR BROWNIES:
  • 1 & ¼ cups butter, cubed
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate bars, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR COCONUT PECAN FROSTING:
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt together the cubed butter, semi-sweet chocolate & bittersweet chocolate on HIGH for 45 seconds. Stir, then heat for another 25-30 seconds or until melted and glossy. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla until pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 minute. Pour in the chocolate mixture and mix to combine. Add in the flour, espresso and salt and beat until a soft batter has formed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer; batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for approx. 37-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. While brownies cool, make your frosting. In a large saucepot, bring together the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter, and vanilla over medium heat until melted. Bring the mixture to a bubble/boil and, stirring constantly, boil for 12 minutes exactly or until thickened. Remove from heat after 12 minutes and stir in the coconut and chopped pecans. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Spread the frosting evenly over the brownie layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. The pan will weigh approximately 4584 pounds; this is normal. Cut into squares and serve.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Fudgy, chocolaty and dense with that lusciously gooey coconut pecan frosting on top… there’s nothing these brownies can’t do!

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

 

The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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! Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a girl.

This girl had an aversion to sandals, loved wearing colorful eye shadow and dressed like Penelope Garcia meets a ballerina on the regular.

This girl taught herself everything she needed to know about cooking and baking. In fact, she knew how to sear the perfect chicken breast, season things expertly… even roast a Thanksgiving turkey to golden perfection.

But there was one thing she couldn’t do. Okay, two. Okay, three. One: she could not touch her tongue to her elbow to save her life. But I suppose that’s almost entirely irrelevant because I don’t think there’s ever been a situation in the history of the world where someone’s life depended on whether or not their tongue could touch their elbow, and if there was an incident like this I absolutely need to know about it, but I digress. Two: she could not bake a potato for crap. Every potato that emerged from her oven and/or microwave was as hard as a, well, potato. Her family would chisel into the practically-raw root vegetable with no less than a pound of salt and butter on it to mask the fact that they were practically eating undone potato and then gently say, “it’s good! Just a little underdone” as they crunched into the brown blob.

And three: she couldn’t make a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s true. Every recipe she made, her cookies turned out like flat flying saucers, all too crispy and flavorless with nothing remotely soft, chewy or gooey about them. This plagued the young girl because she loved sweets and one of her family’s most requested desserts were cookies.

Spoiler alert: that girl was me. But I’m sure you all figured that out because you are all, I’m assuming, very educated people and because I am a terrible mystery writer.

ANYWAY.

For the longest time, I just couldn’t nail a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And then after lots of trial and errors, I found it. I’ve posted the recipe twice before on my site, but I won’t bother linking to them because the pictures are old and crummy and because THIS is truly THE recipe you need.

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! First, a few takeaways before you make them. Yes, you have to read this.

  1. Please use real butter for this. I know margarine is like, .80 cents a pound. I know a lot of you folks like margarine because Fabio was once a margarine-product’s spokesperson. I get it, Fabio was once hot. But PLEASE, do not use margarine. Use only real butter. Personally, I recommend a butter like Land O’ Lakes European Style Butter, which has a higher butter-fat content and has such an amazing creaminess that regular ol’ sticks lack. Splurge for the good stuff – I urge you!
  2. Next up: instant espresso powder. I promise y’all won’t notice it in the recipe at all. It’s simply there to enhance and deepen the chocolate flavor. One teaspoon is all you need and trust me, it’s phenomenal in this recipe.
  3. Good quality chocolate chips. I get it – the store-brand is cheap. I use the store brand all the time because I am a broke person and splurging on fancily-pronounced name brand chocolate chips cramps my style. BUT, for this recipe I did splurge and used Guittard chocolate – both dark chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The mixture of chocolate chips is decadent and rich – the dark chocolate really deepens everything and the semi-sweet of course, is a classic. You really can tell the difference when you use a higher quality chocolate, so please – indulge yourself!

And that’s it! Three easy tips – promise! Oh, and one more thing… these cookies are a whopping 2 ounces each. The standard cookie dough scoop is only 1 Tablespoon which is about 1/2 ounce. This scoop is huge! Of course, use what you have or double up so each cookie is about two stacked Tablespoons of dough. Like this:

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! And whatever you do, MAKE THEM. Treat yo’self!

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!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are FABULOUS. Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery goodness. This recipe is a guaranteed success!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (splurge for the good stuff - I like Guittard)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar with a paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg and egg yolk, plus the vanilla and beat to combine. Add in the espresso powder, soda, cornstarch, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the mixture covered in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours, up to 3 days long. Chilling is mandatory and prevents spreading the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart. I used a 2-ounce cookie scoop, but if you don't have one, simply use a ¼ cup measuring cup and stack the cookie dough higher rather than wider so when it spreads, it stays puffy in the middle.
  4. Bake for approx. 9-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly soft in the center - they will continue to cool as they bake. Do not over-bake! Cool completely on the cookie sheets before serving.

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! Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery flavor, this recipe is a real winner you’ll love forever!

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! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! These Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine. Buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick, glossy and sweet lemon filling. Finished off with powdered sugar, it’s simple, perfect, and classic.

It took me a long while to perfect these bars, to be honest. There are some things that I can do that are really challenging to others but super simple to me, like learning a new language or pulling off a tutu (truth). But there are other things that are totally brainless that I cannot seem to master, baking potatoes to perfection and a bumpless ponytail, to name a few.

And of course, lemon bars. Before today.

These bars are super easy and come together in minutes! And they’re so buttery, gooey and lemony – essential for any respectable lemon bar!

First, you whip up your shortbread crust. Cut some butter into a mixture of flour and a little sugar. This takes a little bit of time, so ponder your existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth or, you know, thumb through the latest Us Weekly. I’ll let you guess which one I did.

Once the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, press it into a foil-lined and lightly greased 13×9″ baking pan. Bake it off for a few minutes and while it bakes, make your filling (aka, the best part of this existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth).

For the filling, you’ll whisk together some eggs, sugar (lots!), lemon juice, lemon zest, and a teensy bit of flour which helps thicken it and hold the whole shebang together. Whisk it until it’s super smooth, then pour it over the par-baked crust, throw it back into the oven, and bake it up for a good 20 minutes. Once it’s baked & cooled, pop it in the fridge to set for about 2 hours. This gives everything time to settle and form into perfectly cut gooey lemon bars. But if you absolutely can’t wait, just let it come to room temperature after baking before cutting into bars. I won’t tell.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! And yeah. That’s it. Super simple, straightforward, and oh so delicious. Novice bakers and experts alike will appreciate this fantastic, classic recipe. And then we’ll all collectively agree that this is one of the best parts of living on Earth.

Enjoy!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar!

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars
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Serves: 15
 
These Classic, Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine! Buttery shortbread is topped with a gooey, glossy lemon filling that's to-die for. Recipes don't get easier or more delicious than this!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cut into cubes
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 & ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅔ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 5 medium lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting on finished bars
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 lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter cubes with a pastry blender or two forks until coarse crumbs form. To test if it's done, grab a fistful of the crust dough; if it holds together in one piece, it's done.
  3. Pour the crust into the prepared pan and pat it into an even layer. Bake for approx. 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. While the crust bakes, make your filling. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar together. Whisk it really well so all those clumps of flour are broken up. Alternatively, you may sift the flour into the sugar mixture. Add in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  5. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the center is just about set and only very slightly jiggly. Do not over bake! Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Gooey, supremely lemony and perfect, these bars are a classic for a reason!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Oreo Poke Cake

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! A couple of days ago, I got my hair done.

This was because I cannot make the platinum blonde and dark brown roots ‘do look cool, no matter how many times I see it on runway models and in fashion magazines. I just look like an old hag. Also, because I’m going to be promoting and selling my cookbook on QVC this month (!!!!). If you haven’t, mark your calendars for May 11!

ANYWAY.

In the middle of the appointment, my awesome stylist Heather put me under one of those orb heat thingies. This is obviously not a technical term, but can you blame me? I can barely put my hair in a ponytail without looking like a charity case.

And as I sat there reading my magazine, I suddenly fell asleep. This would be fine to anyone else, because no one else had a traumatic past experience of sleeping in front of other people like I did. But when Heather gently woke me up a little later, I nearly leapt out of the seat screaming “I’m awake! I’m awake!” and immediately searched for any cameras in sight.

You see, when I was in the eighth grade, my class went on a field trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was rooming with my three besties and all was well in the world. Well, I’ve never been a night owl and I’ve always had a desire to go to bed early, which makes me a terrible sleepover buddy since I’m always the first to fall asleep.

Unbeknownst to me while I slept peacefully, my friends were taking funny pictures of each other… and of me sleeping. I did not know this until weeks later, when my friend had her film developed and brought the photos to school to show us. And then, as she flipped through the photos, she landed on one of me. There I was, laying on my side, mouth open wide, sound asleep with wet hair looking like a displaced sea creature. All my friends laughed and laughed and told me that I didn’t even wake up when the flash went off and I just sat there mortified. Like, I was more mortified seeing my gaping mouth while I was unconscious than the time I wore Happy Bunny shirts unironically and than the time I was obsessed with a Swedish pop band that no one else seemed to care about.

And then they proceeded to show my crush this awful picture and he laughed and laughed because preteen boys don’t make supportive boyfriends and I felt like I could shrink into the ground or back to the underwater world from which me and my fishy lips came from.

So this has cursed me from falling asleep anywhere public, like on airplanes or in busy hair salons. I’ll rest my eyes, but the second I start to feel sleep coming on, I’ll coax myself out of the impending sleep because I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep for real and everyone will see my gross face and take pictures. UGH.

So yeah, I was traumatized and that’s the story. Aren’t you glad you know this part of my past and current psyche? Don’t answer that.

Anyway, can we talk about this gorgeous Oreo Poke Cake? It is phenomenal. I know I say that about a lot of my desserts, but girlfran’, this stuff rocks.

It starts with a dark chocolate cake that you bake and poke a bajillion holes into with a wooden spoon or skewer. Honestly, either way works, but I prefer using the handle of a wooden spoon because bigger holes = more pockets of gooey goodness. Once your cake is covered in holes, you’ll pour on a delectable mixture of sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge sauce. You can’t see me, but right now I’m making the Macaulay Culkin Home Alone face.

Top off this glorious creation with some cookies & cream whipped cream and some crushed Oreo cookies for good measure. Oh! And then drizzle some chocolate sauce all up in that business, because more chocolate never hurt nobody. The only caveat is that you have to let it set for awhile in the fridge – trust me, it tastes SO much better if you wait! It soaks up all of that glorious sweetened condensed milk/hot fudge mixture and really develops a wonderfully rich chocolaty flavor.

Nothing about this cake is embarrassing, except perhaps the number of slices I consumed. Oops.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Oreo Poke Cake
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This Oreo Poke Cake is to-die for! Rich and chocolaty with delicious cookies & cream flavors. So easy, too!
Ingredients
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box dry instant Oreo pudding mix (if you cannot find this, simply use instant chocolate pudding mix)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 & ½ cups coarsely chopped/crushed Oreo cookies, divided (I used the Oreo Minis & roughly chopped them)
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the chocolate cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry instant pudding mix to combine. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cooled, poke holes all over the surface of the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or a skewer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and hot fudge sauce until smooth. Pour this mixture evenly over the surface of the cake, taking care to fill the holes with the mixture.
  4. Fold ½ cup of the coarsely crushed Oreo cookies into the Cool Whip topping; spread over the entire cake. Top evenly with the remaining coarsely crushed Oreos and drizzle with the chocolate syrup. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into pieces to serve.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Super chocolaty and packed with Oreo and delicious cookies & cream flavors, this poke cake is a must-make for any chocolate cookie lover!

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!Oh yeah. These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are kind of the mac daddy of all brownies. Just sayin’.

So I’m on a chocolate baking kick.

I realize – maybe incorrectly? – that I don’t have a ton of chocolate recipes on my blog. I have no valid excuse for this, except for that I am a terrible food blogger and you should leave my site immediately. KIDDING. Don’t do that. I have brownies!

It’s probably because I’m not the biggest chocolate fan in the world. I KNOW. Somewhere, a chocoholic is rolling around in their grave at the idea of a dessert food blogger not liking a key component in most desserts. Even dead people think I’m terrible.

And I realize that while this is my blog and my personal haven in the crazy, crumbling world around me, that this isn’t a Hayley show and I’m honestly glad it isn’t. If it were, you’d be seeing a lot more pictures of McDonald’s cheeseburger value meals and Midori Sours in Tupperware cups. Just keeping it real… except not, because in real life I am gross and eat Cheetos like they’re going out of style. Someone call Britney Spears; I need a Cheeto intervention.

So I’m trying to change some things up for your gorgeous, loyal, fantabulous readers of mine. I want my upcoming recipes to be every bit as decadent, sinfully delicious and indulgent as y’all deserve, but still super approachable and easy. And of course, a lot more chocolaty. Unless you don’t like chocolate, in which case, I have plenty of recipes for you folks, too!

So let’s talk about these gorgeous Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies. They are kind of outrageous in a good way, not in an Aunt-Milly-Is-Drunk-Again way. As you can clearly see in the photos, they are ultra fudgy – I mean, if you look up the definition of ‘fudgy’, you would clearly see this picture. Not to be confused with ‘pudgy’, where you’d see me and Bobby Hill’s picture. Keepin’ it real.

They’re fudgy because they have three (!!) kinds of chocolate in them. Let me count the ways – there’s chocolate chips, there’s cocoa powder, and there’s Nutella, which is what makes regular brownies launch into orbit. You mix that mishegas up with some butter, eggs, flour and some instant espresso powder and voila! Brownie goodness.

A little note about the espresso powder – I don’t want to say it’s essential in this recipe, but it’s pretty damn essential in this recipe. Just like getting churros at Disneyland or throwing the yellow gummy bears out, it’s pretty important. Not telling you how to live your life or anything, but kind of am.

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!The espresso powder totally elevates the rich chocolaty goodness and enhances it tremendously. It doesn’t taste coffee-like or even mocha-ish; it just really amps up that depth of flavor. If you want a mocha-y flavor, simply add more espresso powder. I’d say a Tablespoon or so would give it a great coffee kick. Otherwise, the simple teaspoon I add is just right to giving these brownies that amazing boost.

So. Are we ready to dive right in?!

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!*adapted from here

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Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies
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These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are INCREDIBLE! Ultra fudgy, super chocolaty and PERFECT.
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 & ½ sticks salted butter (you may use unsalted butter, but add ½ tsp salt), cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (or more if you prefer a mocha flavor)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square 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 microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter together on HIGH power for 45 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 25 seconds. Stir again until any large chocolate pieces are broken up and the butter is melted and everything is smooth. Set aside to cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add in the sugar and stir to combine. Add in the eggs and yolk, as well as the Nutella and vanilla, stirring well. Lastly, add in the flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder and salt, if you're not using salted butter. Stir until a soft batter has formed.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Try not to over bake as these are intended to be fudgy and will continue to set up as they cool. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!Rich, decadent, indulgent and oh so chocolaty, these brownies are perfect for any chocoholic!

Want to make it quadruple chocolate? Throw in some chocolate chips or white chips! Want to add some texture? Toss in some chopped nuts!

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Lemon Layer Cake

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration! If you’re like me, you’re probably frantically planning your Mother’s Day menu.

Frantically because you’re riddled with anxiety like I am, and planning because it has to be perfect.

Or maybe that’s just me?

Either way, Mother’s Day is coming up and of course you want it to be a special affair for your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, BFF, cousin, your pregnant cat Trixie – whatever and whomever is a mama. Actually, please don’t feed Trixie this cake. But I do recommend giving her extra lovins.

ANYWAY. This Lemon Layer Cake is so simple and comes together super quickly which is great since that means you get ample time to spend with your mama. And the star of this cake is a can of Lucky Leaf’s Premium Lemon Fruit Topping & Filling. This stuff is incredible.

It’s very similar to a lemon curd, but I find it’s just perfect – not too sweet, not too tart, and so easy. Just crack open the can and you’re done. I spread the Lemon Filling thickly on each layer before spreading on a creamy cream cheese filling which also has some of the Lemon Filling inside. Then I finished the entire cake off with a beautiful raspberry border which adds a nice pop of color and because lemon + raspberry = BFF. It’s true.

This recipe calls for a cake mix because I’m all about easy shortcuts, but feel free to make your own scratch-made yellow cake mix and flavor it with some lemon zest and lemon juice for that bright lemon flavor. Either way works!

And of course, make sure you serve the special lady in your life a nice, big slice. She deserves it!

Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all you lovely ladies out there!

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration!

Lemon Layer Cake
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This Lemon Layer Cake is fantastic! Two layers of supremely moist lemon cake filled with a creamy whipped cream cheese filling and lemon filling!
Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 3.4 oz box dry instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Premium Lemon Fruit Topping & Filling
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Raspberries for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease 2 9” cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry pudding mix to combine. Portion the batter evenly among the pans and bake as directed on the package, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Once cool, make your filling. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy and light, about 1 minute. Beat in ⅓ of the Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Filling to combine. Fold in the Cool Whip topping and the lemon zest.
  4. Place a cake layer on a pedestal or plate, top side down. Spread the cake with ⅓ of the Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Filling, spreading just about to the edges. Top with ½ of the Cool Whip mixture. Place the remaining cake layer on top, top side down. Spread with the remaining Lucky Leaf Lemon Fruit Topping and the remaining Cool Whip mixture. Garnish with raspberries.

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration! Bright, sweet, tart and ultra lemon-y, this Lemon Layer Cake will be the star of your Mother’s Day celebrations!

This Lemon Layer Cake is divine and SO EASY to whip up! Layers of moist lemon cake filled with lemon & creamy whipped fillings. Perfect for any celebration!

Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf by visiting their website HERE or connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest for recipe ideas & more!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working as a brand ambassador for Lucky Leaf and was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! If you’re looking for something ultra gooey, these Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are IT.

So a couple of days ago, I went to Disneyland with my sister. We flew down to LA (thankfully it was only an hour flight!) and I picked up my usual travel requirement: an US Weekly magazine. I know, I know, I should be reading Russian literature or something far more thought-provoking and advanced, but I cannot help it. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE STARS ARE DOING.

Anyway, US Weekly has a column called “25 things you didn’t know about me” so I figured I would do that in this post because A) I’m currently experiencing writer’s block and B) because apparently I think you guys care about 25 random facts about me. Just humor me, okay? And leave in the comments some random facts about YOU! I love random facts. Like a lot.

  1. My hair has been every color of the rainbow. Even the ugly colors. My favorite hair color, however, is my current platinum blonde.
  2. I refuse to eat pork chops. I loathe them.
  3. I’m obsessed with potato chips. My favorite are Doritos.
  4. I’ve only been stung by a bee once. It was in the second grade. I called home and my dad came to pick me up. We then went to the dump, for reasons unknown, where ironically there were a ton of bees.
  5. One of my dreams is to open up a dog sanctuary/rescue.
  6. I have two rescue dogs – Mannie, a 3-legged Border Collie, and Jack, a Yorkie/Norfolk Terrier. I love them both dearly!
  7. I am deathly afraid of heights. Like, even walking on the second floor of the mall makes me a little queasy.
  8. I was an English literature major.
  9. My alcoholic drink of choice is a Midori Sour.
  10. My non-alcoholic drink of choice is unsweetened black iced tea.
  11. I have over twenty tattoos. All but one are on my legs.
  12. My least favorite fruit is blackberries.
  13. I am pretty much the textbook definition of an Aquarius.
  14. If I could live anywhere, I’d choose to live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  15. And if I could have any car in the world, I’d choose to keep my Honda Civic. I love her!
  16. My favorite color is bubblegum pink… but I typically wear only black.
  17. Cupcakes are probably my least favorite dessert. This is probably because I’m not a huge frosting fan!
  18. I am obsessed with magazines. Sometimes I’ll bring old already-read issues with me to doctor’s/dentist’s offices so I can switch them out with issues I haven’t read. My favorites (which is honestly like picking your favorite kid) are Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day.
  19. I only wear dresses or leggings. I have one pair of jeans and I never wear them.
  20. I don’t typically eat red meat. And if it weren’t for turkey and seafood, I would probably become a vegetarian.
  21. Soup is one of my favorite meals. I love pretty much all kinds – split pea, chicken tortilla, chicken & dumplings, corn chowder, French onion…
  22. Betsey Johnson is my favorite designer. I met her once and she is incredibly sweet and fun in person. We’re basically BFFs.
  23. When I was a little girl, I wanted to become an author. Now my dream is coming true and I cannot wait to hold my cookbook in my hands! August 2016!!
  24. Gerbera daisies and roses are my favorite flowers.
  25. And soft Red Vines are my favorite candy!!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! See? Aren’t you glad you know all this about me? *sarcasm* I promise I’ll be back with my regular shenanigans next time. BUT (!) please promise me you’ll make these Gooey Bars? They are incredible.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars
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These Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are perfect for any chocolate-peanut butter lover! Rich, gooey, chewy and loaded with peanut butter flavor, they're the ultimate!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, divided & melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread (similar to peanut butter or Nutella, and found where the peanut butter is in the grocery store)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Reese's Minis
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one (1) stick of melted butter and one (1) egg, stirring with a rubber spatula until combined and thick. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Sprinkle the layer with the Reese's Minis.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese and Reese's chocolate spread. Using an electric mixer, beat for about 30 seconds - 1 minute or until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the remaining stick of melted butter, beating well. Lastly, add in the powdered sugar all at once, beating until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture over the crust layer. The pan will weigh about one ton. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and only slightly jiggly. It's okay if it jiggles a little bit; do NOT over bake! Allow the bars to cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled before cutting into squares.
  5. Dust the tops with powdered sugar, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with chocolate and peanut butter flavor, these Reese’s Gooey Bars are outrageously awesome!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! About two weeks ago, I went to Portland, Oregon for a conference.

It was my first time in Portland and I was pretty excited about it. For one, I am sick of California’s shenanigans, and for two, I got to hang out with two of my blogging besties, Barbara and Nicole. Oh, and I guess for three, because Portland is known for their amazing doughnut scene.

And let me preface this by saying, normally I would spell it ‘donut’ because the donut recipes on my blog are just that – donuts. Technically they’re donuts, but they aren’t really made of a dough, and they’re not fried, so I call them the shortened version. But Portland is known for real-deal, authentic, in yo face doughnuts and I couldn’t wait to experience them!

My first stop on my doughnut mission was VooDoo Doughnuts, namely because you hear so much about it and they have quirky flavors. While VooDoo was good, it wasn’t my favorite – but then some other bloggers gently reminded me that there’s an even better doughnut place in PDX, and that’s Blue Star.

Blue Star Doughnuts is legit. It’s airy, light, bright and open with a gorgeous display of doughnuts on white platters instead of in bakery cases. They boasted flavors like Blueberry Basil Cake, Tiramisu, Cointreau Creme Brulee, and of course, the one my eye instantly went to: buttermilk old fashioned.

When you look at me, you don’t automatically think “vanilla.” Maybe it’s because my legs are covered in tattoos. Or maybe it’s because I dress like a cartoon character. Or it could be my studded glasses, platinum blonde hair, or my personality. But honestly? I could give or take wacky flavored things in favor of classic flavors like vanilla. That’s why I always choose sprinkle cake and buttermilk old fashioned doughnuts at shops – they’re an old favorite, a classic standby. They won’t disappoint me like VooDoo’s banana fritter did. And you can’t bury them under pounds of peanut butter, Oreos, chocolate chips and chocolate fudge frosting. They have to taste good – they have no bells and whistles to hide under!

Here, in all of its magnificent glory, is Blue Star’s buttermilk old fashioned:

BUTTERMILK DONUT

I mean, the person who came up with this recipe should be sainted. It was that good.

So of course, the second I came home to Sacramento, I had to try to recreate it!

This doughnut recipe is so simple – I promise! If breaking out the fryer makes you break out in hives, I promise it isn’t that bad. And there’s no yeast in this recipe, which makes for a quick and easy dough.

In this recipe I use cake flour, which lends a more tender crumb to these doughnuts. If you don’t have cake flour, feel free to use all-purpose flour – it’ll have a similar texture. I also use good ol’ buttermilk, because they wouldn’t be buttermilk doughnuts without it! Please spring and buy the actual buttermilk, as opposed to the ol’ vinegar in milk trick. That stuff’s great in a pinch, but you want real deal buttermilk here. After all, it is the flavor!

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! And I have to say, I did a pretty darn good job at these doughnuts! The texture is light and fluffy with that amazing cakey-ness, with a slightly crunchy exterior and a wonderful buttermilk vanilla flavor. The glaze on top is aces, too.

And don’t fret if you don’t have a doughnut cutter – I used fluted biscuit cutters and it worked just fine! Also, if you want to make these buttermilk bars, which are typically found at doughnut shops, feel free to cut them into bar shapes and score the tops for that signature split down the middle look.

But whatever you do, please promise me you’ll make these! Or if nothing else, take me back to Portland.

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! *adapted from here and here

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts
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These Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are amazing! Fluffy, cakey and light with a slightly crisp exterior and covered in a vanilla glaze. They're surprisingly simple to make and come together in hardly any time at all!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼-1/2 tsp nutmeg (I like a stronger nutmeg flavor, which is essential to homemade doughnuts, so I use ½ tsp. Use ¼ tsp if you prefer a lighter flavor)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 & ½ cups cake flour (or you may use all-purpose flour), spooned and leveled
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • About 6 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 3 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup hot water
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle or dough hook attachment, combine the melted butter and the sugar until sandy and combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the egg yolk, then the vanilla extract. Add in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt, beating until combined. Add in one cup of flour, then stream in ¼ cup of buttermilk. Continuing alternating the flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour. Dough will be very sticky. Remove the paddle/dough hook, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed sauce pot, heat the oil to about 325 degrees F. as read on a candy or deep fry thermometer. While oil heats, flour a large flat work surface and roll the dough out, flouring it liberally if needed to prevent sticking. Roll out to about ½" thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or biscuit cutters, cut out doughnut shapes and doughnut holes, if desired. Reroll and cut as needed.
  3. When oil is hot, drop the doughnuts into the oil very carefully - I like using a slotted wire spoon for this. Fry the doughnuts for about 90 seconds per side, and doughnut holes for about 45 seconds per side, or until a deep golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined tray.
  4. Meanwhile, while doughnuts fry, make your glaze. In a sauce pan, bring together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and water, stirring until smooth. Drop the hot doughnuts into the glaze mixture and use a fork or spoon to coat them completely in the glaze. Place the glazed doughnuts onto a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to set, about 20 minutes. Continue frying and glazing remaining doughnuts.
  5. Doughnuts taste best made the same day, but you can store them airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! Light, fluffy, cakey and perfectly glazed, these buttermilk doughnuts are my absolute favorite … and they’ll be yours, too!

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe! What can I say? I am obsessed with these lush dessert recipes.

I’ve made S’mores. Cake Batter. Chocolate Mint. Even a Gingerbread Toffee version (my favorite).

So needless to say, a Strawberry Cheesecake Lush was bound to happen.

One, because it’s spring and this recipe is super springy. And two, because I don’t have very many strawberry recipes on this site. Sorry about that! I promise it’ll change, starting with this recipe!

What I love about lush desserts is that they’re incredibly versatile, portable, great for feeding a crowd, and they have a fun name. I mean, what other dessert can you call a lush? Although this doesn’t have booze in it, it’s lush in the fact that it’s so creamy and light… positively luscious.

Plus, they take minutes to make, and while they do take time to set up, you can make them the night before for easiness and just break it out when everyone has a dessert hankering. Easy as pie. Or lush. 🙂

So let’s talk more about this lush because I am obsessed with it, and also because you don’t want to hear about my other obsessions, which are far more boring than this.

This lush starts with a Golden Oreo base. Crush ’em up in coarse crumbs and mix it with a little melted butter to hold everything together. Press it into your greased pan – I like using an 8″ pan, but you could use a 9″ pan or double the recipe for a 13×9″ pan. This entire recipe is no-bake, so there’s no need to bake the crust, either. Yasssss.

Next, wipe out your bowl and make your pudding. For this recipe, you’ll need one box of instant cheesecake pudding mix. I use the 3.4 ounce box, which is sold at most grocery stores. Mix it up with a little milk and then fold in some Cool Whip until it’s nice and smoooooth. Then stir in some chopped fresh strawberries. So delicious, y’all!

Spread it in the pan and top with more Cool Whip and chopped strawberries. Let it set for a couple hours (at least 6, but preferably overnight) and then serve it up! This stuff is addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

A few notes…

Oreo just released Strawberry Shortcake Golden Oreos. They are pretty darn tasty! You can absolutely use these in place of the Golden Oreos in this recipe for more of a strawberry flavor.

Please use instant pudding in this recipe! If you cannot find the 3.4 oz box of cheesecake pudding mix, use the 1 oz box – just make sure the 1 oz box yields the same amount as the 3.4 oz box (about 4 servings).

Now make this!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe!

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert
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This No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is fantastic! Light, easy to prepare and so tasty! Double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Golden Oreos, coarsely crushed
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 cups chopped strawberries, divided
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8" or 9" square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the coarse Oreo crumbs with the melted butter; toss to combine and coat completely until moist. Press the Oreo crumbs into the prepared pan in an even layer, compacting with the bottom of a glass if necessary.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix and the milk. Whisk for about 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Fold in half of the Cool Whip (about 2 cups) until combined. Fold in two cups of the strawberries.
  4. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with the remaining Cool Whip and the remaining strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, until set.

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe! Creamy, sweet, light and luscious, this lush dessert is packed with amazing strawberries and is so simple to prepare… and even simpler to eat!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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