Peeps Brownie Bombs

These Peeps Brownie Bombs are a delectable treat for any marshmallow lover! Fudgy baked brownie surrounds a sugary, soft Peep candy that's coated in rich white chocolate. Perfect for Easter and so easy to make! If you know me, you know that my biggest pet peeve has to be when people don’t have their headlights on when it’s rainy or foggy.

It seriously drives. me. bonkers.

And I always wish that a friendly police officer will drive by and pull the offenders over, giving them the biggest ticket imaginable. Or maybe send them to traffic jail for being a danger to society and an annoyance to me.

Some girls want diamonds. I want this.

But then I was driving a couple days ago during a particularly blustery day, and I saw so many people without their lights on that I felt like my head would explode. Just when I thought I would die of obnoxiousness, I saw a cop! Finally, my dream would come true! But then I realized the cop didn’t even have his headlights on.

It was then that I realized there is no helping humanity. We’re all doomed.

Anyway, I had to come home to console myself with one of my favorite Easter candies, Peeps. I love Peeps and find them to be such a classic holiday candy. Some people have a strong dislike for them, and that’s okay – more for me. Personally, I like them when they’re super fresh and plush, and when they’re stale and a little crunchier. However, this recipe for Peeps Brownie Bombs uses fresh Peeps right outta the package.

If you’ve ever wondered how delicious fudgy, rich brownies are with puffy, sugary marshmallows, you don’t need to wonder anymore! These are the best of both worlds, coated in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. And they are such a wonderful way to dress up this Easter candy.

I highly recommend making them – you won’t be disappointed!

These Peeps Brownie Bombs are a delectable treat for any marshmallow lover! Fudgy baked brownie surrounds a sugary, soft Peep candy that's coated in rich white chocolate. Perfect for Easter and so easy to make!

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Peeps Brownie Bombs
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These PEEPS Brownie Bombs are filled with plush, puffy, sugary Peeps candy inside of a fudgy baked brownie. So delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 (13x9") pan fudge brownies, baked, cooled and cut into 12 equal pieces
  • 12 Peeps candies (any color, flavor, or shape - I used chicks)
  • 1 pkg vanilla CandiQuik
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil; set aside.
  2. Take a piece of brownie and flatten it in the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the Peep candy, pinching the brownie and rolling it in your hand to completely enclose the Peep within the brownie. Place on the baking sheet - repeat with remaining Peeps and brownies.
  3. Freeze the brownie bombs for about 30 minutes to one hour or until solid.
  4. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions. Drop a brownie bomb into the melted CandiQuik with a fork, completely submerging the brownie bomb into the chocolate. Remove the brownie bomb from the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and immediately top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

These Peeps Brownie Bombs are a delectable treat for any marshmallow lover! Fudgy baked brownie surrounds a sugary, soft Peep candy that's coated in rich white chocolate. Perfect for Easter and so easy to make! Soft, chewy and ultra fudgy, these brownie bombs are so awesome! They taste great with the classic Peeps, but would be lovely with any of the flavored Peeps too!

These Peeps Brownie Bombs are a delectable treat for any marshmallow lover! Fudgy baked brownie surrounds a sugary, soft Peep candy that's coated in rich white chocolate. Perfect for Easter and so easy to make! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Reese’s Egg Brownie Bombs

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! I have a surprisingly low pain tolerance.

This is weird considering I have 20+ tattoos, some of which are in spots that no one should be tattooed because ouch (Here’s looking at you, knee). 

That, and I take shots like a pro. In fact, I have a weird thing where I love shots. Knowing I’ll be somewhat protected from bubonic plague, leprosy, the flu, and whatever else they protect me from makes me weirdly happy. So much so that when our doctor’s office announces that it’s flu-shot time, I will giddily wait in line to be poked and prodded. Color me excited.

But when it comes to everything else? I’m a mega-wimp.

So much so, that I complain about nearly every ailment that strikes me. Headache? Hurts so bad. Stubbed phalange? Wincing in pain. 

And yet, there are some things that truly hurt me mucho – like my debilitating sciatica. Dude – the worst. Or my IBS. Child, you best stay outta my way when my guts start swelling because I’ll roll all over the floor like an injured animal moaning in pain.

And then there was yesterday morning. I stood up from the computer to do a stretch – the one where you grab your hands behind your back and slowly raise them. I do this stretch multiple times a day without so much of a worry, and yesterday I felt the same until pop! Something happened and I literally collapsed to the floor and began writhing in pain.

My mom proceeds to step over me and was like “okay, gotta go, see ya!” while I’m struggling to breathe. My sister snaps, “stretch!!” but I’m rendered absolutely useless as I gasp for breath and twitch. Okay, maybe they were a little more sympathetic, I don’t know, as I was trying not to DIE.

And that’s precisely when I realized I couldn’t move my neck to one side. So I called my massage therapist and thankfully they had an open morning slot. Homegirl worked my neck, head and shoulders so good that when I stood up from my hour-long retreat into wonderland that I could actually move my head again. It was utter bliss. I’ll never take for granted full-head mobility again.

ANYWAY. Since I narrowly survived stretching, I decided to celebrate with some brownie bombs. These are Reese’s Egg Brownie Bombs which have those delectable, highly coveted Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs inside of them. Everyone loves the eggs because they have a better filling ratio, and I couldn’t agree more.

But when they’re stuffed inside of a fudgy baked brownie? HONEY CHILD, you need them. They’re so supremely fudgy and soft with that irresistible peanut butter cup filling. Plus, how festive are they for Easter?!

Make them. Love them. And don’t stretch afterwards.

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs
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These Reese's Peanut Butter Egg Brownie Bombs feature those delightful seasonal peanut butter cup eggs inside each fudgy baked brownie bomb! You'll love this festive twist!
Ingredients
  • 12 Reese's Eggs, unwrapped
  • 1 (13x9") pan fudge brownies, baked, cooled and cut into 12 equal pieces (edges trimmed off)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 2 squares vanilla CandiQuik
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Take a fudge brownie square and gently flatten it with the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie (tacky side touching the peanut butter egg) around the peanut butter egg, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hand to completely enclose the egg inside. Form into an egg shape and place onto the foil-lined sheet. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  3. Freeze eggs for about 30 minutes or until solid. Once frozen, melt your chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions.
  4. Dip brownie bombs into chocolate with a fork, coating completely. Remove the brownie bombs from the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining eggs.
  5. Once chocolate has set, melt the vanilla CandiQuik until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the eggs. Allow the peanut butter mixture to set, about 10 minutes, before serving.
  6. NOTE: for easy drizzling, pour the melted peanut butter mixture into a plastic sandwich bag, seal out the air, snip off a tip and drizzle.

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! So supremely rich and decadent, everyone will love these! And how fun would it be to wrap them up in cellophane and hide them on your Easter egg hunt?!

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

 

Strawberry Dole Whips

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Well, I’m all finished with my cookbook.

*cue the violin music*

I’m kind of sad it’s over. For the past two months, I’ve worked day in and day out on it, putting my heart and soul into every word, every recipe, every photograph. I really hope when it’s all said & done that you guys love it!

And now that it’s over (and as I prepare for editing with my publishing team), I want to celebrate… by going to Disneyland.

I mean, hello? Happiest place on Earth? Celebrating finishing this labor of love with Mickey and Minnie? Total no brainer.

I wish I could take you all with me – but alas, I’m no Stephen King. So I promise right here, right now, that I will eat a churro for you guys. And by ‘you guys’, I mean each and every one of my readers. I know that’s a lot of churros, but one time I went to Disneyland and they were literally all I ate. The only thing non-churro item I ate on that trip was one of those abnormally large pickles. Churros and pickles – my diet is so sophisticated.

Anyway, one of my new favorite treats at Disneyland is the Dole Whip. I’ve made a Pineapple Dole Whip before, based after the original, but this is a Strawberry Dole Whip, aka, my new favorite kind. It still has pineapple for that tropical flavor, but I added strawberries to make it pink and festive. Plus, the strawberries add great berry flavor and sweetness and it’s such a fun twist on a classic treat!

My Dole Whip recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker like most do. This means that while my Dole Whips are thick and creamy, they’re less “solid” like soft-serve and more like a really thick, icy smoothie or frosty.

I do recommend serving these between 1 and 3 hours after making and freezing them, which produces that thickness and icy texture reminiscent of a Dole Whip. If you leave them in the freezer longer than 3 hours, they will start to harden. Not a problem, just leave them at room temperature for an hour or two, or pop them in the fridge for several hours to take the hard chill off.

Whatever you do, let’s cheers to my book and make them!

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! *adapted from my Dole Whips recipe

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Strawberry Dole Whips
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These Strawberry Dole Whips are a fun take on the classic Disney treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 (20 oz) cans crushed pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, combine the crushed pineapple and sugar. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients, breaking up the Cool Whip into pieces to make it easier to blend.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 more minute or until smooth and creamy. Distribute among glasses and freeze between 1-3 hours, or until desired thickness has been achieved.
  3. NOTE: the Dole Whips will get quite frozen in the freezer if left in there longer than 3 hours. Bring them to room temperature for an hour or two, or keep them in the fridge for several hours before serving.

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Creamy, smooth, luscious and tropical, you’ll flip for these whips!

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These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is out of this world! No one will know it started with a mix. Perfect for weekend brunch! I cannot believe that we’re celebrating two major holidays in one month this year!

St. Patrick’s Day one week and Easter two weeks later? Craziness.

I mean, who decides how the calendar plays out? Who decided it’d be a grand idea to put Easter two weeks after St. Patrick’s Day? Did they not think about how you’d appropriately decorate your house for both holidays? Clearly this person wasn’t festive.

But anyway, Easter is coming and that means you’re probably contemplating what kinds of things to serve on the menu. Do you typically serve the same Easter meal year after year, or do you try something new each time?

We have the same meal year after year – typically ham and scalloped potatoes. I’m not a fan of either, if we’re being honest, so it’s usually the day I make a PB&J before dinner. You win some, you lose some.

But for those of you who are looking for some new menu items – preferably of the brunch variety – I have one for you! This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is perfect for Easter brunch! It starts with my favorite Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix. I doctored up the recipe to include chocolate chips, and I baked it in a 9″ springform pan – like the kind you make cheesecake in. Once it has baked to perfection, I glazed the entire crumb topping with a luscious homemade vanilla bean glaze.

This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is out of this world! No one will know it started with a mix. Perfect for weekend brunch! I mean… out of this world, y’all.

Of course, you can use Krusteaz’s Chocolate Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix if you have that on hand, but I love the combination of rich, warm cinnamon studded with fudgy chocolate chips. The combo is simply irresistible.

Want the recipe? Click over to Krusteaz’s website to GET THE RECIPE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

One Hour Bailey’s Mousse

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! So I’m super embarrassed.

My room looks like a 12 year old’s, minus the toys. Actually, replace ‘toys’ with ‘clothes’ and you’ve got my room. It literally looks like a train carrying the entire wardrobe from Torrid crashed into my bedroom and left all the remains everywhere. Utterly unacceptable.

The only problem? Well, problems. One, I’ve been sick for the past two weeks, so doing anything other than merely existing is a miracle. Two, I’ve been furiously writing my cookbook, in which the deadline for the manuscript was moved up by three months… but for an exciting reason I can’t quite divulge yet 🙂 And three, because between cookbook writing/recipe testing all day erryday, plus blog work, plus being a mother to two dogs, plus needing at least an hour to sit on my ass and watch Guy’s Grocery Games reruns, I have like, nooo time at all.

So there’s my room, alone and cold, only used for sleeping and a quick change in the morning before my day starts and I run around impersonating a headless chicken. And of course, there’s a three-foot-high pile of clothes at the foot of the bed, along with shopping bags with clothes still in them waiting to be hung up or washed. And don’t even get me started on the stack of magazines from DECEMBER that I have yet to read.

I swear, when this book is done and I’m over being sick, I’m going to spend like, an entire week just reading magazines and watching TV shows.

And pleeeease don’t get me wrong – I have loved every.single.minute of this writing a cookbook process, from the brainstorming to the recipe development, the photography to the writing… and I will happily write a thousand more cookbooks if my publisher will have me. But while I love it, I can’t lie and say it hasn’t been exhausting to the very core. So please don’t interpret my mild bitching about having a messy ass room as being ungrateful… that’s the last thing I am when it comes to my dream come true!

Actually… I think I just need a maid.

Or a drink.

ANYWAY. Can we please chat about this One-Hour Bailey’s Mousse? I know I just posted a Bailey’s recipe, but this mousse is top-notch and perfecto for St. Paddy’s Day. Plus, where regular mousse recipes take hours to set, this mousse recipe only takes one hour. Sixty minutos. You can do this, homie.

Plus, it has a creamy, velvety texture and that outrageously delish Bailey’s flavor with a hint of chocolate and coffee. SO GOOD. While I’ve served mine with just a handsome dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate sprinkles, this would be lovely with crushed Oreos, graham crackers, or Nilla wafers. Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce and voila!

Can we make a deal? You clean my room and I’ll make you these, k?

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! *adapted from the America’s Most Wanted Recipes cookbook

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One Hour Bailey's Mousse
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This Bailey's Mousse is so velvety, creamy and light with a delectable Bailey's Irish Cream and cocoa flavor that's out of this world! Plus, it comes together in ONE hour!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder (depending on how strong of a coffee taste you'd like)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the Cool Whip and the heavy cream with a whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture into the whipped cream mixture and whip until blended. Lastly, stream in the Bailey's and continue whipping until stiff and glossy, about 1 minute.
  3. Pipe or spoon the mixture among 2-4 glasses (depending on how much mousse you'd like per glass and the size of the glass, of course). Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles.

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Light, luscious, creamy and smooth, this mousse is sure to knock your socks off!

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This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake

This Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is sinfully rich and fudgy with creamy Bailey's buttercream and decadently easy chocolate ganache. A can't miss, must-make, EASY recipe! This Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is allllll kinds of decadent, y’all.

So can we talk about TV shows and how sometimes, there comes a time in a person’s life when they outgrow a TV show?

That is me right now.

I used to love watching Pretty Little Liars and The Walking Dead. Like, wouldn’t miss an episode for the world and was so excited to watch them from my DVR. But now? I can’t even think about watching an episode without wanting to roll my eyes and let out a dramatic sigh.

Like okay, PLL. When are they going to give up this A business? A is dead. Done. Finito. Unless this is a supernatural world, A cannot come back and torment these (now adult) women who for whatever reason, never thought to report any of this nonsense to their parents or the cops. And now there’s a new A? Why can’t the girls just get new numbers and go back to their new lives? Why are they still friends with that trashbag, Ali? I just can’t deal with the terrible acting and obnoxious plot anymore.

And then there’s The Walking Dead. How many times do we have to overtake a new community, deal with a little drama, and somehow come out unscathed? I get that walkers are unpredictable, but how come we can’t predict walkers’ whereabouts and shenanigans ahead of time or even as they’re happening? And HOW IN THE WORLD IS CARL STILL ALIVE. He’s like the worst actor there is. Actually, he could be dead for all I know – I stopped watching last season because I just couldn’t deal with it any more. If there’s an apocalypse, I’m taking the easy way out so I can bypass all the craziness of rolling with Rick’s entourage.

ANYWAY. Are there any shows you’re loving that I can start watching in place of these? Right now I’m really digging Better Call Saul, which is a prequel to Breaking Bad – an amazing show. And per usual, I’m still a fangirl of Criminal Minds. I also just started watching 11/22/63 which is really intriguing. If you have any suggestions, leave ’em below!

In the meantime, let’s talk cake. This is the fudgiest cake there ever was and it has a delectable Irish cream filling that’s outta this world. I topped the whole thing with chocolate ganache – rich, sinful and indulgent, it adds just the right amount of sweetness and decadence to this anything-but-ordinary chocolate cake.

Plus, it’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day… or Wednesday March 2nd.

This Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is sinfully rich and fudgy with creamy Bailey's buttercream and decadently easy chocolate ganache. A can't miss, must-make, EASY recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake
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This Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is ultra decadent and perfect for St. Patrick's Day... or any occasion, really. No one will know that this sinful cake came from a box!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 & ¼ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • FOR BAILEY'S BUTTERCREAM:
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ⅓ cup Bailey's or any other Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles, for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9" cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until blended. Pour the mixture evenly among the cake pans. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cake springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. To make the buttercream: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, Bailey's and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. You may not use all of the powdered sugar.
  4. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer top-side down onto a plate. Spread with ¾th of the Bailey's buttercream, spreading out to the edges. Top with the second cake layer, top side down and even out the filling to compensate for the gap between layers.
  5. In a medium bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and heavy cream on HIGH heat for about 45 seconds. Stir until completely smooth and pour the mixture over the top of the cake, spreading out to the edges so it drips over. Let set for about 5 minutes.
  6. Pipe the remaining Bailey's buttercream around the perimeter of the cake and sprinkle on the chocolate sprinkles, if desired. Store cake covered at room temperature or in the fridge.

This Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Cake is sinfully rich and fudgy with creamy Bailey's buttercream and decadently easy chocolate ganache. A can't miss, must-make, EASY recipe! I love the fudgy chocolate cake layers mixed with that creamy Bailey’s buttercream, topped with the sinfully rich chocolate ganache. This cake is to-die for!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)I’m torn, you guys.

There’s this very outspoken rapper – I think you probably know who he is, because he’s always on the news. More recently he asked Bill Gates for money, and then there’s his whole weird obsession with Taylor Swift and Amber Rose…

HIM. Yeah.

I hate to say this, but I like his music. Dude has some really catchy songs with great beats. Beats I love to pretend to dance to while I’m baking. Alone, of course – no one needs to see me pretend twerking. Or really twerking. Or ever twerking. But I digress.

I’m torn because I like some of his music, but I really dislike him as a person. He’s kind of a douche, if we’re being honest, and I hate that he is trying to undercut Taylor’s success and pretend it was he who made her famous.

Um, you do realize that Taylor makes more money than he does? Like, double what he makes. Which, if you’re a snarky a-hole like I am, makes you happy to know, especially since he’s begging every billionaire for money right now and writing racy stuff about her in his latest songs.

I kind of wish I didn’t like his stuff, just so I could continue to hate-watch his crazy antics, but I do like his stuff and it kills me inside. It’s like when I hate-watched Pretty Little Liars because I was convinced the show would suck and not do justice to the books, but then I ended up binge-watching it during a really long weekend and became hooked. Well, it’s like that, but hate-listening... which is ironically how I listen to Taylor Swift music.

Anyway, I realize this is a weird, non-life-threatening problem to have so I suppose it could be far worse, but I wonder if I’m alone in my hate-listening? And if we’re being honest, my favorite song by him is dominated by Nicki Minaj, so it’s almost like it’s her song, and so that’s cool.

Clearly I’m overthinking this.

Let’s talk about this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread. It’s so decadent, you won’t know it’s actually a bread and not a cake! Moist, a little dense, and packed with chocolate and banana flavor, it’s easily one of my favorite banana bread versions I’ve made. Everyone loves the classic – and that’s still my top fave – but this Oreo one comes pretty close, too. But if you’re a serious chocoholic, you’ll love this version!

There’s a special secret ingredient in my banana bread recipe that takes it over the top. Can you guess? Alright, I’ll confess: it’s pudding mix! Yep, dry, instant pudding mix is the secret ingredient in my banana bread recipe. It adds great moisture to this bread (no dry crumb here!), adds an extra boost of flavor (part of the triple in the triple chocolate), and adds wonderful texture (moist, soft crumbs – almost cake-like!). You could probably live without the pudding mix in this recipe, but why would you? It’s what makes this banana bread into the BEST banana bread. Promise.

Now, no hate-eating it, okay?

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)

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Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
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This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is PACKED with amazing, rich chocolaty flavor and is so moist and flavorful, you will forget it's actually a breakfast food!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (I use plain, but you can use vanilla or banana flavor)
  • 2 cups mashed banana (about 3-4 medium bananas)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) instant dry chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, yogurt, banana, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add in the cinnamon, flour, cocoa, baking soda and pudding mix and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Tent the bread with foil and return to the oven to bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool in the pan completely before cutting into slices to serve. Serve dusted with powdered sugar if desired.

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)Rich, chocolaty, moist and utterly divine – best way to wake up ever.

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Slutty Brownie Cups

These Slutty Brownie Cups may have a funny name, but they're all business when it comes to flavor and decadence! Chocolate chip cookies layered with Oreos and fudgy brownies topped with chocolate ganache. A must-make for any dessert lover! Let me preface by saying I did not come up with the name ‘slutty brownies.’ Actually, I’m not sure where it came from, but surely the person who concocted such a name had a dirty sense of humor and loved making outrageous baked goods.

In other words, person – please be my best friend.

But really, slutty brownies are something that you should be excited over. If you haven’t heard of them before, they’re basically a chocolate chip cookie dough layer, topped with Oreos, and finished with a smothering of brownie batter, baked until done, and served up gooey. You could totally bake them in a pan and call it a day, but I wanted to make adorable cups out of them, so that’s what we have here today.

For one, the cups provide portion control, and with swimsuit season quickly approaching, we all know how much that will help with our waistlines… unless you’re like me and ate several. And for two, they bake up quicker and more even than a regular pan. And they’re cuter, of course.

Honestly, these are totally customizable, too – use a different flavor cookie dough or Oreo and you can totally change up the flavors. Peanut butter cookie dough with peanut butter Oreos would be great, or even sugar cookie dough with mint Oreos. Whatever floats your boat, homie.

But you must top these bad boys with some chocolate ganache. It totally sends these fantabulous cups over the edge and offers a nice, pretty, glossy finish. If you’re feeling extra sinful, top the ganache with sprinkles or mini chocolate chips. Gorg.

Whatever you do, indulge yourself and make these brownie cups! I promise they’re worth it 🙂

These Slutty Brownie Cups may have a funny name, but they're all business when it comes to flavor and decadence! Chocolate chip cookies layered with Oreos and fudgy brownies topped with chocolate ganache. A must-make for any dessert lover!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Slutty Brownie Cups
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
These Slutty Brownie Cups may have a questionable name, but you absolutely must give them a try! Rich, outrageously sinful and utterly delicious, you don't want to miss this unique recipe!
Ingredients
  • 2 (24-count) pkgs refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, at room temperature
  • 24 Oreos
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.
  2. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Press together two cookie dough balls into the bottom of the muffin cup. Top with an Oreo, and lastly, with a heaping Tablespoon or two of brownie batter. Repeat with remaining cups. You may have some brownie batter left over - make a small pan or a couple brownie bites in a mini muffin tin.
  3. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the brownie middles appear set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, make your ganache: in a medium microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream on HIGH heat for 45 seconds. Stir until melted and set for about 10 minutes. Drop Tablespoonfuls of ganache on top of each brownie cup. Serve.

These Slutty Brownie Cups may have a funny name, but they're all business when it comes to flavor and decadence! Chocolate chip cookies layered with Oreos and fudgy brownies topped with chocolate ganache. A must-make for any dessert lover! Ultra rich, super decadent, and unforgettable – you guys have to give these a try!

These Slutty Brownie Cups may have a funny name, but they're all business when it comes to flavor and decadence! Chocolate chip cookies layered with Oreos and fudgy brownies topped with chocolate ganache. A must-make for any dessert lover! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Perfect Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Okay, so this isn’t really a recipe, but it’s worth posting because OH MY GOSH THESE ARE SO GOOD.

If you’ve never made brown butter before, it really brings a deeper, more complex flavor and much-needed oomph to any recipe… these krispy treats included. It almost adds a warm, toasted marshmallow-y flavor to these treats which really makes them even more delicious!

And did ya know that rice krispy treats happen to be one of my favorite desserts ever? And that 99% of the time, I’ll just eat the goop instead of actually making the treats? So it’s actually kind of miraculous that I have actual treats to show you today, because I managed to resist my insane urge to stick my hands in the bowl and binge.

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! The best part about this recipe is that it’s completely adaptable to your preferences. If you’d like, feel free to use Fruity Pebbles or even Cocoa Pebbles. You can also use flavored marshmallows as well to bring out different flavors to these easy, scrumptious treats. Or try drizzling these with salted caramel sauce for an added richness. It’s seriously limited to your imagination!

Enough yapping – let’s get down to business!

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Perfect Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 15
 
These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are so rich, sinfully delicious, buttery and irresistible!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 10 cups (1 pkg plus 2 cups) miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, keep a watchful eye on it while whisking it. In about 5 minutes, it'll turn a deep amber color after foaming and fizzing for awhile. Remove it immediately from the heat once you see that amber color.
  2. Immediately stir in the salt, vanilla, and 8 cups (1 pkg) of marshmallows and stir to combine. The residual heat of the saucepot should melt the marshmallows, but if it doesn't melt them all the way, turn the heat back to low and stir the marshmallow mixture constantly until melted.
  3. Fill a large bowl with the Rice Krispy cereal and pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl. Add in the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows and toss everything to coat. Once fully coated, spread into a greased 13x9" baking pan. To compact the cereal mixture into neat bars, grease the bottom of a glass cup with cooking spray and press down on the krispy treats until compacted.
  4. Let set for about 1 hour at room temperature before cutting into bars.

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Chewy, gooey, sticky and chewy, these delectable bars will be your new favorite way to have rice krispy treats!

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cinnamiddles

These Cinnamiddles are so gooey, decadent and utterly divine! If you ever wanted just the center of a cinnamon roll, this is the easiest recipe for you!Did I ever tell you about the time that my mom totally ruined my date?

Okay, she didn’t ruin it. It honestly could have been way, way worse. But she did make things exceptionally awkward and I was never called again after that, soooo…

So I went out with this guy; we’ll call him C. C and I met online back when I was online dating and thought I’d be like one of those jovial couples from the commercials on TV: we met online! We both yodel inappropriately! We rock! ANYWAY. C and I went to a local bar where we laughed and talked for hours. I really felt a connection with him and I figured he felt the same, so we agreed to meet again the next day.

Fast forward to the next day, and we grab lunch together. Lunch went swimmingly. We went to a vegan restaurant which was surprisingly good for lacking everything I typically love, and then went on a hike. He was so cool and laid-back and not murdery at all, so I didn’t feel like he’d push my body off of a cliff and kill me. Always a plus on any date.

And so we arranged to meet again – this time, he offered to cook me dinner and since I haven’t had someone cook me a nice meal since FOREVER, I obliged. This would require me to go to his apartment, but I figured that I have a really good screaming voice to alert neighbors if he became handsy, and I also wield kitchen knifes for my job, so there was always the murdery alternative if again, he got frisky or psychopathic while making me chicken pot pie. (But honestly, who gets psychopathic while making chicken pot pie? NO ONE, THAT’S WHO. Because it’s chicken freakin’ pot pie. Everyone loves it. Even vegans.*) *probably 

Before going to his house, I write down his address, his phone number, a few random facts to tell the police should anything happen, and that I was going to help him cook me dinner, which I figured meant that I’d be gone for several hours.

And then about 3 hours into it (he was a really painfully slow cook, but it was homemade pot pie and he made homemade crust, so there’s that), he gets a phone call. It went a little something like this…

“Hello? Um, yeah this is him. Yeah, she is. Yeah, she’s fine. Okay, I’ll let her know. Okay, bye?”

And then he told me I needed to call my mom. So I check my phone and there’s like, a bajillion missed calls, and I know my mom was overreacting a tad because she’s obviously never made chicken pot pie from scratch before, so I called her back and let her know I was alive and that the chicken pot pie was worth getting in trouble with her for.

And then when I tried to give him a polite goodbye/we’ve-been-on-three-dates-already kiss, he backed away like I had leprosy and said he just wanted to be friends. I immediately deduced that A) it wasn’t my breath, and B) my mom had no chill. C’est la vie. BTW, I do not have leprosy, either.

So anywho, let’s talk about these Cinnamiddles. If you don’t know, Cinnamiddles are the insides (middles) of cinnamon rolls. I realized this was a thing when I went to the mall that nobody goes to and they had a Cinnabon which sold these concoctions. I knew I had to make them at home, and with a few simple shortcuts, the process is so simple!

First, you start with refrigerated crescent roll dough or a seamless crescent dough sheet. Roll that sucker out into an even rectangle, and top it with melted butter and lots of brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up tight, cut it into pieces, and stick ’em in a greased ramekin to bake off. While they bake, prepare your easy-peasy cream cheese glaze. SO SIMPLE.

These Cinnamiddles are so gooey, decadent and utterly divine! If you ever wanted just the center of a cinnamon roll, this is the easiest recipe for you!And guess what? The entire thing tastes just like the middle of a cinnamon roll – impossibly gooey, rich and bursting with sweet, warm cinnamon sugar flavor. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

Now make them for your lover!!

These Cinnamiddles are so gooey, decadent and utterly divine! If you ever wanted just the center of a cinnamon roll, this is the easiest recipe for you!

Cinnamiddles
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4
 
These Cinnamiddles are ridiculously easy and totally decadent!!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg refrigerated crescent rolls or a seamless crescent roll dough sheet
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • FOR BROWN SUGAR SAUCE:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp cream or milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease 4 ramekins with cooking spray and set atop of a baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Roll out the crescent roll sheet on a clean work surface, stretching out into a thin-ish rectangle. Brush with melted butter all over and sprinkle evenly with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Begin rolling the dough, long side away from you, into a tight roll. Pinch the seams to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or unflavored dental floss, cut the roll into 14 equal pieces, discarding the end pieces.
  4. Place three cinnamiddles into the greased ramekins. Bake for approx. 10-15 minutes or until gooey and dough is light golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. While cinnamiddles bake, make your brown sugar sauce. In a small saucepot over medium heat, bring the butter and brown sugar to a simmer. Remove from heat and evenly distribute the sauce among the ramekins when they're finished baking.
  6. To make the glaze, whisk together the softened cream cheese, vanilla, cream and powdered sugar until a pourable, glossy glaze is achieved. Pour over the cinnamiddles.

These Cinnamiddles are so gooey, decadent and utterly divine! If you ever wanted just the center of a cinnamon roll, this is the easiest recipe for you! These are so gooey, rich and utterly divine!! You’ll love them!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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