Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! So I just did my taxes.

Actually, I had an accountant do my taxes because even double-digit multiplication proves to be too much for me.

And I’m sad to report that I owe money this year.

WHYYY does the IRS cramp my style?

It’s like they don’t want me to spend my hard earned money on clothes, purses and deep tissue massages. The IRS – the land of the unfashionable stiff necked people.

Anyway, it’s fine that I owe. I mean, I’d rather owe and pay it than not pay it and be a criminal by the time I’m 26. Tax evasion isn’t a good look. Well, unless you’re Theresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who only served a hot minute in prison and now has her own TV show and book deal. So I guess tax evasion isn’t so bad?

Don’t worry. I’m only joking. Kind of.

Something I won’t be evading is this pan of Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies. They are spectacular, people. Sweet, salty, and bursting with rich, warm, aromatic vanilla and espresso powder. To make ’em extra special and gourmet, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on top just before baking to give them a wonderful crunch and salty bite. You could totally omit this if you’d like – but who denies a little extra flavor, am I right?

First y’all need to brown your butter. This is crucial if you want to call these Brown Butter Blondies. Browning your butter imparts such amazing flavor into these blondies- adding a wonderful warmth and nuttiness. Just be sure to watch your butter like a hawk, because it can go from gorgeously amber to hideously burnt in a matter of seconds. Trust.

Brown your butter all nice like, then let it cool for a sec. Once it’s cooled down a little, stir in your brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar because I wanted a really deep flavor, but light works too! Then stir in your eggs, a healthy helping of vanilla extract, some baking soda & flour, and of course – your espresso powder!

Espresso powder can be found near the coffee in most grocery stores. I use a brand called Medaglia D’Oro which has wonderful flavor. In this recipe I added two Tablespoons – but you can add more or less to suit your taste. I found that two Tablespoons was just right – not super coffee-like, but had a nice jolt.

And lastly – duh. M&M’s! I used mini M&M’s because they cover more surface area and I personally don’t like large chunks to chew through. I’ve actually never been a super fan of chunky food. Call me crazy, I already know it.

Throw on the sea salt – be liberal! Liberate yoself. Bake it until it’s nice and golden and then EAT. Please, for the love of Pete, EAT.

If the IRS accepted these blondies as a form of payment, honey, they’d be paying me!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe!

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies
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These Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies are incredible! Rich, with wonderful deep espresso flavor, gooey chocolate M&M's and sea salt on top. A perfect sweet & salty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder (more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's candies
  • 1-2 Tbsp sea salt, for sprinkling on top (more or less to suit your salty preferences)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir it around occasionally, watching it constantly, as it deepens and darkens in color. The mixture will bubble up, then start to look foamy, but keep stirring and checking it until it's nutty and fragrant and a deep amber color. Once achieved, immediately remove it from the heat and cool it for about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar until combined, then the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the espresso powder, followed by the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Stir in the M&M's candies.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! These are a sweet and salty lover’s DREAM come true! I ate mine with a big cup of coffee and I highly recommend you do the same!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars

These Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars definitely qualify as breakfast! This EASY recipe tastes just like gooey cinnamon rolls but in a creamy cheesecake bar!You guys. I can’t even with these bars!

So lately I’ve been on a cinnamon roll kick. This is probably because I never make cinnamon rolls because when I do, I promptly make it a one-woman race to see how many I can eat in a single sitting. Not surprisingly, I always win. Also not surprisingly, all the cinnamon rolls are gone.

In my head, I’ve been plotting and planning different cinnamon roll-esque recipes to share with you guys. One was the recipe for these Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars, the ones you see here. The other was for a cinnamon roll bundt cake which, it turns out, defied all laws of gravity and stayed inside the confines of the pan forever and ever.

I literally had to chisel it out with a knife and a spatula, contorting the pan around my body in ways no pan should be contorted, until it finally released and the bottom half plopped onto the counter all lame-like and pathetic.

I then had to exercise all of my muscle in order to pry the top half out of the pan. This resulted in me just giving up and soaking the pan in water for three days.

But luckily, these cheesecake bars were a screaming success. They are based off of my Perfect Cheesecake Bars, which, in my humble opinion, are totally the best. They’re creamy, light, fluffy and packed with flavor, and they’re basically foolproof. No scary springform pans. No frightening water baths. I mean, what’s up with water baths anyway? I don’t want to bathe my food period. I don’t even take baths, and I don’t want my food to get better treatment than I do. So yeah, no water baths. No spas or saunas either.

Here’s what goes down:

Prepare your cheesecake. Beat the living daylights out of some softened cream cheese with some sugar. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla extract. Lastly, add in sour cream – this makes the cheesecake the creamy, dreamy success that it is. Pour it into your par-baked cinnamon graham crust. Allow me to repeat: CINNAMON GRAHAM CRUST (!!).

While all this is happening, make your oh-so-easy brown sugar cinnamon filling. You just melt some butter, brown sugar and a heap of cinnamon in a small saucepan until melted and gooey and divine. Then drizzle it onto the cheesecake bars and give it a little swirl. Bake until golden and juuuust about set and voila! Amazingness. 

Also, I know I’ve been posting a lot of cheesecake recipes lately. If you mind, clearly you are in the wrong place. Sorry not sorry.

FYI: this is totally a breakfast food.

FYI #2: Even my dentist and dental hygienist approve. A DENTIST. So you know it’s good, y’all.

These Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars definitely qualify as breakfast! This EASY recipe tastes just like gooey cinnamon rolls but in a creamy cheesecake bar!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars
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These Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars are such a dreamy, creamy masterpiece! Smooth, vanilla-scented cheesecake is swirled with a rich, gooey brown sugar & cinnamon swirl topped on a cinnamon graham crust. So easy, so delicious!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 2 cups cinnamon graham crackers, finely crushed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • FOR CINNAMON SWIRL:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 Tbsp ground cinnamon (depending on how cinnamon-y you want it)
  • 6 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8 pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cinnamon graham crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar together until completely moistened. Press the mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan and bake for approx. 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. While crust bakes, prepare your cheesecake. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the vanilla. Lastly, beat in the sour cream. Set mixture aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Spread half of the cheesecake mixture into the prepared crust. Top with half of the cinnamon mixture. I like to draw lines with the cinnamon mixture into the cheesecake and then swirl them together with a butter knife. Top with remaining cheesecake, then remaining cinnamon mixture, swirling together.
  6. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until cheesecake is set and the center is just a little jiggly. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

These Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars definitely qualify as breakfast! This EASY recipe tastes just like gooey cinnamon rolls but in a creamy cheesecake bar!Gorgeous, perfectly spiced, gooey and creamy, this cheesecake may be my favorite yet!

These Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars definitely qualify as breakfast! This EASY recipe tastes just like gooey cinnamon rolls but in a creamy cheesecake bar! Craving more cheesecake? Try my other delectable recipes!

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These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!The Best Oreo Cheesecake Bars

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

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Ours was super low-key, and by super low-key, I mean as low-key as humanly possible. Like, we literally all sat on our butts and watched TV all day. Then I made chicken parmesan for dinner since no one likes ham. The Parkers are winning at this Easter business.

And you know what’s even worse than being an Easter loser? An Easter loser who didn’t even make dessert for after Easter dinner.

I KNOW.

How am I a dessert blogger? I should be fired immediately.

I made stuff for the blog, so technically we had dessert, but I am kind of like the dessert police and didn’t let anyone touch it since I hadn’t photographed it yet.

I KNOW.

So we ate like dessertless barbarians. I’m clearly winning at life.

Anyway, can we talk about these Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies? They are incredible! Super coconutty, soft and supremely chewy, and loaded with white chocolate. AHMAZING.

You won’t believe how easy they are to make, too!

Start with a box of sugar cookie mix – I like Krusteaz’s Butter Vanilla Sugar the best. It has such delicious flavor on its own, but it adds a wonderful depth to these cookies. Next, mix together the ingredients on the back of the box. AKA, your usual suspects of butter and an egg. With your old faithful mix-ins, add in a box of instant coconut pudding mix. Yep, the dry mix. Once it’s all incorporated – and you may add in a little milk or oil to help things along – toss in some white chocolate chips.

This is one all-star cookie, people. Definitely not a loser.

Enjoy!!

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient!

Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies
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These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are incredible! So supremely soft & chewy and filled with amazing coconut flavor and white chocolate.
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla sugar cookie mix (I like Krusteaz)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk or oil
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut cream pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 tsp coconut extract, optional but adds great flavor
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar cookie mix, egg, softened butter, milk, instant pudding mix and the coconut extract until a soft dough forms. You may have to knead it together with your hands. You can add a little more milk or oil, one Tbsp at a time, until dough is soft and workable. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies will be golden brown and just barely set. Do not over-bake. Cool completely before serving.

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! Pretty pretty promise me you’ll make them?!

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert! Usually I’m not a big fan of spring, but I’ve come around to it this year.

For one, we’ve been blessed with wonderful weather here in California. I love the rain, so I’m welcoming El Nino with open arms. But on the days when it isn’t raining, it’s perfectly sunny and not too warm, not too cool. If it could be like this forever, I’d never leave!

I think my change of heart has to do with the fact that I found an allergy medication that works. Oh, how I love thee, antihistamines.

That, and I have about a bajillion sun dresses that I need to wear ASAP.

Okay, fine. That, and I love spring flavors. There’s something so refreshingly light and tasty about lemon and blueberries – besides the fact that they pair so beautifully together! Lemon just adds the right amount of tartness to any dessert recipe, and the blueberries bring such amazing sweetness and color. Together, this duo is killing it at this whole spring thing!

And that flavor combination is the inspiration for this gorg Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake. I mean… no words, people. I need an excuse to bring this to a springtime brunch or soiree because it’s the perfect sidekick to any party or get-together!

This cheesecake is so supremely creamy and dreamy, and it’s loaded with tart lemon flavor that adds such a wonderful brightness and lightness. Just before it’s baked, I swirled in some of Lucky Leaf’s Blueberry Fruit Topping, which adds tremendous flavor and a lovely purple-y blue swirl. Then I baked it until it was just about golden and set. I’m a brand ambassador this year for Lucky Leaf and I love their products and know you’ll love them, too.

Once it has time to chill in the fridge, it’s eating time! Just before serving, I highly recommend topping it with a healthy helping of more Lucky Leaf Blueberry Fruit Topping. Have you had the stuff? It’s just divine. Fruity, sweet and sublime. I eat fruit topping on just about anything I can, from pancakes & waffles to cake slices and cheesecake.

Lastly, I serve it up with a dollop of whipped cream and a lemon wedge in case someone wants to impart more of that juicy, bright lemon flavor. Either way you slice it, you’ve got one helluva yummy cheesecake on your hands!

So rejoice in the spring season with me and make this cheesecake!

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
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This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is phenomenal! Tart, sweet and bursting with juicy lemon and blueberries, it's so easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 can Lucky Leaf Premium Blueberry Fruit Topping & Filling, divided
  • 1 graham cracker crust
  • Whipped cream and lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the graham cracker crust onto a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add in the sour cream and lemon zest and beat to combine.
  3. Pour the cheesecake into the graham crust. Top with 5-6 heaping dollops (about 2-3 Tbsp or so) of blueberry fruit topping onto the cheesecake in a circular pattern. Using a clean butter knife, swirl the blueberry fruit topping into the cheesecake.
  4. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set - if it wiggles a little, that's okay. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Just before serving, top the slices with more blueberry fruit topping and garnish with whipped cream and a lemon wedge.

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outrageously delicious and SO simple to make! Juicy, sweet and tart, it's the perfect balance of flavors in one spectacular dessert! Creamy, light, lusciously smooth and bursting with fresh lemon and blueberry flavors, you’ll love this fabulous cheesecake!

Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working as a blog ambassador for Lucky Leaf. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog business afloat! 

Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars

These Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are such a fun spin on the classic cake! This EASY recipe takes minutes to prepare and features rich brown sugar, juicy pineapple, creamy cheesecake and a brown sugary crust that's positively irresistible! Pineapple upside down cake is one of those cakes I often forget about.

For one, it isn’t super popular – is it? I never see it on any restaurant menu, and even our local bakery doesn’t sell it readily. And growing up, we had it about as often as we had liver and onions, which, if you couldn’t guess, was never.

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I finally experienced this classic cake. Sure, it’s kind of retro, but it’s cute and delicious, unlike some other retro foods (I’m looking at you, Jell-O molds with hot dogs in them).

And lemme tell ya – these Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are all kinds of awesome.

The idea came to me suddenly while I was grocery shopping. I was down the canned fruit aisle and needed crushed pineapple for my Hummingbird Bundt Cake when I realized, I don’t have any nearly as many pineapple recipes on here as I would like. And then I realized, I haven’t had anything pineapple upside down in like, forever. Thus, these cheesecake bars were born!

So the deal is very similar to my Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars – if you haven’t made those yet, I highly suggest you do; they’re one of my favorite recipes.

It’s pretty simple: grease your pan and lay out a sheet of refrigerated crescent rolls. Pinch all the seams up and spread on the cheesecake mixture. The cheesecake mixture is so decadently luscious you’ll want to cry. Instead of white sugar, I used brown sugar to mimic that rich flavor pineapple upside down cake has. I also folded crushed pineapple into the cheesecake batter for amazing flavor and texture.

Top the whole shebang with another layer of crescent roll dough, then cover that jazz with some melted butter and brown sugar. Bake ‘er up and HOLY MOLY, you have something seriously delish happening.

Does it taste exactly like the cake? No, but it has that same flavor profile – deep brown sugar, juicy sweet pineapple, and a cherry on top.

Even if you do eat pineapple upside down cake often, you ought to make these bars asap!

These Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are such a fun spin on the classic cake! This EASY recipe takes minutes to prepare and features rich brown sugar, juicy pineapple, creamy cheesecake and a brown sugary crust that's positively irresistible! *adapted from my Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars
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These Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are absolute stunners! They're so simple to make and taste incredible!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 1 & ¾ cups brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Whipped cream and cherries for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Unroll one of the crescent dough sheets and lay it flat in the bottom of the pan. Pinch together all the seams to seal. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, one (1) cup of the brown sugar and the vanilla extract together until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the crushed pineapple, juice and all, until combined. Mixture may be slightly lumpy because of the pineapple; that's okay. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
  3. Immediately unroll the remaining crescent roll sheet over the cheesecake layer, pinching the seams to seal. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top layer. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining brown sugar and the ground cinnamon; sprinkle this liberally over the melted butter.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and center is set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until chilled. Cut into bars and garnish with whipped cream and cherries, if desired.

These Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are such a fun spin on the classic cake! This EASY recipe takes minutes to prepare and features rich brown sugar, juicy pineapple, creamy cheesecake and a brown sugary crust that's positively irresistible! Creamy, decadent, tropical and delicious, these may be my new favorite bars!

These Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Bars are such a fun spin on the classic cake! This EASY recipe takes minutes to prepare and features rich brown sugar, juicy pineapple, creamy cheesecake and a brown sugary crust that's positively irresistible! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! I am obsessed with random facts.

I absolutely, positively love learning random things that have no use in my brain whatsoever. My personal favorite are facts that totally blow my mind, leaving me in a state of semi-paralysis while I ponder my existential crisis.

You know, just a normal Tuesday.

Like, okay – did you know Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa?

Or that humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas?

Or that there are more fake flamingos in the world than there are real flamingos?

CRAZY, RIGHT?

My family is completely annoyed with me and my random factoids. In fact, when I start off my fact with, “Did you know…?” they all groan and grumble. But like, why wouldn’t you want to know that if you folded a piece of paper 42 times it’d reach the moon? I mean, come on people – it’s science!

So anyway, now I read random facts and keep them all to myself. If there was ever a bar trivia night starring random questions wondering how many hearts an octopus has, I can clearly win when I say “three.” Boom.

Since my facts aren’t as appreciated as they probably should be, let’s talk about these Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars. They taste exactly like a coconut cream pie but without all of the hassle of making a homemade pie crust and whatnot. The filling and crust come together in minutes and then the whole shebang is baked until golden and gooey. I do want to warn ya that you should let these sit in the fridge for at least two hours to set up, but other than that, you’ll be eating these bad boys in no time.

Random fact: these bars will rock your socks off. Guaranteed!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor!

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Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars
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These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are phenomenal! They taste just like a coconut cream pie but without the hassle of making a crust.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut creme pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • FOR GOOEY BARS:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • Additional powdered sugar, for dusting on finished product
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, melted butter, egg and dry coconut creme pudding mix until combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese until soft, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, then add in the coconut extract. Beat in the powdered sugar and melted butter until completely combined. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the crust in the pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and just about set. The center may be slightly gooey still - this is okay and you do not want to over-bake! Cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. Dust with additional powdered sugar just before serving.

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor, these bars are a wonderful treat for any season!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Can you believe this was the first time I’ve tried Hummingbird Cake?!

I know. Me either.

In my defense – and probably in many of yours – I hadn’t really known about Hummingbird Cake until recently. It’s a Southern cake, so if you’re from the South you’re probably way ahead of me. Allow me to catch up!

Most people know about red velvet cake – aka, the most Southern cake there is. But a lot of people overlook this beautiful Hummingbird Cake, which, by the way – I have no idea why they call it that. And no hummingbirds were involved in the making of this cake. Just FYI.

But there’s kinda something magical that happens when you bake up a Hummingbird Cake. First, it’s a spice cake base which automatically makes it awesome. Then you jazz it up with crushed pineapple, mashed banana and pecans. Lastly, I finished this off with a super thick, ultra rich cream cheese glaze, more chopped pecans and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEEEEL.

The result is a supremely moist cake bursting with a bunch of different flavors and textures. You get the sweetness from the pineapple and banana, the crunch from the pecans, and the warmth from the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves spicing the batter. Then you get the creaminess from that glaze – seriously, pass a straw – and a wonderful nuttiness from the toasted coconut.

And yes, toasting the coconut is mandatory. If you’ve ever had toasted coconut, you’ll know why. It’s only the bestthingever.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! With spring vastly approaching, Easter coming up and Mother’s Day along the way, I highly suggest bookmarking this cake to make for any of those events! It’s so simple – thanks to a cake mix – but is doctored up so much that no one will know you took a shortcut. It’s definitely a cake that wows!

Plus, you can pretend to be Southern when you make it. Accent required, obvi.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time!

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
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This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is filled with delicious flavors like pineapple, banana and pecans, then topped with a luscious cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut.
Ingredients
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 small box instant banana pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecans, divided
  • FOR GLAZE & TOPPING:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a bundt pan with cooking spray, preferably the kind with flour in it. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Fold in the mashed banana, crushed pineapple and one (1) cup of the chopped pecans.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack.
  4. Once cool, make your glaze. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and heavy cream until combined. Add in the powdered sugar, beating until smooth and pourable. Pour the mixture over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining chopped pecans and the toasted coconut.
  5. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Rich, moist, flavorful deliciousness all up in here!

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Can I be real with you for a sec?

I’ve tried to like Cadbury Eggs – I really have. I buy them every year, thinking that this year will be different. That, and the adorable rabbit on the package. Seriously, they could put that rabbit on a pack of cigarettes and I’d buy them – and I don’t even smoke.

But honestly? I don’t much care for the chocolate. I know, I know – don’t shoot me, please.

I can get down on that crisp candy coating. Dear lawwwd, give me a bag of candy coating shards and I will polish it off faster than you can say ‘Easter bunny.’ But the whole chocolate part? Not. So. Much.

This is probably because I grew up eating the crappiest chocolate imaginable – like the stuff the dollar store sells which is probably just brown-dyed chemicals and not chocolate at all. And then there’s Cadbury, in all its regal British glory, and little miss boxed mac & cheese over here doesn’t know what to do with the finer foods in life, so I just make up excuses about the chocolate to candy coating ratio to hide the fact that I’m a heathen.

It’s simple math, really.

Just like when I took a food & wine class in college. Okay, so it was just an awesome excuse to get loaded at 9am on a Tuesday, but don’t judge me. The class would be tasting the wine and defining the notes and aromatics and I just sat there with wine in my mouth like, “yup, tastes grape-y, like grape soda without the fizz.” Meanwhile, everyone silently judged me because no fancy person drinks grape soda. Let’s just get real – grape soda is like, the lowest on the soda totem pole. And defining a fine cabernet as “grape soda-y” was like announcing to the class that I’m poor and unrefined. And like grape soda.

BUT, I know there are classy folk out there in the world who enjoy Cadbury Eggs – and who find cabernet to be lovely and not at all soda-like. So this recipe is for YOU.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are, in a word, divine. Even I enjoyed them, probably because they were buried among the most decadent blondie alive.

You start with the blondie base, which is pretty much all 2’s. Two sticks of butter, two cups of brown sugar, two eggs, 2 cups flour… then add a few 1’s: 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 & 1/2 cups of chopped Cadbury Eggs. When I say ‘Cadbury Eggs’, I’m talking about those crisp miniature candy-coated eggs, not the creme-filled eggs. Just FYI.

Bake it all up with a healthy sprinkling of sea salt on top for fantastic flavor and crunch. Cut ’em into bars and serve them immediately – everyone who eats one will be impressed with your good taste. I promise.

This recipe is heathen-approved.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies
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These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies feature the delicious, eponymous candy in these perfectly salted, brown sugary blondies!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped Cadbury Eggs (I used a mixture of milk chocolate eggs and white chocolate eggs)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Fold in the chopped Cadbury egg candies.
  4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. 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 before cutting into bars.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Sweet, salty, caramel-y and chocolaty, these blondies will rock your socks off!

Be sure to pin this recipe to your favorite Easter board on Pinterest!

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Peeps Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 12
 
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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Serves: 12
 
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

 

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