Mojito Bars

These MOJITO BARS are like classic lemon bars but with a lime & mint twist! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a fresh lime and rum-soaked mint curd, baked to perfection! Tastes JUST like a classic mojito, beach optional!These Mojito Bars have all the flavors of a mojito that you love in one gooey, chewy, delectable bar! This is such a fun twist on a classic lemon bar!

Do you ever need a change? I suppose that’s a really dumb question, because everyone needs a change every once in awhile.

But even me – Girl Who Generally Fears Change – needs a change every now and again.

Like, especially now… I am kind of dying for a pixie haircut. And lately I cannot get enough of pineapple salsa by Newman’s brand. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME.

And although lemon reminds me so much of springtime (or vice versa), I have already been-there, done-that with lemon bars and wanted something different. Something fresh and exciting. Like the pixie haircut of desserts.

So I made Mojito Bars. Natch.

These are just like lemon bars in construction but made with limes and mint, a pairing so heavenly they made a drink out of it. (Uh.. the mojito, in case you were wondering).

So basically, anatomically, they’re made with the same shortbread-y crust as a classic lemon bar. Partially bake that sucker, then pour on the filling which consists of lime juice & zest, some eggs, sugar, a splash of milk, and rum-soaked mint leaves. *record scratch* RUM-SOAKED MINT LEAVES, Y’ALL. Or if you want to keep these booze-free (who are you?), rum-extract-soaked mint leaves.

HALLELUJAH.

Bake ’em up until they’re just about set, then chill them. I know, total buzzkill BUT totally necessary to make sure they cut evenly and prettily. Otherwise you’ll have a mojito hot-mess on your hands. Which, ironically is my nickname when I drink too many mojitos. ANYWAY.

These MOJITO BARS are like classic lemon bars but with a lime & mint twist! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a fresh lime and rum-soaked mint curd, baked to perfection! Tastes JUST like a classic mojito, beach optional!Then eat them by the pool or while sunbathing or just eat them inside curled up by the fire because it’s still blizzard-ing in some states and this will be your one-way ticket to paradise.

BRB, Mojito-ing everything!

These MOJITO BARS are like classic lemon bars but with a lime & mint twist! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a fresh lime and rum-soaked mint curd, baked to perfection! Tastes JUST like a classic mojito, beach optional!*adapted from Gold Medal Flour

Mojito Bars
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These Mojito Bars have all the juicy flavors of mojitos you love in a gooey, chewy, irresistible bar form! A fun twist on the classic lemon bar!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR THE MINT:
  • 3 Tbsp light rum OR 1 tsp rum extract + 3 Tbsp water
  • 16-20 mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Zest of two limes
  • ⅔ cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1-2 drops green food coloring, optional
  • Additional powdered sugar for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside briefly.
  2. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and flour together with an electric mixer until a soft dough comes together. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes.
  3. While crust pre-bakes, steep the mint. Combine the rum and mint leaves (or, if using rum extract, rum extract, water, and mint leaves) and steep in a bowl while the crust bakes. Then make your filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, and salt until creamy and pale yellow. Whisk in the lime zest, juice, and milk, followed by the green food coloring, if using. Lastly, strain the mint leaves and add the liquid from the mint leaves to the filling mixture, stirring to combine.
  4. Pour the filling evenly over the crust and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the center is just about set - if it jiggles a little, that's okay, but it shouldn't be sloshing in the pan. Remember, do not over bake these! Cool the bars in the pan completely, then refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours before cutting for cleaner squares. Garnish with additional powdered sugar, if you'd like.

These MOJITO BARS are like classic lemon bars but with a lime & mint twist! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a fresh lime and rum-soaked mint curd, baked to perfection! Tastes JUST like a classic mojito, beach optional!The rum-soaked mint leaves really add a lovely minty punch to these zesty, bright and tart lime bars and are a MUST in a mojito!! I hope you love this fun twist!

These MOJITO BARS are like classic lemon bars but with a lime & mint twist! A buttery shortbread crust topped with a fresh lime and rum-soaked mint curd, baked to perfection! Tastes JUST like a classic mojito, beach optional! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! If you love peanut butter cups but wish they were jumbo-sized, I’ve got you covered! These Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars are just the ticket to squashing your giant PB cup craving!

I have yet to bake in my new kitchen… but that changes TODAY!

I have been dying to test out my appliances and get baking for my new neighbors, but the whole organizing your life back into order thing after moving is kind of exhausting. Who knew I had so much stuff that needed to be bubble-wrapped, then unwrapped, then put away? GAH.

And no, I have not read that magical book about tidying up, thankyouverymuch.

So basically I’ve been waking up, feeding my still-confused dogs and getting to work around the house. But oddly, I love all the chores of putting things away and wiping down my own counters. Yes, I’ve found some odd sense of joy in laundering my own socks, and I appreciate how nice it is to come home to a clean house.

I know this feeling will eventually wear off and I will want to set fire to my clothes rather than launder them, but for now I’m enjoying this new-house honeymoon stage 🙂

Anyway, I was thinking about what to bake first in my new place and these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars, which I’d previously made at my old place, came to mind. But the thing is… these bad boys are no-bake, so I don’t even need the oven to whip them up.

…Which is going to rock in a few months when it’s a bajillion degrees and turning on the oven is about as logical as jumping from a three-story building into a pit of rocks.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! These are slightly addictive; you’ve been warned! The base consists of a little confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumbs, which give them a slight crunch and helps the bar hold its shape. The mixture is poured into a pan and set in the fridge, then topped with a thick, smooth layer of chocolate ganache. The result is a deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cup bar that’s totally out. of. this. world.

Who wants to come over!?

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert!

Reese's Peanut Butetr Cup Bars
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These Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bars are like a fudgy, deep-dish PB cup! Totally easy to prepare, comes together quickly and is entirely no-bake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups honey graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use the natural kind, as it is too oily)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be runny. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the bar layer has somewhat firmed up, make the chocolate topping. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 20-30 seconds, stir, then heat again for another 10-15 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate once more for another 30 mins at least (up to overnight if you wish) before cutting into bars.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Fudgy, peanut buttery goodness topped with a silky smooth chocolaty layer. These bars are the definition of HEAVEN!

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Soft, chewy and totally rich, these Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are delightful! Super simple to make and easy to decorate for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday!

I love recipes that can be made holiday-ish or made for everyday consumption.

In the past, I was all about completely unique desserts using seasonal ingredients like Cadbury eggs or the flavor-of-the-moment Oreos. But I realize not everyone has access to those ingredients, which renders basically the whole recipe useless.

So now, I love making what we bloggers call “evergreen content.” This basically means it’s content that never really goes out of style year after year, or even within the seasons. And these Red Velvet Brownies most certainly fit that bill!

These guys have been the bane of my existence, to be frank. I have made like three or four batches of them before finally liking this recipe best. The first one was totally my fault – I goofed and added like 3/4 cup of cocoa powder to the batter, yielding a, well, brownie. No red in sight. The next batch, I added less cocoa but still too much for a red velvet color. And the third one I underbaked, because I still do that, people.

Finally, fourth time being the charm, I nailed it. And I think you’ll agree!

These are so soft, chewy and moist and flavored with all that red velvet goodness. They have just a touch of cocoa powder to give it that oomph without it being a full-on chocolate brownie. And of course, the red color is GORGEOUS! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas… or a random Thursday 🙂

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! But because I can’t leave anything be, I added a cream cheese frosting. (Because duh). It is so creamy, dreamy and smooth and totally drives home the red velvet flavor in these bars.

Mouth, prepare to be amazed.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! *adapted from my blondie recipe

4.5 from 2 reviews
Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
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These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are awesome! Soft, chewy, fudgy and moist, they're topped with a decadently smooth cream cheese icing. Yum!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BROWNIES:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce (one bottle) red food coloring
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE ICING:
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Let cool for 5 minutes, then whisk in the brown sugar until combined. Quickly whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda, flour and red food coloring until a soft batter comes together. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  3. Bake for approx. 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the powdered sugar until frosting is spreadable and light.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled brownies in an even layer. If using, top with sprinkles. Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours to set.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! I hope you love the Red Velvet Brownies as much as I did! They went FAST in my house!

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Everyone’s had a peanut butter blossom cookie, but have you tried Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies?! These are so much easier than dropping cookies and make for gooey, fudgy bars!

I don’t know about you, but peanut butter blossoms are some of my favorite cookies.

A soft and chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a solid chocolate Kiss candy… just perfection!

I know they’re kind of Christmas-y, or at least, they’re popular at Christmastime in the Parker household. But I figured since they’re made with Kisses and Valentine’s Day is coming up… well, you can do the math 🙂

I found the idea for these from my friend Ashley over at Baker by Nature, and because I was pondering ways to make these cookies into bars. Personally, bars are one of my favorite things to make because they’re such a cinch – throw the ingredients into the pan and bake! No dropping, rolling, or cutting anything out, and certainly no waiting for batches to finish before you can put another pan in. Not even a dough chilling!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! And these could not be more simple, I promise! Made in one bowl, baked in one pan, mixed with one spatula. See? I told you this was already easier than the cookie version!

To make these, simply melt some butter. You can do this in the microwave, or on the stove – whichever you prefer. I honestly alternate, as sometimes I feel like I’d rather cook it on the stove, or perhaps my microwave’s being used.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!  Whisk some brown sugar and peanut butter into the melted butter, followed by eggs, vanilla, and your dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into a foil-lined & greased pan, scatter sugar over the top, and bake! Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven and dot the top with those adorable baby Kisses candies.

And then try not to freak out over their cuteness!

(By the way – these are BABY Hershey’s Kisses. I found them in the baking aisle (near the chocolate chips!) at Target. They’re seriously like half the size of a regular Hershey Kiss candy and they come unwrapped… and are perfect for baking. If you cannot find them, simply use regular Hershey’s Kisses!)

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies
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These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are not only adorable, but seriously tasty, too! Fudgy, gooey peanut butter & brown sugar blondies topped with a sugary topping and cute miniature Hershey's Kisses! Just like the cookies but SO MUCH EASIER!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • Hershey's Miniature Kisses (available in the baking aisle at Target stores. If you cannot find these unwrapped mini Kisses, use regular unwrapped Kisses or even chocolate chunks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular 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 in medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the creamy peanut butter, followed by the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients until a thick, smooth batter comes together.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top liberally with the white sugar. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes, then dot the top with the miniature Hershey's Kisses or chocolate chunks. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Fudgy, peanut butter & brown sugary goodness topped with a crisp, crackly sugar topping and adorable miniature Kisses. These can’t get any better!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are such a fun new way to enjoy the season’s favorite sweet: peppermint bark!

So have you noticed nowadays during Christmas season, everything is peppermint barkified?

And now here I am, giving you more peppermint barkified treats. I’m not sorry.

But I think those peppermint bark purveyors are onto something: the stuff is seriously addictive, and nothing seems more wintry and delicious this time of year than the good ol’ P.B. (That’s not peanut butter, just FYI).

I got the idea to make this cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory because they have their own version of this P.B. goodness in the restaurant this time of year. When I took a bite, it was like heaven’s gates opened and angels sang – seriously life-changing.

But if your Cheesecake Factory is like mine, it’s a little pricey, AND it’s smack dab in the middle of the biggest mall in the area. Which means it’s smack dab in the middle of the worst parking lot in the area. During Christmas. I’ll let you figure it out.

So clearly jumping in the car, braving the crowds and finding a parking spot just for a piece of peppermint bark cheesecake isn’t in the cards. So I resorted to making my own… and I’m glad I did!

This comes from my Perfect Cheesecake Bars recipe, which I recommend you make if you’ve never tried it. Honestly, I prefer making cheesecake bars over an entire pan of cheesecake because A) they’re so much easier, and B) portion control! But if you’re a cheesecake connoisseur and prefer big ol’ pans of cheesecake, go ahead and make this into a larger cake. Just don’t blame me when you face plant the entire thing.

And since it’s less than a week to Christmas, you have plenty of time to make a test batch to enjoy before the big day! YOU’RE WELCOME.

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars
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These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are my new favorite seasonal treat! Creamy, silky-smooth and packed with peppermint bark flavor and pieces in every bite!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 20 Oreo cookies, finely crushed into crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped peppermint bark pieces
  • Whipped cream, crushed candy canes and peppermint bark pieces for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter, stirring until moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, but keep oven on.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint extracts, beating well. Lastly, add in the sour cream and beat well. Fold in the peppermint bark pieces.
  4. Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust and continue baking for 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and not sloshing around in the pan; if it jiggles a little, that's okay. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting into bars.

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!Creamy, smooth and studded with real peppermint bark pieces, this cheesecake may be my new favorite flavor!

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are a fun twist on the classic butter cake recipe! Easy, impressive and packed with rum, nutmeg and eggnog flavors in a gooey, chewy bar! Perfect for Christmas! If you love eggnog, these Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are for YOU! Loaded with creamy eggnog and rum flavors in one gooey, chewy bar recipe!

Every year, this happens.

Every year, I remember incorrectly. I think I like eggnog. I get excited when I see it in stores, I inevitably buy a carton and when I take a gulp I realize I don’t really like eggnog all that much.

Sometimes, yes – sometimes I think a small glass sounds really good and festive. Sometimes I’ll get eggnog coffee creamer and add a splash to my coffee so I can feel even more Christmas-y. But glugging an entire carton by myself? Sorry, eggnog lovers – I can’t do it. #foodbloggerfail

BUT, because I’m a loving, caring, giving kind of person, I am willing to sacrifice my fairweather feelings toward eggnog and make eggnog treats for you. Because I love ya and I know a lot of you can chug the stuff no problem. I’m here for you.

Enter: these Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars. They are PACKED with eggnog flavor, so this is not for other fairweather eggnog people. They are for die-hard, hardcore eggnog people. (Side note: ‘eggnog people’ would make an awesome band name. Just saying.)

It’s the recipe for these Gooey Butter Cake Bars but tweaked to have the ultimate eggnog flavor punch. I started with a white cake mix base which you press into the pan. Then I whipped up the eggnog gooey butter part of the equation which consists of cream cheese, eggs, powdered sugar, a little bit of rum and vanilla extracts, eggnog and butter. I mean… can you even handle the awesomeness?

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are a fun twist on the classic butter cake recipe! Easy, impressive and packed with rum, nutmeg and eggnog flavors in a gooey, chewy bar! Perfect for Christmas! Pour the gooey filling over the base and bake it until golden and just about set. Let it cool – I know, it’s excruciating – and then cut it into bars.

Easy, fabulous, gooey. These are for you, my eggnog people!

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are a fun twist on the classic butter cake recipe! Easy, impressive and packed with rum, nutmeg and eggnog flavors in a gooey, chewy bar! Perfect for Christmas!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars
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These Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are for all those eggnog lovers out there! Gooey, chewy bars packed with creamy eggnog flavors. A great holiday treat!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 pkg white cake mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • FOR EGGNOG FILLING:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp rum extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Additional powdered sugar for dusting, optional
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 and egg until a thick dough forms. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer. Set aside briefly.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the rum and vanilla extracts, the nutmeg and the entire box of powdered sugar, beating well until smooth. Lastly, beat in the eggnog and melted butter until smooth and combined.
  4. Pour the filling mixture evenly over the bar base. Bake for approx. 37-45 minutes or until golden brown on top and mostly set. It's okay if the bars jiggle a little when moved, but they should not be sloshing around in the pan. The bars will continue to set as they cool. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. Refrigerate the bars to set for about 2 hours. Cut into squares and dust with additional powdered sugar before serving, if using.

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are a fun twist on the classic butter cake recipe! Easy, impressive and packed with rum, nutmeg and eggnog flavors in a gooey, chewy bar! Perfect for Christmas! These bars are perfect for anyone who wants a taste of the holiday season! A fun twist to a classic recipe 🙂

Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars are a fun twist on the classic butter cake recipe! Easy, impressive and packed with rum, nutmeg and eggnog flavors in a gooey, chewy bar! Perfect for Christmas! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars

These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are so delicious and GREAT for fall! A spice cake base, cinnamon & apple pie-spiced apple butter filling and buttery caramel complete these gooey, chewy, perfect bars. Caramel apple fans, rejoice! These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are utterly delicious! A spice cake base with a gooey apple butter filling and a drizzling of caramel finishes these outrageously awesome bars.

So because I need new friends, I joined that site Meet-Up.

If you don’t know, it’s kinda like a dating site but for finding hobby groups and making new friends. Totally low-pressure, easygoing stuff.

I joined a group that focuses around making new girlfriends because I desperately need more of those. (And my ‘more’, I mean any).

And you know what? It went well, even according to me, perpetual pessimist of all things.

We met at a lovely local lady’s house and played card games for a few hours, had some wine, and just chatted. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more laid-back first time hanging out with complete strangers. So if any of y’all are reading this, thanks for the good time, ladies!

Honestly? I was just glad I didn’t gravitate toward the host’s cat like I normally do at places where I don’t know anyone. I used to have this ex-boyfriend who loved to go to parties. At every party, there were throngs of people I went to high school with, but they were people I didn’t really hang out with in high school, either, so it was awkward making small talk with someone who sat behind me in math class second period for 6 months.

Anyway, whenever I’d be at these parties – and I’m not a big drinker anyway, so I’d be nursing a water bottle – I’d hang out in the corner and stalk the animal that lived there. I’d pet it and scratch it and telepathically beg said animal to stay with me and never leave my side… only to have said animal bolt the second it sensed a stage-five clinger in its presence.

But I’m happy to report I did not scare away any animals at this Meet-Up. #Firsts

These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are so delicious and GREAT for fall! A spice cake base, cinnamon & apple pie-spiced apple butter filling and buttery caramel complete these gooey, chewy, perfect bars. should have brought these Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars with me to the game night, but instead I brought chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were fine, of course – but there’s something so warm and fall-like about these bars. Maybe it’s the apple butter loaded inside each bite, or the buttery caramel that reminds me of apple-picking and falling leaves.

Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars. They make a good impression!

These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are so delicious and GREAT for fall! A spice cake base, cinnamon & apple pie-spiced apple butter filling and buttery caramel complete these gooey, chewy, perfect bars.

Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are fantastically gooey, rich and easy to make with an irresistible apple butter filling and a buttery caramel drizzle.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • FOR FILLING & DRIZZLE:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup apple butter (homemade or prepared)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • Caramel sauce or dulce de leche for drizzling, recommended
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 with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the spice cake mix, egg and melted butter until a thick dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, apple butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the vanilla extract, apple pie spice and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the box of powdered sugar, mixing well, followed by the melted butter. Beat until mixed together.
  4. Pour the apple butter filling on top of the crust and bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until just about set. The center will be slightly jiggly - that's okay as it will continue to set up as it cools. If the center is sloshing around, bake it for a little longer using 5-minute increments.
  5. Cool the bars completely, then refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or until set. Cut into bars and drizzle with caramel sauce or dulce de leche before serving.

These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are so delicious and GREAT for fall! A spice cake base, cinnamon & apple pie-spiced apple butter filling and buttery caramel complete these gooey, chewy, perfect bars. Gooey, chewy, thick and perfectly spiced for fall! I can’t wait for you guys to give these a try!

These Caramel Apple Butter Gooey Bars are so delicious and GREAT for fall! A spice cake base, cinnamon & apple pie-spiced apple butter filling and buttery caramel complete these gooey, chewy, perfect bars. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! If you love the taste of Southern pralines, you’ll flip for these Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars! Buttery smooth with a pecan sandie cookie crust, a brown sugar cheesecake layer and topped with a rich and gooey praline sauce.

So I need to start working on trusting my gut again.

I used to be super good with my female intuition. We were BFFs, always judging situations together and making snap decisions like Thelma and Louise. We were tight. Sisters from another mister. Soul sisters. I could tell her anything and she would listen patiently and NOT TALK BACK BECAUSE I DO NOT TALK TO THE VOICES IN MY HEAD. Sorry, just had to leave that there in case my doctor reads this. Moving on…

But lately we’ve had some kind of falling out.

And now I can’t make proper snap decisions to save my life.

Snap decisions like, should I get behind that red Toyota in the left lane, or stay where I am behind the Mercedes in the right lane? (Spoiler: always go behind any other car than a Mercedes. I swear, Mercedes drivers are the slowest in all the land. Sorry to Mercedes drivers, but like, can y’all pick up the pace?)

This post should also be titled: I need to work on my patience. So spare me the comments telling me I’m impatient. KNOW, DANGIT.

But seriously, how do you hone in on your intuition and choose the fastest lane in the McDonald’s drive-thru just by sight and car type alone? I’m asking for… uh, research purposes.

ANYWAY, my intuition is still awesome for tasting delicious food because I definitely knew when I saw these Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars that they would taste phenomenal. It’s hard not to when you have a pecan Sandie cookie crust, a brown sugar cheesecake and a silky, buttery praline sauce. I meaaan…

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! And this sauce? HONEY, do not let this sauce only grace these cheesecake bars. I demand that you use your whip-smart intuition and slather this sauce on EVERYTHING. Waffles, pancakes, French toast, pound cake, flipflops… I literally do not care, but don’t let this liquid gold go to waste once the cheesecake bars are done for.

And that, my friends, is how you do cheesecake. Mic drop.

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars
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Serves: 9
 
These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars are silky smooth and utterly divine! A must-make!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 (11.3 oz) pkg Pecan Sandie Cookies, finely ground
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • FOR PRALINE SAUCE:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" square pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pecan Sandie cookie grounds, melted butter and brown sugar together until moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and keep oven on.
  3. While crust bakes: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and brown sugar together until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla, beating well after each addition. Lastly, beat in the sour cream until just combined. Pour the cheesecake filling over the still-hot crust and place into the oven.
  4. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set. If it's slightly jiggly, that's okay - but it should not be sloshing around in the pan. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.
  5. While cheesecake chills, make your praline sauce. In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar and butter and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add in the cream and vanilla, taking care as the mixture may violently bubble up. Stir until combined, then cool to room temperature. Stir in the pecans just before serving.

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! Buttery, creamy brown sugar cheesecake, brown sugar-y pecan cookie crust and that heavenly sauce make for a seriously delicious cheesecake bar!

These Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars have a pecan cookie crust, a creamy brown sugar cheesecake and a heavenly, buttery, rich and gooey praline pecan sauce on top. So easy, super impressive and utterly gorgeous and DELICIOUS! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Pecan Praline Blondies

These Pecan Praline Blondies are a wonderfully EASY and DECADENT recipe! Made in ONE pot (both the frosting and the blondies), they're sweet, crunchy, gooey, chewy and utterly delicious. Even if you aren’t a Southerner, you probably know what pralines are – those crisp, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth candies filled with crunchy pecans. Get that same flavor here in these addictively irresistible Pecan Praline Blondies!

So I’ve only ever had true, authentic Georgian pralines once. And it was like, the best thing ever of my LIFE.

…And I found them in the gift shop at the Atlanta airport when I had a layover there. #truth

I mean, what else do you do when you’re stranded in a Georgia airport besides read trashy gossip magazines and drink a jumbo-sized Coke Zero? Exactly.

Anyway, I bought a big ol’ bag of pralines because I needed to understand what this Southern classic dessert hype was all about. And I think I maybe arrived at my house with one or two pralines left – I seriously ate. them. ALL.

So now I need to plan a trip just to go back to the South and eat my weight in pralines. Because that’s totally something I’d do. #alsotruth

I have tried making pralines at home, but typically pralines are quite finicky and require a precise kind of climate. If it’s too humid, they may never set up. Typically, that means no pralines in the summertime, and I really loathe having Mother Nature dictate when I can and cannot have candy. You already do it to my fruits and vegetables, but damn you for preventing me from making pralines!

These Pecan Praline Blondies take the guesswork and magic spells out of making pralines. You don’t need a specific climate, you don’t need to break out your book of witchcraft and wizardry, and you don’t need to do rain dances and/or prayers to ensure it works. This recipe is that easy.

These Pecan Praline Blondies are a wonderfully EASY and DECADENT recipe! Made in ONE pot (both the frosting and the blondies), they're sweet, crunchy, gooey, chewy and utterly delicious. Not to mention, this recipe is a one-pot recipe. That’s right: a single pot is used to make both the blondie batter and the praline frosting. I win at eliminating unnecessary dishes! That’s how much I hate putting dishes away.

So break out your favorite sauce pot and preheat the oven. We’re taking a tour of the South in your mouth. Or… wait, that doesn’t sound right. Whatever. Oh look, PRALINES!!

These Pecan Praline Blondies are a wonderfully EASY and DECADENT recipe! Made in ONE pot (both the frosting and the blondies), they're sweet, crunchy, gooey, chewy and utterly delicious.

Pecan Praline Blondies
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Pecan Praline Blondies are fantastic! Rich and sinfully sweet with crunchy pecans and loads of butter and brown sugar. A must-make!
Ingredients
  • FOR BLONDIES:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR PRALINE ICING:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
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 with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. To make the blondies: In a medium/large sauce pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the brown sugar until combined. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes. After it's cooled off a little, whisk in the eggs and the vanilla until combined. Lastly, whisk in the salt, baking powder and flour until a soft batter forms.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for approx. 19-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Wipe out the sauce pot and return it to the stove. To make the praline icing: Add the butter and brown sugar to the sauce pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add in the heavy cream and bring back up to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and cool slightly, about 10-15 minutes. Once cooled off a little bit, add in the powdered sugar. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Working quickly, spread the praline icing over the blondie base in an even layer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set the icing before cutting into bars.

These Pecan Praline Blondies are a wonderfully EASY and DECADENT recipe! Made in ONE pot (both the frosting and the blondies), they're sweet, crunchy, gooey, chewy and utterly delicious. I love how buttery, rich and brown sugary these blondies are! They’re the perfect dessert and one of my new favorites! A must-make for any blondie lover.

These Pecan Praline Blondies are a wonderfully EASY and DECADENT recipe! Made in ONE pot (both the frosting and the blondies), they're sweet, crunchy, gooey, chewy and utterly delicious. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Ruffles Krispy Treats

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe! Sweet and salty lovers, rejoice! These Ruffles Krispy Treats are AWESOME. Made with salty, crunchy Ruffles potato chips instead of the classic cereal, they’re gooey, crunchy, sweet and salty… and totally perfect!

So I had planned to have a really relaxing Labor Day Weekend. Instead, I had a laborious Labor Day Weekend.

I didn’t hit up any hot sales at the mall. I didn’t lounge by the pool with a fruity drink. There were no mini beverage umbrellas. There was no lake/beach/river day. It was all WORK.

If I wasn’t baking, I was photographing. And if I wasn’t photographing, I was trying to organize my prop room unsuccessfully. I finally caved and bought those steel 5-tier bakers racks to assemble and use to organize all my props. You know you’ve made it big when…

So now my prop room is all pretty and organized which feels awesome. My back and knees, however, do not feel awesome. And if you’ll excuse me, I have a much-needed massage booked today. I’ll let myself out, thanks.

But before I go, I wanted to make sure you guys knew about these Ruffles Krispy Treats. They’re kinda sorta my new favorite thing ever.

If you know me, you know I love sweet and salty combined. Chicago-style popcorn is my jam. Salted caramel is my homeboy. And thus, these krispy treats are now my newest BFF.

I started thinking that you don’t have to make krispy treats with the cereal. I mean, you could, but why would you want to be a rule-follower when you could be a rebel? (See what I did there? Sorry).

So I did exactly that and made classic krispy treats with Ruffles potato chips, because I’m rebellious like that. The result is a crunchy, crispy, gooey, sticky, sweet & salty fabulousness that can only be described as me screaming “MAKE THEM NOW” (or was it ‘take them now?’) with a mouthful of them.

Be a rebel!

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Ruffles Krispy Treats
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Serves: 15
 
These Ruffles Krispy Treats are SO delicious! Sweet, salty, gooey, crunchy and totally fabulous! A fun twist on the classic krispy square!
Ingredients
  • 1 family-size (13.5 oz) bag of Ruffles potato chips
  • 10 cups miniature marshmallows (1 bag, plus 2 additional cups)
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, crush the potato chips in bite-sized pieces. Just make sure they aren't teeny finely ground crumbs, but no huge pieces of chips either. If anything, err on the smaller size. Toss in 2 cups of the miniature marshmallows. Set aside.
  3. In a large sauce pot, melt together the butter and remaining 8 cups of the marshmallows, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the crushed chips. Toss to coat until moistened, and working quickly, pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Grease the bottom of a glass cup and gently compact it into the prepared pan.
  4. Let set for about 1 hour at room temperature. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature.

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe! If you’re a sweet and salty fan, you guys must give these krispy treats a try!

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe!

Want more sweet & salty deliciousness? Check out these other posts!

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!The Best Salted Caramel Sauce

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

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

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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