Gooey S’mores Cookie Bars

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!So I just got back from a blogger retreat in beautiful Carmel, CA. More on that soon in an upcoming post :)

But I have to say, a good portion of the night I was scared.

Scared… of mountain lions.

You see, Carmel is a beach town nestled among a pretty countryside. And within every pretty countryside there’s a ferocious beast sniffing me out to eat me alive, and that ferocious beast is a mountain lion. AKA, my worst fear ever.

Well. Besides being burglarized and heights. And monkeys. And sandals.

At nighttime, we kept the doors open to let a breeze in, and of course it’s pitch black outside with no light except for the one illuminating the room we were in. And the ranch we stayed at had huge windows everywhere, just begging to be squinted through into the midnight-black courtyard where I could only assume a family of hungry, rabid mountain lions waited.

And so amidst conversation with the girls and sipping on cocktails, I continued to glance out the windows in prayer that no critters – beastly or otherwise – would emerge from the darkness and kill us all. It didn’t help that I was sitting right next to the open doors and thus would be first pick among rabid monsters.

Naturally.

So in conclusion, next time, I’m bringing a Xanax. And I’ll also suggest having a retreat in a bustling city. I much prefer traffic noise over the eerie silence of a mountain lion’s playground if you know what I mean.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!I also prefer the ooey gooey goodness of these S’mores Cookie Bars which are out of control amazing. Gooey and rich, they’re packed with a huge, thick layer of marshmallow creme and creamy chocolate and sandwiched between two big ol’ layers of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re the perfect treat!

You could say I went a little beastly on them.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!

Gooey S'mores Cookie Bars
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These gooey cookie bars taste just like s'mores!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (24-count each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" 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. Press one of the packages of cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chocolate chips; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the marshmallow creme and the condensed milk, stir to blend together. Pour over the chocolate chips. Carefully and evenly top with the remaining package of cookie dough. It's okay if some of the marshmallow peeks out through the cracks.
  3. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center appears set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour to help set up, preferably overnight. Allow bars to come to room temperature slightly before cutting into squares.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Supremely gooey, packed with sticky marshmallow creme… these cookie bars are a forced to be reckoned with! You’ll love how thick and chewy they are, with pockets of rich chocolate in every bite! And they’re the perfect way to end S’mores Week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed S’mores Week.. I know I have!!

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Fudgy Frosted Brownies

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, easiest, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!A couple days ago, my family and I were all sitting in the living room watching TV when we heard this really loud music creeping closer and closer to the house. We paused our TV show and looked around at each other confusedly, only to see a random man on a motorcycle pull into my neighbor’s driveway blasting Beach Boys.

Seriously. Riding a freakin’ Harley and blasting – and I mean blasting – the Beach Boys. What kind of sick joke was this?

Like you can’t even blast AC/DC or Metallica? Something a little more blast-worthy? Beach Boys are more like distorted music that plays on a beach pier or as background music at a Hawaiian-themed restaurant. They’re hardly Harley Davidson-worthy music. But I digress.

It instantly reminded me of back when we lived at our old house in another neighborhood, we had this neighbor who, without fail, would blast ‘Baby Love’ by The Supremes every single time he arrived home. No joke. He was easily in his mid-fifties and was super macho – dude would bench press a ton in his garage regularly – but we’d be minding our own business when our ears would fill with Diana Ross and we’d instantly know our neighbor was home the second we heard her crooning ‘Baby Love.’

I wondered, did he only have one CD in his Jeep which only contained the song ‘Baby Love’? How come we never heard any other Supremes songs? Perhaps ‘Baby Love’ was his ultimate favorite, or maybe the CD skipped every other track except Baby Love. Maybe his CD player got the Supremes CD stuck inside of it and would only play Baby Love. The world may never know, but now when I hear that sweet song, I instantly think of my wrinkly, yolked-up neighbor.

It’s awesome.

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, easiest, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!Anywho. This has nothing to do with these Fudgy Frosted Brownies but I’ll pretend like it does. Maybe these macho men who have a strange, feminine preference in music like fudgy frosted brownies? God only knows. But there’s nothing wrong with liking these brownies – they’re absolutely incredible, SO FUDGY, and totally rich. It’s like eating a piece of sugary fudge with frosting on top.

And that’s seriously awesome.

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, easiest, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!*adapted from my Best Ever Fudge Brownies recipe

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Ingredients
  • 1 & ¼ cups unsalted butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (I recommend a high-quality vanilla like a Madagascar Bourbon)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 & ¼th cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp - 1 tsp instant espresso powder (optional but recommended for a flavor boost; start with ½ tsp for a deeper flavor and use 1 tsp if you want something stronger)
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or baking bar
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate chips or baking bar
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tbsp heavy cream, if needed
  • About 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Chocolate candy pieces or rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. First, make your brownies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate together. You can either do this in a microwave-save bowl in the microwave, heating at 45-second increments, stirring after each round until smooth, or you can do it in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, like a double-boiler method (just make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl). I did the microwave method and it worked just fine.
  2. NOTE: if you are using baking bars (such as Baker's), break them up into individual, segmented pieces before melting. This helps expedite the melting process and make for a smooth batter.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the chocolate butter mixture until smooth. Then, add in the flour, espresso powder (if using) and salt until a soft yet thick batter has formed.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (not super wet). Brownies will be very fudgy. Do not overbake, as brownies WILL continue to cook and set up once they cool. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Once cooled, make your frosting: In a large bowl, combine the butter, cocoa, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add heavy cream only if necessary to thin out frosting. Frosting is done when it is thick yet spreadable.
  6. Spread evenly over cooled brownies and garnish with rainbow sprinkles or candy pieces. Allow to set for about 40 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, easiest, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!These brownies are so impossibly fudgy! I know you and your family will adore them!!

These Fudgy Frosted Brownies are the BEST, fudgiest brownies you'll ever have! Rich and chocolaty, they're like fudge with chocolate frosting on top!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!You guys. These carmelitas. I could cry, they’re so good.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an irrational fear of having something stuck in my teeth. I mean, I’m petrified to find something. Spinach, pepper, bits and pieces of god-knows what… anything and everything is a mortal embarrassment.

When I had braces for a few years of my adolescence, it raised the possibility even higher which was always lovely when you had a mouth full of metal to look into. What’s the deal with braces, anyway? Like, why do they think these metal contraptions are a good idea? I understand the reasoning behind braces – straight teeth, good oral health, etc – but I mean, why do they have to look like they do? Painful steel wiring poking your cheek every time you talk, brackets rolling around when one snaps off after you secretly take a bite of taffy. And ugh, those rubber bands. Those came from the devil’s underbelly.

But then to add insult to injury, they allow you to choose random colors for your brackets and those, in theory, sound cool. You can do your school colors, your favorite colors, the rainbow, whatever. But what they don’t tell you is that it’ll look like your mouth is filled with tiny bits of candy stuck in between your teeth.

AKA, my worst nightmare.

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!My fear is to the point where I eat everything as gingerly as possible to ensure the possibility of accruing bits and pieces are slim to none. I’m anti-bits and pieces.

Anywho. These bars have no bits and no pieces. They do, however, have chocolate and caramel and peanut butter which does have a tendency to get everywhere, but even I can proudly say they’re so worth it. And if nothing else, you’ll just have a special surprise to show people any time you smile. You’re welcome?

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!So yeah – these carmelitas. Traditionally, carmelitas are an oatmeal cookie bar base filled with caramel and chocolate chips. They’re gooey, rich and sweet, and have great texture thanks to the oats. But my version has added peanut butter cups to the mix, lending an even sweeter bite and a wonderful saltiness from the peanut buttah. These are basically my dream come true in bar form, and if they had a full-time job, smelled like cologne and were thoughtful, sincere and sensitive, I’d probably marry them.

Try them puhleeeeease. You won’t be disappointed!

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!*adapted from my Nutella-Filled Monster Cookie Bars recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
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These chewy and GOOEY bars will become a family favorite in no time! They boast great texture from the oats, lots of gooieness from the caramel and melty peanut butter cups, and plenty of sweetness!
Ingredients
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar'
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 jar caramel sundae sauce
  • About 25 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (standard or mini size, but not the minis in the resealable package)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour, salt, oats, baking powder and baking soda until a soft dough forms.
  3. Chop the Reese's PB Cups in half or quarters. Spread ½ of the dough into the prepared baking pan in an even layer; top evenly with the caramel sauce and top with the reserved PB cups. Crumble the remaining dough or "puzzle piece it" (flatten dough in your hands and gently kind of puzzle-it together) on top of the caramel and PB cups.
  4. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center appears just about set. It's okay if it jiggles a little; it will set up as it cools and you don't want to over bake. Cool completely before lifting the bars out of the pan and cutting into bars.

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!These bars are so impossibly gooey, packed with sweet and salty flavor from the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the gobs of buttery caramel. You’ll love the texture from the hearty oats and substantially thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base, too. Overall, these are a bar to be reckoned with – you’ll freak for them!

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These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!As you read this, I will have just returned home from a quick jaunt to Santa Barbara, CA. for a blogging retreat.

And I can guarantee you, I’m sad about it.

I’ve been longing for a beach day for awhile now. The beach is one of those places that is so strange to me since it offers both great relaxation and also hefty stress. Why? Because while the sound of the waves crashing, the water ebbing and flowing, the seagulls chirping, and the wind softly blowing, there are granules of sand stuck EVERYWHERE in places that sand should never see, there’s likely a frick-ton of wind blowing debris, sand and seagull feathers into my face, and there’s the teensy fact that I’m stuck wearing a swimsuit. Those poor other beach patrons.

In January when I went to the Caribbean, I wore a dress cover-up on the beach and everyone was puzzled as to why I wasn’t in a bikini. Um, because I’m about as pale as computer paper and my body looks like a giant lumpy thumb. Okay, not really, but it isn’t any Victoria’s Secret stunt-double either.

My point is. While I’m totally relaxed at the beach most of the time, there’s still that part of me that’s like OMG SAND NOOOOO and dreading removing my cover-up and revealing my paleness to the sun.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!What I’m not afraid of? Facing these Oreo Cheesecake Bars. They’re seriously the easiest, foolproof cheesecake bars and they are the best in the flavor department. Rich, creamy, chocolaty and laced with crushed Oreo cookies and cream bits. SO AMAZING.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!So whether or not you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a pale thumb like myself, you’re guaranteed to love these bars!

Don’t like Oreos? Feel free to substitute Golden Oreos, Taffy Cookies, or Nutter Butters for this insanely simple recipe!

But now… get some!

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

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars
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These creamy cheesecake bars are loaded up with lots of crushed Oreo cookies for a fabulously chocolaty cookies & cream flavor!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 24 Oreo Cookies, crushed into very fine crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • About 10 Oreo Cookies, coarsely chopped/crushed
  • Hot Fudge Sauce, for drizzling on top, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the finely crushed Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until combined and moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even, single layer and bake for approx. 12 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. While crust bakes, prepare your filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar with the paddle attachment and beat on medium for about 2 minutes or until combined and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream for about 1 minute or until the cheesecake is very light and smooth. Beat in the remaining coarsely crushed Oreo Cookies.
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the edges are set, the top is very light golden brown and the center is just about set and only a little bit jiggly. Cool completely at room temperature and then once cool, refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into bars. Drizzle the room temperature hot fudge on top of the bars just before serving.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!These cheesecake bars are OMG-worthy. Seriously delicious, so creamy, thick and just packed with rich chocolate and yummy cream flavor. I love the swirl of hot fudge on top, too – just drives that rich chocolate flavor home even more :) You’ll LOVE these bars!

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

xo, Hayley

Cotton Candy Oreo Bars

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!So, I’m a total sucker for the latest and greatest sweet treat. The new Oreo flavors are no exception.

Each time a new one’s released, I stalk my local Target pretty much on the daily for the latest flavor. I wait (impatiently) for the release date because I’m so freakin’ eager to try the latest creation so I can shovel them in my mouth one by one while contemplating dessert possibilities.

There have been some I didn’t care for (lime, red velvet) and others I loved (caramel apple, banana split(!!)), and when I heard about the newest Cotton Candy Golden Oreos, I knew it’d be love at first bite.

Because cotton candy. DUH.

If there’s two flavors I adore no matter what, it’s bubblegum and cotton candy. Consider my teeth the sweetest because those two flavors know no bounds in my book. Ice cream, cocktails, cookies, cakes, frostings, candies, and of course, their typical selves.

And these Oreos, in my humble (correct) opinion, are the best. I mean, seriously damn good. They are super sweet, but what do you expect when you bite into a COTTON CANDY OREO? A salisbury steak? No. You expect sugar in and around your mouth. So hush up with the “too sweet” commentary. Congrats on your stellar observation skills, Sherlock.

Cotton Candy Oreo BarsAnd these bars? Out of control sweet. Like, make your teeth hurt sweet. But worth it – so worth it. They’re a spin of my Cotton Candy Bars which I made four score and seven years ago and caused me to be called a racist because a woman thought corn-rows were racist – true story. ANYWHO. Racism aside, these bars are the upgraded version to the original, thanks to these sweet, limited edition Cotton Candy Oreos. And they’re mega delish.

So, long story short, if you like cotton candy, Golden Oreos, impossibly sweet stuff, and sprinkles, you are my new best friend, and you’ll adore these bars. (Not so) plain & simple.

NOW EAT.

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!*adapted from my Cotton Candy Bars recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
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These super sweet chewy bars taste like cotton candy, thanks to the special-flavored Golden Oreos and cotton candy oil, which you can find online or in craft stores.
Ingredients
  • 1 box blue velvet cake mix (or white cake mix)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 drams cotton candy oil (like the kind by Lor-Ann), divided
  • ¾ pkg Cotton Candy Oreos (may substitute regular Golden if needed)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the blue velvet cake mix, egg, melted butter, and two (2) drams of cotton candy oil with a spoon until a soft dough has formed. If you cannot find the blue velvet cake mix, substitute white cake mix and tint it with blue food coloring. Press ¾ of the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Coarsely chop the Cotton Candy Oreos and sprinkle them on top of the bar base. Top evenly with the white chocolate chips. Drizzle on the sweetened condensed milk until a layer covers the bars (you may not need the entire can of milk). Crumble the remaining dough over top of the bars, trying to cover it completely as best you can.
  4. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the center is set and the top is lightly golden brown. Cool completely, preferably overnight.
  5. Tint the vanilla frosting pink and stir in the remaining dram of cotton candy oil to combine. Drizzle over the cut bars and sprinkle with rainbow jimmies. Serve!

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!Unsure of what a “dram” is? Drams are miniature bottles of highly concentrated flavorings or extracts that are commonly used in baking and candy making. These oils tend to be more potent than your average extract sold at the grocery store, which makes them perfect for flavoring these bars since a little goes a long way. You can find the cotton candy drams in some craft stores, such as Michael’s, Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby, but a surefire bet is to order them ONLINE.

And be sure to hunt down the limited edition Cotton Candy Golden Oreos at your local Target store!

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!Have a super sweeeeeet day!

xo, Hayley

Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!You guys. These bars are out. of. freakin’. control.

And they’re my absolute newest favorite. Maybe ever. I’m not afraid to put a ring on it.

This idea, like many of mine, came from my undying love for donuts of all shapes, sizes, and flavors. That, and my Glazed Donut Pie, which continues to be one of the most popular recipes on my site. If you haven’t made it yet, your life is in serious need of an overhaul, spiritual realignment, and a donut pie addition. For real.

So these bars are basically the donut pie if the donut pie made a love child with a coffee cake. It came to me one day while I was salivating over the donut holes in the grocery store. You know, the prepackaged ones, with all their glorious options (powdered, cinnamon sugar, glazed, chocolate…) and their larger, more sophisticated brethren, the donut. I was trying very hard to come up with a reason to buy the donuts besides inhaling them in a single sitting while simultaneously watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians and contemplating my poor life choices. Because let’s be real, that happens on a near daily basis. Sadly. I need a life.

And it was in this pivotal moment when I noticed the coffee cake muffins and an idea struck me over top the head as I slid a handful of donut hole boxes into my cart with unabashed happiness. I would combine donuts with coffee cake, and it’ll be freaking magical.

Friends. Magical it was. My sister and I stood over the pan after I finished photographing these and shoveled piece by piece into our mouths wordlessly, just slow blinking because they taste so effing amazing, as we ate in unison. It was a sisterly bonding moment I’ll cherish forever. Not really.

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!ANYWHO. You are in sore need of these bars and it’s already high time you made them. They’re sweet, spicy from the cinnamon, crumbly from the thiiiiiick streusel on top and just so comforting. They remind me of a giant bear hug for your belly. And believe you me, your belleh needs a hug.

Hugs.

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!*adapted from my Glazed Donut Pie recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars
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These outrageous bars combine cake donut holes with a thick coffee cake streusel for an out-of-control bar that's one-hundred percent indulgent.
Ingredients
  • 2 (15 oz) boxes glazed cake donut holes, cut in half (I used Entenmann's Pop-Ems)
  • 1 & ½ sticks butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR CRUMBLE TOPPING:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; fill the bottom of the pan with the halved donut holes until they're tightly packed in the pan in an even layer.
  2. Mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, beaten eggs and vanilla with a whisk until blended; pour the mixture evenly over top of the donut hole pieces, smoothing it over the top if needed so all the pieces are coated. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the crumble ingredients until thick, coarse crumbs are formed. Crumble the streusel mixture over top of the bars as evenly as possible. Bake for approx. 18-22 minutes or until the top is golden and the center appears set and not super jiggly. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.
  4. *NOTE: the bars aren't as solid as say, a brownie. They tend to fall apart as they're dense. You probably won't get super clean cuts from this but you may if it sets longer, such as overnight. Note that this is almost like a casserole bake rather than a definitive bar.

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!Oh my word. I really don’t have much to say except to MAKE THESE NOW! And then invite me over since we’re such good friends and I introduced you to your newest BFF.

These are so dense, thick and plush from the cake donut holes. They taste like a giant cinnamon-studded coffee cake donut, all rich, fluffy and fabulous. You’ll love the brown sugary streusel on top of the gooey baked donuts. This casserole-ish inspired bar recipe is simply DIVINE.

These Donut Coffee Cake Crumble Bars combine fluffy, cakey donuts with crumbly, cinnamon streusel coffee cake in these addictive and comforting bars!Have a wonderful, super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!adore caramel. But can you believe there was a time when – *gasp* I thought I didn’t like it?

(I know, I was seriously deranged).

I was insistent on my hatred of caramel. I would only do hot fudge and would make a face at my dad who would promptly douse his sundae in caramel sauce. He would goad me into trying it and I’d wrinkle my nose as if he were offering me pickled pigs feet to pair with my rocky road.

But then something in me clicked and I tried it one day. And lo and behold, I’m a completely convert. In fact, now I overlook the hot fudge and always go straight to the heart of the good stuff – caramel, caramel, caramel.

Is there anything this golden, sweet, buttery syrup can’t do? (Well, actually, yeah. It can’t get me a tax return. It can’t buy me flowers on a bad day. And it certainly can’t pay my car payment.) … but hopefully it can convince you guys to make these bars, because they are SO unbelievably tasty and rich.

The secret to these guys? Dulce de leche. Trust me on this one – it’s a doozy.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Dulce de leche is different than caramel in that it’s primarily milk based – specifically using sweetened condensed milk for a richer, thicker, creamier flavor and consistency than your standard sugar-based caramel sauce. And did I mention how amazing it is? For realsies, it’s the best, and it’s the reason these bars are oh-so magical.

Because how can you say no to this?

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars
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These Dulce de Leche Gooey Chocolate Bars are the ultimate treat for a chocolate and caramel lover! Gooey, thick dulce de leche makes these bars over-the-top amazing.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup Rolos, unwrapped and cut in half
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can/jar (7-8 oz) prepared dulce de leche (I LOVE & highly recommend Trader Joe's version)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and melted butter with a spatula until a thick but soft dough forms. Press ¾ of the dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chopped Rolo candies evenly.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and HALF of the can of dulce de leche until combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the Rolo candies. You may not use all of it; that's okay. Crumble the remaining dough on top of the bars, covering it as much as possible.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until the edges of the bars are set and golden and the middle is just about set. It may be slightly jiggly still, and that's okay; you don't want to over-bake it as it will continue to set up as it cools. Cool completely.
  5. Before cutting into squares, drizzle with remaining dulce de leche. Serve immediately or store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. *NOTE: I recommend letting the bars set overnight so they're more solid when you cut into them. This helps them from completely falling apart.*

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Rich, buttery, and jam-packed with caramel, these ooey gooey treats will be your new favorite in no time! And if you’ve never tried dulce de leche, be prepared to convert to the creamy side of caramel.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Bailey’s Brown Butter Frosted Brownies

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! I remember when I turned 21, I wanted to drink everything in sight. Because, my rationing, I’m 21 and YOLO. (I wasn’t the most intelligent back then. Hindsight is 20/20, you know).

As I navigated my way through the world of beer, wine, and spirits, I quickly realized what I liked and what I didn’t. Hard lemonade = no bueno. Whiskey? The surprising like. Vodka? Talk about highway to hell. Flavored liqueurs (especially Midori)… hook me up to an IV with it.

But the one I didn’t delve into a whole lot were the cream liqueurs like Bailey’s. No reason why, just didn’t manage to get a hold of a bottle. But when I did, I realized this creamy, dessert-y drink is best paired with something equally sweet, like frosty ice cream, a glaze on spiced donuts, or, say, a fudge brownie recipe like this one.

If you’re like me and don’t have much experience with Bailey’s, or if it’s been awhile, let me remind you of what you’re getting yourself into. Bailey’s is a rich and creamy spirit that’s composed of a heavenly blend of Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur that’s spicy, sweet, and totally mind-blowing. While some people enjoy it straight or on-the-rocks, I prefer mine laced in desserts since the liqueur pairs so beautifully with sweeter flavors, like chocolate, caramel, and spice. Bailey’s also has other flavors, too, like Salted Caramel, Vanilla, and even Chocolate Cherry, but this recipe uses the original to really drive home that decadent Irish cream flavor.

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! Oh. And there’s brown butter in the frosting, too. You’re welcome. I can’t even tell you how magical the brown butter and Bailey’s pairing is; it’s simply perfect.

But don’t take my word for it. Take yourself back to your 21st year and make yourself these brownies! I think you’ll quickly discover a newfound love!

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies
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Thick, ultra-fudgy and topped with a creamy layer of brown butter and Bailey's frosting, these brownies are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day... or any other day, for that matter.
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ¼ cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup Bailey's Irish Cream Original Liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • About 2-3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Stir the hot fudge sauce and cinnamon into the brownie batter to combine.
  2. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake according to package directions, about 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Do not over-bake. Cool completely in the pan.
  3. While brownies cool, prepare your frosting. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Allow the butter to melt completely, then carefully watch it during the browning process. Over the next 5-7 minutes, the butter will begin to sizzle, foam and pop, eventually turning an amber color. Watch it closely to prevent it from burning, until the butter is a deep amber color with brown flecks in it. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl to cool completely.
  4. Once butter has cooled, combine it with the Bailey's liqueur, milk or heavy cream, and powdered sugar, stirring vigorously until a thick yet spreadable frosting is achieved. You want it thicker than a glaze, but something you can spread rather than pour. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.
  5. Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies. Allow the frosting to set, approx. 20 minutes or so at room temperature, before cutting into squares. Serve immediately.
  6. **For an alcohol-free version, feel free to substitute the Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur with Irish Cream-flavored coffee creamer instead. Bailey's makes a fabulous coffee creamer that tastes like Irish Cream but sans alcohol.**

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! These are so freakin’ good, you guys! I love the rich creaminess of the brown butter & Bailey’s frosting – it is so luxuriously decadent and sweet, flecked with all those golden brown butter nuggets and scented with the indulgent hint of whiskey. Amazing!

**For an alcohol-free version, feel free to use Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee Creamer in place of the liqueur. The flavor is the same, minus the alcohol. Use equal parts coffee creamer for the liqueur in the frosting recipe, and proceed as directed.**

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!Every year around this time, I start to realize bikini season is creeping up on me… and every year around this time, I vow to eat better, exercise more, and transform myself into a Victoria’s Secret model.

And for awhile, it works. I’ll throw spinach in my smoothies. I’ll walk an extra mile a day. I’ll send Victoria’s Secret my bikini modeling pictures and they’ll call me and tell me to please stop sending photos to them. Same old routine, you know?

But then… then something happens. I’ll be walking to the grocery store to buy more birdseed to snack on when suddenly, I’m attacked by throngs of miniature girls with ribbons in their hair and teeth missing in their mouths asking me in their cute voices if I’d like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies. And then there’s always that one little girl dressed up like a gigantic Tagalong or something and I just want to scream why are you doing this to me!? because it’s so rude to say no to a girl dressed up like a giant cookie, you know?

It’s like, I may say no to a cookie here and there, but a cookie with a face? A cookie with a toothless grin, pigtails, and shoes that light up when she dances? That’s a low-blow to breeze on by and be like, I don’t need you, dancing cookie girl. I just can’t do it.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!So inevitably I spend my kale money on Do-Si-Dos and Thin Mints and Samoas and insist to the moms multiple times that I’m buying for my family, we all love cookies, har har har, and then I get home and eat every last crumb of those evil concoctions. I’ll check the boxes later after the damage is done and see that one serving is two cookies and I’ll laugh because everyone knows that eating two Girl Scout Cookies is equivalent to the impossibility of seeing pigs fly, finding Justin Bieber attractive and eating pizza on the moon. It’s just not possible.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!So while my kale and boiled chicken diet may be done, my Girl Scout Cookie diet is alive and well. And since Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie in all the land, I have been ramping up my baking with tons of Samoas-inspired recipes for when Girl Scout season is over and my cravings are still alive and well. And you guys, these bars could not be easier and they taste just like a thicker, softer Samoa cookie!

Don’t mind me, just making the impossible into possibles. Except for J.Biebs. He’s a lost cause.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!*sugar cookie bar recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest

5.0 from 1 reviews
Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars
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Thick, soft and chewy, these Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars taste like the Girl Scout Cookie classic but can be made yearround when the craving strikes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
  • About 3 cups toasted coconut, cooled
  • 1 pkg Chocolate CandiQuik
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. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until combined. Lastly, beat in the baking powder, salt, and flour, adding the flour about a cup at a time, until a soft dough has formed.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the baking pan. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and center is set. Cool the bars completely in the pan.
  4. Melt the caramels according to package directions, or until smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut, tossing to coat. Working very quickly, spread the caramel-coconut mixture on top of the sugar cookie bar base. Using your greased hands or a greased off-set spatula or spoon, spread the mixture to cover the entire base; you may have to press it out, but be gentle about it as to not crush the sugar cookie base beneath. Allow the caramel coconut layer to set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the bars are set, lift the bars out using your foil handles and cut them into squares. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bottoms of the bars into the CandiQuik and place onto a wax-paper lined surface. Repeat with remaining bars. Pour the remaining CandiQuik into a resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, snip off a corner of the bag, and drizzle the remaining CandiQuik over top of the bars. Allow the CandiQuik to set, about 10 minutes, before serving.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!If I could, I would subsist exclusively on the caramel and toasted coconut layer alone – it is fabulous! These are so chewy and gooey, and such a great way to transform a basic sugar cookie bar into a fantastical Samoas-inspired dessert!

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Biscoff S’mores Seven Layer Bars

Biscoff Smores Seven Layer BarsAs you’re reading this, I am partying my face off in Orlando, FL for the Food Blog Forum conference. We’re at Disney World, and I’m pretty positive I will convince the cast members to let me move into Cinderella’s castle.

…or being kicked out of Disney World for pouting at their obvious ‘no, you may not live in Cinderella’s castle’ answer. Whatever.

With that being said, I’m gonna keep Sunday’s post short and sweet by introducing you to your new favorite dessert: these Biscoff S’mores Seven Layer Bars. I’ll let that sink in for a minute.

DSC_0120ASo yeah, Biscoff S’mores Seven Layer Bars. It combines the classic flavors of s’mores with an unexpected but delightful twist of Biscoff spread. You guys have heard of Biscoff right? It’s got the consistency of peanut butter but is made with ground Biscoff cookies, creating a very smooth, sweet and slightly spicy spread that’s perfect on virtually everything… including seven layer bars.

DSC_0128ASince graham crackers and Biscoff are similar enough, I decided to swap out classic honey grahams with Biscoff cookies in this recipe. It creates a nice, spicy kick to the bars thanks to the ginger, cinnamon and rich flavors in the Biscoff cookies, and it pairs so nicely with the sweet, fluffy marshmallow and the rich milk chocolate. You guys are gonna love these bars.

Okay, gotta go infiltrate the castle. I’ll invite you over for Biscoff S’mores Bars when it’s mine.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
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These seven layer bars have two unexpected flavors that come together for a truly delightful and delicious sweet treat: Biscoff and S'mores! You'll love this new, winning flavor combination.
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 pkgs (8 total) S'mores Pop Tarts
  • 1 cup Biscoff Cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Kraft JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • ½ cup Biscoff spread
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • About 2-3 squares of Chocolate CandiQuik
  • About 1 cup Kraft JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits, for garnish
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 generously with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil with a spoon until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 12 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. Line up the Pop Tarts gently onto the crust. There should be four on top and four on bottom, but if needed, break up Pop Tarts to fit. Top first with the miniature marshmallows, then the chopped cookies and chocolate chips. In a small bowl, quickly whisk together the Biscoff spread and sweetened condensed milk until combined; pour the mixture evenly on top of the bars.
  4. Return to the oven and bake for approx. 18-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Center will appear just about set. Cool completely, preferably overnight.
  5. Once bars are cool, cut into squares. Prepare the chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions or until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate into a small resealable baggy and snip off a corner of the baggy. Drizzle the bars with the CandiQuik and immediately top with the Mallow Bits for garnish. Serve!

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DSC_0136AThese are so unbelievably delicious, you guys. Sweet, chewy, gooey, slightly spicy and just oozing with chocolate and marshmallow… they are a s’mores lovers dream come true! I highly recommend you bake with Biscoff cookies to add that additional crunch and spice – it’s what makes these bars extra special!

Biscoff Smores 7 Layer BarsHave a fabulous day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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