Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Do you like Cadbury Creme Eggs?

I have a sweet tooth, but I find them to be a little cloying sometimes. I can do one — maybe two — of the mini ones before calling it a night. Stopping at two candies a night? That’s unheard of around these parts.

But have you ever noticed when you add more sweetness, things somehow become a little less sweet? It’s science, babe, and it’s happening here.

Miss ‘I-Can-Only-Eat-Two-Cadbury-Eggs’ over here can easily polish off a basket full of these Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs. They’re a spin-off of my very first (and still extremely popular) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Except, instead of cookie dough, we’re using Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs for that Easter flair. And in my eyes, the brownie kind of helps cut the sugary fondant center of the infamous eggs, if that makes any sense. Brownies to the rescue!

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs have the miniature Cadbury Creme Egg in the middle of all this chaos. The next layer is a fudgy baked brownie. It’s simple: bake your fudge brownies, then press them gently in your hand, then wrap ‘em around the Cadbury egg – kind of like a brownie heating blanket. (Side note: we should market those). Then we coat the whole tamale in white chocolate and sprinkles, because sprinkles are scientifically proven to make life infinitely better.

The result? This madness. I’m not sorry.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Anywho. These little brownie bombs are the perfect treat for Easter gift baskets, mini goodies for coworkers or friends, or just because.

I’m leaning on just because.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 15
 
Perfect for Easter, these Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are made from real Cadbury Creme Eggs wrapped in fudgy brownies, then coated in white chocolate for the tastiest sweet treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 pan (13x9") fudge brownies, baked, cooled, and cut into approx. 1-2" squares (I recommend using Pillsbury's Chocolate Fudge mix)
  • 15 Cadbury Creme Mini Eggs, unwrapped
  • 1 pkg. Vanilla Candiquik
  • Assorted Easter sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper or a silicone liner; set aside.
  2. Take a brownie square in your hand and, using the heel of your hand, gently compress the brownie flat. Take a Cadbury Mini Egg and wrap it with the brownie, rolling and pinching the brownie in your hands until it covers the mini egg completely. Mold into an egg-shape if possible. Set on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  3. Once all the bombs are made, freeze them for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip each brownie bomb into the CandiQuik with a fork, coating it completely. Allow excess to drip off and return to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining brownie bombs.
  5. Once all bombs are coated, spoon the remaining CandiQuik into a small resealable plastic baggy. Seal out the air, snip off a corner of the bag, and drizzle the remaining CandiQuik over the coated brownie bombs. Immediately top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to set before serving.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!You guuuuyysss. These bombs are soooo sweet and rich; the perfect Easter treat! Feel free to coat them with regular Chocolate CandiQuik if you’d like, but I like the Vanilla CandiQuik for an extra sweet touch to play off the fondant filling of the eggs. These are so fun!

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Have a sweet weekend!!

xo, Hayley

Over the Rainbow Brownie Bombs

rainbowbrowniebombsYesterday, I did a grown-uppy thing: I got a queen-size bed!!  This is pretty exciting news seeing that I have been sleeping on a twin for my entire life and finally feel like I’ve surpassed some grown-up right-of-passage with my grown-up bed.

Basically what I’m trying to say is, I’m a big girl now!

So out of nowhere, my parents decided to graciously treat my me and my sister to brand new beds.  We headed to the mattress stores to check out our options which basically consisted of my eyeballs popping out of my head upon seeing the price some people pay for a mattress.  Unless it has a built-in toilet and mini fridge, I’m not interested.

Anywho, so my sister and I were checking out our options when the mattress lady came by and asked what we were up to, as if we were random strangers intruding in her large home filled with an extensive collection of partially used mattresses.  After we assuaged her nerves and reminded her we were shopping for mattresses, she seemed to calm down some & wanted to know who was looking.  My mom said, “these two” and the woman took that as the perfect opportunity to call us “the kids” from there forward.

I’m sorry, but there comes a time in a person’s life when they pass the ‘kid’ threshold and are called by their names, or by anything other than “kid.”  Excuse me, lady, but I pay taxes.  And I have tattoos.  And my own car.  Which basically means I’m an adult in every sense of the word.  Who cares if my mom is buying me a mattress?  YOU DON’T KNOW ME.

And mind you, there tends to be an age where people call anyone under 65 a ‘kid’ or ‘kiddo’, but this woman clearly was not in that bracket and was only slightly older than myself which definitely does not give her the elderly right-of-passage to call anyone a ‘kiddo’ and wear adult diapers.

The worst part was after she called us ‘kids’, she asked our ages and when I said ’23’ she STILL called me a ‘kid’ after that!  It’s like, excuse me, but I’m definitely not a kid.  Just because I watched Little Einsteins on TV a few days ago doesn’t mean anything!  Because first of all, the gym had it on for some reason and as far as I’m concerned, it was far more interesting than watching CNN.  And last I checked, ‘kids’ cannot vote, abuse a Target credit card or order drinks at the bar with a cute guy who was as interested in me as someone would be with a used napkin [his loss].

DSC_0556AAnyway, I have my big-girl mattress now so I don’t need her judgments.  Plus, she’s probably just bitter because she didn’t have one of these incredible Over the Rainbow Brownie Bombs!! 

DSC_0571AWith St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I knew I wanted something rainbow for this lucky little holiday.  By combining one of my favorite recipes, my Rainbow Truffles, with my classic Brownie Bomb recipe, I made one super bright and ultra fun bomb that everyone will love!  Plus, while it looks intimidating, it’s super easy and fun to make with the kids — just a little labor intensive, but worth the wait :D

If you ever wondered what was over the rainbow, it’s brownies.  And cake.  And queen-sized mattresses.  Now eat up, kid!!

DSC_0572AGET THE RECIPE FOR RAINBOW TRUFFLES HERE.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Over the Rainbow Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 12
 
These adorable rainbow brownie bombs are perfect for St. Patrick's Day and are a fun dessert to make with the kids! Have them roll the rainbow cake to make the cake balls, or decorate the tops with the gummy rainbow candy!
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe Rainbow Truffles (link provided above and below)
  • 1 (13x9") baking pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled and cut into about 1"-2" squares
  • 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
  • Kraft Mallow Bits
  • Sour Rainbow Candy Strips, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Rainbow Truffles according to the recipe provided; freeze the truffles until solid. Meanwhile, take a brownie and using the heel of your hand, gently flatten the brownie into a flat plane.
  2. Wrap the brownie gently around the cake ball, rolling it in your palm and pinching the brownie around the truffle to cover. Place the brownie covered truffles back onto the baking sheet and freeze once more, for about 15 minutes or until firm.
  3. Prepare the Candiquik according to package directions. I used ONE drop of liquid blue food coloring into my Candiquik just to give it a little blue tint, but this is optional. Once the Candiquik has melted and is smooth, dip each brownie bomb into the mixture, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off.
  4. Place on the baking sheet and, working quickly, take a halved rainbow candy strip and arc it on top of the brownie bomb. You may need to carefully hold it in place for a few seconds so the edges of the rainbow don't droop down the wet chocolate. Going as fast as possible, lightly press a small pinch of miniature marshmallow bits onto the edges of each rainbow to create the clouds. Repeat with remaining bombs.

DSC_0569AAren’t these the cutest?!  Yes, they require some work, but the payoff is a sweet, fun and unique treat that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!  No one can resist the fudgy, one-of-a-kind taste of a brownie bomb, and everyone will fall for the bright, sunny surprise of a rainbow cake ball hidden inside!  Plus, this is a great chance to engage the kids in helping with rolling the cake balls and decorating the outside.  Can’t find the rainbow gummy strip candy?  You could also use rainbow sprinkles, miniature M&M’s or rainbow colored pearl sprinkles or candies like Sixlets to decorate the tops of the bombs.  However you make ‘em, they’re guaranteed to brighten your day!!

Love rainbows?!  Me too!!  Check out some other scrumptious rainbow goodies…

rainbowcheesecakeRainbow Mini Cheesecakes

rainbowtruffleRainbow Truffles – aka, the recipe you’ll use as the base for these bombs!

birthdaypokeBetter Than Presents… Birthday Rainbow Poke Cake

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Birthday Cake Blondie Bombs

birthdaycakebombsI may have just turned 23, but I feel like I am 90.

Yesterday I took my sister to a concert and had to stand in line for two hours with a bunch of teenagers with thick black eyeliner and who swore gratuitously.  Now, I am an eyeliner-lovin’ fool and I have a mouth like a sailor, but I guess when you’re 15 (and it’s true) you will wear and swear as much as humanly possible when you aren’t near your parents.  And apparently wear some questionable clothes that even the most seasoned lady of the night may balk at.  But I digress.

While standing in line I had to hear an abundance of lame stories about typical teenage drama mixed with seventeen year olds walking up and down the line asking everyone if they could “bum a smoke” in that scratchy, jaded-teenager voice.  Everyone — even if they tried so hard to hide it — looked super excited to see the bands and I had a weird flashback of when I was seventeen and enjoyed going to concerts, staying out late and wearing fifty pounds of eyeliner for fun.

Now my idea of fun is totally boring to the average human who doesn’t want to spend the rest of their life watching Criminal Minds reruns on Ion Television (but if that is your idea of fun, call me *wink*).  I don’t do clubs because they’re too loud, too crowded and too swarmed with men who spend more time getting ready than I do.  Also, clubs remind me of Jersey Shore which reminds me that being in the same vicinity of people like that will probably up my chances of dying of a fatal case of herpes by 26.

I also dislike the movies for multiple reasons, mainly because my rage bubbles over like a fountain of hatred when I hear people talking during the film, and because going to the movies has to be the lamest date ever.  I mean, how am I supposed to get to know someone if we’re silent for two hours?  My only judgment is basically based on what kind of candy they choose and wow, he is willing to donate his right lung for a box of stale Sour Patch Kids? 

And then there’s the adventure-seeking kinda places like Lazer Tag and Mini Golf.  I would totally do that except for the fact that spending time with a bunch of 11 year old boys running around in glow-in-the-dark hunting gear isn’t usually my idea of a fun time, and also because there’s this really scary miniature golf course by my house that I’m pretty sure houses homeless people, nuclear weaponry, or at least some roadkill carcasses.  I think it was built shortly before the war of 1812 because the last time I was there, I swung a normal golf-y swing at my ball and it created a 6-foot fissure along that course into the scary Hansel-and-Gretel-looking mini house that ate our balls (ha, ha) and never returned them.   Also because the prizes in the arcade were weird things like a jack in the box which hasn’t been the top toy since approximately 1900.

So I bet you’re wondering ‘well, what does this old hag like to do for “fun” since she seems to avoid all things pleasant like the bubonic plague.”  And to that I say: Criminal Minds marathons.  Making huuuuuuge cups of sprinkle-infested frozen yogurt.  Nature walks.  Smothering animals with kisses and baby noises.  Food — OBVIOUSLY.  And I’m not a total crust because I also love to bowl.  I don’t know why, but whenever the prospect of bowling is involved I get super jazzed.  Like, “OMG WE’RE GOING BOWLING?! YESS!!! CAN WE DO UNLIMITED GAMES?! CAN WE STAY FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS?!” like I’ve never been to a bowling alley before.  And usually bowling alleys are filled with homeless people, 11 year olds and probably nuclear weaponry, because no one would suspect nukes hiding underneath some dilapidated snack bar that serves cold chili cheese fries to people clearly tweaking on some kind of illegal substance.  It’s the perfect place!!

DSC_0393AAnyway, I also enjoy celebrating being alive [sometimes] in a world that consists of haunted golf courses and teenage boys wearing more eyeliner than your standard drag queen.  And the perfect way to celebrate life as we know it is by stuffing face senselessly with some Birthday Cake Blondie Bombs!  What in the world is this concoction?  Bassssically the best thing ever, but if that doesn’t clear it up for you: it’s a cake pop smothered in a chewy blondie, then coated in white chocolate and plenty of sprinkles, aka, the best thing ever.  This is for all you party people (and poopers!) because this bomb doesn’t discriminate — it’s fun and tasty for everyone!

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Birthday Cake Blondie Bombs
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Serves: 12
 
Cake or frosting? Why choose when you can have this adorable Birthday Cake Blondie Bomb?! A yummy cake pop stuffed inside of a chewy blondie, then coated in white chocolate and plenty of sprinkles. Every day is a reason to celebrate!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 cake balls/cake pops, prepared (you can make your own of course, or you can buy premade cake pops/cake balls. I found some frozen vanilla cake balls at Walmart and used these)
  • 1 pkg Vanilla Candiquik
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract until combined. Lastly, gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt until a soft dough forms.
  3. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the edges begin to slightly pull away from the pan and the center is light brown and appears set. Cool completely.
  4. Cut the blondies into about 1-2" squares and flatten them with the heel of your hand carefully. Wrap each blondie around a cake pop and roll it in your hands to help seal the blondie around the cake pop, pinching any gaps to seal. Place the blondie bombs onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cake pops/blondies. You should have 12 bombs with some remaining blondies to eat -- yay!
  5. Freeze the blondie bombs for about 30 minutes to set. While the bombs are setting, melt the Candiquik per package directions. Dip the bombs into the white chocolate allowing excess to drip off. Immediately sprinkle with jimmies, if you'd like. Serve!

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DSC_0411AIf you love birthday cake, these are officially your new favorite brownie bombs!  Soft, moist cake pops rolled into chewy, brown-sugary blondies and coated in creamy white chocolate — it tastes just like cake in a delectable, adorable brownie bomb form!  I love that this recipe calls for prepared cake pops because that makes these so much easier to whip up than making your own cake pops.  There’s nothing I loathe more than all the baking, crumbling, mixing and rolling, so using something prepared and ready to jazz up makes this recipe come together in a snap!  Plus, the homemade blondie recipe is stunningly delicious.  You guys will love it and be so glad there’s a few leftover squares :)

Want more bomb-diggity Brownie Bomb recipes?  Look no further!  I am the original creator of these tasty, unique treats!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Funfetti Cake Batter Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
S’Mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Raspberry Pie Brownie Bombs

And for more Brownie Bomb recipes, navigate to the top of my page, hover over “Recipe Index” and select “Brownie Bombs.”

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Baklava Brownie Bombs

baklavaLet’s talk public restrooms for a second.

You know that time when you went to meet a friend for coffee at a quaint coffee chain that may or may not rhyme with “Marclucks” and you two spent three hours catching up over large iced teas and then you felt that sudden OMFG WHERE IS THE BATHROOM moment, only to get up and realize that there is a huuuuuge line outside of the women’s single-stall restroom?

Dude.  We’ve all been there.  You’re squirming awkwardly like a newborn baby deer because you can’t help the OHMYGAWDDD feeling inside, but the squirming makes the feeling even worse, rendering you basically useless as a human being for those critical moments.  People say they can get mean when they’re hungry… well, I get mean when I need to pee like a racehorse.  Don’t eeeeeeven think about talking to me because I will probably start swearing uncontrollably and then urinate all over myself.  Dammit, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that.

Anywaaaays, while seizing in the middle of Starbucks waiting impatiently for the bathroom, I peeked around the corner and noticed that the single-stall men’s restroom was empty.  I turned — only to see more women behind me — nary a male specimen in sight.  So I did what any rational-thinking, full-bladdered person would do: I approached the empty men’s room.

Before secluding myself in my safe haven, I turned to offer the room to the women before me, as if showing them it was socially acceptable in these circumstances to violate gender rules.  But they just looked at me like I was swearing uncontrollably and urinating on myself.

By the time I had finished, washed up and exited the restroom, the same line stood before me.  Again, I surveyed the women, daring them with my eyes to use the men’s restroom — it’s 2014, dammit — liberate yourselves and your bowels! — but they just looked at me quizzically and didn’t budge.

So, my question is: would YOU bend gender rules and use an empty men’s room?  Or is this like, incredibly taboo and I just set a voodoo hex on our human race by peeing in the male washroom?  I guess we’ll never know.

Anyways, let’s stop talking about gender rebellion and start talking about brownie bomb rebellion, shall we?  Ever since I introduced you to the granddaddy of them all, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs, you guys have gone CRAZZZZYYY for the original and its unique spin-offs, like my Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs, S’Mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs and Raspberry Pie Stuffed Brownie Bombs.  Well, in the spirit of being rebellious I concocted another scrumptious bomb recipe that’s sure to please your taste buds.  Introducing: Baklava Brownie Bombs.

DSC_0152aI’d hope you know what baklava is, but if you don’t, let me inform ya: baklava is a delicious dessert popular in Greece and the Middle East.  It consists of layers of flaky, butter-soaked phyllo dough, spices and chopped mixed nuts.  After being baked, a sweet honey lemon syrup is poured over the scored pastry to soak into all the crispy layers.  This sweet treat is a favorite dessert during the holidays but can usually be found year-round at specialty grocery stores in the bakery case, or sometimes in the frozen food aisle.  And if you can’t seem to track down this intoxicatingly sweet concoction, thankfully it’s relatively easy to make.

But we aren’t dishing it up solo today — we’re stuffing it inside of fudgy brownies, then topping it with a creamy white chocolate, chopped pecans and festive gold sprinkles.  The result is a unique dessert combination that will wow your face off.  Guaranteed.

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4.7 from 3 reviews
Baklava Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 12
 
These baklava stuffed brownie bombs combine the classic flavors of the Middle East with the contemporary brownie bomb concoction!
Ingredients
  • 12 (1" square) pieces of baklava
  • 1 13x9" pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg white Candiquik or other candy coating
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Gold sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. Cut the pan of brownies into 12 squares, about 1-2" in size. Take a brownie and flatten it gently in the heel of your hand.
  2. Place a square of baklava in the middle of the flattened brownie and gently begin wrapping the brownie around the baklava piece to cover it. Place the coated baklava bomb onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining baklava pieces. More than likely you will not be using the edges of the brownies as they are too crispy to flatten easily; discard the edges or eat them :)
  3. Freeze the brownie bombs for about 15 minutes or until firm. Meanwhile, melt the Candiquik according to directions until smooth and melted. Set aside.
  4. Dip the brownie bombs into the white chocolate using a fork. Allow excess to drip off. Return the bomb to the baking sheet and immediately top with chopped pecans and gold sprinkles. Let chocolate set before serving.
  5. Bombs can be stored airtight at room temperature, or can be frozen. At room temperature, they stay good for about 4-5 days but are best enjoyed the day of or day after.

DSC_0153AI love the surprise, crispy filling of the honey-butter soaked baklava pastry.  It lends such a unique texture against the fudgy, chewy brownie and makes this dessert truly one-of-a-kind!

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

Pumpkin Pie Brownie Bombs

punkinbombA few days ago, I was invited to one of my best friend’s son’s birthday party.  He was turning 3.

Prior to the event, however, I was having irrational anxiety about a 3 year old’s birthday.

I spent a good hour browsing the boy toy aisles in Target trying to find the perfect toy for a child I didn’t really know.  Actually, I don’t really know any children and always make it painfully obvious when I unknowingly ‘insult’ the children and/or parent.

Example: a parent will say “Oh, Billy is starting to crawl now!  He’s only 11 months old!” and I’m like “really?  He’s crawling at 11 months?” and then the parent proceeds to give me the death glare like how dare you insult my crawling baby.

Or they’ll say, “Sasha is finally potty trained!  It came two months after her third birthday!” and I sit there like “she was finally potty trained at three?  Dude, isn’t she supposed to be like, writing novels and collecting paychecks at three?”

Just so you know, I know nooooothing about babies.  When they’re supposed to crawl.  When it’s prodigal of them to read.  When the typical walking time frame is, etc.  If I question your baby, it’s just because still pooping your pants at two seems too old, or walking at six months or whatever seems insane.  I have no clue.  I promise I am not insulting your child.

So you can imagine my fear as I shopped for a toy for a three-year old.  What do three-year olds like?  The last time I shopped for a little boy toy was when I was buying Hot Wheels and Thomas the Tank Engine stuff for my younger brother… about fifteen years ago.  And even then, I was too stuck up in glittery Barbie-girl world to even notice what boys played with.  GI Joes?  Legos?  Hell if I know, just pass me my Skipper doll, dammit.

Anyway, I asked approximately 14 strangers in the toy aisle what typical three-year olds liked, and all of them looked at me like I was a scary weirdo who drove a windowless minivan.  Would NERF guns be too violent?  Would puzzles be too advanced?  Are standard Legos a death-sentence for a three year old?  I DON’T KNOW MAN.

Eventually, I found a little handheld video game thingie based off of one of Disney’s latest movies and figured it was pretty safe for a three year old.  No potential choking hazards, nothing rocket science-y, and most importantly, not a Barbie which I was pretty much 99% convinced I would buy him instead because I had just about given up on this boy toy thing.  But as I walked around with it in my cart, I began to second guess my gift-buying abilities.  I did what any sane person would do: text the mother of said child and unknowingly insult her.

“Hey…” I typed, “do you think a video game thing would be too advanced for him?  I mean, it says 3 and up but I’m not sure.  It has them do puzzles and reading.  Can your kid read yet?  I mean, not yet, but can he?  I mean, I’m not judging him, I just wondered.  Would he have the capacity to understand puzzles?  Or technology?  I didn’t mean that he’s not capable, I just don’t even know what a three year old can do.  Wait, he can walk, right?”

Thankfully, we’re good enough friends that she didn’t think I was totally making her kid out to be some inept weirdo who sat on his hands all day.  Aaaand he loved his present, which was more important.  I only had to accost 27 people in Target regarding appropriate gift-giving for toddlers.

DSC_0626AAllll this shopping & stuff makes me think of the holidays, holiday shopping and of course, holiday fooooood.  I am a total fan of everything holiday related but holiday food is my favorite by far.  Turkey and stuffing sandwiches loaded with cranberry, mashed potatoes smothered in rich brown gravy, green bean casserole topped with crispy onion strings, and of course — PIE!  While pumpkin is traditional for Thanksgiving, I thought of taking this classic Thanksgiving table staple and twisting it up by stuffing it inside of one of my famous brownie bombs.  The result of luscious, creamy pumpkin pie stuffed inside of a rich, fudgy brownie and coated in chocolate is simply heavenly — especially when topped with a flaky, buttery pie crust leave for embellishment.

These brownie bombs are sure to be a huge hit after the big feast — just make sure you save room for one or five :)

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Pie Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 15
 
Skip the pain of making a pie from scratch and make these heavenly Pumpkin Pie Brownie Bombs instead! They get some help from a store-bought pie and turn this classic staple into a fun, holiday twist!
Ingredients
  • 1 store-bought pumpkin pie (I used a slightly thawed one from the frozen section)
  • 1 13x9" pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg white chocolate Candiquik
  • Fall sprinkles (I used yellow & orange non-pareils)
  • Prepared pie crust (refrigerated or homemade -- you only need about ½ of a sheet)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small baking sheet with foil and mist it lightly with cooking spray. On a floured work surface, cut out the pie crust using small cookie cutters into desired shapes. For this, I used a miniature leaf, but a small pumpkin would be cute, too! Space the cut-out pie crust evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for approx. 10 minutes or until just lightly browned. Cool completely.
  2. Prepare another foil-lined baking sheet. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out Tablespoon-sized balls of the pumpkin pie -- crust and all, if you can. Place the balls on the baking sheet -- you should get around 10-15 or so. Discard or eat remaining pumpkin pie. Freeze the pie balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the brownies into approx. 1" squares. Flatten each square in the heel of your hand and wrap it around each pie ball, covering the ball completely with brownie. If some of the pie peeks out, that's okay too. Return the brownie-covered balls to the freezer to set for another 10-15 mins.
  4. Prepare the Candiquik according to package directions until smooth & melted. Stir in the sprinkles if you'd like. Dip each brownie bomb into the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and immediately top with a pie crust leave. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. Store refrigerated or frozen.

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DSC_0642AIf you are looking to switch up this year’s Thanksgiving spread, these brownie bombs are the perfect alternative to classic pie.  Instead of slaving over the perfect pie (just crimping the crust is enough to give me anxiety), get a hand from a store-bought pie and jazz it up with a layer of fudgy, rich milk chocolate brownies coated in smooth white chocolate.  If you want to spice things up, consider adding a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the white chocolate after melting to give it a nice, warm hint of flavor.  Or if you’re short on time, save any remaining pie crust from the actual pumpkin pie and crumble it on top of the bombs for a rustic garnish — no baking necessary!  These bombs are sure to please family & friends this holiday season!!!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

Macaron Brownie Bombs

macaronbombI am usually really good with directions.

And 99% of the time, really good with common sense.

So when my coworkers said there was this really cool and beautiful nature walk just down the street that wrapped around the building and could be easily walked during lunch, I was intrigued to get hiking.

My work BFF Layla and I had spotted some people walking the trail every so often and finally one day we decided to do it.  We headed that direction, flats on our feet, determination in the air around us, and the desire to see beautiful nature in the middle of our hectic day.

Everything was fine and dandy as we walked the trail until… until it ended.  The little path just straight up stopped abruptly and beyond it there was slight foot-traffic trail embedded underneath all of the overgrown weeds and shrubs.  Layla and I kinda looked at each other confusedly, but decided to continue on.

Well, I don’t know what people’s definitions of “cool” and “beautiful” entail, because if this trail was considered beautiful in their eyes, their brain would probably explode when they saw a topless picture of Ryan Gosling.  Now that’s beautiful.  This trail.. or lack thereof.. was not.

First of all, the shrubs were all overgrown and prickly — those kinda shrubs that stick to you when you walk, no matter what you’re wearing.  Second of all, the “view” was basically a yellow, dead field with little snake holes dotted throughout, so it was more like a playing field for a crappy, real-life game of whack-a-mole… except instead of whacking moles, rattlesnakes were biting your ankles which meant you were sorely losing.

And third, it was basically a place where dragonflies came to die, as I spotted more dragonfly carcasses than I could count.  I figured the dragonflies were probably told by their friends that this was a cool place to check out, so they went and were like “dude, WTF, those people are insane and I’m never trusting their judgment again” and then they straight up keeled over and died because the trail was so lame.

Anyway, Layla and I ended up hoofing this trail in about a half hour and returned to work dripping with sweat, stuck with weedy stickers, the smell of dead dragonflies on our clothes.  We both made a mental note to never listen to exercise advice from our coworkers again, because clearly we were missing the beauty and coolness from the ever-so-popular trail.

I can think of one thing that pretty much everyone unanimously thinks is beautiful and cool: macarons.  Whether you think they’re too pretty to eat, too complicated to make, too special to have every day, special enough for everyday, or whether or not you’re human, you probably enjoy consuming macarons like I do.  I had my first macaron at Bouchon in NYC, and since then I’ve been dreaming of these crunchy, elegant cookie sandwiches.

DSC_0206AHowever.. have you tried making macarons?  Duuuude, they are like rocket science.  Or maybe I’m just really stupid.  Whatever you think, it involves a precise science — measuring things to exact amounts, baking at a finite time and temperature.  Very exact.  And I am very… all over the place, the antithesis of a patient macaron.  So I just daydream of them.. and dream of stuffing them inside of brownie bombs.

You had to know this was coming.

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4.7 from 3 reviews
Macaron Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Elegant macarons stuffed inside of a fudgy brownie bomb. This is the ultimate decadent dessert!!
Ingredients
  • 16 mini macarons, frozen (Trader Joe's makes frozen macarons--I used their chocolate & vanilla variety, but feel free to sample other flavors)
  • 1 (9x13") pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
  • 2 Tbsp each powdered sugar/cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Cut the pan of brownies into approx. 1" sized squares. Flatten one square gently in the heel of your hand.
  2. Wrap the flattened brownie around a still-frozen macaron, gently rolling the brownie around the macaron to seal it in. Roll out the bumps with your hands and place on a foil-rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bombs.
  3. Freeze the bombs for approx. 15-20 minutes or until firm. While freezing, prepare the Candiquik according to package directions until melted.
  4. Dip each bomb into the Candiquik, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return the bombs to the baking sheet. In a sifter, gently sift the cocoa powder/powdered sugar on top of the bombs.
  5. Store airtight, at room temperature, for a couple days. Or likewise, store them covered in the freezer for several weeks, thawing before consuming.

DSC_0208AI love the combination of textures in this bomb–the soft, chewy brownie surrounding the crispy, crunchy macaron and the smooth coating of white chocolate on the outside.  It tastes so sumptuous and decadent!

macaronMacarons come in all kinds of flavors (personally, I’m partial to pistachio or the Fruity Pebbles kind from Dana’s Bakery), so feel free to experiment with different kinds stuffed inside of these fudgy, rich brownie bombs.  Orange and raspberry would be SO yummy, or try pistachio-stuffed bombs with a cherry-white chocolate coating for a fun twist on spumoni, one of my fave ice cream flavors.  You can find the miniature macarons in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s, or try picking up a dozen at specialty bakeries or supermarkets like Whole Foods and freezing them briefly before filling your bombs.

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

Raspberry Pie Brownie Bombs

piebombFor as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a best friend.

In elementary school, I would hop from group to group, trying so desperately to latch onto a girl and coerce her into a friendship with me.  I would invite her over to play Barbies or swim every chance I could, and I would pass her notes in class and split my Gushers with her.  That is, until she probably thought I was a stalker-in-training and ditched me for someone cooler.. like the girl who claimed she knew Mary-Kate and Ashley  (spoiler: she doesn’t.know this now).

I had a lot of friend troubles as a kid because the groups I played with fought a ton over stupid crap like who-likes-who-more, and comparing everyone’s reading skill level.  Or probably the weird fact that Lil Stalker Hayley resented one of her friends because her friend could afford the L’Oreal shampoo in the fish bottle and my mom wouldn’t buy it for me.  Also on that note, when she did buy me the shampoo, I used it with high hopes that my hair would smell as magical as my friend’s did.. but it didn’t.  My hair has like, the anti-scent.  It never smells bad, but it never smells good.  It just.. is.  <and that is probably the most profound statement I’ll ever make about my hair.

Anywaaay, one day after some random fight about god-knows-what, my mom suggested I make new friends.  Being a child, I didn’t really know what this entailed, so I did what any normal kid would have done: I began stalking random people on the playground until I found a potential friend.

She had red hair and freckles and I noticed she was two grades younger than me.  She wore cute clothes and seemed kinda shy, always lurking around the monkey bars.  And just like a predator chooses its prey, I had my victim.

The next day, I decided to lay on my creepiness.  Instead of walking up to this girl, casually engage in conversation or begin playing with her, I did what I thought was the most normal thing a kid who needed friends could do:  I wrote her a letter.  A letter.  It basically went something like this:

Dear Crystal,
My mom says I need to make new friends and you seem really cool, so would you like to be my friend?
From, Hayley (the girl in the pink raincoat) 

I walked my letter over, handed it to her, and raced back to a save spot where I could spy on her while she read it and inevitably realized that this friendship was kismet and we were bound to be BFFs.  Instead, she walked back to me, handed me the letter and turned away.  I opened it:

No.

So basically, the moral of the story is this: if your kid is complaining that the kids at school are lame, don’t pressure them to make new friends.  Friendships form organically and spontaneously .. they aren’t something that’s forced like a blind date or a letter from a strange girl spying on you from the basketball court.  And while there is a great possibility you’ll remain besties with your childhood friend for as long as you both shall live, likely you’ll just grow up and watch them make hideous choices and you can be like, thank god I didn’t write that whack-job a letter!

That’s essentially what I did.  Because, not to brag or anything, but Crystal is totally gross now.  I should know–I Facebook stalked her.  And no, I didn’t friend her.. those days are looooong over.

Anyway, it’s pie time and I feel like eating my feelings today, don’t you?

DSC_2230AMy brownie bomb obsession has skyrocketed to new heights.  Today, I stuffed a brownie with pie.  And duuuude, thank god for this obsession.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Raspberry Pie Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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A luscious raspberry pie stuffed inside of a fudgy brownie.. there's nothing better than this pie bomb!
Ingredients
  • 1 pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled
  • 12 miniature pies (I used frozen raspberry ones that I thawed, but really, any flavor would work!)
  • 1 pkg Candiquik
  • 2 tsp raspberry gelatin
  • Raspberries
Instructions
  1. If your pies are frozen, make sure you thaw them out. If they're ready, let's rock and roll!!
  2. Cut your brownies into about 1-2" squares. Take a brownie square and gently press it into the heel of your hand to flatten it. Wrap the brownie around one of the pies, trying to cover the pie completely. If some of the pie peeks out, no big deal--just cover it as much as possible.
  3. Once all the bombs are made, pop them in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Once firmed, melt your Candiquik according to package directions. Stir in the raspberry gelatin to combine.
  4. Dip each bomb into the chocolate mixture, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and top with a rinsed fresh raspberry. You could also top with a gummy raspberry if you have those on hand, too!
  5. Store leftovers airtight in the fridge or freezer :)

DSC_2244AI loved the difference in flavor and texture these bombs had to offer.  Between the chewy, fudgy brownie surrounding that flaky, crisp crust and the luscious, fresh berry center, these bombs were such a unique and decadent treat. I am SO excited to try this bomb recipe with different flavors of pies!  I am dreaming of pecan, apple, and peach.. but really, the possibilities are limitless!  Look for miniature pies in the bakery section of your local grocery store, or look in the frozen desserts section!  I have found miniature pies/tarts both places in multiple flavors, so see what looks best once you’re there and go with it :)

Happy Eating!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs

carrotcakebombSome of you may know, but I recently got a new “grown-up” job.  It’s the most adult-y job I’ve had in ever.  I’m getting my own cubicle.  And phone line (!!!) and business email.  And OMG, it’s the kinda job that asks you to wear “business casual.”  In other words, I have made it to the adult world, people.*
*not really

And while I really enjoy the job so far, I feel like a complete fish who’s out of water, on Mars and wearing a Richard Simmons face mask, like WHUTTTT THE HELLLL IS GOING ONNNN.  Tooooootally out of my element, y’all.

First of all, it’s set in an office building where there is no music playing, no sounds being made except for the low hum of a printer in the distance which basically goes against my religion.  No music?  No sounds?  I mean, people literally type so softly that the sound is undetectable by the human ear.  And seriously, you can’t even hear anyone breathe.

So you can imagine my general embarrassment when I walk down the hallways wearing clinking jewelry, combat boots thumping, swishy skirt swishing, and my typical-human breathing patterns clambering along like a bull in a china shop.  Or in the Matrix.  Whatever’s quieter.

And I get all these stares from the workers like WHY IS SHE BREATHING IN MY SPACE? and I look at them all self-conscious like, I’m sorry I’m breathing, y’all!  I’ll try to keep my lungs silent as to not disrupt your delicate workflow! 

So basically I’ve become REALLY good at holding my breath.

And second of all, I have been taking the business casual thing as “wear what I usually do except with slightly less sparkle.”  That still hasn’t stopped me from wearing a tutu and combat boots, or from dressing up as a cowgirl one day.  Oh yes I did.  And I’m kinda getting the impression they’re not taking the girl wearing costumes seriously.  But honestly, just because I’m working in an office doesn’t mean I need to dress so drab.  Plus, slacks and loafers are against my moral codes.  Do I look like I own a pair of khakis?  No.  So let me wear my damn peplums and sky-high booties in peace!!

It’s taking me quite some time to adjust to holding my breath and reign in my craziness.  I just can’t wait until cubicle day so I can string up some Christmas lights, hang a beaded curtain as my door, and maybe install a stationary bike in the corner by my bonzai garden.

Until then, I’m trying to win over these folks with my craziness, and a good way to do that is with food.  Crazy good food that will make you scream and dance and dress up like a cowgirl to work on Thursdays.  Just do it, people.

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Awhile ago, a sweetie pie friend of The Domestic Rebel suggested through Facebook that I make a brownie bomb featuring carrot cake.  I experimented a little with my Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Bombs, and finally found a recipe for the carrot cake version that’s sweet, spicy, tangy, and totally explosively awesome.

But mainly I just want you to make it so you’ll dress up like a cowgirl, too.  Yeehaw!!

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 15-18
 
If you love moist, spicy carrot cake with tangy cream cheese frosting, then you'll LOVE these Carrot Cake Cheesecake Brownie Bombs! All your favorite flavors of carrot cake in a bite-sized signature bomb.
Ingredients
  • 1 box carrot cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 1 small cheesecake, baked and cooled (about 6" in size)*
  • 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Carrot Cake M&M's** (or any other flavor M&M's)
  • *For this recipe, I used cheesecake bites I picked up from my local yogurt shop. Most yogurt shops have them in the cold part of their toppings, so pick some up to use if you can't find a prebaked cheesecake in the store!
  • **The carrot cake M&M's were a seasonal item this past spring, so if you have some on hand still, use them! If not, these would taste awesome with almond M&M's, pretzel M&M's, white chocolate, or even regular!
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 12-14 minutes or until it just barely looks set and is barely golden. Cool completely.
  3. IF USING ROUND CHEESECAKE, scoop rounded Tablespoons of the cheesecake out with a cookie dough scoop and place them on a foil-rimmed baking sheet. IF USING CHEESECAKE BITES, scoop the bites out of the container and gently compress in the cookie dough scoop; drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto the foil-rimmed baking sheet. Freeze the cheesecake balls for about 2 hours or until firm.
  4. Once the bars have cooled, cut them into about 1" sized squares. Take a square in your hand and gently press it with the heel of your hand to flatten it slightly. Wrap the carrot cake brownie around the cheesecake ball, enclosing the cheesecake ball inside. If it doesn't completely cover the cheesecake, that's okay; just cover as much as you can. Return the coated cheesecake bombs to the sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes to set.
  5. Prepare the Candiquik according to package directions. Stir in the cinnamon. Dip each bomb into the chocolate, coating completely and allowing excess to drip off. Top with a carrot cake M&M, or regular-flavored M&M. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
  6. **I noticed that the carrot cake brownie was not as fudgy as an actual brownie (naturally). If your carrot cake brownies are not as moist as they should be, consider crumbling them slightly into a large bowl and adding a Tablespoon or two of canned frosting or softened cream cheese, then combine the two like you would a cake pop. The frosting will add some added moisture and tackiness to the brownie so it will better adhere.**

DSC_2146AMy coworkers FLIPPED for these fantastic carrot cake bombs!  The creamy cheesecake filling, the spicy carrot cake blanket around it, and the smooth and warm cinnamon white chocolate all made for a delectable little bite of delicious carrot cake.  As I mentioned in the recipe notes, I used the cheesecake bites most commonly found at frozen yogurt shops and they worked out great (and were a little cheaper than buying a whole premade cheesecake!)  Either way you bite it, anything stuffed with cheesecake, smothered in brownie and coated in chocolate is going to be awesome!!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

 

S’mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

smorebbombTis the season for camping, being eating alive by mosquitoes and wearing nothing but bikinis.

For many people, this is their favorite season.  But for the rational, practical people, summer sucks, man.

Every year, without fail, my family (sans my mother, who is rational) begs me to go camping with them in the mountains.  They promise several days without cell reception, zero distractions, sunny skies, clean air, yummy grilled food and ultimate tranquility.  They talk up how awesome it is to wake up early, go on a nice morning hike while the weather’s nice, spend hours lounging by the lakeside and indulging on gooey s’mores around a crackling fire at night.

However, instead of hearing all of the amazing perks of the great outdoors, my ears have a convenient Anti-Camping filter which helps me weed out the generous “perks” and really hear the serious “cons.”

Cons like…

Mosquitoes eating me for dinner each night.
Not having access to bathrooms.  Or if there are bathrooms, there are more spiders in the bathroom stall than should be legal.
Pooping in a hole (see above).  Toilets weren’t invented to ignore, yo.
Everything in an ice chest.  One of my weird pet peeves is drippy stuff coming from an ice chest.  I haaaate it.
Starting a fire from scratch… and then smelling like fire for the next three days.
Wild animals.
No showers.  Shampooing yourself in a lake does not count, because my shower at home doesn’t have dirt and seaweed at the bottom of it.  Or god–fish in it.
The smell of fish.
Being dirty.
Being in the middle of nowhere, so if a crazed psychopath decided to rampage our campground, our remains wouldn’t be found for weeks.  Or bears would gnaw our bones before investigators could get there.  HELL NAH.
No reception.  Not that I need to Tweet while camping, but as mentioned above, having reception would help to call the cops should a murderous mountain man start killing us off.
Bugs.  EVERYWHERE.
Sleeping on the ground.
Having only a thin sheath of fabric separating you and mountain lions.
Ghost stories.
Having to properly dispose of trash.  It’s not like fifteen brown bears will be swarming around my trashcan at home.
Getting lost.
Falling off of a cliff/mountain or drowning in the river/lake.
Scary drunk campers from the neighboring campground who try to start fights and bring rifles over (true story).
And so on.

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Thankfully, I don’t have to forfeit my love for s’mores.  I can enjoy them in brownie bomb form in the comfort of my own air-conditioned, toilet-and-shower-owning, bear-proof, mountain-man-absent, cell-reception-receiving home.  God bless America.

You had to know a S’mores Brownie Bomb version was coming to the blog!  These have all the tasty flavors of s’mores but in my signature brownie bomb recipe.  Try them today!!

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S'mores Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 18
 
These brownie bombs have the traditional flavor of s'mores in a convenient bite-sized form!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • About 2 cups flour
  • About ¾ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • About 1 &1/2 cups miniature marshmallow bits
  • 9×13″ pan brownies, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
  • Graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Make your dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
  2. Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the miniature chocolate chips and marshmallow bits, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
  3. Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1″ sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn’t totally cover it, that’s okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
  4. Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bombs into the chocolate, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini marshmallow bits and graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.

DSC_1755AOh my gosh, you guys.  Of COURSE I want you to make the brownie bombs .. but like me, you may have trouble staying out of the cookie dough bowl!  This dough is SO good.  The marshmallows, the brown sugary base, the chocolate .. I’m telling you, the dough alone is totally s’morestastic.  Then to surround it with another fudgy brownie layer, coat it in chocolate and sprinkle it with buttery cracker crumbs and more plush little marshmallows is just divine.  You’ll love these — and won’t need to fight bears for them which is even better :)

Have a fantastic day!!

xo, Hayley

Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

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So. House Hunters.

You know that show on HGTV that focuses on some random couple who get to pick between three different houses?  Yeah, that one.  I actually really like the show — it’s neat to see the different layouts of other homes, and especially see what homes look like internationally.  However, I LOATHE the people on the show.

Sometimes I wonder in what kind of dark hole did HGTV extract these terrible people, because they’re absolutely terrible (go figure).  First of all, they blab on and on about their “Must List” which usually includes a variety of things that would be nearly impossible to purchase on an ordinary market in say, an upper middle class neighborhood in Anytown, USA.  These things include, but are not limited to: indoor swimming pools, seventeen bedrooms and sixteen bathrooms, walk-in closets for everyone including their pet fish, hard-wood floors made from the most exotic and endangered tree in the world, a built-in Rosie the Robot, and a 10-acre backyard for their annoying kids that mows itself.

Oh. And for like, $115K?  Is that reasonable, realtor-person-who-probably-wants-to-push-you-in-front-of-a-moving-semi?

So then this realtor, probably mentally orchestrating how they will successfully murder this obnoxious couple, shows the couple some house that is missing one of the bajillion amenities this couple requires to live, and the couple nitpicks the place clean as impractically as possible.

“Wow, this living room is HUGE!  But oh my god, look at the color of the walls!  Who paints their walls taupe?  What a shame that we are somehow physically incapable of repainting this living room.”

“Oh my gosh, the guest bathroom is like, ten feet from the kitchen!  I don’t know how I feel about having a bathroom near the kitchen.  You know how I get after Taco Thursdays…”

“This bathroom is great but, it doesn’t have a view!  I was really hoping when I urinated I could look out onto the city below and make faces at people.”

“Whoa, this 150,000 acre backyard is beautiful!  But oh my gosh, it’s like, seven miles away from a highway.  That could probably disturb our fragile sleeping patterns.”

“Awh man, it’s a two-story house!  Our able-bodied child, too young to walk presently, will NEVER be able to figure out the concept of stairs!  It’s just too baffling for his childlike mind.”

“The tiling in this bathroom is great, but the bathroom itself is on the smaller side.  You know how I love to throw ballroom dancing classes in the bathroom.”

“This kitchen is a little on the dated side.  I’m concerned our friends will judge us for having a slightly dated kitchen, rather than for being the completely vapid, ignorant buttfaces that we are.”

And so on, and so forth, until I rip all my hairs out because I want to dropkick these annoying couples in the eyeball.

So usually, when watching the show (which is constantly since my parents have some sort of weird attachment to the show–but also, thankfully, agree that the couples are usually dolts), I have to also be focused on something else so I’m not distracted by the fact that the world will end House-Hunters-style because there are so many stupid people in the world who think wall colors are permanent.  And usually, that means I’m snacking on something so I’m in my happy place.  Being in your happy place is good, I find.

DSC_1757AEnter: Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Perfect for the monster inside of you that only comes out when House Hunters is on.

You need to make these!  One of my FAVORITE brownie bomb recipes yet!

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4.9 from 8 reviews
Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 18
 
These brownie bombs are stuffed with yummy monster cookie dough -- perfect for you and your little monsters!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter, plus 1 Tbsp pb, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ cup - ¾ cup quick oats (depending on your preference)
  • About 2 cups flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's, divided
  • 9x13" pan brownies, baked and cooled
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
  • EVEN EASIER MONSTER COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE (optional recipe):
  • 1 pkg Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Make your dough! If making the from-scratch cookie dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and ¾ cup peanut butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the sugars and beat to combine. Add in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
  2. Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the oats and ONE cup of the mini M&M's, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
  3. Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1" sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn't totally cover it, that's okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
  4. Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions; once smooth, stir in the remaining Tablespoon of peanut butter to combine. Dip the bombs into the peanut butter mixture, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.
  6. *For the "Even Easier" recipe, mix together the Betty Crocker Oatmeal cookie mix with the softened butter, peanut butter and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer until a soft dough forms. Stir in the mini M&M's and prepare the recipe as normal. This is an easy shortcut!

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Included in the recipe is a super easy shortcut featuring Betty Crocker’s Oatmeal Cookie Mix.  If you’re not feeling the whole measuring-out-from-scratch thing, simply use the mix instead with a few tweaks for an authentic, homemade flavor without all the extra work.  Easy peasy!

These brownie bombs are one of my favorites to date!  I love that monster cookies incorporate some of my favorite cookie elements: oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, and miniature M&M’s for that pop of color.  You could certainly add in mini Reese’s Pieces if you’d like, or miniature peanut butter chips for a more peanutty flavor.  And if you’re super into chocolate, consider dipping the brownie bombs into chocolate, and drizzling the chocolate bombs with peanut butter sauce.  That’d be tasty, too!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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