Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!It’s no secret that I’ve gained some weight over the years.

And while I’d love to have a body like Gigi Hadid, I know I won’t ever look like that, so I’m okay with how I look. Except when I accidentally surprise myself with selfie mode on my phone’s camera and my face looks like a potato.

But in years past, when I was skinnier and more outgoing, I used to get picked up ALL the time. I couldn’t even go grocery shopping at the butt-crack of dawn without having the Coca Cola stock boy hitting me up while I awkwardly bought Diet Pepsi. (Don’t ask – my dad drinks that crap. I’m a Coke Zero girl all the way).

Now I find myself being left alone all the time… and I love it. I can finally go shopping in peace without people badgering me all the live long day.

It’s like my fatness is a force field that prevents me from being accosted anywhere, radiating leave-me-alone vibes to boys and men everywhere.

This also probably has to do with the fact that when I was slimmer, I also did my full makeup for my 6am grocery trips and dressed cute. Nowadays, you basically have to threaten me with a knife to get my joggers off and real pants put on. And makeup? Honey, I haven’t touched my Urban Decay palette in about 3 months.

So basically, I’m the opposite of sexy. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

Because even without makeup, even with 100 extra pounds on my frame, and even while wearing leggings and sweatshirts, I still have an awesome personality, a great sense of humor, creativity that seeps from every pore, and a cookbook in the works. Does Gigi Hadid even have that? Well, probably, but there’s room for the both of us :)

ANYHOO. Let’s talk about the fact that Valentine’s Day is coming up in a month, basically. Are you ready for it?! I will likely spend the duration of the day binge-watching Criminal Minds and wishing Dr. Spencer Reid was here to ignite my imagination and tell me a plethora of fun facts about Valentine’s Day, so I clearly have no plans… except for maybe force-feeding myself these Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs.

The idea came to me when I noticed all the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates at my local Target, and I realized I could stuff these inside of my famous, signature brownie bombs. It’s so easy, and totally comes together quickly. Plus, chocolate boxes are out. Brownie bombs are in. Get with it!!

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 15
 
These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are loaded with chocolate and SO EASY to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 box (about 15 count) of assorted chocolates, or your favorite chocolate candies
  • 1 (13x9") baking pan fudge brownies, baked, cooled and cut into 15 equal pieces (edges removed)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 1 square vanilla CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Take a cut square of brownie and gently flatten it with the heel and palm of your hand. Wrap it around one of the chocolates until it covers it completely, and roll it in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on the baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  2. Once bombs are firm, melt your chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions. Dip each brownie bomb in the chocolate, coating completely and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bombs. Once chocolate has set, melt the vanilla CandiQuik and place it in a ziploc bag. Seal out the air, snip off a corner and drizzle the white chocolate over the bombs. Allow to set.

These Box of Chocolates Brownie Bombs are so delicious and EASY to make! You're just four ingredients away from these super fudgy, ultra chocolaty wonders!You could also make these no-bake brownie bombs by using premade or store-bought brownies or brownie bites! Proceed with the recipe as normal.

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! Lately, something’s been up with my stomach.

No, I didn’t grow abs overnight (I wish) and my muffin top didn’t magically disappear (why, god, why?).

Nope, it’s that lately when I travel, I feel super sick.

Chalk it up to nerves if you wish, but I never used to get car or plane-sick. And now? I can barely make it through a flight without going to the bathroom 387634 times. And if you’ve been on a plane, you know that it’s never actually convenient to use the facilities. You either have to navigate around the beverage cart or climb over your seat-mates like they’re Kilimanjaro.

And okay, can I sound off for a second? (Who am I kidding, this is my blog. I can write about whatever I want.) But brands who sponsor me when travel is involved… they think I always want the window seat. I never really thought this was an issue until every brand trip I’d go on, it’d be in a window seat. At first I thought it must have been slim pickin’ and I was randomly dealt a window… but then it became a pattern and I’m now needing to specify like a little diva that I need an aisle seat.

Let’s just say, IBS and window seats are a no bueno. Because inevitably I sit next to two very large people, both of whom are sleeping on the (very long) flight which means I have to wake them up and climb all over their seats to get to a bathroom no less than 3 times during an average flight. It’s awesome, if peeing your pants on a sleeping stranger is awesome. Surprise!

And the car? Now I’m carsick during long trips. I had to ride a party bus for a business trip not long ago and I felt like my insides are being scrambled, which, in case there was any doubt, is not as awesome as it sounds. It was kinda like when you push your cart over those yellow bump strips in front of stores which, by the way, are probably the worst thing for someone in a wheelchair. I mean, you’re pushing them over these freakin’ golf-ball sized bumps which seem like they last forever, and that kinda crap can pop a brain aneurysm if you’re not careful or at least tilt their chair and dump them onto their ass. It’s not pretty, and I hate those things with a passion. Let’s burn them all.

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! ANYWHO. The point is, I travel quite a bit for my blog and it’s getting hard with this new trend in sickness. I hope it goes away soon, but in the meantime, let’s talk about something delicious and happy: these Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs. These bad boys are absolutely scrumptious and totally insane. They came to me in a vision when I spotted miniature pecan pies in my local supermarket bakery. I’ve also seen them at Walmart, Target, and sometimes in the frozen section at grocery stores, just so ya know. And when you buy them, buy two because you’ll definitely pop a couple while you’re making these bombs.

Eat up!!

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 8-10
 
Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are filled with gooey, nutty pecan pie and fudgy brownies. You don't want to miss this delicious treat!
Ingredients
  • About 8-10 miniature prepared pecan pies (I found these in Walmart, but you can check your local supermarket bakery or the frozen dessert section for something similar. If you cannot find the mini pies, use a chilled pecan pie and scoop 8 very large, rounded Tablespoonfuls of pecan pie filling and freeze them into balls)
  • 1 (13x9) pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled and cut into 12 large pieces (you may have a couple brownies leftover)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 8-10 halved pecans
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Take a fudge brownie square and gently flatten it with the heel of your hand. Wrap it around a pecan pie, rolling it in your hands and pinching the brownie around the pecan pie to enclose and seal it. If a little pecan pie peeks out, that's okay; just try to wrap it as best you can and cover it as much as possible. You should get about 8-10 large brownie bombs.
  2. Freeze the brownie bombs for approx. 20-30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Prepare the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth and melted. Dip each brownie bomb in the melted chocolate, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bombs. With the remaining CandiQuik, drizzle onto the brownie bombs for a drizzled look. Top with a pecan half. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.
  4. Store leftovers at room temperature for about 5 days, or freeze up to 1 month.

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! As I mentioned in the notes, if you can’t find mini pecan pies (as they’re typically seasonal and found in the bakeries at supermarkets), use a regular pecan pie, chill it briefly until firm, and scoop heaping, rounded Tablespoonfuls of the inner filling and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then proceed with the recipe. You’ll have a gooier interior, but it should still work!

These are gooey, buttery, and loaded with that amazing, rich pecan pie flavor surrounded with fudgy chocolate brownie. You don’t want to miss this recipe!

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!Can we talk about obnoxiously loud sneezers for a minute?

WHY DO YOU DO THIS?

I get that you can’t control when a sneeze will happen, and that terribly loud yelling that happens at the end of sneezing? Totally awkwardly uncontrollable. Likewise, the “AHHHHHHHHH” buildup is totally unnecessary and just makes you look like you’re a weird loser who fails at sneezing.

A couple days ago I was on a walk with Mannie when I heard this loud, high-pitched scream. I started looking around and checking my surroundings for the culprit. It was only then that I realized it was a woman’s sneezing as she walked by.

“Allergies, huh? They’re the worst!” she said as she bypassed me. I wanted to say, “and so are sneezes” but I figured that’d be a tad snarky. The woman already has to live her life with what is the most humiliating sneeze ever. She doesn’t need a random woman’s insult.

The point is? Try not to sneeze like you’re screaming bloody murder. Cut down on the whole AHHHHHH buildup about 143 notches.

But I digress.

A couple days ago, my dad wanted me to make some more of my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs but it was creeping on 100 degrees outside and I was not about to turn on that oven. But then it hit me: I could totally make no-bake bombs with a couple of simple ingredient swaps. And thus, these No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs were born.

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!The secret? Prepared brownie bites, which you can find in the bakery department of nearly all grocery stores. These little fudgy wonders are what sandwich the cookie dough filling and make the bombs extra rich and special. Pure deliciousness!

Now, who’s ready for any excuse to eat these?!

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!*adapted from my original brownie bombs recipe

4.5 from 4 reviews
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 21
 
These No-Bake Brownie Bombs come together in minutes and taste like the original, without ever having to turn on your oven! Genius!
Ingredients
  • 3 pkgs (about 42-count total) prepared fudge brownie bites (find these in your store's bakery section)
  • 1 & ½ pkgs Chocolate CandiQuik
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 & ½ cups mini chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. First, make your dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the milk and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the salt and flour until a soft dough has formed. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the chocolate chips.
  2. Take a brownie bite and place a rounded Tablespoon of dough on top of the brownie bite. Gently sandwich with another brownie bite, forming a sandwich. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining sandwiches. There should be about 20-21 total. Pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes - 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Once firmed, melt the CandiQuik according to package directions until smooth. Dunk each brownie bomb into the CandiQuik, coating it completely with the chocolate, and return it gently to the foil-lined baking sheet. Top with the chocolate chips.
  4. Allow chocolate to harden before serving. Store leftover bombs in fridge for about 3 days, or in freezer for about 1 month.

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!These brownie bombs are so fudgy and irresistible! Packed with that luscious egg-free cookie dough, they’re a miracle bomb that doesn’t require an oven to prepare. Genius!

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These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!

Hope you have a fabulous day!!

xo, Hayley

Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs

These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are the bomb! Brown sugary blondies are wrapped around bits of blackberry pie and coated in rich white chocolate. The ultimate spring and summertime treat!

I’d like to preface this by saying I typically loathe blackberries with an intense passion.

(I know, right? I am weird. Newsflash of the century, really).

This probably has to do with the fact that I am pretty sure they are the berries I stuffed my face with in my freshman year of high school from the mystery bush that protruded from a backyard onto the field where we had P.E. I remember feeling very strange after that, so maybe they weren’t blackberries after all but instead some strange hallucinogenic berry I consumed. Or poison.

ANYWHO.

And then there’s the fact that I had this ex boyfriend who like, loved blackberries. He always talked about going blackberry picking in Washington and bought handfuls of pints at Trader Joe’s. Because I really liked him, I tried to really like blackberries. I mean, tried as hard as I tried to like going to the gym (which he also liked to do), tried to like wearing tank tops (which I feel only enhance my broad shoulders), and tried to like getting pedicures (which he didn’t like to do, but I feel so weird about doing for some unknown reason).

Shocker of the year? It didn’t work. I never could get there mentally. So I threw out all my tank tops and gave up liking blackberries. C’est la vie.

But, since I like YOU and you probably like blackberries (as most of the population does), I decided to make YOU these blondie bombs bursting with blackberry goodness. Note that these are actual blackberries, not mystery fruit from your high school’s track field. This is an important factor here.

These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are the bomb! Brown sugary blondies are wrapped around bits of blackberry pie and coated in rich white chocolate. The ultimate spring and summertime treat! These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs start off like this: a fudgy, brown sugary blondie is wrapped around a teensy piece of crisp and juicy blackberry pie. Then the whole thing is dunked under a blanket of white chocolate and adorned with a single blackberry. Simple, beautiful, and scrumptious. And? I liked them. I actually liked them. Probably because it involved pie, but whatever. I liked them. Tank tops? Still no. Gym? HA.

For these bombs, I used those simple $1 handpies you can find at any supermarket or convenience store – you know the ones in the crinkly paper wrapper. You can use any fruit-based pie you’d like and I’m particularly drawn to the idea of using apple or cherry, but for this I used a mixed berry which tastes more blackberry-ish than anything else. Again, any fruit filling will work. Leave the chocolate and banana cream for yourself for now, save the fruity stuff for bombing later.

Also? The verb ‘bombing’ totally works here since we’re making blondie bombs. In case you were wondering.

Bombs away, my blackberry friends!

These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are the bomb! Brown sugary blondies are wrapped around bits of blackberry pie and coated in rich white chocolate. The ultimate spring and summertime treat!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
Serves: 15
 
These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are such a fun summertime treat! Loaded with buttery, brown sugar-laced blondies, crisp and juicy blackberry pie and white chocolate, they're perfect for any occasion. Feel free to replace the berry pie with another fruit-flavored pie of your choice.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar (I used dark, but either works)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 & ½ mixed berry hand pies (or another fruit-flavored hand pie of your choice)
  • 1 pkg Vanilla CandiQuik
  • 15 blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar to combine. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Lastly, add in the flour and pinch of salt until a thick batter has formed.
  2. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  3. While blondies cool, prepare your pies. Cut each hand pie into 6 equal pieces so you have a total of 18. You'll only need 15 for this, so eat the extra three :) Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet and freeze until completely solid.
  4. Cut each blondie into about 1-2" square. Flatten it in the palm of your hand and wrap it around a frozen pie piece, rolling it in your hand to pinch the blondies around the pie to seal it. Return to the baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions. Drop each bomb into the melted white chocolate and coat completely, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and immediately garnish with a blackberry. Bombs can be stored in the fridge (with berries on top) for 2 days or room temperature for up to 1 day.

These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are the bomb! Brown sugary blondies are wrapped around bits of blackberry pie and coated in rich white chocolate. The ultimate spring and summertime treat! These are so fruity, sweet and perfectly spiced from the buttery blondies, the crisp pie crust and the juicy brightness of the blackberries. You could also drizzle these with chocolate for a prettier look and for a contrast in flavor and color.

These Blackberry Pie Blondie Bombs are the bomb! Brown sugary blondies are wrapped around bits of blackberry pie and coated in rich white chocolate. The ultimate spring and summertime treat! Hope you have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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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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 😀

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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Recipe type: Brownie 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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Serves: 16
 
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

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