Chewy Peanut Brittle Bars

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!When I was in New York a couple weeks ago, I was riding the subway one day when I noticed an elderly man sitting next to me staring at me and my legs.

For those of you who have never seen my legs, they’re covered in tattoos – specifically dessert tattoos. Many people are intimidated by my cupcake tattoo. *sarcasm

I just smiled at him politely and continued to ride the train in my own silence when I noticed him mumbling to the girl next to him about my tattoos. I could clearly hear him talk about them, but I couldn’t hear what he was saying, so I just smiled again and said, “you like my tattoos?” thinking he’d respond with a polite ‘yes’ and we’d go about our days like normal human beings.

Nope.

“Tattoos are a sign of the devil. They’re evil. You are severely cursed, young lady,” he said. “You’ll be damned to hell because of all of those trashy tattoos. You’re damned,” he continued. I just stared at him wide-eyed with an are you serious expression on my bemused face. I’ve had my fair share of old farts comment on my tattoos, usually with negative things to say, and I always quip back with something snarky back at them. (One time, an old man told me “why would you do that to your body?” loudly in public, so I asked him if he wanted to talk about the brown spots and wrinkles all over his. He shut up).

But to tell me I’m damned to hell? Is this subway ride really taking me to Herald Square, or are we really headed for the fiery gates?

Crypt Keeper continued to berate me publicly about my tattoos, continually reminding me how ‘damned’ I was and how I was going to hell. The only thing that will save me, he said, was “lots of prayer” and even then, “I don’t know it’ll work.”

Sweeeeeeeeet.

After about five minutes (not even kidding) of him berating me about my evil desserts-themed tattoos to the woman next to me and to my face, I finally had it. I had a couple more stops and I was not going to be berated by an elderly man who probably shits himself on the reg. So I smiled a sinister smile and after he told me for the millionth time that I was doomed to hell, I looked him dead in the eyes and said, “oh I know. Because you know what? I am the Devil.” Then I grinned a big, scary toothy grin and he looked at me like he’d seen a ghost.

Or the Devil. Or a spunky 24-year old on the train who was no longer gonna take his crap. Same difference.

And lo and behold, my bold remark shut him up. In fact, he didn’t say a peep after that to me or the poor train passenger next to him. He took his belongings and got off on the next stop wordlessly.

And just like that, I convinced a senile old man that I was the Devil. It was awesome.

So the next time you see someone with tattoos you don’t like, for the love of Pete, keep it to yourself. Because not only is it effing rude to tell someone your invalid and unwanted opinion about their body, most likely they won’t care. Or maybe you’ll ruin their day (spoiler: he did not ruin mine). Or maybe they’ll flip out and call you names (which they should). Or maybe they’ll go back to the tattoo shop and try to return their tattoo because you can totally do that. Duh. 

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!Okay, enough about that old man. Now we must converse about these Peanut Brittle Bars. 

These bars are oh so good and taste pretty darn similar to peanut brittle. They’re made with toffee bits and dry roasted peanuts for that brittle effect, sitting atop a buttery peanut butter bar base. They’re chewy, crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty, and they’re utterly delicious. I prefer mine with a tall glass of milk, but no matter how you eat ’em, you must make them!

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!*adapted from this old recipe from the archives

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These crunchy, chewy Peanut Brittle Bars are to-die for! Everyone will love their nutty, peanut buttery flavor and texture.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 & ½ cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, one (1) cup of the peanut butter, the egg and the oil with a rubber spatula or spoon until a thick dough comes together. Make sure to fully incorporate that peanut butter! Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining peanut butter, vanilla and condensed milk together.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and pour/spread the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top of the bars, spreading out to the edges evenly. Top with the peanuts and toffee bits. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the center is set and topping is firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!You guys have to give these a try! They’re for true peanut butter lovers – from the peanut buttery, chewy bar cookie crust to the gooey peanut buttery and vanilla-scented middle to the crunchy, crisp, buttery toffee and sweet & salty peanuts on top. Amazing!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Blue Raspberry Slushies and A Patriotic Party with Twizzlers!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TwizzlersSummer #CollectiveBias

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Normally, Fourth of July isn’t my favorite holiday. We have dogs that dislike fireworks, so it’s always a big production trying to calm them down.

But, I am a fan of throwing parties for any and all holidays, so this party was an exception to my normal rule. Plus, who doesn’t love a little red, white and blue?

Fourth of July parties just scream for something easy and that everyone will love: backyard BBQ, pool party, easy, no-bake snacks.. you know the drill. Which is why I am throwing a fun patriotic-themed bash with Twizzlers!

You may not know this about me, but red licorice is my favorite candy and I adore Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Cherry Twists. They’re my favorite! Anytime I’m seeing a movie, I must have licorice on me at all times. It’s a requirement and a law in the State of Hayley.

(Also a law? Not driving below the speed limit, but that’s another law for another post).

Twizzlers are the inspiration for this red, white & blue-themed party and I couldn’t think of a better ingredient to use. Everyone loves them, they’re chewy, sweet and fun to eat, and they make for great, no-bake party food as I’ll show you.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!

 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!First up: these cookies. Aren’t they adorable? Simply purchase or bake sugar cookies, frost them with a little icing, and decorate with Twizzlers Pull N Peel Cherry Twists and star-shaped sprinkles. I made a great stars and stripes theme here, but there’s no rhyme or reason to the decorating. This is such a fun task to do with kids, too, so get the little ones engaged in decorating cookies! It isn’t just for Christmas anymore.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Next up, these Dipped Twists. I used regular Strawberry Twizzlers Twists, dipped them in melted, smooth white chocolate bark, and topped with sprinkles. SO SIMPLE. These really could not be any easier, and they look like you spent all day sprinkling and dipping. Plus, who doesn’t love strawberry and white chocolate? I don’t know of a soul.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Aren’t they pretty?

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Last up, these Blue Raspberry Slushies with a Twizzlers straw. Twizzlers straws are the way of the future! Simply snip off both ends of a Twizzler Twist and stick it in any beverage for a candy straw! So fun, and so easy. This one tastes especially delicious with these Blue Raspberry Slushies, which are a cinch to make and are a great chilly treat for hot summer days. Everyone will love these – they remind me of slurpees!

Icy, sweet, tart, and totally amazing. My family was obsessed with these slushies!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!*adapted from Cincy Shopper’s recipe

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Blue Raspberry Slushies and A Patriotic Party with Twizzlers!
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These slushies couldn't be easier to whip up! I love the blue raspberry flavor and so will everyone else!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cold club soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 pkt. blue raspberry drink mix
  • 2-3 cups ice
  • 2-3 drops blue food coloring
  • 4 Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, ends cut off
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend together the club soda, sugar, drink mix, ice and blue food coloring on HIGH speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Pop the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes, then pour among four glasses.
  2. Garnish with a Twizzlers straw, for decoration and sipping. Serve immediately.

I found all my Twizzlers products at Walmart, where they had this convenient display in the middle of the store. So perfect, right?

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!And let’s talk about the tablescape. The theme here is super patriotic – red, white and blue all around, and perfect for Fourth of July! I decorated the table with miniature American flags and patriotic tinsel which I also found at Walmart in the party supply section. In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, I selected red napkins and white party cups, and displayed the dipped twists in little navy blue pails. So cute! Two stacked cake stands adds needed height and interest to this sparkly, Americana tablescape.

And of course – more Twizzlers! Twizzlers Bites to be precise. Of course we have to have a bowl of them :) Perfect for snacking!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Well, that’s my party! I hope you enjoyed all the recipes and table ideas! Be sure to follow Twizzler’s hashtag #TwizzlersSummer for more party and recipe ideas featuring Twizzlers!

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Bacon Pralines

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! So Father’s Day is coming up.

It’s Sunday the 21st, if you didn’t already know.

And my dad is pretty low-key thankfully. The man likes ribs, BBQing without actually manning the grill (that’d be my job), and pool parties, which he will not get the latter. We don’t have a pool and thus will not be partying.

Though there will be liquor. There’s always liquor.

Now my dad is a pretty cutting edge guy. He likes to play dress up in his bright colored shorts and Hawaiian shirts, color coordinate his outfits and shop for socks. He’s also a total dude: he watches nearly every sport except golf and soccer (thank god), drinks beer without being snobbish, and likes bacon.

Wait. Minus the sports, that sounds like me. Am I a dude after all? This answers a lot of questions actually.

So I wanted something “cutting edge” with bacon, because bacon makes 95% of whatever-it-is better. You know I’m right.

I realize pralines aren’t cutting edge, innovative, or different. They’re a Southern staple that’s been made famous for their melt-in-your-mouth quality and slightly crunchy texture. Pralines, like my dad, are truly one-of-a-kind. So to make my pralines extra fabulous, I made them with bacon from Bacon Freak. Have you heard of this website? It’s a website all about BACON. They have a HUGE variety of bacon and bacon-related products, including fun flavors like Cajun and Apple Cinnamon, which is what I happened to have for my pralines. It added a nice sweetness and smokiness to the already sweet, tender pralines.

And let’s just go ahead and assume your dad would probably love some bacon from Bacon Freak for Father’s Day. A natural, correct assumption, am I right?

So to all the dads in the world, you rock. But mine rocks better.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! *adapted from this recipe

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These Bacon Pralines are absolutely irresistible! Tender, melt-in-your-mouth candies studded with crunchy pecans and sweet-and-smoky bacon. The best!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecan pieces
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked until chewy and slightly crisp, then cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Line a clean, flat work surface with parchment or wax paper. Set out two spoons.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the white and brown sugars, milk, butter, vanilla, pecan pieces and bacon pieces to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring the entire time and scraping the edges and bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Once three minutes is up, immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir, stir, stir. Stir until the mixture is slightly cloudy, has thickened, and appears almost creamy.
  4. Using your spoons, spoon little mounds of pralines onto the prepared flat work surface, working quickly as pralines set quite fast. Allow the pralines to set completely, about 30 minutes, before peeling off the paper gently and serving. Pralines are delicate, so be careful with them. Serve immediately, or within 1 day.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! This recipe doesn’t use a candy thermometer (which is typical for praline-making) lending to a more tender praline. I didn’t use one because frankly, they give me the heebie-jeebies. But boiling and stirring the mixture for three minutes gives the sugar plenty of time to caramelize and melt, giving proper structure to your pralines. And of course, there’s the fact that there’s crisp, chewy, smoky BACON in there. A total game-changer!

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with bacon from Bacon Freak to develop this recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas

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

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

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

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

AKA, my worst nightmare.

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

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

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

Try them puhleeeeease. You won’t be disappointed!

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

 

Cotton Candy Oreo Bars

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

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

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

Because cotton candy. DUH.

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

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

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

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

NOW EAT.

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

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!I’m not sure how I feel about the kids of today.

The kids of today have the moms of my generation, and the moms of my generation are whack as hell. Let me explain.

There’s so much emphasis on pleasing your kid these days and making sure that every little crumb in their life is perfectly placed. Nothing’s out of sort, nothing’s out of place. Everyone’s a winner. And the holidays? Chiiiiilllld, it’s out of control.

Parents nowadays come up with such elaborate schemes for those creepy-ass elves around Christmastime, making purposeful messes(!!) and going through all sorts of lengths for a stuffed elf. Why did I not think of a stuffed elf? I could be a millionaire now.

And St. Patrick’s Day? I cannot tell you how many leprechaun traps I spotted on Instagram. Some moms lamented the fact that they’re “bad moms” because they didn’t create a freakin’ obstacle course for an invisible, nonexistent creature. And to that I say, eff. that. crap.

We need to stop forking over $20 bills for lost teeth. We need to stop constantly comparing ourselves to our kid’s friend’s mom who makes fun-shaped sandwiches every day, shuttles the kid to every practice on time, manages to look like she walked from an Anthropologie catalog and always looks fresh-faced with a green juice in hand and a ton of Pinterest-worthy schemes for the Elf at the ready. Because honestly? That mom doesn’t sleep, is frazzled, just put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge, and is probably thinking crack doesn’t sound half bad. Or, if you live near I do, she has a nanny who does all the dirty work. And we need to stop perusing Pinterest and thinking we’re lame or stupid or incompetent or lacking if we don’t automatically see a green beach pail and think it’d be a great bird feeder or whatever.

It’s totally cool to make holidays fun for kids, though we did… none of this stuff growing up. We didn’t have an elf. We didn’t have a leprechaun trap. And we certainly didn’t get $20 for a tooth – that was grocery money, y’all. We got a couple quarters if we were lucky, and that was damn lucky. But we did set cookies out for Santa, we did help decorate the house, decorate cookies or make crafts to hang. We did have imaginations and we did fun, creative things with our parents and grandparents. And it was good. I didn’t feel slighted when my parents handed me less than a Jackson for a chore. And I guarantee you my mom didn’t feel like an incompetent oaf when she didn’t coat the house in glitter in the name of a mythical elf.

I’m toooootally not saying you shouldn’t throw confetti everywhere and claim that a leprechaun did it and evaded your elaborate obstacle course. You should – if you want to. But if you don’t feel like paying $40 at Party City for plastic whistles and stale candy all for this creature, you certainly shouldn’t. There’s another mom out there who is doing it, and there’s a very good — not certain, but very good — chance she’s doing it to compensate for something else. Maybe for spending more money shopping at Anthropologie than actually talking to her kids, or maybe because she is insecure about being compared to other moms.

But I guarantee you ladies that your 8-year olds aren’t going to school and saying, “God, why is my mom such a freakin’ ne’er-do-well? I asked for coarse glitter at the store and she gets fine glitter. And last night, she forced me to bathe. I hate her!’ More like, they aren’t even talking about you, or they are probably defending you. ‘Oh yeah? Well my mom makes better spaghetti. Yes huh!!” Kids don’t do much with putting down their parents, unless you’re a total loser, then I can’t help you and you should probably stop being an a-hole to your kid.

So this Easter, when your kid’s friend’s pretentious mom with the $500 highlights claims over green juice at Whole Foods that she’s going to fill organic plastic Easter eggs with $50 bills for her kids Tippy and Chip, you can just roll your eyes and say you’ll be giving your kiddos dollar-store jelly beans and actually spending time with them, which is really all they could ever want. And then make your friend pay for your green juice, because juices at Whole Foods are pricey as hell and she definitely has money to waste.

ANYWAY. Enough ranting, right? I’m not even a mother. Talk about highly unqualified.

So these brownie bites — Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites, to be precise. And they’re a doozy. Full of Cadbury Creme Egg goodness in every bite, thanks to the sweet stuff nestled deep in the middle of the chewy, fudgy brownie. The frosting is a thick, sky-high bite of vanilla buttercream — sweet, easy, and delicious, and swirled with white and yellow goodness to mimic the interior of that famed Easter candy.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!These brownie bites are the bomb, and I guarantee your cutie kiddo will agree! You won’t even need to slip ’em a fiddy to agree.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!*inspired by Jenn’s recipe at Deliciously Sprinkled

5.0 from 4 reviews
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites
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These adorable brownie bites are filled with luscious Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a thick, sky-high vanilla buttercream for a wonderfully sweet Easter treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 24 Cadbury Creme Mini Eggs, unwrapped
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup milk or heavy cream
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Easter-themed sprinkles, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil until a soft dough has formed.
  2. Spoon rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough into each greased muffin cup; gently press down with your fingers. Bake for approx. 10-14 minutes or until the tops appear set and the edges are light golden brown. Allow the cups to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then using the handle of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in the center of the brownie cup. Place a Cadbury Creme Mini Egg inside. Allow the brownie cups to cool before gently popping them out of the muffin cups. If needed, run the tip of a butter knife around the edges to help ease them out.
  3. Once brownie cups have cooled, make your frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and vanilla on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. If needed, add in the cream/milk to help thin it out if it's too thick. Spoon about half of the mixture into a separate bowl and add the yellow food coloring, tinting to your desired shade.
  4. Spoon the yellow frosting on one side and the white on the opposite side of a large, disposable piping bag attached with a large, open-star tip. Pipe high onto cooled brownie bites. Garnish with sprinkles. Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight at room temperature for a couple days.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!These are way sweet, but totally awesome. If you don’t like Cadbury Creme Eggs, feel free to substitute with Cadbury Caramel Eggs or Cadbury Chocolate Eggs for a different flavor! :)

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!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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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

Lucky Rainbow Bark

Lucky Rainbow BarkYeah, I am totally guilty of trashing the living daylights outta that white chocolate. Sue me.

As a kid, I had this neighbor – we’ll call her Meow, since I remember her meowing on occasion, and I slept over at her house pretty frequently. She had anything a girl could ask for – her own pony, a really fluffy dog, a HUGE Barbie mansion, and the works. I remember being infinitely jealous of her Barbie collection since I was super obsessed with all things Barbie.

ANYWHO. On one particular evening sleepover, Meow and I were tucked in our sleeping bags and watching cartoons. The show ended and Leprechaun came on. Meow was kinda scared, but I begged her to keep it on since I was a morbid child who was admittedly frightened of this scary movie concept but also could not look away. This is similar to when I was freaking terrified of Forensic Files and would involuntarily shudder every time I heard Peter Thomas begin a sordid tale of murder, yet I would hide in the hallway and watch it without my parents knowing.

So we began watching Leprechaun and it proceeded to give me terrors over miniature mythical men wearing green suits and hiding in a box of Lucky Charms. Thankfully we didn’t regularly buy Lucky Charms and I never had to encounter any frightening creatures.

Fast forward a good fifteen or so years, and I’m now an adult and working a terrible job. I spotted a coworker snacking on Lucky Charms and it instantly made me crave fistfuls of that magical cereal. The next day, I went out and bought a box of it – and it soon became my go-to snack on the job. I never did find any leprechauns, FYI.

DSC_0407AWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up (it’s still awhile away, I know, but I’m a dork and get overly excited about holidays) I was brainstorming fun ideas with Lucky Charms and this bark came to mind. It’s not even a recipe – it’s just kind of a conglomerate of random, rainbow, sprinkly things held together by a huge plane of white chocolate. Yet all of those components create a totally delicious, outrageously SWEET bark that everyone is sure to love.

DSC_0419ANo meowing friends, terrified children, or Forensic Files-watching required.

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Lucky Rainbow Bark
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Filled with a ton of rainbow, sprinkly goodies, this fun bark is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other time you're craving something super sweet and festive.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. vanilla CandiQuik, or another white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 pkg Circus Animal Cookies (my favorite!)
  • About 2-3 cups Lucky Charms Cereal (depending on as much as you'd like)
  • About 1 cup M&M's candies
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt the vanilla CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Spread the vanilla CandiQuik in an even layer onto the foil. You don't want it to be super thick, but don't make it super thin, either.
  3. Immediately top evenly with broken up Circus cookies, Lucky Charms, M&M's and sprinkles. Likewise, you could add dried fruits, nuts, or other candies if you'd like.
  4. Allow the bark to set up before breaking into pieces.

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DSC_0430AThis bark is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth since it’s packed with the delightful crunch of Circus Animal Cookies, a bite from the chocolate M&M’s, and the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness from the Lucky Charms! Don’t like an ingredient? Feel free to swap out the Circus Animal Cookies for another favorite, or try using Chocolate CandiQuik for a different flavor.

Lucky Rainbow BarkHope you have a sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

Avalanche Cookie Clusters

Avalanche Cookie ClustersWhen I was in high school, one of the coolest things to do was to visit Downtown Sacramento.

Now mind you, I am a kid from the suburbs, about 20 minutes away from Downtown. But seeing as the most exciting thing in my town was the halfway abandoned Yogurt Delite, Downtown seemed so cool and exotic and hip and different to a 15-year old.

For one, Downtown had a mall which was just as crappy as our mall, but better because it was Downtown. And it had a gargantuan Forever 21 in it which was sofreakinawesome because ours only had a Wet Seal and everyone knows Forever 21 > Wet Seal, amirite?

Second, Downtown was connected to Old Town, which is exactly what you think of when you think of a once-small mining town. Cute, quaint old buildings and cobblestone streets with wooden sidewalks and horse-drawn carriages clopping around. Old Town had some quirky shops that my friends and I loved to explore in, but mostly, we enjoyed hitting up the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory down there.

My mom would send me on my day-long jaunt to Downtown with $20 to spend on lunch, but little did she know that most of that money went to things at Forever 21 and of course, chocolates from Rocky Mountain. If you’ve never been to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory before, it’s pretty much the most heavenly place on earth, with floor-to-ceiling displays of chocolate truffles, candies, confections and more, and more often than not, they’re stirring up a fresh batch of caramel and dipping everything under the sun right in front of your wee beady eyes.

In other words, a hungry teenager’s dream come true.

One of my favorite things to get were the caramel apples (hello, best treat evah) and their Avalanche Bars. The Avalanche Bars are probably what Rocky Mountain’s most known for, and for good reason. If ya don’t know, Avalanche Bars are basically white chocolate and peanut butter mixed together with rice krispy cereal and marshmallows, then studded with chocolate chips. Prettttttty genius, with the whole sweet-salty-crunchy-gooey factors happening at once. And did I mention it was a hungry teenager’s dream come true?

But since my days of dwelling Downtown are long over (and since I’ve grown up and realized Downtown isn’t that cool after all, parking sucks, and is that homeless person flashing everyone?), it’s been quite some time since I’ve had an Avalanche Bar. But since I saw Shelly post her version of Avalanche Cookies, I knew I had to recreate this childhood treat at home… with my rebellious spin, duh.

DSC_0402AEnter pie crust. Yeah, pie crust. Homie play. Homie play like that. Pie crust offers a delightful, unexpected crunch to these clusters and a bit of a doughy, cookie feel. It’s hard to explain but easy to eat 10 of these incredible cookie clusters, also inspired by the mil-dollar Pillsbury Bake-Off winner’s recipe which includes bits of baked pie crust in her cookies, too.

Genius? Hell yes it is. And ohmigawd, did I mention a DREAM COME TRUE?!

DSC_0405ASeriously. Can’t stop, won’t stop — and you shouldn’t either. Make these NOW! Live the dream!!

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Avalanche Cookie Clusters
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Recipe type: Cookies, Treats
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Serves: 24
 
Irresistible, incredible and outrageously delicious, these addictive Avalanche Cookie Clusters are inspired by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's delectable Avalanche Bars! You and your family will love the unexpected twist of pie crust bits in these fabulous cluster cookies!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 pkg Vanilla CandiQuik
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or with parchment paper. Mist parchment (if using) with cooking spray. Place the pie crust on the baking sheet and, using a sharp knife or a pizza wheel, cut the pie crust into thin strips, then cut crosswise to make small, bite-sized squares. Separate the squares so that they don't touch as much, and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, melt the CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter until blended. Working quickly, add in the cereal, marshmallows and pie crust pieces and toss gently to coat completely.
  3. Working fast, drop heaping ¼ cup-sized clusters of the mixture onto foil-or silicone-lined baking sheets. Because of the CandiQuik, the mixture could harden so it's key to work as fast as possible! Allow the clusters to set before serving. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for up to a week.

DSC_0408AButtery, creamy, crunchy, gooey, crispy, salty and oh-so-decadent, these are THE BOMB. Easily my new favorite cookie-candy hybrid and I guarantee they’ll be yours, too!

*Tip: for chocolate-lovers, feel free to sprinkle each cluster with some miniature chocolate chips before they set for a little chocolate kick!*

Have a fabulous day!!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Brittle Cupcakes

Peanut Brittle CupcakesPeanut brittle is one of those candies that I totally love but often overlook. One, because it isn’t sold in many stores, and two, because it isn’t as common as your average M&M’s or Skittles.

But when I am around it? Lawd have mercy, homedog. I’m scarfing it down like it’s my day job. It’s just so addictive!

Since I still have an enormous fear of candy thermometers (seriously, I do not have time for high-maintenance candy!) I haven’t actually made my own peanut brittle at home. If we’re being honest, I find it easier to just stock up at See’s Candies and get it for $6/box than stress over a pot of boiling caramel. Not my idea of a good time. Eating the peanut brittle, however, is a great time.

So while I haven’t mastered the brittle itself, I have mastered these scrumptious cupcakes! I have to admit, the peanut brittle flavor is spot-on. If you could somehow bottle it up and drink that delectable peanut butter caramel flavor, it would be the best beverage evah. But for now, you’ll have to settle with eating your cupcake and your peanut brittle, too. These are the best!

DSC_0316ASkip the candy thermom mama drama and buy yourself a box of brittle… and the ingredients for these cupcakes. You’ll be glad you did!

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Peanut Brittle Cupcakes
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Serves: 16
 
Peanutty and caramel, these Peanut Brittle Cupcakes taste like the addictive candy without the fuss of making it. Top with your favorite homemade or store-bought brittle for the perfect, tasty garnish.
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup caramel flavored syrup (NOT sundae sauce, but the kind you can use to flavor your coffee, like by Torani)
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I like Jif!)
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 & ½ sticks butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup caramel flavored syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk, if needed
  • About 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Peanut Brittle, prepared or your favorite homemade recipe, broken into shards
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two standard muffin tins with about 16 paper liners; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, oil, eggs, water, caramel syrup and peanut butter together with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until blended. Distribute batter evenly among the cupcake tins, filling about ¾" full.
  2. Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with light crumbs. Cool the cupcakes completely while you prepare the frosting.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and caramel syrup with the paddle attachment until creamy and blended. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add the milk if frosting is too thick.
  4. Spoon the frosting into a disposable piping bag attached with a large open star tip. Pipe the frosting high onto the cooled cupcakes, then garnish with a couple of shards of peanut brittle. Top with caramel sundae syrup if you'd like! Serve immediately.

DSC_0324AThese are FABULOUS! They’re a must-try. If you haven’t had caramel + peanut butter before, you must give this insanely-delicious combination a go. It’s a total winner and is what makes the flavor in these delectable Peanut Brittle Cupcakes so spot-on!

Have a fantastic day!

xo, Hayley

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