Thick & Chewy Brown Butter Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Thick & Chewy Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the BEST cookies I've ever made! Buttery, nutty, chewy and soft with a gooey caramel center and rich chocolate pockets. So easy and amazing! A combination of rich, melty chocolate and gooey, buttery caramel together at last in one thick, chewy and utterly perfect cookie!

Right now I’m having a caramel and quesadilla moment. NOT together, FYI.

But for some reason, I am alllll about caramel anything and quesadillas up the wazoo. I just cannot get enough of either.

It’s like I rediscovered them randomly (as if I’d forgotten?) and now am utterly obsessed. I order quesadillas wherever they’re available, and I’ve been cooking up caramel this and caramel that because it’s fall, and fall seems caramel-y. Or caramel seems fall-y? Either way.

So while I won’t be posting any quesadilla recipes anytime soon, I hope you enjoy the influx of caramel recipes. Because I need to finish having my moment, okay?

This recipe is an adaptation of my Deep Dish Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies which I made many moons ago. Those cookies were delicious and continue to be one of my Top 10 recipes on my blog which amazes me because they were kind of an afterthought, if I’m being honest.

Recently, I tried to remake them so I could take better photographs, but when I pulled them from the oven, they had spread everywhere and were a wonky deep dish and not pretty. I figured I’d better tweak that recipe to better reflect the modern times. Also, not everyone has a deep dish cookie pan, and I’d hate for ya to have to start a quest to find one (unless, of course, deep dish things are your jam, in which case, carry on).

So I adapted that recipe to make this one: These Thick & Chewy Brown Butter Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies. A delicious mouthful, if you will, and a MUST make. I know I say that about a lot of recipes on here, but y’all. These cookies are easily one of the best things I’ve ever made. Not even kidding. Even my family, who is usually apathetic about my desserts*, devoured these in no time flat.

*not apathetic in that they think my desserts suck, but more like, they see desserts every day that they’re disenchanted nowadays. Just clarifying! 

This recipe has a couple of fundamental changes to it. First, I use brown butter in this recipe. If you’ve never baked with brown butter before, you must run to the kitchen and make it asap. Brown butter is life-changing! It imparts such a wonderful depth of flavor and nuttiness to whatever it’s made with. The only thing I should say is that you must watch your brown butter carefully while you make it to ensure it doesn’t burn, and you must use real butter, not margarine, in order for it to work.

So brown your butter and cool it for a little bit. Then prepare your dough and refrigerate the whole shebang to set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. I know, I know. The whole chilling process cramps your style. I get it. But it is absolutely imperative that you chill the dough or else the cookies will be flat, crispy saucers on the sheet and then you’ll complain and then I’ll have to treat you like a child and ask you if you chilled your dough. So just cut out the whole middle man and chill it, please?

These Thick & Chewy Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the BEST cookies I've ever made! Buttery, nutty, chewy and soft with a gooey caramel center and rich chocolate pockets. So easy and amazing! While your oven preheats, let the dough come close to room temperature to take the chill off. Then use a big ol’ cookie scoop to get yourself a little dough ball which you’ll fill with a chocolate-caramel candy. For these cookies, I used Dove Caramel Candies because they are flatter and bigger than say, Rolos. You can use whatever kind of chocolaty caramel candy you want, as long as it’s soft and not like, those granny caramel hard candies you get at the bank.

Bake it all up and voila, you have easily one of the best cookie recipes at your fingertips. You’re welcome!

These Thick & Chewy Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the BEST cookies I've ever made! Buttery, nutty, chewy and soft with a gooey caramel center and rich chocolate pockets. So easy and amazing!

Thick & Chewy Brown Butter Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These Brown Butter Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are my FAVORITE cookie recipe! Buttery, nutty, thick, soft and chewy and filled with gooey caramel and chocolate. You'll love this recipe!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter (salted or unsalted; if using salted, omit salt from recipe)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24-26 caramel-filled chocolate candies (I used Dove Chocolates), unwrapped
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the butter over medium-low heat. Melt the butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth and melted. The butter will start to bubble up and foam, so continue to stir it. Eventually the butter will become darker in color and smell slightly nutty. Stir and cook until amber in color and immediately remove from the heat. Do NOT over-cook! It burns quickly, so keep an eye on it. Cool the butter completely.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the browned butter (including the brown bits in the pan!), brown sugar and sugar and beat with the paddle attachment for about 1 minute or until creamy. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat well. Lastly, add in the baking soda, salt, cornstarch and flour until a soft dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the dough for AT LEAST 4 hours, preferably overnight. This is mandatory.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Let the dough sit out on the counter while the oven preheats, just so it comes closer to room temperature and isn't so cold. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  5. Using a 2-Tablespoon-sized cookie dough scoop, scoop out a ball of cookie dough. Flatten it slightly in the palm of your hand and place one Dove chocolate (or whatever caramel-filled chocolate candy you're using) in the middle. Use your hands to wrap the cookie dough around the chocolate candy. Place on the baking sheet 2" apart.
  6. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the baking sheets.

These Thick & Chewy Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the BEST cookies I've ever made! Buttery, nutty, chewy and soft with a gooey caramel center and rich chocolate pockets. So easy and amazing! Buttery, nutty, gooey and rich, these cookies are unforgettable and a must-make on your baking list!

These Thick & Chewy Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the BEST cookies I've ever made! Buttery, nutty, chewy and soft with a gooey caramel center and rich chocolate pockets. So easy and amazing! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious! When two worlds collide, oftentimes the results are mixed. The result of these Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs is sensational! Gooey, decadent & sinfully fabulous!

…And then I had to go and stuff Rolos inside of cookie dough stuffed inside brownies stuffed inside chocolate. PHEW! Bomb inception. Brownieception. Whatever you want to call it, y’all need to run to your kitchen to make these bad boys!

So it’s no surprise that everything’s been tumbleweed-y and desolate in my dating life. I’d even go as far to say as I’ve moved backwards in my search for Mr. Right. And by ‘search’, I mean not searching at all and just hoping that I bump into a guy serendipitiously at the grocery store and we both marvel over our shared love of bread and 2006 era emo music.

But my friends – the few I can count on one finger – say that I should dress up every time I run my errands so that in case I meet Mr. Right while at Target, I’ll look prepared.

But to that I say: I’m lazy. And also, have you done a full-face of makeup before? It is not for the faint of heart. There’s the whole blending of the foundation situation, which is already hard enough for me since my perfect match was matched with the PRIMER color. Then I have to get my cat eye on symmetrically and make sure I don’t have any knots in my hair since I have a strange aversion to brushing my hair. It’s just this whole big thing and I am so not about that.

And then there’s the whole thing where I sometimes abruptly leave my house to grab some additional ingredients at the store, unknowingly covered in flour and chocolate stains. So clearly, I am rocking this whole attractiveness thing.

But to this I say: wouldn’t my Mr. Right want to see the real me? Me, with a rogue sprinkle in my hair and powdered sugar smudges on my clothes? Makeup-less and rockin’ a half-bun? Wouldn’t he want to fall in love with me when I’m looking like an underground goblin and then be surprised in a good way when I clean up nicely? That’s just what I’d think, anyway. And maybe that’s also why I’m single. WHATEVER.

Anyway, let’s get to these bombs, ‘kay? They really are the definition of a bomb. A calorie bomb, yes. But worth it? Yes yes. In fact, these may be my favorite brownie bombs to date. That’s saying something!

These bad boys are Salted Caramel Mocha flavor and OH MAH GOSH are they good. The fudgy brownies are packed with espresso flavor which really ramps up that mocha aspect. Then the egg-free cookie dough surrounds a Rolo candy which brings that caramel flavor into play.

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious! The whole thing is over-the-top, totally sweet and outrageously rich… so don’t say I didn’t warn you. This recipe is NOT for people who don’t have sweet teeth, and this is not for the faint of heart. You gotta be a committed sugar lover to enjoy these, so keep that in mind!

Now, let’s get to eating, shall we?

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are INSANE. Super rich, outrageously decadent and fabulous in flavor and texture. A must make for any brownie bomb lover!
Ingredients
  • FOR BROWNIES:
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • FOR COOKIE DOUGH & CARAMEL FILLING:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 & ½ cups flour (if you're worried about using AP flour because of contamination, use organic flour, GF flour, oat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, or another flour substitute)
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 18 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1 pkg chocolate candy coating (I like CandiQuik)
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a rectangular 13x9" baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the brownies, adding in the instant espresso powder. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approx. 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Do not over bake! It is imperative that the brownies are fudgy! Cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the vanilla and heavy cream, mixing well. Lastly, add in the salt and flour until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a Tablespoon-sized cookie dough scoop, scoop a ball of cookie dough and make an indentation in the middle with your thumb. Add in a Rolo and roll the dough around the Rolo candy until fully enclosed. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Trim the edges off of the brownies, and cut the brownies in 18 equal pieces (5 rows by 3). Take a piece of a brownie and flatten it slightly with the heel of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball, rolling it in your palms to completely enclose the cookie dough ball. If needed, dampen your hands to help mold the brownie around the cookie dough. Repeat with remaining bombs and freeze until firm, about 40 minutes.
  6. Melt the chocolate candy coating until smooth, according to package directions. Drop each bomb into the candy coating, coating completely and gently remove with a fork and place onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Store leftover bombs airtight in the fridge or freezer, but if you freeze them, PLEASE bring them to room temperature before serving as the caramel candy will be solid and I don't want you to break your tooth!

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious! Richly decadent, super sinful and utterly delicious, these brownie bombs are one for the books and my new favorite!

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious!

Craving more brownie bombs? You’ve come to the right place!

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious!Reese’s Egg Brownie Bombs – don’t have eggs? Use regular miniature Reese’s cups!

These Peeps Brownie Bombs are a delectable treat for any marshmallow lover! Fudgy baked brownie surrounds a sugary, soft Peep candy that's coated in rich white chocolate. Perfect for Easter and so easy to make!Peeps Brownie Bombs

PECAN PIE BROWNIE BOMBSPecan Pie Brownie Bombs

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for any PB lover – packed with peanut butter chips, Reese’s Pieces and covered in a creamy peanut butter frosting with peanut butter cups, they truly are the ULTIMATE!

So I experienced a first a couple days ago.

And in retrospect, I’m kind of surprised this *was* a first, but whatever.

I was part of a Good Neighbors group on Facebook for my city. I’m sure your city or town has one, too. It’s basically a collective group where people come together to complain about teenagers running traffic stops or advertising lemonade stands or upcoming church events. You know, the usual.

Well, I’d been seeing a LOT of people advertising about upcoming events – some that were heads-up, but some that were functions in which they would strongly encourage you to donate or help support the cause or whatever. So I thought, I have an upcoming book signing, so I’ll post it here!

I told the neighbors about my book signing, told them there would be treats, and to stop by and say hi! Never mentioning A) buy my book, B) PLEASE buy my book, C) BUY MY BOOK OR MY FACE WILL HAUNT YOUR DREAMS, or D) any of the above. Just a friendly ‘would love to meet you, so stop by, grab some treats, and say hi!’

Cool, right?

WRONG.

Because then just like that, I was straight-up BANNED from the group. BANNED. You’d think I put a voodoo hex on all of the members of my city or screamed obscenities or said something controversial. Nope. I advertised my book signing. (And FYI, my book is not a voodoo hex/obscenity-filled/controversial book either, in case you were wondering).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I was banned from somewhere. And I didn’t even do anything to deserve it! The vigilante in me is screaming injustice, but truth be told, some of the people in my community are stinkers (and that’s the non-obscenity I’m choosing) and I didn’t really enjoy communicating with them or find anything beneficial about the group. So it’s probably a good thing.

But man, had I known I was going to be banned, I would have left with a bang and said something wild and confusing like, “THE GOATS TOLD ME TO DO IT” or “DON’T TRUST THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SHIRT” or “I SPOKE WITH YOUR DOG AND HE IS GOING TO EAT YOU IN TWENTY FORTNIGHTS” or “THE LOCAL STARBUCKS RAN OUT OF COFFEE FOREVER” or something.

Anyway, their loss – because I used to give away my treats to the members of the group! Now they’ll never know what treats I’m cooking up, and now I have eleventy million of these Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These cookies came to me in a dream (well, from insomnia, anyway) and I knew I had to make them immediately. They’re a peanut butter pudding cookie base that’s stuffed to the gills with peanut butter chips and Reese’s Pieces. Then I slathered on a creamy and decadent peanut butter frosting and topped that nonsense with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Don’t blame me; blame the goats.

Make them so we’ll be part of our own special group!

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies
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Serves: 20
 
These ULTIMATE Peanut Butter Cookies are outrageously decadent and delicious! A peanut butter pudding cookie is filled with Reese's Pieces and PB chips, then topped with a peanut butter frosting and PB cups.
Ingredients
  • FOR COOKIES:
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg INSTANT vanilla pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Reese's Mini Pieces
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chopped Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the baking soda, dry pudding mix and flour and beat until a soft dough has formed. Fold in the Reese's Mini Pieces and peanut butter chips.
  3. Drop the dough into heaping Tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Once the cookies come out, gently press down on them slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Cool on the racks completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, until frosting is spreadable and smooth.
  5. Spread a heaping Tablespoonful or so (more or less to suit your tastes) of the frosting onto the cooled cookies. Top with a heaping Tablespoonful of chopped Reese's PB Cups.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Soft & chewy cookies with plenty of Reese’s candy topped with a silky peanut butter frosting and gooey peanut butter cups… could it GET any better?! (The answer is no).

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is a delicious mouthful! Super easy, homemade, no-churn and absolutely delightful!

So I kind of realized I live in a bubble. And I’m trying to fix it, okay?

I know, I know. I’m 25 and a certified recluse. I work from home, I relax at home, I prefer staying at home… I am the textbook definition of a homebody.

BUT I was so sick of being cooped up in my house that I went exploring in neighboring cities and I had a blast! Sometimes you just need to be a tourist in your own town, ya know?

I spent too much money at antique shops finding unique treasures and cool food props, and then stopped at a little ice cream shop to do some window shopping since I was still full from lunch. The ice cream parlor had a peanut butter fudge ice cream which sounded so good if I hadn’t gorged myself on tater tots an hour prior. Tater tots, if you didn’t know, are my weakness. Actually, most potato products are. Fun fact #4573 about Hayley. I know you were dying to know that!

So I got home and recreated this fantastical ice cream flavor for you and I have to say, I’m pretty darn pleased with the outcome. This ice cream is SO creamy, peanut buttery and smooth with chunks of peanut butter cups and gooey ribbons of fudge. I decided to add peanut butter cups into the ice cream because I’m a texture kinda girl and love having some kind of add-in for whatever ice cream/froyo/soft serve I’m eating. You could always add chopped peanuts or chocolate chips to this too!

But whatever you do, do yourself a flavor and make it! It’s so perfect.

It starts with the classic no-churn ice cream base: sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. If you didn’t know you could make ice cream with those two ingredients, well, I’m here to let you know that you CAN and SHOULD! It couldn’t be simpler.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! Whip up some whipped cream with a teensy bit of sugar until stiff peaks form. Then fold in a mixture of smooth peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk until it’s all combined and friendly. Pour half of it into a freezer-safe container with a lid (or a loaf pan), sprinkle on some chopped PB cups and drizzle a few ribbons of fudge on top. Then repeat the layers, freeze it for at least 8 hours, and then chow down!

OMG.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker!

5.0 from 1 reviews
No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream
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Serves: 6-8
 
This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is SO fantastic! Creamy, smooth, and SO easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pkg (11 oz) Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup hot fudge sauce, warmed very slightly until pourable
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy whipping cream and the sugar on HIGH speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. While the mixture whips, in a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and creamy peanut butter until blended.
  2. Fold the peanut butter milk mixture into the whipped cream until just combined. Pour half of the mixture into a freezer-safe container with a lid. Sprinkle liberally with half of the peanut butter cups and drizzle with half of the hot fudge sauce. Repeat layers, pop on the lid (or cover with plastic wrap), and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! You guys are going to love this ice cream! I cannot get over the creamy peanut butter ice cream base and that huge, thick ribbon of fudge swirled throughout!

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! If you’re on the hunt for something that’s unapologetically thick, chewy and LOADED with buttery caramel, chocolate and nuts, look no further, homie. These Snickers Cookie Bars are the stuff dreams are made of.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge Snickers candy fan.

I know, that should be blasphemous and someone should oust me from my position as a dessert food blogger.

BUT – hear me out.

I loved these bars. Loved them. I couldn’t get enough of that sticky, buttery caramel, gooey pockets of nougat-y Snickers pieces, and those crunchy peanuts. There’s something about food with a lot of great textures that has me obsessed.

And if you do happen to like Snickers, then you can thank me later because these bars will be your new BFF.

So let’s break down the anatomy of these gooeylicious bars, shall we?

First: you’re going to need two (24-count) packages of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, or 1 (30 oz) log of cookie dough. Either one works, and whatever brand you prefer is fine & dandy. Alternatively, you may use your own favorite cookie dough recipe (may I suggest mine?) or a couple of boxes of cookie mix (like by Krusteaz, perhaps?).

Anyway, you line an 8×8″ square baking pan with foil, spray the heck out of it, and spread half of the dough in an even layer on the bottom. Easy, right? You’re halfway there! Top it with chocolate chips, chopped up Snickers pieces, chopped peanuts, and a glorious caramel sauce that will make you audibly groan. Then pop on the second layer of cookie dough, either by forming a nice little square of dough and laying it on top, or ripping and smooshing pieces of dough together to form an even layer on top. Whatever floats your doughy boat.

Then bake, let it cool (seriously, this is the most important step!), and cut into bars. Easy peasy, Snickers squeezy. Or something like that.

ENJOY!!

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars
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These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars couldn't be simpler and they taste so outrageously gooey!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkg (24 count each) OR 1 (30 oz) log refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, at room temperature (or you may substitute your own homemade cookie dough recipe)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg snack-size Snickers bars, unwrapped and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts (I used unsalted)
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg caramel bits or caramels, unwrapped
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Unwrap one package of the refrigerated cookie dough (or cut the large log of dough in half). Press the dough evenly into the baking pan and bake for approx. 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. Sprinkle the cookie layer with the chocolate chips, chopped Snickers bars, and chopped peanuts. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the caramel candies and the sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again if needed for another 15-20 seconds, stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour the caramel evenly over the bars. Top with the remaining cookie dough by either forming it into a square shape on a cutting board, picking it up and laying it on top of the bars, or by tearing off little pieces of dough, gently smooshing them in the palm of your hand, and laying them on top of the caramel almost like a puzzle.
  5. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and just about set. If it's sloshing around in the pan, bake it for another 5-10 minutes. It's okay if it's a little bit jiggly. Cool COMPLETELY, then pop in the fridge for about 1-2 hours or until it's sufficiently chilled before cutting into bars.

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! Super gooey, super chewy, ultra thick and perfect for any Snickers lover!!

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies – not just for monsters.

So I have a bone to pick real quick. If you’re not up for a good old-fashioned bone pickin’, scroll down to the recipe and I’ll catch up with ya later.

ANYWAY.

I was in the book store yesterday, specifically in the coffee shop inside. I was ordering my drink when an older woman came into the cafe. She took one look at me – clad in a floral 50’s style dress, flats, and my tattoos on full display – and made a face. Not a good face, but a face. You know the face. She was in line, but refused to come near me – she stood far enough away that another woman cut her in line and she didn’t even say anything because she was so busy staring at me.

I glanced her way and gave her a smile, but she refused to change her expression. It was like a mixture of annoyance, disapproval and a certain je ne sais quoi that I couldn’t place because I am not crotchety. Most days, anyway. 🙂

Once I received my drink, I had to walk past her to get to the door. She literally backed up into the bakery case with her hands up like I was holding her hostage… or like I was a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague*. I kind of breezed past her, unsure of why she was putting her hands up like I was a cop about to arrest her.

I get that face and reaction often. It comes from every walk of life, but usually older folks. And I can understand if I think really hard about it – tattoos can be menacing in their own confounding way. If you see someone with a tattoo – no matter what the subject matter is – it can often come across as aggressive, like we’re part of this gang that non-tattooed people don’t know about.

I suppose you could make the case that back in their day, only the friendly neighborhood criminal had tattoos, and they were usually faded badges from assorted military branches or pin-up girls. Bad boys had tattoos. I get it.

But maybe – just maybe – I can get all the tattoo naysayers to change their tune with this post. Because your sour expressions, your sighs of disapproval, your hostile body language – it hurts my feelings. Do I go home and cry about the old lady who made a face about my tats? No. I’ll forget about it tomorrow, most likely, when I have more pressing things to think about, like taxes and if I should order chicken McNuggets or a sandwich. But in that moment, seen and treated like I’m some kind of social pariah – it’s not fair. It’s not fun. And it’s completely unnecessary.

I have a lollipop tattoo on my leg. A freaking LOLLIPOP. If I’m in any kind of gang, it’s the Lollipop Guild with those triplet munchkins from The Wizard of Oz… which actually would be a pretty badass gig. Who can I contact about that?

What I’m trying to say in a really roundabout way is, don’t judge a book by its cover. I may have tattoos and wear tutus and have wacky glasses, but I’m harmless. I will say hello to anyone and everyone and talk to you about your day. I compliment nearly everyone I meet, and they come from the heart. I hope to brighten as many people’s days as I possibly can. And I do it all with my tattoos proudly displayed in public for everyone to see. The disapproving glances I receive are unwarranted – it’s not like I can return my tattoos or change the fact that I have them, so why give me a hard time? And why is my body cause for YOUR concern? But that’s a tad political and we don’t talk about that kinda stuff on a dessert blog.

And anyway, there are plenty of bad people out there who do deserve your nasty glares. Al Capone didn’t have tattoos, and it’s not like he was a stand-up dude that you’d bring home to mom and dad. But a girl in a swing dress with a donut on her leg? Probably not a criminal or someone you need to treat as if she’s a chipmunk with the bubonic plague.**

I’m so glad we’re on the same page!

So let me brief ya real quick on these cookies – they’re fat. They’re chewy. They’re soft. And they’re fully loaded with all this wonderful goodness, like chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats and miniature M&M’s candies. And I could not stop eating them, so there’s that.

Do yourself a flava and make ’em!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING!

4.8 from 5 reviews
Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies
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These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are one of my favorites! Huge, soft and buttery, they're fully loaded with peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and mini M&M's for a wonderful blend of great texture and flavor!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's candies
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in the brown sugar & sugar, creaming together until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beating well. Then add in the baking soda, cornstarch and flour, mixing until combined. Mix in the oats, M&M's and chocolate chips last until just combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate dough for at LEAST 1 hour, up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners, or spray lightly with cooking spray. Drop heaping ¼ cup-sized balls of dough onto the baking sheets, about 2-3" apart. Bake for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly undone in the center; this is normal and they'll continue to set as they cool. Cool on the racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Gooey, chewy, soft and bursting with salty peanut butter, rich chocolate and crunchy M&M’s, this cookie is called a Monster cookie for a reason!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

*real life: there is a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague nearby my house. Apparently this is “normal.” I think it’s the government’s way of telling us that the apocalypse is coming.

**it bears mentioning twice because HOW is a chipmunk with the plague “normal”!? Like, why are we not alarmed that a small, cute, Snow-White creature has the BUBONIC PLAGUE? This is madness.

 

No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Lush

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Happy Hump Day, y’all!

If you’re in California and you have kids, chances are, they were turned loose on ya for the summer! At least, my sister’s school was. Well, is. Their last day of school is technically tomorrow.

And that means my sweet baby sister is graduating high school! Where in the world did the time go?!

Seems like just yesterday she was graduating from the 8th grade and now she’s a woman, free from the confines of high school to explore the world and get a taste of real life.

Or something like that. I may have stolen that from a greeting card.

ANYWAY.

So we’re doing ample celebrating around these parts. I’m baking her a cake for her graduation, obviously, but I’m also trying to make some of her favorite desserts to have on hand in the fridge or freezer so she can celebrate her freedom all summer long. And the first thing I made was this No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Lush. 

I am obsessed with lush desserts – they’re so simple to make and they taste AMAZING. Plus, they’re versatile and only limited to your imagination. Seriously! If you don’t like the peanut butter Oreos I used here for the base, substitute Nutter Butters or regular Oreos. Or, if you’d rather make a vanilla & peanut butter pudding instead of chocolate, do that instead! See? EASY.

And by the way, it’s called ‘lush’ for a reason. Super creamy, fluffy, light-as-air and packed with flavor. Also, the whole no-bake factor is a serious win-win since it’s already in the 100 degrees here.

This *does* need plenty of time to set in the fridge, so make it the night before you plan on serving it or in the early AM so it’s ready by nighttime. The more time it has in the fridge, the better – otherwise, while it will still taste phenomenal, it may be a little on the gloopy side. ‘Gloopy’ being the scientific term here.

So are you ready to dig in?!

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Lush
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This Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush is WONDERFUL. Packed with creamy chocolate & peanut butter pudding, peanut butter Oreos, peanut butter cups and whipped cream, it's great for a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Peanut Butter Oreos, coarsely crushed
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 & ¾ cups milk
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped in half
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the coarse Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until moistened and combined. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan, compacting slightly with a measuring cup or your hands. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, milk and peanut butter. Whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Fold in HALF (8 oz) of the Cool Whip until creamy and combined. Spread into the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle on the peanut butter cups.
  3. Refrigerate uncovered for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into squares to serve. Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup.

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Creamy, dreamy, light and peanut buttery, this Lush was my family’s favorite yet!

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Want more Lush Dessert ideas? Check out my other flavors!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe!Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

CAKE BATTER LUSH DESSERTCake Batter Lush

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!S’mores Lush

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Almond Joy Magic Bars

These Almond Joy Magic Bars are a delicious twist to the classic candy bar! Chocolaty, coconutty, sweet, gooey and chewy, they're so easy to make and impressive! Great for potlucks! If you’re on the hunt for something unapologetically gooey, rich and packed with amazing texture and flavor, look no further – these Almond Joy Magic Bars check off that entire list!

I love Almond Joys. Like unnaturally love them.

They remind me of my childhood, rooting through my Halloween stash for those cerulean blue wrappers so I could savor each coconutty bite. It also helped that my siblings hated Almond Joys, so I could always trade my sub-par candy for their Almond Joys. Or just take them when they weren’t looking. (I’m sorry, guys).

In fact, thinking back on stealing my poor baby brother and sister’s candy was kind of a bitchy move… but what do you really expect from a bossy older sister? Scratch that – a bossy person.

I’ve always been bossy. I think it stems from my OCD, frankly, because I hate relinquishing control over most situations. I must control most situations in order to feel comfortable and not have a full-blown panic attack. This usually results in me being a blast to hang out with! (Joking).

I distinctly remember inviting a neighborhood friend over to play one afternoon. After hours of controlling how she dressed her Barbie and prohibiting her from messing up my expertly designed Barbie house, we decided to color. Well, I decided to color – she decided to be infuriating and scribble ALL over the page and not in the lines. I could actually feel my jugular vein throbbing with uncontrollable rage. So much so, that I excused myself and begged my grandma to please send her home because she was driving me crazy.

Let’s just say I wasn’t winning any ‘Friend of the Year’ awards.

These Almond Joy Magic Bars are a delicious twist to the classic candy bar! Chocolaty, coconutty, sweet, gooey and chewy, they're so easy to make and impressive! Great for potlucks! ANYWAY. Back to Almond Joys. These bars are so chewy, gooey and packed with those classic candy bar flavors we all know and love. The bars have shredded coconut, slivered almonds, chocolate chips and chopped Almond Joy candy bars in them. Then they’re baked with sweetened condensed milk on top of all that jazz, making them so outrageously delicious. I finished them off with a drizzling of melted chocolate which is optional, but frankly makes them look pretty. Also, who has complained about too much chocolate? No one.

I’m going to make these for Father’s Day because I don’t know a dad out there who would turn down a chocolaty, gooey bar!

Enjoy!

These Almond Joy Magic Bars are a delicious twist to the classic candy bar! Chocolaty, coconutty, sweet, gooey and chewy, they're so easy to make and impressive! Great for potlucks!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Almond Joy Magic Bars
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These Almond Joy Magic Bars are fantastic! Gooey, chewy and packed with rich chocolate and nutty coconut flavors!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 & ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg Almond Joy Minis, cut into chunks
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
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.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil and egg until soft. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven but keep oven on.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the shredded coconut over the base, followed by one (1) cup of the chocolate chips, the almonds, and the Almond Joy pieces. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top. Return to the oven for about 18-20 minutes or until bubbly and set.
  4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. If desired, melt the remaining chocolate chips on HIGH heat for about 20 seconds. Stir, then heat for another 10-15 seconds or until melted. Drizzle on top of the bars.

These Almond Joy Magic Bars are a delicious twist to the classic candy bar! Chocolaty, coconutty, sweet, gooey and chewy, they're so easy to make and impressive! Great for potlucks! Chewy, gooey, chocolaty goodness! You won’t be able to stop at just one bar!

These Almond Joy Magic Bars are a delicious twist to the classic candy bar! Chocolaty, coconutty, sweet, gooey and chewy, they're so easy to make and impressive! Great for potlucks! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! If you’re looking for something ultra gooey, these Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are IT.

So a couple of days ago, I went to Disneyland with my sister. We flew down to LA (thankfully it was only an hour flight!) and I picked up my usual travel requirement: an US Weekly magazine. I know, I know, I should be reading Russian literature or something far more thought-provoking and advanced, but I cannot help it. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE STARS ARE DOING.

Anyway, US Weekly has a column called “25 things you didn’t know about me” so I figured I would do that in this post because A) I’m currently experiencing writer’s block and B) because apparently I think you guys care about 25 random facts about me. Just humor me, okay? And leave in the comments some random facts about YOU! I love random facts. Like a lot.

  1. My hair has been every color of the rainbow. Even the ugly colors. My favorite hair color, however, is my current platinum blonde.
  2. I refuse to eat pork chops. I loathe them.
  3. I’m obsessed with potato chips. My favorite are Doritos.
  4. I’ve only been stung by a bee once. It was in the second grade. I called home and my dad came to pick me up. We then went to the dump, for reasons unknown, where ironically there were a ton of bees.
  5. One of my dreams is to open up a dog sanctuary/rescue.
  6. I have two rescue dogs – Mannie, a 3-legged Border Collie, and Jack, a Yorkie/Norfolk Terrier. I love them both dearly!
  7. I am deathly afraid of heights. Like, even walking on the second floor of the mall makes me a little queasy.
  8. I was an English literature major.
  9. My alcoholic drink of choice is a Midori Sour.
  10. My non-alcoholic drink of choice is unsweetened black iced tea.
  11. I have over twenty tattoos. All but one are on my legs.
  12. My least favorite fruit is blackberries.
  13. I am pretty much the textbook definition of an Aquarius.
  14. If I could live anywhere, I’d choose to live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  15. And if I could have any car in the world, I’d choose to keep my Honda Civic. I love her!
  16. My favorite color is bubblegum pink… but I typically wear only black.
  17. Cupcakes are probably my least favorite dessert. This is probably because I’m not a huge frosting fan!
  18. I am obsessed with magazines. Sometimes I’ll bring old already-read issues with me to doctor’s/dentist’s offices so I can switch them out with issues I haven’t read. My favorites (which is honestly like picking your favorite kid) are Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day.
  19. I only wear dresses or leggings. I have one pair of jeans and I never wear them.
  20. I don’t typically eat red meat. And if it weren’t for turkey and seafood, I would probably become a vegetarian.
  21. Soup is one of my favorite meals. I love pretty much all kinds – split pea, chicken tortilla, chicken & dumplings, corn chowder, French onion…
  22. Betsey Johnson is my favorite designer. I met her once and she is incredibly sweet and fun in person. We’re basically BFFs.
  23. When I was a little girl, I wanted to become an author. Now my dream is coming true and I cannot wait to hold my cookbook in my hands! August 2016!!
  24. Gerbera daisies and roses are my favorite flowers.
  25. And soft Red Vines are my favorite candy!!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! See? Aren’t you glad you know all this about me? *sarcasm* I promise I’ll be back with my regular shenanigans next time. BUT (!) please promise me you’ll make these Gooey Bars? They are incredible.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars
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These Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are perfect for any chocolate-peanut butter lover! Rich, gooey, chewy and loaded with peanut butter flavor, they're the ultimate!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, divided & melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread (similar to peanut butter or Nutella, and found where the peanut butter is in the grocery store)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Reese's Minis
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one (1) stick of melted butter and one (1) egg, stirring with a rubber spatula until combined and thick. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Sprinkle the layer with the Reese's Minis.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese and Reese's chocolate spread. Using an electric mixer, beat for about 30 seconds - 1 minute or until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the remaining stick of melted butter, beating well. Lastly, add in the powdered sugar all at once, beating until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture over the crust layer. The pan will weigh about one ton. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and only slightly jiggly. It's okay if it jiggles a little bit; do NOT over bake! Allow the bars to cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled before cutting into squares.
  5. Dust the tops with powdered sugar, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with chocolate and peanut butter flavor, these Reese’s Gooey Bars are outrageously awesome!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! So I just did my taxes.

Actually, I had an accountant do my taxes because even double-digit multiplication proves to be too much for me.

And I’m sad to report that I owe money this year.

WHYYY does the IRS cramp my style?

It’s like they don’t want me to spend my hard earned money on clothes, purses and deep tissue massages. The IRS – the land of the unfashionable stiff necked people.

Anyway, it’s fine that I owe. I mean, I’d rather owe and pay it than not pay it and be a criminal by the time I’m 26. Tax evasion isn’t a good look. Well, unless you’re Theresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who only served a hot minute in prison and now has her own TV show and book deal. So I guess tax evasion isn’t so bad?

Don’t worry. I’m only joking. Kind of.

Something I won’t be evading is this pan of Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies. They are spectacular, people. Sweet, salty, and bursting with rich, warm, aromatic vanilla and espresso powder. To make ’em extra special and gourmet, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on top just before baking to give them a wonderful crunch and salty bite. You could totally omit this if you’d like – but who denies a little extra flavor, am I right?

First y’all need to brown your butter. This is crucial if you want to call these Brown Butter Blondies. Browning your butter imparts such amazing flavor into these blondies- adding a wonderful warmth and nuttiness. Just be sure to watch your butter like a hawk, because it can go from gorgeously amber to hideously burnt in a matter of seconds. Trust.

Brown your butter all nice like, then let it cool for a sec. Once it’s cooled down a little, stir in your brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar because I wanted a really deep flavor, but light works too! Then stir in your eggs, a healthy helping of vanilla extract, some baking soda & flour, and of course – your espresso powder!

Espresso powder can be found near the coffee in most grocery stores. I use a brand called Medaglia D’Oro which has wonderful flavor. In this recipe I added two Tablespoons – but you can add more or less to suit your taste. I found that two Tablespoons was just right – not super coffee-like, but had a nice jolt.

And lastly – duh. M&M’s! I used mini M&M’s because they cover more surface area and I personally don’t like large chunks to chew through. I’ve actually never been a super fan of chunky food. Call me crazy, I already know it.

Throw on the sea salt – be liberal! Liberate yoself. Bake it until it’s nice and golden and then EAT. Please, for the love of Pete, EAT.

If the IRS accepted these blondies as a form of payment, honey, they’d be paying me!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe!

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies
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These Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies are incredible! Rich, with wonderful deep espresso flavor, gooey chocolate M&M's and sea salt on top. A perfect sweet & salty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder (more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's candies
  • 1-2 Tbsp sea salt, for sprinkling on top (more or less to suit your salty preferences)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir it around occasionally, watching it constantly, as it deepens and darkens in color. The mixture will bubble up, then start to look foamy, but keep stirring and checking it until it's nutty and fragrant and a deep amber color. Once achieved, immediately remove it from the heat and cool it for about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar until combined, then the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the espresso powder, followed by the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Stir in the M&M's candies.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! These are a sweet and salty lover’s DREAM come true! I ate mine with a big cup of coffee and I highly recommend you do the same!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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