Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Cupcakes you don’t have to bake!? Say whaaaaaat!?

You read that right.

For this post, I teamed up with Hostess to bring you these Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes. They’re super simple to whip together, don’t require an oven, and are the perfect union between sweet and salty. Plus, they’re crowned with a huge mountain of freshly whipped chocolate buttercream and garnished with a caramel candy. What’s not to love?!

They start with the base: Hostess’ new Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, which is a limited edition flavor that I know you’ll adore. It starts with a golden vanilla cupcake filled with a caramel creme and topped with velvety caramel icing and a signature squiggle everyone knows and loves. Hostess also unveiled Sea Salt Caramel Zingers, too: sponge cake with their signature creme filling, topped with a ribbon of caramel and covered in smooth milk chocolate. Both are garnished with fresh sea salt too, creating that perfect symphony of sweet and salty flavors.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Riiiiight?! They are so good, you guys.

And then I went the extra mile and topped these cupcakes with buttercream. I know, I know – but it had to be done. Chocolate and salted caramel just go hand-in-hand. This buttercream is light, fluffy and ultra luscious – you’ll love it, especially paired on top of these moist and soft cupcakes.

Both the Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes and Zingers are only available through 7/31, so be sure to make up for lost time and make these cupcakes ASAP!

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat!

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Quicky & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes
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These Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are topped with an ultra rich and incredibly delicious chocolate buttercream everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • About 12 Hostess Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, unwrapped (or any flavor cupcake)
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • About 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk, if needed
  • Chocolate-caramel candies, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cocoa powder with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the milk only if the frosting is too thick and pasty.
  2. Pipe the frosting high onto the Hostess Cupcakes. Garnish with a chocolate-caramel candy. Serve immediately.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Piled high with luscious chocolate buttercream, these Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Be sure to look for them in your grocery store before July 31 :)

To connect with Hostess for more product information and recipes, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where they regularly share fun recipes, tips and tricks and sweet news!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Hostess sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas
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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

 

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars

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

(I know, I was seriously deranged).

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

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

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

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

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

Because how can you say no to this?

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

The Best One-Hour Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!So, against my better judgment, I recently re-joined the dating site, OkCupid.

Within my first day of signing up, I had already encountered more fedoras and puca-shell necklaces than should ever exist, a man who self-identifies as a platypus, more topless bathroom-mirror selfies than necessary (about half of which were of torsos that should not be without cover), a man posing with his new bride, aaaaand a man who said he’s still trying to figure out how to “self-narrate”, whatever that means.

I figured there had to be a diamond in the rough in there somewhere. Surely this site wasn’t filled with only guys with neckbeards and people who don’t understand the power of periods and commas. But alas, I was yet again at the same crossroads as I was before I quit the site: tons of boys, none of ’em men. That sounds like it should be a bumper sticker. Can someone make this happen? Tons of boys, none of ’em men. Featured with like, a rattle under the ‘boys’ and a rifle under the ‘men.’ We could charge like, $10 for these in car wash lobbies, people.

ANYWHO. Back to these buns. They’re awesome. Total dreamboats. The whole package. Sweet, soft, sticky… wait. Um. Well. This is awkward.

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!But forreals, these sticky buns are one awesome treat. For one, they are made from start-to-finish in just one hour. Sixty minutes! You’re 60 minutes away from having soft, chewy, sticky-sweet cinnamon buns. That ain’t half bad.

And for two, they’re delicious! Homemade sweet rolls loaded with cinnamon and brown sugar, and coated in a thick, syrupy caramel and nutty pecans. Absolute heaven on a plate.

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!And if you ask me, they’re the perfect companion for all those lonely nights surfing OkCupid. Or just any night. Or just all the time.

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!*adapted from my One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe

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The Best One-Hour Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns
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Sticky and sweet, these caramel-y pecan rolls are bursting with brown sugar and cinnamon. The best part is they're made start-to-finish in just one hour!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • FOR FILLING:
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • FOR CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • About 2 cups chopped pecans (I like using Diamond of California)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350* degrees F. In a small bowl or Pyrex measuring cup, microwave the butter and milk on high heat for one minute. Stir, then heat for another 30 seconds. Stir again, and heat for another 30 seconds or until butter is mostly melted and liquid is hot to the touch. Set aside briefly, for about a minute or two to cool or until it's warm but not hot.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the milk mixture and the yeast until combined. Add in the sugar, egg, and THREE (3) cups of the flour with the dough hook on medium speed. Turn the speed to medium-high and gradually add in the remaining ½ cup of flour or until the dough begins to form a ball at the center of the mixer bowl. Beat for 5 minutes, then remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a damp cloth for 10 minutes.
  3. While the dough rises, make your sticky caramel sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, then stir in the pecans. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Lightly dust a flat work space with flour. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle. I don't have dimensions as I just eyeballed it, but you want it to be at least ½" to ¾" thick. Spread the softened butter over the plane of dough, then evenly top with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, patting it gently into the dough.
  5. Beginning with the left side, begin tightly rolling the dough into a log. Move the log toward you so you're facing it horizontally. Using flavorless dental floss, begin cutting the dough into 12 evenly sized pieces. Spray a 13x9" baking dish liberally with cooking spray and spread the sticky caramel sauce all over the bottom, evenly spacing the pecans if needed. Top the sauce with the cinnamon rolls in 4 rows of 3 rolls. Cover with a damp cloth and place on top of the oven to rise for 25 minutes.
  6. Once rolls have risen, bake for approx. 15-20 minutes or until rolls are puffy, lightly golden and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes - no longer - before carefully and quickly inverting the rolls onto a plate or dish. Rolls are best when they're hot or warm. To eat later, reheat briefly to help loosen the sticky caramel sauce. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature.

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!So remember that part when I said these were heaven? Yeah. About that…

Hope you guys enjoyed! I know you’ll enjoy them even more in 60 minutes, am I right?

The BEST One-Hour Sticky Buns! Fluffy, homemade rolls swirled with cinnamon & brown sugar, baked in a sweet and sticky homemade caramel, and baked with nutty pecans. So heavenly, and ready in 60 minutes!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes {And Celebrating Baskin-Robbins New Flavor of the Month!}

Snacknado Ice Cream CupcakesYou heard me: Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes, people!

So let’s back it up here for a sec. Snacknado is Baskin-Robbins’ newest Flavor of the Month, and I am Baskin-Robbins’ newest Pink Spoon Ambassador! Can we clink our waffle cones in celebration? I’m just a tad (okay, hugely!) excited.

Snacknado Ice Cream features a salty-caramel flavored ice cream base studded with chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels, swirled together with candy chocolate pieces and ribbons of fudge and salted caramel. Phew. In other words, it’s the best, most dreamy ice cream for sweet-and-salty lovers like myself! It’s like a whirlwind of all of your favorite snack foods in one amazing cupcake.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!I mean… chocolate covered potato chips? In ice cream? I’m dead.

And if you thought this couldn’t possibly be any crazier, you thought wrong, because you’re currently reading a crazy-person’s blog, and this crazy person happened to bake the Snacknado Ice Cream inside of these here cupcakes. I know. These cupcakes are baked with melted Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream inside of the batter, lending a fabulous creaminess to the batter and flavors these cupcakes in rich caramel-y notes with bits of pretzels and candy pieces in every bite. They’re luscious, sweet, salty, buttery and oh-so-divine, and when topped with a salted caramel and chocolate swirled buttercream and more chocolate-covered potato chips, pretzels and a drizzle of caramel? Honnnney. You’re in for a whirlwind of flavor that’s about to crash land into your mouth.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!‘Nuff said.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

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Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes
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These sweet-and-salty cupcakes are based off of Baskin-Robbins' newest flavor, Snacknado. Caramel ice cream cupcakes are filled with a hot fudge ganache center, topped with a luscious chocolate-and-caramel swirled buttercream, then garnished with chocolate covered potato chips, pretzels, and caramel. Heaven!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 pint (2 cups) Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup water or milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • FOR CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup caramel sauce (the thicker, the better!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR GARNISH:
  • Chocolate-covered potato chips (either homemade or store-bought)
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Caramel sauce, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and softened Snacknado Ice Cream with a handheld electric mixer on low speed, just to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy and blended. Portion batter evenly among muffin cups, filling about ¾ of the way full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a sharp, small paring knife to cut the cores out of the cupcakes. Be careful not to cut completely through the cupcake; you just want to go about halfway deep. Fill the wells of the cupcake with about a teaspoon of hot fudge sauce - the room temperature sauce, when it's thickest. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, caramel sauce, and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Transfer the mixture into a separate bowl and wipe the mixer bowl and blade clean. Then, beat together the butter, hot fudge sauce and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Using a large disposable piping bag (I fixed mine with a large open star tip) spoon the caramel buttercream into ONE side of the bag, and spoon the chocolate buttercream into the opposite side of the bag, lining them up. It's okay if they're a little uneven; try to get them as evenly lined up as possible.
  6. Pipe high swirls of buttercream onto each cupcake, careful to cover the hot fudge center. Immediately garnish with the chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels and drizzle with salted caramel. Serve immediately! These cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are made.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!Oh my heavens, people! These cupcakes are positively scrumptious. The creaminess of the cupcake from the melted ice cream, the swirls of divine chocolate and salted caramel buttercream frostings, and the garnish of the sweet and salty pretzels and potato chips makes these cupcakes out of this world. I also love the surprise hot fudge center, the ‘eye’ of this flavor tornado :)

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Be sure to check out Baskin-Robbins to find a location nearest you so YOU can try out their latest Snacknado Flavor of the Month! You can also connect with Baskin-Robbins on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest for recipes, ideas, new flavors and more!

Hope you have a super SWEET day!!

xo, Hayley

I am the newest Pink Spoon Ambassador for Baskin-Robbins! All opinions are 100% my own, as always. 

 

Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars
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Thick, soft and chewy, these Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars taste like the Girl Scout Cookie classic but can be made yearround when the craving strikes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
  • About 3 cups toasted coconut, cooled
  • 1 pkg Chocolate CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until combined. Lastly, beat in the baking powder, salt, and flour, adding the flour about a cup at a time, until a soft dough has formed.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the baking pan. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and center is set. Cool the bars completely in the pan.
  4. Melt the caramels according to package directions, or until smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut, tossing to coat. Working very quickly, spread the caramel-coconut mixture on top of the sugar cookie bar base. Using your greased hands or a greased off-set spatula or spoon, spread the mixture to cover the entire base; you may have to press it out, but be gentle about it as to not crush the sugar cookie base beneath. Allow the caramel coconut layer to set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the bars are set, lift the bars out using your foil handles and cut them into squares. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bottoms of the bars into the CandiQuik and place onto a wax-paper lined surface. Repeat with remaining bars. Pour the remaining CandiQuik into a resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, snip off a corner of the bag, and drizzle the remaining CandiQuik over top of the bars. Allow the CandiQuik to set, about 10 minutes, before serving.

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Samoas Magic Bar Pie

Samoas Magic Bar PieWhen I was in Girl Scouts, our troop leader totally didn’t do anything cool. Other troops were raising money to go to Disneyland, or sleepovers at the zoo, or other cool things.

We went camping. Once. It was lame because two girls kicked me out of their tent.

We went to a safety school. We learned not to walk in front of cars. All it made me do was want to walk in front of a car.

And the rest of the time, we spent in a cold, empty classroom at my elementary school. All the girls knew each other super well, so they clamored together. I was just kinda the outcast brownie, the one who never had all her patches sewn on, the one who didn’t get along with the other girls, and the one who longed for sleepovers at the zoo while secretly hating our troop leader for being a loser who totally dropped the ball on this life-building girl-power skills thing.

But I didn’t need the girls there. I had cookies, obvi. The cookies were pretty much the only redeeming factor of putting up with all those shenanigans because the second it was cookie season, I was alllll about the Samoas. To me, the Samoas are pretty much the perfect cookie. Crunchy shortbread, creamy caramel, sweet toasted coconut and that perfect drizzle of chocolate… it’s pretty much one heavenly, perfect little bite. And I know I’m not the only Samoa-freak out there… there’s hoards of ya, and this is our time to unite and REJOICE over the invention of this fabtastic pie.

DSC_0354AYou know magic bars? This is that… in pie form. It’s chewy, gooey and positively luscious. It tastes of Samoas, thanks to the classic components swirled in every bite: actual Samoa cookies, coconut, bits of caramel, chocolate chips, Rolos, and the whole thing is smothered in sweetened condensed milk (aka the nectar of the Gods). Then it’s baked until golden and bubbly and served up to Samoa-lovers everywhere. You’re welcome.

DSC_0372AOkay. Enough chit-chat. We need to dig in. This caramel is bananas. Or rather, s-a-m-o-a-s. I’ll stop.

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Samoas Magic Bar Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Samoa-cookie lovers everywhere, rejoice! This chewy, gooey, outrageous pie tastes just like a giant Samoa cookie, in a fun twist between magic bars and pie!
Ingredients
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (24 count) refrigerated chocolate chip cookies, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (about 20) Samoas cookies, roughly chopped (if you can't find Samoas or don't want to chop up a box, Keebler makes a similar cookie sold at most supermarkets)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 pkg Kraft caramels, unwrapped and cut in half
  • ½ cup Rolos, unwrapped and chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9" pie plate with cooking spray. Roll out the pie crust to fit into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Crimp the edges of the pie crust if you'd like.
  2. Using your hands, press the cookie dough into a plane of dough and press into the bottom of the pie crust; it'll be super thick. Top evenly with chopped Samoas cookies, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, caramels and chopped Rolos. Drizzle evenly with the sweetened condensed milk. Cover the edges of the pie crusts with a pie shield.
  3. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until the center is golden brown and bubbly, but appears set. If it slightly jiggles, that's okay, but it shouldn't be sloshing around. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve with ice cream or more caramel, if desired.

DSC_0381AGooooooooey. So very gooey!

DSC_0388ATo be honest, I added the chocolate chip cookie dough into the bottom layer for a couple reasons. 1) for substance. It helps create a nice, thick, gooey cookie base for this pie. 2) because I needed to use up some refrigerated dough I had in my fridge (oops). And 3) because it’s freaking delicious – why are you questioning my decision? :)

Samoas Magic Bar PieHave a delicious 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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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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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

Super Simple 2-Ingredient Turtles

2 Ingredient TurtlesYou guuuuyyyyyysssss. These turtles. I can’t even.

Most recipes on the interwebs feature three or four-ingredient turtles, and that’s totally cool. But if you’re like me, you kinda sorta get a little pissy whenever you have to rinse out a sticky caramel pot or when you have to pry hardened chocolate off of a spoon. Like seriously, I would love to have a live-in permanent dishwasher. It would be AWESOME, and I would pay them entirely in treats.

But since I haven’t made it yet (at least to the caliber of hiring staff), I’ll have to settle with cutting out the middle man by using Rolo candies instead of your traditional caramel squares and melting chocolate. Rolos take the guess-work and fuss out of making homemade candy since you simply upwrap them and melt them for a delightful treat! No sticky bowls, no frustrated dishwashers. Easy-peasy, yo.

DSC_0143AAnd if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can always roll these poppable, addictive treats in sprinkles like I did for a festive touch. These really could not be simpler to make and hellooooo, no dishes equals a happy Hayley.

(Oh, and if you’re lookin’ for work, I *do* have a sink full of dishes at the moment soo… inquire within) :)

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Super Simple 2-Ingredient Turtles
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These two-ingredient turtles are the EASIEST candies you'll ever make! Roll the melted chocolate edges in sprinkles for a festive touch that looks great any time of year.
Ingredients
  • Rolos, unwrapped
  • Pecan Halves (I like using Diamond of California Shelled Pecans)
  • Sprinkles, if desired
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Place a pecan half down on the prepared baking sheet and very gently top it with an unwrapped Rolo candy. The pecan halves can be a little teeter-tottery, but try to balance them or choose flatter pecans as best as you can. There's no right or wrong way!
  2. Once the pecans have been topped with the Rolos, very carefully place the pan in the oven for about 2-3 minutes or until the Rolo candies are shiny but not melted. Remove from the oven and gently press another pecan half on top of each Rolo, sandwiching them slightly. Allow the turtles to cool for about 10 minutes before rolling the sides in sprinkles if you'd like. Otherwise, allow the turtles to set completely before serving or packaging. This recipe can make as many or as few turtles as you'd like.

DSC_0139AI love the spirited touch of the Christmas-colored sprinkles rolled around each candy; it makes them look more special and like you spent all day making these fabulous turtle candies! No one will guess they are just two simple, everyday ingredients and these make fantastic gifts for friends and family!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Peppermint Bark Nilla Bites & Turtle Ritzwiches: Host A Cookie Swap with Nabisco!

Cookie ExchangeHoliday season is officially HERE and with all the craziness, it’s easy to let it slip by you without even realizing it!

One day you’re having a work party, the next your kid’s class is putting on a craft fair. Then there’s that make-your-own-kahlua event on Saturday, a cookie exchange on Sunday, and by the time you blink, it’s Christmas. I feel your pain. And when it comes to cookie exchanges, it’s easy to get a little flustered. What if someone else brings what you are? What should you even make? Do you even have time to bake something?! But before you get your mistletoe in a bunch, hear me out!

The friendly folks at NABISCO and I have teamed up to ease your cookie swap qualms with these fantastic, EASY recipes featuring two of their most popular products: Nilla Wafers and Ritz Crackers! Because these are SO simple to whip up, no one will know that the most difficult part of these recipes was preheating the oven :) And because the ingredients are easy-peasy, you can make as many or as little as you need to — though I definitely err on the side of caution myself and always make a full batch (that, and I’m notorious for snacking while baking!)

Peppermint Bark BitesFirst up: Peppermint Bark Nilla Bites! Nilla Wafers are so delicious on their own, but when sandwiched around a peppermint bark candy, they become simply irresistible! The vanilla and peppermint are such a winning flavor duo, and then I went and coated everything in a luscious white-and-milk chocolate marbled mixture for a little flair and added scrumptiousness.

Turtle RitzwichesAnd last but not least, Turtle Ritzwiches! These taste just like turtle candies but without all the fuss. The secret? Chocolate-caramel candies nestled in between two buttery Ritz crackers, smothered with chocolate and then garnished with a single pecan and a drizzle of caramel. No need to break out the candy thermometer for this one (thank goodness, because candy thermometers frighten me deeply).

I LOVE that no one will know my holiday cookie shortcuts when I bring a heaping platter of these scrumptious cookie options! Using NABISCO products as the base for your recipes will not only be an awesome time-saver, but you know they’ll taste delicious since they start with NABISCO favorites like Honey Maid, Oreo, Ritz, Nilla Wafers, and many more!

So… are you ready to impress Santa with these treats or what?!

Peppermint Bark Nilla Bites & Turtle Ritzwiches: Host A Cookie Swap with Nabisco!
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Sweet and minty Peppermint Bark Nilla Bites and rich and gooey Turtle Ritzwiches make for easy and impressive holiday cookie exchange options. Simply melt candies in between each NABISCO cookie or cracker, coat in chocolate, garnish, and voila! The hardest part is trying not to eat them all yourself!
Ingredients

  • FOR TURTLE RITZWICHES:
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Chocolate Caramel Candies (like Rolos)
  • Pecan Halves
  • Chocolate Bark (like CandiQuik)
  • Caramel Sauce
  • FOR PEPPERMINT BARK NILLA BITES:
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Peppermint Bark Candies (like Dove Simple Pleasures)
  • Vanilla Chocolate Bark (like CandiQuik)
  • Crushed Candy Canes
Instructions

  1. FOR TURTLE RITZWICHES:
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner while you preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Lay out a single layer of Ritz Crackers. Top each Ritz Cracker with a single, unwrapped chocolate-caramel candy.
  3. Bake the crackers for approx. 3-4 minutes or until the candies are shiny and glossy. Immediately top each candy with another Ritz Cracker. Allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, dip them into the melted chocolate CandiQuik. Top each cookie with a single pecan half and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve!
  4. FOR PEPPERMINT BARK NILLA BITES:
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner. Lay the Nilla Wafers evenly in a single layer onto the sheet, flat side UP. Top each Nilla Wafer with a single, unwrapped peppermint bark candy.
  6. Bake the cookies for approx. 3-4 minutes or until the tops are shiny and glossy. Remove from the oven and immediately top with another Nilla Wafer, rounded side UP. Gently press down to adhere. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
  7. Dip the cooled cookies into the Vanilla CandiQuik, covering them completely. If the chocolate from the inside of the Nilla Wafer cookies seeps into the vanilla CandiQuik, all the better for a swirled, marbled pattern. Place the chocolate-dipped cookies back onto the sheet and immediately sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Serve!
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DSC_1350AThese fantastic cookies could not be simpler to make! As you may have noticed, there are no measurements on any of these recipes so you can choose to make as many or as little as you’d like! Easy, affordable, and oh-so-scrumptious, I guarantee these will fly off the cookie banquet table in no time!

For more awesome holiday baking and savory recipes, be sure to visit NABISCO’s Pinterest boards which feature easy and delicious holiday goodies featuring your favorite NABISCO brand products! (My favorite is, of course, the Holiday Cookie Swap Board, but there are other scrumptious boards too!). While there, you can also enter the NABISCO Holiday Sweepstakes for your chance to win $10,000! One prize will be awarded every week between 12/1 and 12/30, so you have plenty of chances to win by pinning your holiday party ideas to NABISCO! Just visit their PINTEREST page for more info!

You can also follow #NabiscoHolidayParties for more great ideas! :)

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with NABISCO products free of charge to create recipes for this campaign. As always, all opinions and views expressed are 100% my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NABISCO. The opinions and text are all mine.

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