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

 

Toffee Poke Cake

This Toffee Poke Cake is an easy, impressive dessert that pleases everyone! Rich chocolate, buttery caramel and crunchy toffee all comes together in this winning dessert! If you love the brown sugar-y, caramelized flavors of toffee, you will definitely love this Toffee Poke Cake! Rich, gooey and loaded with caramel & toffee flavors.

I’m gonna be short & sweet here: this cake is the stuff of dreams.

Well, if you dream about sugar, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and all things dessert like I do. (Seriously. This is why I have insomnia. If I’m not stressing about money, I’m thinking – no, obsessing – over dessert ideas. At 2am. Thanks, brain).

And it’s SO easy. You just whip up your cake batter, bake it up, then poke holes all over the top. Once it’s nice and holey, pour over sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce. Yeah, we’re double-fisting this one. You’re welcome.

The worst part about this cake is that you’ve gotta let it marinate for a hot minute (well, more like a hot 6-8 hours) in the fridge. For this reason, I like baking this cake the night before I need it so all those flavors can get absorbed and friendly and fabulous together. Once it’s all melded together, spread on some Cool Whip (or fresh whipped cream if that’s your jam) and sprinkle on some toffee bits, natch. Lastly: a healthy (and by healthy, I mean unhealthy) drizzle of caramel sauce.

GIIIIIIIRRRRRL. This is serious.

Seriously delicious.

I’ll stop now.

This Toffee Poke Cake is an easy, impressive dessert that pleases everyone! Rich chocolate, buttery caramel and crunchy toffee all comes together in this winning dessert!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Toffee Poke Cake
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This Toffee Poke Cake is FABULOUS. Smooth, silky and gooey with a warm, rich brown sugary toffee flavor. SO SIMPLE, too!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 (3.9 oz) pkg instant dry chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 jar caramel sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry instant pudding mix to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for approx. 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or a skewer, poke holes all over the surface of the cake. Drizzle on ¾ of the jar of caramel sauce and the entire can of the sweetened condensed milk. It may seem like a lot, but the cake absorbs a lot of this. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. An hour before serving, spread on the Cool Whip in an even layer and sprinkle on the toffee bits. Drizzle with the leftover remaining ¼ jar of caramel. Refrigerate uncovered for an hour to set, before cutting into squares to serve.

This Toffee Poke Cake is an easy, impressive dessert that pleases everyone! Rich chocolate, buttery caramel and crunchy toffee all comes together in this winning dessert! I love the delicious crunch of the toffee and the sweet, buttery ribbons of golden caramel in contrast of the rich chocolate cake. This recipe is going to be a family favorite for sure!

This Toffee Poke Cake is an easy, impressive dessert that pleases everyone! Rich chocolate, buttery caramel and crunchy toffee all comes together in this winning dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Move over, regular ol’ monkey bread. This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is where it’s at! Gooey, sticky, sweet and salty with pillows of cinnamon-sugar crusted dough. It’s basically heaven on a plate!

A couple of days ago, I was straight up hangry. It wasn’t pretty.

I’ve been hangry before. Who hasn’t? But this time, it was serious.

It started (I think) because I hadn’t really eaten anything all day and jumped right into the kitchen with my jumbo iced coffee to start baking. I baked and photographed things from 9am-1pm, running around like a headless chicken and making a leaning tower of dirty dishes in the sink while exercising my Tetrus skills to fit everything in there so I wouldn’t be wasting precious counter space. There were chocolate chips everywhere, a dripping bowl of ganache, two exceptionally sticky milkshake glasses that were quickly melting, and a million other things crammed in.

I was hot and tired, and tired of being hot and tired, and the wafting smell of chocolate was even too much because my body was craving salt. Lots of salt. Like, big ol’ burger and a large fry-amount of salt.

My craving for salt is what made me think of making this Salted Caramel Monkey Bread! So in a way, it’s a good thing I was hangry. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is probably one of my favorite renditions of it. The cinnamon-sugar-crusted pillows of dough are completely encased in a gooey, sticky caramel sauce that’s then topped with thick flakes of sea salt. The whole thing is pretty heavenly – so says my family – and something we’ll make time and time again thanks to its ease of preparation yet impressive outcome.

I hope you love it too! (Hangry or not) 🙂

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Salted Caramel Monkey Bread
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This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is a fabulously EASY yet impressive recipe your family will love!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 (16.3 oz) cans refrigerated biscuits (8-count each)
  • 1 cup prepared caramel sauce
  • Sea salt, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a round Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray. Spray it well, and then spray it well again. Trust me!
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the white sugar and cinnamon until combined. Cut each biscuit round into 4 equal quarters and dredge the quartered biscuits into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Scatter in the greased pan and repeat until all the biscuits are coated and in the pan. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the biscuits in the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Pour over the biscuits in the pan. Bake for approx. 40-45 minutes or until the biscuits are bubbly and golden. Let set in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then carefully invert the pan onto a platter.
  4. Immediately garnish with the prepared caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Sinfully sweet, sticky and gooey with little pockets of crunchy sea salt, this Monkey Bread is a real winner!

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Best Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce

This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the BEST pound cake! Buttery, brown sugary with vanilla and caramel, it's moist, fluffy, tender and so easy! Move over, white sugar pound cakes. This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the best new thing to happen to cakes!

Tuesday I had a fit.

It was the first fit I’ve had in awhile, which is surprising since my emotions go from 1 to 1000 in about .2 seconds. In other words, I cry at that damn Amazon Prime commercial with the Golden Retriever who feels left out. It’s the LOOK IN HIS EYES, YOU GUYS. That sadness in his eyes penetrates my soul to the deepest level and makes me teary every. single. time. And sometimes, even like, arthritis medication commercials make me weepy, because I think of my poor little grandpa limping along in his cowboy boots and taking Xeljanz with his nightly ice cream. GOSH DARNIT, WHO’S CUTTING ONIONS IN HERE?

Anyway, I had a fit because I made this BuzzFeed/Tasty/Tip Hero-style video of my most popular recipe, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. I uploaded it to my The Domestic Rebel Facebook page and it started taking off. You guys were sharing it, liking it and commenting on it like crazy which elated me. I was over the moon watching my little video take off and grow up into the world when suddenly, it straight up disappeared from my Facebook page.

It was still under the “Videos” tab on my page, but it was no longer pinned to the top of my newsfeed where it was prominently displayed for hours and hours. I worried that people wouldn’t see it under the Videos tab and therefore, the video would die a lonely death.

There was no reason why Facebook should remove the video. The music wasn’t copyrighted, it was my recipe, everything was kosher-cool. It literally just vanished.

So I spent the good part of the evening sobbing because I had worked so hard for this video to hopefully go viral, only to have it pack its bags and get kicked off Facebook without so much as a goodbye letter.

My parents and sister were both horrified to see me literally bawling my eyes out over Facebook drama, but what they may not fully understand is: Facebook is basically an extension of this blog. I have almost 44,000 Facebook fans, and those fans look forward to my recipe posts and videos every day. When they see a video or post they like, they oftentimes click on the link which takes them here, which in turn is how I get paid. The fact that my video – my money-maker, so to speak – straight up went MIA was devastating to me because that could have been excellent traffic to my blog.

… which is what I tried explaining to them while hysterically sobbing. Except it came out all warbly and jumbled because I’m a gasp-crier and it’s ugly. “Li-fe i-s ssso unn-fa-iiir.” Like, if you think the Kim Kardashian crying meme is bad, you have not seen me. I literally look like an underground troll emerged from my body and took over. If I ever get married and my husband has to see me cry, bless his heart for staying with me.

This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the BEST pound cake! Buttery, brown sugary with vanilla and caramel, it's moist, fluffy, tender and so easy! ANYWAY, I definitely soothed myself with this Brown Sugar Cake. It’s probably one of my new favorites because it’s so unapologetically buttery, brown sugary and delicious. I drizzled on caramel sauce to the final cake, just to ramp up that brown sugar flavor, but you could always leave it off as the cake is plenty sweet.

But why would you deprive a cake of caramel? You monster.

This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the BEST pound cake! Buttery, brown sugary with vanilla and caramel, it's moist, fluffy, tender and so easy! *adapted from All Recipes

5.0 from 1 reviews
Best Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce
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This Brown Sugar Pound Cake is my new favorite! Buttery, moist and tender, it tastes just like rich golden brown sugar and is topped with a silky caramel sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown sugar (light or dark; I used dark)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Powdered sugar and caramel sauce for garnishing, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally grease a bundt pan with the flour cooking spray. And I mean liberally - you literally cannot add enough cooking spray. Make sure it's the kind with flour in it for the easiest release of the cake.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating just until incorporated, followed by the vanilla and baking powder.
  3. Alternate adding the flour and milk gradually to the cake mixture, ending with the milk. The batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for approx. 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Allow to cool in the pan for about 15-20 minutes before carefully inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and your favorite caramel sauce.

This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the BEST pound cake! Buttery, brown sugary with vanilla and caramel, it's moist, fluffy, tender and so easy! Golden, buttery, tender and moist with ample brown sugar flavor, this will be your new favorite Brown Sugar Cake recipe!

This Brown Sugar Cake with Caramel Sauce is the BEST pound cake! Buttery, brown sugary with vanilla and caramel, it's moist, fluffy, tender and so easy!

Want more brown sugar? Check out these recipes!

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!The Best Salted Caramel Sauce – make this and use it to drizzle over the top of the cake!

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

These Triple Chip Blondies are the BEST! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips, they're sure to please everyone's taste buds!Triple Chip Blondies

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Best Butterbeer Cupcakes

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! These Butterbeer Cupcakes truly are the best ever! Moist, fluffy butterscotch-vanilla creme cake topped with a fluffy butterscotch frosting and caramel sauce. Incredible!

So I guess I’m on a cupcake roll? I posted cupcakes last week, and cupcakes this week. Cupcake Monday should be a thing, don’t ya think?

Besides that, my book party was this weekend and it was a success! No one passed out drunk from my extra-boozy homemade sangria; people bought my book; no one was repulsed by my cooking; and my charcuterie tray looked more high-end than Walmart and that made me happy (even if I forgot the olives, grapes, cornichons (those are pickles to mortals like you and I), and crackers). Oops.

And I forgot to paint my nails, so I officially had the jankiest hands at the party. My parents assured me that no one noticed my gross manicure, but at least I washed my hands, so there’s comfort in that, even if my nails weren’t mint to match my book.

Overall, it was a great party! It was fun to see friends I haven’t seen in awhile, and everything was easy peasy. And the best part is, I still have sangria left over! #win.

should have made these Butterbeer Cupcakes, but I didn’t because I basically suck at life. BUT I did make these cupcakes for my book signing last week, and they were a huge hit.

Basically, the day of the signing, I realized, hey, the new Harry Potter book is out and people will be at the book store to buy it. I should entice those HP readers over to my table to buy my book! And then I made these cupcakes and the rest is history. (And I sold 30 books… so I’d say it was a success!).

These cupcakes are inspired by Harry Potter, because in the books he gets butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks in Diagon Alley. (At least I think. I didn’t actually read the books *hangs head in shame* but it’s what I’ve heard, and people never lie to innocent folks, right? RIGHT?).

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Butterbeer isn’t actually beer; in fact, it’s more like a butterscotch-ish vanilla creme soda. Rich and golden, sweet and bubbly and absolutely heavenly. If you’re lucky, you’ll sometimes find butterbeer soda in stores near Halloween, but in a pinch, you can absolutely use vanilla creme soda like I did here.

Whatever ya do, make yourself some because these are seriously some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. They’re so unapologetically buttery and fabulous.

Also, muggle-approved.

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers!

5.0 from 4 reviews
The Best Butterbeer Cupcakes
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These Butterbeer Cupcakes are seriously some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had. Buttery, brown sugary, vanilla-flavored and oh so fabulous, they're topped with a butterscotch & brown sugar frosting that's to-die for!
Ingredients
  • FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup vanilla creme soda
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg dry instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch sundae sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp butter extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3 & ½ - 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk, if needed should frosting be too thick
  • Additional butterscotch sauce or caramel sauce for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with about 18 paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla creme soda, brown sugar and dry pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for approx. 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, butterscotch sauce, brown sugar, butter and vanilla extracts with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy, streaming in the heavy cream if needed (if frosting is too thick).
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. If piping the frosting as high as in my photos, you may want to double the recipe. Drizzle with caramel or butterscotch sauce.

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Buttery, brown sugary, and with hints of warm butterscotch and vanilla, these cupcakes are totally amazing and I think you’ll agree – Harry Potter fan or not!

The BEST Butterbeer Cupcakes - tender, moist butterscotch vanilla creme cupcakes topped with a brown sugar & butterscotch buttercream and caramel drizzle. For Harry Potter fans... and cupcake lovers! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Frozen Bananas Foster

This Frozen Bananas Foster is incredible! Creamy, smooth, a little icy and packed with caramel, bourbon and banana flavors! Some of you may know from prior posts, but I cook dinner for my family every single night.

And have since I was 14. I’m now 25. That means I’ve been cooking for over a decade. I feel supremely old and exhausted.

ANYWAY.

Lately, I’ve been in such a major cooking rut. I feel like we eat the same 5 things week after week, and honestly, I’m just over the whole cooking bit. I love baking – that’s where my heart lies – and some days I’ll spend the entire day in the kitchen baking up a storm for my blog… only to return to the kitchen an hour later to have to cook dinner, too. It’s exhausting!

So when I found out my dear friend Phi from Sweet Phi wrote a cookbook called Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes – A Cookbook for Busy People, I was like YASSSS. FINALLY, someone understands my life and my quarter-life crisis!

Phi’s book is packed with amazing five-ingredient recipes based on her super popular Five-Ingredient Fridays series which she created on her blog. The idea is genius – and it’s truly only five ingredients, minus pantry essentials like salt & pepper or oil.

Dinners like Pepperoni Pizza Pockets, Beef Stroganoff (yes, only 5 ingredients!), Unfried Cornflake Chicken, and Spinach Alfredo Lasagne fill the pages of this glorious beacon of hope (er, cookbook).

And of course – there is dessert! Desserts like Butterscotch Cornflake Clusters, Peanut Butter Sea Salt Cookies, Jam Crumb Bars, and of course, this outrageous Frozen Bananas Foster.

This tastes just like the classic old-timey Bananas Foster dessert but better because it’s frozen, doesn’t require igniting anything, and is cheaper than going to Louisiana. Loaded with banana, vanilla ice cream, bourbon and caramel, it’s one sweet treat after a long day of cooking 🙂

*from Philia Kelnhofer’s Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes cookbook

This Frozen Bananas Foster is incredible! Creamy, smooth, a little icy and packed with caramel, bourbon and banana flavors!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Frozen Bananas Foster
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This Frozen Bananas Foster is such a fun take on a classic old-timey dessert!
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces bourbon (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, combine the bananas, vanilla ice cream, milk, bourbon (if using) and ice. Blend on HIGH power for about 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Drizzle each glass liberally with caramel sauce and pour in the frozen drink. Garnish with a banana slice.
  3. NOTE: this makes 2 very generous glasses, or four smaller glasses depending on the size of your glassware.

Icy, caramel-y, chilly, banana goodness! I am in love with this Frozen Bananas Foster!

Five Ingredient Recipes cookbookBe sure to check out Philia’s cookbook next week when it launches in stores on July 19th! Or you can always pre-order it NOW on Walmart, Boswell Books, Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble. You can also follow the hashtag #sweetphicookbook on social media to see more recipes and posts about Phi’s new book!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are the ultimate bar recipe – sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey, and AWESOME.

So I have some exciting news!

Our family has expanded… kind of. No, I’m not pregnant (thank goodness and Jesus help me if I was). We have discovered a family of birds living in our garage.

It started about a month ago. We close off our garage side door at nighttime, and in the morning when I go to feed Mannie in the garage, I open the side door again. Well, one morning I went out there and heard flapping and fluttering. I saw a immediate and quick motion – a blur of brownish black – and my first thought was, OMG A BAT! If Dracula taught me anything it’s that I could die from Dracula sucking my blood right here or die of a regular ol’ bat giving me rabies. Also, is my rabies shot current? And shouldn’t people be required to get rabies shots every couple years like dogs and cats do? Because the world doesn’t need more people with rabies, am I right? 

ANYWAY.

Turns out it was a little Carolina wren. And before you go thinking, wow, she sure knows her birds!, I don’t. I just googled “little brown bird” a billion times until I found the closest looking bird. It’s not like my mom will go out there and be like, “nuh uh. This is actually a rare Brazilian finch that is known for her distinct mating call.” My family’s bird knowledge can be summed up as: Eagle, pigeon, or “bird.”

So the next couple weeks, the bird would continue getting stuck in our garage, and I’d continue letting it out every morning. I thought nothing of it because I’m lonely and I felt like a real Snow White for a moment as I actually pondered asking the bird how much she’d charge to pick up my clothes off the floor of my bedroom.

And then a couple days ago, I heard this weird chirping noise. It was close to that side door but wasn’t outside, and I determined it was coming from atop our filing cabinets. Apparently, I am a mega freaking idiot because even with all this mounting evidence that there was, in fact, a family of birds in our garage, I still didn’t think there could possibly be a family of birds in our garage. Until my brother saw a baby bird’s beak open, and until we saw mama bird flying past the side door, that I finally realized, I am an idiot. And also: YAY! New family members!

So yeah, now we have birds being raised on top of our filing cabinet. I’m pretty excited about it because I love going and peeking in the little crack between the boxes and junk up there to see their nest and their tiny bodies. And I love that mama dutifully brings them worms and slugs and things to eat. I’m even making sure to wait until she comes back inside at night before locking up the garage.

And only now am I realizing that I’m turning into a crazy animal lady at 25. Oh well.

Anyway, let’s talk about these outstanding Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars, shall we?

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! They start out exactly like my Salted Caramel Butter Bars recipe, except in addition to caramel, I also added smooth and slightly melted Biscoff cookie spread and toffee pieces to the top. The combination of that spicy Biscoff spread with the buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty toffee pieces is too much to handle – in a good way!

I guess the good thing about new animal family in town means that I don’t have to share 🙂

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars
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These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are so rich, buttery and chewy with a delectable caramel & Biscoff filling and a crunchy toffee topping.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (11.5 oz) jar salted caramel sauce
  • 1 (14.1 oz) jar Biscoff spread
  • 1 & ½ cups toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the four (4) cups of flour until a soft dough has formed. Press HALF of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Refrigerate the remaining dough.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. Pour the caramel sauce evenly over the bar base, then pour on the Biscoff spread (it helps if you microwave it for a few seconds in a separate bowl to make it smoother and thinner). Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top, trying to cover the sauce filling as much as possible. Top liberally with the toffee bits.
  4. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the caramel is bubbly. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with flavor, you’ll flip for these Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars!

These Biscoff Caramel Butter Bars are super buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with spicy Biscoff cookie spread, caramel, and crunchy toffee bits! Easy, impressive and delicious! Have a super sweet day!

Want more bars? Check out my other popular bar recipes!

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!Salted Caramel Nutella Butter Bars

Salted Caramel Butter Bars(The Original) Salted Caramel Butter Bars

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas are the epitome of sweet and salty! Gooey peanut butter cups meet buttery caramel in these chewy, easy bars! Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas

xo, Hayley

 

 

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Are you a sweet & salty lover? Then you’ll fall in love with these White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies!

Folks, it’s come to my attention that I’m part of an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation.

Thankfully it’s nothing medical – except for maybe mental – and thankfully it isn’t related to zombies, politics, or wearing sandals and socks in any way.

It’s saying the word “ohp” or “oop” when running into people in public.

Now I know this is nothing to be too alarmed about, but someone brought it to my attention after showing me a viral video of a guy making fun of people who say “ohp” and/or “oop” while bumping into people in public. And it was in that moment that I realized I was part of this problem. I’m an ohper. And an ooper. Guilty. As. Charged.

So let me set the scene for you: you’re in a public place, like the supermarket or your favorite boutique, and someone’s in your way or appears out of nowhere in the direction you’re headed or there’s just other people in the store besides you and as you walk by, nearly run into them, or maneuver your way around them, you say “ohp” or “oop” aloud… usually with an “excuse me” or “you’re okay!” or “it’s okay!” or something along those lines following the oop.

I don’t know exactly where the ohps and oops came from – some weird recess in my brain, perhaps – but it’s there and I say it. I’ve tried to be more conscious of this so I don’t keep repeating “oop” over and over in public and sound like a complete weirdo, but I can’t stop. It’s part of my language, like ‘dude’ and ‘creepy’ and ‘y’all’, which I happen to say all the time.

I suppose I should just accept that I’ll forever be an ooper. Are you an ooper? Please say you are so I’m not alone in this world.

ANYWAY, can we talk about cookies? Specifically these phenomenal White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies? Because if you looked in a dictionary under ‘phenomenal’ you would absolutely see this picture.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! I am a sweet and salty fiend and these fit the bill perfectly. They have those salty, crunchy pretzels, the little pockets of gooey caramel, and the sweet little white chocolate studs throughout. They are truly one heck of a cookie!

For these, I used Pretzel Crisps – you know, the thin pretzel crackers? Those are my favorite for savory dips and things, but they also work excellently in these cookies. Just throw a heaping handful of ’em into the batter, mix it up, and it’ll crush the pretzels into little bite-sized pieces throughout the cookies for that salty, crispy bite.

Ohp. Time for you to make them!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious!

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
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These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are SO tasty and easy! Studded with white chocolate, caramel bits and crisp pretzels, they're the perfect sweet & salty bite of heaven!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Pretzel Crisps or pretzels, coarsely crunched (I put them in a bag and gently crunched them with my hand)
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup caramel bits
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, then the vanilla. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, salt and flour until a soft dough forms. Toss in the pretzel crisps, white chocolate chips and caramel bits; beat gently until pretzels are broken up into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners, parchment paper, or spray the sheets with cooking spray. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart (I used a 2-Tbsp cookie dough scoop, but you'd get more cookies out of a 1-Tbsp cookie scoop).
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets for about 10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Crunchy but chewy with crisp edges, these cookies are my new favorite and I guarantee will be your new favorite, too!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

This post is not sponsored by Pretzel Crisps; I just love them! 

No Bake Samoa Cookies (Girl Scout Copycat)

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! These Copycat Girl Scout No-Bake Samoa Cookies are AWESOME. Everyone who’s tried one has loved them and asked for the recipe!

A couple of days ago, I teased y’all with this recipe on my social media accounts. (Are you following me?!) And everyone was begging for the recipe and waiting for the day I posted them.

Well folks, today is your lucky day!

I have nothing against the Girl Scouts. Absolutely nada. Even though my experience as a Girl Scout wasn’t as pleasant and dandy as everyone else’s, I don’t hold anything against them because hello? They sell cookies and wear patchwork vests. How can you hate someone in a patchwork vest that’s hocking Tagalongs? YOU CAN’T.

But what I love/hate about them is that the cookie season is so short. I admit – if they sold cookies year-round, we’d never want to buy them because they’d be everywhere all of the time. But at the same time, I have no willpower and will snarf an entire package in one sitting that was supposed to last for a longer period of time, and then I start craving them again.

Also, not their fault, but they put like 5 cookies in a package now. WHAT GIVES. I feel like I eat my single serving (read: entire box) that I spent $5 on and then have to shuffle my way back to the store, head hung low with shame, and shove another Lincoln in their direction for my next fix. That’s how they getcha! I’m onto you, Girl Scouts of America. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO.

Since I regularly crave the perfectness of their Samoa Cookies (or as they’re now known, Caramel Delites), I decided I needed to create a Samoa cookie that I could eat year-round until my homegirls are staked outside of the grocery store selling me my biggest vice with their cute missing teeth and light-up shoes.

These Samoa Cookies taste IDENTICAL to the real deal. I promise you! You’ve got the shortbread cookie base that’s dipped in chocolate, then topped with a gooey caramel & toasted coconut mixture, then drizzled with chocolate. I mean, how can you say no?!

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Best of all, these are NO BAKE which means you don’t need to spend hours preparing cookie dough, rolling them out, baking them, cooling them, frosting them and assembling them. You can literally cut out the middle man and go straight to eating. HALLELUJAH!

Now who wants some? I’ll share.

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!!

5.0 from 3 reviews
No Bake Samoa Cookies (Girl Scout Copycat)
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These No Bake Samoa Cookies are a classic Girl Scout favorite made EASY with a couple of prepared ingredients! No need to wait for cookie season anymore!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg fudge stripe shortbread cookies (about 20-24 cookies)
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg caramel bits
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 cups toasted coconut*
  • 2 squares chocolate CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the fudge stripe shortbread cookies stripe-up onto the baking sheet, spaced out about 1-2" apart from one another. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel bits and the heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for about 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth & melted. Fold in the toasted coconut to combine.
  3. Working quickly, drop Tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto each cookie, spreading it out to cover the surface of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies until all the cookies are covered.
  4. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate CandiQuik on HIGH power for about 30 seconds, stirring until melted & smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies (I like spooning the chocolate into a sandwich baggy, seal out the air, and snip off a corner for a makeshift piping bag). Let the chocolate and cookies set, about 15-20 minutes, before serving. Store airtight at room temperature.
  5. *TO TOAST COCONUT: Spread the coconut in a foil-lined baking pan in an even layer. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place coconut in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 5-7 minutes. Stir once more and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until toasted, keeping a watchful eye on the coconut the whole time.

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Gooey, packed with buttery caramel, toasted coconut and sweet chocolate, these cookies are sure to please every Samoa Cookie lover!

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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