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.


Samoas Magic Bar Pie
Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8
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!
  • 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
  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!


Peanut Brittle Cupcakes
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 16
Peanutty and caramel, these Peanut Brittle Cupcakes taste like the addictive candy without the fuss of making it. Top with your favorite homemade or store-bought brittle for the perfect, tasty garnish.
  • 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!)
  • 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
  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) :)


5.0 from 1 reviews
Super Simple 2-Ingredient Turtles
Recipe type: Candy
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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.
  • Rolos, unwrapped
  • Pecan Halves (I like using Diamond of California Shelled Pecans)
  • Sprinkles, if desired
  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!

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Chocolate Caramel Candies (like Rolos)
  • Pecan Halves
  • Chocolate Bark (like CandiQuik)
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Peppermint Bark Candies (like Dove Simple Pleasures)
  • Vanilla Chocolate Bark (like CandiQuik)
  • Crushed Candy Canes

  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!
  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!


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.

Salted Caramel Butter Bars

SaltedCaramelButterBars1Not sure if you guys have started Christmas shopping or not, but if you live anywhere near a Target, Walmart, or shopping mall, you’re probably well aware that parking and traffic are atrocious.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been possessed by some kind of sadistic shopping demon, but I’ve been to the mall three times in three days. Seriously, I don’t even know why I ended up there three days in a row, but each time, I cursed myself over my decision as I drove through the parking lot desperately seeking an empty space to no avail.

First, you get those people who exit the store and head down your aisle, only to weave through your aisle to get to another one where they’re parked. Um, HELLO, rude much? So I race to get to the next aisle over but am beat by another car and I just kinda lose it.

DSC_1230AThen, you get the bag dropper-offers. Look, I understand completely. I, too, have carried heavy bags that were seconds away from making me a double amputee. I know that sometimes you just gotta drop that junk in the trunk and continue your shopping adventure. BUT. When I’ve been circling the parking lot unsuccessfully for 20 minutes and I’m having Auntie Anne’s withdrawals, I kind of want to dropkick those bag dropper offers in the face for taunting me.

And is it just me, or does anyone else get bitter when they aren’t followed to their car? Like, I spent twenty-minutes trying to find a parking spot that wasn’t 72 miles away and when I finally leave, no one’s waiting for me to pull out? No one’s following me to my car? No one’s asking me where I parked? Nothing? I just pull out and the world continues moving? Seriously, what gives? It’s only fair that others suffer in this parking nightmare, too, right? RIGHT?! Don’t answer that.

DSC_1229ASo while you’re driving in circles around the parking lot, you’re probably going to need some sustenance. I highly recommend these Salted Caramel Butter Bars since they’re extremely delicious and make parking-space-seeking bearable… or as bearable as it can get when you’re behind that dude that parks in the middle of the aisle just waiting for anyone to pull out. I hate that guy.

DSC_1231A*slightly adapted from The Recipe Critic’s recipe 

3.3 from 3 reviews
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 24
Buttery, soft crumb bars filled with salted caramel! I dare you to stop at one bite.. it's irresistible!
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp
  • 1 (11.5 oz) jar salted caramel sauce (I like Smuckers Brand Simple Delights, but Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel is great, too!)
  • Sea salt
  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. In a small bowl, combine the caramel sauce and remaining 2 Tbsp flour until blended. Pour the caramel mixture evenly into the crust, then crumble the remaining dough on top to cover the caramel layer. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and remember that there's salt in the caramel sauce, too :)
  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.

DSC_1235AI’ve made this recipe three times so far and every time my family and I fight for a piece! They are so rich and buttery, complete with that soft and tender sugar cookie crumb and the golden, decadent caramel layer. If you can’t find salted caramel sauce, or just want to cut back on the salt, feel free to use a regular caramel sauce (or make your own caramel!) and sprinkle a little more sea salt on top.

Love Salted Caramel? (Hey, me too!) Check out these other fantastic salted caramel recipes!

SaltedCaramelPecanSalted Caramel Pecan Pie Bars

saltedcaramelChocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

deepdishapplepieDeep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Dude Food Magic Bars

Dude Food MagicDespite the title, dudettes can totally nosh on these bars, too.

But let’s get real: normally, dudes are notorious for their “dude food.” Greasy pizza, spicy buffalo wings, cheap beer, and bacon covering every surface of everything aforementioned… you know what I’m talking about. They practically have their own cuisine! And honestly, even though I am someone who worships glitter, couldn’t live without mascara and who pines for an adult-sized tutu, I do admit that when it comes to dude food, I’m balls-in. I mean.. wait… that came out wrong.

But you know what I mean, right, bro?

These Dude Food Magic Bars aren’t for the faint of girly heart. They don’t contain sprinkles, they aren’t low-cal, and don’t even ask if butter’s a carb because butter, carbs and butter carbs are all contained within these sinful bars. I realize that I’m generalizing men and women based on their cuisine-preferences, and that there are plenty of men out there who drown their food in rainbow jimmies and plenty of women who have the manliest burps after downing pints of PBR, but in general, these are total studly dude bars… and my mom’s wrinkled nose and disinterested facial expression when I offered her one, versus my dad’s excited, glossy-eyed stare kind of proved that point.

Anywho. These bad boys start with a yellow cake base. Don’t worry, it isn’t cakey — more like a fudgy, dense brownie-like base with bacon fat in the base. You read that right, buck-o. Then they’re topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, caramel bits, crispy chunks of bacon, creamy peanut butter, potato chips, and sweetened condensed milk, aka the milk that the food gods drink. So Regina, if you’re looking to lose three pounds, you better get your cranberry-juice-cocktail drinking booty off this page. I feel like just by looking at these I’ve gained 3 pounds, but it’s worth it.

Now dudes & dudettes, who’s ready to eat?!

DSC_1176A*inspired by SugarHero

5.0 from 2 reviews
Dude Food Magic Bars
Recipe type: Bars
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Total time: 
Serves: 15
Loaded with bacon, potato chips, caramel, chocolate and peanut butter, these sinful bars were made for hungry dudes and dudettes everywhere!
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup bacon grease, liquefied
  • ½ cup caramel bits
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz (about 12 pieces) bacon, cooked until chewy yet not-quite-crisp and cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-2 cups ruffled potato chips, coarsely crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, softened butter and bacon grease and stir together until a soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven but keep the oven on. Top the crust evenly with the chocolate chips, caramel bits, and bacon. Quickly whisk together the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk; pour the mixture evenly over top of the bars. Top with the coarsely crushed potato chips (I just crushed them in my hands as I sprinkled them on top).
  3. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the center appears set and the chips are golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Serve immediately!

DSC_1187ASo they aren’t the most photogenic bars I’ve ever made, but they’re surely one of the most delicious! A salty-and-sweet-lovers dream come true, these fab bars have it all and then some. Sipping a pint of beer alongside of them is completely optional :)

Have a fab day!!

xo, Hayley

Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie & A CorningWare Color Friendsgiving Giveaway!

deepdishapplepieHappy Monday, everyone!!

Can you believe it’s already November?! Craziness, right?! And with Thanksgiving just weeks (!!) away, I figure you guys are probably starting to make your holiday eating plans. But before you finalize them, let me and the folks at CorningWare try to convince you to host a Friendsgiving Party like I did!

If you’re like me, your friends are just as important as your family and sometimes, you just want an informal Thanksgiving meal without all the fuss of dodging ancient Aunt Helga’s questions about your love life. I don’t blame you! A Friendsgiving is a modern, fun and updated Thanksgiving that’s far less fussy than your traditional dinner. The food can be a potluck style, Chinese takeout, a spin on the traditional fare, Italian food bar… really, whatever your preference! And it just gives you a chance to reconnect during the craziness of the holidays and enjoy one another’s company. Preferably with wine :)

DSC_0718ASo to celebrate their awesome CW Color by CorningWare collection of dishes (which are gorgeous, by the way!) I hosted my very own Friendsgiving and invited some of my favorite peeps over. I went with a more traditional fare-route, but honestly, I kind of wished I’d thrown an Italian food bar because how awesome, right? At least there’s time for a second Friendsgiving before the big meal!



DSC_0715ASince I love to cook as well as bake, I took over the food and insisted my pals bring the booze and good conversation. Plus, it gave me a chance to try out and display my CW by CorningWare Color Collection of dish wares! The CW Color line features bright, vibrant colored dishware that nests together easily for compact storage, have a modern, contemporary design and come in a variety of sizes and shapes for both cooking and displaying. Made of durable stoneware, they’re oven, microwave and dishwasher safe and are sturdy enough for every day use or great to break out for entertaining. And they were a fab conversation piece at my Friendsgiving table!

DSC_0726ADid I mention the CW by CorningWare collection reaaaally made my Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie stand out? I mean, look at the caramel! It totally popped against the gorgeous sea-blue color of their larger dish.

DSC_0722AIf you’d like to WIN a four-piece collection of CW by CorningWare, just fill out the rafflecopter prompt below! I’ll randomly choose a winner on 11/10 so you’ll have plenty of time to cook up something fun and fanciful for your very own Friendsgiving!

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Now, let’s talk PIE. I’m a huuuuuge fan of pie and always make room for not one, but two slices (or more… let’s be honest). And deep dish pie? Ermahgerd, I’m all about it! This recipe couldn’t be simpler and features a phenomenal crumble on top, giving this pie some more texture, chew, and deliciousness. Then the whole thing is topped with a luscious salted caramel sauce. Really, if we’re being completely honest… I’m most thankful that I had leftovers of this :)

DSC_0734A*slightly adapted from Taste of Home

4.6 from 14 reviews
Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie & A CorningWare Color Friendsgiving Giveaway!
Recipe type: Pie
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 15
This deep dish apple pie is a great, no-fuss way to make and bake pie! Filled to the brim with tender, cinnamon apples and topped with a brown sugary crumble and luscious salted caramel sauce, there will be no leftovers!
  • 1 pkg (2 count) refrigerated pie crusts, at room temperature
  • 10 cups (about 6 large) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Salted Caramel Sauce (prepared from your favorite brand; I used Smuckers Simple Delights)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, on a large, clean work surface, lay the pie crusts on top of one another and roll them out to help press them together and to make them about the size of the baking dish. Press the pie crust layer into the baking dish evenly along the bottom and up the sides; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Spread the apple mixture evenly into the pie crust; top with HALF of the salted caramel sauce. Then, in a smaller bowl, combine the crumble ingredients (brown sugar, flour, butter, oats and cinnamon) until coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble on top until it covers the apples completely, or as close to it as possible.
  3. Bake for approx. 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden and the mixture is bubbly. Check on the pie at about the 30 minute mark to see if you need to tent the crumble to prevent it from burning. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting into squares, then top with the remaining salted caramel sauce.

DSC_0745AButtery, crumbly, sweet, tart and loaded with luscious salted caramel — no, I’m not describing myself but rather this fantastic, foolproof apple pie! You will never want to bake a traditional pie again once you’ve had a bite of this monstrous deep dish version, swimming in salted caramel. It’s a total showstopper!

In case you were wondering about my other Friendsgiving meal items, here’s where I found those recipes!

Slow Cooker Turkey from Six Sister’s Stuff
Bacon Brussels Sprouts from Food Network
Green Bean Casserole from the back of the French’s Fried Onion can
Stuffing made from Mrs. Cubbison’s Cornbread Stuffing mix
Panera-Copycat Mac & Cheese from Rachel Cooks

Be sure to connect with CorningWare! Give them a follow & like on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM & PINTEREST, and be sure to follow along with the #friendsgiving or #CWColor hashtags to see other people’s Friendsgiving meals & recipes!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a set of CW by CorningWare dishes to review and cook with, along with compensation to create a Friendsgiving meal. All opinions and ideas expressed are 100% my own.


Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Bars {Nutty Desserts Week!!}

SaltedCaramelPecanLet’s talk about neck pillows and how I desperately wanted one for so long.

You know – the U-shaped neck pillows everyone has on airplanes? Since I’ve been traveling more, and typically to the East Coast, I’ve been experiencing more and more the discomfort of reading/sleeping/eating on the plane for extended periods of time. I would see other passengers resting comfortably, their heads placed purposefully within the confines of a plush, microfiber neck pillow while they slept or read their iPads. Meanwhile, I was over in 14B craning my neck to read my Glamour article and experiencing neck cramps from my futile, pathetic attempts to nap on the plane and rest my head against the cabin walls.

I figured all of these flying woes would be solved with my very own neck pillow. So after experiencing numerous miserable-neck pain-inducing flights and bypassing all the neck pillows in the stores, I finally caved and bought myself my very own neck pillow.

And for some reason, I bought it at the airport where it cost me my left leg. So while I was a new amputee, dammit if my neck wasn’t comfortable.

I snuggled into my seat, wrapped the neck pillow around my head and instantly felt the discomfort everyone else probably feels when there’s a giant inflatable microfiber pillow surrounding their head like some kind of cast. What the hell? I thought neck pillows were supposed to ooze comfort and induce sound napping? I thought I would look like someone in a neck pillow commercial, a blissful smile upon my face as I read a newspaper. I thought neck pillows would make me read newspapers. WHAT WAS THE DEAL?!

I figured perhaps I was new to this neck pillow business and as such, there was some kind of science to it. Like maybe you had to use your neck pillow a couple of times before you broke it in, like after you buy a new pair of shoes. But after spending six hours on a flight to Charlotte taking nothing away from my neck pillow bliss except for a throbbing neck cramp, I figured I just wasn’t meant to enjoy neck pillow pleasures like most people.

Not to mention, when I got off the plane and was walking around the airport, I didn’t want to be that person with the neck pillow around my head as if it were some kind of stylish accessory, so I simply snapped it (it had a snap closure) onto the handle of my roller bag and went along my way. WELL, neck pillow apparently didn’t like me as much as I disliked neck pillow, because homeboy kept trying to escape every chance he got. I cannot tell you how many people stopped me in the terminals, on the moving walkways, and at the airport Popeye’s telling me that my neck pillow had fallen off. So I’d begrudgingly clomp back to where my neck pillow lay, lifeless on the airport floor, and pick it up with great disdain in my eyes.

After my East Coast rendezvous of traveling from Charlotte to New York City, the entire time picking up my fallen, suicidal neck pillow off of the ground, I’d finally had enough. As I tip-toed down the CREAKIEST STAIRS EVER in the NYC apartment I stayed at (all three floors of them) at 5 in the morning carrying a carry-on bag the weight of a small Sumo wrestler, my neck pillow dropped off again. As I attempted to lug this gargantuan piece of luggage down these creaky-ass stairs while trying not to wake the entire island of Manhattan, I noticed my neck pillow at the top of the staircase, lying lifeless. And it was in that moment of defiance that I just flipped. I had spent most of my vacation picking up the fallen neck pillow off of the ground, a pillow that wasn’t even comfortable and a pillow that I’d lusted after like it was some kind of Ryan Gosling voodoo magic pillow. And now, I’d had enough. I abandoned that $20 neck pillow, leaving it lifeless in my dust as I sped off into the New York City sunrise toward my California home. Who knows. The neck pillow may have found a new owner, a new life with a foreign visitor also staying in my apartment. Maybe it was tossed into the garbage, a careless reminder that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem. Or perhaps it went on to cushion another person’s neck with the comfort and bliss I so craved.

Whatever happened, all I knew was my neck never felt better and neck pillows are so overrated. And next time I travel, I’m just going to solve my cramped-neck problem by bringing along a personal masseuse. That’s worth the money, am I right?

Anywho. To continue #NuttyDessertsWeek, I had to bring along a classic: pecan pie! Especially with the holidays creepin’ up on us, pecan pie is a staple for any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table and for good reason: everyone loves the gooey, brown sugary filling swimming with crunchy, salty pecans layered within a flaky, buttery crust. But to switch things up (because change is good!) I decided I’d transform that classic pie into something portable, unique and ultra sinful: Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Bars is the answer to that!

DSC_1101AThese bars are loaded with sweet and salty pecans, that gooey, rich brown sugar/caramel filling and topped with a decadent drizzle of buttery salted caramel, all contained on a sugar cookie crust. Yeah, I didn’t skimp on this recipe :) and within one bite, I know you’ll be hooked!

…And I promise they’ll be much better than a neck pillow!

DSC_1087A*adapted from the cookbook Cookie Dough Delights

4.7 from 3 reviews
Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Bars {Nutty Desserts Week!!}
Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 15
Salty pecans swim in a rich and gooey brown sugar caramel in these fantastic bars which are then topped with salted caramel. An unforgettable holiday dessert that's sure to be the first one to go!
  • 1 pkg (24-count) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup (light or dark)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • ½-2/3 cup salted caramel sundae sauce (I love the Smucker's Salted Caramel Sauce or Trader Joe's Fleur de Sel Sauce, but any brand will do. If you cannot find salted caramel sauce, use regular caramel sundae sauce and sprinkle sea salt on top to finish)
  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 lightly with cooking spray. Unwrap the sugar cookie dough and gently press it in an even layer along the bottom of the prepared pan, forming a crust. Bake the crust layer for about 10-13 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and slightly puffy. Remove the crust from the oven but leave the oven on.
  2. While crust bakes, make your filling: in a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the pecans to coat. Once crust has browned, evenly spread the pecan filling mixture over top of the crust.
  3. Return to the oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and just about set. If there's a slight jiggle, that's okay - but do not over-bake it as the mixture will continue to set as it cools. Cool the bars completely, then refrigerate the bars for a couple hours to set. Once the bars are set, cut into bars, drizzle with the salted caramel sauce and serve! These are gooey and messy, so I suggest serving them with a fork on a plate!

DSC_1098AI meeeeannn.. just LOOK at the caramel! Insanity, people. Salted caramel and pecan pie are a match made in dessert heaven! I use Diamond of California Chopped Pecans because it comes conveniently chopped which is an awesome timesaver! And I cannot get enough of the sweet crunch from the sugar cookie base — it’s such a genius and easy base that’s far less fuss than a traditional pecan pie crust. If you’re a chocolate lover, feel free to use chocolate chip cookie dough in its place for a fun twist!

Stay tuned for more Nutty Desserts!!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley



Apple Fritter Turtle Cookie Bars {Apple Fritter Week!!}

applefrittercookieI know what you’re thinking: apple fritters and cookies? Has she lost her mind?

The short answer is no, it’s been MIA for a long time.

The long answer is no, you guys just hafta trust me on this one. Say it with me: Apple Fritter Turtle Cookie Bars. It’s lovely, right? And it tastes even lovelier!

You see, THIS happens to be one of my all-time favorite Domestic Rebel Recipes on the blog. It was created purely on a whim when I went to the store and bought some oatmeal cookie mix and then happened to wander into a donut shop where I picked up a couple extra jelly doughnuts. Crazy, right? But the result is so sinfully delicious I can’t even handle it… so I eat every last bar :)

DSC_0469ABut since it’s Apple Fritter Week (seriously, can we get this trending as #AppleFritterWeek?!!) I knew I had to recreate those bars but with apple fritters! And since I was going full-crazy on the switcheroo, I figured whyyyyy not use turtle cookie dough? Apples pair swimmingly with caramel and chocolate, and they definitely mesh well with pecans sooo… YOLO, am I right?

And dude, if we only live once, I am so making these for the rest of my days. Oh mah gawwwwwww.

DSC_0467A*adapted from my Oatmeal Cookie Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut Bars recipe 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Apple Fritter Turtle Cookie Bars {Apple Fritter Week!!}
Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 9
Crispy, freshly fried apple fritters are sandwiched between two layers of turtle cookie dough for a unique and utterly delicious eating experience!
  • 2 pkg (24-count) refrigerated turtle cookie dough (I used the kind by Nestle), room temperature
  • 4-5 medium-sized apple fritters
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Open one package of the cookie dough and gently press the entire plane of cookie dough into the prepared pan in an even layer, pressing together any gaps. You can also tear and press pieces of dough together, almost like a puzzle, until the entire bottom of the pan is covered.
  3. Top the first layer of cookie dough with the apple fritters in a single layer, tearing fritters to fit in the corners and small nooks and crannies, if need be.
  4. Repeat with the remaining package of cookie dough, covering the apple fritters as best as you can. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the center appears mostly set (without being overly jiggly) as it will continue to cook up and firm up at room temperature. Do not over-bake. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve with caramel sauce or dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

DSC_0464ATwo ingredients, people! You are TWO super-easy ingredients away from having the most decadent bars of your life! The apple fritters retain their spiced, sweet flavor and texture in the middle of those soft-baked turtle cookies. And with the pockets of gooey caramel, rich milk chocolate and salty, crunchy pecans, it’s basically heaven on earth.

Have a fantastic day! Stay tuned for more Apple Fritter Week recipes!

xo, Hayley

Turtle Seven Layer Bars

turtlemagicbarsTurtles are easily the most underrated candy ever.

Like, for the longest time I thought turtles were those candies only grandmas liked, along with those horrid strawberry hard candies or butterscotch discs that collect lint at the bottom of their purses.

But then I realized turtles are actually awesome and have no place at the bottom of an old lady purse next to those vile strawberry things. (Seriously, who actually eats those? I know a couple of you will come forward in shame but dude. I kind of want to set them all ablaze for making strawberries taste so terrible).

If you, like me, were misinformed about the magic of turtle candies, or if you live within a gargantuan old lady purse among butterscotch discs, let me enlighten you: turtles are basically candies made of pecans, caramel, and chocolate. That’s it, yo. Sometimes with a hefty sprinkling of sea salt on top if you’re feeling fancy, or sometimes people will get all feisty on ya and throw in some almonds or walnuts or white chocolate because they like to live life on the edge. I love those edgy turtles, too. But the favorite’s a fave for a reason: who could resist buttery caramel topped with smooth, rich milk chocolate sitting atop a bed of crunchy, salty pecans? Not I.

(Well, maybe grandma can, what with the whole apocalyptic stash of dinner mints but I digress).

DSC_1001AAnywho. You guys know I love my seven layer/magic bars, so these Turtle Magic Bars were bound to happen. Plus, as a huge fan of Diamond Nuts of California, I of course had to use Diamond of California Chopped Pecans in these bars. Pre-prepped chopped pecans, y’all. It’s a lifesaver, and they don’t get any fresher or tastier than Diamond!

diamondI also spotted Nestle’s newest creation, their Delightfulls Morsels. Have you seen them yet?! They’re chocolate chip morsels that are filled with goodness like caramel, mint, cherry or peanut butter! Since it’s turtle day, I’m obviously using the caramel-filled ones… but I cannot wait to bake with the other flavors!

turtleOkay, so chocolate — check. Caramel — check. Pecans — check. Your mouth — are you ready? Open wide!



5.0 from 1 reviews
Turtle Seven Layer Bars
Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 24
Seven layer bars are my fave, and these Turtle ones easily top the list! Jam-packed with gooey, buttery caramel, smooth & rich milk chocolate and salty, crunchy pecans, these will be your new fave, too!
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 pkg Rolos Minis
  • ½ cup Kraft Caramel Bits
  • 1 pkg Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls Caramel Morsels
  • About 20 Chips Ahoy Caramel-Filled Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil with a rubber spatula until a soft dough has formed. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  3. Immediately remove the pan from the oven and top evenly with the Rolos, caramel bits, caramel-filled morsels, chopped cookies and pecans. Drizzle evenly with the sc milk. Return the pan to the oven and continue to bake for another 18-20 minutes or until the center appears set and the top is golden.
  4. Cool the bars completely in the pan, then gently lift them out using the foil sides and cut into squares. Serve!


DSC_1005AI truly love the flavor of turtles – they’re so irresistibly delicious, combining all those different flavors and textures. Alone as a candy, they’re phenom – but these magic bars are simply mind-blowing! Bursting with buttery caramel, topped with sweetened, crunchy pecans and those pockets of heavenly chocolate just melt in your mouth! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :)

Can’t get enough turtle?! Check out these other tasty turtle treats!

turtlecapookieTurtle Capookie

turtlestickybunsTurtle Sticky Buns

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

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