No-Bake S’mores Lush Dessert

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!My name’s Hayley, and I’m addicted to subscription services.

First it started with magazines. I’d ask (and still ask) for subscriptions for Christmas and my birthday. Magazines are one thing I couldn’t live without – I love getting them in the mail, eagerly anticipating reading every article and checking out every advertisement. I even save some of my magazines – my beloved Cosmos and Real Simples. Those are the creme de la creme in my magazine-obsessed eyes.

Then there’s the makeup subscription services: Birchbox and Ipsy. I’m OBSESSED. Every month I basically hound my postman for my Ipsy and Birchbox packages, anxiously awaiting my beauty products. He probably thinks I’m an escaped mental patient, desperate for makeup.

And then there’s Stitch Fix. I adore it so. Each month (or however you set it to come) I get a package of five hand-picked items just for me. I’m always so excited to see what’s in the box that I stalk the package with their USPS tracking info. Again, my postman must think I’m some special brand of psychotic, always peeking out my windows in hopes of seeing his truck pull up in front of my house. One of these days, he won’t come and instead some kind of mental institution van will show up instead, I just know it.

And honestly? As long as they bring my fix and let me try everything on first, I’ll be okay with going wherever they need me to.

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!So yeah – fixes, glam bags, boxes, magazines… color me obsessed, but each month is like Christmas throughout the month. And fake Christmas month reminds me of winter, which is desperately needed in the midst of all this wretched heat we’re getting. Seriously, we’re turning on the AC at like 8 in the morning, it’s been so bad. So I’m on a desperate hunt to eat things that are chilled, and this No Bake S’mores Lush Dessert is the perfect solution to life’s problems.

…including waiting for my next mail surprise.

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

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No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert
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This easy, no-bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so dang delicious! You'll love how simple it is to prepare and how fabulous it tastes!
Ingredients
  • 36 S'mores Oreos (or Golden Oreos with Chocolate), divided
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ pkg JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, fold together the remaining Cool Whip and marshmallow creme until combined. Spread over the chocolate pudding mixture in the pan. Set aside.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the marshmallow bits. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!Creamy, dreamy, crunchy, and s’moresy. What’s not to love?!

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

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The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!The temperature is so hot in California right now, that my new idea of a good time is curling up in my shortest shorts under the nearest AC vent while reading a magazine.

Doesn’t that just sound divine?

Forget poolside. Poolside still means you’re outside, of which I want absolutely nothing to do with. It’s over one-hundred degrees out there – staring at a glistening pool is not my idea of a good time. And frankly, neither does swimming (hello, bikini – no thanks) but that’s a different story.

Not to mention, we don’t have a pool or know anyone with a pool besides my grandma, who lives about 15 minutes away. We could go over there to swim, but that requires bearing the heat and travel time which doesn’t bode well when the temperature gauge is over a hundred.

So basically, if you need anything done from me at any given time during June-September, it’s a requirement that it’s done in the house, that the AC is blasting, and that I’ve had adequate time to bring my body to temperature. It’s the worst when I come home from my 8am walk with Mannie, enter the home dripping with sweat, and am asked to do something. Leave me alone and let me stop cooking.

Anywho. Despite burning up 24/7, I’m still getting the urge to bake which I’m trying to curb with plenty of no-bake treats. One of the things we crave in the summertime is ice cream and tons of it, but I get kinda tired of it every night all the time between sundaes and milkshakes. So I set out to create a summertime treat that was kinda like ice cream, kinda not, but 100% delicious. And it serves as inspiration for my favorite wintertime drink… *drumroll please*… Frozen Hot Chocolate! 

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!If you’ve never had Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re missing out. This frosty, freezy-cool drink is icy and utterly delicious, creamy and chocolaty, and tastes just like rich milk chocolate cocoa but frozen. It’s so scrumptious! And topped with whipped cream and a generous drizzle of glossy chocolate syrup, it’s our new favorite way to cool down and beat the heat.

For this Best-Ever Frozen Hot Chocolate, I’m using Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract. This stuff is seriously divine and really elevates the rich, warm chocolate flavor in these drinks. I love using Nielsen-Massey extracts in my baking because it’s a family-owned company that really cares about the quality of its products. Their vanilla bean paste continues to be a favorite of mine, and I cannot function without their Madagascar Vanilla Extract. It’s so velvety and delicious. If you haven’t already, you should check them out!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!And whatever you do, you oughta make one of these drinks for yourself! They’re worth it!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate
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These freezy-cool, ultra chocolaty Frozen Hot Chocolates are to-die for! Rich and creamy, you'll love the cocoa flavor and frosty texture.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 cups ice
  • 3 (.75-1 oz) pkgs hot cocoa packets (depending on the brand, they vary in ounces. Look for this range, which is typical for powdered hot cocoa packets)
  • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract or Tahitian Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend together the milk, ice, hot cocoa packets, chocolate and vanilla extracts on high speed until blended and smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into two tall Mason jars or glasses and garnish with fresh whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Likewise, you can also drizzle your glasses with chocolate syrup before pouring the hot chocolate into the glass for extra pizzazz and flavor.
  3. Drink up!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!I mean… talk about heaven in a glass! I love the icy texture of this sweet cocoa drink. The hot chocolate flavor really comes through as it’s enhanced by the Chocolate Extract and rounded out with the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, both of which add tremendous richness and flavor. These hot chocolates totally taste like the ones at the famed Serendipity in New York City and Miami!

Be sure to connect with Nielsen-Massey on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for more inspiration and recipes!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, Nielsen-Massey has compensated me for this recipe. However, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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

You read that right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

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

No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I’m in a pickle.

You see, I have these friends on Instagram. We went to school together and they’re really nice. Some of them had a baby awhile ago, and trust me, I know they had a baby because that is ALL THEY POST.

Like, all the time.

I’m not even joking you. Constant bombardment of baby pictures daily, hourly, minutely. I wish I were kidding.

Pictures of her baby breathing. Pictures of her baby sleeping. Pictures of her baby rolling, kicking, crying, blinking, mid-blinking, mid-breathing, giggling, eating, drinking, staring, being a baby, pictures of everything related to the baby. Pictures of the baby’s clothes. Of its toys. Of its room. Of it and everything the baby has touched. Constant influx of pictures, pictures, and more freakin’ pictures.

It’s to the point where, no matter what time of day I scroll through IG, I see at least 10 posts from her and her baby. More pictures of the same damn baby.

I get it. You cheated death by birthing a human from your body. I’m sure it was glorious and angels sang in the midst of your sweating and pushing. Congrats. And I’m sure that you’re proud of this entity that you’ve created and want to shout from the rooftops that you love your child. But honestly? Not everyone wants to see incessant photos of your baby mid-blink with the caption “Blinking! <3″

I know what a baby looks like when it blinks. Is it the cutest thing in the world? No. Do my ovaries explode when I see no less than 5,457,358 baby pictures on Instagram? Certainly not. In fact, it’s more like birth control, because if I ever end up as a mom like that, I want someone to dropkick my eyeballs with stilettos.

And I’m in this pickle because I like these people enough but dammit, those baby pictures are clogging my feed and honestly making me snappy. I shouldn’t want to call Instagram and have them ban this woman’s account. I shouldn’t want to scroll extra fast past this baby’s poor face. I shouldn’t want to have to unfollow my friends but damn, they sure make it hard.

So there’s my pickle. And in pickles, I tend to conquer my fears by eating them. Tomato, tomahto.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! The idea for these No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites came to me when I was craving sheetcake frosting but didn’t want to turn the oven on since it’s been 100 degrees here lately. I was trying to think of a vessel I could slather that heavenly, sugary frosting on besides a spoon, and brownie bites came to mind – you know, the ones from the store bakery? Those are the perfect, poppable vessel for holding this substantial, chocolaty frosting.

And don’t worry. I’ll only Instagram this once.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing!

5.0 from 3 reviews
No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites
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These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are little, poppable pieces of heaven! They're so easy, and conveniently no-bake for days when turning on the oven isn't an option.
Ingredients
  • About 30 pre-made, packaged brownie bites (find these in your local grocery store's bakery)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
Instructions
  1. Line up the brownie bites onto a large rimmed sheet pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, cocoa powder, and milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until a glossy, thick frosting is achieved. Stir in the pecans quickly.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of frosting on top of each brownie bite. It's okay if the frosting falls down the sides of the brownie bite; these are not pretty desserts but they are tasty! Allow the frosting to harden and set for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I mean, are these heavenly or are they heavenly? Simply amazing! I love the classic sheetcake frosting: it’s ultra rich, super chocolaty and buttery soft. Plus, the salty crunch of the pecans is just perfect against these tiny, fudgy brownie bites. The perfect bite for days when turning on the oven isn’t an option!

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! Hope you have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macarons

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! When I visited New York City last September, I went to a tiny pop-up macaron shop in Dylan’s Candy Bar called Dana’s Bakery. Dana’s is known for their colorful, unique macarons in fun flavors like Fruity Pebbles and Birthday Cake, and I was dying to try their Cookie Dough macaron.

But as fate would have it, they were sold out. And I was so bummed.

I mean, helllooooo – cookie dough macarons?! Genius! It combines two of my favorite things: delectably sweet chocolate chip cookie dough and crisp, airy and fabulous French macarons. What’s not to love?!

So after my mini letdown, I came home determined to make Cookie Dough Macarons at home. And thankfully, I succeeded because OMG. It was basically life-changing you guys. Sweet, crispy, airy, chewy and studded with miniature chocolate chips in nearly every bite… talk about amazing. And I didn’t need to rely on a pop-up bakery’s supply to get my fix… that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! I’m sharing this Cookie Dough Macaron recipe over on Food Fanatic today where I’m there resident Cookie Dough Fanatic and post everything cookie dough related. It’s a pretty tasty job, but someone’s gotta do it and thank goodness that someone is me :)

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible!

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! These Cookie Dough Macarons are so delicious – even the stuffiest of macaron fanatics will love this fun, whimsical flavor!

Craving more macs? Check out my other macaron recipes!

Nutter Butter MacaronsNutter Butter Macarons – plus a full macaron tutorial! 

Oreo MacaronsOreo Macarons

Cotton Candy MacaronsCotton Candy Macarons

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Damn Good Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!Lately, I’ve been having such bad writers block.

Like, terribly bad. It’s brutal.

Normally, I’m like a fountain of stories, always spewing out some kind of strange tale of my own personal reality. But lately? I can’t think of a single thing. I’ve told all my good stories – the ones so far, anyway. And if I could predict into the future, I’d probably tell you the story of how I fell madly in love with a total hunk and we lived happily ever after in New York City.

But in reality, I’ll probably tell you the future story of how I unknowingly went on another date with a convict and he made me buy my own froyo. So there’s that.

In my defense, I think my writers block is due to how hot it’s been already. It’s pushing in the 90s in Sacramento and I cannot handle the heat and am desperately trying to squirrel together some change to move to the nearest chilly city as soon as possible. But since I’d need about a trillion quarters in order to do that, I’m just sitting here, dying of heat exhaustion and willing myself to drink more water than humanly possible.

It’s a tough life, and someone (unfortunately) has to do it.

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!But seriously, whyyyyy Mother Nature? Why must it be pushing in the 100s in May? Can’t we save that for never? Or at the very least, in the dead of August when everyone’s sweaty and miserable and threatening homicide because of heat stroke? Not in May, which evokes jolly springtime-y fun and breezy weather. It’s bad enough that swimwear starts hitting shelves in March; we don’t need the heat to come so shortly thereafter.

So anyway. I’m grasping at nothing here for some kind of interesting topic but I’m coming up dry. I apologize for my severe lack of wittiness and humor. I’ll do better next time.

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!But in the meantime, I did you a favor by making this best-ever Damn Good Chocolate Cake. It truly is ‘damn good’ and that’s the exact sentiment I received from my family after we each had a piece. It’s so sinfully rich and chocolaty – pure, unadulterated chocolaty goodness here – in a moist, soft and tender cake. Then I went ahead and doused the whole thing in chocolate ganache which, let’s face it, is the best thing ever – and chocolate chips for texture.

Damn. Damn good indeed.

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Damn Good Chocolate Bundt Cake
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This Damn Good Chocolate Cake is packed with pure, unadulterated chocolate flavor and goodness. You won't use another cake recipe again!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (8 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • About ⅔ cup miniature chocolate chips, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a large bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix (just the dry mix), eggs, oil, buttermilk and sour cream with a handheld electric mixer on medium-low speed. Beat for 2 minutes or until combined and smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  3. Bake for approx. 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before inverting onto a wire rack.
  4. Once cake has cooled, make your ganache. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the heavy cream and 1 cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips for 45 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds or until melted and smooth. Allow the ganache to set at room temperature for about 15 minutes before pouring over the top of the cake. Garnish immediately with the miniature chocolate chips and let set, about 20 minutes. Cut into slices and serve!

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!I mean, helllllooooooo. Amazing.

Don’t have a bundt pan? Bake these as cupcakes, cake pops, or cake in a 9×13″ or round 9″ cake pans. It’s truly the only chocolate cake recipe you need! Moist, tender, and absolute chocolate heaven.

This Damn Good Chocolate Cake earns its name! Moist, buttery, tender cake bursting with serious chocolate flavor. This is the only foolproof chocolate cake recipe you'll need!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Gooey S’mores Cookie Bars

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!So I just got back from a blogger retreat in beautiful Carmel, CA. More on that soon in an upcoming post :)

But I have to say, a good portion of the night I was scared.

Scared… of mountain lions.

You see, Carmel is a beach town nestled among a pretty countryside. And within every pretty countryside there’s a ferocious beast sniffing me out to eat me alive, and that ferocious beast is a mountain lion. AKA, my worst fear ever.

Well. Besides being burglarized and heights. And monkeys. And sandals.

At nighttime, we kept the doors open to let a breeze in, and of course it’s pitch black outside with no light except for the one illuminating the room we were in. And the ranch we stayed at had huge windows everywhere, just begging to be squinted through into the midnight-black courtyard where I could only assume a family of hungry, rabid mountain lions waited.

And so amidst conversation with the girls and sipping on cocktails, I continued to glance out the windows in prayer that no critters – beastly or otherwise – would emerge from the darkness and kill us all. It didn’t help that I was sitting right next to the open doors and thus would be first pick among rabid monsters.

Naturally.

So in conclusion, next time, I’m bringing a Xanax. And I’ll also suggest having a retreat in a bustling city. I much prefer traffic noise over the eerie silence of a mountain lion’s playground if you know what I mean.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!I also prefer the ooey gooey goodness of these S’mores Cookie Bars which are out of control amazing. Gooey and rich, they’re packed with a huge, thick layer of marshmallow creme and creamy chocolate and sandwiched between two big ol’ layers of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re the perfect treat!

You could say I went a little beastly on them.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Gooey S'mores Cookie Bars
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These gooey cookie bars taste just like s'mores!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (24-count each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Press one of the packages of cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chocolate chips; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the marshmallow creme and the condensed milk, stir to blend together. Pour over the chocolate chips. Carefully and evenly top with the remaining package of cookie dough. It's okay if some of the marshmallow peeks out through the cracks.
  3. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center appears set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour to help set up, preferably overnight. Allow bars to come to room temperature slightly before cutting into squares.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Supremely gooey, packed with sticky marshmallow creme… these cookie bars are a forced to be reckoned with! You’ll love how thick and chewy they are, with pockets of rich chocolate in every bite! And they’re the perfect way to end S’mores Week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed S’mores Week.. I know I have!!

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

S’mores Tart

This S'mores Tart is rich, velvety, creamy and chocolaty, topped with sweet marshmallows and nestled on a buttery graham cracker crust. It couldn't be more foolproof, either!Lately I have been SO tired.

Like impossibly tired.

Like dosing off at my computer tired.

Normally, I’m not this tired, and I figure it has something to do with my medications, but damn. I am one sleepy girl.

A couple of days ago, I took the day off since I was so exhausted. I figured I’d expend some brain cells and watch a couple of old episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians – I was feeling stupid that day, anyway, and needed something to kind of ease my mind. (On a side note: I don’t know how, why, or when Kardashians became ‘easing’ to my mind but whatever).

And in the middle of a really intense fight between Kourtney and Scott (what else is new?), I totally passed out. Like, remote in hand, mouth to the floor, passed out. Maybe I’m becoming a narcoleptic. Maybe Kourtney’s delightfully monotone voice lulled me into my dreamless sleep at 12pm on a Thursday. Either way, I woke up a little later to Kourtney and Scott having fixed their issues (for now) and Kim about to give birth.

Okay, so I hadn’t missed much, but still. I was shocked I even fell asleep.

And it isn’t like I’m not getting quality sleep at nighttime. I get roughly 10 hours a night every night, and it’s restful sleep. But I’m also craving bedtime every night around 5pm and wishing it were later so it would be socially acceptable to crawl into my bed and pass out.

Is that weird? Am I becoming old?

Is this what it’s like when you die?

Or am I finally, after years of never possessing it, finally getting the napping trait? Because I could be on my deathbed ill and craving sleep, and my body would nope out of every nap I’d tried to have. Maybe now, in my rickity old age of 24, I’m finally seeing the napping side of things.

If so, I sense a lot of sleeping in my future. And I’m kind of okay with that.

This S'mores Tart is rich, velvety, creamy and chocolaty, topped with sweet marshmallows and nestled on a buttery graham cracker crust. It couldn't be more foolproof, either!Whatever it may be, at least I was lucid enough to make this S’mores Tart, and thank goodness for that. This thing is insanely delicious and totally chocolaty. It couldn’t be easier to make, either. Just bake a simple graham cracker crust, fill with the luscious chocolate mixture, and top with miniature marshmallow bits. On a side note, I totally wanted to buy a kitchen torch to torch the living daylights outta some mini marshmallows on top, but the torches were like $50 and I was so not having that, so mini marshmallow bits it was.

If you think you can survive without singing your eyebrows off, use a kitchen torch to blister some miniature marshmallows for that full toasty-s’mores effect. Otherwise, mallow bits it is. Either way, you’ve got something delicious about to be on your hands. And face.

Now that’s what I call sweet dreams.

This S'mores Tart is rich, velvety, creamy and chocolaty, topped with sweet marshmallows and nestled on a buttery graham cracker crust. It couldn't be more foolproof, either!

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Tart
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Serves: 12
 
This delectable S'mores Tart couldn't be simpler to whip together and tastes so rich and sinfully delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 pkg bittersweet chocolate chips (like by Ghirardelli)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • About ⅔ cup Kraft JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9" tart pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham crumbs, white sugar and butter with a spatula until moistened and blended. Press the mixture evenly along the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan to form the crust. Bake for approx. 7 minutes on top of a baking sheet to help with easy removal, careful not to lift from the bottom of the tart pan. Cool completely.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until smooth and melted. Immediately pour into the tart shell and very gently spread out into an even layer. Immediately top with the marshmallow bits and gently press to adhere. Allow the tart to set for about 1 hour before cutting into wedges to serve.

This S'mores Tart is rich, velvety, creamy and chocolaty, topped with sweet marshmallows and nestled on a buttery graham cracker crust. It couldn't be more foolproof, either!Rich, creamy, chocolaty and absolutely delicious – I’m not describing myself, people. This tart is out of control and totally amazing. The marshmallow bits are sweet and add a nice crunch to the creamy chocolate tart. I served this up alongside vanilla bean ice cream for a truly outrageously scrumptious experience. I suggest you do the same!

This S'mores Tart is rich, velvety, creamy and chocolaty, topped with sweet marshmallows and nestled on a buttery graham cracker crust. It couldn't be more foolproof, either!Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

S’mores Cinnamon Rolls

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I really, really, really hate packing.

You’d think someone who enjoys organization would like packing, but I really loathe it.

First of all, there’s the serious fear-of-missing-something. I’m always petrified that I’m leaving something vital behind, like pills or mascara, and then there’s the whole debacle about what to wear.

Foooor instance, I hate thinking that I’m packing the ‘wrong’ thing, ya know? Like, what if everyone else is wearing jeans and I’m the only one on a blustery day in a dress? Or what if it’s cold at night and we’re forced to eat outside for some reason? I don’t want to accidentally cut myself while shivering.

So as a result, my packing turns into severe overpacking because I’m so bizarrely worried I’ll pack the wrong thing or won’t have enough options. I need ALL the options because I may think Tuesday is a shorts-day, but who knows. Maybe it’s a striped maxi dress day after all. You just never know these things. I’m no fortune teller.

And as a result of that, I take like, eleventy thousand years to pack and thus procrastinate as much as possible. Ain’t nobody got time for pressure packing.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I do, however, have plenty of time for cinnamon rolls, mainly because this recipe is created start-to-finish in just 60 minutes. That’s practically no time at all for homemade, fluffy, soft cinnamon rolls that taste like gooey s’mores. And boy, are these s’mores-y! My family and I could not keep our hands off of them – they’re so soft and plush and we loved the chocolaty, cinnamon-y graham cracker filling that takes these over the top. And don’t even get me started on the marshmallow creme glaze… :)

Actually. *Do* get me started. I feel like reminiscing… and continuing my packing procrastination.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!*adapted from my One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Cinnamon Rolls
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These plush and fluffy S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are positively irresistible!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 pkt yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • FOR FILLING:
  • ½ cup Hershey's Chocolate Spread (or Nutella)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • FOR GLAZE & TOPPING:
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
  • Miniature chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and the milk. Heat on HIGH for one minute, then remove and stir. Continue microwaving in 20 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter has melted and milk is warm to the touch but not hot. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of the flour, the sugar and the salt until combined.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and the milk mixture and whisk together by hand. Add the flour mixture and egg all at once, and using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-low speed until combined. The dough will likely stick to the sides of the bowl, so sprinkle in the remaining ½ cup of flour to help the dough come together in a ball. Once the dough has pulled away from the sides and forms a ball, continue to beat the dough for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and cover the dough with a damp cloth for 10 minutes to rest.
  3. While the dough rests, prepare your filling: in a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. Turn the dough out onto the floured work surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14x9 inches in size. I did NOT measure my dough out; I only rolled it out and it turned out fine. Honestly, just roll into a decently-sized rectangular shape to your desired thickness. Spread the Hershey's Spread over the surface of the dough and evenly spread on the filling mixture.
  5. Beginning at the longest edge furthest from you, begin rolling up the dough as tightly as possible. Pinch the final seam gently to help seal it up. Using a sharp knife, cut both ends of the dough (the doughiest parts you'll likely discard), and then begin evenly cutting the dough into about 12 equal pieces. You can also use unflavored dental floss to cut the dough, but I used a knife.
  6. Place the rolls into two greased 9" cake pans. Cover the pans with damp towels and place the pans on top of your oven range for 25 minutes (or another warm place for them to rise). After the rolls have risen, uncover the dish and bake for approx. 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are golden, cooked through and bubbling.
  7. In a small bowl, scoop out the marshmallow creme and microwave for approx. 30-45 seconds or until soft and smooth but not super liquidy. Pour/spread over the tops of the rolls evenly and sprinkle with marshmallow bits and chocolate chips. Serve!

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I mean… the gooey factor is out of control.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!These rolls are so fluffy and delicious – I know you’ll love these cinnamon rolls and their delectable filling and topping!

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

S’mores Thumbprint Cookies

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I officially declare this week S’mores Week. Mostly because I’m craving marshmallows like a mad woman. I guess it helps that I’m JET-PUFFED’s brand ambassador, right? :)

Anywho. After trying Starbucks’ S’mores Frappuccino, recreating it here, and obsessing, I realized I’m a die-hard s’mores fan and I needed ALLTHESMORES. So S’mores Week is actually a natural progression as we dive deeper into my obsession. Don’t mind me!

Aaaaand of course, you can’t have s’mores without cookies. Or maybe you can, I dunno. But I personally think cookies and s’mores should go hand-in-hand. After all, graham crackers are basically cookies and they’re required with s’mores, so there’s that bit of evidence supporting my theory. You can’t argue with cookies, and if you can, you suck.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!These S’mores Thumbprint Cookies couldn’t be easier to whip up and they’re utterly delicious. Note that these cookies aren’t super sweet – they have minimal sugar in them – but they make up for it with that delightful graham cracker coating and that thick mountain of chocolate spread in the center. Then, of course, the miniature marshmallow bits which are so cute I could cry. These are the bees knees, people.

So yeah. Hope you like s’mores!

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!*adapted from this recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Thumbprint Cookies
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These buttery s'mores cookies taste amazing and have a huge mountain of chocolate smack dab in the middle of each graham crackery bite! You won't be able to stop at one!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • About ½ cup chocolate spread (I used Hershey's Chocolate Spread)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Kraft JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone liner or mist the sheet lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg YOLK and the vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour until a soft dough forms. This recipe makes very few cookies, by the way, but it's easily doubled.
  3. Quickly whisk the egg white for a few seconds to break it up. Using a cookie dough scoop, roll Tablespoon-sized balls of dough into balls and quickly coat in the egg white, then dredge into the graham cracker crumbs to coat. Place about 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and gently press an indentation in the middle using a teaspoon or wooden spoon handle, careful not to puncture completely through the cookie. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
  5. Place the chocolate spread into a resealable plastic baggy and snip off the corner. Pipe into the indentations of each cookie; top with a pinch of marshmallow bits. Serve immediately.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I know you’ll love these petite, adorable little cookies! This recipe makes a small batch that’s easily doubled or tripled to suit your needs, but be prepared to hoover the entire batch because they’re that good! Tender cookies with a crunchy, buttery exterior thanks to the graham cracker crumbs, and filled with a miniature mountain of thick and creamy chocolate spread. They’re irresistible!

Stay tuned for more fun s’mores week recipes coming your way!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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