Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties

These Homemade Easy Peppermint Patties should end up on your holiday table this Christmas! Simple mint and chocolate-coated candy made with only 6 ingredients you probably have at home! Peppermint patties are a quintessential Christmas treat! These Homemade Peppermint Patties are fantastic and SO easy! You’re only 6 ingredients away from having a homemade treat that’s great for gift-giving and makes a big batch!

You guys.

I am DONE with my book!

Well… done with the baking and photo portion of my book.

I still have ALLTHEWRITING to do. And believe me, it’s a lot of writing. So if you may hear crickets around here for a little bit of time because I’m trying to juggle cookbook author/blogger/human being and it ain’t easy.

BUT, I’m obviously still going to bringing you ample fabulous holiday desserts. Natch. Because I love ya and it’s the holidays, AKA Hayley’s Prime Time. I live for this time of year!

So: enter these Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties. I know there’s gonna be some wise guy saying it’s easier to buy and unwrap peppermint patties and call them homemade. Congratulations. You have worked the system. But for the rest of us who enjoy baking, creating and living a true life, there’s this recipe. So if you’re going to comment that, I’ll spare you your brilliant comment and say it here: Yes, you could buy peppermint patties at the store, unwrap them and pretend they’re homemade. Go for it, I’m not the boss of you.

BUT BUT BUT! These are better. Seriously.

There’s something so delicious about these melt-in-your-mouth mints. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re easy to make or because homemade stuff is usually better, but I think these would make a wonderful addition to your Christmas gift-giving, whether you place ’em alongside homemade cookies or wrap them in cute bags for neighbors. Again, I’m not the boss of your life or anything, but…

These Homemade Easy Peppermint Patties should end up on your holiday table this Christmas! Simple mint and chocolate-coated candy made with only 6 ingredients you probably have at home! To make these bad boys, simply beat the living daylights out of some butter, corn syrup, peppermint and vanilla extracts. Then beat in some powdered sugar. Well, a lot of powdered sugar. Roll them into balls and gently press them down into discs on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze them briefly, then whip up some smooth chocolate and dip them all! If you’re feeling fancy, top some off with crushed mints – I used candy canes – or even chocolate sprinkles. Live your life!

Be a wise guy and make ’em!

These Homemade Easy Peppermint Patties should end up on your holiday table this Christmas! Simple mint and chocolate-coated candy made with only 6 ingredients you probably have at home! *adapted slightly from here 

Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties
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These Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties are so wonderful! They make a ton and are great for giving holiday gifts.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 & ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside briefly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, corn syrup and extracts together on medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until fluffy and well combined. Beat in the powdered sugar slowly to incorporate, then on high until completely blended.
  3. Roll a teaspoon or so of dough in your hands to form a ball and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, then with your fingers, gently press down to form a patty. Freeze the patties for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Melt the candy coating according to package directions until smooth. Dip the peppermint patties into the chocolate using a fork and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. I like to dip the fork tines in the chocolate before dipping to ensure the sticky patty doesn't stick to the fork's tines. Gently push the coated patty off of the fork using a toothpick and, if using a garnish, sprinkle while the chocolate's wet.
  5. Allow patties to set before serving.

These Homemade Easy Peppermint Patties should end up on your holiday table this Christmas! Simple mint and chocolate-coated candy made with only 6 ingredients you probably have at home! Smooth, melt-in-your-mouth mint & chocolate patties of goodness! I love these little guys!

These Homemade Easy Peppermint Patties should end up on your holiday table this Christmas! Simple mint and chocolate-coated candy made with only 6 ingredients you probably have at home! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Bourbon Balls

Easy Bourbon Balls: bite-sized truffles packed with rich and smooth bourbon flavor, crunchy pecans, and sweet cocoa. No-Bake, simple to make and would be wonderful for Christmas or holiday gifts! Everyone’s heard of rum balls, but for a different change of flavor, try these Easy Bourbon Balls! Tender, soft & chewy truffles made with Kentucky bourbon, cocoa, pecans and crushed cookies. Simple and no-bake!

Ever since becoming a food blogger, I have realized there are so many different Christmas cookie and candy recipes.

In my family, we made those refrigerated Pillsbury cookies with the little images printed on them. Or sometimes we made peanut butter blossoms. My grandma occasionally made Pecan Snowballs. But other than that, we never had fudge, fruit-cake (are we really missing out, though?), peppermint anything, Kahlua anything, homemade toffee, divinity, etc. Nothing.

The closest we came to getting fancy candies were found in those little cardboard box of chocolates. Not even Whitman’s or See’s brand… but like, dollar store truffles. Which, if you ever wondered, are so cheap tasting that they’re basically brown-flavor.

So this whole world of homemade candies, slice & bake cookies, and festively sprinkled and flavored goodies – all brand new to me. And I am loving every second of it. Because there’s only so many times you can make peanut butter blossoms, am I right?

To be fair, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this recipe. It’s a cross between a truffle and a cookie pop since it’s made with cocoa, but also made with crushed cookies. And it is extremely bourbon-y, so if you’re sensitive to alcohol or bourbon isn’t your fave, I’d definitely avoid this recipe.

But if you get crunk on bourbon, HONEY – you gotta try these. There is no mistaking that rich, amber bourbon flavor.

Easy Bourbon Balls: bite-sized truffles packed with rich and smooth bourbon flavor, crunchy pecans, and sweet cocoa. No-Bake, simple to make and would be wonderful for Christmas or holiday gifts! Of course, rum balls tend to be more widely known during this time of year, but I thought bourbon sounded even better than rum. Bourbon seems more Christmasy, and rum seems more like I need to have booked a Caribbean vacation last week. But, if you enjoy rum instead, I’m sure it’s interchangeable here.

Can we cheers to that?!

Easy Bourbon Balls: bite-sized truffles packed with rich and smooth bourbon flavor, crunchy pecans, and sweet cocoa. No-Bake, simple to make and would be wonderful for Christmas or holiday gifts! *adapted from My Recipes/Southern Living 

Easy Bourbon Balls
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These Easy Bourbon Balls are a wonderful no-bake treat for the holiday season! Similar to rum balls but made with rich, amber-colored bourbon instead.
Ingredients
  • 1 (11 oz) box Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, plus ⅔ cup
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup high quality bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the finely crushed Nilla Wafer cookies with the finely chopped pecans, ¾ cup of powdered sugar and the cocoa powder. Stir the corn syrup into the bourbon until blended; add to the Nilla Wafer mixture.
  2. Using a spatula, stir the mixture together until moistened and combined. Using a cookie scoop, scoop Tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture and roll them in your palms gently to smooth out. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls.
  3. Using the remaining ⅔ cup powdered sugar, coat each bourbon ball in powdered sugar. Chill for about 20-30 minutes or until set before serving. Can be stored in the fridge, covered, or at room temperature, covered.

Easy Bourbon Balls: bite-sized truffles packed with rich and smooth bourbon flavor, crunchy pecans, and sweet cocoa. No-Bake, simple to make and would be wonderful for Christmas or holiday gifts! Crunchy, chewy, soft and packed with great texture from the chopped pecans and crushed cookies, these flavorful Bourbon Balls will surely be the first to go this holiday season!

Easy Bourbon Balls: bite-sized truffles packed with rich and smooth bourbon flavor, crunchy pecans, and sweet cocoa. No-Bake, simple to make and would be wonderful for Christmas or holiday gifts!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Best Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!This truly is the Best Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting! Moist, soft and fluffy with a vanilla cooked frosting that’s traditional to Southern red velvet cakes, this cake is a must-make!

So I’m done with online dating. It is the worst.

If you met your significant other online, or if your brother’s second cousin’s friend’s sister married a dude from eHarmony, that is AWESOME and congratulations! I do not want to know how many duds you had to weed through before you found The One. Or, at least, Someone For Now.

I have been on four different sites and all have yielded poor, substandard results. I had better hopes of dating the tomatoes that I matched with on OkCupid (I’m serious. I matched with tomatoes) but alas, I thought I was too good for that fruit and moved on, only to be severely disappointed down the line.

So I’m saying it once here and now, and there is nothing you can or will say that will change my mind: I am done with online dating. Like, forever forever, for real for real. I cannot handle one more “hey gorgeous, u wanna chat?” message. I feel like I will actually burst into flames if I am the recipient of one more lousy pick-up line.

If I don’t meet my One in the line at the grocery store, or through mutual friends (once I, ya know, get friends), or reconnect with my One who was once in my high school math class 10 years ago, I suppose I’ll just be alone. And that’s okay. Because it’s just too dang hard to find someone who meets all of my Must-Haves, and I never check off any of the boxes for their Must-Haves, like camping. Dude, why does everyone like camping so much? Is there something about it that I’m missing here, because it seems like literally all you do is get eaten alive by bugs, sleep on the ground and do your business in a hole. Also, I have a forever fear of mountain lions. And being dirty. And eating hot dogs for every meal.

What I’m saying is, if you like camping, go camping every summer, have awesome memories of camping as a kid, and need to camp with someone, I am not your girl. If you enjoy hotels with award-winning spas attached to them, Jacuzzi tubs with lots of bubbly jets and a restaurant with nary a hot dog in sight, hello, I’m single.

Also: I promise I’m not high-maintenance. I barely wear makeup, I take a shower in 10 minutes flat and never ask if I look fat in something because the answer is always ‘yes’. So really, camping just cramps my style.

ANYWAY, can we talk about food, aka, my One True Love?

I used to dislike red velvet cake, if we’re being frank. I thought it was either a really poor chocolate cake or a really bland vanilla cake and just didn’t get the hype for it… until I tried this recipe. No joke.

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!Once I sampled the cake batter, I couldn’t wait to try the finished product. This is chocolaty but not too much so, sweet but not cloying and utterly perfect. And the TEXTURE is INCREDIBLE. Moist, fluffy, soft, everything you want in a cake crumb.

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!And okay, this boiled frosting? I know the term “boiled” conjures up gross images like eggs and hairy potatoes, but I promise y’all, this frosting is where it’s at. It’s the traditional red velvet cake frosting and is incredibly scrumptious. I’ll never frost a cake with cream cheese again.

Even if you’ve found The One, I promise he or she won’t be bothered that you give this cake a try!

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!*adapted from Big Book of Cakes cookbook

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The Best Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting
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This Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting truly is the BEST red velvet cake I've EVER had - even better than a famous bakery's! Moist, fluffy and tender with supreme chocolate flavor and the vanilla boiled icing tops it off!
Ingredients
  • FOR CAKE:
  • 1 & ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (1 oz) bottle red food coloring
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 & ½ cups sugar
  • 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups milk
  • 1 & ½ cups sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • White chocolate curls or shavings for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds, until just combined. Scrape down the bowl and beat for an additional 2 minutes or until completely combined and smooth. Pour into the pan and smooth out the top.
  3. Bake for approx. 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: In a medium saucepan, mix the flour and the milk with a wire whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture becomes very thick, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add in the flour mixture gradually, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Frost the cake evenly with the frosting. Top with white chocolate curls or shavings, if using. Cover cake and store in the fridge to set for about 2 hours before cutting into slices.

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!Moist, fluffy, tender and soft with that vanilla cooked frosting on top… this cake is HEAVEN!!

This is the BEST Red Velvet Cake with Boiled Frosting I've EVER had. Moist, fluffy, tender and soft chocolate-flavored red velvet cake with a traditional cooked vanilla frosting and white chocolate. This easy cake is perfect for any red velvet cake lover!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are no-bake, 2-ingredient Oreo truffles surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in milk chocolate! Easy, impressive and perfect for any chocoholic! These would make GREAT gifts! These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are a chocoholic’s dream come true! Easy, no-bake Oreo truffles are surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate!

So as you may know, I’m writing my second cookbook. It’s very exciting and I cannot wait to be finished so I can hold it and carry it everywhere and bring it up in any conversation, relevant or not.

But like, it’s hard writing a book. It’s by no means an easy, swift process. ESPECIALLY when you’re writing a cookbook.

Because unlike novels and sci-fi fiction and whatnot, you actually have to cook all of the recipes in your book and then write about them. It’s like a double whammy… until you try all of the treats because it’s your job and then you gain ALLTHEWEIGHT. So it’s like a triple whammy. (Side note: is Whammy still on the air? If so, I’d have lost and that scary red furry monster would be appearing any time now. Secondary side note: perhaps I haven’t had enough to drink to see scary furry red monsters yet. Will update you when I’m drunk).

So anyway, when I’m not writing the book, baking the book’s recipes or going to the store to buy all the groceries for the book, I’m writing for this blog, baking the blog’s recipes and going to the store to buy all the groceries for the blog.

In a word? (Okay, two). I’m exhausted.

But it’s a good exhaustion, like if you just ran a marathon (or, at least, I’m assuming. I have never and will never run a marathon) or woke up at midnight on Black Friday to elbow people in the face to get the latest video game or whatever. It’s like that: hard and trying, but in the end, so worth it.

And you know what? I’d do it immediately all over again.

ANYWAY, so it’s been kind of hard to think up ideas for both book and blog. I want to continue to bring you amazing recipes here, because this blog is my baby. But I also want to save really awesome ones for the book, so people have an incentive to buy it besides out of the kindness of their sugar-loving hearts.

So I’ve been scraping the bottom of the dessert barrel trying to find awesome recipes for you to post here. And guys! I finally found one!

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are just what I needed to surprise you guys and keep you on your feet. They’re SUPER outrageously chocolaty and fudgy and wonderful, and they would be perfect for the holidays if you give edible gifts away.

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are no-bake, 2-ingredient Oreo truffles surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in milk chocolate! Easy, impressive and perfect for any chocoholic! These would make GREAT gifts! Basically, you just whip up a batch of fudgy brownies and let ’em cool. While they cool, make your Oreo truffles and freeze ’em. Then wrap the truffles with the baked brownies and let them chill for a sec while you melt your chocolate candy coating. Dunk ’em and sprinkle the tops with crushed Oreos and voila!

You can thank me for my brilliance later.

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are no-bake, 2-ingredient Oreo truffles surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in milk chocolate! Easy, impressive and perfect for any chocoholic! These would make GREAT gifts!

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Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs
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These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are fantastic for any chocoholic! Fudgy baked brownies are wrapped around gooey Oreo truffles and the whole shebang is coated in chocolate. Super easy, these would make awesome holiday gifts!
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ⅔ pkg (about 20 cookies) Oreo cookies (regular, not Double Stuf), finely crushed
  • ½ pkg (4 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pkg chocolate almond bark (such as CandiQuik)
  • Additional Oreo crumbs for sprinkling on top, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions for fudgy brownies. Pour into a greased 13x9" rectangular baking pan and bake for 19-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Do not bake too long as the brownies MUST be fudgy in order to make the bombs work. Cool completely.
  2. While brownies cool, make your Oreo truffles. In a large bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs and the cream cheese with a rubber spatula until blended and moistened. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls of Oreo truffle and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the brownies into 24 equal pieces, making sure to trim off the edges as they're too crusty and hard to work with. Take a brownie square and gently flatten it in the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the Oreo truffle, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hands to completely enclose the truffle. Place the brownie bombs onto the baking sheet. Freeze for approx. 30 minutes or until solid and firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Dip each brownie bomb into the chocolate coating, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet with a fork and sprinkle with remaining Oreo crumbs, if desired. Alternatively, you may sprinkle on chocolate or rainbow sprinkles, or drizzle any remaining chocolate over the finished bombs. Store any leftovers airtight in the fridge or freezer.

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are no-bake, 2-ingredient Oreo truffles surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in milk chocolate! Easy, impressive and perfect for any chocoholic! These would make GREAT gifts! Fudgy, gooey and ultra rich, these Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs may be my new favorite! You’ll be shocked at how easy they are to make and how they’re even easier to eat!

These Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are no-bake, 2-ingredient Oreo truffles surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in milk chocolate! Easy, impressive and perfect for any chocoholic! These would make GREAT gifts!

Want more brownie bomb action?! Check out these other bomb-diggity recipes…

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!Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are creamy, smooth and bursting with chocolate & strawberry Greek-style yogurt flavors! Kids and adults alike will delight in these spooky parfaits! #ad These Ghostly Chocolate Greek-Style Yogurt Parfaits are so fun for the upcoming Halloween holiday! Made simple with The Greek Gods Chocolate Strawberry Greek-Style Yogurt and a few creative twists to make a scary-good parfait!

Halloween – one of my favorite holidays! In the olden days, I was so excited to dress up that I’d actually wear my costume to school. I remember scarfing down dinner in anticipation for trick-or-treating and getting all that glorious candy.

Now that I’m older, I love seeing the different costumes as they come to the front door. Conversely, I also love having the night off to enjoy the candy myself as I curl up with a scary movie. Either way, there’s candy and I’m happy.

Despite the fact that I don’t have kids (well, I do, but they have four or fewer legs and no opposable thumbs), I don’t really have anyone to decorate with or make cute Halloween crafts for. But, I know a lot of people who read this blog do, so this Halloween treat is perfect for you and your children!

These Ghostly Chocolate Greek-Style Yogurt Parfaits are so delicious and so simple, it’s scary J The parfaits are made with – you guessed it – Greek-style yogurt, but not any kind. It’s made with The Greek Gods Chocolate Strawberry Greek-Style Yogurt which is INCREDIBLE. It tastes just like chocolate-covered strawberries and has that same Greek-style yogurt texture we know and love.

In general, The Greek Gods’ Greek-Style Yogurt is ultra creamy and rich, and the addition of chocolate adds such a delicious indulgence. It’s packed with all the good stuff you look for, too, like live & active cultures and made without rBST and rGBH hormones. And it’s gluten-free and an excellent source of calcium. The best part, though? The FLAVOR. While it’s the star in this recipe, it would be equally fantastic in smoothies, cakes & cupcakes, even banana bread. (Hey, that’s actually a great idea…)

Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are creamy, smooth and bursting with chocolate & strawberry Greek-style yogurt flavors! Kids and adults alike will delight in these spooky parfaits! #ad So to make these spooktacular parfaits, simply fold an entire container of Chocolate Strawberry Greek-Style Yogurt into some fresh whipped cream until it’s all combined. This adds wonderful texture and makes the yogurt even more light & fluffy.

Spoon the Greek-style yogurt into parfait glasses and top with crushed chocolate cookie “dirt” and optional (but extra scary!) bone shaped sprinkles. The final touch? A chocolate-covered strawberry ghost which adds a ghoulish touch.

Whether you still dress up for Halloween or not, these parfaits are perfect for any age and are a great way to kick off this terrifyingly fun holiday!Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are creamy, smooth and bursting with chocolate & strawberry Greek-style yogurt flavors! Kids and adults alike will delight in these spooky parfaits! #ad

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Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits
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These Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are awesome! Spooky, EASY and super delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 (24 oz) container The Greek Gods Chocolate Strawberry Greek-Style Yogurt
  • 2 cups of freshly whipped cream
  • 1 pkg chocolate sandwich cookies, coarsely crushed
  • 1 pkg vanilla almond bark
  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • Eyeball sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Bone sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the Greek-style yogurt and the whipped cream. Using a rubber spatula, fold the mixture together until combined. Refrigerate while preparing the rest of the parfaits.
  2. Melt the vanilla almond bark according to package directions, or until smooth and melted. Dip the strawberries, one at a time, into the almond bark mixture and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Working quickly, adhere two eyes using the eyeball sprinkles and a round chocolate chip mouth. Repeat with remaining strawberries. Allow the strawberries to set, about 5 minutes.
  3. To assemble, fill a parfait glass with 1 cup of the Greek-style yogurt mixture. Top with ½ cup of crushed cookies. Sprinkle with bone sprinkles, if using, and garnish with one or two strawberry ghosts. Serve immediately, or store leftover fluff covered in the fridge. Would also make an excellent fruit dip!

Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are creamy, smooth and bursting with chocolate & strawberry Greek-style yogurt flavors! Kids and adults alike will delight in these spooky parfaits! #ad It’s almost scary how EASY these Ghostly Chocolate Greek-Style Yogurt Parfaits are!

Be sure to connect with The Greek Gods Yogurt on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

Ghostly Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfaits are creamy, smooth and bursting with chocolate & strawberry Greek-style yogurt flavors! Kids and adults alike will delight in these spooky parfaits! #ad Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake: a delightful mash-up between creamy pumpkin pie and fluffy cake that's studded with rich and gooey peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces candies! A wonderful fall-favorite that's so easy to prepare!

This Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake is such a fun combination between creamy pumpkin pie and fluffy cake with delightful peanut butter cup flavor!

So if you’re on Facebook, you may have noticed a bunch of videos floating around for Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake. Essentially, it’s a pumpkin pie base sprinkled with cake mix and melted butter and topped with crunchy pecans.

And it looks fabulous.

All these videos are going crazytown on Facebook right now because it’s fall and everyone’s going bonkers for pumpkin. (I mean, who doesn’t go bonkers for pumpkin?) Plus, the promising idea of pumpkin pie and cake worlds colliding? Simply beautiful.

So I figured I wanted a piece of the pie – er, cake – by making my own version of this infamous cake. Except my version is loaded with peanut butter candy goodness.

I’ll let that ruminate for a sec.

Back with me? Good. Because you’ll want to give this cake a try. If, ya know, you’re bonkers for pumpkin and peanut butter.

Now, before you naysayers come in and say pumpkin and peanut butter don’t go together, I implore you to please give it a try. Trust me, it is good stuff.

So this cake is really a cinch to make and I have a feeling you’ll be making it all fall-long. Well, you should be making it all fall-long, but that’s only because I’m right about everything. Natch.

For the base of the cake, you’ll whisk together some pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and pumpkin pie spice – just like you were making a pie. But instead of pouring it into a pie crust, you pour it into a greased 13×9″ baking pan.

Then you sprinkle the yellow cake mix all over the top of that goodness. Yup, you read it right – just the cake mix. Plain ol’ powdery cake mix. Nothing else, ‘kay? After you sprinkle all that stuff on top, top it with melted butter. Lots of melted butter, preferably. And then you’ll add a handful (or two. or five) of miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, mini Reese’s Pieces, and peanut butter chips for good measure.

Bake it up and you’ll have this.

And trust me, it’s glorious.

Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake: a delightful mash-up between creamy pumpkin pie and fluffy cake that's studded with rich and gooey peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces candies! A wonderful fall-favorite that's so easy to prepare!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake
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Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake: when two dessert staples collide, awesome things happen!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (just the puree, NOT the pie filling)
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (just the dry powder mix)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
  • 2 cups chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Mini Cups
  • ¾ cup miniature Reese's Pieces candies
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • Whipped cream and additional Reese's Pieces candies for garnishing, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, eggs and vanilla with a whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan. Top with the dry yellow cake mix, sprinkling evenly over and entirely covering the top of the pumpkin pie layer. Drizzle the yellow cake mix layer with the melted butter. Top with scattered handfuls of the mini chopped peanut butter cups, miniature Reese's Pieces, and peanut butter chips.
  3. Bake uncovered for approximately 50-55 minutes or until the center is mostly set - it may wiggle slightly but you do not want to overbake it. Cool it completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set before cutting into slices. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream and additional Reese's Pieces candies, if desired.

Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake: a delightful mash-up between creamy pumpkin pie and fluffy cake that's studded with rich and gooey peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces candies! A wonderful fall-favorite that's so easy to prepare! Sweet, spicy and packed with peanut butter cup goodness! You won’t find another awesome cake mash-up like this!

Peanut Butter Cup Pumpkin Pie Cake: a delightful mash-up between creamy pumpkin pie and fluffy cake that's studded with rich and gooey peanut butter cups and Reese's Pieces candies! A wonderful fall-favorite that's so easy to prepare! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

White Chocolate Velvet Pie

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious! This White Chocolate Velvet Pie is so silky-smooth, creamy and utterly white chocolaty! Perfect for any white chocolate lover.

So, confession: this isn’t my recipe.

It’s actually my friend Joan’s recipe, from her site, Chocolate, Chocolate & More.

Joan was a dear friend of mine in real life and in this crazy big, crazy weird world of blogging. She lit up every room she walked into. I know that’s totally cliche and like, everyone says that about their friend/mom/dog, but Joan truly was a beaming light with an effervescence about her that was so intoxicating and charming.

She had an infectious Southern accent and attitude about her that was so appealing to Miss California over here. She was as sweet as sugar and would make you feel your very best whenever you were around her, but if you done goofed, she’d be the first to call you out on it but from more of a, “I know you did this – what were you thinking?” good-natured place rather than a judgey place.

She was quick-witted, sharp-tongued and laser-focused on her blog, her business, her brand, and most importantly, her three kids, whom she just adored. Every time I was around her, she’d beam whenever she spoke of them, so proud to be their mom and champion in life.

She was a mogul when it came to her business. She had over 1 million Facebook fans and counting and was never stingy or shy about her practices, her successes, her failures… hell, she was like, the least shy person in the world. If you asked her a straight-forward question about anything: personal life, business tactics, you name it – she’d give you a no-bullshit answer. She was real, she was tough, but that’s why her business was such a screaming success – because people connected with that authenticity of the person behind the blog. People felt like they knew Joan, even if they’d only ever seen her Facebook page avatar. She had the uncanny ability to make anyone feel welcome, even if she barely knew your name.

She was 49 when she died suddenly last year of a heart attack, and would have celebrated her 50th birthday this Saturday, September 24.

I’ve kept this inside for so long – almost a year now, in October – and finally I feel like I can say it. I was mad at her before and when she died. Very mad, and confused, and saddened. And looking back now, it was so trivial, but at the time, it really upset me.

What happened was, we had attended the IFBC Food Conference in Seattle last September. She knew I was coming as we’d talked about it and she and I had even planned to do a chocolate-tasting tour through Seattle with some other blogger friends before one of the sessions started. I was so excited to see her, as I hadn’t seen her since that April.

The next night after our chocolate tour, a blogger asked me if I was going to a brand dinner that night – one Joan had orchestrated. Confused, I said no – I wasn’t invited. The blogger also looked confused and a little awkward, like oh shit, what did I just say? And I felt the same way, like oh shit, why was I not invited to this?

Turns out, almost every blogger Joan was friends with went to this dinner… except me. I was not invited. I was not invited. I repeated that phrase throughout my head the entire night as I ate dinner alone. At first, I was fuming mad – what the hell had I done to her? And then I was confused – what had happened to cause her to overlook me? I mean, I’m not exactly the shy imp in the corner – I’m easily memorable – right? And then annoyed – fine, they can all have their fun without me. It’s whatever. Seeing the photos of all my blogger friends laughing and smiling and having a helluva time at dinner – at a dinner Joan didn’t invite me to – made it even worse.

Later that night, I saw Joan and some blogger friends (ones who actually were invited to dinner, I bitterly thought to myself) in the hotel lobby. They were laughing and drinking wine and called me over. I protested and said I wanted to go to bed – it was maybe 8 or 9pm. Joan chuckled and said, “come hang out with us!” But I was too angry at her to want to hang out. Oh, now you want to hang out with me?, I thought. I went to my room that night and cried.

Joan would die not a month later.

I remember Dorothy texting me and asking me if I knew what had happened to Joan. I said I didn’t, and when she told me, I was shocked. The air literally left my lungs and I was stunned into silence. I got that weird ball of emotions stuck in the back of my throat – the one that feels like you’re regurgitating a ball of yarn. I couldn’t believe it. She was literally here one day and gone the next. How could this happen?

Unbeknownst to me, other bloggers were planning on posting a recipe dedicated to #ChocolateForJoan the week after she died. I wasn’t invited until about a day before it was set to post. I didn’t have time to post that next day.

I feverishly rushed to the store to get ingredients for my post while everyone else shared their stories of Joan and each other’s recipes on their blogs. I was making my recipe when people were mourning together. I felt so alone while everyone found solace in each other during this confusing time. Especially since I was still dealing with unresolved feelings from a month prior, feelings, I felt, that no one would understand.

My mom had told me to reach out to Joan – “maybe it was an oversight? Or maybe she only could invite a number of people? Or maybe she did forget – we’re human,” she said. “Reach out to her and let her know that it hurt your feelings and to see if you two are okay.”

I never sent that email, because Joan died before I could compose my thoughts and write it.

Were we okay? Was the last memory she had of me the one where I stormed off to my room at the hotel? Were the last feelings she felt when she thought of me tension and annoyance?

The thoughts troubled me for a long time. They only recently faded away when I became so preoccupied with my own life: writing my cookbook in 2 months, managing my blog, becoming a “new mom” to a new dog and a mom to Mannie, everything else. Until recently, when a blogger mentioned we all make one of Joan’s recipes for a post this week in tribute of her birthday. Until I realized it’s been almost a year since Joan died, almost a year since I felt these same feelings of shame, confusion, misunderstanding, disappointment… in myself. It’s a pretty big pill to swallow, but one I have to. One I have to because life goes on and I cannot remain stuck in the past, and one I have to because Joan would want me to.

It only made me realize now that she would want me to move on. Joan didn’t dwell, and she didn’t do dwelling with others. She was a, “fuck that and let’s go eat chocolate” kinda person. And now I am going to pull myself up and swallow that pill and know that for whatever reason, things happened. I don’t know why she didn’t invite me to that dinner and I don’t care. What she did know – because I told her many times before – was that I found her to be an amazing, resilient, compassionate, whip-smart inspiration of a woman and someone I looked up to. And I know now that if I had written that email to her, she would have apologized and suggested we move on because she loved me and always would and everything would be right again.

So Joan, I am so sorry. I’m sorry I was mad at you, I’m sorry I doubted our friendship for one second. I’m sorry that I chose to pout and cry alone rather than accept your invite to hang out. I’m sorry I allowed there to be a thick fog of tension in our friendship, and I’m sorry I didn’t say sorry sooner.

So here we are, present day. I know Joan would be thrilled that her friends were making her recipes. And I was thrilled to make it. After all, this recipe came from a dessert genius and a woman who knew her chocolate, so anything less than perfect wouldn’t have made the cut.

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious! This White Chocolate Velvet Pie is now one of my favorites; One, because I love white chocolate-anything, and two, because it’s so easy to make, and it makes me happy knowing that Joan concocted it in her crazy-wonderful brain. Also, it’s no-bake, which is always a winner in my book.

Joan, thanks for the memories, recipes, and laughter. You’re sorely missed.

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious! *recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate & More 

4.8 from 5 reviews
White Chocolate Velvet Pie
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This easy, no-bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie is my new favorite go-to pie recipe! Silky, smooth, creamy and filled to the brim with chocolaty goodness!
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared Oreo crust
  • 1 & ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus ⅓ cup
Instructions
  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and the ⅓ cup of heavy cream on HIGH power for about 25 seconds. Stir, then heat again for about 10 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly.
  2. Add the cream cheese and vanilla to the melted and cooled white chocolate mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 1-2 minutes or until fluffy and incorporated. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream with the whisk attachment on HIGH speed for about 4-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until incorporated.
  4. Spread the pie filling into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until set. Just before serving, cut into wedges and garnish with fresh fruit, if desired.

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious! Creamy, ultra silky & smooth and just loaded with chocolaty goodness, this is one pie recipe you don’t want to skip out on!

No Bake White Chocolate Velvet Pie: a creamy, silky-smooth no-bake pie that's packed with white chocolate. So easy, impressive and utterly delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Thick & Chewy Brown Butter Caramel-Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 24-26
 
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

 

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