The Easiest French Silk Pie

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Can you believe I have only had French Silk Pie once before making this?!

I know. Disgraceful on so many levels.

But I have remedied that with this So Easy French Silk Pie recipe. Y’all don’t even know how simple this is. It practically makes itself!

And because I still have some in the fridge, I’m going to keep this short & oh-so sweet.

So this recipe is very adaptable to your different preferences and tastes – one of the reasons why I love it so much. For one, this recipe uses a pre-baked pastry pie crust for that flaky texture and buttery flavor. However, you can totally substitute with a premade graham cracker or Oreo cookie crust to keep it entirely no-bake. In the summertime when it’s scorching outside, you bet your booty I’m making this in a graham crust!

Second – this recipe uses a combination of German chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. I like that mixture because the German chocolate is extra sweet and the unsweetened chocolate really ramps up that cocoa flavor. Combined, it’s just the right amount of sweetness. If you’d like, substitute it with all bittersweet chocolate, all semi-sweet chocolate, or all unsweetened chocolate. I don’t suggest using all German chocolate because I think it’d be too sweet, especially since you add in powdered sugar to the chocolate mixture.

Traditional French Silk Pie has eggs in it, but I was lazy and used cream cheese. This totally replaces that same texture without the fear of eating raw eggs. Score!!

And lastly, please y’all – splurge for real whipped cream. I love Cool Whip, but this tastes so much better with real deal, freshly whipped cream. #Trust. You make up your whipped cream and divide it into two – 3 cups of it goes into the pie filling with the chocolate and cream cheese, and 2 cups of it goes into the whipped cream topping, because duh.

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! To finish it off and make it look extra divine, I shaved some chocolate onto the top. Likewise, you could always sprinkle it with miniature chocolate chips or dust it lightly with cocoa powder – either one would be super pretty!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a pie to stick my face into!

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! *adapted from here

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Easiest French Silk Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This French Silk Pie couldn't be easier! It has a no-bake option, isn't made with eggs like the traditional recipe, and comes together quickly. A must-make for sure!
Ingredients
  • FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • FOR CHOCOLATE SILK FILLING:
  • 2 oz German chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups prepared whipped cream
  • FOR TOPPING & CRUST:
  • 1 9" deep dish pie crust, pre-baked according to package directions & cooled (to make this no-bake, use a prepared graham cracker or cookie crust)
  • 2 cups prepared whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls or shavings for garnish
Instructions
  1. First, make your whipped cream. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar together on HIGH speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. You should have roughly 5 cups of whipped cream. Divide 2 cups into a pastry bag fixed with a large open star tip or set aside to spread onto the final pie. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, add the chopped chocolate and the butter. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for another 15-20 seconds or until melted and smooth. Cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Lastly, add in the chocolate, whipping until combined. Fold in 3 cups of the fresh whipped cream.
  4. Spread the chocolate silk filling into the pie crust evenly and carefully. Pipe or spread the remaining whipped cream onto the pie's surface and garnish with chocolate curls or shavings. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Creamy, chocolaty, rich and light, this French Silk Pie is my new favorite – and will be yours, too!

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! If you look up ‘fudgy’ in the dictionary, these brownies would come up for sure.

I only had tried German Chocolate Cake in college. I suppose my family is incredibly boring in our cake choices and we only ever had chocolate or Funfetti to choose from. When I grew up, it was like a whole new playing field with cake flavors. I know this sounds like I lived in a bunker, knowing only the sprinkles in the Funfetti mix, but I promise I was a member of society, albeit an awkward teenager at that time.

When I had it, I served it for my Food & Culture college class when I was presenting on Germany. I mistakenly thought German Chocolate Cake had to come from Germany. Um, HELLO. But little did I realize that it isn’t German at all. I’m more German than German Chocolate Cake, and I’m barely German. It’s actually very un-German.

Instead, I should have served Black Forest Cake which is German. Although I did give the class braunschwieger. If you don’t know what that is, consider yourself lucky… unless you like hot dogs, because it honestly tastes like hot dogs. My grandma used to give it to me all the time on saltine crackers and I gobbled it up. If I’d known it was liver, I would have balked… but call it ‘hot dogs’ and any kid would flip.

Unless you’re one of those kids who eats like, beet puree. Then I simply don’t trust you.

But the fact that German Chocolate Cake is an imposter didn’t halt my love for it. There’s something so intoxicating & delicious about that gooey coconut pecan frosting paired with the chocolaty cake. That’s precisely what gave me the inspiration for these Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies. They’re the fudgiest little suckers you’ll ever eat short of eating actual fudge, and they are topped with a glorious coconut pecan frosting that could honestly just be eaten with a spoon.

The brownies start with my Best-Ever Fudge Brownies recipe which produces really thick, ultra chewy brownies packed with chocolate flavor. In fact, there is a full pound of chocolate in the brownie recipe. I meeeeeann..

Then you top them with that coconut pecan goodness. It starts with some sugar, butter, evaporated milk and egg yolks which are boiled and stirred for exactly 12 minutes. Don’t ask me why; it’s just the nature of the beast and no one questions beasts. Like why Two and a Half Men is still on the air and why tourist men wear socks with sandals, some things we’ll never know… including why it takes precisely 12 minutes to complete. How’s that for your scientific answer?

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Once the frosting is done, stir in some pecans and coconut – necessary add-ins for the traditional frosting. Then spread the whole mishegas on top of the brownies, cover it up with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for a couple hours to set. Once it’s all settled, cut it into bars and eat that goodness up as if your life depends on it!

By the way, I got an A for my Germany presentation, but I’m giving myself an A+ for these brownies.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies
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These ultra fudgy, super chocolaty German Chocolate Brownies combine classic cake flavors with an easy brownie recipe!
Ingredients
  • FOR BROWNIES:
  • 1 & ¼ cups butter, cubed
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate bars, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR COCONUT PECAN FROSTING:
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt together the cubed butter, semi-sweet chocolate & bittersweet chocolate on HIGH for 45 seconds. Stir, then heat for another 25-30 seconds or until melted and glossy. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla until pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 minute. Pour in the chocolate mixture and mix to combine. Add in the flour, espresso and salt and beat until a soft batter has formed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer; batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for approx. 37-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. While brownies cool, make your frosting. In a large saucepot, bring together the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter, and vanilla over medium heat until melted. Bring the mixture to a bubble/boil and, stirring constantly, boil for 12 minutes exactly or until thickened. Remove from heat after 12 minutes and stir in the coconut and chopped pecans. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Spread the frosting evenly over the brownie layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. The pan will weigh approximately 4584 pounds; this is normal. Cut into squares and serve.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Fudgy, chocolaty and dense with that lusciously gooey coconut pecan frosting on top… there’s nothing these brownies can’t do!

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

 

The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a girl.

This girl had an aversion to sandals, loved wearing colorful eye shadow and dressed like Penelope Garcia meets a ballerina on the regular.

This girl taught herself everything she needed to know about cooking and baking. In fact, she knew how to sear the perfect chicken breast, season things expertly… even roast a Thanksgiving turkey to golden perfection.

But there was one thing she couldn’t do. Okay, two. Okay, three. One: she could not touch her tongue to her elbow to save her life. But I suppose that’s almost entirely irrelevant because I don’t think there’s ever been a situation in the history of the world where someone’s life depended on whether or not their tongue could touch their elbow, and if there was an incident like this I absolutely need to know about it, but I digress. Two: she could not bake a potato for crap. Every potato that emerged from her oven and/or microwave was as hard as a, well, potato. Her family would chisel into the practically-raw root vegetable with no less than a pound of salt and butter on it to mask the fact that they were practically eating undone potato and then gently say, “it’s good! Just a little underdone” as they crunched into the brown blob.

And three: she couldn’t make a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s true. Every recipe she made, her cookies turned out like flat flying saucers, all too crispy and flavorless with nothing remotely soft, chewy or gooey about them. This plagued the young girl because she loved sweets and one of her family’s most requested desserts were cookies.

Spoiler alert: that girl was me. But I’m sure you all figured that out because you are all, I’m assuming, very educated people and because I am a terrible mystery writer.

ANYWAY.

For the longest time, I just couldn’t nail a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And then after lots of trial and errors, I found it. I’ve posted the recipe twice before on my site, but I won’t bother linking to them because the pictures are old and crummy and because THIS is truly THE recipe you need.

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! First, a few takeaways before you make them. Yes, you have to read this.

  1. Please use real butter for this. I know margarine is like, .80 cents a pound. I know a lot of you folks like margarine because Fabio was once a margarine-product’s spokesperson. I get it, Fabio was once hot. But PLEASE, do not use margarine. Use only real butter. Personally, I recommend a butter like Land O’ Lakes European Style Butter, which has a higher butter-fat content and has such an amazing creaminess that regular ol’ sticks lack. Splurge for the good stuff – I urge you!
  2. Next up: instant espresso powder. I promise y’all won’t notice it in the recipe at all. It’s simply there to enhance and deepen the chocolate flavor. One teaspoon is all you need and trust me, it’s phenomenal in this recipe.
  3. Good quality chocolate chips. I get it – the store-brand is cheap. I use the store brand all the time because I am a broke person and splurging on fancily-pronounced name brand chocolate chips cramps my style. BUT, for this recipe I did splurge and used Guittard chocolate – both dark chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The mixture of chocolate chips is decadent and rich – the dark chocolate really deepens everything and the semi-sweet of course, is a classic. You really can tell the difference when you use a higher quality chocolate, so please – indulge yourself!

And that’s it! Three easy tips – promise! Oh, and one more thing… these cookies are a whopping 2 ounces each. The standard cookie dough scoop is only 1 Tablespoon which is about 1/2 ounce. This scoop is huge! Of course, use what you have or double up so each cookie is about two stacked Tablespoons of dough. Like this:

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! And whatever you do, MAKE THEM. Treat yo’self!

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 12
 
These Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are FABULOUS. Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery goodness. This recipe is a guaranteed success!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (splurge for the good stuff - I like Guittard)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar with a paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg and egg yolk, plus the vanilla and beat to combine. Add in the espresso powder, soda, cornstarch, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the mixture covered in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours, up to 3 days long. Chilling is mandatory and prevents spreading the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart. I used a 2-ounce cookie scoop, but if you don't have one, simply use a ¼ cup measuring cup and stack the cookie dough higher rather than wider so when it spreads, it stays puffy in the middle.
  4. Bake for approx. 9-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly soft in the center - they will continue to cool as they bake. Do not over-bake! Cool completely on the cookie sheets before serving.

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery flavor, this recipe is a real winner you’ll love forever!

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Poke Cake

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! A couple of days ago, I got my hair done.

This was because I cannot make the platinum blonde and dark brown roots ‘do look cool, no matter how many times I see it on runway models and in fashion magazines. I just look like an old hag. Also, because I’m going to be promoting and selling my cookbook on QVC this month (!!!!). If you haven’t, mark your calendars for May 11!

ANYWAY.

In the middle of the appointment, my awesome stylist Heather put me under one of those orb heat thingies. This is obviously not a technical term, but can you blame me? I can barely put my hair in a ponytail without looking like a charity case.

And as I sat there reading my magazine, I suddenly fell asleep. This would be fine to anyone else, because no one else had a traumatic past experience of sleeping in front of other people like I did. But when Heather gently woke me up a little later, I nearly leapt out of the seat screaming “I’m awake! I’m awake!” and immediately searched for any cameras in sight.

You see, when I was in the eighth grade, my class went on a field trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was rooming with my three besties and all was well in the world. Well, I’ve never been a night owl and I’ve always had a desire to go to bed early, which makes me a terrible sleepover buddy since I’m always the first to fall asleep.

Unbeknownst to me while I slept peacefully, my friends were taking funny pictures of each other… and of me sleeping. I did not know this until weeks later, when my friend had her film developed and brought the photos to school to show us. And then, as she flipped through the photos, she landed on one of me. There I was, laying on my side, mouth open wide, sound asleep with wet hair looking like a displaced sea creature. All my friends laughed and laughed and told me that I didn’t even wake up when the flash went off and I just sat there mortified. Like, I was more mortified seeing my gaping mouth while I was unconscious than the time I wore Happy Bunny shirts unironically and than the time I was obsessed with a Swedish pop band that no one else seemed to care about.

And then they proceeded to show my crush this awful picture and he laughed and laughed because preteen boys don’t make supportive boyfriends and I felt like I could shrink into the ground or back to the underwater world from which me and my fishy lips came from.

So this has cursed me from falling asleep anywhere public, like on airplanes or in busy hair salons. I’ll rest my eyes, but the second I start to feel sleep coming on, I’ll coax myself out of the impending sleep because I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep for real and everyone will see my gross face and take pictures. UGH.

So yeah, I was traumatized and that’s the story. Aren’t you glad you know this part of my past and current psyche? Don’t answer that.

Anyway, can we talk about this gorgeous Oreo Poke Cake? It is phenomenal. I know I say that about a lot of my desserts, but girlfran’, this stuff rocks.

It starts with a dark chocolate cake that you bake and poke a bajillion holes into with a wooden spoon or skewer. Honestly, either way works, but I prefer using the handle of a wooden spoon because bigger holes = more pockets of gooey goodness. Once your cake is covered in holes, you’ll pour on a delectable mixture of sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge sauce. You can’t see me, but right now I’m making the Macaulay Culkin Home Alone face.

Top off this glorious creation with some cookies & cream whipped cream and some crushed Oreo cookies for good measure. Oh! And then drizzle some chocolate sauce all up in that business, because more chocolate never hurt nobody. The only caveat is that you have to let it set for awhile in the fridge – trust me, it tastes SO much better if you wait! It soaks up all of that glorious sweetened condensed milk/hot fudge mixture and really develops a wonderfully rich chocolaty flavor.

Nothing about this cake is embarrassing, except perhaps the number of slices I consumed. Oops.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Oreo Poke Cake
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This Oreo Poke Cake is to-die for! Rich and chocolaty with delicious cookies & cream flavors. So easy, too!
Ingredients
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box dry instant Oreo pudding mix (if you cannot find this, simply use instant chocolate pudding mix)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 & ½ cups coarsely chopped/crushed Oreo cookies, divided (I used the Oreo Minis & roughly chopped them)
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the chocolate cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry instant pudding mix to combine. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cooled, poke holes all over the surface of the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or a skewer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and hot fudge sauce until smooth. Pour this mixture evenly over the surface of the cake, taking care to fill the holes with the mixture.
  4. Fold ½ cup of the coarsely crushed Oreo cookies into the Cool Whip topping; spread over the entire cake. Top evenly with the remaining coarsely crushed Oreos and drizzle with the chocolate syrup. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into pieces to serve.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Super chocolaty and packed with Oreo and delicious cookies & cream flavors, this poke cake is a must-make for any chocolate cookie lover!

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!Oh yeah. These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are kind of the mac daddy of all brownies. Just sayin’.

So I’m on a chocolate baking kick.

I realize – maybe incorrectly? – that I don’t have a ton of chocolate recipes on my blog. I have no valid excuse for this, except for that I am a terrible food blogger and you should leave my site immediately. KIDDING. Don’t do that. I have brownies!

It’s probably because I’m not the biggest chocolate fan in the world. I KNOW. Somewhere, a chocoholic is rolling around in their grave at the idea of a dessert food blogger not liking a key component in most desserts. Even dead people think I’m terrible.

And I realize that while this is my blog and my personal haven in the crazy, crumbling world around me, that this isn’t a Hayley show and I’m honestly glad it isn’t. If it were, you’d be seeing a lot more pictures of McDonald’s cheeseburger value meals and Midori Sours in Tupperware cups. Just keeping it real… except not, because in real life I am gross and eat Cheetos like they’re going out of style. Someone call Britney Spears; I need a Cheeto intervention.

So I’m trying to change some things up for your gorgeous, loyal, fantabulous readers of mine. I want my upcoming recipes to be every bit as decadent, sinfully delicious and indulgent as y’all deserve, but still super approachable and easy. And of course, a lot more chocolaty. Unless you don’t like chocolate, in which case, I have plenty of recipes for you folks, too!

So let’s talk about these gorgeous Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies. They are kind of outrageous in a good way, not in an Aunt-Milly-Is-Drunk-Again way. As you can clearly see in the photos, they are ultra fudgy – I mean, if you look up the definition of ‘fudgy’, you would clearly see this picture. Not to be confused with ‘pudgy’, where you’d see me and Bobby Hill’s picture. Keepin’ it real.

They’re fudgy because they have three (!!) kinds of chocolate in them. Let me count the ways – there’s chocolate chips, there’s cocoa powder, and there’s Nutella, which is what makes regular brownies launch into orbit. You mix that mishegas up with some butter, eggs, flour and some instant espresso powder and voila! Brownie goodness.

A little note about the espresso powder – I don’t want to say it’s essential in this recipe, but it’s pretty damn essential in this recipe. Just like getting churros at Disneyland or throwing the yellow gummy bears out, it’s pretty important. Not telling you how to live your life or anything, but kind of am.

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!The espresso powder totally elevates the rich chocolaty goodness and enhances it tremendously. It doesn’t taste coffee-like or even mocha-ish; it just really amps up that depth of flavor. If you want a mocha-y flavor, simply add more espresso powder. I’d say a Tablespoon or so would give it a great coffee kick. Otherwise, the simple teaspoon I add is just right to giving these brownies that amazing boost.

So. Are we ready to dive right in?!

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!*adapted from here

5.0 from 1 reviews
Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies
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Serves: 9-12
 
These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are INCREDIBLE! Ultra fudgy, super chocolaty and PERFECT.
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 & ½ sticks salted butter (you may use unsalted butter, but add ½ tsp salt), cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (or more if you prefer a mocha flavor)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter together on HIGH power for 45 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 25 seconds. Stir again until any large chocolate pieces are broken up and the butter is melted and everything is smooth. Set aside to cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add in the sugar and stir to combine. Add in the eggs and yolk, as well as the Nutella and vanilla, stirring well. Lastly, add in the flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder and salt, if you're not using salted butter. Stir until a soft batter has formed.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Try not to over bake as these are intended to be fudgy and will continue to set up as they cool. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate!Rich, decadent, indulgent and oh so chocolaty, these brownies are perfect for any chocoholic!

Want to make it quadruple chocolate? Throw in some chocolate chips or white chips! Want to add some texture? Toss in some chopped nuts!

These Triple Chocolate Nutella Brownies are SO EASY! They come together in minutes, are only one-bowl, and produce an ultra moist, super fudgy, incredibly rich and fudgy brownie bursting with three kinds of chocolate! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! If you’re looking for something ultra gooey, these Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are IT.

So a couple of days ago, I went to Disneyland with my sister. We flew down to LA (thankfully it was only an hour flight!) and I picked up my usual travel requirement: an US Weekly magazine. I know, I know, I should be reading Russian literature or something far more thought-provoking and advanced, but I cannot help it. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE STARS ARE DOING.

Anyway, US Weekly has a column called “25 things you didn’t know about me” so I figured I would do that in this post because A) I’m currently experiencing writer’s block and B) because apparently I think you guys care about 25 random facts about me. Just humor me, okay? And leave in the comments some random facts about YOU! I love random facts. Like a lot.

  1. My hair has been every color of the rainbow. Even the ugly colors. My favorite hair color, however, is my current platinum blonde.
  2. I refuse to eat pork chops. I loathe them.
  3. I’m obsessed with potato chips. My favorite are Doritos.
  4. I’ve only been stung by a bee once. It was in the second grade. I called home and my dad came to pick me up. We then went to the dump, for reasons unknown, where ironically there were a ton of bees.
  5. One of my dreams is to open up a dog sanctuary/rescue.
  6. I have two rescue dogs – Mannie, a 3-legged Border Collie, and Jack, a Yorkie/Norfolk Terrier. I love them both dearly!
  7. I am deathly afraid of heights. Like, even walking on the second floor of the mall makes me a little queasy.
  8. I was an English literature major.
  9. My alcoholic drink of choice is a Midori Sour.
  10. My non-alcoholic drink of choice is unsweetened black iced tea.
  11. I have over twenty tattoos. All but one are on my legs.
  12. My least favorite fruit is blackberries.
  13. I am pretty much the textbook definition of an Aquarius.
  14. If I could live anywhere, I’d choose to live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  15. And if I could have any car in the world, I’d choose to keep my Honda Civic. I love her!
  16. My favorite color is bubblegum pink… but I typically wear only black.
  17. Cupcakes are probably my least favorite dessert. This is probably because I’m not a huge frosting fan!
  18. I am obsessed with magazines. Sometimes I’ll bring old already-read issues with me to doctor’s/dentist’s offices so I can switch them out with issues I haven’t read. My favorites (which is honestly like picking your favorite kid) are Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day.
  19. I only wear dresses or leggings. I have one pair of jeans and I never wear them.
  20. I don’t typically eat red meat. And if it weren’t for turkey and seafood, I would probably become a vegetarian.
  21. Soup is one of my favorite meals. I love pretty much all kinds – split pea, chicken tortilla, chicken & dumplings, corn chowder, French onion…
  22. Betsey Johnson is my favorite designer. I met her once and she is incredibly sweet and fun in person. We’re basically BFFs.
  23. When I was a little girl, I wanted to become an author. Now my dream is coming true and I cannot wait to hold my cookbook in my hands! August 2016!!
  24. Gerbera daisies and roses are my favorite flowers.
  25. And soft Red Vines are my favorite candy!!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! See? Aren’t you glad you know all this about me? *sarcasm* I promise I’ll be back with my regular shenanigans next time. BUT (!) please promise me you’ll make these Gooey Bars? They are incredible.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress!

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Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars
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These Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are perfect for any chocolate-peanut butter lover! Rich, gooey, chewy and loaded with peanut butter flavor, they're the ultimate!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, divided & melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread (similar to peanut butter or Nutella, and found where the peanut butter is in the grocery store)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Reese's Minis
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one (1) stick of melted butter and one (1) egg, stirring with a rubber spatula until combined and thick. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Sprinkle the layer with the Reese's Minis.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese and Reese's chocolate spread. Using an electric mixer, beat for about 30 seconds - 1 minute or until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the remaining stick of melted butter, beating well. Lastly, add in the powdered sugar all at once, beating until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture over the crust layer. The pan will weigh about one ton. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and only slightly jiggly. It's okay if it jiggles a little bit; do NOT over bake! Allow the bars to cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled before cutting into squares.
  5. Dust the tops with powdered sugar, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with chocolate and peanut butter flavor, these Reese’s Gooey Bars are outrageously awesome!

These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is such a fun, elegant spin on the classic cake! A rich, moist dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate shaved whipped cream for a decadent, EASY recipe that's sure to please! As you’re reading this, I’m probably on a plane or standing on a city street in Portland, Oregon.

And I’m probably standing in line for VooDoo Doughnuts.

And that will probably be my fifth doughnut of the day. Or twelfth. Hard to say.

Have you ever thought about a place that you’ve never been but you just get the vibe that you’ll want to move there? Me too. That’s kind of how I’m feeling about Portland. I know nothing except that it’s called ‘PDX’ for short (probably by dorky tourists like me) and that they are known for their fantastic food trucks and doughnuts, hence why I’ve probably eaten nineteen by the time you’ve read this. I know, I eat fast.

But I already get the feeling deep in my stomach that I’ll love it there and want to move ASAP. Maybe it’s because I’ve been lazy apartment hunting for the past few weeks, or maybe it’s because I’m sick of Sacramento (a healthy mixture of both. By the way, ‘lazy apartment hunting’ is that thing when you’re too broke to move out but you want to move out, so you browse Zillow and Forrent.com religiously as if you’re ready to move in next weekend).

Anyway, I’m here for the Indulge Conference which is a fun little food blogging conference in the city. Basically, we’ll spend the entire time chit-chatting and catching up, doing copious amounts of eating, and learning tips & tricks to be better bloggers, bakers, food photographers, and shoppers. Well, maybe not the last one, but I always use a new city as an opportunity to brush up on my shopping game, don’t you?

But while I’m away I’ll be dreaming about seeing my puppies again, sleeping in my own bed, and this Chocolate Tres Leches Cake that’s currently in my fridge.

So the idea came to me when I was browsing on Pinterest and happened to scroll past my Best-Ever Tres Leches Cake.  That stuff is the bomb, you guys. I realized how much I loved that cake and that I needed to come up with a different spin on it, and thus the Chocolate version was born.

This starts out the same way as the regular Tres Leches Cake but with dark chocolate fudge cake mix. I love using dark chocolate cake mix because it adds such a richer, more complex chocolate flavor than Devil’s food, but if that’s what you’ve got on hand, by all means – your cake will still be edible. KIDDING. It’ll be DELICIOUS!

Bake it up in your 13×9″ baking pan and let it cool for a hot minute (or five). Then poke holes all over the top and drizzle on the tres leches part of the tres leches cake: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. (Can you hear me groaning?) Let it set in the fridge for several hours, preferably overnight, to soak in all those juices and get super moist and creamy.

Next, I frosted my cake with an Abuelita Whipped Cream. (Say whaaa?) Abuelita is that yellow package of chocolate typically found on the Hispanic food aisle with the grandma on the front sipping chocolate mischievously. Anyway, it’s authentic Mexican chocolate and it’s SO good.

I whipped up some heavy cream and sugar until it had semi-stiff peaks, then grated in some Abuelita Chocolate – about half of one of the round discs. This gave it a speckled look that’s pretty and was flavored with that rich, warm chocolate. Lastly, I topped the cake slices with a pretty pile of chocolate shavings which I happened to have in my freezer. If you can’t find Abuelita, you may always use your favorite chocolate to shave into the whipped cream and to use for the chocolate curl garnish. I don’t recommend using Abuelita for the chocolate curls, though, as it’s typically used for hot cocoa and won’t strip into neat curls.

So yeah – you could say I’m longing for a slice, even though my diet has been nothing but doughnuts. Until I return, cake. Until I return.

This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is such a fun, elegant spin on the classic cake! A rich, moist dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate shaved whipped cream for a decadent, EASY recipe that's sure to please!

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
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This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is phenomenal! Thick, rich chocolate cake is filled with three types of creamy milks and topped with a shaved chocolate whipped cream. A fun twist on a classic cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 box dark chocolate fudge cake mix (or any chocolate cake mix), plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 & ¾ cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ of a disc of Abuelita Chocolate (found in the Hispanic foods aisle) OR about 1 oz chocolate (such as Baker's, Ghirardelli, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • Chocolate shavings or sprinkles, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once cooled for a little bit, poke holes over the entire cake using the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, ¾ cup of the heavy cream and the vanilla together until blended. Pour the mixture over the cake, allowing the mixture to fill the holes in the cake. The mixture may pool around the edges of the cake; this is okay. Refrigerate the cake for 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Once cake has set in the fridge, make your whipped cream. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup heavy cream and the Tablespoon of sugar together on high speed for about 3 minutes or until it has semi-stiff peaks. Grate in half of a disc of the Abuelita chocolate (or about 1 oz of any other type of good quality chocolate, such as Baker's, Ghirardelli, etc). Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  5. Spread the whipped cream over the cake in an even layer. Garnish each slice with chocolate shavings/curls, or sprinkles. Store airtight in the fridge.

This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is such a fun, elegant spin on the classic cake! A rich, moist dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate shaved whipped cream for a decadent, EASY recipe that's sure to please! Creamy, moist, and bursting with rich chocolate flavor, this cake is such a unique twist on a classic cake!

This Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is such a fun, elegant spin on the classic cake! A rich, moist dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate shaved whipped cream for a decadent, EASY recipe that's sure to please! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!Today’s recipe is so easy, you’ll flip.

There are a lot of things on my blog that I’ve only made once or twice. Not that I didn’t like them in the first place, just that I found I liked other things better. This recipe, however, I’ve made multiple times. Usually once a month. Sometimes twice a month, if I’m feeling frisky. And every. single. time it tastes even better than the last time.

Well, let me clarify a smidge.

I’ve made my Salted Caramel Butter Bars multiple times. This instance was the first time I’ve made Nutella Caramel Butter Bars, but it will not be the last!

There’s something so incredibly heavenly about combining thick, rich, decadent Nutella and sweet, buttery salted caramel together. Combine them with a buttery shortbread base and some chocolate chips for good measure, and voila – you have these glorious bars!

In fact, I can think back to the exact moment I first tried Nutella. I was a sophomore in high school and sitting in my French class. We did well on a test so we got to have a French food party – which we can all agree is ten times better than conjugating verbs.

My teacher made homemade crepes which I’d never had before, either. Then she broke out the jar of Nutella and everyone kind of said, “Nut-what?” At that time, no one had really heard of Nutella, so we were all intrigued by this chocolate spread.

Now when it comes to food at parties, I’m kind of obnoxious. And by ‘kind of’, I mean very. I hate being in the middle or last in line to get food. Inevitably I get behind the slowest people ever, or the people who take more than two helpings of anything, leaving crumbs behind before everyone’s gotten some. In fact, I have to be first or second in line in order to avoid having a mild panic attack.

Weird, I know.

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!So I hovered over my seat waiting impatiently while madamoiselle made crepes and finally said we could form a line. I lept out of my seat to stand in line before anyone else had even registered what she said. And that’s how I was the first person in French class to try Nutella.

Well. Maybe.

ANYWAY. Now I love the stuff in moderation and enjoy using it in my desserts. It fits perfectly in these buttery bars, and I think you’ll agree!

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

Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars
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These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars are a wonder! Layers of buttery shortbread sandwiches a thick layer of fudgy Nutella and rich caramel. Then the whole shebang is sprinkled with sea salt for a perfectly salty finish. You'll love these bars!
Ingredients
  • 4 sticks butter (1 pound), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 jar caramel sauce (like you'd buy for a sundae)
  • 1 jar Nutella (or any other chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Lastly, add in the flour, one cup at a time, until combined and soft. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spread HALF of the mixture into the bottom of the pan, pressing into an even layer. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven, but keep oven on.
  4. Once the crust is golden, pour the salted caramel sauce evenly over the crust. In a small microwaveable bowl, add the Nutella and microwave for about 20 seconds or until pourable. Pour the Nutella over the caramel layer evenly. Using your fingers, break apart the remaining dough over the top of the Nutella layer, trying to cover as much of the Nutella and caramel as you can. Sprinkle the top liberally with sea salt. (NOTE: if you're using a salted caramel sauce, use less sea salt on top).
  5. Bake for approx. 25-35 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center is just about set - a slight jiggle is okay. Let the bars cool completely before cutting into squares. I highly recommend letting them set overnight.

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!Buttery, gooey, chocolaty and layered with decadent caramel, these bars are so heavenly & sweet!

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

xo, Hayley

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! So I just did my taxes.

Actually, I had an accountant do my taxes because even double-digit multiplication proves to be too much for me.

And I’m sad to report that I owe money this year.

WHYYY does the IRS cramp my style?

It’s like they don’t want me to spend my hard earned money on clothes, purses and deep tissue massages. The IRS – the land of the unfashionable stiff necked people.

Anyway, it’s fine that I owe. I mean, I’d rather owe and pay it than not pay it and be a criminal by the time I’m 26. Tax evasion isn’t a good look. Well, unless you’re Theresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who only served a hot minute in prison and now has her own TV show and book deal. So I guess tax evasion isn’t so bad?

Don’t worry. I’m only joking. Kind of.

Something I won’t be evading is this pan of Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies. They are spectacular, people. Sweet, salty, and bursting with rich, warm, aromatic vanilla and espresso powder. To make ’em extra special and gourmet, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on top just before baking to give them a wonderful crunch and salty bite. You could totally omit this if you’d like – but who denies a little extra flavor, am I right?

First y’all need to brown your butter. This is crucial if you want to call these Brown Butter Blondies. Browning your butter imparts such amazing flavor into these blondies- adding a wonderful warmth and nuttiness. Just be sure to watch your butter like a hawk, because it can go from gorgeously amber to hideously burnt in a matter of seconds. Trust.

Brown your butter all nice like, then let it cool for a sec. Once it’s cooled down a little, stir in your brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar because I wanted a really deep flavor, but light works too! Then stir in your eggs, a healthy helping of vanilla extract, some baking soda & flour, and of course – your espresso powder!

Espresso powder can be found near the coffee in most grocery stores. I use a brand called Medaglia D’Oro which has wonderful flavor. In this recipe I added two Tablespoons – but you can add more or less to suit your taste. I found that two Tablespoons was just right – not super coffee-like, but had a nice jolt.

And lastly – duh. M&M’s! I used mini M&M’s because they cover more surface area and I personally don’t like large chunks to chew through. I’ve actually never been a super fan of chunky food. Call me crazy, I already know it.

Throw on the sea salt – be liberal! Liberate yoself. Bake it until it’s nice and golden and then EAT. Please, for the love of Pete, EAT.

If the IRS accepted these blondies as a form of payment, honey, they’d be paying me!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe!

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies
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These Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies are incredible! Rich, with wonderful deep espresso flavor, gooey chocolate M&M's and sea salt on top. A perfect sweet & salty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder (more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's candies
  • 1-2 Tbsp sea salt, for sprinkling on top (more or less to suit your salty preferences)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir it around occasionally, watching it constantly, as it deepens and darkens in color. The mixture will bubble up, then start to look foamy, but keep stirring and checking it until it's nutty and fragrant and a deep amber color. Once achieved, immediately remove it from the heat and cool it for about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar until combined, then the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the espresso powder, followed by the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Stir in the M&M's candies.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! These are a sweet and salty lover’s DREAM come true! I ate mine with a big cup of coffee and I highly recommend you do the same!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Can I be real with you for a sec?

I’ve tried to like Cadbury Eggs – I really have. I buy them every year, thinking that this year will be different. That, and the adorable rabbit on the package. Seriously, they could put that rabbit on a pack of cigarettes and I’d buy them – and I don’t even smoke.

But honestly? I don’t much care for the chocolate. I know, I know – don’t shoot me, please.

I can get down on that crisp candy coating. Dear lawwwd, give me a bag of candy coating shards and I will polish it off faster than you can say ‘Easter bunny.’ But the whole chocolate part? Not. So. Much.

This is probably because I grew up eating the crappiest chocolate imaginable – like the stuff the dollar store sells which is probably just brown-dyed chemicals and not chocolate at all. And then there’s Cadbury, in all its regal British glory, and little miss boxed mac & cheese over here doesn’t know what to do with the finer foods in life, so I just make up excuses about the chocolate to candy coating ratio to hide the fact that I’m a heathen.

It’s simple math, really.

Just like when I took a food & wine class in college. Okay, so it was just an awesome excuse to get loaded at 9am on a Tuesday, but don’t judge me. The class would be tasting the wine and defining the notes and aromatics and I just sat there with wine in my mouth like, “yup, tastes grape-y, like grape soda without the fizz.” Meanwhile, everyone silently judged me because no fancy person drinks grape soda. Let’s just get real – grape soda is like, the lowest on the soda totem pole. And defining a fine cabernet as “grape soda-y” was like announcing to the class that I’m poor and unrefined. And like grape soda.

BUT, I know there are classy folk out there in the world who enjoy Cadbury Eggs – and who find cabernet to be lovely and not at all soda-like. So this recipe is for YOU.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are, in a word, divine. Even I enjoyed them, probably because they were buried among the most decadent blondie alive.

You start with the blondie base, which is pretty much all 2’s. Two sticks of butter, two cups of brown sugar, two eggs, 2 cups flour… then add a few 1’s: 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 & 1/2 cups of chopped Cadbury Eggs. When I say ‘Cadbury Eggs’, I’m talking about those crisp miniature candy-coated eggs, not the creme-filled eggs. Just FYI.

Bake it all up with a healthy sprinkling of sea salt on top for fantastic flavor and crunch. Cut ’em into bars and serve them immediately – everyone who eats one will be impressed with your good taste. I promise.

This recipe is heathen-approved.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

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Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies
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These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies feature the delicious, eponymous candy in these perfectly salted, brown sugary blondies!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped Cadbury Eggs (I used a mixture of milk chocolate eggs and white chocolate eggs)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Fold in the chopped Cadbury egg candies.
  4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Sweet, salty, caramel-y and chocolaty, these blondies will rock your socks off!

Be sure to pin this recipe to your favorite Easter board on Pinterest!

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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