Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!As you read this, I will have just returned home from a quick jaunt to Santa Barbara, CA. for a blogging retreat.

And I can guarantee you, I’m sad about it.

I’ve been longing for a beach day for awhile now. The beach is one of those places that is so strange to me since it offers both great relaxation and also hefty stress. Why? Because while the sound of the waves crashing, the water ebbing and flowing, the seagulls chirping, and the wind softly blowing, there are granules of sand stuck EVERYWHERE in places that sand should never see, there’s likely a frick-ton of wind blowing debris, sand and seagull feathers into my face, and there’s the teensy fact that I’m stuck wearing a swimsuit. Those poor other beach patrons.

In January when I went to the Caribbean, I wore a dress cover-up on the beach and everyone was puzzled as to why I wasn’t in a bikini. Um, because I’m about as pale as computer paper and my body looks like a giant lumpy thumb. Okay, not really, but it isn’t any Victoria’s Secret stunt-double either.

My point is. While I’m totally relaxed at the beach most of the time, there’s still that part of me that’s like OMG SAND NOOOOO and dreading removing my cover-up and revealing my paleness to the sun.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!What I’m not afraid of? Facing these Oreo Cheesecake Bars. They’re seriously the easiest, foolproof cheesecake bars and they are the best in the flavor department. Rich, creamy, chocolaty and laced with crushed Oreo cookies and cream bits. SO AMAZING.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!So whether or not you’re a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a pale thumb like myself, you’re guaranteed to love these bars!

Don’t like Oreos? Feel free to substitute Golden Oreos, Taffy Cookies, or Nutter Butters for this insanely simple recipe!

But now… get some!

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars
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These creamy cheesecake bars are loaded up with lots of crushed Oreo cookies for a fabulously chocolaty cookies & cream flavor!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 24 Oreo Cookies, crushed into very fine crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • About 10 Oreo Cookies, coarsely chopped/crushed
  • Hot Fudge Sauce, for drizzling on top, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the finely crushed Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until combined and moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even, single layer and bake for approx. 12 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. While crust bakes, prepare your filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar with the paddle attachment and beat on medium for about 2 minutes or until combined and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream for about 1 minute or until the cheesecake is very light and smooth. Beat in the remaining coarsely crushed Oreo Cookies.
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the edges are set, the top is very light golden brown and the center is just about set and only a little bit jiggly. Cool completely at room temperature and then once cool, refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into bars. Drizzle the room temperature hot fudge on top of the bars just before serving.

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream!These cheesecake bars are OMG-worthy. Seriously delicious, so creamy, thick and just packed with rich chocolate and yummy cream flavor. I love the swirl of hot fudge on top, too – just drives that rich chocolate flavor home even more :) You’ll LOVE these bars!

These rich & creamy Oreo Cheesecake Bars really are the BEST! Soft, luscious and bursting with chocolate, they're a cookies & cream lover's dream! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Macarons

Oreo MacaronsWe need to talk about TimeHop for a minute.

You know the app right? It’s called TimeHop (obvi) and it basically brings up old dirt you would hope would be buried and long-dead forever via pictures, old Facebook statuses, tweets, and Instagram posts… and whatever other social media account you’d like to torture yourself with.

I got TimeHop because I kept seeing my friends post fun #tbt pictures and I figured I wanted to also remember the things I said and did in the past. Everyone else’s TimeHops are so cute and fun and such a great way to reminisce. However, my TimeHop? Totally different and disturbing story.

So TimeHop doesn’t just unearth things from a year ago. Oh no. TimeHop is pure, unadulterated evil and digs up junk from five years ago. Meaning the stuff I was saying when I was just 19 years old is allllllllll up in my face again. And no one should ever be confronted with their 19-year old sayings. EVER.

Things like saying the most mind-numbingly stupid things, like “text it, peeps!” and recounting every single thought I had that day as a Facebook update (I’m sorry). Pictures of me trying to look hip and fun and cool that just look sad and pathetic and hopelessly dumb. I really, really can’t even.

So far I’ve found maybe three photos I’ve thought about re-sharing, and they all involved an animal of some sort. Otherwise, I hastily scroll through TimeHop finding a mountain of incriminating evidence that I was once a super-dumbass.

Once? Maybe still am. But I certainly don’t update Facebook with my every waking thought or use the term ‘peeps’ literally.

DSC_0847AANYWHO. Let’s talk about something that never gets old or embarrassing. These Oreo Macarons are the perfect springtime treat and taste just like Oreo cookies, but in a fun and pretty macaron. These are light, delicate and outrageously chocolaty with the perfect Oreo cream filling in the middle that makes these cookies & cream wonders extra sweet.

DSC_0854AIf you love Oreos, you’ll heart these cookies! I promise, peeps.

DSC_0850A*adapted from my Nutter Butter Macarons – view a full, step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make macarons HERE

5.0 from 2 reviews
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Delicate and sweet, these chocolate-packed OREO Macarons are perfect for the Oreo cookie lover!
Ingredients
  • 2 & ⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • 3.5 oz almond meal (like by Bob's Red Mill)
  • 3.5 oz Oreo Cookies, filling scraped out and reserved and cookie pieces pulverized into a fine crumb (about 12-15 Oreo Cookies)
  • 4 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • FOR FILLING:
  • Reserved Oreo Cookie filling (from about 12-15 Oreo Cookies)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1.5 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. First, measure your ingredients out properly. On a kitchen food scale, measure out 3.5 oz of almond meal and 3.5 oz of pulverized Oreo shells. Pour both into a bowl with the powdered sugar. Place a large handheld sifter over a separate bowl and begin sifting the dry ingredients together until blended and sifted.
  2. If you have harder "pebbles" leftover, either push them through the sifter with your spatula, or remove them to re-pulse through your food processor, then try resifting them. If there's a teaspoon or less of the harder "pebbles", you may discard. Set sifted ingredients aside.
  3. Bring a large pot filled with 1-2" of water to a simmer. Place your stand mixer bowl over the pot of water and immediately add in the egg whites and white sugar. Whisk quickly for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is frothy and bubbly. Do NOT overmix. Immediately remove from the heat, wipe off the bottom of the bowl, and attach to your stand mixer base. Using the whisk attachment, begin whipping the egg white mixture on HIGH for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  4. Remove the whisk attachment and gently stir in HALF of the sifted mixture. Do not fully stir this mixture in; just fold it in maybe 4 or so times and then add the rest. Turn your wrist clockwise around the bowl, folding the mixture around and in on itself to incorporate the dry, sifted ingredients. The mixture should look like a little thick and chunky when it's done. If you draw an invisible line through the mixture with your spatula, the line should disappear within the mixture in a couple of seconds.
  5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, making the parchment the same dimensions as your baking sheets. Conversely, you may use silicone macaron mats if you have them. Do not grease the mats, the parchment, or the sheets.
  6. Scoop the macaron mixture into a large disposable piping bag affixed with a large open-circle tip (I used Atecco 807). Hold the bag straight down and gently squeeze to release the batter, counting to four. Flick your wrist to stop the flow. This should translate to a macaron roughly the size of an American quarter. Repeat with remaining macarons. Macarons may have slight lumps on top; either use a lightly wet finger to gently pat it down, or follow the recipe accordingly. Once macarons are all piped on, gently tap each sheet a couple of times on the counter to release air bubbles and help those lumps fall. Allow the macarons to sit on the counter for 20 minutes prior to baking. During this time, preheat your oven 275* degrees F.
  7. Bake the macarons for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Mine bake at EXACTLY 13 minutes. Remove the macarons gently and allow them to cool on the baking sheets. Macarons should come right up or peel off with little resistance.
  8. To make the filling, in the clean stand mixer bowl, beat together the butter, vanilla and Oreo Cookie filling with the paddle attachment for about 1 minute or until creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar until a soft yet thick and spreadable mixture has formed. Place the mixture in a piping bag attached with a smaller open circle tip and pipe onto the flat surface of a cooled macaron; sandwich with a remaining macaron top.
  9. Serve immediately. Macarons are best the same day or the next day. To store macarons, gently place them in a large airtight container and place them in on the counter. You may also cover them airtight and place them in the fridge, but allow them to come to room temperature completely before eating.

DSC_0858AThese are SO FABULOUS! I could not stop snacking on them after I made them – they are so petite, sweet and perfect, and the Oreo flavor is spot-on, thanks to the chocolaty-cookie crumble macaron shells and that sinfully sweet Oreo creme filling. You’ll love these macarons!

Easy Oreo MacaronsPssst: Have you checked out my macaron tutorial yet? It features step-by-step photo instructions for how to make the perfect macarons! Check it out now, and check out my other macaron recipes!

Nutter Butter MacaronsNutter Butter Macarons – complete with the photo step-by-step tutorial

 cottoncandymacaronsCotton Candy Macarons

fruitypebblemacaron Fruity Pebbles Macarons

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!I’m so happy to be bringing you these delicious Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes today on behalf of Little Debbie!

Little Debbie and I go waaaaay back. We’ve been friends since before I can remember! My childhood days consisted of Nutty Bars, Oatmeal Creme Pies and Cosmic Brownies. So when Little Debbie asked me to create some fun recipes with their seasonal product line, I was happy to agree!

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!And these Marshmallow Puffs? THE. BEST. Forreals. They are so gooey and fudgy and perfect, and I’m obsessed with the fun spring-time sprinkles on top. They truly are the inspiration for their namesake cupcake, which is a fudgy chocolate cupcake topped with a heavenly puff of marshmallow buttercream.

Tremendous. Marvelous. Indulgent. Incredible. I cannot stress this enough!

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!These would make for such a wonderful Easter dessert since they’re so easy – simply pop a Marshmallow Puff on top of each frosted cupcake for an adorable and delicious garnish. No one will be able to resist these pillowy cupcakes!

(And you don’t want to know who ate ALL of the remaining Marshmallow Puffs I got. Seriously dude, call Marshmallow Puffs Anonymous. I killllllled two boxes!)

Diet starts tomorrow. NOT.

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes
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These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are delightful chocolate cupcakes topped with a pillowy soft marshmallow buttercream and garnished with Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookies for a fun and tasty springtime treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box chocolate instant pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk, if needed
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • About 16 Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Stir the box of chocolate pudding mix into the batter.
  2. Portion the batter evenly among the cupcake tins, filling about ¾ full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until light and fluffy. Add in the milk if frosting is too thick.
  4. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and dredge the sides of the frosted cupcakes in sprinkles. Top with a Marshmallow Puff Cookie. Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight at room temperature.

These Marshmallow Puff Cupcakes are fudgy chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet marshmallow buttercream and a Little Debbie Marshmallow Puff Cookie!So again – these cookies. They’re so impossibly fudgy and chocolaty and topped with the softest cloud of marshmallow. Then the whole thing is coated in white chocolate and sprinkles – talk about heaven on earth, people. These cupcakes are like a giant, cakey version of these cookies, and combined, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Have a super sweet day, and stay tuned for more Little Debbie-inspired treats!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Little Debbie to bring you fun, springtime recipes featuring their seasonal products. I was not compensated for this post except for product and all opinions, as always, are 100% my own. 

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!adore caramel. But can you believe there was a time when – *gasp* I thought I didn’t like it?

(I know, I was seriously deranged).

I was insistent on my hatred of caramel. I would only do hot fudge and would make a face at my dad who would promptly douse his sundae in caramel sauce. He would goad me into trying it and I’d wrinkle my nose as if he were offering me pickled pigs feet to pair with my rocky road.

But then something in me clicked and I tried it one day. And lo and behold, I’m a completely convert. In fact, now I overlook the hot fudge and always go straight to the heart of the good stuff – caramel, caramel, caramel.

Is there anything this golden, sweet, buttery syrup can’t do? (Well, actually, yeah. It can’t get me a tax return. It can’t buy me flowers on a bad day. And it certainly can’t pay my car payment.) … but hopefully it can convince you guys to make these bars, because they are SO unbelievably tasty and rich.

The secret to these guys? Dulce de leche. Trust me on this one – it’s a doozy.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Dulce de leche is different than caramel in that it’s primarily milk based – specifically using sweetened condensed milk for a richer, thicker, creamier flavor and consistency than your standard sugar-based caramel sauce. And did I mention how amazing it is? For realsies, it’s the best, and it’s the reason these bars are oh-so magical.

Because how can you say no to this?

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars
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These Dulce de Leche Gooey Chocolate Bars are the ultimate treat for a chocolate and caramel lover! Gooey, thick dulce de leche makes these bars over-the-top amazing.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup Rolos, unwrapped and cut in half
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can/jar (7-8 oz) prepared dulce de leche (I LOVE & highly recommend Trader Joe's version)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and melted butter with a spatula until a thick but soft dough forms. Press ¾ of the dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chopped Rolo candies evenly.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and HALF of the can of dulce de leche until combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the Rolo candies. You may not use all of it; that's okay. Crumble the remaining dough on top of the bars, covering it as much as possible.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until the edges of the bars are set and golden and the middle is just about set. It may be slightly jiggly still, and that's okay; you don't want to over-bake it as it will continue to set up as it cools. Cool completely.
  5. Before cutting into squares, drizzle with remaining dulce de leche. Serve immediately or store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days. *NOTE: I recommend letting the bars set overnight so they're more solid when you cut into them. This helps them from completely falling apart.*

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Rich, buttery, and jam-packed with caramel, these ooey gooey treats will be your new favorite in no time! And if you’ve never tried dulce de leche, be prepared to convert to the creamy side of caramel.

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars are rich chocolate brownies filled with caramel cups and topped with a thick & creamy dulce de leche. The perfect sweet & salty bar recipe!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Cookies & Cream Banana Bread

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!I am woefully powerless every time I go to Trader Joe’s. It’s like a total money suck and if Target were completely a specialty grocery store, it would be Trader Joe’s.

Seriously, I step in and I feel like I’m a whole new girl. A girl who takes interest in prepared kale salads, pre-cut celery and gorgonzola gnocchi. I immediately want to buy every last bouquet of their gorgeous flowers and already after putting a couple in my basket I’ve blown whatever modicum of a budget I ever had.

And then I get all up in the prepared food section and think about making a lobster ravioli because that’s practical, and how I’ll use these breaded turkey roulades to make the best damn dinner ever (even though my family would cringe at the word ‘roulade’), and oh! what about this flax granola? I totally read somewhere once that flax is good for you, and since I thought about wanting to eat healthy five months ago, I’ll just buy ten of these.

The frozen section? Honey. Take my money and burn it all to the freakin’ ground. I’m particularly fond of all of their appetizers, which makes me feel like a starved hog at an all-your-can-eat buffet, and their Chinese food selection which, when purchased and consumed, adds another 10 pounds to the scale. Notice how they don’t talk about that on their little descriptor tags.

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!And how come the cookies and candies are lined up like little thigh-expanding soldiers right above the frozen fruits and veggies? Seriously, I can’t buy a damn pack of frozen blueberries without caving and knocking all of the Joe-Joe’s into my cart with reckless abandon. Whyyyyy, I’l scream as I pluck five cartons of fleur de sel caramels into my basket, contemplating my poor life choices up to this pivotal moment. I am a monster.

Oh – and the chip aisle? Not even cute. My love affair for chips is ever-growing, like my waistline, and Trader Joe’s only exacerbates this issue of mine. I fool myself every time with the Reduced-Guilt Cheddar Puffs, because this obviously means they’re healthy, I’ll think as I mow down an entire bag during a particularly bitchy episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And the cheddar&caramel popcorn mixed up Chicago style? Kill me now; it’s so good.

Don’t even get me started on the “New Products” section, which transforms me into a somewhat-practical human being into a marketer’s dream come true. I’ll stare sparkly-eyed at the latest almond butter with flax seed, wistfully remembering the blip-fact about flax I read somewhere, and despite the fact that I don’t eat almond butter, will buy it anyway because it’s “new” and it has “flax” and the package is cute and cheeky. Or the peanut butter & jelly chocolate bar that sounds terrible but I throw five in my cart anyway because I have to be the first to try said terrible product or it didn’t happen, duh.

So yeah – all this before I even checkout is a nightmare. And I didn’t even explain the terror caused by all of the HORRIBLE CART-DRIVERS inside every Trader Joe’s store. It’s like their subtext to their name is Where All the Terrible Cart-People Are because you can’t even access the granola bars without asking until you’re blue in the face for that pregnant, green-juice-slurping model mom to move her tush. And trying to get sugar? Honey, you’ll sooner mill your own damn sugar than get in there behind Grandma Dolores, who’s hogging up half the aisle with her cart full of beans.

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!BUT amidst all of the chaos and bumper-carts that Trader Joe’s brings, they have some amazing stuff for-reals. For instance, I adore their cookie butter spread (so amazing!) and their jumbo cinnamon rolls are the best in their class. And there was one new product that stood out to me like a beacon of light in a sea of angry people pushing red carts: this Cookies and Creme Cookie Butter. Behold, a cookie spread made of ground chocolate Joe-Joe’s (their version of Oreos) and the creme filling. Seriously. It was a no-brainer; that stuff was in my cart faster than you could say ‘banana bread’… which is ironically what I ended up making with it!

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!This Oreo Cookies & Cream Banana Bread is easily one of the best things I’ve made recently. It’s moist, full of banana flavor, and is studded with chopped pieces of Oreo cookies. I prefer mine cut super thick with a heaping slathering of this cookie butter on top to really drive that cookies & cream flavor home… but I won’t judge you if you skip out on ol’ TJ’s and just stuff your face with the bread naked. Well, the bread is naked. Not you. That’s weird. I’ll stop.

Anywho: Banana Bread. Make it!

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!

Oreo Cookies & Cream Banana Bread
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This delightful banana bread combines my classic Best-Ever Banana Bread recipe with, you guessed it, Oreo cookies! The result is a moist and sweet banana bread studded with chopped Oreos for a fun cookies & cream flavor everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup (about 1 small carton) Greek yogurt (I used vanilla flavor, but you may use banana or even plain)
  • 2 cups mashed banana (from about 3-4 medium-sized brown or black bananas)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 small box cookies & cream pudding mix (if you cannot find this, use regular vanilla)
  • 1 & ½ cups Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed
  • Trader Joe's Cookies n Creme Butter Spread, optional for garnish but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, pudding mix (just the dry mix) and cinnamon with a whisk until blended. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and softened butter until combined. Add in the Greek yogurt, eggs and mashed banana. Using a spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just about combined, then fold in the crushed cookies at the last minute. Mixture may be slightly lumpy; this is OKAY and do not continue stirring as it will result in a tougher bread.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 30 minutes, then lightly tent the pan with foil and return to the oven to bake for another 30 minutes. Test bread for doneness at the 60-minute mark by inserting a toothpick into the center. It should come out with moist crumbs. Cool the bread completely in the pan before cutting into slices. Serve with the Cookie Butter slathered on top.

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!I love this fun twist on banana bread by using crushed Oreo cookies inside! Every bite is studded with little chunks of crisp chocolate cookies and that sweet hint of marshmallow-y vanilla filling swirled throughout. The Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter on top is the perfect treat to really emphasize that sweet chocolate and creme-cookie taste!

This Oreo Cookies & Creme Banana Bread is a delightful combination of moist, rich banana bread and chopped Oreo Cookies for a fun twist on a classic!Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

Tiramisu Poke Cake

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Sometimes I wish I was someone else. Like a Zooey Deschanel type who had thick black glasses, a long mane of natural hair, and wore clothes that came from ModCloth. It seems like everyone always likes that type of girl, ya know?

Any time I go to a coffee shop, I see that girl there. She’s face-deep in The Great Gatsby and drinking plain black coffee with her lips painted red. She probably listens to folk music from indie bands I’ve never even heard of and wears clothes expertly extracted from high-end vintage stores. And all the guys flock to her because she’s good-quirky and has an innocent dose of spunk and is generally attracted to guys who play guitar, and it’s practically a requirement that all guys play guitar. Her boyfriends are guys who wear loafers and think argyle sweaters are trendy. They coif their mustaches and wear newsboy caps and Wayfarers. They may or may not have a couple of wrist tattoos, likely of something artsy. You know the type. If you don’t, just inhabit your nearest Peet’s and you’ll see a whole lot of them drinking loose-leaf teas and pondering philosophy.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!But then I realize, I don’t want to be a girl like Zooey. I like my tutus smothered in glitter, and I hate black coffee. Also, can you imagine me with natural hair? Subway rats have better highlights than my natural hair does, so that’s off the table completely. And dating a guy who uses mustache gel? Isn’t that a little strange? Like, I don’t mind waiting if he wants to comb his hair, but waiting for him to perfectly spiralize his mustache seems a little much. And don’t get me started on his artfully-placed Catcher in the Rye wrist tattoo. Blech.

I think, after all, I’d rather be me. Because I lead a pretty badass life, have a ginormous closet bursting with Betsey Johnson tutus, and I make a mean Tiramisu Poke Cake that has just the right amount of coffee — perfect for me. It’s high time I embrace who I am and eat an entire cake. Or, well, at least the former.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Psst – you guys have to try this cake! It’s amazing.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Tiramisu Poke Cake
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This Tiramisu Poke Cake is rich and velvety, bursting with coffee flavor and Kahlua and coated in a thick and creamy whipped topping.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (6 oz) carton cafe au lait yogurt (I used Yoplait Greek)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Cocoa powder and powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set pan aside. Prepare your cake mix according to package directions. Stir in the espresso powder and the cinnamon to combine.
  2. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cake completely. Once cake has cooled, poke holes in it using the handle of a wooden spoon, careful not to completely penetrate the cake all the way through.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, condensed milk and Kahlua until blended. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, careful to fill the holes as best as you can. Allow the cake to sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then spread the Cool Whip on top in an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate the cake for about 4 hours, or overnight, to settle and allow the flavors to combine and absorb into the cake. Cut into squares and serve! Store leftovers covered in the fridge for about 3 days.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!This cake is full of the flavors of a classic tiramisu – rich chocolate, smooth coffee, and delicate whipped cream that make for a memorable and marvelous dessert! This poke cake marinates overnight in the delicious flavors of Kahlua and cream, making it moist and irresistible. I love the added dusting of cocoa on top for a pretty appearance and a little extra chocolate :)

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

Want more tiramisu goodness? Check out my other tiramisu recipes!

baileystiramisuBailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu

toffeetiramisuToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!I’m not sure how I feel about the kids of today.

The kids of today have the moms of my generation, and the moms of my generation are whack as hell. Let me explain.

There’s so much emphasis on pleasing your kid these days and making sure that every little crumb in their life is perfectly placed. Nothing’s out of sort, nothing’s out of place. Everyone’s a winner. And the holidays? Chiiiiilllld, it’s out of control.

Parents nowadays come up with such elaborate schemes for those creepy-ass elves around Christmastime, making purposeful messes(!!) and going through all sorts of lengths for a stuffed elf. Why did I not think of a stuffed elf? I could be a millionaire now.

And St. Patrick’s Day? I cannot tell you how many leprechaun traps I spotted on Instagram. Some moms lamented the fact that they’re “bad moms” because they didn’t create a freakin’ obstacle course for an invisible, nonexistent creature. And to that I say, eff. that. crap.

We need to stop forking over $20 bills for lost teeth. We need to stop constantly comparing ourselves to our kid’s friend’s mom who makes fun-shaped sandwiches every day, shuttles the kid to every practice on time, manages to look like she walked from an Anthropologie catalog and always looks fresh-faced with a green juice in hand and a ton of Pinterest-worthy schemes for the Elf at the ready. Because honestly? That mom doesn’t sleep, is frazzled, just put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge, and is probably thinking crack doesn’t sound half bad. Or, if you live near I do, she has a nanny who does all the dirty work. And we need to stop perusing Pinterest and thinking we’re lame or stupid or incompetent or lacking if we don’t automatically see a green beach pail and think it’d be a great bird feeder or whatever.

It’s totally cool to make holidays fun for kids, though we did… none of this stuff growing up. We didn’t have an elf. We didn’t have a leprechaun trap. And we certainly didn’t get $20 for a tooth – that was grocery money, y’all. We got a couple quarters if we were lucky, and that was damn lucky. But we did set cookies out for Santa, we did help decorate the house, decorate cookies or make crafts to hang. We did have imaginations and we did fun, creative things with our parents and grandparents. And it was good. I didn’t feel slighted when my parents handed me less than a Jackson for a chore. And I guarantee you my mom didn’t feel like an incompetent oaf when she didn’t coat the house in glitter in the name of a mythical elf.

I’m toooootally not saying you shouldn’t throw confetti everywhere and claim that a leprechaun did it and evaded your elaborate obstacle course. You should – if you want to. But if you don’t feel like paying $40 at Party City for plastic whistles and stale candy all for this creature, you certainly shouldn’t. There’s another mom out there who is doing it, and there’s a very good — not certain, but very good — chance she’s doing it to compensate for something else. Maybe for spending more money shopping at Anthropologie than actually talking to her kids, or maybe because she is insecure about being compared to other moms.

But I guarantee you ladies that your 8-year olds aren’t going to school and saying, “God, why is my mom such a freakin’ ne’er-do-well? I asked for coarse glitter at the store and she gets fine glitter. And last night, she forced me to bathe. I hate her!’ More like, they aren’t even talking about you, or they are probably defending you. ‘Oh yeah? Well my mom makes better spaghetti. Yes huh!!” Kids don’t do much with putting down their parents, unless you’re a total loser, then I can’t help you and you should probably stop being an a-hole to your kid.

So this Easter, when your kid’s friend’s pretentious mom with the $500 highlights claims over green juice at Whole Foods that she’s going to fill organic plastic Easter eggs with $50 bills for her kids Tippy and Chip, you can just roll your eyes and say you’ll be giving your kiddos dollar-store jelly beans and actually spending time with them, which is really all they could ever want. And then make your friend pay for your green juice, because juices at Whole Foods are pricey as hell and she definitely has money to waste.

ANYWAY. Enough ranting, right? I’m not even a mother. Talk about highly unqualified.

So these brownie bites — Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites, to be precise. And they’re a doozy. Full of Cadbury Creme Egg goodness in every bite, thanks to the sweet stuff nestled deep in the middle of the chewy, fudgy brownie. The frosting is a thick, sky-high bite of vanilla buttercream — sweet, easy, and delicious, and swirled with white and yellow goodness to mimic the interior of that famed Easter candy.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!These brownie bites are the bomb, and I guarantee your cutie kiddo will agree! You won’t even need to slip ‘em a fiddy to agree.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!*inspired by Jenn’s recipe at Deliciously Sprinkled

5.0 from 4 reviews
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bites
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These adorable brownie bites are filled with luscious Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a thick, sky-high vanilla buttercream for a wonderfully sweet Easter treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 24 Cadbury Creme Mini Eggs, unwrapped
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup milk or heavy cream
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Easter-themed sprinkles, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil until a soft dough has formed.
  2. Spoon rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough into each greased muffin cup; gently press down with your fingers. Bake for approx. 10-14 minutes or until the tops appear set and the edges are light golden brown. Allow the cups to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then using the handle of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in the center of the brownie cup. Place a Cadbury Creme Mini Egg inside. Allow the brownie cups to cool before gently popping them out of the muffin cups. If needed, run the tip of a butter knife around the edges to help ease them out.
  3. Once brownie cups have cooled, make your frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and vanilla on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. If needed, add in the cream/milk to help thin it out if it's too thick. Spoon about half of the mixture into a separate bowl and add the yellow food coloring, tinting to your desired shade.
  4. Spoon the yellow frosting on one side and the white on the opposite side of a large, disposable piping bag attached with a large, open-star tip. Pipe high onto cooled brownie bites. Garnish with sprinkles. Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight at room temperature for a couple days.

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!These are way sweet, but totally awesome. If you don’t like Cadbury Creme Eggs, feel free to substitute with Cadbury Caramel Eggs or Cadbury Chocolate Eggs for a different flavor! :)

Thick and chewy brownie bites filled with Cadbury Creme Eggs and topped with a luscious, sweet & fluffy vanilla buttercream. The perfect sweet treat for Easter!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Do you like Cadbury Creme Eggs?

I have a sweet tooth, but I find them to be a little cloying sometimes. I can do one — maybe two — of the mini ones before calling it a night. Stopping at two candies a night? That’s unheard of around these parts.

But have you ever noticed when you add more sweetness, things somehow become a little less sweet? It’s science, babe, and it’s happening here.

Miss ‘I-Can-Only-Eat-Two-Cadbury-Eggs’ over here can easily polish off a basket full of these Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs. They’re a spin-off of my very first (and still extremely popular) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Except, instead of cookie dough, we’re using Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs for that Easter flair. And in my eyes, the brownie kind of helps cut the sugary fondant center of the infamous eggs, if that makes any sense. Brownies to the rescue!

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs have the miniature Cadbury Creme Egg in the middle of all this chaos. The next layer is a fudgy baked brownie. It’s simple: bake your fudge brownies, then press them gently in your hand, then wrap ‘em around the Cadbury egg – kind of like a brownie heating blanket. (Side note: we should market those). Then we coat the whole tamale in white chocolate and sprinkles, because sprinkles are scientifically proven to make life infinitely better.

The result? This madness. I’m not sorry.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Anywho. These little brownie bombs are the perfect treat for Easter gift baskets, mini goodies for coworkers or friends, or just because.

I’m leaning on just because.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs
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Perfect for Easter, these Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are made from real Cadbury Creme Eggs wrapped in fudgy brownies, then coated in white chocolate for the tastiest sweet treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 pan (13x9") fudge brownies, baked, cooled, and cut into approx. 1-2" squares (I recommend using Pillsbury's Chocolate Fudge mix)
  • 15 Cadbury Creme Mini Eggs, unwrapped
  • 1 pkg. Vanilla Candiquik
  • Assorted Easter sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper or a silicone liner; set aside.
  2. Take a brownie square in your hand and, using the heel of your hand, gently compress the brownie flat. Take a Cadbury Mini Egg and wrap it with the brownie, rolling and pinching the brownie in your hands until it covers the mini egg completely. Mold into an egg-shape if possible. Set on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  3. Once all the bombs are made, freeze them for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip each brownie bomb into the CandiQuik with a fork, coating it completely. Allow excess to drip off and return to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining brownie bombs.
  5. Once all bombs are coated, spoon the remaining CandiQuik into a small resealable plastic baggy. Seal out the air, snip off a corner of the bag, and drizzle the remaining CandiQuik over the coated brownie bombs. Immediately top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to set before serving.

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!You guuuuyysss. These bombs are soooo sweet and rich; the perfect Easter treat! Feel free to coat them with regular Chocolate CandiQuik if you’d like, but I like the Vanilla CandiQuik for an extra sweet touch to play off the fondant filling of the eggs. These are so fun!

These Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Bombs are the perfect Easter treat! Rich, fudgy brownies are wrapped around miniature Cadbury Creme Eggs, then the whole bomb is coated in white chocolate. So sweet & rich!Have a sweet weekend!!

xo, Hayley

REESE’S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball OREOS for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnbelievableMoments #CollectiveBias

Host the ULTIMATE Basketball Party with OREO Basketballs, Slam Dunk Coke Floats, and REESE'S Three Point Popcorn! College basketball season is in full swing and I’m sure there will be parties aplenty while everyone roots on their beloved college basketball team.

But sometimes throwing a party can a tad daunting, especially if its a sports-related one. No one sits down and eats a steak dinner during the major tournament, so party food has to be on point for it to be successful, am I right? And chips & dip, while delicious, are kind of predictable. So I’m going to show you how to throw the BEST Basketball Party without all the stress & fuss so you can spend more time eating… or, you know, watching the game :)

First up – party planning, obviously. No one just has color-coordinated plates and napkins lying around unless you live inside of a party supply store. I did most of my shopping at Target, where I purchased my ingredients for all of the treats you see above as well. Target has a great party supply selection with tons of different colored plate, napkin, and utensil items, and lots of fun decorations for any theme you could think of. Sports was an obvious one for this party, so I picked up some fun basketball confetti, these cool basketball plates and cups, and the basketball bouncy balls – party favors that no kid can resist.

MM1Bonus that all my ingredients were on sale at my local Target! Score!

If you don’t want to go with a generic basketball theme and would rather stick with your favorite college team’s colors, that would be great, too! Or if you know of two particular teams playing one another, you could go with all four colors to make it really festive and spirited.

DSC_0714AI found these super cute orange paper treat boxes and knew I could doctor ‘em up really fun for this party. I simply drew on a couple of arches on either side, a line down the middle, and one through the center for a basketball lining’s shape. Easy and SO cute… and of course, the perfect vessel to hold my REESE’S Three Point Shot Popcorn. It’s pretty awesome, you guys… so let’s talk about that for a sec.

3 Point Shot PopcornThis popcorn is the perfect sweet-and-salty treat for munching during the game and it couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I don’t know about you, but when eating something mixed up, like trail mix or chex mix, I’m always searching for my favorite component to eat first, and these REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis are that! They’re so adorable and the perfect miniature size for this popcorn.

(Psst.. if you have Target’s Cartwheel App, there’s a free coupon for REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis available from 3/15-4/4. Download it!)

DSC_0717ANext up? OREO Basketballs! Adorable basketballs made from OREO Cookies. Don’t cringe from intimidation – I promise these are a breeze to make. They do require a little bit of a steadier hand, and a disposable piping bottle, but they’re so worth the smidgen of extra effort. Not only do they look the part, they taste awesome. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate-covered OREOS? No one, that’s who.

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DSC_0738A(BTW, you can find a small piping bottle like this in the baking aisle of most stores, or sometimes even the craft aisle!)

Slam Dunk Coke FloatsLast up: my Slam Dunk Coke Floats. These bad boys are delicious, thanks to Coke Zero. Their motto is ‘you don’t know ZERO ’til you’ve tried it‘ and that’s so true. It tastes just like regular Coke but without all the calories and sugar. And did you know that Coke Zero and Target use special “drinkable” advertising and technology so people can try out Coke Zero for themselves with a free 20 oz coupon? Starting April 2nd, download the Shazam app to participate in these unbelievable experiences at a drinkable TV spot, jumbo-tron, or at CokeZero.com.

DSC_0723AThese are like your traditional Coke Floats but made with Coke Zero instead. I used fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt for the “dunks” of ice cream, but any icy-cold ice cream will work! They’re the perfect, refreshing way to indulge while watching pivotal, #unbelievablemoments during the game.

DSC_0708AANow back to the spread. Again, I went with a general basketball theme here but team colors would be a fun and festive touch should you throw your own Ultimate Basketball Party. I like to lay all of my components on the same table so guests know where all the good stuff is :) I like putting the packaging behind some items where people may not know what’s what, so as to offer better clarification. You could also put up cute placecards with the food or drink item’s name on it so folks know what they’re eating.

Also, when throwing parties, I don’t like to set out everything I have. Much like a retail shop, I keep some stuff out on the floor and some stuff behind so when something leaves the table, I can replenish it. This keeps the table from looking too full of busy and keeps me working off those calories from all the popcorn I’ve been eating :)

DSC_0731AI also like how everything is arranged on the table and a little scattered about. Don’t get me wrong; I love things tidy and orderly, but having a couple of straws left out (BTW, paper straws are a must!) keeps it lively. Scattering the basketball bouncy balls and plush basketballs about keeps your eye darting around and makes things interesting. And experiment with height – top OREO Basketballs on a medium-sized cake stand, the REESE’S Popcorn in tall treat bags, and use shorter cups for your Coke Floats. It keeps the table balanced, even if there are different shapes and sizes.

But most importantly… Have fun! It’s a freakin’ party, man. And even if your team loses, there’s still Coke Floats to fall back on… and that’s never a bad thing!

DSC_0732ANow, who wants some REESE’S Popcorn and OREO Basketballs?!

5.0 from 1 reviews
REESE'S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball Oreos for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!
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Recipe type: Treats
 
Ingredients
  • FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  • 1 pkg OREO Cookies
  • 2-3 pkgsorange candy melts
  • 4 squares chocolate bark
  • Piping bottle
  • FOR REESE'S THREE POINT POPCORN:
  • 8 cups popped popcorn (unflavored)
  • 1 pkg orange candy melts
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 pkg REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Minis
Instructions
  1. FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Prepare the orange candy melts according to package directions, until melted. Dunk each OREO into the candy melts, covering completely and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining melts.
  3. Melt the chocolate bark until smooth. Pour carefully into the piping bottle. Using a steady hand, draw basketball piping onto the surface of each coated OREO. Allow the piping to set before serving.
  4. FOR REESE'S POPCORN:
  5. Melt the candy melts according to package directions, or until smooth. In a large bowl, toss the chocolate with the popcorn, candy pieces, and REESE'S Minis. Lay out in an even layer on a flat work-surface covered in wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden. Once set, break into pieces and serve.

For more info on Mondelez products, such as OREO Cookies, be sure to visit their site and enter to win their ULTIMATE Basketball Prize! And visit Coke Zero’s site for info to get a 20 oz Coke Zero for FREE starting April 2.

Thanks for stopping by! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some popcorn to eat.

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Bailey’s Brown Butter Frosted Brownies

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! I remember when I turned 21, I wanted to drink everything in sight. Because, my rationing, I’m 21 and YOLO. (I wasn’t the most intelligent back then. Hindsight is 20/20, you know).

As I navigated my way through the world of beer, wine, and spirits, I quickly realized what I liked and what I didn’t. Hard lemonade = no bueno. Whiskey? The surprising like. Vodka? Talk about highway to hell. Flavored liqueurs (especially Midori)… hook me up to an IV with it.

But the one I didn’t delve into a whole lot were the cream liqueurs like Bailey’s. No reason why, just didn’t manage to get a hold of a bottle. But when I did, I realized this creamy, dessert-y drink is best paired with something equally sweet, like frosty ice cream, a glaze on spiced donuts, or, say, a fudge brownie recipe like this one.

If you’re like me and don’t have much experience with Bailey’s, or if it’s been awhile, let me remind you of what you’re getting yourself into. Bailey’s is a rich and creamy spirit that’s composed of a heavenly blend of Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur that’s spicy, sweet, and totally mind-blowing. While some people enjoy it straight or on-the-rocks, I prefer mine laced in desserts since the liqueur pairs so beautifully with sweeter flavors, like chocolate, caramel, and spice. Bailey’s also has other flavors, too, like Salted Caramel, Vanilla, and even Chocolate Cherry, but this recipe uses the original to really drive home that decadent Irish cream flavor.

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! Oh. And there’s brown butter in the frosting, too. You’re welcome. I can’t even tell you how magical the brown butter and Bailey’s pairing is; it’s simply perfect.

But don’t take my word for it. Take yourself back to your 21st year and make yourself these brownies! I think you’ll quickly discover a newfound love!

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies
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Thick, ultra-fudgy and topped with a creamy layer of brown butter and Bailey's frosting, these brownies are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day... or any other day, for that matter.
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ¼ cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup Bailey's Irish Cream Original Liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • About 2-3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Stir the hot fudge sauce and cinnamon into the brownie batter to combine.
  2. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake according to package directions, about 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Do not over-bake. Cool completely in the pan.
  3. While brownies cool, prepare your frosting. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Allow the butter to melt completely, then carefully watch it during the browning process. Over the next 5-7 minutes, the butter will begin to sizzle, foam and pop, eventually turning an amber color. Watch it closely to prevent it from burning, until the butter is a deep amber color with brown flecks in it. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl to cool completely.
  4. Once butter has cooled, combine it with the Bailey's liqueur, milk or heavy cream, and powdered sugar, stirring vigorously until a thick yet spreadable frosting is achieved. You want it thicker than a glaze, but something you can spread rather than pour. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.
  5. Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies. Allow the frosting to set, approx. 20 minutes or so at room temperature, before cutting into squares. Serve immediately.
  6. **For an alcohol-free version, feel free to substitute the Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur with Irish Cream-flavored coffee creamer instead. Bailey's makes a fabulous coffee creamer that tastes like Irish Cream but sans alcohol.**

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! These are so freakin’ good, you guys! I love the rich creaminess of the brown butter & Bailey’s frosting – it is so luxuriously decadent and sweet, flecked with all those golden brown butter nuggets and scented with the indulgent hint of whiskey. Amazing!

**For an alcohol-free version, feel free to use Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee Creamer in place of the liqueur. The flavor is the same, minus the alcohol. Use equal parts coffee creamer for the liqueur in the frosting recipe, and proceed as directed.**

Bailey's Brown Butter Frosted Brownies are rich and fudgy brownies topped with a thick, creamy and sinfully delicious Bailey's & brown butter frosting. The perfect sweet treat! Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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