Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! If you love peanut butter cups but wish they were jumbo-sized, I’ve got you covered! These Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars are just the ticket to squashing your giant PB cup craving!

I have yet to bake in my new kitchen… but that changes TODAY!

I have been dying to test out my appliances and get baking for my new neighbors, but the whole organizing your life back into order thing after moving is kind of exhausting. Who knew I had so much stuff that needed to be bubble-wrapped, then unwrapped, then put away? GAH.

And no, I have not read that magical book about tidying up, thankyouverymuch.

So basically I’ve been waking up, feeding my still-confused dogs and getting to work around the house. But oddly, I love all the chores of putting things away and wiping down my own counters. Yes, I’ve found some odd sense of joy in laundering my own socks, and I appreciate how nice it is to come home to a clean house.

I know this feeling will eventually wear off and I will want to set fire to my clothes rather than launder them, but for now I’m enjoying this new-house honeymoon stage 🙂

Anyway, I was thinking about what to bake first in my new place and these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars, which I’d previously made at my old place, came to mind. But the thing is… these bad boys are no-bake, so I don’t even need the oven to whip them up.

…Which is going to rock in a few months when it’s a bajillion degrees and turning on the oven is about as logical as jumping from a three-story building into a pit of rocks.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! These are slightly addictive; you’ve been warned! The base consists of a little confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumbs, which give them a slight crunch and helps the bar hold its shape. The mixture is poured into a pan and set in the fridge, then topped with a thick, smooth layer of chocolate ganache. The result is a deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cup bar that’s totally out. of. this. world.

Who wants to come over!?

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert!

Reese's Peanut Butetr Cup Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bars are like a fudgy, deep-dish PB cup! Totally easy to prepare, comes together quickly and is entirely no-bake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups honey graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use the natural kind, as it is too oily)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be runny. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the bar layer has somewhat firmed up, make the chocolate topping. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 20-30 seconds, stir, then heat again for another 10-15 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate once more for another 30 mins at least (up to overnight if you wish) before cutting into bars.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Fudgy, peanut buttery goodness topped with a silky smooth chocolaty layer. These bars are the definition of HEAVEN!

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Cookies & Cream Waffles

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make and eat. For starters, there are so many options: scrambles, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast… and those are just a few of your main course choices! Personally, I’m a big carb fan for breakfast, and my carb of choice would have to be WAFFLES. Big, fluffy, light-as-air waffles with a slightly crisp exterior and fully loaded with butter and syrup.

But sometimes, you need a change from the regular ol’ waffle. An upgrade, if you will. And these Cookies & Cream Waffles are quite the upgrade! Light and fluffy waffles studded with real chocolate sandwich cookie pieces and a wonderful, almost creamy vanilla flavor. And because you can’t just serve cookies & cream waffles plain, I jazzed them up with some whipped cream, chocolate syrup and additional sandwich cookies for a decadent treat that’s sure to please the entire family!

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad So for Breakfast Night tonight, whip up these easy waffles – made with Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix – for a simple yet sinfully delicious breakfast!

GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! Ultra rich, extremely decadent and super chocolaty, this Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake is one for the books!

So as dumb as this sounds, I didn’t realize how much stuff I have to pack for this whole moving-out business.

I have SO much crap.

I’ve been selling a lot of things on eBay and whatnot, and donating a ton of stuff, too. And there’s STILL a ton of crap!

Granted, I have a lot of food props – cake stands, miniature plates, an assortment of tarnished forks, and the like – ALL of which need to be bubble wrapped.

And who knew bubble wrap was so dang expensive!? Clearly I was ill-prepared for this whole moving business.

In between throwing old socks out and carefully wrapping cake stands, I’ve been stuffing my face copiously with this Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake. I know you guys are probably on diets with the whole New Year’s resolution business, and I respect that. That’s why this cake is just under 200 calories a slice. YOU ARE WELCOME.

But those of us who aren’t on diets, you will not be able to tell that this cake is somewhat diet-friendly. I promise you. There’s no dry, crumbly cake in sight and there’s certainly no fakeness, either. It’s all real-deal ingredients, ready for consumption and a lot of moaning at how delicious it is. What can I say? I aim to please.

So this cake recipe was inspired by a new cookbook I picked up recently called Incredibly Decadent Desserts by Deb Wise. It’s from the makers of Cooking Light Magazine, and normally I’m not a big diet person, but the cover (of what appears to be a thick slice of a s’mores concoction) won me over. And once I saw this recipe, the rest was history!

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! This cake is a cross between a brownie, a regular cake, and a molten lava cake in one decadent treat. It has the crackly top that everyone loves from brownies, a fluffy and moist cake texture, and the molten lava sauce built in. It’s truly a one-stop shop kinda dessert. (You’re doubly welcome).

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! And like I said, one piece (the pan yields about 9 pieces or so) clocks in at just about 200 calories, plus 1 Tablespoon of the sauce. Of course, you may want to add low-fat ice cream or froyo on top, but who am I to tell you how to live your life?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bubble wrap ALLTHETHINGS and eat ALLTHECAKE.

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! *adapted from Incredibly Decadent Desserts cookbook

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake
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This Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake is a cross between a brownie, a chocolate cake, and a molten lava cake in ONE decadent dessert!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 & ¼ cups strong HOT black coffee
  • Additional chocolate sauce, vanilla low-fat ice cream or vanilla fro-yo, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8" or 9" square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, ¼ cup of the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl until combined. Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla, stirring until just combined.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Batter will be very thick. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder and the brown sugar together in a small bowl until combined. Sprinkle this mixture liberally over the cake batter, covering it completely. It seems like a lot, but use it all! Then generously pour the hot strong black coffee over the top.
  4. Carefully bake for 23-28 minutes or until the top appears set and the edges are bubbly. Cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve, making sure you spoon the sauce (on the bottom) over the top!

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! I guarantee that if you whip this up for your Valentine, they’re going to fall in love with you fast.

This CHOCOLATE BROWNIE PUDDING CAKE is a cross between a crisp brownie, a fluffy cake and a molten lava cake in ONE dessert! Easy, FAST and impressive, it makes its own decadently delicious chocolate sauce in the same pan AND it's under 200 calories a slice! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Soft, chewy and totally rich, these Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are delightful! Super simple to make and easy to decorate for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday!

I love recipes that can be made holiday-ish or made for everyday consumption.

In the past, I was all about completely unique desserts using seasonal ingredients like Cadbury eggs or the flavor-of-the-moment Oreos. But I realize not everyone has access to those ingredients, which renders basically the whole recipe useless.

So now, I love making what we bloggers call “evergreen content.” This basically means it’s content that never really goes out of style year after year, or even within the seasons. And these Red Velvet Brownies most certainly fit that bill!

These guys have been the bane of my existence, to be frank. I have made like three or four batches of them before finally liking this recipe best. The first one was totally my fault – I goofed and added like 3/4 cup of cocoa powder to the batter, yielding a, well, brownie. No red in sight. The next batch, I added less cocoa but still too much for a red velvet color. And the third one I underbaked, because I still do that, people.

Finally, fourth time being the charm, I nailed it. And I think you’ll agree!

These are so soft, chewy and moist and flavored with all that red velvet goodness. They have just a touch of cocoa powder to give it that oomph without it being a full-on chocolate brownie. And of course, the red color is GORGEOUS! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas… or a random Thursday 🙂

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! But because I can’t leave anything be, I added a cream cheese frosting. (Because duh). It is so creamy, dreamy and smooth and totally drives home the red velvet flavor in these bars.

Mouth, prepare to be amazed.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! *adapted from my blondie recipe

4.5 from 2 reviews
Soft & Chewy Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 16
 
These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are awesome! Soft, chewy, fudgy and moist, they're topped with a decadently smooth cream cheese icing. Yum!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BROWNIES:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cubed
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce (one bottle) red food coloring
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE ICING:
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Let cool for 5 minutes, then whisk in the brown sugar until combined. Quickly whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda, flour and red food coloring until a soft batter comes together. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  3. Bake for approx. 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the powdered sugar until frosting is spreadable and light.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled brownies in an even layer. If using, top with sprinkles. Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours to set.

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! I hope you love the Red Velvet Brownies as much as I did! They went FAST in my house!

These Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredible! Soft, chewy, fudgy brownies flavored with red velvet and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! I’m not even kidding you – this is the BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting ever! Moist, tender, fluffy cake with a delectable frosting you have to try!

So today is my birthday – yay!

I am a whopping 26 years young. < I hate when people say that because I feel like I am old, not young, and this is why:

  • I go to bed by 9:30pm at the latest
  • I have to take my pills by 6:30pm or else I’ll suffer
  • I eat dinner around 4:30 every night
  • I have bad sciatica problems and often am seen clutching my sides and screaming “my HIPS!”
  • I’m an early riser
  • My knees literally make a crunching sound when I walk. They crack so loudly and crunchily that I can literally feel the crunch in my jowls. (Is that weird? Yes.)
  • I wear shower caps in the bath
  • I like pudding

I’m sure there are more reasons why I feel so damn old, but I can’t think of any, which is probably another reason why I feel old. *sigh*

ANYWAY. Today everyone in my family has to work, so I’m all alone (like every day) and the highlights of my day would be getting a massage in the evening, and buying two books that come out today. In other words, I’m getting CRUNK at 9am at Barnes & Noble.

I’m lame, I know. Don’t rub it in.

But you know what? I’m kind of glad I have a laid-back birthday, because sometimes there’s so much pressure on birthdays having to be these grand, extravagant things. Although I wouldn’t mind Tom Hiddleston taking me out for a drink later. (Call me, Tom).

The good news about all of this? I have CAKE! And I could not have asked for a better cake. Seriously, this stuff is better than a bakery cake. FOR REAL.

The cake recipe itself yields such a rich, decadent cake that’s moist and fluffy in texture with a tender crumb. You could feasibly eat this cake plain, it’s so moist and fabulous, but why would you skip out on fudge frosting?

And the frosting – Y’ALL HOLD ME. It’s so good. I ate a good several spatula-spoonfuls of it before frosting the cake and had to hold myself back from eating the whole bowl. It’s exactly what you need your frosting to be: fudgy, smooth, indulgent goodness.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Combine the two together and you have the world’s greatest cake, in my humble opinion. It really is that good.

Best of all, you can totally make this into a two-layer cake, cupcakes, or a Bundt cake, depending on how you prefer your cakes. I *almost* made this into a Bundt, but decided last minute on the ease of using a 9×13″ rectangular pan. I’ll leave some pan times in the recipe below!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Happy Birthday to me!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! *cake adapted from Hershey’s

The BEST Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting
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This fudgy, outrageously delicious Chocolate Cake may be the BEST Chocolate Cake I've EVER had. Seriously! You've got to try it with this decadent fudge frosting, too.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (I like Rodelle's Organic Cocoa)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup HOT black coffee (make sure it's strong!)
  • FOR FUDGE FROSTING:
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces (1 small box) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. Or, if using another pan, spray liberally with cooking spray (such as two 9" rounds, or a Bundt pan, or line 2 muffin tins with 24 paper liners).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add in the oil, vanilla, buttermilk and eggs and beat on low speed until combined. Gently and slowly pour in the hot coffee until the batter comes together. Batter will be quite thin; this is okay.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the pan or pan(s) or cupcake liners. Bake the 9x13" rectangular pan for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely. (Other pan times will be at the end of this recipe).
  4. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine the cubed butter and chopped chocolate bar. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds, stirring until completely melted and smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and beat it on HIGH speed for 5-7 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy. It's easiest to do this in a stand mixer.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake and smooth out the top. Sprinkle liberally with sprinkles, if using. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set before cutting into slices.
  6. FOR CUPCAKES: Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. FOR BUNDT CAKE: Bake for 55-65 minutes.
  8. FOR TWO 9" ROUND CAKES: Bake for 25-30 minutes.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! This cake is just out of this world, you guys! I hope you love it as much as I do!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting! So easy, impressive and quick to prepare. Fudgy, moist, fluffy cake with tender crumb and outrageous chocolate flavor topped with a homemade fudge frosting and sprinkles. Great for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion when you're craving chocolate! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Everyone’s had a peanut butter blossom cookie, but have you tried Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies?! These are so much easier than dropping cookies and make for gooey, fudgy bars!

I don’t know about you, but peanut butter blossoms are some of my favorite cookies.

A soft and chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a solid chocolate Kiss candy… just perfection!

I know they’re kind of Christmas-y, or at least, they’re popular at Christmastime in the Parker household. But I figured since they’re made with Kisses and Valentine’s Day is coming up… well, you can do the math 🙂

I found the idea for these from my friend Ashley over at Baker by Nature, and because I was pondering ways to make these cookies into bars. Personally, bars are one of my favorite things to make because they’re such a cinch – throw the ingredients into the pan and bake! No dropping, rolling, or cutting anything out, and certainly no waiting for batches to finish before you can put another pan in. Not even a dough chilling!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! And these could not be more simple, I promise! Made in one bowl, baked in one pan, mixed with one spatula. See? I told you this was already easier than the cookie version!

To make these, simply melt some butter. You can do this in the microwave, or on the stove – whichever you prefer. I honestly alternate, as sometimes I feel like I’d rather cook it on the stove, or perhaps my microwave’s being used.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!  Whisk some brown sugar and peanut butter into the melted butter, followed by eggs, vanilla, and your dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into a foil-lined & greased pan, scatter sugar over the top, and bake! Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven and dot the top with those adorable baby Kisses candies.

And then try not to freak out over their cuteness!

(By the way – these are BABY Hershey’s Kisses. I found them in the baking aisle (near the chocolate chips!) at Target. They’re seriously like half the size of a regular Hershey Kiss candy and they come unwrapped… and are perfect for baking. If you cannot find them, simply use regular Hershey’s Kisses!)

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are not only adorable, but seriously tasty, too! Fudgy, gooey peanut butter & brown sugar blondies topped with a sugary topping and cute miniature Hershey's Kisses! Just like the cookies but SO MUCH EASIER!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • Hershey's Miniature Kisses (available in the baking aisle at Target stores. If you cannot find these unwrapped mini Kisses, use regular unwrapped Kisses or even chocolate chunks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular 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 in medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the creamy peanut butter, followed by the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients until a thick, smooth batter comes together.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top liberally with the white sugar. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes, then dot the top with the miniature Hershey's Kisses or chocolate chunks. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Fudgy, peanut butter & brown sugary goodness topped with a crisp, crackly sugar topping and adorable miniature Kisses. These can’t get any better!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is exceptional! A fudgy brownie bottom topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding and topped with chocolate sauce. Decadent, divine, and oh so delicious!

Y’all – I am DONE with my book!

Where’s my flute of champagne?!

I am so so so glad I’m finished, but also kind of sad. I guess it’s like when you’re pregnant and you have the baby. You miss being pregnant, but you’re also like thank god it’s out of me so I can have my body back. Except replace “baby” with “book” and “body” with “life.”

And now I can slightly have my life back again, which means I can dip my feet yet again in the online dating world, or go on a vacation or drink champagne starting at noon daily because I’m done, y’all.

Of course, there’s still editing to do and whatnot, but that’s okay. The bulk of the work is over and for that I’m eternally grateful. Also, I’m never writing 2 books in 1 year again. (Ask me in 2018 and I guarantee I’ll do it again).

So now that the book writing’s over and the holidays have passed, it’s time to start shoving Valentine’s Day in yo faces. (Sorry not sorry!!)

And the perfect way to segue into Valentine’s Day is by giving you the recipe for this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie. Let me just say: it’s awesome!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!I have a recipe very similar to this one in my new book, and my book recipe had me thinking – there are a lot of different flavor combinations here besides the one I used! And because of Valentine’s Day, I figured strawberry was an appropriate choice… and boy, was I right!

First, you bake your brownie. It’s essential to use an 8×8″ pan size pouch of brownie mix here. If you can’t find that, measure out about 2 cups brownie mix and add your ingredients (I’ll post the measurements in the recipe below!!)

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Bake your brownie and let it cool. Then, whip up your strawberry pudding layer. It’s literally strawberry pudding mix + milk. Then fold in some whipped cream (or Cool Whip if you fancy like me) and spread that goodness over the brownie layer.

The hardest part is letting this bad boy refrigerate for a few hours to set and get all purty and fab. But once it’s ready to cut, just try not to face plant it.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is FANTASTIC! A fudgy brownie bottom, a fluffy & light strawberry pudding layer and it's topped off with chocolate covered strawberries and fresh whipped cream. So stunning and fabulous!
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 1 8x8" brownie mix pouch (See Note below), plus ingredients on back of pouch
  • 1 3.9 ounce box instant strawberry pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 6 chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Chocolate syrup
  • NOTE: If you cannot find the 8x8" pouch of brownie mix, use 2 cups of a fudge brownie mix and mix in ⅓ cup oil, 2 Tbsp water, and 1 egg)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the deep dish frozen pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet and prick the pie crust all over the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions, or see the note above. Pour the brownie batter into the pie crust and smooth out the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Whisk together the dry pudding mix and milk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ths of the Cool Whip until fluffy and light. Pour the strawberry mixture on top of the brownie layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate the pie for at least 6 hours or until set.
  5. Just before serving, pipe or dollop the remaining Cool Whip around the perimeter of the pie and garnish with the chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate syrup.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Fudgy, sweet, chocolaty and bursting with juicy strawberry flavor, this pie will be your Valentine!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Mint fans will love these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs! A creamy, no-bake mint Oreo truffle filled with chopped Andes mints, wrapped in fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. Decadent, minty goodness!

You guys… I have a problem.

A novel-buying problem.

No, not like an original buying problem. Like a novelBOOK buying problem. It’s getting a little out of hand. And by ‘a little’, I mean I’m buying like 3 or more a day since Christmas.

I now have 20 novels to read once I’m done writing my book (which should be supersuper soon!). All novels I’ve never read before and didn’t know existed because: I haven’t read a book in a year.

EEP.

I know, I know. How horrible, right? I’m an English major, a two-time author and a food writer and I haven’t read a book in a freakin’ year. But in my defense, I’ve been writing TWO books in one year, plus my blog, which is a lot of writing, FYI.

But I have read magazines! Lots of them. So at least I’m not a total ingrate, right? (Tell me I’m not pleasepleaseplease).

So I’m making up for lost time and that new book smell by buying ALLTHEBOOKS on Amazon and reading them front to back from here until Christmas again. So if you have a good book recommendation, leave it in the comments! (FWIW, I like ‘harder’ books – ones about addiction, marital troubles, troubled teens, you name it. Hard issues.)

Anyway! Now let’s talk about these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs which you need to read about and then promptly MAKE.

A few months ago, I posted these Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs and everyone seemed to go gaga for them, so I knew I had to do a fun spin with another Oreo flavor. Enter: the Mint Oreo Truffle.

Made with the Mint Oreos and ground up bits of Andes mints inside(!!) they are delightfully minty and SO EASY to make. Seriously, if you are or if you know of a mint lover, these are next on your list. Promise me?

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! And I know it’s *too soon* to talk about Valentine’s Day, but hear me out: I’m a food blogger, which means I gotta start cranking out V-Day recipes in early January in order for them to get traction, get seen, get pinned, etc. in time for February. SO, that said – these would make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie!

Now if you need me, I’ll be reading!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve!

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs
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These Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are delightfully minty, super chocolaty and a cinch to whip up. Impress your guests with these over the top truffles!
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ⅔ pkg (about 20 cookies) MINT Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • ½ pkg (4 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp mint extract, divided
  • 1 cup Andes mint chips, plus ⅔ cup for garnish
  • 1 pkg chocolate almond bark (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions for fudgy brownies. Pour into a greased 13x9" rectangular baking pan and bake for 19-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Do not bake too long as the brownies MUST be fudgy in order to make the bombs work. Cool completely.
  2. While brownies cool, make your Mint Oreo truffles. In a large bowl, combine the Mint Oreo crumbs, cream cheese, and ½ tsp mint extract with a rubber spatula until blended and moistened; fold in 1 cup of the Andes mint chips. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls of Mint Oreo truffles and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the brownies into 24 equal pieces, making sure to trim off the edges as they're too crusty and hard to work with. Take a brownie square and gently flatten it in the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the Oreo truffle, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hands to completely enclose the truffle. Place the brownie bombs onto the baking sheet. Freeze for approx. 30 minutes or until solid and firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions or until smooth and melted; gently fold in the remaining mint extract. Dip each brownie bomb into the chocolate coating, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet with a fork and sprinkle with remaining Andes mint chips, if desired.

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Minty, chocolaty, fudgy goodness wrapped in one bite-sized morsel of heaven. You’re welcome!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Moist, fluffy chocolate cake topped with a sky-high, sweet marshmallow buttercream frosting – these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are a can’t miss recipe for the winter season!

So California is having a week of rain.

And Californians are acting like Y2K is coming. Like, if Mother Nature even gave us one day of snow, we’d probably melt like the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz. 

And there’d probably still be some weirdo wearing cargo shorts and flip flops while it was snowing. (Side note: that irrationally grinds my gears, but I digress).

Californians can be so dramatic with the slightest of weather shifts. It’s raining for a week. We’re not having a hurricane. We’re in no threat of a tsunami. It’s seriously intermittent showers. I wouldn’t even use the term “downpour.” But natives have a colossal freak-out like it’s acid rain coming from the Gates of Hell.

Hello, Hollywood is in California. Of course we’re dramatic.

But during this non-torrential sprinkle of water falling from the sky, I bet I’m not going to be the only one cozying up by the fire and catching up on novels. I’ve gone a little Amazon-crazy the last few weeks ordering no less than 20 novels (not joking) to read when I’m done writing my book (which is soon! Yay!). I’m also going to use my newfound freedom to bake cupcakes, namely these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream. 

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! These cupcakes are one of my new favorites for a few reasons. One, the cupcake itself is super moist, fluffy, and extra chocolaty. It’s actually made with real hot cocoa powder in it to really ramp up that milky, creamy flavor. And the marshmallow buttercream is kinda sorta to-die for. Light, fluffy, sweet… it’s almost like a cloud sitting atop each cake.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! To really top it off, I sprinkled the tops with chocolate syrup and miniature marshmallow bits, which are teensy freeze-dried marshmallows you can find near the hot cocoa in the store. It just drives home that flavor, and they’re totally adorable to boot!

So whether it’s blizzard-ing, sunny, or kinda-raining, make these cupcakes this week and feel cozy no matter the weather 🙂

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream
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These Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are so perfect! Like little heavenly clouds and wonderful to make during the chilly winter months.
Ingredients
  • FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 & ¼ cups milk
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small instant hot cocoa packet (just the dry mix)
  • 1 (3.9 ounce) box instant dry chocolate pudding mix
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW BUTTERCREAM:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Miniature marshmallow bits and chocolate syrup for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 22 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, hot cocoa packet, and dry pudding mix together with an electric mixer until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Cream together the butter, marshmallow fluff, vanilla and salt together in a stand mixer until combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, alternating with the heavy cream until frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with marshmallow bits and the chocolate syrup.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Moist, fluffy cakes topped with a sinfully sweet marshmallow buttercream… these cupcakes can’t be beat!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream are a wonderful treat for anytime of year! Moist, fluffy, hot cocoa cupcakes topped with a light & smooth sweet marshmallow frosting. Easy, impressive and totally fun! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are such a fun new way to enjoy the season’s favorite sweet: peppermint bark!

So have you noticed nowadays during Christmas season, everything is peppermint barkified?

And now here I am, giving you more peppermint barkified treats. I’m not sorry.

But I think those peppermint bark purveyors are onto something: the stuff is seriously addictive, and nothing seems more wintry and delicious this time of year than the good ol’ P.B. (That’s not peanut butter, just FYI).

I got the idea to make this cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory because they have their own version of this P.B. goodness in the restaurant this time of year. When I took a bite, it was like heaven’s gates opened and angels sang – seriously life-changing.

But if your Cheesecake Factory is like mine, it’s a little pricey, AND it’s smack dab in the middle of the biggest mall in the area. Which means it’s smack dab in the middle of the worst parking lot in the area. During Christmas. I’ll let you figure it out.

So clearly jumping in the car, braving the crowds and finding a parking spot just for a piece of peppermint bark cheesecake isn’t in the cards. So I resorted to making my own… and I’m glad I did!

This comes from my Perfect Cheesecake Bars recipe, which I recommend you make if you’ve never tried it. Honestly, I prefer making cheesecake bars over an entire pan of cheesecake because A) they’re so much easier, and B) portion control! But if you’re a cheesecake connoisseur and prefer big ol’ pans of cheesecake, go ahead and make this into a larger cake. Just don’t blame me when you face plant the entire thing.

And since it’s less than a week to Christmas, you have plenty of time to make a test batch to enjoy before the big day! YOU’RE WELCOME.

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars
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Serves: 9
 
These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are my new favorite seasonal treat! Creamy, silky-smooth and packed with peppermint bark flavor and pieces in every bite!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 20 Oreo cookies, finely crushed into crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • FOR CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped peppermint bark pieces
  • Whipped cream, crushed candy canes and peppermint bark pieces for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Oreo cookie crumbs and melted butter, stirring until moistened. Press into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, but keep oven on.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint extracts, beating well. Lastly, add in the sour cream and beat well. Fold in the peppermint bark pieces.
  4. Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust and continue baking for 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and not sloshing around in the pan; if it jiggles a little, that's okay. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting into bars.

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas!Creamy, smooth and studded with real peppermint bark pieces, this cheesecake may be my new favorite flavor!

These Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bars are a winter wonder! Easy, creamy cheesecake bars made with an Oreo cookie crust and topped with a deliciously smooth cheesecake studded with peppermint bark pieces. So fabulous and perfect for Christmas! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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