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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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!

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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream
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Serves: 20-22
 
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

Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Attention all peppermint bark lovers! This Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge is the ticket to sweet peppermint perfection. Swirled chocolate and white chocolate fudge topped with crunchy candy cane pieces and peppermint chips!

I’ll admit: I’m a peppermint bark freak.

You could peppermint barkify just about anything and I’d inhale it as if my life depended on it. And in a way, my life kind of does depend on peppermint bark: it’s one of my favorite seasonal treats by far.

And so I got to thinking: I don’t have a whole lot of fudge recipes on my blog, and I don’t have a ton of peppermint bark recipes either.

That ^^ is precisely when the lightbulb moment happened. And the rest is blissfully delicious peppermint bark history.

This fudge has two layers swirled together: a chocolate layer, and a white chocolate peppermint layer. It’s super simple to make, because my fudge recipe is a no-brainer. Simply melt some chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together, add some extract and voila. DONE. No joke!

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Layer ’em up in a greased and foiled pan and let them set, which is by far the hardest part of the recipe. But if you practice patience with this recipe, I promise it’ll pay off big time!

Happy Fudge-Making! (Er, that sounds weird. Nevermind).

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray!

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Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge
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This Peppermint Bark Swirled Fudge is such a treat this time of year!
Ingredients
  • FOR CHOCOLATE FUDGE:
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE FUDGE:
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg white chocolate/vanilla chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup peppermint baking chips (such as Andes)
  • ½ cup crushed candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and condensed milk together over medium-low heat, stirring and folding it constantly until melted and smooth. Mixture will be quite thick. Whisk in the vanilla extract and pour the fudge in the bottom of the prepared pan, smoothing it into an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In another large saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips and condensed milk together over medium-low heat, stirring and folding it constantly until melted and smooth. Mixture will also be thick. Whisk in the peppermint extract and pour the vanilla layer over the chocolate layer slowly. Using a butter knife, swirl the fudge layers together. Immediately top with the peppermint baking chips and crushed candy canes.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until set before cutting into squares.

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Minty, soft, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth with crunchy bits of peppermint on top…. this fudge is out of this world amazing! Give it a try and let me know what ya think 🙂

This Peppermint Bark Fudge is such a simple dessert to whip up during the holidays! Soft, chewy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and vanilla swirled fudge with crunchy peppermint bits on top. A must make for a holiday party or cookie tray! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite! This Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a fun twist on a classic! Instead of solid chocolate, this special bark has a BROWNIE BRITTLE filling and is topped with lots of crushed candy canes. A triple dose of chocolate in one addictive and easy bark!

Can we talk minor pet peeves for a moment?

(I know, sorry. If you don’t want to hear me whine and cry, keep scrolling. And don’t complain about having to scroll, because I do not care. Thanks!)

When people I don’t know find out I have a food blog, naturally they have some questions. Those questions usually are:

How are you not 3457743 pounds?

Do you sell your stuff?

So… how do you even make money?

To which I happily reply:

I honestly do not know.

No, because in the pictures I take, you only see the nice few goodies. The rest are lop-sided, ugly, crackly, messy whatever. Or edge pieces, which I generally hate photographing. Little known secret.

I make money through a variety of sources. Namely, working with brands and through ads on my blog.

I really do not mind answering these questions; admittedly, my job is kind of odd because making money off of a website is still kind of a foreign concept. But what I do mind is when people think because I work from home that my job is just a “cute little hobby” or I can dog-sit for people who live two towns over or I sit around watching Real Housewives all day long.

Um. Not quite.

Yes, I do usually watch the newest Real Housewives episode on my lunch break, which I take later in the day since I can’t step away from the kitchen on recipe days, or away from the camera on photo shoot days. Sure, I could set a doctor’s appointment in the morning when everyone else is at their job, and yes, I sometimes have the entire Target to myself on weekday early afternoons. BUT, I still work. And like, a lot of work.

Work never ends, but you know what? I love it. And you know something else? It was a hobby… but now it’s a full-time job. And I am SO blessed and flummoxed that I can do this as a full-time career. But no, I cannot watch your dog all day long, I cannot run and get your prescriptions from the pharmacy, I cannot sit all day long watching soap operas (as much as I’d love to). Even though I wear yoga pants and slippers most days for “work”, I’m still working.

Phew. That was cathartic.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my latest career move? Turning Brownie Brittle into PEPPERMINT BARK!!

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite! This is a genius call on my part, I have to say. You’ve (I’m sure) seen Oreo peppermint bark, or the like. That’s fine and dandy, of course. But adding Brownie Brittle to the candy is a total GAME CHANGER.

And so, so exceptionally easy.

Make it today and thank me later!

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite!

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark
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Serves: 6-8
 
This Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a GAME CHANGER!! Triple the chocolate with tons of peppermint, it's a holiday must-have with a fun twist.
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers (in the baking aisle. If you cannot find these, substitute with a package of candy coating, like CandiQuik or Almond Bark)
  • 1 pkg Brownie Brittle
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg Ghirardelli vanilla melting wafers (see Note above)
  • 2 cups candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In two medium bowls, melt the melting wafers separately according to package directions or until smooth and melted.
  3. Pour the dark chocolate in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Immediately top with pieces of the Brownie Brittle. Pour the white chocolate over the Brownie Brittle chocolate layer and spread out to the edges to coat the brittle completely. Immediately top with a liberal amount of candy cane pieces.
  4. Allow the bark to set at room temperature for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for about 15 minutes before cutting into pieces.

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite! So easy, so fantastic, so pepperminty and perfect for the holiday season!

Brownie Brittle Peppermint Bark is a unique spin on classic bark candy! Dark chocolate, crisp brownie brittle pieces, white chocolate and lots of crunchy peppermint candies combine to make this EASY holiday favorite! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

No Bake Fudge Dreidels

These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids!These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are such a fun way to kick off Hanukkah this year! A great way to get the kids to help in the kitchen, these dreidels make a big batch for friends, family and yourself!

I admit, I don’t know much about Hanukkah, except that it lasts eight days and kids sometimes play dreidel for gelt. That’s about it. (Sorry to my Jewish friends!)

But I do know that I have quite a few readers who celebrate Hanukkah, so amidst all of the red & green Santa stuff, I wanted to bring you guys a treat you could indulge in. Enter: these No-Bake Fudge Dreidels.

The idea came to me after I read an issue of Woman’s Day Magazine and after I remembered I made Marshmallow Dreidels in the past. This version, similar to the one in the magazine, features FUDGE instead of marshmallows, making for one super chocolaty treat. However, both are no-bake, so give them both a try!

Plus, this recipe makes a lot so you can save some for yourself and pass the rest out to family and friends. Win-win!

To make them, just make a batch of my three-ingredient fudge. Easy peasy. It’s just chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Melt it all together and pour it into a pan to let it set. Once set, cut it into little squares, depending on how big you’d like your dreidel to be. Using a toothpick, skewer the fudge square and the bottom of a Hershey Kiss together to create the dreidel shape. Then dip, decorate and EAT!!

These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids!These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids!You are only limited to your imagination when decorating these dreidels. I used chocolate candy melts to create the Hebrew letters that correspond with the dreidel game (Gimel, Hay, Shin and Nun are the letters). You can also use sparkling coarse sugar sprinkles to decorate, or even use a different colored candy melt (such as blue) or luster dust (like silver) to coat the dreidels.

Whatever you do, if you love chocolate, you’ll want to make these!

These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids!

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No Bake Fudge Dreidels
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Serves: 36
 
These Fudge Dreidels are such a fun way to incorporate Hanukkah traditions into dessert! Easy, no-bake and makes a ton!
Ingredients
  • FOR FUDGE:
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (1 (12 oz) bag)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR DECORATION:
  • 36 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
  • 30 oz (approx. 3 bags) Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers (or another kind of melting chocolate/almond bark)
  • ½ bag (5 oz) dark chocolate melting wafers (such as by Ghirardelli)
  • Sprinkles for decoration
Instructions
  1. First, make your fudge. Line an 8x8" square pan with parchment and set aside. In a large pot, melt together the chocolate chips and condensed milk over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and pour the fudge into the prepared pan.
  2. Let the fudge chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or until firm. Once firm, cut into 36 equally sized squares.
  3. Using a toothpick, skewer each piece of fudge, leaving a small piece of the toothpick exposed. Skewer a Hershey Kiss upside down (pointed side down) onto the toothpick and rest it gently against the fudge. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Melt the vanilla melting chocolate according to package directions, or until smooth. Dip each dreidel into the vanilla chocolate, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the parchment-lined baking sheet to set, or top with sprinkles if using. Repeat with remaining dreidels.
  5. If piping on Hebrew letters, melt the dark chocolate according to package directions, or until smooth. Pipe Hebrew letters onto each dreidel. I find it's easiest to pour the melted dark chocolate into a small squeeze bottle with a small opening so you have more control of the chocolate. Let set, then eat!

These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids!Fudgy, chocolaty goodness in one unique and adorable Hanukkah treat!

These No-Bake Fudge Dreidels are wonderful for Hanukkah! Chocolate fudge and Hershey Kisses combine to create these unique treats covered in creamy white chocolate and sprinkles. So easy and fun to make with kids! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee uses only a few ingredients you probably have on hand! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee with a white chocolate and cranberry topping that’s perfect for the holidays!

Some days, I think I’m a genius.

I’ll be in Target, having stood and stared at the packages in the candy aisle for 20 minutes like a psychopath, and it will come to me: a brilliant recipe idea.

I’ll throw the ingredients into my cart and race home to make it, photograph it, post it and share it to the world.

And then sometimes I’ll realize, only after I’ve made it and declared my brilliance in the middle of a Target, that someone else has made something super similar, or exactly the same, as my “brilliant” idea.

Today is that day, folks.

My adorable, beautiful, sassy friend Kate from Diethood made this recipe a few years ago, and when I went to make it, I happened to catch her latest share of it and thought, drat! But then, hey, I’m in good company! 

So yes, Kate made it first. She also uses saltines which is an awesome idea if you happen to have those on hand, which – who doesn’t?

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! My recipe uses butter club crackers because those are my fave and we had a box at home that somehow managed to avoid being devoured .234768 seconds after we bought it. Tomato, tomahto. Use what you want! This recipe would also work swimmingly with graham crackers or Ritz crackers.

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Boil up your toffee mixture for exactly three minutes. Add in some vanilla (because duh), then pour it over your cracker layer until it covers all the crackers in a warm, toffee blankie. Bake the toffee just so it gets all set, then sprinkle on some white chocolate to melt and spread it around. Sprinkle on some dried cranberries and voila! You now have made the most addictive snack ever.

So I may not be a genius, but that’s okay. At least I can eat my feelings in this toffee. #blessed

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! *adapted from here 

Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee
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Serves: 4-6
 
This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee is highly addictive and super easy to make! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee topped with a creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries.
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve (about 40-45) butter club crackers (you may also use saltines, graham crackers, or Ritz crackers - I don't measurements for any substitutions; just make sure whatever cracker you use covers your pan)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & ½ cups white chocolate chips (1 (12 oz) bag plus an additional ½ cup), divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan (15"x10" or mine's 16"x11") with parchment paper, bringing the parchment up the sides of the pan. Fill the entire bottom of the pan with an even layer of club crackers. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once it starts to boil, set your timer and boil for exactly 3 minutes, stirring the entire time. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the hot toffee mixture evenly over the crackers, trying your best to cover all of the crackers with the hot toffee. Use an offset spatula to help you quickly spread the hot toffee across all the crackers.
  4. Bake for approx. 6-7 minutes. Mixture will be bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the 2 cups of white chocolate chips. Return to the oven for 1 minute. Remove from the oven and let the white chocolate chips set on the toffee for about 2 minutes, then use another offset spatula to spread the white chocolate around evenly. Sprinkle with the dried cranberries.
  5. In a small bowl, melt the remaining white chocolate chips until smooth. Drizzle evenly over the toffee. Cool completely, then break into pieces.

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar toffee studded with tart, juicy cranberries and creamy white chocolate. I cannot resist this toffee and neither can you!

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties

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

You guys.

I am DONE with my book!

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

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

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

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

BUT BUT BUT! These are better. Seriously.

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

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

Be a wise guy and make ’em!

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

Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties
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Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 40-50
 
These Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties are so wonderful! They make a ton and are great for giving holiday gifts.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 & ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg (16 oz) chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside briefly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, corn syrup and extracts together on medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until fluffy and well combined. Beat in the powdered sugar slowly to incorporate, then on high until completely blended.
  3. Roll a teaspoon or so of dough in your hands to form a ball and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, then with your fingers, gently press down to form a patty. Freeze the patties for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Melt the candy coating according to package directions until smooth. Dip the peppermint patties into the chocolate using a fork and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. I like to dip the fork tines in the chocolate before dipping to ensure the sticky patty doesn't stick to the fork's tines. Gently push the coated patty off of the fork using a toothpick and, if using a garnish, sprinkle while the chocolate's wet.
  5. Allow patties to set before serving.

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

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

xo, Hayley

Easy Bourbon Balls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can we cheers to that?!

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

Easy Bourbon Balls
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Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 24-26
 
These Easy Bourbon Balls are a wonderful no-bake treat for the holiday season! Similar to rum balls but made with rich, amber-colored bourbon instead.
Ingredients
  • 1 (11 oz) box Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, plus ⅔ cup
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup high quality bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the finely crushed Nilla Wafer cookies with the finely chopped pecans, ¾ cup of powdered sugar and the cocoa powder. Stir the corn syrup into the bourbon until blended; add to the Nilla Wafer mixture.
  2. Using a spatula, stir the mixture together until moistened and combined. Using a cookie scoop, scoop Tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture and roll them in your palms gently to smooth out. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls.
  3. Using the remaining ⅔ cup powdered sugar, coat each bourbon ball in powdered sugar. Chill for about 20-30 minutes or until set before serving. Can be stored in the fridge, covered, or at room temperature, covered.

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

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

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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