Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! I’ve been binge-watching Orange is the New Black for the last week. And frankly, I cannot get enough.

You know how the world kinda sorta stops when you binge-watch something? You throw any and all spare time out the window in lieu of staring at a television screen for hours upon hours a day? You neglect basic chores around the house because you can’t.tear.away. Hell, you even stay up hours later than you normally would and wake even earlier than usual just so you can watch onemoreepisode. Yeah, that’s been my life (or lack thereof) for the past couple days.

Granted, I’ve somehow managed to get some work done in between episodes, but for the most part, any and all free time has been dedicated in front of the TV, eyeballs glued to these inmates. I feel like a prisoner, but not really. You know what I mean?

And besides my siblings, who are bursting at the seams trying not to spoil the next episode for me and are waiting antsy for me to finish up this season, I don’t have anyone to talk to about it. I’m dying to discuss who I hate, who I like, who I’m suspicious of, and gossip like the woman I am. Whyyyyy do I not have friends? (Probably because in my spare time I’m binge-watching TV, but it could be worse).

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! But like I said, I’m still semi-productive. I mean, I made this Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu didn’t I?

And you guys – this tiramisu is ridic. I mean, superfantastically ridic. The idea came to me when I was perusing snack options at the store for a later TV sesh. I spotted the oatmeal creme pies, thought briefly of tiramisu, and voila. The rest is delicious history.

And much like my show, I just can’t get enough.

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu
Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 9
This tiramisu has a unique ingredient: Oatmeal Creme Pies! It's delicious, chewy, and totally fabulous.
  • 20 Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a handheld mixer on medium speed, until combined. Fold in the Cool Whip and set mixture aside.
  3. Lay 8 Oatmeal Creme Pies into the bottom of the dish. Cut the remaining two to fit until there's one solid layer of pies. Drizzle HALF each the chocolate syrup and coffee on top of the layer. Spread HALF of the cream cheese mixture on top. Top with remaining Oatmeal Creme Pies, cutting to fit if necessary. Drizzle with remaining coffee and chocolate syrup, then top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Dust top with cocoa.
  4. Allow the tiramisu to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Flavors develop better overnight. Cut into squares and serve!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! This no-bake dessert is one for the books! Chewy, sweet, cinnamon-spiced and absolutely perfect. You’ll love this unique Oatmeal Creme Pie twist!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley


Donut Tiramisu

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!You guys. This tiramisu is out of control in the best way possible.

I mean, instead of boring old ladyfingers, I made it with yeasty, maple-y donuts. WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

(The answer: another slice. Because I’m woefully lacking it right now).

This idea came at me in a couple of different directions. First, I knew I wanted to make tiramisu because I just got this brand spankin’ new Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Machine delivered to my door as part of being their Brand Ambassador. And you guys, this brewer is totally amazing! Here’s why.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewFirst of all, it’s called ‘FlexBrew’ because it’s a flexible brewing machine… meaning it will brew a carafe’s worth of coffee on one half, and brew a single cup of coffee on the other. Pretty neat, right? As someone who drinks only a cup of coffee but uses a carafe to brew (all the waste – tragic, I know), this is a genius solution for me. When company comes over, or for lazy Sundays where I can drink cup after cup, the carafe side is perfect. Simply switch the dial to “Carafe” to brew. But for most days, I’m a single serving kinda gal, so I’ll just switch the dial the other way and brew my solo cup.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewIt’s pretty genius, you guys.

So with this new coffee magic, I knew I would brew a pot of coffee so I could simultaneously drink my coffee, make my tiramisu, and serve it with my tiramisu. Brilliance!

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!And then I got to thinking – I’ve never actually seen ladyfingers in real life. Does my grocery store even carry those? Are the only people who consume ladyfingers regularly old ladies? Donuts also go with coffee, so why not use those? Donuts. Yes. Donuts.

And here you have it, in all its glory. And it really, truly is glorious.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!*adapted from my Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu recipe

Donut Tiramisu
Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 9
This Donut Tiramisu is packed with rich coffee and chocolate flavors and a delightful whipped cream cheese filling. You won't be able to resist having another slice!
  • 4 long john donuts (or another bar-shaped, unfilled donut), split lengthwise
  • 1 (12 oz) container whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • ¼ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Line four halves of the donuts along the bottom of the dish. Drizzle with half of the chocolate sauce and coffee evenly. Set aside. Meanwhile, cream together the whipped cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon with a handheld mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip until combined. Spread HALF of the mixture evenly over top of the donuts. Lay with the remaining four donuts, drizzle evenly with coffee and chocolate, and top evenly with the remaining Cool Whip mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight, if possible. Cut into squares and serve.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!This tiramisu is packed with that fresh-from-the-fryer donut flavor. Rich and maple-y, this tiramisu is soft, light and fluffy, studded with cinnamon and bursting with coffee and chocolate flavor. You’ll love it and the fun donut twist!

For more information on Hamilton Beach’s FlexBrew Coffee Machine, be sure to visit their website! You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a machine to sample in my own home as a brand ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Tiramisu Poke Cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

5.0 from 1 reviews
Tiramisu Poke Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 15
This Tiramisu Poke Cake is rich and velvety, bursting with coffee flavor and Kahlua and coated in a thick and creamy whipped topping.
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (6 oz) carton cafe au lait yogurt (I used Yoplait Greek)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Cocoa powder and powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. First, prepare your cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set pan aside. Prepare your cake mix according to package directions. Stir in the espresso powder and the cinnamon to combine.
  2. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cake completely. Once cake has cooled, poke holes in it using the handle of a wooden spoon, careful not to completely penetrate the cake all the way through.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, condensed milk and Kahlua until blended. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, careful to fill the holes as best as you can. Allow the cake to sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then spread the Cool Whip on top in an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate the cake for about 4 hours, or overnight, to settle and allow the flavors to combine and absorb into the cake. Cut into squares and serve! Store leftovers covered in the fridge for about 3 days.

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

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

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

baileystiramisuBailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu

toffeetiramisuToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley


Toffee Tiramisu Brookies

toffeetiramisuSo, remember when I told you about OkCupid?  Yeah, it got worse.

And remember when I told you about my hatred of monkeys?  Well, in case you didn’t know (or don’t remember all my weird idiosyncrasies) I hate monkeys.  I positively loathe them.  I think they’re hideous, I think they’re evil, I think they’re gross and I just absolutely HATE them.  Always have.  It’s in my DNA or something, like having detached earlobes and liking Led Zeppelin.  I am unable to shake my inexplicable hatred of monkeys.

Over the years, people usually find this funny and sometimes ask questions like, “well what about baby monkeys?” or “what about spider monkeys?” or “what about the fact that we could have come from monkeys?” and I just rebuff them all with the same statement over and over: I just freakin’ hate them.  And am wishing for a monkey genocide.  That is all, plain and simple.

So when making my OkCupid profile, I gave a small list of random things I like.  Some things included: iced black tea, baking, going on long walks, Gerbera daisies and “all animals except monkeys.”  I wrote it because it’s true, and why not?  It’s just as random of fact as saying I like iced black tea.  I paid no mind to what I’d written.

And then, the influx of emails came.  And the word ‘influx’ doesn’t even accurately describe the obscene amount of emails I received.  Imagine what it’d be like if President Obama gave everyone his personal email and said, “tell me what you REALLY feel.”  It’d be like that times a billion.

Guys from around the Sacramento area saw my profile, my cute pictures, my fun facts about liking tea and daisies and bombarded me with emails about — my hatred of monkeys.  Not. Even. Joking.  Of the 100 or so emails I received in that weekend, about 90 of them consisted of SOME question regarding monkeys and why I hated them.  When I would reply, “I just think they’re evil and gross and I hate them” thinking that this answer should shut most people up, I was greeted with another email continuing to question my answer.

“Well, why do you hate them?  You must have had a terrible personal experience.”
“Oh man, did one fling poop at you at the zoo?”
“It sounds like you were traumatized by a monkey before.”
“Monkeys are funny, though!  They fling poo!  Why do you hate them?”

Soon, the entire male population on OkCupid in the greater Sacramento region morphed into less-intelligent versions of Sherlock Holmes, trying to crack the Great-Hayley-Monkey-Hatred Case of 2014.  Some would eventually back off.  Others continued to pester until I deleted our conversation and refused to acknowledge them.  Some would change the subject, I’d realize they were okay, I would give them my number, and then they’d keep talking about monkeys.  This particular incident involved me shouting (out loud) at my phone while on the treadmill at the gym “JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!!” before angrily typing some expletives and not-so-nice words to the poor Lothario on the other end.

Is Sacramento some kind of monkey-loving city and I’m this weird outcast?  Is hating monkeys a criminal offense punishable by heinous amounts of inquiring emails?  I didn’t realize that casually mentioning that I hated monkeys was somewhere near cannibalism and burning kittens on the “Awful Human Scale.”  Jeeeeeeeeez.


So, needless to say, I deleted that tidbit about the monkeys off of my profile as I strongly considered becoming a nun since this whole online dating thing seems to be filled with creepy internet trolls, anyway.

DSC_0626ASomewhat related but mostly not, I used to adamantly say I disliked tiramisu only because I wasn’t a huge chocolate fan and hello, it’s a chocolate dessert.  It wasn’t until I tried it recently that I realized it. is. phenomenal.  And lately, brookies have been sweeping through the interwebs (Aimee’s is a classic and I love Julianne’s minty twist!) so I decided to combine these two very different desserts to create a fun and unique treat that is sure to please everyone, even non-chocoholics like myself :)

Time to eat up, my little animals!


5.0 from 4 reviews
Toffee Tiramisu Brookies
Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 24
A classic tiramisu is transformed into this fun brookie recipe -- a bar dessert that combines cookies with brownies.
  • 1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened to room temperature
  • 1 pkg brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup strongly brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll the sugar cookie dough onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish in an even layer; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the brownie mix in a large bowl by mixing together the brownie mix, eggs, oil and brewed coffee until smooth and no lumps remain. Pour the mixture evenly on top of the cookie layer. Sprinkle liberally with the toffee bits.
  4. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is mostly set (a little jiggly is okay as it will continue to set up as it cools). Do not over-bake. Allow the pan to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  5. Consider topping these bars with a huge scoop of mocha almond fudge ice cream, hot fudge and more toffee pieces!

DSC_0619AI love this unique take on tiramisu!  The sugar cookies act as the Ladyfingers but they’re infinitely awesomer because they’re sugar cookies, duh.  And if you’ve never tried mocha brownies before (a basic, but so so good!) you must!  Adding the brewed coffee to the mix instead of the water totally elevates the chocolate fudge flavor of the brownies and makes them sensational.  It also makes it impossible to tell if this dish was made entirely from scratch since it lends that homemade feel to a basic boxed brownie.  And I love the fun addition of the crunchy, buttery toffee bits!  So fun and SO delicious!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu

baileystiramisuSo I recently joined OkCupid and I have to say, what am I doing?

First of all, within the first 24 hours of signing up I was so bombarded with emails from prospective Lotharios that I had to shut my computer and phone off because I’d get a new message ping every second or so.  Needless to say, I’ve never felt like a pimp more in my life [it was kind of awesome, even if 99% of the people messaging me were not so awesome].

Second of all, after perusing my options in my inbox alone, I have to say, what are people doing?  Because their idea of a first impression is clearly a very awful one.  Take for example profile pictures.  Of all the picture opportunities one has, you post that picture?  The blurry one where I can barely distinguish human-like features?  Or the over-exposed one where you just have scary eyeballs boring into my soul?  Or the one of you standing on top of a mountain and you look like the size of an eyelash on my screen?  Or my personal favorite, the dude-bathroom selfie where you’re half naked & flexing in your dirty bathroom; bonus points if you have some ridiculous tribal tattoo going down the length of your bicep.  Yeah, I’m not asking you post a professional headshot, but maybe don’t show me your boobs on the first impression?  Or make me wonder if the lighting ate the bottom half of your face?  Thanks.

Thirdly, the messages they send are redokulous, people.  I can’t fathom saying some of those things to someone because the cheesiness level is out of this world and onto a scary, creepy planet in outer space where I can only imagine Justin Beiber’s weird mustache and where Robin Thicke came from.

Like the guy who said he wanted to serenade me in an Amazon rain forest where we could dance with monkeys.  Not. Even. Kidding.

Or the guy who seemed super normal until I asked what his hobbies were and he responded, ‘I’m a bad boy.’ Uhhhhhhh delete.

Orrrr the guy who told me his life story and weirded me out so bad I didn’t log on for the rest of the day: “I’m 23 years young, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned from them, I’ve been in love, I’ve had my heart broken.  I’ve broken bones, I’ve met celebrities.  I’ve traveled the world.  I’ve seen the deserts of Egypt and the beaches of the Caribbean.  I’ve skydived, I’ve built homes in Mexico, I’ve had triumphs and successes but also great failures.  Yet even having had made all of these experiences, it still doesn’t matter because I haven’t yet met you.”

So yeah, needless to say I’m kind of over it already and it hasn’t even been a week.

HOWEVER, givin’ credit where it’s due, there are some nice, funny and awesome guys I have met on there… so far.  How many people they’ve killed or how much they love the Disney Channel has yet to be determined, but it looks like they could be promising in a non-creepy way.  Yay!

And as long as the body count is under five, I suppose I’m okay with that.  KIDDING.

Anyways, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up if you haven’t realized!  Six days and counting, people — do you have any fun plans?  Usually, I’ll make something somewhat Irish-y and we’ll drink beer.  But this year I am FOR SURE making this amazing Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu because it is out of controoollllll goooooood.

DSC_0595AI first tried tiramisu while at Disneyland with Elizabeth in January and was in love.  It was so fluffy and soft and had a pleasing texture I could handle [I’m a major texture person and sometimes even pudding is too much for me!].  Plus, I loved the hint of rich coffee which brought out the sweetness of the chocolate.  I was in heaven!  I knew when I got home I wanted to recreate that dreamy creamy tiramisu but with ingredients I could easily find and with a fun twist.  So I immediately thought of using Twinkies instead of the classic Ladyfingers, and Bailey’s Irish Creamer in the filling for a nice, spiked twist.  If you’re making this for kids, feel free to use the Bailey’s Coffee Creamer for the same taste sans the alcohol.

Otherwise, EAT UP!!

DSC_0611A*recipe adapted from Kristan’s version 

4.7 from 3 reviews
Bailey's Twinkie Tiramisu
Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 9
If you love tiramisu, you'll fall for this dreamy spin on the classic made with Twinkies and Bailey's Irish Cream for a fun & festive St. Patty's Day kick. But don't save it only for the 17th of March-- you must make it yearround!
  • 10 Twinkies, split in half lengthwise (vertically) -- point the Twinkie upwards toward yourself and gently slice it in half lengthwise
  • 1 (12 oz) tub Whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Bailey's liqueur OR 3 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Coffee Creamer
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup strongly brewed black coffee, cooled
  • Chocolate Syrup (the sundae/chocolate milk kind, about ½ cup or so)
  • Cocoa powder & cinnamon for dusting
  1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the whipped cream cheese, sugar, Bailey's creamer or liqeuer, and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy and combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until combined; set aside. Meanwhile, whisk the chocolate syrup into the cup of brewed coffee until combined.
  3. Lay 5 Twinkies cream-side up in the pan (this will equal to 10 Twinkie halves)-- should be two rows of five. Drizzle half of the chocolate/coffee mixture on top of the Twinkies. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the Twinkie layer.
  4. Layer the other half of the Twinkies cream-side up; drizzle with the remaining coffee/chocolate mixture and the remaining cream cheese mixture in an even layer.
  5. In a sifter, sift together a generous scoop of cocoa powder and about a teaspoon or so of cinnamon (more to taste). Sift evenly over the top of the tiramisu. Allow the tiramisu to set in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight before cutting into squares to serve.

DSC_0600AI love the fun kick of the Bailey’s in the whipped cream cheese mixture!  It adds a unique flavor to the tiramisu that I know you’ll enjoy!  The real star here?  The Twinkies!  I love that they’re used in place of Ladyfingers which are typically dry and lacking flavor.  The Twinkies are plush, creamy and absorb all of that luscious chocolate/coffee mixture.  I think you’ll fall in love with this!!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Coffee Caramel Buzz Donuts [Ben & Jerry’s Week!]



I have a bone to pick with adults.

I know I’m an adult, but seeing as I consider buying heels with American flags on them as a crucial investment, I’m not the most adult-y adult in the world. I’m talking about those tried-and-true adults. You have a house, a car, probably a family, a 401K, and are in the over-40 bracket. YOU guys.

So first of all, you guys are great. You’ve long made up for your dorky teenage ways, you’ve successfully navigated through the murky, awkward waters of your 20s, you hopefully lived up your 30s since I have heard rumors that your 30s rock, and are now coasting away from the fast lane toward the comfy middle zone of your 40s. Or maybe you’re in your 50s, or maybe just retired (in which case I am unapologetically jealous). Keep up the good adult-y work.

But like, I’m thinking that when you do reach that over 40-age, you guys get it in your head that playing the Age Game is appropriate again, and I have to wholeheartedly disagree.

You know when you were a kid and you had no filter and said silly things, like that time you went to pick your obviously-overweight aunt up from the airport and she said “come and gimme a hug!” and you shouted in your childish candor, “No! You’re fat!”

Or when you are curious about the ages of those around you and ask everyone how old they are and adults usually make a face and say ‘it isn’t nice to ask people their age’ and then they drop the subject for eternity? EXCEPT NOT, because they’ll end up asking you when they’re over 40 and you’ll be in THEEEE MOST awkward spot ever.

I don’t know if I have a giant sign on my forehead that says “Flattering Age Guesser” or not, but apparently I have been the person to ask about a stranger’s age. I was minding my own damn business getting groceries a few days ago when the chip distributor began chatting me up. He had asked how old I was and I didn’t bat an eye when I said “22.” I didn’t bother asking him how old he was because I figured this age question was a double-edged sword and also because I didn’t really care. But then he said, “How old do you think I am?!” and looked at me like I held the secrets to the universe in my hot pink head.

And it was then that I began crawling in a dark recess of my mind wondering HOW in the world I could appropriately answer this question without being A) an obvious liar by choosing an age too low, or B) a complete jerk for selecting an age too high.

So I chuckled and said, “it doesn’t matter — you look great!” but my flattering comeback did not satisfy the chip distributor and he grilled me again, “No, I wanna know–how old do you think I am?!” I tred to explain I was never very good at math and I grew up under a rock and didn’t know how to count over 22, so unfortunately I couldn’t even fathom a guess to his age, but he kept pestering me until I finally blurted, “35.”

35 seemed to satisfy the chip distributor, because he basically acted like I had given him a million dollars and began smiling like crazy before admitting he was turning 51 in September. Thinking I had escaped the crazy age game, later that day I went to get frozen yogurt when the yogurt shop lady insisted I guess her age, too. I wondered briefly if the universe was playing a cruel joke on me to test my graciousness, and so I blurted, “35.” The yogurt shop lady gave me three extra punches in my frequent-buyer card and replied, “I’m turning 49 this year.”

So the moral of the story is, tell people 40 and older that they look 35. It seems to shut them up just fine. Just make sure you don’t tell people 35 and younger that they look 35, or else you’ll kind of seem like a jerk. And that’s only okay to be a jerk when you’re a kid and calling out your aunt for being fat.


Anyway, adults seem to like adult-y things, namely coffee. And donuts. So for Ben & Jerry’s Week, I wanted to celebrate the 35 and under adult in all of us by making some coffee-flavored donuts based off Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Caramel Buzz ice cream flavor!

Eat up!

DSC_1027ACoffee Caramel Buzz Donuts *donut base recipe adapted from Jocelyn’s Vanilla Chai Donuts recipe 

Coffee Caramel Buzz Donuts [Ben & Jerry's Week!]
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Serves: 6
The perfect accompaniment to a big cup of coffee -- or this iconic Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor.
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup vanilla yogurt (can use plain)
  • ⅓ cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp malt powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Caramel Glaze [recipe and ingredients follow]
  • Toffee bits (approx. 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 2 cups powdered sugar*
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a 4-cavity long john donut pan or a 6-cavity regular donut pan; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the baking soda, baking powder, malt powder, salt and flour. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey; beat together with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the egg, yogurt, coffee, and extract and carefully beat to combine. Gradually add the wet mixture to the flour mixture until a dough forms.
  4. Pour the batter into a gallon-sized Ziploc baggy; seal out the air. Snip off a corner of the baggy and carefully pipe the batter into the greased donut cavities, about ⅔ full. Bake the donuts for approx. 10 minutes (in the long john pan) and approx. 11-12 minutes (in the regular donut pan). Allow the donuts to cool slightly in the pans, about 5 minutes, before carefully inverting them to a wire rack to cool completely. Bake any additional donut batter, if needed. Once donuts are baked & cooled, prepare your glaze.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and vanilla together, stirring continuously. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, constantly stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until darker in color. Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time. Add more powdered sugar to thicken the glaze if need be*. The glaze shouldn't be too runny but shouldn't be as thick as icing, either.
  7. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Repeat the dunk process one more time. Return the donuts to the wire rack and sprinkle immediately with toffee bits. Allow the glaze to set, about 10-15 minutes, before serving. These make about 6 long john donuts or about 8-10 regular donuts, and can be kept at room temperature for a couple days, stored airtight.


DSC_1032AThese donuts have a subtle, warm coffee aroma to their tender, moist crumb. The malt powder adds that unique flavor to the coffee which is strikingly similar to the ice cream! And can I just say I’m obsessed with the caramel glaze? Sinfully delicious! Perfect for any adult of any age :)

Stick around! I have some more awesome Ben & Jerry’s Week Recipes still to come!

Happy Eating,

xo, Hayley


Double Chocolate Fudge Oreo Mocha Muffins

As a kid, we always had Oreo cookies stashed in our cupboards.

They were such a fun snack to look forward to after a long, arduous day of monkeying around on the playground at recess.

Of course, with Oreo cookies comes one problem: how you eat it.

There wouldn’t be an age-old question if there wasn’t an issue, people.

So, how do you eat an Oreo?

Do you twist the cookies apart and eat one after the other? Scrape the frosting off with your teeth and then eat two nekkid cookies? Eat the entire thing whole? Dunk it in milk? There’s so many possibilities to eat it that you could probably eat an entire package of Oreos, eating each individual cookie a different way and you still would have other ways you could have eaten them.

Personally, I pick apart everything I eat. Pizza is eaten toppings and cheese first, sauce scraped off, and then the bottom + crust. Sushi is eaten rice first, then the insides. Sandwiches and Poptarts are eaten crust first, then the sandwich. Most other sandwiches are eaten top bread first, then toppings, then bottom bread, or top bread first, then an open-faced sandwich. I know, I know, I’m crazy. So my Oreos? Cookies are separated, frosting is scraped off, then I eat the two nekkid cookies.

It’s just how I roll, yo.

When I was younger, Oreo was just that… Oreo. And then slowly, they began launching new flavors and varieties. Golden Oreos (my personal favorite), peanut butter Oreos, Heads or Tails, neapolitan!!, mint, and more. (Side note: Duuuude. How awesome would it be to work at the Oreo factory?!) And for research purposes, of course, I have tried them all.

So when Oreo contacted me about trying some of their new flavors, I jumped at the chance. They sent me a pretty little box with two of their new flavors: Coconut Delight Fudge Cremes and Double Chocolate Fudge Cremes (best. mail day. ever).

Fudge Cremes are Oreo’s new line of cookies. They’re just like Oreos, except instead of another cookie creating the classic “sandwich”, there’s a layer of rich chocolate fudge. I’d tried the original kind and the Birthday Cake flavor, but I was STOKED to try the Double Chocolate Fudge and the Coconut Delight.

The coconut was crunchy yet creamy at the same time. I was scared the coconut flavor would be too subtle, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was creamy and strong, yet not too overpowering. I liked eating these cold from the freezer–so yummy!

The double chocolate was really fudgy (uh, that’s definitely not a bad thing!) My brother loved these ones because they almost have a chocolate frosting-like consistency in the middle. It’s rich and decadent–there’s no shortage of chocolate here!

Overall, while I loved them both, I really loved the coconut one. My brain was going crazy over recipes for each one and I immediately thought these Double Chocolate Fudge Cremes would be excellent in a muffin. Everyone loves chocolate muffins, right? And when you stuff crushed Double Chocolate Fudge Cremes in a regular ol’ chocolate muffin, your result will be an uber-decadent, deliciously dense muffin that delivers a killer chocolate punch.

To make them pop, I added some coffee and chocolate chips to the batch as well–the mocha really kicked it up another notch and the chocolate chips, while second to the scrumptious chunks of cookie, still added that additional creaminess into the muffin… like little chocolate pockets hiding beneath fluffy layers of chocolatey goodness.

Giveaway closed! Thank you to everyone for their participation :) the winners are Maureen and Lethea! Congrats to the lucky winners!!

But you don’t need to take my word for it. OREO is giving TWO readers a chance to win a box of goodies themselves!!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment, answering this: What’s your favorite kind of OREO? How do you eat an OREO? 


For bonus entries, leave a separate comment for each (and remember, I do verify this!):

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This contest is for US residents only. Contest runs until 8/31 where I will choose TWO winners via Random.org. I will notify the winners immediately and OREO will ship out your goodies :)

Good luck!!

Now, onto these muffins. They’re awesome, and I really hope you try them!!

Double Chocolate Fudge Oreo Mocha Muffins *adapted from Jocelyn’s Chocolate Mocha Muffins recipe 

1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup coffee
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 (heaping) cup cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 & 1/2 cups Oreo Double Chocolate Fudge Cremes, roughly chopped (I had mine previously frozen)
Cocoa & powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until combined. Add the egg, sour cream and vanilla and beat to incorporate.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa and flour.
4. Working alternately, gradually add the flour mix, then stream in part of the coffee + milk, beating slowly, until all combined. Do not over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chips & cookie pieces by hand.
5. Portion the batter evenly among muffin tins, a heaping 2/3 to 3/4 cup full. Bake for approx. 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely. In a sifter, combine equal parts cocoa and powdered sugar; sift over cooled muffins.
6. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, up to 2 days.

These muffins are the epitome of fudgy goodness! My family and coworkers adored them and I know you will, too!!

Can’t get enough OREO? Sink your teeth into these recipes:

Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos
Golden Cookies n Cream Blondies
Inside-Out Oreo Peanut Butter Cups
Cake Batter Oreos

Good luck with the giveaway! Enjoy your Monday!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, this giveaway and my product review is sponsored by Oreo, however all the opinions given are strictly my own. 

Cinnamon Caramel-Filled Mocha Cookies & A SILPAT GIVEAWAY! (Giveaway Closed!)

I wouldn’t say I’m “new” to the baking world, but in a way, I am.

There’s so much more I have yet to make, taste and explore in this wonderful realm of pastry.

Well… I use the term “pastry” loosely since we know how some people feel about my cooking being compared to the “gourmet pastry.”

I know my stuff isn’t typically the fare seen in glossy cooking magazines, and my techniques aren’t culinary school grad-quality, but I learn quickly by trial, error and lots of experimentation. There’s been plenty of cookie casualties and bludgeoned brownies.

But with a few of my tips & tricks and some favorite products, I get failproof results now. I don’t need a degree or years of experience or anything. Just stuff I know and love to get the cupcakes, cookies and confections you’ve come to know and love!

One of my favorite products to use is my SilPat Baking Mat. I’ve only recently come to know & love this product after years of dealing with cookies sticking stubbornly to the bottom of my supposedly nonstick baking pans. I was sick of chiseling them off and getting weird floppy disks for my chocolate chip cookies. Not photogenic and not tasty–just no bueno. So I asked for one of these for Christmas and the results speak for themselves.

Puffy, gourmet, beautiful-looking and tasting cookies that are crispy on the bottom yet soft and chewy in the middle–my favorite kind of homebaked cookie! They spread effortlessly and slide off the sheet so there’s no stuck-on mess which is great since cookies are intended to be eaten, not scraped off bit by bit.

You can also freeze them, so it’s great for lining pans when you’ll be working with melting chocolate (like dipping truffles) or using stickier stuff like caramel.

I seriously love my SilPat and use it for all my cookie baking. I know you’ll love one, too–that’s why SilPat has graciously offered to send one of you lucky duck readers a Half-Pint Size which is the perfect size for baking up a batch of these Cinnamon Caramel-Filled Mocha Cookies I made.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! The winner has been selected and notified via email. 


THANK YOU to everyone who participated and entered this giveaway! You rock! And thank you SilPat for hosting this giveaway!


To Enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what kind of cookies you’re excited to bake on your possible new SilPat Baking Mat. Chocolate chip? These Mexican-mocha inspired ones? My personal favorite: oatmeal? Tell me, and be sure to leave a valid email address with your comment.

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until Monday 7/30. A winner will be chosen around 6PM PST on 7/30 and will be chosen via Random.org. A winner will be notified shortly thereafter from the provided email along with entry and SilPat will ship the item to the winner’s home. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be selected.

There are SO many ways to enter this giveaway, so GOOD LUCK!! I’m stoked for you!

And now, onto these cookies… Rich, creamy, salty & sweet, they’re reminiscent of those salted caramel mochas at Starbucks. I am obsessed with chocolate + cinnamon and these cookies pack that spicy, cocoa-y punch. They’re awesome. And even better when they bake as beautifully as they did…

Cinnamon Caramel-Filled Mocha Cookies

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
About 28 Rolos, unwrapped
Sea salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with SilPat liners or mist lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, cinnamon and instant coffee granules with a rubber spatula until a soft yet thick dough forms. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop the dough into a ball and place in the palm of your hand. Gently press a Rolo candy in the center of the dough ball and work the dough around the Rolo to cover it completely. Place the rolled dough balls onto your prepared pans.
3. Sprinkle the dough balls lightly with sea salt, if desired. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Do not overbake. Allow the cookies to cool about 5 minutes on the pans before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Store cookies airtight for 2-3 days at room temperature. These make excellent “sprinkles” on top of a mocha almond fudge sundae–just sayin’.

Good luck with the contest!! Hope you win!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a SilPat Half-Pint Baking Mat for review at no cost to me. SilPat is generously sponsoring this giveaway to a lucky reader. Thank you SilPat!!

Lightened-Up Mocha Almond Fudge Parfaits & A Giveaway!

So I’m trying to be better with eating well.

I understand a lot of my recipes aren’t necessarily the healthiest (hello, I can go a little crazy with my recipes!), but ultimately, my personal belief is that everything food-wise should be enjoyed in moderation.

However, I also know there are some people (like myself and uh, some of my family members) who have a hard time with self-control and would rather just avoid the temptation completely than trust themselves with a big batch of cookies. I get it! Sometimes, I can’t even trust myself to just have one or keep my portions in check (I’m looking at your after-lunch and after-dinner and after-dessert desserts).

So I try to make some healthy alternatives for people who would rather go cupcake crazy with lighter recipes they can feel less guilty over. It also makes me happy since I love being as crazy as I can around virtually guilt-free fare.

After SlimKicker contacted me about doing a giveaway, I looked around on their site and became inspired. SlimKicker is a calorie counter that allows you to track your diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points, challenges and rewards. It’s easy to level-up by tracking your healthy eating habits or exercises, or completing challenges, like quitting soda for a week. They even have a recipe section that caters to diets like Weight Watchers and Medifast.

So really, it’s full of awesome stuff to love. And even better, they’re generously giving away this awesome Heart Rate Monitor Watch so you can track your progress any time of day.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a fun or unique suggestion for a fitness or diet challenge. What would you like to do? Eliminate sugar? Run a mile a day? Do jumping jacks during commercial breaks of Pretty Little Liars?

SlimKicker will choose a winner on 7/14/12 and notify the winner shortly thereafter. This giveaway is limited to US residents only.

So. Parfaits.

I love brownies but sometimes find it hard to portion them out. Parfaits are a great solution! Just crumble them up, layer them between light mocha cream, toasted almond slivers and whipped cream, and you have a light and yummy treat for hot summer nights or days when your chocolate craving is through the roof.

Like, uh, everyday.

For these, I used Trader Joe’s Guilt-Free Reduced Fat Brownie Mix which uses non-fat vanilla yogurt to create the soft, fudgy brownies. You can certainly use whatever brownie mix you have on hand; I just happened to have a box of this and thought it’d be perfect!

Lightened-Up Mocha Almond Fudge Parfaits

About 6 low-fat brownies, cooked and cooled (about 1-2″ square-size)
1 cup low-fat mocha yogurt
1 tub fat-free Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup toasted almond slivers
Mini chocolate chips, optional

1. In a medium bowl, gently fold one cup of the Cool Whip into the mocha yogurt until combined. Set aside.
2. Among two mason jars (I used a larger size), crumble one brownie at the bottom of each jar. Top with a heaping Tablespoon or two of the mocha cream, followed by a sprinkling of toasted almonds and a dollop of Cool Whip.
3. Repeat layers 2 times. Top with remaining Cool Whip and mini chips, if desired.
4. Eat immediately, or cover tightly with the lid and store in the fridge for 1-2 days.


So so so easy and perfectly fudgy. Fudgy brownies, rich mocha cream and a parfait that’s guilt-free? Me likey.

Good luck with the contest, & have a great weekend!! And thank you, SlimKicker, for hosting this great giveaway!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full-disclosure, SlimKicker is generously providing this prize to one of you. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Mexican Mocha Cupcakes with Kahlua Frosting

So Cinco de Mayo is coming up–next week, yay!

I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked.

Little known secret: I should totally be Mexican. Like, not even kidding you. I live & breathe Mexican food.

But let’s get one thing straight–I live & breathe REAL Mexican food.

Taco Bell dollar menu is not real Mexican food. Nor is Del Tac. Anything that has a drive-thru open until midnight or later is not real Mexican food. And probably not real food.

That’s not to say I dislike the ‘Bell, because it has its time and place and surrrriously, I love their Fresco bean burritos (okay, and I should preface that when I eat said burritos, I like taking a small bite from the tortilla, literally sucking the entire insides out, and then eating the tortilla. Like a Mexican food vampire or something. I also eat all the toppings off my pizza, then the crust, and eat all the sammich innards first, then the bread. I rule at eating, obvi) but it isn’t real Mexican food.

Real Mexican food is the stuff you can order in a Spanish accent and they get it. They know you. You’re ordering CAAAARNEEETAHS and GOOHUACAMOLAY and doing it with a Spanish flair.

And FYI, I am throwing Chipotle into the semi-real Mexican category because Jessie and I have a Chipotle blood-type (thanks to eating there like, twice a week) and I LOVE their guac in my chicken burrito bowls. Plus, the corn salsa is ahhmaaazing. End Chipotle rant.

Anywho, I used to (stupidly) dislike Mexican food, mostly because what we ate consisted of drive-thru and tacos, which my mom SUPERREGULARLY rotated throughout our dinners each week that I became nasty-sick of them. Like, even smelling tortilla shells frying was enough to make me bury my face into a box of Kraft mac n cheese and swear off any Mexican food fo’ lyfe.

But I turned a new leaf and discovered the real deal stuff. We went to a real deal restaurant and I got freshly made tortillas and creamy refried beans and enchiladas that didn’t taste like the ones I had at home. And the sopapillas! OMG. I think sopapillas were my gateway back into the mariachi band.

Plus, despite being the whitest people EVER, my family and I celebrate Mexican holidays like no one’s business. Okay, so we celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo because they’re excellent excuses to eat copious amounts of good food and drink margaritas and coronas. Plus, sugar skulls rock and I totally want a tattoo of one.

You know, since I SHOULD be Mexican.

But there was always one thing about Mexican food (besides the whole tripe thing) that irked me, and that was chiles in chocolate.


I could never fathom the concept of sticking a spicy chipotle into creamy chocolate. Why would you ruin a great thing? It’s almost as miserable sounding as the idea that Heidi and Seal broke up. I mean, I’m sooooo confused.

But after I made THESE cookies that catapulted my taste buds to heaven’s gates, I amended my outlook on spice and chocolate a little bit. Granted, neither the cookies nor these amazing Mexican Mocha Cupcakes with Kahlua Frosting are made with spicy chiles, but they are both sprinkled with a healthy heap of cinnamon, which lends such a warm and spiced flavor to these rich, chocolate cupcakes.

If you’ve never had chocolate with cinnamon, that’s like saying you’ve never had anything but Taco Bell in my book. Just…. no.

Stuff your faces with guac and carnitas, then fill up your bellehs reeealll good-like with these cupcakes. Please? Your tummy and taste buds will thank me when they return to earth.

Mexican Mocha Cupcakes with Kahlua Frosting *inspired by my cookie recipe 

1 box German chocolate cake mix (yeah, we’re mixing cultures)
1 cup strongly brewed black coffee
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant chocolate pudding mix
Kahlua Frosting (recipe & ingredients follow)
Chocolate Skulls (info follows)
Gold sprinkles

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, coffee, water, oil, eggs and cinnamon until blended. Stir in the dry pudding mix to combine. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups and bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Kahlua Frosting

2/3 cup butter, softened
5 Tbsp Kahlua coffee liqueur
Splash of vanilla extract
About 5 cups powdered sugar

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, Kahlua and vanilla until blended and smooth, about a minute. Gradually add powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
2. Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with gold sprinkles and chocolate skulls.
**Note: I found my skull mold at Halloweentime by Martha Stewart at Michael’s craft store. Seeing as Halloween is months away, I found a similar product here. You could also try local craft and candy making stores to find similar molds. Or, omit the skulls and use chocolate covered coffee beans, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate sprinkles.**

Here’s what you should have learned today:

1. I should be part Mexican.
2. I justify the above statement because I eat Chipotle regularly and am obsessed with sugar skulls.
3. I think that’s justification enough. Don’t tell me otherwise.
4. Chocolate and cinnamon are BFFs. Accept it!

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

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