Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive! That’s right. A freaking CAKE.

So this cake is kinda sorta ridiculous in the best way possible. Two brownie layers sandwiched around chocolate chip cookie dough, and covered in chocolate ganache and chocolate chips. Heaven help us all.

I feel kind of silly talking about ridiculous cakes after everything that’s happened in the last couple of days. Outrageously gooey cakes just seem so trivial, you know?

There is so much I want to say and even more that I want to do, but my hands are tied. But what I will say – without making a political mess out of all of this – is that we need more love and compassion in this world. Desperately. Between our next-door neighbors and our far-away neighbors. Between humans and animals. Between us and the climate. Sometimes I feel like we as humans just like to destroy everything in our paths, but that’s clearly not successful for us. If we all just stopped, took a deep breath and refocused our hateful energies into positive ones, the world would be a happier, safer place.

But because we’re human, this won’t happen. And so for that reason, I want to say I’m sorry to the people of Orlando who experienced such horror and tragedy recently. I’m sorry that you couldn’t feel safe in your own community. I’m sorry that you were let down. I’m sorry that a great deal of you lost your lives, your friends, your sons & daughters, boyfriends & girlfriends, brothers & sisters, and beloved members of your tight-knit community. I’m sorry, and I’m sending every sugary, positive thought your way.

On a lighter note, I feel like anyone & everyone will enjoy this cake. What’s not to love? It’s fabulous in the best way possible, and it’s surprisingly simple to make, too!

So to begin this mishegas, you’ll want to whip up two boxes of your favorite brownie mix. Whatever brand you’re loyal to, or whatever’s on sale – doesn’t matter. You could even use your own homemade recipe, as long as it produces really fudgy – not cakey – brownies. Whip up those batters and distribute ’em among two well-greased and parchment-lined springform pans.

NOW. I am gonna go ahead and say it, but the springform pans are kinda essential to this recipe. You could absolutely try lining and greasing a regular 9″ round cake pan, but I found that brownies are tackier and have more of a crusty edge to them than cakes, which makes them SO much easier to remove from a springform pan than a regular one. If I were you, I’d experiment with one box of brownie mix in a 9″ round cake pan and see if it works. If so, proceed! If not, ask your neighbor if she has a springform pan (or 2!) you can borrow.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive! Bake up those brownies and let them cool. Then release them from the springform pans and place one of the brownie cakes onto a cake stand or plate. Top it with egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough – good ol’ fashioned, straight-forward, no-funny-business cookie dough. Once that’s all spread on, top it with the other brownie cake half.

And then comes the truly outrageous part.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive! My Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are coated in rich milk chocolate and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips, but this cake is topped with a gooey, silky smooth chocolate ganache which takes the cake from a little earthling to out of this world goodliness. And yeah, ‘goodliness’ is now a new word. Use it.

The only thing I recommend you do? Don’t blame me when you eat the whole thing.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb CAKE is such a fun twist on my signature dessert!
  • 2 boxes fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of packages
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9" springform pans with cooking spray. Place a parchment circle in the bottom of each pan, and spray that with more cooking spray. Seriously, you cannot use enough cooking spray here! Set aside.
  2. In two large bowls, prepare each box of brownie mix according to package directions. Pour each bowl of batter into each springform pan. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with clean or moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely before releasing the outer rim of the pan.
  3. Once brownie "cake" layers have cooled, make your cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Add in the heavy cream and vanilla, beating well. Lastly, add in the flour and beat until combined. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  4. Place one brownie "cake" layer upside down onto a cake stand or serving plate. Spread the cookie dough in a thick, even layer on the brownie layer. Top with the second brownie layer, right side up.
  5. In a medium microwaveable bowl, add in the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and the heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth and glossy. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides. Sprinkle with the miniature chocolate chips. Store covered in the fridge for 3 days or at room temperature, covered, for about 1 day.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive! I promise that while the recipe is long, it’s actually quite simple! This cake is such a stand-out dessert that’s sure to make a great impression!

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake is a fun twist on my signature dessert! Two fudgy brownie cake layers are sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache! So easy and impressive! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macarons

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! When I visited New York City last September, I went to a tiny pop-up macaron shop in Dylan’s Candy Bar called Dana’s Bakery. Dana’s is known for their colorful, unique macarons in fun flavors like Fruity Pebbles and Birthday Cake, and I was dying to try their Cookie Dough macaron.

But as fate would have it, they were sold out. And I was so bummed.

I mean, helllooooo – cookie dough macarons?! Genius! It combines two of my favorite things: delectably sweet chocolate chip cookie dough and crisp, airy and fabulous French macarons. What’s not to love?!

So after my mini letdown, I came home determined to make Cookie Dough Macarons at home. And thankfully, I succeeded because OMG. It was basically life-changing you guys. Sweet, crispy, airy, chewy and studded with miniature chocolate chips in nearly every bite… talk about amazing. And I didn’t need to rely on a pop-up bakery’s supply to get my fix… that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! I’m sharing this Cookie Dough Macaron recipe over on Food Fanatic today where I’m there resident Cookie Dough Fanatic and post everything cookie dough related. It’s a pretty tasty job, but someone’s gotta do it and thank goodness that someone is me 🙂

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible!

These Cookie Dough Macarons are petite French-style cookies filled with egg-free cookie dough! Surprisingly easy and positively irresistible! These Cookie Dough Macarons are so delicious – even the stuffiest of macaron fanatics will love this fun, whimsical flavor!

Craving more macs? Check out my other macaron recipes!

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Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!Can we talk about obnoxiously loud sneezers for a minute?


I get that you can’t control when a sneeze will happen, and that terribly loud yelling that happens at the end of sneezing? Totally awkwardly uncontrollable. Likewise, the “AHHHHHHHHH” buildup is totally unnecessary and just makes you look like you’re a weird loser who fails at sneezing.

A couple days ago I was on a walk with Mannie when I heard this loud, high-pitched scream. I started looking around and checking my surroundings for the culprit. It was only then that I realized it was a woman’s sneezing as she walked by.

“Allergies, huh? They’re the worst!” she said as she bypassed me. I wanted to say, “and so are sneezes” but I figured that’d be a tad snarky. The woman already has to live her life with what is the most humiliating sneeze ever. She doesn’t need a random woman’s insult.

The point is? Try not to sneeze like you’re screaming bloody murder. Cut down on the whole AHHHHHH buildup about 143 notches.

But I digress.

A couple days ago, my dad wanted me to make some more of my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs but it was creeping on 100 degrees outside and I was not about to turn on that oven. But then it hit me: I could totally make no-bake bombs with a couple of simple ingredient swaps. And thus, these No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs were born.

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!The secret? Prepared brownie bites, which you can find in the bakery department of nearly all grocery stores. These little fudgy wonders are what sandwich the cookie dough filling and make the bombs extra rich and special. Pure deliciousness!

Now, who’s ready for any excuse to eat these?!

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!*adapted from my original brownie bombs recipe

4.6 from 5 reviews
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 21
These No-Bake Brownie Bombs come together in minutes and taste like the original, without ever having to turn on your oven! Genius!
  • 3 pkgs (about 42-count total) prepared fudge brownie bites (find these in your store's bakery section)
  • 1 & ½ pkgs Chocolate CandiQuik
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 & ½ cups mini chocolate chips, divided
  1. First, make your dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the milk and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the salt and flour until a soft dough has formed. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the chocolate chips.
  2. Take a brownie bite and place a rounded Tablespoon of dough on top of the brownie bite. Gently sandwich with another brownie bite, forming a sandwich. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining sandwiches. There should be about 20-21 total. Pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes - 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Once firmed, melt the CandiQuik according to package directions until smooth. Dunk each brownie bomb into the CandiQuik, coating it completely with the chocolate, and return it gently to the foil-lined baking sheet. Top with the chocolate chips.
  4. Allow chocolate to harden before serving. Store leftover bombs in fridge for about 3 days, or in freezer for about 1 month.

These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!These brownie bombs are so fudgy and irresistible! Packed with that luscious egg-free cookie dough, they’re a miracle bomb that doesn’t require an oven to prepare. Genius!

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These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are the ultimate treat! Egg-free cookie dough is wrapped with fudgy brownies and coated in rich milk chocolate. A chocolate lover's dream!

Hope you have a fabulous day!!

xo, Hayley

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreos

DSC_0009AADo you guys remember when Cookie Dough Oreos came out last year?!

It may or may not have been the best day of my life… but this isn’t about me.

Seriously though, I loved them. Some people disliked the filling and said it was too coffee-y, but I thought the filling was just fine – and this is coming from a non-chocolate kinda girl. (#TeamVanilla!) Howeevvvver, I’m not one to turn down any kinda cookie dough, so I instantly fell in love with these amazing, one-of-a-kind cookies.

Cookie Dough Oreos4But then Oreo decided to toy with my emotions and did away with them. Limited edition? More like broken hearted forever. No bueno, Oreo. So I took matters into my own hands and made my very own Homemade Cookie Dough Oreos! I’m sharing them over at Food Fanatic today!

Cookie Dough Oreos3Do they taste like Oreos? Yes, but they’re softer, chewier, and have a real-deal cookie dough filling. They kinda remind me of Oreo Cakesters but better because they’re homemade and completely addictively delicious. You guys will not be fighting or nitpicking this filling – it’s pure, unadulterated cookie dough, and it’s awesome.

GET THE RECIPE for these bad boys over at Food Fanatic today, where I’m their resident Cookie Dough Fanatic!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs

PB Cookie Dough FootballsOkay, let’s get real. I don’t watch football.

I know, I know. Shocker of the Year. But it just doesn’t interest me, ya know? It isn’t necessarily because football doesn’t interest me; it’s mostly because A) I have other things I could be doing than watching grown men tackle one another; and B) the commentators.

You know, the men who have to narrate every. single. play, every single breath a player takes, every itch they scratch, every thought they think… it’s just so distracting and annoying and completely unnecessary? I dunno, but it totally grinds my gears.

I think it’s because I have a deep-rooted psychological issue with watching TV with others. It all started when I was in elementary school and invited some classmates over to play. Inevitably Barbies got boring, so we turned on cartoons while we ate animal cookies and wasted our childhood brains away. But one classmate in particular — let’s call her Annoying Girl — had a habit of talking during the show. She had to repeat whatever the character just said. She had to narrate whatever the character just did. And she had to ask questions upon questions upon questions of inane subject matter so she could attempt to follow along with the mind-blowing plot of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?. Like, it’s Scooby effing Doo. The monster is always some senile old person. Get the net, homegirl.

But no. Annoying Girl continued her narration of every single grueling play-by-play as if we were deaf and blind and completely, woefully uninformed as to what we were watching.

In later years, I would date a boy whose mom did the same thing. Also, she had this really high-pitched laugh that I swore made the walls shake. Watching America’s Funniest Home Videos was like a death sentence since you never knew what toddler-falling-over video would send the house to crumbles.

And after that, I had a friend who would occasionally watch movies with me… or as much of a movie as you could watch from behind a cell phone screen. Every so often she’d glance up from her Facebook feed to check out the movie, then ask some obvious question that would be answered had she not been playing Farmville. Look, if Farmville is preferable company, then by all means, there’s the door, dude. I can watch my movie solo without fielding questions with someone who contracts a rash if they aren’t touching their phone 24/7.

So anyway, when it comes to narrating shows, answering and asking questions during shows, and generally watching shows with people other than my immediate family (who knows to shut their traps until commercial breaks), I’m not a fan. Unless you’re bringing enough spinach and artichoke dip that I can adequately bury my face in until half-time, I’m not interested in a TV party.

DSC_0803AHowever, I am interested in TV party-related foods, which are always delicious. Dips, fruit and veggie trays, cheese and meat, foot-long sandwiches, and lots of desserts, SuperBowl food is the bomb. And after building mini salami and cheddar cracker sammies all day long, everyone’s bound to crave something sweet to offset all the buffalo wing sauce and melty cheese. Enter these Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs! Not only are they a cinch to make, they taste great — because who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate!? And they have that irresistible sweet-and-salty element everyone loves.

The best part? Everyone will be too busy stuffing their faces with them, which means uninterrupted TV for me 🙂


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs
Recipe type: Treats
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 64
Filled with smooth and delicious egg-free peanut butter cookie dough, these Cookie Dough Footballs are sure to be a winner at any football party!
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sleeves (about 64 crackers) butter-flavored crackers (I used Townhouse)
  • 1 pkg. Chocolate CandiQuik
  • 2 squares Vanilla CandiQuik
  1. First, prepare your cookie dough filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and milk and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour until a soft dough has formed.
  2. Line two baking sheets with foil and spread the crackers in an even layer among both sheets. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, spoon the cookie dough in a log-shape onto one of the crackers; gently top with another cracker, creating a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough and crackers until all crackers are made into sandwiches.
  3. Briefly allow the sandwiches to set in the freezer, for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the Chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Dip each sandwich into the Chocolate CandiQuik, allowing the excess to drip off of the fork. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining sandwiches. Once the chocolate has set, melt the Vanilla CandiQuik. Place the Vanilla CQ in a baggy, seal out the air and snip off a corner. Pipe stitching onto each football, then allow the stitching to set.
  4. Store leftovers airtight in the freezer and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

DSC_0815AButtery, crunchy, sweet and salty, these football sandwiches are perfect for the Big Game! The cookie dough is so sweet and creamy and tastes almost like the filling of a Reese’s PB cup! Combined with the milky-sweet chocolate and the crunchy crackers, these treats are a real winner. Don’t like peanut butter cookie dough? No problem! Feel free to use chocolate chip cookie dough (just use miniature chips to help make the sandwiches), sugar cookie dough, oatmeal cookie dough, or even chocolate cookie dough.

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baklava

ChocChipBaklavaSo. I kinda sorta trashed the living ish outta this baklava, but I’m not sure anyone will be too upset about it.

I remember the first time I tried Greek food. I was dating this guy — we’ll call him A — and he and his family lived in downtown Sacramento in this gorgeous 40’s-era mansion. ‘A’ and his folks were really liberal and artsy and totally not at all like what I was used to, growing up in a pretty conservative-dominant neighborhood. They shopped at farmer’s markets and liked thrifting; they listened to obscure jazz musicians, traveled the world, and used organic soap. Like, totally hippie-dippie-complete-opposite of everything I’ve ever known.

BUT. Because of this, I got a couple of odd (but good-odd) dates with A. Like, one time we went to a lecture for this supposedly-famous psychologist. And another time we went to a really nice restaurant two hours away from home, just because. But my favorite date had to be the time his parents gave us tickets to a Greek Food Festival.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but dude – Greeks are awesome. And their food is ridiculously good. As a girl who grew up on Taco Bell and Twinkies, pastitsio, dolmas and moussaka were a whole new world for me. And don’t eeeeven get me started on baklava. One bite of that heavenly, sticky-sweet confection and I was sold… and I don’t even really like honey all that much. It’s just something magical that the Greeks do to make phyllo and nuts taste like heaven. I’m convinced they have voodoo powers or something.

DSC_0342AANYWHO. Despite attending this food festival over 10 years ago (wait, omg.), I still had yet to make baklava. There was just something so … annoying? with all the preparation required in making it, and again – honey gives me the shivers. But I decided to get over my weird honey-phobia and stick it to baklava by making it my own unique way — trashed up beyond recognition with chocolate chip cookie dough and a gooey brown sugar & vanilla simple syrup.

DSC_0355AOh honnnnaaayy. This is the ultimate.

Y’all ready to get baklava crunk?

DSC_0346A*inspired from Tieghan’s recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baklava
Recipe type: Treats
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
Rich & sinful, this outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baklava will be your new favorite dessert!
  • 1 pkg phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 & ½ sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • About 3 cups flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 squares Chocolate CandiQuik
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & ½ cups brown sugar (I used dark, but light works too)
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" pan with cooking spray; set aside. Meanwhile, make your cookie dough: in a large bowl with a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar & sugar with a paddle attachment until creamy. Add in milk and vanilla, beat to combine. Lastly, add in the salt, flour, walnuts and chocolate chips until a soft dough has formed. Set aside.
  2. Begin layering your phyllo in the pan. Place one sheet of phyllo in the bottom of the pan and brush it with melted butter. Top with another piece of phyllo, brush it with butter, and repeat the process until you've stacked 10 pieces of phyllo on top of one another. *NOTE: while you work, be sure to keep the rest of the phyllo dough covered with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out.*
  3. Carefully press HALF of the chocolate chip cookie dough on top of the bottom phyllo layer. You may want to take chunks of cookie dough, flatten them in your hand, and kind of form them into a layer by hand to prevent ripping the phyllo underneath.
  4. Repeat by adding TEN (10) more layers of buttered phyllo (buttering each sheet of phyllo after laying it), then top with the remaining cookie dough. Lastly, add the remaining phyllo dough, buttering each sheet as you layer. Cut the baklava with a very sharp knife in square or diamond pattern.
  5. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove from the oven and immediately pour the vanilla & brown sugar simple syrup over top. Allow the baklava to set for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight* before cutting completely into squares or diamonds and serving.
  6. If desired, feel free to drizzle on melted CandiQuik for an added chocolate drizzle garnish, as I did. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for a couple days.
  7. *TO MAKE THE SIMPLE SYRUP: Bring the water, brown sugar and vanilla to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.

DSC_0358AThis stuff is damn good, people. The buttery cookie dough, crispy phyllo, crunchy walnuts and chocolate chips, and the drizzle of chocolate on top makes for such an indulgent, badass dessert. If you don’t like walnuts, feel free to leave them out – I liked adding them for crunch and to keep one traditional component to this baklava. You could also use pistachios, pecans or peanuts, or swap the cookie dough for a peanut butter, butterscotch or sugar cookie dough!

…Just invite me over if you make those changes 🙂

Happy Baking!

xo, Hayley


Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups

GingerbreadCookieDoughCupsTo me, there are three flavors synonymous with the holidays: eggnog, peppermint, and gingerbread.

While I’ve always had an affinity with peppermint, eggnog and gingerbread took awhile to get used to. As a kid, I wanted to like them so badly. Eggnog just seemed so cool – like something suave businesswomen in turtleneck pantsuits would drink (it was the 90s) but I just couldn’t stomach it; it reminded me of melted ice cream but not in a good way. And gingerbread, of course, for all the gingerbread home construction that I’d build during this magical time of year. But demolishing said house? I went for the candy and abandoned the stale frame behind.

But as an adult, I realized I actually enjoy all of these flavors (and none of the turtleneck pantsuits). Eggnog is best enjoyed, in my opinion, in moderation, such as a glaze on a cake or a sip here and there (spiked because hello, it’s the holidays and how else am I supposed to be so jolly?). And gingerbread, because I finally left those terrible, crumbly gingerbread cookie homes behind and had real-deal, chewy, perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies that totally assuaged my stale-cookie nightmares.

And now, gingerbread is a must during the holidays. Whether you prefer your cookies soft and chewy, or thinner and crispy, I think everyone can agree that one of the best parts of this Christmastime classic is the cookie dough. But then again, isn’t that the case with all cookies? 🙂

DSC_0203ACookie dough is one of my favorite treats and I combined my love for the sweet, uncooked batter with my newfound love for gingerbread to create these fabulous, sweet-and-spicy Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups. Kinda like peanut butter cups, but surrounded by smooth white chocolate and filled with a decadent, perfectly spiced gingerbread cookie dough. These sweet, poppable cups are then topped with a small sprinkling of dried ginger which offers an irresistible pop of flavor atop these festive treats.

Both my cookie dough and the dried ginger garnish come from Gourmet Garden, the folks behind those oh-so convenient squeezable tubes of fresh herbs and spices. Gourmet Garden knows that not everyone has time or money to buy a fresh bunch of herbs for a single recipe. More than likely, the herbs will spoil before you have a chance to use them! But Gourmet Garden has created these convenient squeeze tubes filled with your favorite herbs and spices to make cooking and baking a breeze — and no more dreaded garlic fingers! Simply squeeze the amount of herbs or spices needed into your recipe and voila! No mess, no waste. It’s that simple — and the fresh pop of color and flavor added to the dishes is outstanding.

DSC_0206AGourmet Garden just released their new line of Lightly Dried Spices for your cooking needs. The Lightly Dried Line is the closest thing to fresh you’ll get in appearance, flavor, and aroma and they stay fresh for 4 weeks after opening. From cilantro to ginger, parsley to chili pepper and basil, Gourmet Garden has your herbs and spices covered to ensure a perfectly flavorful dish in no time.

…And speaking of flavorful… just look at these cups! They’re just bursting with that sweet gingerbread dough and smooth white chocolate. If this doesn’t scream “Christmas” I don’t know what does!


5.0 from 1 reviews
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cups
Recipe type: Treats
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 30
Perfectly spiced gingerbread cookie dough is enrobed around sweet white chocolate and topped with dried ginger for these refined yet utterly delicious candy cups!
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Gourmet Garden Ginger Stir-In Paste
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pkg Vanilla CandiQuik or white chocolate candy coating
  • Approx. 5 Tbsp Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger, for garnish
  1. Line a miniature muffin pan with approx. 30 miniature paper liners. Set aside. Meanwhile, melt HALF of the white chocolate coating according to package directions or until smooth and melted.
  2. Drop heaping teaspoons or so of melted white chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner. Using the spoon, gently brush the white chocolate along the sides of the muffin cup about halfway. Allow the chocolate to set.
  3. To make your cookie dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined. Beat in vanilla, milk and ginger paste. Lastly, beat in the spices and flour until a soft dough has formed.
  4. Roll scant teaspoon-sized balls of dough with your fingers and place them, slightly flattened, into the white chocolate cups. Once the cups are filled with all of the cookie dough, melt the remaining white chocolate. Drop heaping Tablespoons of white chocolate on top of each cookie dough ball, ensuring the balls are covered completely by the white chocolate on the top and sides. Sprinkle the tops of the cups with the dried ginger, and allow to set before serving.

DSC_0215AI love the spicy, aromatic flavor ginger lends to this recipe. Both the Ginger Paste and the Lightly Dried Ginger add such a tremendous amount of freshness and warmth to these unique and festive cookie cups! If you’d like, you could also top the cookie dough cups with a sprinkling of festive holiday sprinkles or jimmies as well.

Gourmet Garden brandmarkBe sure to connect with Gourmet Garden to learn more about their company, product line, news, and more! You can follow them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST & INSTAGRAM for more delicious recipes, tips and more, including great Holiday Baking inspiration like this!

And be sure to check out other amazing Holiday Baking Recipes from friends featuring Gourmet Garden!!

Hope you have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with samples of Gourmet Garden’s Products to review and develop a recipe. All opinions are, and always will be, my own. 

Monster Cookie Dough Pretzel Mummy Bites

DSC_0179AIf I know my readers, I know you guys love your cookie dough as much as I do! This is why I love you.

And since that’s true, you guys oughta hop on over to Food Fanatic to check out my latest cookie dough recipe — Monster Cookie Dough Pretzel Mummy Bites! 

Not only are these little guys super adorbz, but they’re so easy to make and taste like monster cookie dough! What’s not to love?!

So head on over to Food Fanatic to check it out!! Click HERE!!

Have a monstrously awesome day 🙂

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza {A Food Fanatic Post!}


Haaaaaaiii guys.

So some of you may not know, but I’m now a regular contributor at the awesomesauce website, Food Fanatic!

Food Fanatic is FANTASTIC for food-lovers (like you!) and curates original, delicious and easy recipes from around the web and from some of your favorite bloggers into one convenient site. Bookmark it – I promise it’ll be a new fave!

Anywho, over at Food Fanatic, I am now the Queen of Cookie Dough! They even gave me a cookie dough-covered throne to sit in. Just kidding, I ate it. But seriously, I’m now the Cookie Dough Fanatic and I cannot wait for you to see this recipe for my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza! 

Layers of cookie dough are smooshed together in this dreamy pizza pie and it couldn’t be simpler to make (or tastier to eat)! Just click on over to the Food Fanatic site for the recipe and to see some of my other Cookie Dough Fanatic posts!

xo, Hayley

Browned Butter Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups {A Guest Post from The Cooking Actress!}

Hey party people!  I’m crying a little (okay, a LOT) on the inside because today is my last full day in NYC!  And also because the mayor said I couldn’t take NYC home with me.  If I recall, his exact words were, “miss, it is physically impossible to take home an entire city, now please leave.” Clearly the mayor doesn’t understand science.

Anyway, last year I visited NYC for the first time and fell in love with it and the girl who let me crash on her couch, Kayle from the blog, The Cooking Actress!  Kayle is as sweet as she sounds on her blog, with an infectious smile, great acting chops, and scrumptious recipes that she crafted in her tiny apartment kitchen.  I had a BLAST while she showed me around NYC & I am so sad I won’t be seeing her this trip since she moved back to the Buckeye State, Ohio. *shakes fist at Buckeyes* Buckeye people definitely don’t deserve to eat her nutty Pecan Lacey Cookies or her S’mores Lava Cakes — I do!  I do!

However, maaaaaybe I can arrange us to surprise land in Ohio so I can sneak a taste of these cookie dough cups… 🙂 Okay, take it away, Kayle!!

Hello there domestic rebel-ers!! Kayle here from The Cooking Actress (in case ya didn’t guess-I’m an actress…who cooks…)-and I am SO excited to be here! Hayley has already guest posted for me twice (with her insanely delicious Creme Brulee Cookies and Gooey Texas Sheetcake!) so I am so happy to return the favor.

But…I’m also a little bummed. You see, Hayley and I became super tight when she came to visit me in New York City last year. A few months ago I relocated from NYC to my hometown in NE Ohio and nooow Hayley is in New York WITHOUT ME! I’m so sad. She’s probably eating cannoli, the best pizza in the US, Wafels and Dinges, and who knows what other kinds of tastiness! Even though I am totally jealous and wishing I could be there with her, I’m also hoping she has a ton of fun.

Enough about Hayley, NY, and moi, let’s talk sweets!
When trying to decide what recipe to share, I had to make sure it was something worthy of The Domestic Rebel. I couldn’t just make cookies! No, it had to be something somewhat mad-scientist-y, and insane in the amount of yum (I mean-I can’t even handle the ccc dough brownie bombs…or like anything Hayley makes! HER BRAIN THINKS OF THE MOST EPICLY DELICIOUS THINGS), because that’s how things roll over here. And ya know what? I think you guys are going to love these luscious little candies. You know peanut butter cups, right? Of course you do-we all know and love ’em. But you know what else we love?
Cookie Dough.
Sooo….maybe we browned some butter (because I want to put brown butter in all the things-the flavor is always so rich and complex) and made some peanut butter (eggless!) cookie dough. And perhaps we encase that in dark chocolate. Maybe we also sprinkle some salt on top, because sweet & salty is EVERYTHING. And then maybe we’re gonna eat like 10 of these cookie dough cups because they’re so good you just can’t stop.

Browned Butter Cookie Dough PB Cups
Author: Kayle, “The Cooking Actress”, adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Browned Butter Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups {A Guest Post from The Cooking Actress!}
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 24
Nutty, caramel-y brown butter meets creamy, salty peanut butter in these sweet-and-salty Cookie Dough Cup candies from the genius Kayle, who blogs over at The Cooking Actress!
  • 2 cups dark chocolate (or semisweet) chips
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅛ cup + 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 and ½ tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt + extra salt to sprinkle on top
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. In a saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, as it foams, bubbles, and eventually turns amber with little brown flecks.
  2. Immediately add in the brown sugar and remove from heat. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved-approx. 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in peanut butter and then the vanilla-the mixture will be liquid-y. Allow to cool completely (don't make my mistake and end up with melted chocolate chips later on! Let it be cool!)
  4. Line a mini muffin tin with 24 liners.
  5. In a heatproof bowl, heat 1 cup dark chocolate chips in a microwave on high power in 30 minute increments (stirring after each time) until melted and smooth. Drop approx. 1 tsp. chocolate into each lined cup and use a pastry brush to brush the chocolate up the sides of the liners. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. Once the peanut butter mixture is cooled whisk in the powdered sugar, flour, and salt until smooth.
  7. Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Let the dough refrigerate until hardened-about 20-30 minutes.
  8. Once the chocolate and cookie dough are fully chilled, scoop about 1 tsp. sized pieces of dough and form into little balls. Place inside each of the chocolate cups. Freeze 10-15 more minutes.
  9. Melt the rest of the dark chocolate (same way you did last time) and cover each cookie dough filled cup, using a spoon to smooth it all over.
  10. Freeze 15-20 more minutes. Sprinkle finished cookie dough cups with salt. Store in the refrigerator (can be kept at room temperature for a couple hours, although they will soften.)

Thank you all so much for having me here! I hope you enjoy these cookie dough cups as much as I (and my fiance’) did and that you didn’t miss Hayley too much! And, if you thought I was kind of cool, feel free to check out my blog and follow me on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram! Xoxx

If you guys aren’t following Kayle yet, you MUST!  Be sure to give her likes, follows and LOTS of love to stay connected to her adventures (she’s getting married soon!) and for more scrumptious recipes like this!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley

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