Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!The weekends are kind of dicey in my house.

You see, Mannie, my Border Collie, loves to bark. Barking is his favorite activity, his favorite pasttime, his favorite now-time, and everything in between. Barking is liiiiiiife to him.

One bark, though, and my family jumps into a tizzy. They get mad that he’s barking and all hell breaks loose and there’s this huge issue between the Non-Carers and the Barking Barkers. The Non-Carers (my mom, myself, and sometimes my brother) are very whatever about this subject. Dogs bark, and we get Mannie to stop when it’s out of control. But the Barking Barkers (my sister, my dad) are the ones who bark back at Mannie when he’s barking by yelling at him.

I want so badly to tell them that yelling at the dog only makes the dog want to bark more, but logic need not apply here.

Most days, this is fine. I’m the only one home and I don’t mind the barking when it happens. But on the weekends, my anxiety goes through the roof and into outer space because Mannie and Winston, our family dog, want to do allllll the barking on weekend mornings when everyone’s sleeping.

And if you’ve never seen someone stumble out of bed having been awoken by a barking dog, it isn’t a pretty sight.

So most weekend mornings I spend corralling ornery dogs and trying to shush them with a louder-volume TV show or random distractions. At times, I’ve even dive-bombed Mannie to try to keep him quiet and still, since he loves moving while he barks. There I’ll be, splayed out on the floor lying gently on top of my beast of a dog on a Saturday morning. It’s a pretty sight I’m sure.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!One of these days, Mannie will stop barking – I hope. In the meantime, I make my family ample treats since they put up with his incessant talking. One of the recent treats I made were these Blueberry Streusel Cookies. They’re jam-packed with flavor and taste just like blueberry muffins because, well, it’s made with blueberry muffin mix. I knooooow – muffin mix in cookies? But it totally works.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!This recipe comes before you as an archived recipe I desperately needed to reshoot. I’m so glad I did because damn. These cookies are worth dive-bombing.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies
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These hearty, soft and pillowy Blueberry Streusel Cookies taste just like blueberry muffin tops and couldn't be simpler to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 box blueberry muffin mix (I used Krusteaz)
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats (not instant)
  • ⅓ cup + 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • FOR LEMON BUTTER GLAZE:
  • 1 &1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp lemon peel
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix - just the dry mix, oats, oil, brown sugar, egg and milk and stir together until a soft dough just barely comes together. Drain and rinse the canned blueberries; gently fold into the dough to combine.
  3. Portion rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make your glaze. Combine all the glaze ingredients except for the milk together in a bowl, only using milk if needed, until smooth and pourable. Glaze the tops of the cookies and let set, about 10 minutes. Then serve!

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!Hearty, soft, fruity and delicious, you’ll love these pillowy cookies! I love that they taste just like a really wholesome blueberry muffin but with that delectable streusel-y crumble throughout, thanks to the oats and brown sugar. It really sweetens these cookies and adds great texture and flavor.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!I hope you enjoyed!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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!

Nutter Butter MacaronsNutter Butter Macarons – plus a full macaron tutorial! 

Oreo MacaronsOreo Macarons

Cotton Candy MacaronsCotton Candy Macarons

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gooey S’mores Cookie Bars

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!So I just got back from a blogger retreat in beautiful Carmel, CA. More on that soon in an upcoming post :)

But I have to say, a good portion of the night I was scared.

Scared… of mountain lions.

You see, Carmel is a beach town nestled among a pretty countryside. And within every pretty countryside there’s a ferocious beast sniffing me out to eat me alive, and that ferocious beast is a mountain lion. AKA, my worst fear ever.

Well. Besides being burglarized and heights. And monkeys. And sandals.

At nighttime, we kept the doors open to let a breeze in, and of course it’s pitch black outside with no light except for the one illuminating the room we were in. And the ranch we stayed at had huge windows everywhere, just begging to be squinted through into the midnight-black courtyard where I could only assume a family of hungry, rabid mountain lions waited.

And so amidst conversation with the girls and sipping on cocktails, I continued to glance out the windows in prayer that no critters – beastly or otherwise – would emerge from the darkness and kill us all. It didn’t help that I was sitting right next to the open doors and thus would be first pick among rabid monsters.

Naturally.

So in conclusion, next time, I’m bringing a Xanax. And I’ll also suggest having a retreat in a bustling city. I much prefer traffic noise over the eerie silence of a mountain lion’s playground if you know what I mean.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!I also prefer the ooey gooey goodness of these S’mores Cookie Bars which are out of control amazing. Gooey and rich, they’re packed with a huge, thick layer of marshmallow creme and creamy chocolate and sandwiched between two big ol’ layers of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re the perfect treat!

You could say I went a little beastly on them.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Gooey S'mores Cookie Bars
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These gooey cookie bars taste just like s'mores!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs (24-count each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Press one of the packages of cookie dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Top with the chocolate chips; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the marshmallow creme and the condensed milk, stir to blend together. Pour over the chocolate chips. Carefully and evenly top with the remaining package of cookie dough. It's okay if some of the marshmallow peeks out through the cracks.
  3. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the center appears set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour to help set up, preferably overnight. Allow bars to come to room temperature slightly before cutting into squares.

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Supremely gooey, packed with sticky marshmallow creme… these cookie bars are a forced to be reckoned with! You’ll love how thick and chewy they are, with pockets of rich chocolate in every bite! And they’re the perfect way to end S’mores Week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed S’mores Week.. I know I have!!

These S'mores Cookie Bars are gooey wonders! This easy, foolproof recipe produces supremely thick and chewy cookie bars bursting with chocolate and marshmallow!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

S’mores Thumbprint Cookies

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I officially declare this week S’mores Week. Mostly because I’m craving marshmallows like a mad woman. I guess it helps that I’m JET-PUFFED’s brand ambassador, right? :)

Anywho. After trying Starbucks’ S’mores Frappuccino, recreating it here, and obsessing, I realized I’m a die-hard s’mores fan and I needed ALLTHESMORES. So S’mores Week is actually a natural progression as we dive deeper into my obsession. Don’t mind me!

Aaaaand of course, you can’t have s’mores without cookies. Or maybe you can, I dunno. But I personally think cookies and s’mores should go hand-in-hand. After all, graham crackers are basically cookies and they’re required with s’mores, so there’s that bit of evidence supporting my theory. You can’t argue with cookies, and if you can, you suck.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!These S’mores Thumbprint Cookies couldn’t be easier to whip up and they’re utterly delicious. Note that these cookies aren’t super sweet – they have minimal sugar in them – but they make up for it with that delightful graham cracker coating and that thick mountain of chocolate spread in the center. Then, of course, the miniature marshmallow bits which are so cute I could cry. These are the bees knees, people.

So yeah. Hope you like s’mores!

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!*adapted from this recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Thumbprint Cookies
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These buttery s'mores cookies taste amazing and have a huge mountain of chocolate smack dab in the middle of each graham crackery bite! You won't be able to stop at one!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • About ½ cup chocolate spread (I used Hershey's Chocolate Spread)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Kraft JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone liner or mist the sheet lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg YOLK and the vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour until a soft dough forms. This recipe makes very few cookies, by the way, but it's easily doubled.
  3. Quickly whisk the egg white for a few seconds to break it up. Using a cookie dough scoop, roll Tablespoon-sized balls of dough into balls and quickly coat in the egg white, then dredge into the graham cracker crumbs to coat. Place about 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and gently press an indentation in the middle using a teaspoon or wooden spoon handle, careful not to puncture completely through the cookie. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet.
  5. Place the chocolate spread into a resealable plastic baggy and snip off the corner. Pipe into the indentations of each cookie; top with a pinch of marshmallow bits. Serve immediately.

These S'mores Thumbprint Cookies are tender, buttery cookies rolled in sweet graham cracker crumbs, then topped with a miniature mountain of rich chocolate spread and mini marshmallows! This foolproof, small-batch recipe is to-die for!I know you’ll love these petite, adorable little cookies! This recipe makes a small batch that’s easily doubled or tripled to suit your needs, but be prepared to hoover the entire batch because they’re that good! Tender cookies with a crunchy, buttery exterior thanks to the graham cracker crumbs, and filled with a miniature mountain of thick and creamy chocolate spread. They’re irresistible!

Stay tuned for more fun s’mores week recipes coming your way!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!I’m kinda sorta bummed that my town doesn’t have a bakery.

Anytime I travel, I immediately google the current city I’m in + bakery so I can check out where the locals eat, and of course, where I can get some desserts. You know, for research. #alltheresearch

But my town doesn’t have anything like that. We have a single cupcake shop, but the cupcakes are pricey and they play too much Michael Buble (I should know; I used to work there). Otherwise, it’s Whole Foods or another supermarket bakery for your goods.

But I want something authentic, somewhere that sells ginormous brownies and cookies the size of saucers. Is that too much to ask? Apparently.

And don’t tell me to open my own bakery, because I surely will not. That requires too much work and I have a whopping $12 to my name currently and don’t think most realtors accept assorted nickels and packets of gum for payment, sooooo..

Also there’s that thing where I’d probably eat all of my creations. So there’s that. #fatass

In the meantime, I’ll dream of a bakery opening up shop soon while I double-fist these Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies. They’re ridiculously amazing and couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I like mine plain with just a light coating of sugar, but they’d be great to frost or coat in sprinkles as well. (I know, I opted without sprinkles – what’s wrong with me?!) But for these cookies, classic, straight-forward cookieness just seemed right.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!Since I’m physically incapable of making a cut-out cookie (and don’t even talk to me about my mortal nemesis: royal icing), these cookies are great for me. They’re perfectly imperfect in that they’re round with slightly jagged edges but they’re packed with flavor, are super decadent, and absolute buttery perfection. They don’t need a ton of bells and whistles to ’em which makes them great for novice bakers or those who just want an unadulterated sugar cookie fix, sans icing. Which is me. All the time.

So yeah, please make them? Your tummy will thank you.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!*from Pioneer Woman’s recipe

5.0 from 4 reviews
The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
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These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies truly are the BEST! Soft, moist and tender, they taste delicious on their own but would be great coated in a light icing or dash of sprinkles.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • Additional white sugar, for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamed and combined, about 2 minutes. Add in the baking soda, tarter, salt and flour and gently mix until a soft dough forms. Chill in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or spray the sheets lightly with cooking spray. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in the additional white sugar to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared sheets.
  3. Bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking or until golden brown. Do not over-bake. Cool on the cookie sheets completely before serving. Ice if desired.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!These are so supremely soft and buttery, with a nice, tender crumb and just a subtle crunch from their sugary exterior. Together, the powdered sugar and cream of tarter give these cookies such impeccable texture and lift; they’re like sugar clouds. I know you’ll love them!

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!

Have a sweet Friday!

xo, Hayley

The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Lately I’ve been so frazzled. Well, more than usual :)

I’m not sure if it’s the allergies that are slowly waging World War III on my immune system, or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s only April and Sacramento is already reaching temps of 90 degrees. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m gaining weight like crazy (boo) or the fact that I’m about to start a healthy diet for said weight-gain (boo/yay). Either way, I’m totally, madly, hopelessly frazzled.

So there’s that.

I think my brain needs to pack a suitcase, put on a bikini and go on vacation, because seriously processing an actual, meaningful thought at this point is like performing brain surgery. I need an engineering degree just to formulate a proper sentence.

So without further adieu, methinks I’m starting my mental vacay right about now… but not until after I share the recipe for these fabulous peanut butter cookies. These truly are the best-ever in my not-so-humble opinion. They’re soft, chewy and have crisp edges which I find irresistible and necessary for any good peanut butter cookie. They’re packed with sweet-and-salty peanut butter flavor and have the classic cross-hatch pattern on top like any good cookie should. And they’re flourless, netting a fudgier, denser cookie that’s absolutely marvelous and which happens to make them naturally gluten-free.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I found this recipe years ago and I can’t even remember where, but I’ve been making it regularly since and had it posted on my blog from years ago but was in desperate need of updating the pictures. Pictures = better. Recipe = ain’t broke, so not fixin’ it. Just pure, unadulterated peanut buttery cookie goodness in every crisp, chewy bite. You won’t regret this simple recipe!

And yes, my mental vacay will consist of cramming these cookies in like hunger-fighting soldiers in one-by-one before my diet starts. Calories clearly don’t count on vacation.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}
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These crisp and chewy peanut butter cookies are packed with sweet-and-salty peanut buttery goodness. Naturally flourless and thus gluten-free means these cookies are ultra fudgy and fabulous.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter* (if you prefer a smoother peanut butter cookie, feel free to use 2 cups of creamy peanut butter instead, but I like the texture of crunchy)
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus ⅓ cup for rolling cookies
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butters, 1 cup of the white sugar and brown sugar until blended, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and baking soda until dough is combined; it will be very thick.
  3. Using a Tablespoon-sized cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and drop it into the remaining white sugar; roll around to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets and using a fork, make a cross-hatch pattern in the top to lightly flatten the balls.
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until golden. Do NOT overbake. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to a week.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I cannot stress enough how tremendous these cookies are! They’re chewy, fudgy and have those buttery, crisp edges without having even a smidgen of butter in them. I love the subtle crunch from the white sugar on top and I love them especially when they’re warm and topped with ice cream…. but you didn’t hear that diet-friendly suggestion from me :)

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These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Oreo Cheesecake Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But now… get some!

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Cotton Candy Oreo Bars

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!So, I’m a total sucker for the latest and greatest sweet treat. The new Oreo flavors are no exception.

Each time a new one’s released, I stalk my local Target pretty much on the daily for the latest flavor. I wait (impatiently) for the release date because I’m so freakin’ eager to try the latest creation so I can shovel them in my mouth one by one while contemplating dessert possibilities.

There have been some I didn’t care for (lime, red velvet) and others I loved (caramel apple, banana split(!!)), and when I heard about the newest Cotton Candy Golden Oreos, I knew it’d be love at first bite.

Because cotton candy. DUH.

If there’s two flavors I adore no matter what, it’s bubblegum and cotton candy. Consider my teeth the sweetest because those two flavors know no bounds in my book. Ice cream, cocktails, cookies, cakes, frostings, candies, and of course, their typical selves.

And these Oreos, in my humble (correct) opinion, are the best. I mean, seriously damn good. They are super sweet, but what do you expect when you bite into a COTTON CANDY OREO? A salisbury steak? No. You expect sugar in and around your mouth. So hush up with the “too sweet” commentary. Congrats on your stellar observation skills, Sherlock.

Cotton Candy Oreo BarsAnd these bars? Out of control sweet. Like, make your teeth hurt sweet. But worth it – so worth it. They’re a spin of my Cotton Candy Bars which I made four score and seven years ago and caused me to be called a racist because a woman thought corn-rows were racist – true story. ANYWHO. Racism aside, these bars are the upgraded version to the original, thanks to these sweet, limited edition Cotton Candy Oreos. And they’re mega delish.

So, long story short, if you like cotton candy, Golden Oreos, impossibly sweet stuff, and sprinkles, you are my new best friend, and you’ll adore these bars. (Not so) plain & simple.

NOW EAT.

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!*adapted from my Cotton Candy Bars recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cotton Candy Oreo Bars
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These super sweet chewy bars taste like cotton candy, thanks to the special-flavored Golden Oreos and cotton candy oil, which you can find online or in craft stores.
Ingredients
  • 1 box blue velvet cake mix (or white cake mix)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 drams cotton candy oil (like the kind by Lor-Ann), divided
  • ¾ pkg Cotton Candy Oreos (may substitute regular Golden if needed)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the blue velvet cake mix, egg, melted butter, and two (2) drams of cotton candy oil with a spoon until a soft dough has formed. If you cannot find the blue velvet cake mix, substitute white cake mix and tint it with blue food coloring. Press ¾ of the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Coarsely chop the Cotton Candy Oreos and sprinkle them on top of the bar base. Top evenly with the white chocolate chips. Drizzle on the sweetened condensed milk until a layer covers the bars (you may not need the entire can of milk). Crumble the remaining dough over top of the bars, trying to cover it completely as best you can.
  4. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until the center is set and the top is lightly golden brown. Cool completely, preferably overnight.
  5. Tint the vanilla frosting pink and stir in the remaining dram of cotton candy oil to combine. Drizzle over the cut bars and sprinkle with rainbow jimmies. Serve!

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!Unsure of what a “dram” is? Drams are miniature bottles of highly concentrated flavorings or extracts that are commonly used in baking and candy making. These oils tend to be more potent than your average extract sold at the grocery store, which makes them perfect for flavoring these bars since a little goes a long way. You can find the cotton candy drams in some craft stores, such as Michael’s, Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby, but a surefire bet is to order them ONLINE.

And be sure to hunt down the limited edition Cotton Candy Golden Oreos at your local Target store!

These incredibly sweet Cotton Candy Oreo Bars have chewy Cotton-Candy flavored Oreos and white chocolate chips nestled inside the sweet, gooey layers. They're so fun and sprinkly!Have a super sweeeeeet day!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies

These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies are buttery, crisp shortbread cookies bursting with juicy key lime flavor! You'll love these bright, citrusy cookies.When I was a kid, my mom would occasionally buy those Lemon Cooler Cookies at the store. And whenever I’d open up that snack cupboard and see that sunny yellow box, I became so excited because I adored those powdered sugary dreams almost as much as I adored a fresh page of Lisa Frank stickers and Betty Spaghetti dolls.

Dude. Betty Spaghetti? I never thought I’d hear myself say that name again. They smelled so weird, didn’t they? But I loved how stringy and strange they were.

Little Hayley – always a fan of the obscure knock-off toys. Like those Barbies from the Dollar Store with eerily easily removable heads. But I digress.

Have you ever thought about the weird and somewhat disturbing fact that one day you were playing with your toys, everything was right in the world, calories still didn’t exist to you, and suddenly you stopped playing and never returned? There was a day when we set down our Legos and Barbies and never picked them up to play with them again. Or that there was a time that your parents put you down and never picked you up again. BRB, jumping in my mom’s arms now.

So there was a day when we polished off a box of those Lemon Coolers and never ever bought another box again. I don’t know why; we became preoccupied in our lives, forgot to swing by the cookie aisle, or maybe our store ran out briefly, but we never bought another box again and I had completely forgotten about these powdered sugary confections for a looong time.

And then I happened upon this weird grocery store in my town and they had the Lime Coolers, which before stumbling upon them, I had not known existed. I bought them for reminiscing purposes and was immediately transported back to my childhood, licking powdered sugar off my fingers and savoring that sweet shortbread cookie spiked with fresh lemon flavor. The lime were the same, offering that punch of bright lime flavor. I loved them… but I knew I could recreate them :)

These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies are buttery, crisp shortbread cookies bursting with juicy key lime flavor! You'll love these bright, citrusy cookies.And now, my friends? These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies. They’re every bit as tender and crisp as the originals, bursting with juicy, bright lime flavor and coated in powdered sugar. They’re totally delicious and super addictive – you cannot eat just one! – and remind me of my childhood days obsessed with cookies and Lisa Frank (because what girl was not obsessed with those colorful puppy folders?).

ANYWHO. Lime Cooler Cookies. DO IT.

These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies are buttery, crisp shortbread cookies bursting with juicy key lime flavor! You'll love these bright, citrusy cookies.*slightly adapted from this recipe

Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies
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These buttery shortbread cookies are bursting with fresh, juicy key lime flavor and are the perfect springtime treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime zest
  • ¼ cup key lime juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and ONE (1) cup of the powdered sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the key lime juice, the zest and vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour and cornstarch until a thick dough has formed.
  3. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them 1" apart from one another onto the prepared baking sheets. Gently press them down with a sugared glass.
  4. Bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until golden brown and set. Cool completely on the baking sheets. Remove to a wire rack and one by one, gently coat in the remaining powdered sugar. Serve!

These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies are buttery, crisp shortbread cookies bursting with juicy key lime flavor! You'll love these bright, citrusy cookies.These crisp, buttery shortbread cookies are so flavorful and packed with that fresh lime punch. You’ll love them! If you don’t like lime, feel free to substitute lemon or orange for another bright citrusy spin. You could also omit the powdered sugar dusting and glaze them with a quick lime glaze. Either way, you must make them – they’re scrumptious!

These Copycat Lime Cooler Cookies are buttery, crisp shortbread cookies bursting with juicy key lime flavor! You'll love these bright, citrusy cookies.

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Macarons

Oreo MacaronsWe need to talk about TimeHop for a minute.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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