The Best Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! These truly are the BEST Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars you’ll eat!

I know, I know – two sprinkle-filled treats in one week? But I can’t help myself. Sprinkles make my soul sing. They are my spirit animal. And I require them on pretty much every dessert.

Cookies are no exception!

So some of you know that I have a desserts-themed tattoo leg sleeve. I’ve got pretzels, cake, ice cream, a gumball machine, donuts, candy hearts, lollipops… and the like. It’s adorable, and I love it because it’s so me. Bright, fun, loud and covered with sprinkles. Plus, it’s a fun representation of what I do for a living – bake!

But I did not think about the commentary I’d be receiving when people saw my tattoo – not that it would have changed anything, or that I regret my tattoos (not the case!).

It usually starts with being leered at by strange men while I’m minding my own business. As I walk past, a craggy older dude will say, “you look delicious!” and lick his lips while he looks at my leg like it’s a greasy chicken leg.

Or creepy dudes will ask, “what flavor is your cupcake?” with one of those gross “heh heh” at the end.

And I just do the tight-lipped, half-hearted half-smile and just continue along my merry way, wishing I could disappear into thin air or spontaneously combust.

I also get women making the same comments, but lemme tell you – it’s a lot cuter coming from a little old lady or a kid than it is from a grease-ball dude.

Do the comments come with the territory? Yes and no. I don’t deserve to be cat-called, but I am. Do they spark conversation? Sure! Are some people socially awkward or bad at communicating? Most definitely. Do I hold a grudge? No. In fact, most of the time I find it funny or amusing. Hell, it’s the closest kind of male attention I’ve received since my last boyfriend… three years ago. Even if it does come from a strange older fellow in the local antique shop.

Moral of the story: if you’re a man, maybe think twice about what you’re going to say to a woman with desserts on her leg. Just think about it is all I’m asking! If nothing else, I’ll give you a tight-lipped smile and work on that whole spontaneous combustion thing as I walk away.

ANYWAY, let’s talk about these sweet-as-sugar Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars. They taste pretty darn identical to the store-bought Lofthouse Sugar Cookies you find at the market. Pillowy soft with a light texture and a thick slathering of buttercream frosting, these have the same texture and flavor but in an easy bar form! (Yay for not having to cut out cookies!)

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Best part is, these are totally versatile! Change up the food coloring to match your local sports team’s colors, your kiddo’s favorite color, or colors for upcoming holidays (green for Christmas or orange for Halloween would be particularly cute!). You can also add different flavorings to the cookie dough or frosting, such as orange, almond, lemon, or even mint!

And whatever you do, don’t forget the sprinkles!

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! *adapted from here

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars
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These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are truly the BEST ever! Soft, pillowy and airy with a thick buttercream frosting and plenty of sprinkles!
Ingredients
  • FOR SUGAR COOKIE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2-4 drops liquid food coloring (I used pink)
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter & cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla. Lastly, beat in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour until combined. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Bake the bars for about 20 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center is set. Cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, cream and vanilla until combined. Beat in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Beat in the food coloring.
  5. Spread the frosting in an even layer over the bars and sprinkle liberally with sprinkles. Let set about 1 hour in the fridge before cutting into bars.

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Thick, fluffy, soft & chewy with a buttery sugar cookie base and a sweet buttercream, these bars are such a hit wherever you take them!

These Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars are the BEST ever! Soft and chewy with a fluffy interior, they have a thick vanilla buttercream and plenty of sprinkles! So easy, so fun! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for any PB lover – packed with peanut butter chips, Reese’s Pieces and covered in a creamy peanut butter frosting with peanut butter cups, they truly are the ULTIMATE!

So I experienced a first a couple days ago.

And in retrospect, I’m kind of surprised this *was* a first, but whatever.

I was part of a Good Neighbors group on Facebook for my city. I’m sure your city or town has one, too. It’s basically a collective group where people come together to complain about teenagers running traffic stops or advertising lemonade stands or upcoming church events. You know, the usual.

Well, I’d been seeing a LOT of people advertising about upcoming events – some that were heads-up, but some that were functions in which they would strongly encourage you to donate or help support the cause or whatever. So I thought, I have an upcoming book signing, so I’ll post it here!

I told the neighbors about my book signing, told them there would be treats, and to stop by and say hi! Never mentioning A) buy my book, B) PLEASE buy my book, C) BUY MY BOOK OR MY FACE WILL HAUNT YOUR DREAMS, or D) any of the above. Just a friendly ‘would love to meet you, so stop by, grab some treats, and say hi!’

Cool, right?

WRONG.

Because then just like that, I was straight-up BANNED from the group. BANNED. You’d think I put a voodoo hex on all of the members of my city or screamed obscenities or said something controversial. Nope. I advertised my book signing. (And FYI, my book is not a voodoo hex/obscenity-filled/controversial book either, in case you were wondering).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I was banned from somewhere. And I didn’t even do anything to deserve it! The vigilante in me is screaming injustice, but truth be told, some of the people in my community are stinkers (and that’s the non-obscenity I’m choosing) and I didn’t really enjoy communicating with them or find anything beneficial about the group. So it’s probably a good thing.

But man, had I known I was going to be banned, I would have left with a bang and said something wild and confusing like, “THE GOATS TOLD ME TO DO IT” or “DON’T TRUST THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SHIRT” or “I SPOKE WITH YOUR DOG AND HE IS GOING TO EAT YOU IN TWENTY FORTNIGHTS” or “THE LOCAL STARBUCKS RAN OUT OF COFFEE FOREVER” or something.

Anyway, their loss – because I used to give away my treats to the members of the group! Now they’ll never know what treats I’m cooking up, and now I have eleventy million of these Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! These cookies came to me in a dream (well, from insomnia, anyway) and I knew I had to make them immediately. They’re a peanut butter pudding cookie base that’s stuffed to the gills with peanut butter chips and Reese’s Pieces. Then I slathered on a creamy and decadent peanut butter frosting and topped that nonsense with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Don’t blame me; blame the goats.

Make them so we’ll be part of our own special group!

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies
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These ULTIMATE Peanut Butter Cookies are outrageously decadent and delicious! A peanut butter pudding cookie is filled with Reese's Pieces and PB chips, then topped with a peanut butter frosting and PB cups.
Ingredients
  • FOR COOKIES:
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg INSTANT vanilla pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Reese's Mini Pieces
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chopped Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the baking soda, dry pudding mix and flour and beat until a soft dough has formed. Fold in the Reese's Mini Pieces and peanut butter chips.
  3. Drop the dough into heaping Tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Once the cookies come out, gently press down on them slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Cool on the racks completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, until frosting is spreadable and smooth.
  5. Spread a heaping Tablespoonful or so (more or less to suit your tastes) of the frosting onto the cooled cookies. Top with a heaping Tablespoonful of chopped Reese's PB Cups.

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Soft & chewy cookies with plenty of Reese’s candy topped with a silky peanut butter frosting and gooey peanut butter cups… could it GET any better?! (The answer is no).

These Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies are for serious PB lovers only! Soft & chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cups. So easy, so impressive, so addicting! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Are you a sweet & salty lover? Then you’ll fall in love with these White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies!

Folks, it’s come to my attention that I’m part of an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation.

Thankfully it’s nothing medical – except for maybe mental – and thankfully it isn’t related to zombies, politics, or wearing sandals and socks in any way.

It’s saying the word “ohp” or “oop” when running into people in public.

Now I know this is nothing to be too alarmed about, but someone brought it to my attention after showing me a viral video of a guy making fun of people who say “ohp” and/or “oop” while bumping into people in public. And it was in that moment that I realized I was part of this problem. I’m an ohper. And an ooper. Guilty. As. Charged.

So let me set the scene for you: you’re in a public place, like the supermarket or your favorite boutique, and someone’s in your way or appears out of nowhere in the direction you’re headed or there’s just other people in the store besides you and as you walk by, nearly run into them, or maneuver your way around them, you say “ohp” or “oop” aloud… usually with an “excuse me” or “you’re okay!” or “it’s okay!” or something along those lines following the oop.

I don’t know exactly where the ohps and oops came from – some weird recess in my brain, perhaps – but it’s there and I say it. I’ve tried to be more conscious of this so I don’t keep repeating “oop” over and over in public and sound like a complete weirdo, but I can’t stop. It’s part of my language, like ‘dude’ and ‘creepy’ and ‘y’all’, which I happen to say all the time.

I suppose I should just accept that I’ll forever be an ooper. Are you an ooper? Please say you are so I’m not alone in this world.

ANYWAY, can we talk about cookies? Specifically these phenomenal White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies? Because if you looked in a dictionary under ‘phenomenal’ you would absolutely see this picture.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! I am a sweet and salty fiend and these fit the bill perfectly. They have those salty, crunchy pretzels, the little pockets of gooey caramel, and the sweet little white chocolate studs throughout. They are truly one heck of a cookie!

For these, I used Pretzel Crisps – you know, the thin pretzel crackers? Those are my favorite for savory dips and things, but they also work excellently in these cookies. Just throw a heaping handful of ’em into the batter, mix it up, and it’ll crush the pretzels into little bite-sized pieces throughout the cookies for that salty, crispy bite.

Ohp. Time for you to make them!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious!

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
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Serves: 20-24
 
These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are SO tasty and easy! Studded with white chocolate, caramel bits and crisp pretzels, they're the perfect sweet & salty bite of heaven!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Pretzel Crisps or pretzels, coarsely crunched (I put them in a bag and gently crunched them with my hand)
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup caramel bits
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg and egg yolk, then the vanilla. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, salt and flour until a soft dough forms. Toss in the pretzel crisps, white chocolate chips and caramel bits; beat gently until pretzels are broken up into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners, parchment paper, or spray the sheets with cooking spray. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart (I used a 2-Tbsp cookie dough scoop, but you'd get more cookies out of a 1-Tbsp cookie scoop).
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets for about 10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Crunchy but chewy with crisp edges, these cookies are my new favorite and I guarantee will be your new favorite, too!

These White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies are soft & chewy and swirled with crunchy pretzels, gooey caramel & sweet white chocolate! So easy, so impressive and so dang delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

This post is not sponsored by Pretzel Crisps; I just love them! 

No Bake Samoa Cookies (Girl Scout Copycat)

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! These Copycat Girl Scout No-Bake Samoa Cookies are AWESOME. Everyone who’s tried one has loved them and asked for the recipe!

A couple of days ago, I teased y’all with this recipe on my social media accounts. (Are you following me?!) And everyone was begging for the recipe and waiting for the day I posted them.

Well folks, today is your lucky day!

I have nothing against the Girl Scouts. Absolutely nada. Even though my experience as a Girl Scout wasn’t as pleasant and dandy as everyone else’s, I don’t hold anything against them because hello? They sell cookies and wear patchwork vests. How can you hate someone in a patchwork vest that’s hocking Tagalongs? YOU CAN’T.

But what I love/hate about them is that the cookie season is so short. I admit – if they sold cookies year-round, we’d never want to buy them because they’d be everywhere all of the time. But at the same time, I have no willpower and will snarf an entire package in one sitting that was supposed to last for a longer period of time, and then I start craving them again.

Also, not their fault, but they put like 5 cookies in a package now. WHAT GIVES. I feel like I eat my single serving (read: entire box) that I spent $5 on and then have to shuffle my way back to the store, head hung low with shame, and shove another Lincoln in their direction for my next fix. That’s how they getcha! I’m onto you, Girl Scouts of America. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO.

Since I regularly crave the perfectness of their Samoa Cookies (or as they’re now known, Caramel Delites), I decided I needed to create a Samoa cookie that I could eat year-round until my homegirls are staked outside of the grocery store selling me my biggest vice with their cute missing teeth and light-up shoes.

These Samoa Cookies taste IDENTICAL to the real deal. I promise you! You’ve got the shortbread cookie base that’s dipped in chocolate, then topped with a gooey caramel & toasted coconut mixture, then drizzled with chocolate. I mean, how can you say no?!

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Best of all, these are NO BAKE which means you don’t need to spend hours preparing cookie dough, rolling them out, baking them, cooling them, frosting them and assembling them. You can literally cut out the middle man and go straight to eating. HALLELUJAH!

Now who wants some? I’ll share.

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Bake Samoa Cookies (Girl Scout Copycat)
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These No Bake Samoa Cookies are a classic Girl Scout favorite made EASY with a couple of prepared ingredients! No need to wait for cookie season anymore!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg fudge stripe shortbread cookies (about 20-24 cookies)
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg caramel bits
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 cups toasted coconut*
  • 2 squares chocolate CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the fudge stripe shortbread cookies stripe-up onto the baking sheet, spaced out about 1-2" apart from one another. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel bits and the heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for about 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth & melted. Fold in the toasted coconut to combine.
  3. Working quickly, drop Tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto each cookie, spreading it out to cover the surface of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies until all the cookies are covered.
  4. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate CandiQuik on HIGH power for about 30 seconds, stirring until melted & smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies (I like spooning the chocolate into a sandwich baggy, seal out the air, and snip off a corner for a makeshift piping bag). Let the chocolate and cookies set, about 15-20 minutes, before serving. Store airtight at room temperature.
  5. *TO TOAST COCONUT: Spread the coconut in a foil-lined baking pan in an even layer. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place coconut in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 5-7 minutes. Stir once more and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until toasted, keeping a watchful eye on the coconut the whole time.

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Gooey, packed with buttery caramel, toasted coconut and sweet chocolate, these cookies are sure to please every Samoa Cookie lover!

These No Bake Girl Scout Copycat Samoa Cookies are so awesome! Buttery, rich, packed with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate and are only 5 ingredients! Easy, fast, and so satisfying!! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! If you’re on the hunt for something that’s unapologetically thick, chewy and LOADED with buttery caramel, chocolate and nuts, look no further, homie. These Snickers Cookie Bars are the stuff dreams are made of.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge Snickers candy fan.

I know, that should be blasphemous and someone should oust me from my position as a dessert food blogger.

BUT – hear me out.

I loved these bars. Loved them. I couldn’t get enough of that sticky, buttery caramel, gooey pockets of nougat-y Snickers pieces, and those crunchy peanuts. There’s something about food with a lot of great textures that has me obsessed.

And if you do happen to like Snickers, then you can thank me later because these bars will be your new BFF.

So let’s break down the anatomy of these gooeylicious bars, shall we?

First: you’re going to need two (24-count) packages of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, or 1 (30 oz) log of cookie dough. Either one works, and whatever brand you prefer is fine & dandy. Alternatively, you may use your own favorite cookie dough recipe (may I suggest mine?) or a couple of boxes of cookie mix (like by Krusteaz, perhaps?).

Anyway, you line an 8×8″ square baking pan with foil, spray the heck out of it, and spread half of the dough in an even layer on the bottom. Easy, right? You’re halfway there! Top it with chocolate chips, chopped up Snickers pieces, chopped peanuts, and a glorious caramel sauce that will make you audibly groan. Then pop on the second layer of cookie dough, either by forming a nice little square of dough and laying it on top, or ripping and smooshing pieces of dough together to form an even layer on top. Whatever floats your doughy boat.

Then bake, let it cool (seriously, this is the most important step!), and cut into bars. Easy peasy, Snickers squeezy. Or something like that.

ENJOY!!

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars
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Serves: 9
 
These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars couldn't be simpler and they taste so outrageously gooey!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkg (24 count each) OR 1 (30 oz) log refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, at room temperature (or you may substitute your own homemade cookie dough recipe)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg snack-size Snickers bars, unwrapped and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts (I used unsalted)
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg caramel bits or caramels, unwrapped
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Unwrap one package of the refrigerated cookie dough (or cut the large log of dough in half). Press the dough evenly into the baking pan and bake for approx. 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven but keep the oven on.
  3. Sprinkle the cookie layer with the chocolate chips, chopped Snickers bars, and chopped peanuts. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the caramel candies and the sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on HIGH power for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again if needed for another 15-20 seconds, stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour the caramel evenly over the bars. Top with the remaining cookie dough by either forming it into a square shape on a cutting board, picking it up and laying it on top of the bars, or by tearing off little pieces of dough, gently smooshing them in the palm of your hand, and laying them on top of the caramel almost like a puzzle.
  5. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and just about set. If it's sloshing around in the pan, bake it for another 5-10 minutes. It's okay if it's a little bit jiggly. Cool COMPLETELY, then pop in the fridge for about 1-2 hours or until it's sufficiently chilled before cutting into bars.

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! Super gooey, super chewy, ultra thick and perfect for any Snickers lover!!

These Thick & Chewy Snickers Cookie Bars have only 6 simple ingredients and are SO EASY to make! Gooey, buttery, chocolaty and packed with flavor, they'll be your new way to eat a Snickers! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies – not just for monsters.

So I have a bone to pick real quick. If you’re not up for a good old-fashioned bone pickin’, scroll down to the recipe and I’ll catch up with ya later.

ANYWAY.

I was in the book store yesterday, specifically in the coffee shop inside. I was ordering my drink when an older woman came into the cafe. She took one look at me – clad in a floral 50’s style dress, flats, and my tattoos on full display – and made a face. Not a good face, but a face. You know the face. She was in line, but refused to come near me – she stood far enough away that another woman cut her in line and she didn’t even say anything because she was so busy staring at me.

I glanced her way and gave her a smile, but she refused to change her expression. It was like a mixture of annoyance, disapproval and a certain je ne sais quoi that I couldn’t place because I am not crotchety. Most days, anyway. 🙂

Once I received my drink, I had to walk past her to get to the door. She literally backed up into the bakery case with her hands up like I was holding her hostage… or like I was a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague*. I kind of breezed past her, unsure of why she was putting her hands up like I was a cop about to arrest her.

I get that face and reaction often. It comes from every walk of life, but usually older folks. And I can understand if I think really hard about it – tattoos can be menacing in their own confounding way. If you see someone with a tattoo – no matter what the subject matter is – it can often come across as aggressive, like we’re part of this gang that non-tattooed people don’t know about.

I suppose you could make the case that back in their day, only the friendly neighborhood criminal had tattoos, and they were usually faded badges from assorted military branches or pin-up girls. Bad boys had tattoos. I get it.

But maybe – just maybe – I can get all the tattoo naysayers to change their tune with this post. Because your sour expressions, your sighs of disapproval, your hostile body language – it hurts my feelings. Do I go home and cry about the old lady who made a face about my tats? No. I’ll forget about it tomorrow, most likely, when I have more pressing things to think about, like taxes and if I should order chicken McNuggets or a sandwich. But in that moment, seen and treated like I’m some kind of social pariah – it’s not fair. It’s not fun. And it’s completely unnecessary.

I have a lollipop tattoo on my leg. A freaking LOLLIPOP. If I’m in any kind of gang, it’s the Lollipop Guild with those triplet munchkins from The Wizard of Oz… which actually would be a pretty badass gig. Who can I contact about that?

What I’m trying to say in a really roundabout way is, don’t judge a book by its cover. I may have tattoos and wear tutus and have wacky glasses, but I’m harmless. I will say hello to anyone and everyone and talk to you about your day. I compliment nearly everyone I meet, and they come from the heart. I hope to brighten as many people’s days as I possibly can. And I do it all with my tattoos proudly displayed in public for everyone to see. The disapproving glances I receive are unwarranted – it’s not like I can return my tattoos or change the fact that I have them, so why give me a hard time? And why is my body cause for YOUR concern? But that’s a tad political and we don’t talk about that kinda stuff on a dessert blog.

And anyway, there are plenty of bad people out there who do deserve your nasty glares. Al Capone didn’t have tattoos, and it’s not like he was a stand-up dude that you’d bring home to mom and dad. But a girl in a swing dress with a donut on her leg? Probably not a criminal or someone you need to treat as if she’s a chipmunk with the bubonic plague.**

I’m so glad we’re on the same page!

So let me brief ya real quick on these cookies – they’re fat. They’re chewy. They’re soft. And they’re fully loaded with all this wonderful goodness, like chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats and miniature M&M’s candies. And I could not stop eating them, so there’s that.

Do yourself a flava and make ’em!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING!

4.8 from 5 reviews
Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies
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These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are one of my favorites! Huge, soft and buttery, they're fully loaded with peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and mini M&M's for a wonderful blend of great texture and flavor!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's candies
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in the brown sugar & sugar, creaming together until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beating well. Then add in the baking soda, cornstarch and flour, mixing until combined. Mix in the oats, M&M's and chocolate chips last until just combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate dough for at LEAST 1 hour, up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners, or spray lightly with cooking spray. Drop heaping ¼ cup-sized balls of dough onto the baking sheets, about 2-3" apart. Bake for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly undone in the center; this is normal and they'll continue to set as they cool. Cool on the racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Gooey, chewy, soft and bursting with salty peanut butter, rich chocolate and crunchy M&M’s, this cookie is called a Monster cookie for a reason!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

*real life: there is a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague nearby my house. Apparently this is “normal.” I think it’s the government’s way of telling us that the apocalypse is coming.

**it bears mentioning twice because HOW is a chipmunk with the plague “normal”!? Like, why are we not alarmed that a small, cute, Snow-White creature has the BUBONIC PLAGUE? This is madness.

 

No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is INCREDIBLE! So easy, comes together quickly and has amazing homemade flavor!Dude.

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is kinda sorta a wonder of the world.

One you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home without a bunch of tourists snapping photos of you. Unless you’re into that kinda thing.

Otherwise, rejoice! – because this ice cream is made without an ice cream maker and tastes every bit as rich and creamy as the store-bought or ice cream parlor kinds. Only I guarantee they don’t have any flavor near as awesome as this one!

If you follow me on Facebook (which hi, you totally should!) you would have seen that I posted a Facebook Live video of myself making no-churn ice cream last week. If you haven’t seen it, pop on over to my page, find the Videos tab on the left, and click the Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream one! Then prepare to be amazed by both my culinary prowess and my acting chops. Quick, someone call Hollywood! I’m destined to play the funny fat girl sidekick to some skinny Zooey Deschanel-type on an ABC sitcom.

In the Facebook Live video, I made a vanilla ice cream base filled with mini M&M’s, chopped Butterfinger candy bars, and caramel sauce… and ladies and gents, it was divine. Y’all went crazy for it, and at the end of the video, I announced I had made this ice cream flavor too, so here we are!

This no-churn ice cream base is extremely versatile. Seriously – stir in whatever you want. Not even joking. The base is very simple: whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Add a little sugar if you want a sweeter base, or maybe even some vanilla extract. If you’re piling in a ton of sugary things, maybe skip the sugar. But otherwise, two basic ingredients that you probably have on hand. SO SIMPLE.

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is INCREDIBLE! So easy, comes together quickly and has amazing homemade flavor!And for this particular concoction, I stirred in some cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel sauce and chopped up Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, because it’s 2016, dangit, and we’re going to eat Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream.

So let’s get eating!!

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is INCREDIBLE! So easy, comes together quickly and has amazing homemade flavor!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream
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This No-Churn Homemade Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is AWESOME. Light, creamy, and tastes even BETTER than ice cream parlor ice cream!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • About 4-5 Oatmeal Cream Pies, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, brown sugar and vanilla extract on HIGH power until fluffy and stiff peaks form. Fold in the cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk gently, until just combined. Fold in the chopped Oatmeal Cream Pies.
  2. Pour half of the ice cream mixture into a large freezer-safe container with a lid, or a loaf pan. Drizzle with half of the caramel sauce. Top with the remaining ice cream mixture, followed by the remaining caramel sauce.
  3. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, or until frozen solid.

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is INCREDIBLE! So easy, comes together quickly and has amazing homemade flavor!Buttery, creamy, and bursting with rich, gooey caramel swirls and earthy, warm cinnamon, the base alone is to-die for. But add in those chewy pockets of oatmeal cream pies, and it’s out of this world.

This No Churn Caramel Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream is INCREDIBLE! So easy, comes together quickly and has amazing homemade flavor! Enjoy! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!So I just rejoined the dating scene.

I figured, I’m 25, I have no friends, and it’d be nice to talk to someone other than three uncommunicative canines every day. Also, I’m sure they’re probably tired of my singing off-key, awkward dancing and my fantasy scenarios that I have my own cooking show in which I channel my inner Pioneer Woman and talk to an imaginary camera as I’m baking.

Wait – did I just admit that out loud?

Anyway, when I first joined a free dating site back in 2014, I wasn’t even on there for 10 minutes when I started being bombarded with emails from prospective Romeos. But the guys were ultimately creepy, weird, not at all like they said they were on their profiles, dads, former convicts (not even kidding) and/or oddly unavailable for being on a dating site, so I finally tossed in my white flag and quit that. I was coming to terms with the crazy dog lady character I would soon become. I even adopted another dog! I was born ready for that role.

But some time has passed and I still haven’t run into my soul mate serendipitously, so I figured I’d try again but this time, with a paid site. I figured guys would probably be more serious when they had to fork over some money, and they’d be more likely to write meaningful messages other than “hey wut up?”

I’ve been on the paid site for a week and I haven’t received nary a message. NONE. I checked to make sure I didn’t say anything incriminating in my bio, and I double checked to make sure my pictures were flattering and not the scary face-swaps I do with babies printed on diaper boxes. Don’t judge me.

I’ve messaged at least one new guy a day and haven’t even seen courtesy responses from that… and I promise I didn’t even mention anything obscene or morbid, either. I’m saving all my good material for the first date.

So yeah, it’s not looking good so far and honestly, I’m not too worried about it. When Mr. Right decides to rear his little head, things will blossom magically like I’m in a Drew Barrymore movie. Assuming Mr. Right is not dead. And likes hearing random facts, like how hippo milk is pink. And doesn’t mind a girl with a gaggle of dogs. Yes, I know ‘gaggle’ isn’t the appropriate term; it’s ‘pack.’ FYI. I’ll stop.

Anywho, let’s talk about something successful, shall we? How about these Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups? They are fantastic and SO easy. I know that I claim most things on my site are easy, and they are! – but these are truly WAY simple.

In fact, no one has to know that the cookie cups are refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Or that there’s instant pudding in the filling. Your secret is safe with me!

Basically, these are poppable, bite-sized sugar cookie cups that are baked until golden, cooled, and then stuffed with a light and fluffy coconut cream pie filling. I finished them off with a handsome little dollop of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut to really drive that coconut flavor home.

Beware, as these are addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups
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These Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are so simple to whip up, are such an easy, impressive dessert and taste just like coconut cream pie but without the hassle!
Ingredients
  • 1 (24 count) pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • About ½ cup toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin tin with cooking spray. Place one portioned ball of dough into each muffin cavity and, using your fingers, gently press it down into the cavity.
  2. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown and the centers look set. Remove from the oven and immediately make an indent in the center of the cookie cup using a wooden spoon handle, careful not to puncture all the way through the cup's bottom. Cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes before gently popping out with a butter knife. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream on HIGH speed until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the instant dry coconut pudding mix and continue whipping on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon the filling into a piping bag, seal out the air, and snip off the tip.
  4. Pipe heaping Tablespoonfuls of the filling into the cookie cups, filling to the top. You may have some extra filling left over, but I suggest eating it with a spoon! Set aside.
  5. Wipe out the mixer bowl and whip the remaining ½ cup whipping cream and the sugar together on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream into a piping bag and pipe a little dollop of whipped cream onto each pie. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Store leftover cookie cups in the fridge, covered, up to 2 days.
  6. TO EASILY TOAST COCONUT, place coconut in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet or pan. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for about 5 minutes. Stir, then heat for another 5 minutes. Stir once more, and heat for another 3-5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!Light, bite-sized cups of heaven! You’ll love this easy recipe!

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a girl.

This girl had an aversion to sandals, loved wearing colorful eye shadow and dressed like Penelope Garcia meets a ballerina on the regular.

This girl taught herself everything she needed to know about cooking and baking. In fact, she knew how to sear the perfect chicken breast, season things expertly… even roast a Thanksgiving turkey to golden perfection.

But there was one thing she couldn’t do. Okay, two. Okay, three. One: she could not touch her tongue to her elbow to save her life. But I suppose that’s almost entirely irrelevant because I don’t think there’s ever been a situation in the history of the world where someone’s life depended on whether or not their tongue could touch their elbow, and if there was an incident like this I absolutely need to know about it, but I digress. Two: she could not bake a potato for crap. Every potato that emerged from her oven and/or microwave was as hard as a, well, potato. Her family would chisel into the practically-raw root vegetable with no less than a pound of salt and butter on it to mask the fact that they were practically eating undone potato and then gently say, “it’s good! Just a little underdone” as they crunched into the brown blob.

And three: she couldn’t make a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s true. Every recipe she made, her cookies turned out like flat flying saucers, all too crispy and flavorless with nothing remotely soft, chewy or gooey about them. This plagued the young girl because she loved sweets and one of her family’s most requested desserts were cookies.

Spoiler alert: that girl was me. But I’m sure you all figured that out because you are all, I’m assuming, very educated people and because I am a terrible mystery writer.

ANYWAY.

For the longest time, I just couldn’t nail a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And then after lots of trial and errors, I found it. I’ve posted the recipe twice before on my site, but I won’t bother linking to them because the pictures are old and crummy and because THIS is truly THE recipe you need.

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! First, a few takeaways before you make them. Yes, you have to read this.

  1. Please use real butter for this. I know margarine is like, .80 cents a pound. I know a lot of you folks like margarine because Fabio was once a margarine-product’s spokesperson. I get it, Fabio was once hot. But PLEASE, do not use margarine. Use only real butter. Personally, I recommend a butter like Land O’ Lakes European Style Butter, which has a higher butter-fat content and has such an amazing creaminess that regular ol’ sticks lack. Splurge for the good stuff – I urge you!
  2. Next up: instant espresso powder. I promise y’all won’t notice it in the recipe at all. It’s simply there to enhance and deepen the chocolate flavor. One teaspoon is all you need and trust me, it’s phenomenal in this recipe.
  3. Good quality chocolate chips. I get it – the store-brand is cheap. I use the store brand all the time because I am a broke person and splurging on fancily-pronounced name brand chocolate chips cramps my style. BUT, for this recipe I did splurge and used Guittard chocolate – both dark chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The mixture of chocolate chips is decadent and rich – the dark chocolate really deepens everything and the semi-sweet of course, is a classic. You really can tell the difference when you use a higher quality chocolate, so please – indulge yourself!

And that’s it! Three easy tips – promise! Oh, and one more thing… these cookies are a whopping 2 ounces each. The standard cookie dough scoop is only 1 Tablespoon which is about 1/2 ounce. This scoop is huge! Of course, use what you have or double up so each cookie is about two stacked Tablespoons of dough. Like this:

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! And whatever you do, MAKE THEM. Treat yo’self!

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect!

5.0 from 3 reviews
The Best Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are FABULOUS. Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery goodness. This recipe is a guaranteed success!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (splurge for the good stuff - I like Guittard)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar with a paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg and egg yolk, plus the vanilla and beat to combine. Add in the espresso powder, soda, cornstarch, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the mixture covered in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours, up to 3 days long. Chilling is mandatory and prevents spreading the cookie dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart. I used a 2-ounce cookie scoop, but if you don't have one, simply use a ¼ cup measuring cup and stack the cookie dough higher rather than wider so when it spreads, it stays puffy in the middle.
  4. Bake for approx. 9-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly soft in the center - they will continue to cool as they bake. Do not over-bake! Cool completely on the cookie sheets before serving.

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty and bursting with buttery flavor, this recipe is a real winner you’ll love forever!

This Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is the ONLY recipe you need! It produces soft, chewy, supremely chocolaty, buttery cookies with crisp edges and gooey centers. So easy, so perfect! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Poke Cake

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! A couple of days ago, I got my hair done.

This was because I cannot make the platinum blonde and dark brown roots ‘do look cool, no matter how many times I see it on runway models and in fashion magazines. I just look like an old hag. Also, because I’m going to be promoting and selling my cookbook on QVC this month (!!!!). If you haven’t, mark your calendars for May 11!

ANYWAY.

In the middle of the appointment, my awesome stylist Heather put me under one of those orb heat thingies. This is obviously not a technical term, but can you blame me? I can barely put my hair in a ponytail without looking like a charity case.

And as I sat there reading my magazine, I suddenly fell asleep. This would be fine to anyone else, because no one else had a traumatic past experience of sleeping in front of other people like I did. But when Heather gently woke me up a little later, I nearly leapt out of the seat screaming “I’m awake! I’m awake!” and immediately searched for any cameras in sight.

You see, when I was in the eighth grade, my class went on a field trip to Ashland, Oregon for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I was rooming with my three besties and all was well in the world. Well, I’ve never been a night owl and I’ve always had a desire to go to bed early, which makes me a terrible sleepover buddy since I’m always the first to fall asleep.

Unbeknownst to me while I slept peacefully, my friends were taking funny pictures of each other… and of me sleeping. I did not know this until weeks later, when my friend had her film developed and brought the photos to school to show us. And then, as she flipped through the photos, she landed on one of me. There I was, laying on my side, mouth open wide, sound asleep with wet hair looking like a displaced sea creature. All my friends laughed and laughed and told me that I didn’t even wake up when the flash went off and I just sat there mortified. Like, I was more mortified seeing my gaping mouth while I was unconscious than the time I wore Happy Bunny shirts unironically and than the time I was obsessed with a Swedish pop band that no one else seemed to care about.

And then they proceeded to show my crush this awful picture and he laughed and laughed because preteen boys don’t make supportive boyfriends and I felt like I could shrink into the ground or back to the underwater world from which me and my fishy lips came from.

So this has cursed me from falling asleep anywhere public, like on airplanes or in busy hair salons. I’ll rest my eyes, but the second I start to feel sleep coming on, I’ll coax myself out of the impending sleep because I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep for real and everyone will see my gross face and take pictures. UGH.

So yeah, I was traumatized and that’s the story. Aren’t you glad you know this part of my past and current psyche? Don’t answer that.

Anyway, can we talk about this gorgeous Oreo Poke Cake? It is phenomenal. I know I say that about a lot of my desserts, but girlfran’, this stuff rocks.

It starts with a dark chocolate cake that you bake and poke a bajillion holes into with a wooden spoon or skewer. Honestly, either way works, but I prefer using the handle of a wooden spoon because bigger holes = more pockets of gooey goodness. Once your cake is covered in holes, you’ll pour on a delectable mixture of sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge sauce. You can’t see me, but right now I’m making the Macaulay Culkin Home Alone face.

Top off this glorious creation with some cookies & cream whipped cream and some crushed Oreo cookies for good measure. Oh! And then drizzle some chocolate sauce all up in that business, because more chocolate never hurt nobody. The only caveat is that you have to let it set for awhile in the fridge – trust me, it tastes SO much better if you wait! It soaks up all of that glorious sweetened condensed milk/hot fudge mixture and really develops a wonderfully rich chocolaty flavor.

Nothing about this cake is embarrassing, except perhaps the number of slices I consumed. Oops.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Oreo Poke Cake
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This Oreo Poke Cake is to-die for! Rich and chocolaty with delicious cookies & cream flavors. So easy, too!
Ingredients
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box dry instant Oreo pudding mix (if you cannot find this, simply use instant chocolate pudding mix)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 & ½ cups coarsely chopped/crushed Oreo cookies, divided (I used the Oreo Minis & roughly chopped them)
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare the chocolate cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the dry instant pudding mix to combine. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cooled, poke holes all over the surface of the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or a skewer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and hot fudge sauce until smooth. Pour this mixture evenly over the surface of the cake, taking care to fill the holes with the mixture.
  4. Fold ½ cup of the coarsely crushed Oreo cookies into the Cool Whip topping; spread over the entire cake. Top evenly with the remaining coarsely crushed Oreos and drizzle with the chocolate syrup. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into pieces to serve.

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Super chocolaty and packed with Oreo and delicious cookies & cream flavors, this poke cake is a must-make for any chocolate cookie lover!

This Oreo Poke Cake is a real show-stopper! Rich, moist chocolate cake is filled with a hot fudge mixture and topped with a cookies & cream whipped cream, crushed Oreos and chocolate sauce. The EASIEST recipe you'll find! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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