Energy Cookies

These Energy Cookies are fabulous! Chock full of peanut butter, oats, almonds, dark chocolate and flax seed, they're packed with antioxidants, protein and fiber... and they taste amazing!

Labor Day is nearly here, and there are so many directions your holiday could take! Whether you’re taking the boat out to the nearest body of water, throwing a pool party with your kiddos and friends, or taking on the mall for a marathon shopping spree, Labor Day is generally a pretty active day if you think about it! Sure, there’s a lot of lounging around (preferably on said boat with a fruity drink?) but for the most part, people are doing something active. After all, Labor Day usually signifies the end of summer, just before school starts back up again. Why not do something fun?!

If you ask me, I’ll be in the air-conditioning catching up on a juicy novel – that is my idea of a good time! But if you are like most people and prefer to do something fun and active, you may need some kind of pick-me-up in between butterfly strokes or snagging killer deals at the mall. Something that will curb your appetite before someone fires up the grill, or before you finally cave and eat the mall pretzel. Something that’s portable, bite-sized and easy to eat on the go. Something like these Energy Cookies!

These Energy Cookies get their name because they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients that ramp your body up with energy, nutrients and even Omega-3s!

These Energy Cookies are fabulous! Chock full of peanut butter, oats, almonds, dark chocolate and flax seed, they're packed with antioxidants, protein and fiber... and they taste amazing! First, these cookies start with Krusteaz Brown Sugar & Oatmeal Cookie Mix for a hearty base. Next, we add in creamy peanut butter for protein which keeps you fuller longer. I also added in coconut oil – a healthy saturated fat – in place of the butter in this recipe. And to spike it with healthful ingredients, I added dark chocolate (rich in antioxidants), almonds (for protein and fiber), and ground flaxseed, which is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids (vital for energy production, brain function, and strengthening immunity, to name a few!).

All in all, these Energy Cookies are good tasting and good for you, too! Crunchy, soft, chewy and packed with gooey chocolate, it’s almost hard to believe they’re good for you. But once you snack on one (or two!) and finish your Labor Day festivities, you’ll see just how energizing they are!

Ready to munch on these babies!? Get the recipe for ENERGY COOKIES!

These Energy Cookies are fabulous! Chock full of peanut butter, oats, almonds, dark chocolate and flax seed, they're packed with antioxidants, protein and fiber... and they taste amazing! xo, Hayley

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The Best Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the BEST snickerdoodles I've had! Crisp outer edges with soft, chewy and fluffy centers and pure pumpkin spice flavor. Easy, effortless and PERFECT! Attention, pumpkin fans! These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the best I’ve ever had! Crisp edges, soft and fluffy centers and a warm, aromatic pumpkin flavor throughout!

So I did a thing.

I posted my first pumpkin recipe in August. Mid-August. TODAY. #sorrynotsorry

To be honest, I’m over this whole summer business. I am beyond ready for fall!

Nothing makes me happier than fall and winter. My two favorite seasons for sure. There’s something about wearing the first jacket of the season, pulling on your boots and traipsing through red and orange leaves that makes me feel giddy inside.

And of course, there’s the influx of everything pumpkin spice. Is there anything they haven’t pumpkin spiced? I don’t think so.

So in the spirit of things (and because I do not bode well in this wretched heat), I am posting my first pumpkin recipe today. And I don’t wanna hear about how it’s still summer!know it’s still summer – I went to and graduated from school, thank you – I am aware of my seasons. BUT I am also eager to wear my army green anorak and Doc Martens so LETMEHAVEMYMOMENT.

If you are clutching your bikini in mock horror that I’m posting a pumpkin recipe before Labor Day, bookmark this recipe for a breezy day in September when you feel like succumbing to the pumpkin spice trend. Otherwise, let us pumpkin fanatics have our moment 🙂

So yeah – these snickerdoodles. They’re awesome, I tell ya! Loaded with tons of pumpkin spice flavor, with crisp outer edges and soft and fluffy chewy centers, they’re pretty much perfect. You could totally throw in some chopped pecans or even white chocolate chips for added adornments, but I love them straightforward with cinnamon sugar. Is there anything better?

These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the BEST snickerdoodles I've had! Crisp outer edges with soft, chewy and fluffy centers and pure pumpkin spice flavor. Easy, effortless and PERFECT! A few notes about this recipe…

  1. This recipe does not have any eggs in it. Eggs are known for adding extra fluff to some cookie recipes, and I didn’t want to make cakey snickerdoodles. So, I eliminated the egg.
  2. Use as much or as little pumpkin pie spice as you’d like. Since we’re only using pumpkin puree, I like beefing these cookies up with as much spice as possible.
  3. Chilling the dough is paramount because we start the dough base with melted butter. Melted butter, as opposed to softened butter, helps give the cookies a chewy texture with crisp edges and eliminates any cakey texture the cookies may adopt had we started with softened butter.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an anorak to try on.

These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the BEST snickerdoodles I've had! Crisp outer edges with soft, chewy and fluffy centers and pure pumpkin spice flavor. Easy, effortless and PERFECT! *adapted from my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

The Best Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
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These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles truly are the BEST! Soft and chewy with crisp edges and pure pumpkin spice flavor. A must-make for fall... or whenever your pumpkin craving strikes!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (depending on how spicy you like them)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR ROLLING:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar with the paddle attachment. Cream for about 30 seconds or until combined. Add in the vanilla and pumpkin and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cornstarch, baking soda and flour and beat gently until a soft dough forms.
  2. Refrigerate the dough, covered, for at least 2 hours or until sufficiently chilled. Chilling is mandatory.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Drop rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough into the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to coat. Place 1-2" apart on a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool completely on the sheets before dusting with any remaining cinnamon sugar topping.

These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the BEST snickerdoodles I've had! Crisp outer edges with soft, chewy and fluffy centers and pure pumpkin spice flavor. Easy, effortless and PERFECT! These cookies are so plush and fabulous, and I cannot wait for you to try them!

These Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are the BEST snickerdoodles I've had! Crisp outer edges with soft, chewy and fluffy centers and pure pumpkin spice flavor. Easy, effortless and PERFECT! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Triple Chip Cookie Cake

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! It’s MONDAY, so how about we celebrate with this Triple Chip Cookie Cake!? Loaded with white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate chips and topped with a buttery chocolate frosting, it’s perfect for any chocolate chip cookie lover!

So I’ll get straight to the point today: if you like pina coladas – I mean – if you like chocolate chip cookies, you absolutely must make this cookie cake! It’s soft, chewy, and filled with triple the chips!

The days of eating cookies with a single chip are long gone. It’s 2016 – up your cookie game!

Allow me to break down the anatomy of this amazing cookie cake:

This is the same recipe as my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies except with a few little tweaks. It’s just like your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe – butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs, flour – and with a couple little differences that make it amazing. Things like: adding an extra egg yolk for moisture and richness. Adding in cornstarch to make these fluffy and chewy without being cakey. And of course, triple the chips, DUH.

For this cookie cake, I love using Guittard Chocolate Chips. It’s local to Sacramento (it’s made in the Bay Area of California) and I find that when you’re making a chocolate chip-based recipe, why not splurge for the highest quality chocolate chip you can find? I prefer Guittard, but if you can’t find it, I also love Ghirardelli!

Blend everything together and stir in your chips, then press it into the greased pan. For this, I used a greased round springform pan, but you can absolutely use a round pie pan if you don’t have a springform pan!

Once it’s baked, golden and utterly perfect, you’ll ramp it up a notch with a glossy and rich chocolate frosting and a little sprinkling of miniature chocolate chips.

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! And voila! All that’s stopping you from face-planting a gigantic cookie is willpower. Or if you’re like me, you’ll just face-plant it anyway because willpower is not in your vocabulary.

Now who’s ready to face-plant?

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Triple Chip Cookie Cake
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This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is so delicious, moist and chewy and PACKED with triple the chocolate chips!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like Guittard, but Ghirardelli works too!)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • FOR FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Miniature chocolate chips, for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until blended, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat until combined. Lastly, add in the salt, baking soda, cornstarch and flour and beat until a soft dough has formed. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center appears mostly set. If it's still gooey looking, that's okay - you do not want to over bake. But if it's sloshing around in the pan, bake it for another 5-10 minutes if needed. Cool in the pan completely, then gently release the cookie cake from the pan.
  4. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, beat together the butter, cocoa powder and vanilla until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and cream and beat until smooth and creamy. Pipe around the perimeter of the cookie cake and immediately top with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles. Serve!

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! Gooey, chocolaty, soft and chewy, this cookie cake is for serious chocolate chip cookie fans only!

This Triple Chip Cookie Cake is for serious cookie lovers only! A buttery brown sugar & vanilla cookie packed with dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate & white chocolate and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Easy and effortless! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Ganache Cookie Cups

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! I am SO GLAD it’s Friday!

Usually the days blur together since I work at home, sometimes never changing out of my pajamas from the night before. Sorry, I know that’s not the image some of you probably had of me, all glammed up all day every day, dressed to the nines, but it’s the truth. #YogaPantsForLife

But this week was an exceptionally busy one. For one, I kicked off my week-long cookbook giveaway! (Have you entered!? You should!). I also kicked off an Instagram-only cookbook giveaway (which you should enter, too!). Then I had an interview (!!) with the local paper in which I was interviewed about my book. This was awesome in every sense of the word, and I was/am so excited to see my goofy face in print.

…But it also meant cleaning ALL THE THINGS to make my house look less sordid than it does on a daily basis. Okay, ‘sordid’ is a bit dramatic. Unkempt? Bedraggled? What’s the term for haven’t-vacuumed-in-weeks? Lazy? That’s the one.

So I spent days scrubbing baseboards, dusting every single one of my props, making my desk look like a desk and not a floating vessel that holds every paper in existence, and obviously, baking. Lots of baking.

Now that the interview is over (and I eagerly await to see my mug in print!), I can go back to letting the house chores fall to the wayside (sorry, Mom) and continue wearing yoga pants all day long. But man, my house does look nice, so there’s that.

ANYWHO, the long-winded point of this is that I’m pooped and ready for the weekend! It’s over 100 degrees here in Sacramento and I just cannot handle one more minute of it, so I’m spending any free time researching moving to Antarctica because it doesn’t feel like Satan’s armpit in the summertime. Also, penguin neighbors. Always a plus.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! SO long story short (or, long – sorry), here’s the recipe for the day! These poppable little devils are Salted Ganache Cookie Cups and man, are they fantastic! Little chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled with creamy, rich chocolate ganache and sprinkled with a little sea salt action. Chewy, gooey, exceptional!

And goes great with weekends, FYI.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salted Ganache Cookie Cups
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These petite Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are amazing! Chewy, gooey and rich with a little delightful salty bite. And only 3 ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (24-count) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray. Place one ball of cookie dough into each muffin cup. Using your fingers, gently press it into the cup.
  2. Bake the cookie cups for approx. 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, slightly crisp edges and the centers look just about set. Do not over bake. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  3. After they've briefly cooled, use the handle of a wooden spoon to make indentations in the center of each cookie cup, careful not to puncture all the way through. Allow the cookie cups to cool completely, then gently pop them out of the muffin tin and place on a wire rack.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 25 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for another 20 seconds. Stir until smooth and glossy.
  5. Evenly distribute the chocolate ganache into each cookie cup. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately, or let set.

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! I am absolutely in love with the outrageously gooey chocolate ganache filling! The salt on top really deepens that rich chocolate flavor. If you prefer a stronger chocolate, use dark chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips instead!

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

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 3 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

Love Snickers?! Then you’ll ADORE these other Snickers-inspired treats!

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White Chocolate Snickers Blondie BarsWhite Chocolate Snickers Blondie Bars

Skinny Snickers PiesSkinny Snickers Brownie Pies

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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Serves: 12-13
 
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.

 

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