Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are marvelous! Soft & chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and stuffed with chocolate chunks and a gooey, molten Nutella center. So easy and tasty! An anything-but-ordinary chocolate chip cookie meets a gooey Nutella center in these delectable Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

These cookies were a genius idea on my part (if I do say so myself).

I had a hankering for chocolate, which isn’t super frequent but happens every so often (and I always know how to squash it – with my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe). But I also had a jar of Nutella that was approaching its final days and I knew I needed to use it somehow when… ding ding ding! The clouds parted, angels sang, and these Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies were born.

These start as my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie but they have a secret surprise inside that’s bound to delight any chocolate lover. And that fudgy Nutella center? HEAVEN.

So basically you make up the dough which consists of your usual suspects: butter, brown sugar, and sugar. The higher brown sugar count makes for soft & chewy cookies, and the granulated sugar is there for those delightfully crisp outer edges. Beat those all together and add in your egg and egg yolk – the yolk alone makes for a thicker, softer cookie, FYI – and your vanilla.

Then the baking soda, cornstarch, salt, and all-purpose flour get added to the pot and mixed in. But before you add in the dry ingredients, do yourself a flavor and add in some instant espresso powder. TRUST. It enhances the chocolate flavor ten-fold and makes for such a supremely rich and decadent cookie. The cookies will not taste mocha-y or coffee-ish at all, I promise (unless you want them to, in which case, add up to a Tablespoon!).

Lastly, fold in your chocolate chunks. For these cookies, I used Guittard Super Cookie Chips which are VERY large chocolate chips – almost chunk-like. If you don’t want to use chocolate chunks, don’t – I won’t boss you around. Just use regular chocolate chips! But more chocolate > better, no?

These Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are marvelous! Soft & chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and stuffed with chocolate chunks and a gooey, molten Nutella center. So easy and tasty! While the dough chills (which is a must, btw), make your Nutella filling by simply dropping little teaspoons of Nutella onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freezing it. Ta-da! Want it to be even easier? Spoon the Nutella into a zip-top bag, seal out the air and snip off a corner, and pipe little Hershey Kiss-sized swirls of Nutella onto the baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 1-2 hours.

When it’s time to bake, just roll out a big scoop of cookie dough, place a Nutella swirl in the center, and bake as normal. Salt the bad boys when they get out of the oven – another trust me, but it is SO good. And prepare to swoon.

These Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are marvelous! Soft & chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and stuffed with chocolate chunks and a gooey, molten Nutella center. So easy and tasty!

Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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These Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are phenomenal! Soft and chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and filled with decadent chocolate chunks and a gooey Nutella filling. The salt on top is a must!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ cups chocolate chunks or chips
  • ½ cup Nutella (or similar chocolate-hazelnut spread)
  • Coarse sea salt for finishing
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and egg yolk until combined, followed by the vanilla extract. Lastly, beat in the baking soda, cornstarch, instant espresso powder and flour until a soft dough comes together. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Cover and chill in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours. This is mandatory.
  2. While dough chills, prepare your Nutella filling. Line a plate or small baking sheet with parchment. Spoon the Nutella into a zip-top bag and seal out the air. Snip off a corner and pipe little Hershey Kisses-size drops of Nutella onto the baking sheet. You should get about 16 drops. Freeze until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Using a Tablespoon or 2-Tablespoon-size cookie dough scoop, scoop out a mound of dough. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of the dough ball and push a Nutella drop inside. Cover the Nutella drop with the dough and place on the cookie sheets about 2" apart.
  4. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through cooking time until the tops look just about set. Do not over-bake, as these will continue to cook as they cool. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt and allow to cool on the baking sheets.

These Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are marvelous! Soft & chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and stuffed with chocolate chunks and a gooey, molten Nutella center. So easy and tasty! The almost molten-like Nutella center of these cookies is dynamite! So gooey, chocolaty and smooth with the slight crunch of the sea salt. Heaven!

These Salted Nutella-Filled Chocolate Chunk Cookies are marvelous! Soft & chewy cookies with crisp outer edges and stuffed with chocolate chunks and a gooey, molten Nutella center. So easy and tasty! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oreo Pudding Cookies

These OREO PUDDING COOKIES are a must-make for any chocolate chip cookie lover! This twist includes bite-sized chunks of Oreo cookies swirled in every bite. The secret ingredient is instant pudding mix, which makes these cookies impossibly soft & chewy for DAYS! And, no chilling the dough required! These Oreo Pudding Cookies are a fantastic new twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie! The pudding mix inside makes the cookies super soft and chewy!

I’ve officially been in my apartment for one month now!

And y’all – I didn’t know how bad I needed this apartment, but I am so glad to be here.

Having my own space is life-changing. I love that my house stays clean when I clean it, and I love that I can design it my own way, burn my own smelly candles, watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians without a disappointed glare from my parents, and not have to share my food.

In other words, I’m still in the honeymoon stage. I’m not at the point where I’m hating anything or something’s on the fritz. And I’m going to try to stay in this honeymoon stage as looooong as possible 🙂

When I first moved in, I wanted to bake something for the neighbors in my building as a thanks for being patient while I make a ton of noise, and I figured cookies were a good way to introduce myself. The only thing was, I didn’t want to make my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe because it required chilling and I still had a lot of errands to run for things I forgot to get before moving.

It was then that I discovered a lone box of Oreo instant pudding mix and a bag of mini Oreos in a moving box and knew I could easily transform that tasty pudding into a pudding COOKIE. AKA, the easiest cookies ever… AKA, the softest cookies in the world.

If you’re wondering if you can substitute the pudding for something else in this recipe, the answer is a big fat NO. These are called pudding cookies. There are no substitutions! If you don’t want to make these, try my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (the link’s above!) for a more traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe.

You can however, substitute the Oreo pudding mix for regular instant vanilla pudding mix. Some stores carry the Oreo pudding all the time, and other times it’s hard to find. Regular instant vanilla pudding mix will work in a pinch if you cannot find the Oreo mix! 

These OREO PUDDING COOKIES are a must-make for any chocolate chip cookie lover! This twist includes bite-sized chunks of Oreo cookies swirled in every bite. The secret ingredient is instant pudding mix, which makes these cookies impossibly soft & chewy for DAYS! And, no chilling the dough required! This recipe is structured exactly like chocolate chip cookies but with the must-have addition of pudding mix, which gives the cookies an amazingly light and fluffy texture and makes them SUPER soft & chewy. And if they last that long in your house, they’ll stay so soft for days. Me? I had to get rid of these as soon as I made them… to very happy neighbors 🙂

These OREO PUDDING COOKIES are a must-make for any chocolate chip cookie lover! This twist includes bite-sized chunks of Oreo cookies swirled in every bite. The secret ingredient is instant pudding mix, which makes these cookies impossibly soft & chewy for DAYS! And, no chilling the dough required!

Oreo Pudding Cookies
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These Oreo Pudding Cookies are so impossibly soft and chewy - a texture given to them by the addition of instant dry pudding mix in the cookie dough! The best part? NO chilling the dough!!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • One 4.2 ounce box INSTANT dry Oreo pudding mix (if you cannot find this Oreo pudding mix, simply substitute with a 3.4 ounce box instant dry vanilla or French vanilla pudding mix)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup mini Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer until combined and creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the vanilla extract. Beat in the baking soda, salt, flour, and dry pudding mix until a soft dough comes together. Lastly, beat in the chocolate chips and crushed mini Oreo cookies on low-speed until just combined.
  3. Drop heaping, rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough 2" apart on the baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool completely on the sheets before storing, or eat while still warm!

These OREO PUDDING COOKIES are a must-make for any chocolate chip cookie lover! This twist includes bite-sized chunks of Oreo cookies swirled in every bite. The secret ingredient is instant pudding mix, which makes these cookies impossibly soft & chewy for DAYS! And, no chilling the dough required! Of course, the flavor is phenomenal – that sweet vanilla Oreo filling swirled throughout with big chunks of chocolaty cookies – but my favorite part about these cookies is that they’re made SUPER QUICK – no chilling required! Let’s raise a cookie and glass of milk to that!

These OREO PUDDING COOKIES are a must-make for any chocolate chip cookie lover! This twist includes bite-sized chunks of Oreo cookies swirled in every bite. The secret ingredient is instant pudding mix, which makes these cookies impossibly soft & chewy for DAYS! And, no chilling the dough required! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Caramel Snowball Cookies

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies are such a unique, fantastic cookie! Flavored with ground potato chips and stuffed with caramel candies, they’re perfect for any sweet & salty lover.

So I’m in trouble.

Okay, not real trouble. Not trouble-trouble. But basically, it’s been raining like hell lately and I have no recipes left to schedule after this one. Eek!

Normally I’m a batch-baker, meaning I’ll bake like 4-6 things in one day, photograph them all the next day, and schedule them out throughout the next couple weeks as I see fit. But with my move, plus settling in, plus a pizza and quiche mishap (I’ll explain later), and now rain, I have had no chance to whip something up!

Side note: Pizza mishap happens when you’re tired as all hell and bake the pizza on the cardboard round that it sits on in the package, resulting in a gooey, severely underdone, doughy and inedible crust… which meant I only ate the cheese & tomato topping for dinner. 

Side note #2: The quiche mishap happens when you’re tired as all hell and hangry as all hell and make a quiche from your vague memories of making quiche a bajillion years ago, resulting in you using DOUBLE the liquid in comparison with the eggs, leaving you with basically scrambled egg soup in a soggy pie crust for dinner. 

Side note #3: I promise I actually know how to cook and am not an impostor in disguise. I just am really tired, k?

ANYWAY. So if it’s lights-out around here for the rest of the week, it’s because I’m scrambling to bake something and make it look halfway edible and appetizing in my dreary photos due to the terrible natural light happening ’round these parts. Please forgive me?

In the meantime, I’m glad I remembered about these babies which I made a few weeks prior to my move. They are phenomenal!

I want to make an amendment right here and now that Snowball Cookies should be a year-round thing and not exclusive to Christmastime. There’s nothing especially Christmas-y about them, minus the snowball-ish appearance. But it doesn’t snow in California, really, so like, snowballs never equated to Christmas for me, so… is it really a Christmas cookie? Sorry, rambling.

ANYWAY. So basically, my snowball recipe requires flour and ground pecans, which give it that wonderful nuttiness. But for this version, I remixed it up with flour, ground pecans AND GROUND POTATO CHIPS Y’ALL.

Dude.

Life-changing.

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! And I didn’t stop there, because minimalism isn’t my jam. I stuffed each snowball with a Rolo because potato chips and caramel work surprisingly well together.

The result is pure sweet & salty perfection, and I guarantee if you’re a fan of a sweet & salty flavor combination, you’ll flip for these bad boys!

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind!

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Caramel Snowball Cookies
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These sweet & salty cookies are total perfection! Ground potato chips and caramel candy filling make them extra special.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1 cup finely crushed ruffled potato chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 22-25 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1 & ½ cups confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla until combined. Lastly, beat in the ground pecans, finely crushed potato chips and the flour and gently mix until it just about comes together. The dough may be slightly crumbly at first, but it will be moist enough to hold together if you knead it with your hands.
  3. Using a 2 oz cookie dough scoop, scoop out a ball of dough and gently press your thumb into the center to create an indentation. Place the Rolo candy in the indentation and gently roll the cookie dough around the candy to cover it completely. Place 1" apart on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Cool on the pans for about 10 minutes, then gently coat with the confectioners' sugar. Let stand until cool, then coat again with confectioners' sugar.

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! Sweet, salty, tender little nuggets of heaven in your mouth! I just love that the potato chips give it a nice salty bite in contrast to the sweet, buttery and gooey caramel center. So good!

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cookies & Cream Waffles

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make and eat. For starters, there are so many options: scrambles, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast… and those are just a few of your main course choices! Personally, I’m a big carb fan for breakfast, and my carb of choice would have to be WAFFLES. Big, fluffy, light-as-air waffles with a slightly crisp exterior and fully loaded with butter and syrup.

But sometimes, you need a change from the regular ol’ waffle. An upgrade, if you will. And these Cookies & Cream Waffles are quite the upgrade! Light and fluffy waffles studded with real chocolate sandwich cookie pieces and a wonderful, almost creamy vanilla flavor. And because you can’t just serve cookies & cream waffles plain, I jazzed them up with some whipped cream, chocolate syrup and additional sandwich cookies for a decadent treat that’s sure to please the entire family!

These Cookies & Cream Waffles are so flavorful! Fluffy, light, crisp vanilla waffles studded with real chocolate cookie pieces! So easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser! #krusteaz #ad So for Breakfast Night tonight, whip up these easy waffles – made with Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix – for a simple yet sinfully delicious breakfast!

GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles

These truly are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies! Soft, fluffy, chewy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they're SO easy, made in minutes, and don't need to chill! On the hunt for the perfect Snickerdoodle cookie? Look no further! These Best-Ever Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles are AMAZING! Thick, chewy, soft and fluffy, these cinnamon sugar wonders will soon become your new favorite!

So truth be told, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect snickerdoodle cookie. I’ve tried all the recipes, tried all the bakery versions, tried all the boxes. But nothing comes close to this recipe!

I promise!

I love when you find exactly what you’re looking for, ya know? Like when you’re on the hunt for the perfect objet d’art for your brand new apartment (!!!!!) and you find it. Or when you go to HomeGoods with the hopes they have XYZ and they DO in all the sizes, colors, and styles you could think of. For your new apartment, of course!!!

So… did you catch that? I got my first apartment!!

I am SO excited, y’all. And SO READY. What’s weird is, a few months ago if you asked when I was moving out, I would have shrugged and told you I was perfectly content living at home still. And, as if overnight, a switch flipped in me and I was basically scratching at the walls to get out & find my own place.

After looking around, I found one that’s totally perfect for me. Spacious, light and sunny, with easy stairs for Mannie to climb and a second bedroom that’s dedicated entirely to my extensive cake stand collection… and as an office 🙂

But when they say you’ll need ALLTHETHINGS for your apartment, they ain’t playin’! I mean, who automatically thinks of a toilet brush as something they need? Or Kleenex? Or a bath mat? (!!!!)

So Miss Organization over here found a moving-out checklist that details every last thing I need to make my move successful. So if you cut yourself in my apartment on my new knife set, I’ll have band-aids and antibacterial ointment to give you. And an aspirin. OMG, YOU GUYS I’M BUYING MY OWN BANDAIDS. I feel so adult right now.

I’ll stop.

Between buying my first broom and trying not to spend all my hard-earned money at Z Gallerie, I managed to make you these cookies. You can thank me later, because you’re going to want to make them ASAP!

These truly are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies! Soft, fluffy, chewy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they're SO easy, made in minutes, and don't need to chill! These cookies have a fluffy, soft interior thanks to cream of tartar which gives them that lift and oomph. They’re spiked with cinnamon in the dough and rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking to give them lots of flavor. The best part about these cookies, though, has to be that they do not need to chill before baking! Hip, hip, hooray!

So get yourself in the kitchen and make them STAT!

These truly are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies! Soft, fluffy, chewy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they're SO easy, made in minutes, and don't need to chill! *adapted slightly from Good Housekeeping

The Best Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles
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These Best-Ever Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodles are incredible! Fluffy, soft, airy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they'll soon become your go-to recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 & ½ cups plus ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Optional: white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar together with an electric mixer until combined and light in color, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Lastly, beat in 1 tsp ground cinnamon, the baking soda, cream of tartar and the flour until a soft dough comes together.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar and the 1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon until combined. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough into the cinnamon sugar mixture, rolling them around to coat completely. Place 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool completely on the sheets.

These truly are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies! Soft, fluffy, chewy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they're SO easy, made in minutes, and don't need to chill! Fluffy, soft, chewy and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these Snickerdoodles are my new favorite recipe!

These truly are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies! Soft, fluffy, chewy and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor, they're SO easy, made in minutes, and don't need to chill! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Everyone’s had a peanut butter blossom cookie, but have you tried Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies?! These are so much easier than dropping cookies and make for gooey, fudgy bars!

I don’t know about you, but peanut butter blossoms are some of my favorite cookies.

A soft and chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a solid chocolate Kiss candy… just perfection!

I know they’re kind of Christmas-y, or at least, they’re popular at Christmastime in the Parker household. But I figured since they’re made with Kisses and Valentine’s Day is coming up… well, you can do the math 🙂

I found the idea for these from my friend Ashley over at Baker by Nature, and because I was pondering ways to make these cookies into bars. Personally, bars are one of my favorite things to make because they’re such a cinch – throw the ingredients into the pan and bake! No dropping, rolling, or cutting anything out, and certainly no waiting for batches to finish before you can put another pan in. Not even a dough chilling!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! And these could not be more simple, I promise! Made in one bowl, baked in one pan, mixed with one spatula. See? I told you this was already easier than the cookie version!

To make these, simply melt some butter. You can do this in the microwave, or on the stove – whichever you prefer. I honestly alternate, as sometimes I feel like I’d rather cook it on the stove, or perhaps my microwave’s being used.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!  Whisk some brown sugar and peanut butter into the melted butter, followed by eggs, vanilla, and your dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into a foil-lined & greased pan, scatter sugar over the top, and bake! Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven and dot the top with those adorable baby Kisses candies.

And then try not to freak out over their cuteness!

(By the way – these are BABY Hershey’s Kisses. I found them in the baking aisle (near the chocolate chips!) at Target. They’re seriously like half the size of a regular Hershey Kiss candy and they come unwrapped… and are perfect for baking. If you cannot find them, simply use regular Hershey’s Kisses!)

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!

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Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies
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These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are not only adorable, but seriously tasty, too! Fudgy, gooey peanut butter & brown sugar blondies topped with a sugary topping and cute miniature Hershey's Kisses! Just like the cookies but SO MUCH EASIER!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • Hershey's Miniature Kisses (available in the baking aisle at Target stores. If you cannot find these unwrapped mini Kisses, use regular unwrapped Kisses or even chocolate chunks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In in medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the creamy peanut butter, followed by the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients until a thick, smooth batter comes together.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top liberally with the white sugar. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes, then dot the top with the miniature Hershey's Kisses or chocolate chunks. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Fudgy, peanut butter & brown sugary goodness topped with a crisp, crackly sugar topping and adorable miniature Kisses. These can’t get any better!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Mint fans will love these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs! A creamy, no-bake mint Oreo truffle filled with chopped Andes mints, wrapped in fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. Decadent, minty goodness!

You guys… I have a problem.

A novel-buying problem.

No, not like an original buying problem. Like a novelBOOK buying problem. It’s getting a little out of hand. And by ‘a little’, I mean I’m buying like 3 or more a day since Christmas.

I now have 20 novels to read once I’m done writing my book (which should be supersuper soon!). All novels I’ve never read before and didn’t know existed because: I haven’t read a book in a year.

EEP.

I know, I know. How horrible, right? I’m an English major, a two-time author and a food writer and I haven’t read a book in a freakin’ year. But in my defense, I’ve been writing TWO books in one year, plus my blog, which is a lot of writing, FYI.

But I have read magazines! Lots of them. So at least I’m not a total ingrate, right? (Tell me I’m not pleasepleaseplease).

So I’m making up for lost time and that new book smell by buying ALLTHEBOOKS on Amazon and reading them front to back from here until Christmas again. So if you have a good book recommendation, leave it in the comments! (FWIW, I like ‘harder’ books – ones about addiction, marital troubles, troubled teens, you name it. Hard issues.)

Anyway! Now let’s talk about these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs which you need to read about and then promptly MAKE.

A few months ago, I posted these Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs and everyone seemed to go gaga for them, so I knew I had to do a fun spin with another Oreo flavor. Enter: the Mint Oreo Truffle.

Made with the Mint Oreos and ground up bits of Andes mints inside(!!) they are delightfully minty and SO EASY to make. Seriously, if you are or if you know of a mint lover, these are next on your list. Promise me?

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! And I know it’s *too soon* to talk about Valentine’s Day, but hear me out: I’m a food blogger, which means I gotta start cranking out V-Day recipes in early January in order for them to get traction, get seen, get pinned, etc. in time for February. SO, that said – these would make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie!

Now if you need me, I’ll be reading!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve!

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 22-24
 
These Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are delightfully minty, super chocolaty and a cinch to whip up. Impress your guests with these over the top truffles!
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ⅔ pkg (about 20 cookies) MINT Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • ½ pkg (4 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp mint extract, divided
  • 1 cup Andes mint chips, plus ⅔ cup for garnish
  • 1 pkg chocolate almond bark (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions for fudgy brownies. Pour into a greased 13x9" rectangular baking pan and bake for 19-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Do not bake too long as the brownies MUST be fudgy in order to make the bombs work. Cool completely.
  2. While brownies cool, make your Mint Oreo truffles. In a large bowl, combine the Mint Oreo crumbs, cream cheese, and ½ tsp mint extract with a rubber spatula until blended and moistened; fold in 1 cup of the Andes mint chips. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls of Mint Oreo truffles and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the brownies into 24 equal pieces, making sure to trim off the edges as they're too crusty and hard to work with. Take a brownie square and gently flatten it in the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the Oreo truffle, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hands to completely enclose the truffle. Place the brownie bombs onto the baking sheet. Freeze for approx. 30 minutes or until solid and firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions or until smooth and melted; gently fold in the remaining mint extract. Dip each brownie bomb into the chocolate coating, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet with a fork and sprinkle with remaining Andes mint chips, if desired.

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Minty, chocolaty, fudgy goodness wrapped in one bite-sized morsel of heaven. You’re welcome!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Caramel Macaroons

Salted Caramel Macaroons: tender, chewy, sweet & gooey coconut macaroon cookies flavored with toasted coconut and salted caramel. Super easy, fast, no mixer-required and perfect for gift-giving! Coconut fans will love these Salted Caramel Macaroons! Tender, gooey and bursting with toasted coconut and salted caramel flavors. So easy to make, too!

I am a huge coconut lover. If there’s coconut in it, chances are I will flip for it.

I also am a lover of coconut macaroons. They are, quite possibly, one of the easiest cookies to prepare. You don’t need to chill them, you don’t need to let them rest, you don’t need to massage them gently, put cucumbers over their eyes and whisper “it’s going to be okay” to them. You seriously just mix the ingredients all at once in one single bowl, portion them out, bake and… eat!

So why don’t I make macaroons more often? BECAUSE I AM LAME, THAT’S WHY. But seriously, I think it’s because I maybe subconsciously think that because they’re so easy, like maybe the recipe is a cop-out? I don’t want y’all to think I’m pulling a fast one on ya or anything.

But truthfully, I need to make more iterations of coconut macaroons because they will definitely be the star of your holiday cookie trays. So, ya know, you can finally be the one with the best-tasting cookies at Milly’s annual cookie party this year. (Watch your back, Milly).

And another thing – the idea of these macaroons came to me suddenly when I realized you can (and should!) use dulce de leche in place of the sweetened condensed milk in my macaroon recipe. WHY HAVEN’T I THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE?! To be frank, it’s kinda genius.

Salted Caramel Macaroons: tender, chewy, sweet & gooey coconut macaroon cookies flavored with toasted coconut and salted caramel. Super easy, fast, no mixer-required and perfect for gift-giving! If you can’t find dulce de leche, Borden/Eagle Brand now makes CARAMEL sweetened condensed milk, so use that! They also make a chocolate condensed milk, but for today’s recipe, salted caramel steals the show.

Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Macaroons: tender, chewy, sweet & gooey coconut macaroon cookies flavored with toasted coconut and salted caramel. Super easy, fast, no mixer-required and perfect for gift-giving!

Salted Caramel Macaroons
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Salted Caramel Macaroons are a simple, stunning cookie that takes no time at all! No chilling, no mixer required, one bowl. Easy peasy! If you cannot find dulce de leche, you can find caramel-flavored sweetened condensed milk that can be used in its place.
Ingredients
  • 5 & ½ cups shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 (13 oz) can dulce de leche (or caramel-flavored sweetened condensed milk)
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the coconut, flour, vanilla and almond extracts and dulce de leche. Stir together with a rubber spatula until combined and moistened.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the coconut mixture onto the baking sheets, about 1" apart. Using wet fingers, gently push any wonky edges into the cookie so it's perfectly round; this will prevent those wonky edges from browning too quickly or burning. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sea salt.
  4. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until golden and lightly toasted. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

Salted Caramel Macaroons: tender, chewy, sweet & gooey coconut macaroon cookies flavored with toasted coconut and salted caramel. Super easy, fast, no mixer-required and perfect for gift-giving! Pure, unadulterated caramel flavor is what you’ll get in these tender, buttery, gooey and chewy macaroons!

Salted Caramel Macaroons: tender, chewy, sweet & gooey coconut macaroon cookies flavored with toasted coconut and salted caramel. Super easy, fast, no mixer-required and perfect for gift-giving! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, tender cookies flavored with warm, sweet, aromatic maple flavors and iced with an irresistible maple icing! So easy to make and so flavorful! Maple lovers will delight in these soft Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies! Made with sweet, rich maple syrup and iced with a golden brown maple frosting, they’re guaranteed to win over any crowd!

So my sister just got back from visiting Vancouver, BC Canada.

And I am still jealous.

I wanted to go exploring with her because I have a weird obsession with Canada and Canadians. They just have this je ne sais quoi that I can’t quite pinpoint. Maybe it’s because they actually know what “je ne sais quoi” means and could entertain my half-hearted French in conversation.

But alas, I have this book deadline looming and wanted to take advantage of natural light while we still have it, so I skipped this trip. After the book’s done though, you bet your passport I’m headed to the land of all things maple syrup.

I begged my sister to bring me back something utterly Canadian, so she brought me back a Canadian flag from their dollar store. That was… not really what I meant.

She also – at the encouragement of her wise, beautiful, smart, hilarious older sister – brought back Canadian candy which was so delightful because it’s like getting candy from Mars. (The planet, not the company). I mean honestly, it could have been a Snickers bar but with a fancy name and French subtitles and I probably would have gobbled it up because of its uniqueness.

It was so fun trying all the new foreign candy, like Wunderbars, which are kind of like Butterfingers but with caramel. I was kinda sorta in heaven. And their Oh Henry with – get this – REESE Peanut Butter. Not Reese’s, but just Reese. Like Reese’s more mature older brother, he dropped the apostrophe ‘s’ and decided to be cool. I respect it, and like an idiot sucker, ate it up.

She also brought home a Kinder Egg, which may or may not be legal in this country. Which, come on, America. Get your stuff together. We have WARNING LABELS on shampoo that tell people not to eat it. If we could just stop being so freakin’ dumb and stop eating everything like we’re two-year-olds, maybe we could have nice things for a change.

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, tender cookies flavored with warm, sweet, aromatic maple flavors and iced with an irresistible maple icing! So easy to make and so flavorful! Anyway, when visit Canada someday soon, I am bringing back a trough of maple syrup because they’re known for the stuff. Her Canadian rendezvous inspired me to channel my inner wannabe Canadian and make these Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies. They are kinda sorta amazing and remind me of fall. Warm, aromatic, soft and tender with that sweet, rich, golden maple syrup flavor and an irresistible maple icing.

Hey, Canada! Let me see your bountiful glory and I’ll bring you ALL THE COOKIES, k?

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, tender cookies flavored with warm, sweet, aromatic maple flavors and iced with an irresistible maple icing! So easy to make and so flavorful! *adapted from the Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 24-26
 
These Soft Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are so buttery, sweet and tender and bursting with rich, golden maple syrup flavor. Great for any maple lover!
Ingredients
  • FOR COOKIES:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • FOR ICING:
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp maple extract
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water
  • Chocolate sprinkles, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, oil and sugar until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and maple extracts and beat to combine. Beat in the eggs, baking soda, cream of tarter, salt and flour until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for at LEAST 2 hours, up to overnight. Chilling is MANDATORY.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough 2" apart on the baking sheets. Bake for approx. 9-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets completely.
  3. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple extract and two (2) Tablespoonfuls of hot water. If mixture is too thick, add in an additional Tablespoon of hot water at a time, stirring well until smooth and glossy.
  4. Spoon a teaspoon or two of icing onto each cookie and spread it out. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles if using. Otherwise, allow frosting to harden on each cookie, about 15 minutes.

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, tender cookies flavored with warm, sweet, aromatic maple flavors and iced with an irresistible maple icing! So easy to make and so flavorful! Buttery, soft, plush and tender with that sweet, aromatic maple flavor… These cookies were devoured by my family and I know yours will love them, too!

Frosted Maple Sugar Cookies are soft, buttery, tender cookies flavored with warm, sweet, aromatic maple flavors and iced with an irresistible maple icing! So easy to make and so flavorful! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Pecan Praline Pie Bark

This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a delightfully unique mix between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth Southern praline candy. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients and makes for great gifts or snacks!This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is fantastic for any pecan pie lover! Easy to whip up and makes a big batch that’s great for gifts… or for snacking by yourself 🙂

I’m gonna keep this short and sweet… much like this fantastic bark.

I posted something like this before, but to be honest… the pictures are terrible. Like, unbelievably bad. I was just starting out as a food blogger and thought a brown paper lunch sack was an appropriate staging item.

Spoiler alert: it is not.

SO, I figured I’d better update that recipe because frankly, this bark is too good not to make.

It’s almost freaky how much it tastes like pecan pie crossed with Southern pralines. It’s got the melt-in-your-mouth praline feel but with a crunch and brown sugary gooeyness of pecan pie. In a word: marvelous.

And you will not BELIEVE how easy it is to make. Like, totally foolproof. Way easier than making pralines, so much better than making a whole pecan pie.

But do beware, because this bark is incredibly addictive. Save yourself a square and donate the rest immediately… or reap the consequences of eating the entire pan, like I did. Oops. #sorrynotsorry

Basically, you line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and cover the surface area with graham crackers. I used regular ol’ honey grahams, but cinnamon or even chocolate grahams would be awesome! Set it aside, and make your filling which is simply butter and brown sugar boiled together until it’s thick and caramel-y. Mix in some pecans, pour the whole shebang on top and bake that mishegas until bubbly and set.

This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a delightfully unique mix between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth Southern praline candy. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients and makes for great gifts or snacks!Then simply break into pieces and consume immediately. Thank me later.

Psst: this would be awesome for holiday gift giving!

This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a delightfully unique mix between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth Southern praline candy. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients and makes for great gifts or snacks!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pecan Praline Pie Bark
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Pecan Praline Pie Bark tastes like a cross between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth pralines. So easy, so delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 sleeves (about 20 or so) honey graham crackers
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and mist the foil with cooking spray. Place the graham crackers all over the surface area of the pan, breaking them apart if necessary to fill in the gaps. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together the butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the vanilla extract and chopped pecans and evenly pour the hot bubbly mixture over the graham cracker sheets. Working quickly, use a spoon or offset spatula to spread the mixture around to evenly coat the graham cracker sheets.
  3. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly. Allow the bark to cool to room temperature before breaking into pieces. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a delightfully unique mix between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth Southern praline candy. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients and makes for great gifts or snacks!Crispy, crunchy, a little chewy and loaded with butter, brown sugar and caramel flavors, this Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a real winner! Try it and you’ll see 🙂

This Pecan Praline Pie Bark is a delightfully unique mix between gooey pecan pie and melt-in-your-mouth Southern praline candy. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients and makes for great gifts or snacks! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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