The Best Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!If you’re on the search party for a fantastic vanilla pound cake recipe, I’ve got you covered. This Best-Ever Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is moist, fluffy, and delectable on its own or topped with freshly whipped cream and berries.

YOU GUYS.

This pound cake is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING, I tell you!

And it’s SO EASY. I promise.

Most of you wouldn’t know, but I have an issue with the 9″ loaf pan.

Growing up, we had glass loaf pans and we also never used them because nobody cooked in my house. I’m certain my mom bought them as an illusion so guests would think she spent weekends gently mixing together banana bread batter before feeding her children with the fruits of her labor.

(Although on second thought, what guest would be rummaging through our kitchen cupboards on a solo mission to find loaf pans? Not even I would do that, and I’m hella weird.)

ANYWAY. Once I started baking, I realized I really don’t like glass loaf pans because they never consistently cooked my banana bread. The bottom would be overcooked and the top would be wonky. It was just this whole thing and I really despised those pans, so I started using disposable foil pans.

Those are a game-changer! First, it’s easy to pawn off your treats because you don’t have to worry about whether or not your friend will hoard your Great Aunt Milly’s precious antique loaf pan for too long, and you can just toss ’em or even wipe them clean and reuse them afterward.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!But then I went out and bought myself a nice light metal loaf pan thinking I would be left with the glass loaf pan curse. I baked this in my new loaf pan, basically putting a voodoo hex on the pound cake before I even put it in the oven because I am cynical.

But it worked! Oh, did it work. This cake is GLORIOUS. And of course, this recipe will work with any pan you have but with likely *slighty* different results. When baking loaves of things (banana bread, pound cake, meatloaf) I really recommend using a lighter metal baking pan as it personally bakes more consistently to me. Dark pans tend to cook faster, and glass pans – well, it depends on what the Farmers Almanac says for that day because glass pans just dumbfound me, y’all.

(Side note: I know that’s going to be on my tombstone. Hayley Parker – Glass Pans Dumbfounded Her)

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!ANYWAY, no matter how ya slice it, you’re going to want to bake this Vanilla Bean Pound Cake. It is so supremely moist and flavorful, with little flecks of vanilla bean swirled throughout in every bite. It’s the perfect thing to snack on straight-up, but it’s also an amazing vehicle for dressing up freshly whipped cream and assorted berries for a lovely dessert, or cube it up and toss it in a trifle.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!What are you waiting for? Find your trusty pan and make it!

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!*adapted from Southern Lady Magazine

The Best Vanilla Bean Pound Cake
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This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake truly is the BEST pound cake I've ever had or made! Moist, buttery, delicious cake with a tender crumb and beautiful flecks of vanilla beans swirled throughout every bite.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped (I recommend Rodelle vanilla beans)
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh whipped cream or whipped topping and berries for serving, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 9" rectangular loaf pan with cooking spray lightly. Place a piece of parchment in the pan and up the sides and spray again. This will make the cake much easier to lift out.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy and pale in color, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla bean seeds to combine, followed by half of the flour.
  3. Mix together the vanilla extract and the heavy cream and pour half into the mixer, beating on low speed until incorporated. Follow with the remaining flour and lastly, the remaining heavy cream mixture until a soft batter has come together. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for approx. 1 hour to 1 hr 15 mins or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist - not wet - crumbs. Cool completely before slicing. NOTE: If you notice halfway through the baking time that the cake is browning too quickly, loosely tent the top of the loaf pan with foil.

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle!Moist, flavorful, tender pound cake bursting with fresh flecks of aromatic vanilla beans. This pound cake is SO divine!

This Vanilla Bean Pound Cake is the BEST pound cake recipe! Moist, buttery, fluffy & tender pound cake swirled with fresh vanilla bean flecks for a super flavorful, outstandingly EASY cake recipe! Serve with fresh whipped cream & fruit or cube it for a trifle! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are as tasty as they are festive! Fluffy & moist lemon cupcakes topped with the most amazing coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut.

You guys.

Normally I’m a cake girl through-and-through. I really couldn’t care less for frosting. It’s usually overly sweet – sickening almost – and piled on so high that I can basically feel my teeth falling out.

As a kid, I’d get a slice of birthday cake at a friend’s party and use the fork to scrape allllll the icing off to one side of the plate. I’d then get a new fork (since the first was tainted with frosting, obvi) and eat the bare cake, handing the frosting remnants to my mom, who happily ate straight buttercream.

Clearly I didn’t inherit that gene.

But this frosting – this wonderfully sweet and nutty and creamy frosting – is to-die for. No joke.

I could not. stop. eating. the frosting.

The frosting is the same frosting I made a trillion years ago for my Triple Coconut Cupcakes. It’s light and creamy and fluffy and just totally perfect. And it’s made with a surprise ingredient: coconut instant pudding mix!

If you can’t find the pudding mix, simply make a coconut whipped cream frosting, but I really think the pudding adds a wonderful extra dose of coconut flavor, and makes the frosting extra creamy & smooth. Try it my way just once – I have a feeling you won’t go back 🙂

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!In fact, I gave these cupcakes to my sweetie pie downstairs neighbor who declared these the BEST cupcakes she’s ever had. Just sayin’!

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!The frosting sits atop a buttery, zesty lemon cupcake that’s moist and has a lovely, tender crumb. It’s bright and fruity from the fresh lemon zest swirled throughout and makes for a great tart contrast to the sweet & nutty frosting. And of course, the whole thing is dredged in toasted coconut because toasted coconut = life.

Now I don’t know about you, but I need a cupcake.

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Lemon Coconut Cupcakes
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These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and so dang delicious! The creamy coconut frosting is TO DIE FOR!!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CUPCAKES:
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT dry lemon pudding mix
  • Zest of one lemon
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT dry coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese (about ½ of a tub)
  • 2 cups whipped topping or fresh whipped cream
  • About 2 cups toasted coconut for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 16-18 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cake mix, water, lemon juice, oil, eggs, lemon pudding mix and lemon zest together with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  3. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. While the cupcakes bake, make the frosting: Whisk together the coconut cream pudding mix, the milk, and the powdered sugar together until thickened, about 2 minutes. Beat in the coconut extract and whipped cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream/topping. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until set.
  5. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and cover the frosting with the toasted coconut. Store in the fridge, covered.

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous!Lemony, zesty cupcakes topped with that heavenly coconut pudding frosting… this recipe is a must-make for springtime!

These Lemon Coconut Cupcakes are some of the BEST cupcakes I've EVER had! Buttery, zesty lemon cakes are topped with a to-die for creamy & light coconut whipped frosting and toasted coconut. Easy, perfect for spring, and so fabulous! Have a super sweet Tuesday!

xo, Hayley

Easy Jell-O Divinity Candy

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! If you love classic divinity for Christmas, you’ll fall fast for this Easy Jell-O Divinity for Easter & springtime! Super simple, gorgeous colors, and fun flavors that make for an unexpected treat everyone will love.

So generally speaking, I’m a pretty observant person.

You could say I have great attention to detail. That, combined with my perfectionism is the perfect ratio for daily anxiety attacks. (Kind of kidding). But it also means I notice things a lot of people don’t. And because I was raised to be super suspicious (thanks, Mom), that combined with my eye for detail makes me a double whammy in the paying-attention department.

So I have this neighbor, right? And they drive a one of those big economy vans. And the van advertises for house cleaning but literally says nothing else. In big, black letters on the side: HOUSE CLEANING with a generic picture of a woman holding a hand-held vacuum cleaner – and the woman isn’t even wearing a maid or cleaning uniform. It’s just some chick holding a little Dirt Devil on the side of a van.

But – you guys, I’m not kidding – ALL the van says is “HOUSE CLEANING” on both sides. No business name, no business license number, no phone number, no address, no follow-us-on-Facebook, no catchy slogan, NOTHING. Just: “HOUSE CLEANING.”

So now it has me wondering – is this “house cleaning” van a rouse for something? Are my neighbors FBI agents working undercover in this covert operation? Are they CIA and getting ready to ambush a suspect? Are they Russian spies? Are they alien hunters, convinced one walks among us in my little neighborhood? Are they storm chasers and that’s the only van they could use? Are they serial killers in disguise? Or are they really house cleaners with a terrible business model that involves me googling all “house cleaning” services in my area, trying to match up my neighbor’s van with a real business?

But now I’m SUPER freaked that they’ll read this and be onto me and then they’ll like, take me to some abandoned warehouse and force me to write a positive Yelp review for their house cleaning services. “They’re legit!”, I’ll type with tears streaming down my face as they hold the suction part of the vacuum close enough to my face that the hair on my head stands up without quite being sucked in. “I’d hire them again and again for their excellent cleaning services!” “Press ENTER and SAVE IT TO YOUR PROFILE,” they’ll demand before they switch off the Dirt Devil and release me into the wild.

Who knows. But I’m onto them. But I’m also like, will you vacuum my whole house – including the stairs – for free and I promise I won’t blow your cover? (Kind of kidding).

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! ANYWAY. When I’m not being suspicious of strange business models, I’m making candy – specifically this Easy Jell-O Divinity. And I’m here today to tell you A) not to be scared of divinity, as it’s just a harmless little blob of nougat-y, fudgy goodness, and B) it’s not just a Christmas candy anymore!

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! This Jell-O Divinity is made with – you guessed it – fruity Jell-O powder which gives it that gorgeous pastel color and wonderful fruity flavor. The best part is, you can use whatever Jell-O you prefer, so this is totally customizable to your favorite flavors. I went with Strawberry, Lime, and Orange because those were classic, but these would be so delicious with Grape, Lemon, Berry Blue, or even one of the fun Jell-O flavors like Watermelon or Strawberry Banana. Or BLACK CHERRY. OMG. BRB, making Black Cherry Divinity!

This recipe is my basic Divinity recipe I posted back in December but just slightly tweaked. The result is an easy, fudgy, unique candy everyone will flip for!

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Easy Jell-O Divinity Candy
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This Easy Jell-O Divinity is so fun! The Jell-O flavors the divinity candy and turns it gorgeous rainbow colors. Wonderful for springtime and especially Easter!
Ingredients
  • FOR ONE BATCH OF DIVINITY (one flavor per batch):
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • One 3-ounce box Jell-O (any flavor of your choice - I made strawberry, lime, and orange, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer!)
Instructions
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, water, and corn syrup together, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260 degrees F, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Just before the corn syrup mixture reaches temperature, whip your egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle in the Jell-O powder & salt and beat again until incorporated.
  4. With the mixer running on medium-low, slowly drizzle in the hot corn syrup mixture. This should take you a good minute or two as you want to incorporate it very slowly. Once the hot corn syrup mixture is fully in the mixing bowl, increase the mixing speed to medium-high and continue beating until the candy is no longer glossy and the candy holds its shape, about 6-10 minutes. You can absolutely test one scoop of the candy onto the parchment paper - if it holds up, it's ready.
  5. Grease two spoons with cooking spray and scoop out the candy onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flick your wrists gently to get the little swoops in the candy. You can make the candy as big or small as you'd like; mine were about 2 Tablespoon-sized. Repeat, working quickly, with remaining candy.
  6. Allow candy to set, at room temperature for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight until firm to the touch. Store remaining candy in an airtight container.

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! I love the bright pop of color and the unexpected fruity flavor of these fudgy, nougat-y little morsels of heaven! These would make excellent Easter gifts, wrapped in little cellophane bags. 🙂

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is wonderful! Smooth & creamy and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor, it’s great for spring and summertime and is entirely no-bake!

So when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of being older.

My parents love telling the story that when I was 3 years old and people asked me how old I was, I would dead-pan “I’m 9.”

When I was a kid and my family & I would go out to dinner, I would always order a “virgin” strawberry daiquiri to seem like I was this experienced old soul who knew allthethings about fine alcoholic beverages.

When I was entering middle school, my new school was called a “middle school.” But because I watched Degrassi fervently, I knew some middle schools were called “junior high schools” and so therefore I told everyone I knew I was entering “junior high school” because it sounded more mature.

When I was in high school, I liked an older guy for a long time and was obsessed with the idea of looking older and more mature so he wouldn’t think I was just a dumb freshman girl with a crush.

And when I turned 18, I wanted everyone to know I was an ADULT, DANGIT, and made sure everyone knew. (Side note: I know I must be wonderful to be around. *eye roll*)

But back to my childhood days of ordering alcoholic beverages minus the booze – strawberry daiquiris were my favorite drink to order as a kid. I remember vividly going to Red Lobster with my fam and looking through their drink menu like I was some 10 year old booze-hound, poring over the pictures and descriptions of the colorful, umbrella-clad drinks. A lot of the drinks are virtually impossible to make virgin, but strawberry daiquiris were an easy one to blend up sans the booze, so it became a staple for me. It felt like such a huge graduation from childish Shirley Temples.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. But as I actually became older, I stopped ordering fancy bar drinks and settled for plain ol’ Diet Cokes and iced teas. Now that I’m 26 and trying to slow down time, I barely order alcohol anymore because I’d rather spend the extra cash on a bangin’ dessert instead.

To be honest, in the last 15 years I’ve forgotten about strawberry daiquiris until recently when I was grocery shopping. I spotted the frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix in the freezer case and instantly those memories rushed back to me like the flood gates had opened. There I was, a freak holding a strawberry daiquiri frozen drink mix having a reverie in the frozen foods aisle of Safeway, thinking about ways to use this drink mix when it hit me: PIE.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This pie is such a cinch to whip up and is SO tasty. It’s creamy, smooth, flavorful and fresh and tastes amazing frozen or chilled in the fridge, though it’s required to be frozen to set at first. I topped mine with dollops of fresh whipped cream, but this would be excellent drizzled with chocolate sauce, additional strawberry sundae sauce, or even white chocolate. The world’s your oyster, kid.

Now let’s all take a bite and reminisce about our childhoods, ‘kay?

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge.

5.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie
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This Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is phenomenal! Creamy, dreamy, smooth pie flavored with strawberries. A wonderful staple for spring or summertime!
Ingredients
  • One 9" Nilla Wafer pie crust
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix, slightly thawed
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • One 8-ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and fresh strawberries for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Cream the cream cheese, condensed milk, strawberry daiquiri drink mix and strawberry extract together with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Continue beating for 2 more minutes until mixture is smooth and slightly thickened.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is fully incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Carefully place in the freezer and freeze until firm and solid, about 3-4 hours.
  3. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream and halved strawberry slices, or serve with chocolate or white chocolate sauce. You may store the pie in the freezer for about 1 week (the fresh berries on top may not last that long), or keep covered in the fridge for about 1-2 days.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. I love how creamy, fabulous and utterly delicious this pie is! I took it to my apartment manager’s office and it went fast. It’s a total hit!

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Watergate Lush Dessert

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Have you heard of Watergate Salad before? It’s a mixture between pistachio pudding, pineapple and pecans and it’s fabulous! This Watergate Lush Dessert is sure to please and a fun twist on the classic!

So this dessert.

If you’re an American (well, you probably know even if you aren’t from the States), you probably know about the Watergate Scandal.

I’m not going to go into politics, so I’ll spare ya the details, but basically from the scandal came… a salad?

Still not sure how the two are linked. But I digress.

From the scandal has come the salad, originated from Kraft Foods called a Pistachio Pineapple Delight. Someone down the line renamed it “Watergate Salad” and the rest was history.

Then some ladies made a Watergate Cake and their reasoning was: “the frosting is a ‘cover-up’ and it’s filled with nuts.” Good enough for me!

So back to this lush: It’s a cover-up filled with pistachio and pineapple… and it’s filled with nuts. Voila! History is explained, one dessert at a time. You’re welcome, historians.

Admittedly, this flavor combination is a little old-fashioned. In my lifetime I’d never heard of Watergate Salad until I was a food blogger in the last 6 years. BUT it’s intrigued me ever since, and now I’m glad to have made this Lush to try it out. Hey, those people are onto something, because there’s something very uniquely delicious about this wild combination. And of course, the bright green color.

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! It’s just like my other lush desserts, which starts with a cookie crust. For this, I used pecan shortbread (aka, Pecan Sandies) cookies. I topped it off with a creamy, fluffy pistachio & pineapple filling and topped that with whipped cream and pecans. (Traditionally, the salad also has miniature marshmallows… but I decided to let people decide if they wanted to top the salad with the marshmallows). It’s unexpected, it’s unique, and it’s totally something you should make once in your lifetime, even if you never grew up with Watergate Salad.

I’m thinking I’m going to Watergate everything from now on, ‘kay?

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Watergate Lush Dessert
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Serves: 9
 
This Watergate Lush Dessert is a unique combination of flavors! Pistachio, pecans and pineapple combine to make a fluffy, no-bake treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg pecan shortbread cookies (such as Pecan Sandies), coarsely crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 (3.4-3.9 oz) pkg instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease an 8x8" square pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the coarse cookie crumbs and butter until moistened. Press evenly into the prepared pan and set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pistachio pudding mix and the milk. Whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in the pineapple and 2 cups of the Cool Whip until combined and fluffy.
  3. Spread the filling into the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the remaining Cool Whip and the pecans.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight, until set. Cut into squares to serve.

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Fluffy, smooth, creamy and packed with flavor, this unique lush dessert will be sure to please everyone who tries it!

No-Bake Watergate Lush Dessert: pecan shortbread cookie crust, smooth & fluffy pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and pecans combine to make this light, fluffy, EASY dessert! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Divinity Candy

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! This Easy Homemade Divinity is incredible! Smooth, fudgy and delectable, this snow-white candy is surprisingly simple to make!

So confession: I’ve only had divinity one time before this, and it was from a local favorite, See’s Candies. Maybe you’ve heard of them?

I also had an ex-boyfriend whose grandma loved divinity, and I remember giving her a box for Christmas. So for me, divinity has always kind of felt like a Christmas candy recipe. Maybe I’m wrong, but there’s something so holiday-ish about divinity. It’s snow-white, which is shocking for a candy, and it looks like little melty snowballs. Plus, it’s kind of like a fudge, which always reminds me of the holidays.

If you don’t know, divinity is typically popular in the South and was invented (we think) by Karo corn syrup as a way to market their new product. It’s a cross between fudge, nougat and meringue and is totally unique and unparalleled. It’s so unlike the usual barks, brittles and fudges that are usually found around this time of year, and if you’ve never made it, I highly recommend you do!

The cool thing about this recipe is it can be customized to your preferences, too. I went with a traditional vanilla pecan divinity, but you can replace the vanilla extract with peppermint extract and add in shredded coconut, or use walnuts instead of pecans. Up to you!

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Whatever you do, make yourself a tin of these and thank me later!

*Some Notes: in researching this recipe, I found that a lot of people advise against making this candy on a humid day, such as when it’s raining. The humidity can supposedly affect the way the candy sets up and dries, which is essential for divinity. I have not tested this theory, but I would just heed caution and try and make it on a low-humidity day. 

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! *adapted from here 

4.2 from 5 reviews
Easy Homemade Divinity Candy
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This Easy Divinity Candy is SO fabulous and perfect for the holidays! Easier than you think to make, it comes together relatively quickly and is great for giving as gifts!
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat together the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 7-10 minutes or until the temperature reaches 260 degrees F. on a candy thermometer. Just before the candy reaches temperature, beat the egg whites on high speed using an electric mixer or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  3. Remove the boiling candy from the heat and, with the mixer on high speed, stream in the hot candy VERY slowly. It should take you at least 2 or so minutes to fully pour the hot candy mixture into the egg whites. Continue beating the mixture until it's no longer glossy and it holds its shape, about 6-10 minutes (it depends on your mixer). Stir in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Butter two spoons (or grease them lightly with cooking spray) and, working quickly, drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of the divinity mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. You may need to scrape the candy mixture off of one spoon with the other spoon, then quickly flick your wrist to create a soft curl (like soft serve) on top of the candy. It's okay if you don't get it quite right!
  5. Allow the candy to set at room temperature - maybe overnight, depending on the humidity in your home - until dry to the touch and no longer sticky. Once set and dry, you can keep it at room temperature for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  6. NOTES: It is totally okay to take a small teaspoon-sized spoon of candy and test it on the parchment before doing the larger scoops. The divinity is ready when it holds its shape in a mound on the parchment paper. If it turns into a puddle, continue beating the mixture.

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Chewy & soft, like nougat-meets-fudge, this is a must-try this holiday season!

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! These Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine. Buttery shortbread crust topped with a thick, glossy and sweet lemon filling. Finished off with powdered sugar, it’s simple, perfect, and classic.

It took me a long while to perfect these bars, to be honest. There are some things that I can do that are really challenging to others but super simple to me, like learning a new language or pulling off a tutu (truth). But there are other things that are totally brainless that I cannot seem to master, baking potatoes to perfection and a bumpless ponytail, to name a few.

And of course, lemon bars. Before today.

These bars are super easy and come together in minutes! And they’re so buttery, gooey and lemony – essential for any respectable lemon bar!

First, you whip up your shortbread crust. Cut some butter into a mixture of flour and a little sugar. This takes a little bit of time, so ponder your existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth or, you know, thumb through the latest Us Weekly. I’ll let you guess which one I did.

Once the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, press it into a foil-lined and lightly greased 13×9″ baking pan. Bake it off for a few minutes and while it bakes, make your filling (aka, the best part of this existence on this little grain of sand we call Earth).

For the filling, you’ll whisk together some eggs, sugar (lots!), lemon juice, lemon zest, and a teensy bit of flour which helps thicken it and hold the whole shebang together. Whisk it until it’s super smooth, then pour it over the par-baked crust, throw it back into the oven, and bake it up for a good 20 minutes. Once it’s baked & cooled, pop it in the fridge to set for about 2 hours. This gives everything time to settle and form into perfectly cut gooey lemon bars. But if you absolutely can’t wait, just let it come to room temperature after baking before cutting into bars. I won’t tell.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! And yeah. That’s it. Super simple, straightforward, and oh so delicious. Novice bakers and experts alike will appreciate this fantastic, classic recipe. And then we’ll all collectively agree that this is one of the best parts of living on Earth.

Enjoy!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar!

The Best Homemade Lemon Bars
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These Classic, Homemade Lemon Bars are absolutely divine! Buttery shortbread is topped with a gooey, glossy lemon filling that's to-die for. Recipes don't get easier or more delicious than this!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cut into cubes
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 & ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ⅔ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 5 medium lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting on finished bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter cubes with a pastry blender or two forks until coarse crumbs form. To test if it's done, grab a fistful of the crust dough; if it holds together in one piece, it's done.
  3. Pour the crust into the prepared pan and pat it into an even layer. Bake for approx. 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. While the crust bakes, make your filling. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar together. Whisk it really well so all those clumps of flour are broken up. Alternatively, you may sift the flour into the sugar mixture. Add in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  5. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the center is just about set and only very slightly jiggly. Do not over bake! Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Gooey, supremely lemony and perfect, these bars are a classic for a reason!

These Homemade Lemon Bars truly are THE BEST! Classic, perfect and EASY with a bright, fresh lemon flavor in one gooey, buttery bar! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! I am obsessed with random facts.

I absolutely, positively love learning random things that have no use in my brain whatsoever. My personal favorite are facts that totally blow my mind, leaving me in a state of semi-paralysis while I ponder my existential crisis.

You know, just a normal Tuesday.

Like, okay – did you know Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa?

Or that humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas?

Or that there are more fake flamingos in the world than there are real flamingos?

CRAZY, RIGHT?

My family is completely annoyed with me and my random factoids. In fact, when I start off my fact with, “Did you know…?” they all groan and grumble. But like, why wouldn’t you want to know that if you folded a piece of paper 42 times it’d reach the moon? I mean, come on people – it’s science!

So anyway, now I read random facts and keep them all to myself. If there was ever a bar trivia night starring random questions wondering how many hearts an octopus has, I can clearly win when I say “three.” Boom.

Since my facts aren’t as appreciated as they probably should be, let’s talk about these Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars. They taste exactly like a coconut cream pie but without all of the hassle of making a homemade pie crust and whatnot. The filling and crust come together in minutes and then the whole shebang is baked until golden and gooey. I do want to warn ya that you should let these sit in the fridge for at least two hours to set up, but other than that, you’ll be eating these bad boys in no time.

Random fact: these bars will rock your socks off. Guaranteed!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars
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These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are phenomenal! They taste just like a coconut cream pie but without the hassle of making a crust.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut creme pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • FOR GOOEY BARS:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • Additional powdered sugar, for dusting on finished product
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg and dry coconut creme pudding mix until combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese until soft, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, then add in the coconut extract. Beat in the powdered sugar and melted butter until completely combined. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the crust in the pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and just about set. The center may be slightly gooey still - this is okay and you do not want to over-bake! Cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. Dust with additional powdered sugar just before serving.

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor, these bars are a wonderful treat for any season!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Can you believe this was the first time I’ve tried Hummingbird Cake?!

I know. Me either.

In my defense – and probably in many of yours – I hadn’t really known about Hummingbird Cake until recently. It’s a Southern cake, so if you’re from the South you’re probably way ahead of me. Allow me to catch up!

Most people know about red velvet cake – aka, the most Southern cake there is. But a lot of people overlook this beautiful Hummingbird Cake, which, by the way – I have no idea why they call it that. And no hummingbirds were involved in the making of this cake. Just FYI.

But there’s kinda something magical that happens when you bake up a Hummingbird Cake. First, it’s a spice cake base which automatically makes it awesome. Then you jazz it up with crushed pineapple, mashed banana and pecans. Lastly, I finished this off with a super thick, ultra rich cream cheese glaze, more chopped pecans and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEEEEL.

The result is a supremely moist cake bursting with a bunch of different flavors and textures. You get the sweetness from the pineapple and banana, the crunch from the pecans, and the warmth from the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves spicing the batter. Then you get the creaminess from that glaze – seriously, pass a straw – and a wonderful nuttiness from the toasted coconut.

And yes, toasting the coconut is mandatory. If you’ve ever had toasted coconut, you’ll know why. It’s only the bestthingever.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! With spring vastly approaching, Easter coming up and Mother’s Day along the way, I highly suggest bookmarking this cake to make for any of those events! It’s so simple – thanks to a cake mix – but is doctored up so much that no one will know you took a shortcut. It’s definitely a cake that wows!

Plus, you can pretend to be Southern when you make it. Accent required, obvi.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time!

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
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This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is filled with delicious flavors like pineapple, banana and pecans, then topped with a luscious cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut.
Ingredients
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 small box instant banana pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecans, divided
  • FOR GLAZE & TOPPING:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a bundt pan with cooking spray, preferably the kind with flour in it. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Fold in the mashed banana, crushed pineapple and one (1) cup of the chopped pecans.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack.
  4. Once cool, make your glaze. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and heavy cream until combined. Add in the powdered sugar, beating until smooth and pourable. Pour the mixture over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining chopped pecans and the toasted coconut.
  5. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Rich, moist, flavorful deliciousness all up in here!

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Can I be real with you for a sec?

I’ve tried to like Cadbury Eggs – I really have. I buy them every year, thinking that this year will be different. That, and the adorable rabbit on the package. Seriously, they could put that rabbit on a pack of cigarettes and I’d buy them – and I don’t even smoke.

But honestly? I don’t much care for the chocolate. I know, I know – don’t shoot me, please.

I can get down on that crisp candy coating. Dear lawwwd, give me a bag of candy coating shards and I will polish it off faster than you can say ‘Easter bunny.’ But the whole chocolate part? Not. So. Much.

This is probably because I grew up eating the crappiest chocolate imaginable – like the stuff the dollar store sells which is probably just brown-dyed chemicals and not chocolate at all. And then there’s Cadbury, in all its regal British glory, and little miss boxed mac & cheese over here doesn’t know what to do with the finer foods in life, so I just make up excuses about the chocolate to candy coating ratio to hide the fact that I’m a heathen.

It’s simple math, really.

Just like when I took a food & wine class in college. Okay, so it was just an awesome excuse to get loaded at 9am on a Tuesday, but don’t judge me. The class would be tasting the wine and defining the notes and aromatics and I just sat there with wine in my mouth like, “yup, tastes grape-y, like grape soda without the fizz.” Meanwhile, everyone silently judged me because no fancy person drinks grape soda. Let’s just get real – grape soda is like, the lowest on the soda totem pole. And defining a fine cabernet as “grape soda-y” was like announcing to the class that I’m poor and unrefined. And like grape soda.

BUT, I know there are classy folk out there in the world who enjoy Cadbury Eggs – and who find cabernet to be lovely and not at all soda-like. So this recipe is for YOU.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are, in a word, divine. Even I enjoyed them, probably because they were buried among the most decadent blondie alive.

You start with the blondie base, which is pretty much all 2’s. Two sticks of butter, two cups of brown sugar, two eggs, 2 cups flour… then add a few 1’s: 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 & 1/2 cups of chopped Cadbury Eggs. When I say ‘Cadbury Eggs’, I’m talking about those crisp miniature candy-coated eggs, not the creme-filled eggs. Just FYI.

Bake it all up with a healthy sprinkling of sea salt on top for fantastic flavor and crunch. Cut ’em into bars and serve them immediately – everyone who eats one will be impressed with your good taste. I promise.

This recipe is heathen-approved.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies
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These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies feature the delicious, eponymous candy in these perfectly salted, brown sugary blondies!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped Cadbury Eggs (I used a mixture of milk chocolate eggs and white chocolate eggs)
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Fold in the chopped Cadbury egg candies.
  4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter! Sweet, salty, caramel-y and chocolaty, these blondies will rock your socks off!

Be sure to pin this recipe to your favorite Easter board on Pinterest!

These Salted Cadbury Egg Blondies are a rich, sweet and salty dessert that's sure to please! This easy recipe comes together in minutes and has delightful pockets of rich Cadbury chocolate swirled throughout. Perfect for Easter!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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