No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is incredible! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty with that sweet and salty peanut butter filling. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup and is SO easy to make! Anyone out there like peanut butter cups?

I can’t see you, but I can imagine you’re all raising your hands. Because who doesn’t like peanut butter cups?!

If you’re sitting there with your hands in the air, facing the computer like a weirdo (KIDDING!), then you’ll probably love this No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart. It tastes like a gigantic peanut butter cup but with an Oreo cookie crust.

I meeeeaaaannn…

Let me break this madness down for you.

So let’s start with the Oreo crust. Grind up (or smash up) a whole package of Oreo cookies. I used regular ol’ Oreos because there’s less filling to gob up on ya in the food processor, but if you have Double Stuf at home, by all means, use that. Anywho, pulverize it until it’s a fine crumb and toss in some melted butter until it’s moistened and combined.

Press that into a greased 9-or-10″ tart pan with a removable bottom. If you don’t have a tart pan, press it into a greased 9″ pie plate – simple! You’ll just have a pie instead of a tart. No one will judge you – promise!

Pop that crust into the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. This will let everything set up nicely and eliminates the need to bake the crust. Can I get a collective “YAY” for not having to turn on your oven?!

Once that’s chilled sufficiently, make your filling. Mix together some peanut butter, butter and a teensy bit of cream cheese which really makes it creamy and rich. Once that’s combined, add in powdered sugar, a smidgen of corn syrup (which helps hold everything together) and a splash of vanilla. The mixture will be thick, glossy and pourable… so pour it up into the crust and chill that filling for at least 30 minutes.

After that goodness is nice and set, you can make your ganache, aka, my favorite part. Who doesn’t enjoy ganache? I would like to meet them and quiz them on their bizarre upbringing which led to this unfortunate personality flaw.

This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is incredible! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty with that sweet and salty peanut butter filling. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup and is SO easy to make! I used dark chocolate chips for a really pure chocolate flavor, but you can absolutely use milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use what you’ve got on hand! Melt together the chocolate chips and some heavy cream until smooth, glossy and rich, then pour it on and spread it evenly on top of the filling layer. Chill that mishegas for about 20-30 minutes to set the ganache.

And I promise, that’s it. I know it’s a lot of chilling, but that’s what ya gotta do to avoid baking during the summer. It’s a sacrifice I think you’ll be willing to make 🙂

So. Who wants a gigantic peanut butter cup to kick off the weekend?! (Psst- this would make a great Memorial Day BBQ dessert!)

This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is incredible! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty with that sweet and salty peanut butter filling. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup and is SO easy to make! *filling adapted from here

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 16-20
 
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is AWESOME. It tastes just like a giant, gooey peanut butter cup but without all the hassle. And it's NO-BAKE, making it perfect for any time of year!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Oreo cookies, finely ground
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz (1/2 pkg) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (about 1 package)
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease a 9" or 10" tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray. Place the tart pan onto a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs with the melted butter until moistened and coated. Press the crumbs into the prepared pan and up the sides in an even layer. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or freeze for about 15 minutes.
  3. While the crust chills, make your filling. In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter, butter and cream cheese until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the powdered sugar, corn syrup and vanilla until mixture is thick and smooth. Pour the mixture into the chilled crust, smooth out the top and chill for about 30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Once the filling has chilled, make your ganache. In another large microwaveable bowl, add in the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for about 35 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for about 35 seconds. Stir again until the chips are melted completely and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Pour the mixture over the tart and spread evenly. Refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes or until set before cutting into wedges.

This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is incredible! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty with that sweet and salty peanut butter filling. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup and is SO easy to make! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty and bursting with sweet-and-salty peanut butter filling, everyone will love this delectable no-bake tart!

This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is incredible! Smooth, creamy, chocolaty with that sweet and salty peanut butter filling. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup and is SO easy to make!

Love Chocolate & Peanut Butter? Check out my other recipes!

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These Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Bars are outrageous! A chocolate brownie bottom topped with Reese's peanut butter cups and a glorious chocolate peanut butter gooey layer! An EASY recipe that's sure to impress!Reese’s Peanut Butter Gooey Bars

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Easiest French Silk Pie

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Can you believe I have only had French Silk Pie once before making this?!

I know. Disgraceful on so many levels.

But I have remedied that with this So Easy French Silk Pie recipe. Y’all don’t even know how simple this is. It practically makes itself!

And because I still have some in the fridge, I’m going to keep this short & oh-so sweet.

So this recipe is very adaptable to your different preferences and tastes – one of the reasons why I love it so much. For one, this recipe uses a pre-baked pastry pie crust for that flaky texture and buttery flavor. However, you can totally substitute with a premade graham cracker or Oreo cookie crust to keep it entirely no-bake. In the summertime when it’s scorching outside, you bet your booty I’m making this in a graham crust!

Second – this recipe uses a combination of German chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. I like that mixture because the German chocolate is extra sweet and the unsweetened chocolate really ramps up that cocoa flavor. Combined, it’s just the right amount of sweetness. If you’d like, substitute it with all bittersweet chocolate, all semi-sweet chocolate, or all unsweetened chocolate. I don’t suggest using all German chocolate because I think it’d be too sweet, especially since you add in powdered sugar to the chocolate mixture.

Traditional French Silk Pie has eggs in it, but I was lazy and used cream cheese. This totally replaces that same texture without the fear of eating raw eggs. Score!!

And lastly, please y’all – splurge for real whipped cream. I love Cool Whip, but this tastes so much better with real deal, freshly whipped cream. #Trust. You make up your whipped cream and divide it into two – 3 cups of it goes into the pie filling with the chocolate and cream cheese, and 2 cups of it goes into the whipped cream topping, because duh.

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! To finish it off and make it look extra divine, I shaved some chocolate onto the top. Likewise, you could always sprinkle it with miniature chocolate chips or dust it lightly with cocoa powder – either one would be super pretty!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a pie to stick my face into!

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! *adapted from here

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Easiest French Silk Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This French Silk Pie couldn't be easier! It has a no-bake option, isn't made with eggs like the traditional recipe, and comes together quickly. A must-make for sure!
Ingredients
  • FOR WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • FOR CHOCOLATE SILK FILLING:
  • 2 oz German chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups prepared whipped cream
  • FOR TOPPING & CRUST:
  • 1 9" deep dish pie crust, pre-baked according to package directions & cooled (to make this no-bake, use a prepared graham cracker or cookie crust)
  • 2 cups prepared whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls or shavings for garnish
Instructions
  1. First, make your whipped cream. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar together on HIGH speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. You should have roughly 5 cups of whipped cream. Divide 2 cups into a pastry bag fixed with a large open star tip or set aside to spread onto the final pie. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, add the chopped chocolate and the butter. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for another 15-20 seconds or until melted and smooth. Cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until combined. Lastly, add in the chocolate, whipping until combined. Fold in 3 cups of the fresh whipped cream.
  4. Spread the chocolate silk filling into the pie crust evenly and carefully. Pipe or spread the remaining whipped cream onto the pie's surface and garnish with chocolate curls or shavings. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Creamy, chocolaty, rich and light, this French Silk Pie is my new favorite – and will be yours, too!

This French Silk Pie is the EASIEST recipe you'll find! With a no-bake option, this pie is super versatile, creamy, chocolaty and light. The perfect anytime dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits

These EASY No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits couldn't be any simpler! Tart, bright, juicy and sweet homemade lime curd tops a sugary graham cracker crust and is garnished with fresh whipped cream. Save this for those key lime cravings! So you guys know how much I hate House Hunters, right?

If you don’t, here & here. You’re welcome.

If regular ol’ House Hunters wasn’t enough for me to pick up a binge drinking habit, House Hunters International makes me want to dive headfirst into a shallow pool. It’s my number one hate-watch show and it is always on.

First of all, they pick the most idiot couples to be on the show. If they aren’t stupid, they’re just weird. Like, has a gaggle of kids weird and wants them all to sleep in the same room weird, or husband has an unmentionable business weird. My creep-o-meter is always on overdrive on this show, and Charlie Sheen isn’t even on it!

ANYWAY. So these weirdo Americans travel to some foreign land to buy a house or an apartment on said foreign soil. Okay, fine. But what angers me is how nit-picky and unreasonable they all are. It’s one thing if the house is completely dilapidated and next door to a meth cooking school, but most of the time the places are perfectly fine and the people are just so ridiculously picky that I seriously want to start screaming involuntarily every time they complain about a paint color.

And the Americans on the show ALWAYS give other Americans a bad rep. They arrive at a beautiful little countryside villa in the middle of wine country, Italy, and are looking for an apartment on a cobblestone street in a vintage 16th century-era building and then complain when it isn’t 4000 square feet, doesn’t have a freaking Viking 8-burner range and enough space for their caravan of whiny kids. Newsflash: Europeans don’t need sprawling McMansions to taint their gorgeous neighborhoods. And if 16th century folk could deal without a professional-kitchen-grade oven range, I’m pretty sure the other Italian folk are managing just fine. Looks like you can’t make 18 batches of kale chips in that tiny European oven, DAMMIT.

Or, conversely, the couple is really weird and decide to fit all of their 8 children into one bedroom of the three-bedroom house because the creepy dad needs an office space. If I had to share a bed with 7 other farty children I’d probably just go rogue and live in a vineyard. Like, come on. My office was on our dining room table for 5 years. My family survived. It can be done, creepy dad. You don’t need your own office for your weird secret business.

And then there’s the couples who complain when they’re only shown a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of downtown Paris because “we won’t have room for all of our guests.” Who are you planning on schlepping to Paris, the freaking Brady Bunch? I’m pretty sure not every single one of your American pals will arrive in Paris at onetime to hang out with you. Also, is it just me, or does anyone else feel it’s a bit presumptuous for the supposed “friends” to assume they can just stay at their friend’s place? Personally, I’d always plan to book a hotel because I’m a courteous person and don’t want to assume that just because we were friends in that high school math class doesn’t mean I can sleep in their bed for a week. Or maybe I’m just a crappy friend.

ANYWAY. To all those European, Asian, South American, Caribbean, African, Australian, Central American, Eastern European and anyone else I forgot realtors out there, on behalf of the idiots on House Hunters International, I’m sorry. I promise we’re not all like that – demanding, with creepy husbands and more kids than The Waltons.

Some of us, like *cough* me *cough* would die for a chance to live in a Parisian apartment or a Tuscan village with a tiny stove and a cobblestone street.

As long as I have at least a microwave to make these No Bake Key Lime Pie ParfaitsI’m golden!

So let’s talk these parfaits, shall we? They are SO EASY to make and oh my gosh, are they good. Super tart and sweet, puckery goodness. It starts with a homemade lime curd, which is based off of my homemade lemon curd recipe. This is SO easy to make because it’s all done in the microwave (!!) and comes together so quickly!

My grocery store didn’t have key limes, so I opted to use this key lime juice concentrate which I found on the non-perishable juice aisle. If you can’t find authentic key limes or key lime juice, feel free to sub lime juice. No one will know the difference, except if you’re a Key Wester. Key Westian?

These EASY No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits couldn't be any simpler! Tart, bright, juicy and sweet homemade lime curd tops a sugary graham cracker crust and is garnished with fresh whipped cream. Save this for those key lime cravings! Zap your curd ingredients together and once it’s thick and glossy, strain it into a bowl or pitcher. Let it cool for a hot minute (well, like 60 minutes) and then portion them into glasses. I made 4 glasses with this, using about 1/2 cup in each glass, but you could obviously do this in shot glasses for more (great for a party!) or in a couple of larger parfait glasses to make two parfaits.

Layer it with sweetened graham cracker crumbs and fresh whipped cream and voila! It cannot be simpler than this, y’all.

Enjoy!!

These EASY No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits couldn't be any simpler! Tart, bright, juicy and sweet homemade lime curd tops a sugary graham cracker crust and is garnished with fresh whipped cream. Save this for those key lime cravings!

4.0 from 1 reviews
No Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits
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Recipe type: No Bake Desserts
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Serves: 4-6
 
These No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits are out of this world-amazing! Tart, sweet with that puckery flavor and SO easy to whip up!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 - 1 & ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs (depending on how thick you'd like your crust)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • FOR CURD:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup key lime juice (or substitute regular lime juice if you cannot find key limes)
  • Zest of 3 limes
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your curd. In a large microwaveable bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar and eggs. Add in the key lime juice and lime zest. Microwave on HIGH power for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on HIGH power for 1 minute intervals, stirring after each interval, up to 6-7 minutes. At the 6-7 minute mark, the curd should be thick and coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Strain the curd through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or pitcher - I like using a bowl with a spout for easy pouring. Cool to room temperature for about 1 hour.
  3. While the curd cools, make your crusts. In a large bowl, toss together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until moistened. Portion the crumbs evenly among your glasses and use a Tablespoon measurement to gently compact it. Top with about ½ cup of the lime curd - this is for about 4 small parfaits. Adjust accordingly to your choice of glassware.
  4. Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours. Just before serving, garnish with fresh whipped cream.

These EASY No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits couldn't be any simpler! Tart, bright, juicy and sweet homemade lime curd tops a sugary graham cracker crust and is garnished with fresh whipped cream. Save this for those key lime cravings! Bookmark this recipe for when it’s super hot – I guarantee it’ll cool ya down if you can’t make it to the beaches of Key West! 🙂

These EASY No-Bake Key Lime Pie Parfaits couldn't be any simpler! Tart, bright, juicy and sweet homemade lime curd tops a sugary graham cracker crust and is garnished with fresh whipped cream. Save this for those key lime cravings! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe! What can I say? I am obsessed with these lush dessert recipes.

I’ve made S’mores. Cake Batter. Chocolate Mint. Even a Gingerbread Toffee version (my favorite).

So needless to say, a Strawberry Cheesecake Lush was bound to happen.

One, because it’s spring and this recipe is super springy. And two, because I don’t have very many strawberry recipes on this site. Sorry about that! I promise it’ll change, starting with this recipe!

What I love about lush desserts is that they’re incredibly versatile, portable, great for feeding a crowd, and they have a fun name. I mean, what other dessert can you call a lush? Although this doesn’t have booze in it, it’s lush in the fact that it’s so creamy and light… positively luscious.

Plus, they take minutes to make, and while they do take time to set up, you can make them the night before for easiness and just break it out when everyone has a dessert hankering. Easy as pie. Or lush. 🙂

So let’s talk more about this lush because I am obsessed with it, and also because you don’t want to hear about my other obsessions, which are far more boring than this.

This lush starts with a Golden Oreo base. Crush ’em up in coarse crumbs and mix it with a little melted butter to hold everything together. Press it into your greased pan – I like using an 8″ pan, but you could use a 9″ pan or double the recipe for a 13×9″ pan. This entire recipe is no-bake, so there’s no need to bake the crust, either. Yasssss.

Next, wipe out your bowl and make your pudding. For this recipe, you’ll need one box of instant cheesecake pudding mix. I use the 3.4 ounce box, which is sold at most grocery stores. Mix it up with a little milk and then fold in some Cool Whip until it’s nice and smoooooth. Then stir in some chopped fresh strawberries. So delicious, y’all!

Spread it in the pan and top with more Cool Whip and chopped strawberries. Let it set for a couple hours (at least 6, but preferably overnight) and then serve it up! This stuff is addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

A few notes…

Oreo just released Strawberry Shortcake Golden Oreos. They are pretty darn tasty! You can absolutely use these in place of the Golden Oreos in this recipe for more of a strawberry flavor.

Please use instant pudding in this recipe! If you cannot find the 3.4 oz box of cheesecake pudding mix, use the 1 oz box – just make sure the 1 oz box yields the same amount as the 3.4 oz box (about 4 servings).

Now make this!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe!

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 9
 
This No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is fantastic! Light, easy to prepare and so tasty! Double the recipe if you're feeding a crowd!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Golden Oreos, coarsely crushed
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 (3.4 oz) pkg instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 cups chopped strawberries, divided
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8" or 9" square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the coarse Oreo crumbs with the melted butter; toss to combine and coat completely until moist. Press the Oreo crumbs into the prepared pan in an even layer, compacting with the bottom of a glass if necessary.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix and the milk. Whisk for about 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Fold in half of the Cool Whip (about 2 cups) until combined. Fold in two cups of the strawberries.
  4. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with the remaining Cool Whip and the remaining strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, until set.

This Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert is so simple to make... and eat! Layers of Golden Oreos, cheesecake pudding, fresh strawberries and whipped cream come together in this easy, no bake recipe! Creamy, sweet, light and luscious, this lush dessert is packed with amazing strawberries and is so simple to prepare… and even simpler to eat!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! I’m going back to the basics with this recipe, people.

As I’m getting older (and I know everyone is now collectively rolling their eyes whenever a 25-year old says they’re getting older), I’m finding that I’m starting to feel like I’m becoming who I’m supposed to be. I know that sounds like a terrible Taylor Swift song or a tampon commercial, but truly, I’m becoming my own woman.

For one, my style has slightly changed. I no longer feel the need to wear costume-y clothes, unless they have Peter Pan collars because I’m mildly obsessed with those. I’m also trying out this thing where I go jewelry-less which feels weird since my neck is used to the additional 5 pound weight strapped around it.

I’m also giving less of a hoot about makeup. I used to cringe at the idea of leaving the house without an entire pageant face done up. Now, I couldn’t care less about whether or not the Taco Bell drive-thru teenager notices my chin pimple or if the cute guy in line at Safeway cares that I don’t have any mascara on. Quite simply, because I no longer care.

Don’t take that as me no longer caring about my appearance – I still wear deodorant (you’re welcome) and enjoy dressing up to go to the dollar store on days that end in ‘y’ but I just no longer care about whether or not my eye shadow coordinates with the secondary color scheme of my dress. And you know what? It’s positively liberating.

In fact, I haven’t worn makeup in weeks. And I’m set to travel on two trips this month and I’m not even positive I’ll bring my makeup with me. I’m going rogue, people, and I’m ready for the onslaught of “you look tired” comments that usually tail along when I don’t have my signature cat-eye. BRING IT.

Actually, I don’t even care much about snagging a man anymore, either. In the past I’d get dolled up to go grocery shopping, hopelessly waiting for Mr. Right to stand behind me in line. We’d bat our eyes at one another and as I reached for the conveyor belt barrier, he would too and our hands would touch. And he magically wouldn’t judge the fact that I have 5 pounds of butter in my basket, twelve boxes of cake mix and five packages of Oreos. And then we’d go out for drinks and fall madly in love and laugh in unison when people asked to tell them the story of how we’d met.

And my friends all tell me I should keep at the online dating or pick up some more hobbies so I can go out and meet people. But frankly, I finally feel like I don’t need a man – or anyone – to complete me. And honestly, at this point in my life, I feel like a significant other may just be a burden on my whole rah-rah girl power liberation movement I have going on.

So yeah, I’m 25 and finally feeling like myself. It’s about damn time. I’m going back to the basics in my personal life and in my cooking aesthetic. Don’t worry – my aesthetic of making crazy wonderful desserts out of cake mix and butter are still here to stay. But I do plan on amping up my queue with more homemade recipe staples, too – ones that taste anything but ordinary but have that classic feel. Things like this Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd which, by the way, is so stupidly easy that my dog could probably make it. Normally I don’t like saying things like that because 1) it’s somewhat insulting to my dog, and 2) because there’s always someone out there who won’t achieve the recipe and then I’ll feel bad. But forreals, if you follow the steps (and they are majorly easy to follow), you will have made your own lemon curd from scratch.

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! BOOYAH.

Now let’s get curdin’! (Also, I promise to never say ‘curdin” again).

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! *slightly adapted from here

Easy Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd
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Serves: 2 cups
 
This Microwave Lemon Curd is SO easy to make and tastes AMAZING. Serve it with pancakes & waffles, on top of scones or muffins, layered between cake, filled in cupcakes, or by the spoonful!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (and don't you dare try to substitute it!)
  • 3 large lemons, zested
Instructions
  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and eggs, whisking together until combined. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving in 1-minute intervals, stirring well after each round, for a total of about 6-7 minutes, or until the curd coats the back of a metal spoon and thickens.
  3. Place a fine mesh sieve or strainer over a clean bowl - preferably one with a spout. Pour the curd through the sieve or strainer and gently use a spoon or spatula to stir the curd through the sieve. Discard the large pieces of curd, lemon seeds, zest, and whatever else will not fit through the sieve.
  4. Pour the curd evenly into 2-4 mason jars with lids. Seal the lids and let set at room temperature for about 1 hour to cool down, then refrigerate until chilled. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  5. To serve, spread it on pancakes, waffles, French toast, muffins, scones, pound cake, angel food cake, in between cake layers, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into cheesecake batter, spread on toast, as a filling for thumbprint cookies... or by the spoonful!

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! This curd tastes HEAVENLY. Smooth, creamy, with bright, fresh, tart lemon flavor. To serve, spread it on waffles, pancakes, French toast, muffins, scones, pound cake (as pictured), angel food cake, sandwiched between layers of cake, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into cheesecake batter, spread onto toast, as a filling for thumbprint cookies or tarts, and of course, by the spoonful (aka, my favorite method).

This EASY Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd is SO simple and tastes DIVINE. 5 ingredients, made in minutes, and is buttery, zesty, bright and lemony. Spread it on pancakes, scones, muffins, in between cake layers, or eat by the spoonful! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Strawberry Dole Whips

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Well, I’m all finished with my cookbook.

*cue the violin music*

I’m kind of sad it’s over. For the past two months, I’ve worked day in and day out on it, putting my heart and soul into every word, every recipe, every photograph. I really hope when it’s all said & done that you guys love it!

And now that it’s over (and as I prepare for editing with my publishing team), I want to celebrate… by going to Disneyland.

I mean, hello? Happiest place on Earth? Celebrating finishing this labor of love with Mickey and Minnie? Total no brainer.

I wish I could take you all with me – but alas, I’m no Stephen King. So I promise right here, right now, that I will eat a churro for you guys. And by ‘you guys’, I mean each and every one of my readers. I know that’s a lot of churros, but one time I went to Disneyland and they were literally all I ate. The only thing non-churro item I ate on that trip was one of those abnormally large pickles. Churros and pickles – my diet is so sophisticated.

Anyway, one of my new favorite treats at Disneyland is the Dole Whip. I’ve made a Pineapple Dole Whip before, based after the original, but this is a Strawberry Dole Whip, aka, my new favorite kind. It still has pineapple for that tropical flavor, but I added strawberries to make it pink and festive. Plus, the strawberries add great berry flavor and sweetness and it’s such a fun twist on a classic treat!

My Dole Whip recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker like most do. This means that while my Dole Whips are thick and creamy, they’re less “solid” like soft-serve and more like a really thick, icy smoothie or frosty.

I do recommend serving these between 1 and 3 hours after making and freezing them, which produces that thickness and icy texture reminiscent of a Dole Whip. If you leave them in the freezer longer than 3 hours, they will start to harden. Not a problem, just leave them at room temperature for an hour or two, or pop them in the fridge for several hours to take the hard chill off.

Whatever you do, let’s cheers to my book and make them!

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! *adapted from my Dole Whips recipe

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Strawberry Dole Whips
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Serves: 2-4
 
These Strawberry Dole Whips are a fun take on the classic Disney treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 (20 oz) cans crushed pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, combine the crushed pineapple and sugar. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients, breaking up the Cool Whip into pieces to make it easier to blend.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 more minute or until smooth and creamy. Distribute among glasses and freeze between 1-3 hours, or until desired thickness has been achieved.
  3. NOTE: the Dole Whips will get quite frozen in the freezer if left in there longer than 3 hours. Bring them to room temperature for an hour or two, or keep them in the fridge for several hours before serving.

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Creamy, smooth, luscious and tropical, you’ll flip for these whips!

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These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

One Hour Bailey’s Mousse

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! So I’m super embarrassed.

My room looks like a 12 year old’s, minus the toys. Actually, replace ‘toys’ with ‘clothes’ and you’ve got my room. It literally looks like a train carrying the entire wardrobe from Torrid crashed into my bedroom and left all the remains everywhere. Utterly unacceptable.

The only problem? Well, problems. One, I’ve been sick for the past two weeks, so doing anything other than merely existing is a miracle. Two, I’ve been furiously writing my cookbook, in which the deadline for the manuscript was moved up by three months… but for an exciting reason I can’t quite divulge yet 🙂 And three, because between cookbook writing/recipe testing all day erryday, plus blog work, plus being a mother to two dogs, plus needing at least an hour to sit on my ass and watch Guy’s Grocery Games reruns, I have like, nooo time at all.

So there’s my room, alone and cold, only used for sleeping and a quick change in the morning before my day starts and I run around impersonating a headless chicken. And of course, there’s a three-foot-high pile of clothes at the foot of the bed, along with shopping bags with clothes still in them waiting to be hung up or washed. And don’t even get me started on the stack of magazines from DECEMBER that I have yet to read.

I swear, when this book is done and I’m over being sick, I’m going to spend like, an entire week just reading magazines and watching TV shows.

And pleeeease don’t get me wrong – I have loved every.single.minute of this writing a cookbook process, from the brainstorming to the recipe development, the photography to the writing… and I will happily write a thousand more cookbooks if my publisher will have me. But while I love it, I can’t lie and say it hasn’t been exhausting to the very core. So please don’t interpret my mild bitching about having a messy ass room as being ungrateful… that’s the last thing I am when it comes to my dream come true!

Actually… I think I just need a maid.

Or a drink.

ANYWAY. Can we please chat about this One-Hour Bailey’s Mousse? I know I just posted a Bailey’s recipe, but this mousse is top-notch and perfecto for St. Paddy’s Day. Plus, where regular mousse recipes take hours to set, this mousse recipe only takes one hour. Sixty minutos. You can do this, homie.

Plus, it has a creamy, velvety texture and that outrageously delish Bailey’s flavor with a hint of chocolate and coffee. SO GOOD. While I’ve served mine with just a handsome dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate sprinkles, this would be lovely with crushed Oreos, graham crackers, or Nilla wafers. Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce and voila!

Can we make a deal? You clean my room and I’ll make you these, k?

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! *adapted from the America’s Most Wanted Recipes cookbook

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One Hour Bailey's Mousse
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 2-4
 
This Bailey's Mousse is so velvety, creamy and light with a delectable Bailey's Irish Cream and cocoa flavor that's out of this world! Plus, it comes together in ONE hour!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder (depending on how strong of a coffee taste you'd like)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the Cool Whip and the heavy cream with a whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture into the whipped cream mixture and whip until blended. Lastly, stream in the Bailey's and continue whipping until stiff and glossy, about 1 minute.
  3. Pipe or spoon the mixture among 2-4 glasses (depending on how much mousse you'd like per glass and the size of the glass, of course). Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles.

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Light, luscious, creamy and smooth, this mousse is sure to knock your socks off!

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This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Perfect Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Okay, so this isn’t really a recipe, but it’s worth posting because OH MY GOSH THESE ARE SO GOOD.

If you’ve never made brown butter before, it really brings a deeper, more complex flavor and much-needed oomph to any recipe… these krispy treats included. It almost adds a warm, toasted marshmallow-y flavor to these treats which really makes them even more delicious!

And did ya know that rice krispy treats happen to be one of my favorite desserts ever? And that 99% of the time, I’ll just eat the goop instead of actually making the treats? So it’s actually kind of miraculous that I have actual treats to show you today, because I managed to resist my insane urge to stick my hands in the bowl and binge.

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! The best part about this recipe is that it’s completely adaptable to your preferences. If you’d like, feel free to use Fruity Pebbles or even Cocoa Pebbles. You can also use flavored marshmallows as well to bring out different flavors to these easy, scrumptious treats. Or try drizzling these with salted caramel sauce for an added richness. It’s seriously limited to your imagination!

Enough yapping – let’s get down to business!

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Perfect Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats
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Serves: 15
 
These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are so rich, sinfully delicious, buttery and irresistible!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 10 cups (1 pkg plus 2 cups) miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, keep a watchful eye on it while whisking it. In about 5 minutes, it'll turn a deep amber color after foaming and fizzing for awhile. Remove it immediately from the heat once you see that amber color.
  2. Immediately stir in the salt, vanilla, and 8 cups (1 pkg) of marshmallows and stir to combine. The residual heat of the saucepot should melt the marshmallows, but if it doesn't melt them all the way, turn the heat back to low and stir the marshmallow mixture constantly until melted.
  3. Fill a large bowl with the Rice Krispy cereal and pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl. Add in the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows and toss everything to coat. Once fully coated, spread into a greased 13x9" baking pan. To compact the cereal mixture into neat bars, grease the bottom of a glass cup with cooking spray and press down on the krispy treats until compacted.
  4. Let set for about 1 hour at room temperature before cutting into bars.

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Chewy, gooey, sticky and chewy, these delectable bars will be your new favorite way to have rice krispy treats!

These Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats are utter perfection! Nutty, buttery, gooey and a hint of vanilla completes this classic dessert recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

These Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes are such a cinch to make! Fresh, soft blueberry pancakes are topped with a lusciously creamy cheesecake filling and finished with blueberry pie filling. The perfect every day indulgence! Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things ever.

There’s just something so fantastic about eating pancakes, waffles and bacon at nighttime. It’s like getting to stay up late to watch a TV show when you were a kid… just an awesome indulgence, you know?

But for the longest time, I loathed making pancakes because all of our pans are ancient.

I mean, they’re like from the dawn of time itself.

They’re warped, old,and the last time it was considered a nonstick pan, Abraham Lincoln was still president. I mean, our pans suck.

So as you can imagine, making pancakes on warped, terribly non-non-sticky pans was quite a challenge, and for the longest time we never had pancakes for this reason.

But then one day, I went into Target for one thing and came out with the entire store (how does this always happen!?) and one of my impulse buys was a griddle. BEST PURCHASE EVER. I can make pancakes all the live long day now, and none of them stick. It’s basically kismet that the griddle ended up in my cart, because now I can’t stop making pancakes!

One of my favorite ways to make pancakes is with Krusteaz Pancake Mix. It has all the measuring done for you and you just have to add water – so simple! And now that I’m becoming a pancake princess (my new official title), I’m experimenting with different pancake flavor combinations and these Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes are one of my new favorites!

These Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes are such a cinch to make! Fresh, soft blueberry pancakes are topped with a lusciously creamy cheesecake filling and finished with blueberry pie filling. The perfect every day indulgence! Stacked high with lusciously creamy cheesecake filling in between each layer, the pancakes are topped with a fabulous blueberry pie filling for that authentic blueberry flavor which brings out the blueberries in the Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix. They’re a total indulgence, but totally worth it.

For the recipe, be sure to hop on over to Krusteaz’s website! You can get the recipe HERE!!

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year! I’m so excited to bring this Strawberry Shortcake Fluff recipe to you guys today! It’s in partnership with Lucky Leaf – I’m a brand ambassador for them this year and I am so stoked!

Lucky Leaf is all about celebrating everyday, and this fluff is all about that life, too. It comes together in minutes, only needs an hour to chill, and starts off with a can of Lucky Leaf’s Strawberry Premium Fruit Filling & Topping… which happens to be one of my favorite flavors in their line-up.

This idea came to me because my Grandma Pat, whom I lovingly call “Grammie”, always makes fluff salads of some kind for holiday dinners and parties. Her usual staple is a classic fruit cocktail fluff, but sometimes she’ll jazz things up with a mandarin orange fluff or even pistachio fluff.

And if you haven’t been invited to one of Grammie’s parties, or you just haven’t had an older lady make you a fluff salad, it basically consists of fruit (canned, fruit topping, fresh), Cool Whip, and sweetened condensed milk all whisked together, and usually with added ingredients. Today’s fluff salad features strawberry fruit filling & topping, sweetened condensed milk, Cool Whip, miniature marshmallows, and pound cake pieces for that irresistible, unmistakable strawberry shortcake flavor!

Plus, I heard Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching, and this would be a nice alternative to a box of chocolates. Just sayin’.

And if you have kiddos at home, this would be such a fun dessert to make with them! Have them get involved in folding together the ingredients… or sampling every component for quality control 🙂

Either way, you guys have to give this fluff salad a try. (Oh, and bee tee dubs, I have NO idea why it’s called a ‘salad.’ Except that it’s the bestsaladever because it doesn’t have lettuce.)

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year!

Strawberry Shortcake Fluff
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Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad is a delightful no-bake treat that comes together in minutes and tastes fantastic!! Perfect for any day, any time of year!
Ingredients
  • 1 can (21 oz) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling & Topping
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ loaf (about 2 cups) frozen pound cake, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Sprinkles, for topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Lucky Leaf Strawberry Fruit Topping, the condensed milk, and the Cool Whip until combined. Fold in the pound cake cubes and the miniature marshmallows.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for about an hour to set up.
  3. Dish it up and serve! Garnish with sprinkles if desired.

This Strawberry Shortcake Fluff is so simple to make - only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand! Light, refreshing, no-bake and made in minutes, you'll love this easy recipe any time of year! Be sure to connect with Lucky Leaf on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and stay tuned for more delicious recipes with them! And for more recipes, check out their website!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Lucky Leaf this year. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog!

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