Reese’s Stuffed Tagalong Cookies

These Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies are such an easy and impressive dessert! No-bake, takes minutes to make, and is ultra peanut buttery and chocolaty! My new go-to cookie recipe! You know what really grinds my gears? Gets my socks in a bunch? Makes my blood boil?

People who don’t turn their headlights on when it’s raining.

It’s such a simple thing – buckle your seat belt, turn on the engine, and turn on your lights. Yet so many people don’t do this and it makes me go batty.

Picture me, driving along and I see someone – inevitably driving a silver car because EVERYONE CAN SEE SILVER CARS IN THE RAIN – without their lights on. I instantly start screaming and freaking out, flashing my brights in their direction and flailing my arms like I have rabies or something. I’m sure I have frightened multiple people this way, but I just cannot help it. The second I see any car without their headlights on, a switch flips and I just transform into a maniac.

Other times I turn into a maniac: when auto-correct changes my words. Dear Auto-Correct, I’m never saying ‘ducking.’

And when, after a shower and toweling off, it becomes impossible to put pajamas on. WHY CAN’T I JUST PUT MY PANTS ON.

As you can tell, patience isn’t my virtue. Neither is being virtuous. I’m a lost cause.

But anyway, let’s talk about these Reese’s Stuffed Tagalong Cookies. They’re kind of outrageously amazing, just sayin’. They’re more like cookie stacks, because they’re made with two Tagalong cookies sandwiched around a Reese’s peanut butter cup. And then the whole thing is coated in chocolate and drizzled with peanut buttery white chocolate. Jesus take the wheel.

And if you would rather hoard your Tagalong cookies to yourselves – and I know the feeling – please know that you can buy knock-off Tagalongs at stores like Walmart under the Keebler brand and under the store-brand. They’re often called “peanut butter filled fudge cookies.” That’s your golden ticket, friend. Buy them. Buy them all.

And then make these, pretty please?

These Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies are such an easy and impressive dessert! No-bake, takes minutes to make, and is ultra peanut buttery and chocolaty! My new go-to cookie recipe!

Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies
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These Reese's-Stuffed Tagalong Cookies are outrageously delicious, so simple to make and a wonderful no-bake treat that's perfect for anytime!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Tagalong cookies/peanut butter fudge cookies (16-20 count)
  • 16-20 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
  • 2 squares white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 pkg chocolate almond bark (I like CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Line a pan with foil. Place about 8-10 Tagalong cookies flat-side up onto the pan. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the white almond bark in a small dry bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 20-30 seconds or until melted. Stir in the creamy peanut butter until combined.
  3. Dab ¼ - ½ tsp or so of the peanut butter mixture onto the flat side of the Tagalong and top with a Reese's peanut butter cup. Dab a little more of the peanut butter mixture on top of the Reese's cup and top with a Tagalong cookie. Repeat with remaining stacks and then freeze until firm, for about 30 minutes.
  4. Melt the chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions. Dunk each cookie stack into the CandiQuik, using a fork to coat the stacks. Use the fork to remove the cookie stack and allow excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the foil lined pan and let set. Repeat with remaining cookie stacks.
  5. If the peanut butter mixture has solidified, reheat it for about 10-15 seconds or until smooth. Pour the peanut butter mixture into a small Ziploc baggy, seal out the air and snip off a corner. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the cookie stacks. Let the peanut butter mixture set, then serve!

These Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies are such an easy and impressive dessert! No-bake, takes minutes to make, and is ultra peanut buttery and chocolaty! My new go-to cookie recipe! Ultra peanut buttery, crunchy and super chocolaty, these cookie stacks are one for the books! I imagine they’d be great with Thin Mints and peppermint patties, too… just saying! :)

These Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies are such an easy and impressive dessert! No-bake, takes minutes to make, and is ultra peanut buttery and chocolaty! My new go-to cookie recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Homemade Milk Jam {Dulce de Leche}

This Homemade Dulce de Leche (or Milk Jam) is SO EASY and made with only ONE ingredient! Rich, buttery, creamy and gooey, it works in a variety of recipes or on its own as a gift! I’m so excited to bring you this recipe today for Homemade Milk Jam, aka Dulce de Leche!

So remember when I made my Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits and spoke about my experience with Best Food Facts for the TASTE15 program? Well Best Food Facts ended up taking me to Bentonville, Arkansas and Chicago last year to learn more about food and where it comes from.

The best part of the trip (besides visiting some really cool cities) was making new friends with some other bloggers and farm bloggers. I had no idea all the work that goes into farming, be it dairy farming or corn farming. One farmer even grew canola oil, which, stupid me, I had no idea you could farm.

Since I work with dairy ALL the time, I took the time to interview one of the farm bloggers on our trip, Krista Stauffer. Krista runs a dairy farm with her husband in Washington and knows everything there is to know about all things dairy. Can you imagine how delicious and fresh their milk must be? I asked her if she’d ship me my own cow but she was like “you’re crazy and I’m putting you on a cow-buying list for suspicious people.” So it was a no-go.

ANYWAY. Krista answered a lot of questions for me about the process of milking a cow and what happens after milking the cows, which I found so interesting. Krista says, “After the cow is milked, the milk is stored in a stainless steel tank where it is immediately cooled. The milk truck arrives, takes a milk sample to be tested later for quality, components and antibiotics. The milk is loaded on the truck to be transported to the processing facility. At the plant, the entire tanker of milk is tested for antibiotics. At this point any milk with a positive test would require all the milk to be disposed of. All milk that passes the test, is unloaded at the plant. It is then filtered & pasteurized. It depends on the processing plant as well as the milk from the farm which products it is made into. For example, milk with a higher butterfat could become cottage cheese, buttermilk, etc.”

Krista and her family ship all of their milk to the Northwest Dairy Association, also known as Darigold. I became excited because I’ll sometimes buy Darigold butter! Knowing I may be eating a product made with milk from Krista’s farm is so cool!

And since today’s recipe used sweetened condensed milk, I figured we’d all want to know what the process of making sweetened condensed milk was. Krista and Best Food Facts’ resident nutritionist Sarah Downs explain: “Sweetened condensed milk, also known as condensed milk is created when some water is evaporated from the milk and sugar is added until a 9:11 (nearly half) ratio of sugar to milk is reached. The sugar added to sweetened condensed milk of course give it that sweet and gooey awesomeness but also helps to extend the shelf life.” That thick, sugary, gooey consistency is perfect for making magic bars, which I have a ton of recipes for on my blog, and what makes it one of my favorite ingredients!

BUT, don’t confuse sweetened condensed milk with evaporated milk. Sarah says they’re very different (and they are!) For one, there’s a consistency difference. Evaporated milk has a thinner, runnier consistency much like skim milk. Sweetened condensed milk is thick, almost like a syrup or gravy. According to Sarah, “both are forms of concentrated milk in which 60% of water is removed. The major difference is the sugar content. Sweetened condensed milk (as the name implies) is always sweetened and evaporated milk is unsweet.” Evaporated milk is great for pumpkin pie and fudge!

And probably the most important thing I asked Krista: Chocolate or regular milk? Krista says she enjoys regular milk with warm cookies, and chocolate milk with dinner. I think I like this girl :)

So now that we know all about dairy and sweetened condensed milk, it’s high time I explained to you that this homemade milk jam is made exclusively with sweetened condensed milk. That’s it. ONE ingredient. You probably don’t believe me, but you should!

This Homemade Dulce de Leche (or Milk Jam) is SO EASY and made with only ONE ingredient! Rich, buttery, creamy and gooey, it works in a variety of recipes or on its own as a gift! And by the way, wondering why I’m calling it “milk jam”? Well because it is! ‘Dulce de Leche’ and ‘Confiture de Lait’ both translate to ‘sugar of milk’, and milk jam/dulce de leche/confiture de lait all are made by simmering milk and sugar together. Instead of making it with whole milk and sugar and boiling it, I took a shortcut route and made it using sweetened condensed milk. Easy peasy! And so delish!

I meaaaaaaan…

This Homemade Dulce de Leche (or Milk Jam) is SO EASY and made with only ONE ingredient! Rich, buttery, creamy and gooey, it works in a variety of recipes or on its own as a gift!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Homemade Milk Jam {Dulce de Leche}
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This Homemade Milk Jam (Dulce de Leche) is DELICIOUS. Thick, creamy, and utterly perfect - and made with only ONE ingredient!
Ingredients
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 (4 oz) mason jars
Instructions
  1. Open up the cans of sweetened condensed milk and pour the contents evenly among the four mason jars. Seal the lids on all the jars.
  2. Place the mason jars into a large slow cooker and cover completely with hot water, making sure there's at least an inch of water covering the tops of the mason jars. Cook on LOW for 10-11 hours (I cooked mine for 11 for deeper flavor/color).
  3. CAREFULLY remove the jars with tongs, as they will be scalding hot. Allow to cool and dry on a dish towel, about 2 hours. Rust may have formed on the tops of the mason jars during their bath; simply wipe it off. Store milk jam in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

This Homemade Dulce de Leche (or Milk Jam) is SO EASY and made with only ONE ingredient! Rich, buttery, creamy and gooey, it works in a variety of recipes or on its own as a gift! Rich, deep, buttery, gooey goodness. This tastes AMAZING on top of ice cream!

For more info about Krista Stauffer, be sure to visit her blog: The Farmer’s Wifee. And for more info on Best Food Facts, be sure to visit their website.

Want more Dulce de Leche goodness? Check out these recipes!

These Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are a sweet and salty lover's dream come true! You'll love this easy, foolproof cheesecake recipe!Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

DULCE DE LECHE BARSDulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars

This Homemade Dulce de Leche (or Milk Jam) is SO EASY and made with only ONE ingredient! Rich, buttery, creamy and gooey, it works in a variety of recipes or on its own as a gift!

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was a brand ambassador for Best Food Facts in their TASTE 15 program. I was sponsored and compensated to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Biscoff Taffy Truffles

These Biscoff Taffy Truffles are irresistibly poppable! Sweet, spicy and coated in rich white chocolate, they're a no-bake treat that's totally easy! Can we talk proximity for a moment?

Some people have NO idea what this means unfortunately, especially when you’re out shopping.

I cannot tell you how many times I could be minding my own business standing in line and feeling someone else’s breath on the back of my neck. If I can hear you breathing, you’re way too close to me, buddy.

And my new personal favorite: people standing right next to me when I’m checking out at the grocery store. They’re practically behind me while I’m entering my PIN and it makes me SO uncomfortable.

It’s pretty much to the point where I want to ask them if they’re buying my groceries for me since they’re standing so damn close. That, or give them a really long, inappropriate hug for having no sense of proximity.

And how come it’s always the smelliest people who get close? Like, why can’t a really hot guy wearing really yummy cologne get close to me? It’s always some old dude who smells like old socks or someone who hasn’t used a bar of soap in a decade. WHY, CRUEL WORLD, WHY?

And when you try to move up and away from them, they never take the hint. They just inch closer and closer, to the point where they’re practically piggy-backing you, and you just want to turn around and kick them in the groin for invading your personal bubble.

I don’t know about you, but I need a decently-sized personal bubble around me at all times. Maybe I should hire my own security team who envelopes around me at all times. Or maybe I should start smelling like old socks… maybe then, people will avoid me.

Anywho, personal problems aside, let’s talk about these Biscoff Taffy Truffles. You guys know about Biscoff right? It’s a spread made of ground Biscoff cookies that has a similar texture to peanut butter but has a spicy-sweet flavor, similar to graham crackers. It comes in crunchy and creamy form, and today the creamy version is used for these irresistible truffles.

These Biscoff Taffy Truffles are irresistibly poppable! Sweet, spicy and coated in rich white chocolate, they're a no-bake treat that's totally easy! The taffy cookies remind me of my grandma, who always had them on hand in her pantry whenever I’d visit. They’re rectangular cookies made by Mother’s brand, and they have a graham cracker-y tasting outer shell with a smooth, sweet taffy filling. In a word? Totally divine. And combined with the Biscoff spread and a little cream cheese, they transform into bite-sized perfection.

Psst – these would make a great last-minute Santa gift – just sayin’!

These Biscoff Taffy Truffles are irresistibly poppable! Sweet, spicy and coated in rich white chocolate, they're a no-bake treat that's totally easy!

Biscoff Taffy Truffles
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These Biscoff Taffy Truffles combine taffy sandwich cookies with the rich, smooth Biscoff spread.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Mother's Brand Taffy Cookies, finely crushed
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Biscoff spread
  • 1 pkg vanilla CandiQuik or almond bark
  • Toasted coconut, for sprinkling on top (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the crushed taffy cookies crumbs, the cream cheese, and the Biscoff spread. Using a large spoon or your hands, begin mixing the ingredients together to form a cohesive dough. Mixture will be sticky!
  2. Roll into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for about 20-30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Once firm, melt your vanilla CandiQuik until smooth, according to package directions. Coat each truffle into the CandiQuik, coating completely, and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet. Top with sprinkles or toasted coconut, if desired. Allow to set before serving.

These Biscoff Taffy Truffles are irresistibly poppable! Sweet, spicy and coated in rich white chocolate, they're a no-bake treat that's totally easy! Easy, delicious, and totally irresistible, these Biscoff Taffy Truffles will soon become a new favorite!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No Thermometer Needed Easy Toffee

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too! I am SO EXCITED about this recipe today!

If you’re anything like me, candy thermometers kinda freak you out. Honey, I get you. I’m not a fan either. They’re too official and scary and cold and hard and heartless. (Can you tell I loathe them?) So if I can avoid using one at all costs, I’m on board.

But making candy at home often requires them, and toffee is usually no exception. However, this recipe is completely made with trust, love, and good old-fashioned perfect timing. It’s made in ten minutes – five to boil the mixture, and five to let it sit before spreading the chocolate – and then it just needs a couple hours in the fridge to set.

It starts with butter – two sticks – and 1 & 1/2 cups of brown sugar. Simply bring the mixture to a boil and boil, stirring constantly, for five minutes precisely. Pour the mixture into a greased and foil-lined baking pan and top with chocolate chips. Throw that sucker into the microwave (without turning the microwave on) and let it sit undisturbed for five minutes – this will help melt the chocolate. Spread the chocolate into an even layer, and top with whatever you like – I’ve topped mine with Heath chocolate toffee bits, but this would be great with chopped almonds or pecans.

Then simply let it set in the fridge for a couple hours before snapping it into pieces. It’s really as simple as that. No thermometers, no tricks, no jokes. Five minutes boiling, five minutes sitting, a couple hours setting. Done and done!

Now who wants some?!

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too!

No Thermometer Needed Easy Toffee
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This Easy Toffee is a delectable holiday treat that's made without a candy thermometer! So simple, fast and foolproof.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 & ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • About ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • About ½ cup Heath milk chocolate toffee bits (or chopped nuts - whichever you prefer)
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil, allowing the edges of the foil to hang over the pan. Grease the foil lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat, stirring to help melt the butter. Bring the mixture to a boil, and stirring constantly, boil the mixture for exactly five minutes. Mixture will be thicker and caramel colored.
  3. Pour the toffee into the prepared pan. Immediately sprinkle with the semi-sweet chocolate chips and place the pan in the microwave so it can sit undisturbed for five minutes. Remove from oven and spread the chocolate into an even layer; immediately top with the toffee bits or nuts, if using. Allow toffee to come to room temperature before placing in the fridge to set for about an hour or two. Break into pieces.

This Easy Toffee is SO SIMPLE and is made entirely WITHOUT a candy thermometer! Crunchy, sweet, buttery and decadent, it's great to give as gifts too! My family and I could not stop eating this delectable, decadent, crunchy toffee. I still wish we had leftovers!

Want more toffee goodness? Check out these other recipes!

Peanut Butter ToffeeSalted Peanut Butter Toffee

Toffee Tiramisu BrowniesToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Sticky Toffee Pudding CookiesSticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert

This Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! Layers of crushed Gingerbread Oreos topped with a luscious and light cinnamon vanilla pudding and topped with whipped cream and toffee, it's the perfect seasonal dessert! You guys – this Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert was devoured within hours at my house. Hours!

Needless to say, there were no leftovers. And I doubt there will be any at your house, either. It’s that good.

My family isn’t very experimental. They like the same things for dinner every week, and they’ve become so disillusioned to whatever I make anymore that they just ask for chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies. My fancy-dancy macarons and assorted confections are just too much for them.

And hey, that’s okay. Not everyone can eat a French macaron with their pinky up. I get it.

So when I whipped up this lush dessert, I didn’t think it’d become a huge hit. For one, we’re not big ginger eaters in this house. For two, I really can’t stand too much ginger anything – I find it to be too cloying and overpowering in most dishes where it’s present. So with this in mind, but making it anyway for you lovely gingerbread-loving readers, I didn’t think it’d be a roaring success.

But damn, I was wrong. Oh so wrong.

It’s the same concept as my other lush desserts – you may have seen the Chocolate Mint, Cake Batter, and S’mores lush desserts this past spring and summer. You start with Oreos – in this case, I’m using the seasonal Gingerbread Golden Oreos – and crush ’em up into chunky crumbs. Mix it with a little butter and compact it loosely into a greased 8-or 9-inch pan. Top it with some vanilla pudding that’s been spiced with a little cinnamon and ginger, and top that with Cool Whip and toffee bits.

Hubba, hubba, am I right?!

It’s a delicious, easy dessert that doesn’t require the oven and that tastes amazing in any season. What more could you ask for?!

So go make it… and invite my family over :)

This Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! Layers of crushed Gingerbread Oreos topped with a luscious and light cinnamon vanilla pudding and topped with whipped cream and toffee, it's the perfect seasonal dessert!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert
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Serves: 9
 
This Gingerbread Lush Dessert is a real crowd-pleaser! Made with a few simple ingredients, it's a great no-bake dessert to have in your arsenal.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Gingerbread Golden Oreos (if you cannot find the seasonal gingerbread flavored Oreos - I found mine at Target -substitute regular golden Oreos)
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups (2 8-oz pkgs) Cool Whip, thawed
  • About ⅔ cup milk chocolate toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place the Oreos in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Roll a rolling pin over them or crush them with a meat mallet until they resemble coarse chunky crumbs. Pour into a bowl with the melted butter and stir to combine. Very loosely compact it into the prepared pan in a single layer.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix, cinnamon, ground ginger and milk together for 2 minutes, letting stand for 5 minutes until thick. Fold in 2 cups (1 pkg) of the Cool Whip and spread over the crushed Oreo crust. Top with the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip and the toffee bits.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or overnight if possible. Serve up!

This Gingerbread Toffee Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! Layers of crushed Gingerbread Oreos topped with a luscious and light cinnamon vanilla pudding and topped with whipped cream and toffee, it's the perfect seasonal dessert! Cool, perfectly spiced and totally nice, this Gingerbread Lush Dessert is our new favorite seasonal dessert!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies

These No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies are ultra fudgy, super chewy and loaded with rich chocolate, espresso and peppermint flavors. They're EASY, taste delicious, and save you oven space!I am the worst driver in all the land.

Not like the worst at driving, but the worst at driving patiently.

I am the most impatient driver in all the land is more accurate.

And patience? I have none.

Like, whenever I see someone texting and driving, I freak out. I want to scare them so bad to make them not text and drive anymore, so I’m thinking of making a gigantic dummy filled with newspaper or bubble wrap and throwing it in front of their car when they least expect it. That should give ’em a good scare, right?

And when I know they’re texting in front of me, I become a living, breathing devil woman. If the light turns green and there’s any pause no matter how small, I’ll honk at them. If I can tell they’re texting while driving because they break every 15 seconds, I’ll honk at them and flip them off. And bear in mind that none of this is done quietly, as I am usually screaming obscenities and wishing ill on them while driving too.

On a quick two mile jaunt to the store, at least five drivers are called idiots – or worse – by my mouth. I am the road rage driver, and I fully admit to it.

But my least favorite offense while driving? People not pulling up to the line, to the next car, whatever. When there’s a car’s-length space in between cars, it drives me bananas. BANANAS, PEOPLE. I’ll scream and beat my steering wheel and if possible, I’ll swoop in front of them. I want them to get mad – at themselves – for leaving such a huge space that someone swooped in front of them. I want to be that asshole. Because if it teaches someone a lesson on how to not be a crappy driver, then I am willing to be honked at and considered a jerk.

So the moral of the story is, I like driving alone because my road rage is intolerable to other people, and it worries my mom that I honk my horn so much. She thinks I’m going to piss off the wrong person and they’ll pull a gun on me and shoot me through my drivers window, but I say, bring it on, homeboy. Believe me, my road rage is much scarier than any weapon.

Oh, and it should go without saying that while my road rage may be stark-raving mad, it doesn’t mean I’m an unsafe driver. I keep my eyes on the road at all times, am hyper-aware of my surroundings, and never text and drive. I’m just vocal. And if you leave a gigantic, inconvenient-to-everyone-else-sized gap in between your car and the next, chances are I’m going to swoop in to prove you a point. So don’t shoot me :)

Anyway, let’s talk about these No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies. They’re my new favorite treat for the holiday season! Chewy, ultra fudgy and topped with a smooth-as-silk chocolate ganache, they’re the perfect accompaniment to your holiday baking tray or cookie exchange party. I couldn’t get over how fudgy they are!

Best of all, they’re no-bake, which means you can save your oven space for something else. I know how precious oven space is around this time of year 😉

They’ll make you go mad – in a good way!

These No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies are ultra fudgy, super chewy and loaded with rich chocolate, espresso and peppermint flavors. They're EASY, taste delicious, and save you oven space!*adapted from 100 Best Cookies magazine 2012

5.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies
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These ultra fudgy, super chewy Peppermint Mocha Brownies are perfect for your holiday cookie tray! Sweet and rich, they're also no-bake, saving your oven for something else!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp espresso or instant coffee crystals
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 (15.25 oz) pkg Oreo cookies, finely crushed into crumbs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • About 1 cup crushed candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the evaporated milk and espresso over medium-low heat, or until coffee is dissolved. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the marshmallow creme. Cook and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Add the cookie crumbs and powdered sugar and stir until combined.
  3. Press into the prepared pan in an even layer, spreading to edges of pan. Set aside.
  4. In a large, microwaveable bowl, combine the remaining semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream and microwave for about 1 minute, stirring until chips are melted. Pour ganache over the bars and spread in an even layer. Top with crushed candy canes and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours or until set. Cut into bars and serve. Store in the fridge up to one week, covered.

These No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies are ultra fudgy, super chewy and loaded with rich chocolate, espresso and peppermint flavors. They're EASY, taste delicious, and save you oven space!Thick, chewy, super fudgy and irresistible, these No Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies are to-die for! I think you’ll agree, too!

These No-Bake Peppermint Mocha Brownies are ultra fudgy, super chewy and loaded with rich chocolate, espresso and peppermint flavors. They're EASY, taste delicious, and save you oven space!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Butterscotch Pie

This Butterscotch Pie is perfect for any occasion! Made in minutes, super easy and tastes like rich and buttery butterscotch, it's the ideal dessert!So if you can believe it, I’m all done with my Christmas shopping.

This happens every year. I get so excited about Christmas coming up that I freak out and snap and buy ALL THE THINGS for Christmas.

Aaaaaand now I’m done shopping. Like, totally forreals done.

But you know what will inevitably happen? I’ll forget all the stuff I bought, even after writing it down, and will continue to buy more things for my family and friends until Christmas Eve. It happens every year and it’s like a disease I can’t heal from. MUST BUY ALL THE THINGS.

Is anyone else like me and has all their shopping done?

And meanwhile I’m over here begging my family to let me decorate for Christmas, but they’re all, “it’s too early.. wait until after Thanksgiving” and I’m all “you’re crushing my dreams and will to live!” It’s like they just don’t comprehend the fact that Christmas is coming and I have to decorate my entire house like a freakin’ winter wonderland.

Yes, I have mental issues. You don’t need to tell me.

First, I suppose, we should acknowledge Thanksgiving and for that I’ve decided I’m making this Butterscotch Pie. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday because it’s no-bake (yay for oven space!), it can be prepared a day in advance, and it’s so light and luscious and bursting with that rich, sweet butterscotch flavor.

Be warned, however, that this is only for serious butterscotch lovers! It’s made with a butterscotch base, topped with whipped cream, and is loaded with butterscotch sauce and chips surrounding the top of the pie for the ultimate butterscotch experience. Butterscotch, butterscotch, butterscotch… say that five times fast :)

Now make this pie! And convince my family to let me decorate, please?

This Butterscotch Pie is perfect for any occasion! Made in minutes, super easy and tastes like rich and buttery butterscotch, it's the ideal dessert!

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Butterscotch Pie
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This Butterscotch Pie is perfect for any holiday meal! Buttery, rich and loaded with butterscotch flavor, it's a great no-bake option for hectic days.
Ingredients
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 boxes butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup butterscotch sundae sauce
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the two boxes of butterscotch pudding mix and the 2 cups of milk until blended. Let stand for five minutes, then add HALF of the Cool Whip and fold into the pudding mixture until combined. Pour into the prepared pie crust.
  2. Gently spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the pie and garnish the trim with the butterscotch chips. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle with butterscotch sundae sauce. Store leftovers in the fridge.

This Butterscotch Pie is perfect for any occasion! Made in minutes, super easy and tastes like rich and buttery butterscotch, it's the ideal dessert!Easy, made in minutes and totally scrumptious, this Butterscotch Pie will steal the show at Thanksgiving, I guarantee it!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Double Chocolate Ganache Pie

This Double Chocolate Ganache Pie is simply stunning and SO EASY to whip together! Rich, decadent, smooth and creamy chocolate sits atop a chocolate cookie crust. It's a must make for any occasion! This post is dedicated to my sweet friend, Joan Hayes, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week from a heart attack.

Joan ran the blog Chocolate, Chocolate & More and she was great at what she did. Her blog is filled to the brim with delectable desserts – most of which feature chocolate – and she was so proud of that blog!

I first met Joan years ago at an online blogging conference. She ran the Facebook page for the conference and I would talk to her all day long. We became fast friends, and in those early days I was so excited to know her. She was rich with knowledge about blogging and Facebook in particular, and she was always willing to dole out sage advice whenever someone needed it.

Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet Joan earlier this January at the Click Retreat cruise to the Caribbean. Joan and I instantly became attached at the hip, drinking pina coladas on the boat while we sailed and sticking together during excursions. (And sneaking in way too many Coconut Ranger Cookies from the cafeteria).

Spending a week nonstop with someone allows such wonderful opportunities to really get to know them on an intimate level. Joan and I talked about our families, our dreams, our goals and our careers with brutal honesty and advice to lend one another. Joan and I had similar goals in mind, both of us wanting a cookbook that we could proudly show the world was ours. Joan also wanted hers for bragging rights to her small town in Georgia :)

I remember touring St. Thomas with Joan and going into a small Belgian chocolate shop, picking out all the different types of chocolates to try. She bought a big ol’ package that day to share with her family back home. The woman loved her chocolate!

I would later hang out with Joan at a retreat in Santa Barbara where she crashed my site by sharing one of my recipes on her 2.5 million-fan Facebook page (and for that, I was eternally grateful!). We had a fabulous time drinking wine and Kahlua & creams (her favorite!) and chatting the days away.

And lastly, I saw her most recently in Seattle for IFBC. Joan, myself, and a couple of our blogging friends went on a chocolate tasting tour around the city. It seems like just yesterday we were sampling some of Seattle’s best chocolate together, laughing and hanging out in the rainy afternoon. And now she’s gone. The feeling has left a void inside that I’m not sure will ever heal properly. Losing a friend is something people don’t prepare you for, especially at such a young age (she was only 49). And I’m most definitely not prepared to say goodbye.

If I’d known the last time I’d see her would be in Seattle, I would have hugged her a lot longer and refused to let go. I would have told her what a huge inspiration she was to me, and what a ginormous pillar she is in our wonderful, wacky community of bloggers. I would have asked her if we could grab another Kahlua & cream one last time as a toast to her awesomeness. Aaaaand here come the tears…

The moral of the story? Hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight, because you never really know what tomorrow will bring. Or even tonight, for that matter. Joan leaves behind three children whom she loved fiercely, and her legacy will live on through her blog and Facebook page.

A bunch of bloggers and I have teamed together with the hashtag #chocolateforjoan to celebrate Joan’s life and legacy as we are trying to keep her blog alive as a source of income to her family back in Byron, Georgia. If you don’t mind, would you pay her site a visit? I know she’d love if you stopped by with a big cup of coffee and stayed awhile… she has some amazing recipes on there!

In the meantime, as a tribute to my dear friend, I made you this Double Chocolate Ganache Pie. It’s absolutely incredible – smooooooth and creamy as butter, rich and sweet and packed to the brim with chocolate. Joan would have adored this, and I know you will, too!

Miss you, friend.

This Double Chocolate Ganache Pie is simply stunning and SO EASY to whip together! Rich, decadent, smooth and creamy chocolate sits atop a chocolate cookie crust. It's a must make for any occasion!

Double Chocolate Ganache Pie
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This Chocolate Ganache Pie is incredible. Smooth, creamy, and bursting with chocolate flavor, you don't want to miss this easy, show-stopping treat.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 pkg. Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • FOR PIE:
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 3 boxes of Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate)
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray and place it on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Combine the Oreo crumbs and the melted butter and gently stir to combine. Press evenly into the prepared tart pan and bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
  3. Once tart crust has cooled, make your ganache. In a large bowl, add the chopped chocolate and butter; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat together the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla over medium heat or until mixture begins to simmer. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and set aside for about 5 minutes. Once five minutes is up, stir or whisk to combine until ganache is creamy and smooth.
  4. Spread the ganache into the prepared pan and even out the top. Refrigerate for approx. 2-3 hours or until set before cutting into slices. I served mine on a bed of chocolate and caramel sauce, but this would be great with whipped cream, raspberries, and/or ice cream, too!

This Double Chocolate Ganache Pie is simply stunning and SO EASY to whip together! Rich, decadent, smooth and creamy chocolate sits atop a chocolate cookie crust. It's a must make for any occasion! Rich, decadent, creamy and smooth, this chocolate ganache pie is one for the books! It’s perfect for any chocolate lover… make it today and remember my sweet friend, Joan.

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts

These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are easy, foolproof and taste like fall! You don't want to miss this delicious recipe!So, I was super excited to make this recipe for many reasons.

One, because these nuts epitomize fall. Sweaters, scarves, boots, PSL’s, crunchy red leaves on the ground… you know. The whole dealio.

And two, because they taste like pumpkin spice, are super crunchy and coated in caramelized sugar heaven. You know, the usual.

And then I made them, stirred them every twenty minutes, pouring my heart and soul into this recipe with painstaking attention to detail.

And then, only then, did I realize after spreading the wet nuts out to dry on a baking sheet, that I forgot to grease my slow cooker.

STICKY SAUCE. STICKY SAUCE EVERYWHERE.

If you’ve never made what is essentially caramel in a hot slow cooker without baking spray, it’s basically hell on earth. And if you’ve never tried soaking said slow cooker liner in hot water and soap, it’s basically impossible to rinse off. So my all-purpose slow cooker just became a candied-nuts-only slow cooker in a matter of three hours. Oops.

And while we’re here, can we talk about the word ‘oops’ for a moment? Lately I’ve seen people spelling it like ‘opps’ and I’m thoroughly confused. ‘Opps’ doesn’t even sound like ‘oops’ does. Oops means there are two O’s – OOps. ‘Opps’ sounds like opportunities, or operations, or like you don’t know how to spell oops.

So there you have it. My tragic story and a spelling lesson all at once. You guys are so lucky to have me, right?

ANYWHO. Let’s talk more about these nuts, shall we?

These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are easy, foolproof and taste like fall! You don't want to miss this delicious recipe!So the premise is pretty simple for making homemade candied nuts. Simply pour your nuts of choice into a GREASED (!!!) slow cooker and toss with some egg whites and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together brown sugar and white sugar along with your spices. For these, I’m using Pumpkin Pie Spice primarily for that warm, hearty, pumpkin-y flavor. Cook on low for three hours, stirring every twenty minutes to coat the nuts in that heartwarming spice and sugar mixture. Then, during the last twenty minutes of cooking, toss in some water – just a little bit – to help create a glaze on these sticky, sensational nuts. And lastly, toss ’em with some peanut M&M’s for color and because chocolate.

The end. The delicious end.

These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are easy, foolproof and taste like fall! You don't want to miss this delicious recipe!

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Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts
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These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are delicious, easy and great for gifting! Make a big batch and serve 'em up whenever your sugar craving strikes.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 cups shelled walnuts
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 bag peanut M&M's, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. First and foremost, liberally grease your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the nuts in the slow cooker and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and vanilla until combined. Drizzle over the nuts in the slow cooker and use a spoon to toss the nuts in the egg white mixture until coated.
  3. Meanwhile, in a larger bowl, combine the sugars and spices and stir to combine. Pour over the nuts and gently toss to coat.
  4. Turn the slow cooker on LOW and cook for 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. During the last 20 minutes of cook time, drizzle in the water and toss to coat. Once nuts are done, spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet to dry and cool. Sprinkle with M&M's as they cool or after, up to you. Break into clusters and serve.

These Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are easy, foolproof and taste like fall! You don't want to miss this delicious recipe!You guys have to give these nuts a try! Crunchy, sugary, sweet and loaded with delicious pumpkin spice and chocolate, they’ll soon become a new favorite around the holidays!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Quick & Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!If you were looking for the best, easiest and quickest homemade caramel sauce, look no further!

A long time ago there was a girl who believed she didn’t like caramel.

That girl was seriously deranged and deeply disturbed.

That girl was ME.

Because now, I can’t live without the stuff. It’s my favorite on apples, in gooey brownies, atop ice cream and by the spoonful. In fact, eating it by the spoonful is exactly how I consumed this caramel immediately upon making it. It’s that good.

But for the longest time I was so petrified about how to make caramel at home. I figured it involved wizardry, candy thermometers and prayers for a successful outcome… all things I didn’t have or couldn’t do. But then I realized it probably wasn’t so bad, so I set out to experiment and boy, was I happy with the results.

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!This caramel has a couple special things that makes it shine. First, it’s made with real salted butter, which adds to that salty caramel goodness. Next, it’s finished with heavy cream for a thick, rich, utterly divine final product. And it all starts with some white sugar, a litttttle touch of water, and corn syrup. Yes, I know, but the corn syrup helps prevent the sugar from crystallizing when it’s melting. It’s an important little tidbit that helps the final product become so special and rich and delicious. Feel free to omit it at your own risk, but just be reminded of the fact that you’re making homemade caramel for fun… a little corn syrup won’t kill you.

So who’s ready to take this caramel to the next level with me!?

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Quick & Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
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This homemade salted caramel is utterly DIVINE! It comes together in minutes and tastes amazing alone, with apples, atop ice cream, or paired with another dessert like brownies. Make it now!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 10 Tbsp salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream/heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp (more or less, depending on your tastes) kosher salt
Instructions
  1. First, make sure you're free of distractions. Caramel needs some alone time with you.
  2. In a large pot (make sure it's larger than you think you'll need), bring together the sugar, water and corn syrup over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is moistened, then continue stirring constantly until sugar melts, about 5-7 minutes. Sugar may melt into a liquid, then clump up - this is normal and you should continue stirring, trying to break up the clumps with your rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Eventually the sugar will liquefy again and within seconds begin turning a caramel color. Cook, stirring constantly, until a dark amber color is achieved. BE CAREFUL because this color comes and goes pretty quickly, and you want to make sure you pull it before it burns.
  3. Once the deep amber color is reached (or desired color is reached), immediately add in the butter and stand back briefly as the mixture will bubble considerably. Continue stirring until butter has melted and mixture becomes creamier. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream, being wary of the mixture bubbling aggressively. Stir until the cream is incorporated, then sprinkle in the salt and stir to combine.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes before pouring into mason jars with lids or another heat-proof container with a lid. Mixture will be very hot. Allow to cool to room temperature for the mixture to adequately thicken and settle. Store in the fridge for up to a month.

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!Buttery, sweet, salty, rich and utterly creamy & delicious, this salted caramel is my new favorite thing ever. I highly recommend you make it immediately!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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