No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! ThisĀ No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is a delicious mouthful! Super easy, homemade, no-churn and absolutely delightful!

So I kind of realized I live in a bubble. And I’m trying to fix it, okay?

I know, I know. I’m 25 and a certified recluse. I work from home, I relax at home, I prefer staying at home… I am the textbook definition of a homebody.

BUT I was so sick of being cooped up in my house that I went exploring in neighboring cities and I had a blast! Sometimes you just need to be a tourist in your own town, ya know?

I spent too much money at antique shops finding unique treasures and cool food props, and then stopped at a little ice cream shop to do some window shopping since I was still full from lunch. The ice cream parlor had a peanut butter fudge ice cream which sounded so good if I hadn’t gorged myself on tater tots an hour prior. Tater tots, if you didn’t know, are my weakness. Actually, most potato products are. Fun fact #4573 about Hayley. I know you were dying to know that!

So I got home and recreated this fantastical ice cream flavor for you and I have to say, I’m pretty darn pleased with the outcome. This ice cream is SO creamy, peanut buttery and smooth with chunks of peanut butter cups and gooey ribbons of fudge. I decided to add peanut butter cups into the ice cream because I’m a texture kinda girl and love having some kind of add-in for whatever ice cream/froyo/soft serve I’m eating. You could always add chopped peanuts or chocolate chips to this too!

But whatever you do, do yourself a flavor and make it! It’s so perfect.

It starts with the classic no-churn ice cream base: sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream. If you didn’t know you could make ice cream with those two ingredients, well, I’m here to let you know that you CAN and SHOULD! It couldn’t be simpler.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! Whip up some whipped cream with a teensy bit of sugar until stiff peaks form. Then fold in a mixture of smooth peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk until it’s all combined and friendly. Pour half of it into a freezer-safe container with a lid (or a loaf pan), sprinkle on some chopped PB cups and drizzle a few ribbons of fudge on top. Then repeat the layers, freeze it for at least 8 hours, and then chow down!

OMG.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker!

5.0 from 1 reviews
No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 6-8
 
This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is SO fantastic! Creamy, smooth, and SO easy to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pkg (11 oz) Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup hot fudge sauce, warmed very slightly until pourable
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy whipping cream and the sugar on HIGH speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. While the mixture whips, in a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and creamy peanut butter until blended.
  2. Fold the peanut butter milk mixture into the whipped cream until just combined. Pour half of the mixture into a freezer-safe container with a lid. Sprinkle liberally with half of the peanut butter cups and drizzle with half of the hot fudge sauce. Repeat layers, pop on the lid (or cover with plastic wrap), and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! You guys are going to love this ice cream! I cannot get over the creamy peanut butter ice cream base and that huge, thick ribbon of fudge swirled throughout!

This No Churn Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Ice Cream is phenomenal! Creamy, smooth peanut butter ice cream with thick, gooey fudge ripples and peanut butter cups, all without an ice cream maker! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies – not just for monsters.

So I have a bone to pick real quick. If you’re not up for a good old-fashioned bone pickin’, scroll down to the recipe and I’ll catch up with ya later.

ANYWAY.

I was in the book store yesterday, specifically in the coffee shop inside. I was ordering my drink when an older woman came into the cafe. She took one look at me – clad in a floral 50’s style dress, flats, and my tattoos on full display – and made a face. Not a good face, but a face. You know the face. She was in line, but refused to come near me – she stood far enough away that another woman cut her in line and she didn’t even say anything because she was so busy staring at me.

I glanced her way and gave her a smile, but she refused to change her expression. It was like a mixture of annoyance, disapproval and a certain je ne sais quoi that I couldn’t place because I am not crotchety. Most days, anyway. šŸ™‚

Once I received my drink, I had to walk past her to get to the door. She literally backed up into the bakery case with her hands up like I was holding her hostage… or like I was a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague*. I kind of breezed past her, unsure of why she was putting her hands up like I was a cop about to arrest her.

I get that face and reaction often. It comes from every walk of life, but usually older folks. And I can understand if I think really hard about it – tattoos can be menacing in their own confounding way. If you see someone with a tattoo – no matter what the subject matter is – it can often come across as aggressive, like we’re part of this gang that non-tattooed people don’t know about.

I suppose you could make the case that back in their day, only the friendly neighborhood criminal had tattoos, and they were usually faded badges from assorted military branches or pin-up girls. Bad boys had tattoos. I get it.

But maybe – justĀ maybe – I can get all the tattoo naysayers to change their tune with this post. Because your sour expressions, your sighs of disapproval, your hostile body language – it hurts my feelings. Do I go home and cry about the old lady who made a face about my tats? No. I’ll forget about it tomorrow, most likely, when I have more pressing things to think about, like taxes andĀ if I should order chicken McNuggets or a sandwich. But in that moment, seen and treated like I’m some kind of social pariah – it’s not fair. It’s not fun. And it’s completely unnecessary.

I have a lollipop tattoo on my leg. A freaking LOLLIPOP. If I’m in any kind of gang, it’s the Lollipop Guild with those triplet munchkins fromĀ The Wizard of Oz…Ā which actually would be a pretty badass gig. Who can I contact about that?

What I’m trying to say in a really roundabout way is, don’t judge a book by its cover. I may have tattoos and wear tutus and have wacky glasses, but I’m harmless. I will say hello to anyone and everyone and talk to you about your day. I compliment nearly everyone I meet, and they come from the heart. I hope to brighten as many people’s days as I possibly can. And I do it all with my tattoos proudly displayed in public for everyone to see. The disapproving glances I receive are unwarranted – it’s not like I can return my tattoos or change the fact that I have them, so why give me a hard time? And why isĀ my body cause for YOUR concern? But that’s a tad political and we don’t talk about that kinda stuff on a dessert blog.

And anyway, there are plenty of bad people out there whoĀ do deserve your nasty glares. Al Capone didn’t have tattoos, and it’s not like he was a stand-up dude that you’d bring home to mom and dad. But a girl in a swing dress with a donut on her leg? Probably not a criminal or someone you need to treat as if she’s a chipmunk with the bubonic plague.**

I’m so glad we’re on the same page!

So let me brief ya real quick on these cookies – they’re fat. They’re chewy. They’re soft. And they’re fully loaded with all this wonderful goodness, like chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats and miniature M&M’s candies. And I could not stop eating them, so there’s that.

Do yourself a flava and make ’em!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 12-13
 
These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are one of my favorites! Huge, soft and buttery, they're fully loaded with peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and mini M&M's for a wonderful blend of great texture and flavor!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's candies
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in the brown sugar & sugar, creaming together until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beating well. Then add in the baking soda, cornstarch and flour, mixing until combined. Mix in the oats, M&M's and chocolate chips last until just combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate dough for at LEAST 1 hour, up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners, or spray lightly with cooking spray. Drop heaping ¼ cup-sized balls of dough onto the baking sheets, about 2-3" apart. Bake for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may appear slightly undone in the center; this is normal and they'll continue to set as they cool. Cool on the racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Gooey, chewy, soft and bursting with salty peanut butter, rich chocolate and crunchy M&M’s, this cookie is called a Monster cookie for a reason!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookies are awesome! Loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, mini M&M's candy and oats, they're soft, chewy, gooey and AMAZING! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

*real life: there is a flea-ridden chipmunk with the plague nearby my house. Apparently this is “normal.” I think it’s the government’s way of telling us that the apocalypse is coming.

**it bears mentioning twice because HOW is a chipmunk with the plague “normal”!? Like, why are we not alarmed that a small, cute, Snow-White creature has the BUBONIC PLAGUE? This is madness.

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No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Lush

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Happy Hump Day, y’all!

If you’re in California and you have kids, chances are, they were turned loose on ya for the summer! At least, my sister’s school was. Well,Ā is. Their last day of school is technically tomorrow.

And that means my sweet baby sister is graduating high school! Where in the world did the time go?!

Seems like just yesterday she was graduating from the 8th grade and now she’s a woman, free from the confines of high school to explore the world and get a taste of real life.

Or something like that. I may have stolen that from a greeting card.

ANYWAY.

So we’re doing ample celebrating around these parts. I’m baking her a cake for her graduation, obviously, but I’m also trying to make some of her favorite desserts to have on hand in the fridge or freezer so she can celebrate her freedom all summer long. And the first thing I made was thisĀ No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Lush.Ā 

I am obsessed with lush desserts – they’re so simple to make and they taste AMAZING. Plus, they’re versatile and only limited to your imagination. Seriously! If you don’t like the peanut butter Oreos I used here for the base, substitute Nutter Butters or regular Oreos. Or, if you’d rather make a vanilla & peanut butter pudding instead of chocolate, do that instead! See? EASY.

And by the way, it’s called ‘lush’ for a reason. Super creamy, fluffy, light-as-air and packed with flavor. Also, the whole no-bake factor is a serious win-win since it’s already in the 100 degrees here.

This *does* need plenty of time to set in the fridge, so make it the night before you plan on serving it or in the early AM so it’s ready by nighttime. The more time it has in the fridge, the better – otherwise, while it will still taste phenomenal, it may be a little on the gloopy side. ‘Gloopy’ being the scientific term here.

So are you ready to dig in?!

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Lush
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Recipe type: No Bake
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Serves: 9
 
This Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush is WONDERFUL. Packed with creamy chocolate & peanut butter pudding, peanut butter Oreos, peanut butter cups and whipped cream, it's great for a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg Peanut Butter Oreos, coarsely crushed
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 & ¾ cups milk
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped in half
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease an 8x8" or 9x9" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the coarse Oreo crumbs and the melted butter until moistened and combined. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan, compacting slightly with a measuring cup or your hands. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix, milk and peanut butter. Whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Fold in HALF (8 oz) of the Cool Whip until creamy and combined. Spread into the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle on the peanut butter cups.
  3. Refrigerate uncovered for at LEAST 6 hours, preferably overnight, before cutting into squares to serve. Just before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup.

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Creamy, dreamy, light and peanut buttery, this Lush was my family’s favorite yet!

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Lush Dessert is a no-bake wonder! So easy, versatile and great for summer or any time you'd rather not turn on the oven. Creamy, light, fluffy and packed with chocolate & peanut butter flavors! Want more Lush Dessert ideas? Check out my other flavors!

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

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This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!S’mores Lush

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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 whoĀ 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 probablyĀ love thisĀ No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart.Ā 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 šŸ™‚

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

5.0 from 1 reviews
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!

This creamy, dreamy No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is divine! It comes together in minutes, is easy to prepare and tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup!No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup FudgeReese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

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

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars

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! If you’re looking for something ultra gooey, theseĀ Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey BarsĀ are IT.

So a couple of days ago, I went to Disneyland with my sister. We flew down to LA (thankfully it was only an hour flight!) and I picked up my usual travel requirement: an US Weekly magazine. I know, I know, I should be reading Russian literature or something far more thought-provoking and advanced, but I cannot help it. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE STARS ARE DOING.

Anyway, US Weekly has a column called “25 things you didn’t know about me” so I figured I would do that in this post because A) I’m currently experiencing writer’s block and B) because apparently I think you guys care about 25 random facts about me. Just humor me, okay? And leave in the comments some random facts about YOU! I love random facts. Like a lot.

  1. My hair has been every color of the rainbow. Even the ugly colors. My favorite hair color, however, is my current platinum blonde.
  2. I refuse to eat pork chops. I loathe them.
  3. I’m obsessed with potato chips. My favorite are Doritos.
  4. I’ve only been stung by a bee once. It was in the second grade. I called home and my dad came to pick me up. We then went to the dump, for reasons unknown, where ironically there were a ton of bees.
  5. One of my dreams is to open up a dog sanctuary/rescue.
  6. I have two rescue dogs – Mannie, a 3-legged Border Collie, and Jack, a Yorkie/Norfolk Terrier. I love them both dearly!
  7. I am deathly afraid of heights. Like, even walking on the second floor of the mall makes me a little queasy.
  8. I was an English literature major.
  9. My alcoholic drink of choice is a Midori Sour.
  10. My non-alcoholic drink of choice is unsweetened black iced tea.
  11. I have over twenty tattoos.Ā All but one are on my legs.
  12. My least favorite fruit isĀ blackberries.
  13. I am pretty much the textbook definition of an Aquarius.
  14. If I could live anywhere, I’d choose to live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  15. And if I could have any car in the world, I’d choose to keep my Honda Civic. I love her!
  16. My favorite color is bubblegum pink… but I typically wear only black.
  17. Cupcakes are probably my least favorite dessert. This is probably because I’m not a huge frosting fan!
  18. I am obsessed with magazines. Sometimes I’ll bring old already-read issues with me to doctor’s/dentist’s offices so I can switch them out with issues I haven’t read. My favorites (which is honestly like picking your favorite kid) are Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Woman’s Day.
  19. I only wear dresses or leggings. I have one pair of jeans and I never wear them.
  20. I don’t typically eat red meat. And if it weren’t for turkey and seafood, I would probably become a vegetarian.
  21. Soup is one of my favorite meals. I love pretty much all kinds – split pea, chicken tortilla, chicken & dumplings, corn chowder, French onion…
  22. Betsey Johnson is my favorite designer. I met her once and she is incredibly sweet and fun in person. We’re basically BFFs.
  23. When I was a little girl, I wanted to become an author. Now my dream is coming true and I cannot wait to hold my cookbook in my hands! August 2016!!
  24. Gerbera daisies and roses are my favorite flowers.
  25. AndĀ soft Red Vines are my favorite candy!!

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! See? Aren’t you glad you know all this about me? *sarcasm* I promise I’ll be back with my regular shenanigans next time. BUT (!) please promise me you’ll make these Gooey Bars? They areĀ incredible.

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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 15
 
These Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Bars are perfect for any chocolate-peanut butter lover! Rich, gooey, chewy and loaded with peanut butter flavor, they're the ultimate!
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, divided & melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread (similar to peanut butter or Nutella, and found where the peanut butter is in the grocery store)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Reese's Minis
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, one (1) stick of melted butter and one (1) egg, stirring with a rubber spatula until combined and thick. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Sprinkle the layer with the Reese's Minis.
  3. Wipe out the bowl and add in the cream cheese and Reese's chocolate spread. Using an electric mixer, beat for about 30 seconds - 1 minute or until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the remaining stick of melted butter, beating well. Lastly, add in the powdered sugar all at once, beating until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture over the crust layer. The pan will weigh about one ton. Pop the pan in the oven and bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set and only slightly jiggly. It's okay if it jiggles a little bit; do NOT over bake! Allow the bars to cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled before cutting into squares.
  5. Dust the tops with powdered sugar, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.

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! Gooey, chewy, andĀ loaded with chocolate and peanut butter flavor, these Reese’s Gooey Bars are outrageously awesome!

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! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Reese’s Egg Brownie Bombs

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! I have a surprisingly low pain tolerance.

This is weird considering I have 20+ tattoos, some of which are in spots that no one should be tattooed becauseĀ ouch (Here’s looking at you, knee).Ā 

That, and I take shots like a pro. In fact, I have a weird thing where IĀ love shots. Knowing I’ll be somewhat protected from bubonic plague, leprosy, the flu, and whatever else they protect me from makes me weirdly happy. So much so that when our doctor’s office announces that it’s flu-shot time, I will giddily wait in line to be poked and prodded. Color me excited.

But when it comes to everything else? I’m a mega-wimp.

So much so, that I complain about nearly every ailment that strikes me. Headache?Ā Hurts so bad. Stubbed phalange?Ā Wincing in pain.Ā 

And yet, there are some things that truly hurt me mucho – like my debilitating sciatica. Dude –Ā theĀ worst. Or my IBS. Child, you best stay outta my way when my guts start swelling because I’ll roll all over the floor like an injured animal moaning in pain.

And then there was yesterday morning. I stood up from the computer to do a stretch – the one where you grab your hands behind your back and slowly raise them. I do this stretch multiple times a day without so much of a worry, and yesterday I felt the same untilĀ pop! Something happened and I literally collapsed to the floor and began writhing in pain.

My mom proceeds to step over me and was like “okay, gotta go, see ya!” while I’m struggling to breathe. My sister snaps, “stretch!!” but I’m rendered absolutely useless as I gasp for breath and twitch. Okay, maybe they were aĀ little more sympathetic, I don’t know, as I was trying not to DIE.

And that’s precisely when I realized I couldn’t move my neck to one side. So I called my massage therapist and thankfully they had an open morning slot. Homegirl worked my neck, head and shoulders so good that when I stood up from my hour-long retreat into wonderland that I could actually move my head again. It was utter bliss. I’ll never take for granted full-head mobility again.

ANYWAY. Since I narrowly survived stretching, I decided to celebrate with some brownie bombs. These areĀ Reese’s Egg Brownie Bombs which have those delectable, highly coveted Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs inside of them. Everyone loves the eggs because they have a better filling ratio, and I couldn’t agree more.

But when they’re stuffed inside of a fudgy baked brownie? HONEY CHILD, you need them. They’re so supremely fudgy and soft with that irresistible peanut butter cup filling. Plus, how festive are they for Easter?!

Make them. Love them. And don’t stretch afterwards.

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 12
 
These Reese's Peanut Butter Egg Brownie Bombs feature those delightful seasonal peanut butter cup eggs inside each fudgy baked brownie bomb! You'll love this festive twist!
Ingredients
  • 12 Reese's Eggs, unwrapped
  • 1 (13x9") pan fudge brownies, baked, cooled and cut into 12 equal pieces (edges trimmed off)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 2 squares vanilla CandiQuik
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Take a fudge brownie square and gently flatten it with the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie (tacky side touching the peanut butter egg) around the peanut butter egg, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hand to completely enclose the egg inside. Form into an egg shape and place onto the foil-lined sheet. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  3. Freeze eggs for about 30 minutes or until solid. Once frozen, melt your chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions.
  4. Dip brownie bombs into chocolate with a fork, coating completely. Remove the brownie bombs from the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining eggs.
  5. Once chocolate has set, melt the vanilla CandiQuik until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture over the eggs. Allow the peanut butter mixture to set, about 10 minutes, before serving.
  6. NOTE: for easy drizzling, pour the melted peanut butter mixture into a plastic sandwich bag, seal out the air, snip off a tip and drizzle.

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! So supremely rich and decadent, everyone will love these! And how fun would it be to wrap them up in cellophane and hide them on your Easter egg hunt?!

These Reese's Egg Brownie Bombs are perfect for Easter! Filled with those delightful Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, they're wrapped in a fudgy brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So easy and delicious! Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

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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, andĀ 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 theseĀ Reese’s Stuffed Tagalong Cookies.Ā They’re kind of outrageously amazing, just sayin’. They’re more like cookieĀ 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 brandĀ 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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Reese's Stuffed Tagalong Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 8-10
 
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! šŸ™‚

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

XXL Monster Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

This XXL Monster Peanut Butter Cup Cookie is easy - thanks to a secret time-saving ingredient! Buttery, chewy and LOADED with peanut butter cups, it's perfect for pleasing a crowd! I get cookie cravings atĀ least twice a week.

They’re one of my favorite things to whip up, but sometimes I really loathe the fact that I have to (impatiently) wait for the dough to chill, which is the case for my classic chocolate chip cookies.

But thankfully for me, Krusteaz has a huge line-up of cookie mixes that are all oh-so delicious and don’t require any additional time chilling, contemplating life, or whatever else most cookie doughs must do before going in the oven.

And as a part of the Krusteaz Bakers Dozen, I’m super excited to bring y’all this recipe today! It’s a GIANT Monster Peanut Butter Cup CookieĀ and it’s freakin’ fantastic.

If you don’t know, monster cookies typically have M&M’s and assorted chocolate chips in them, but this cookie is boasting with chopped pecans, white chocolate peanut butter cups, and chocolate chips in an oatmeal cookie base. It starts with Krusteaz’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix, which is probably one of my favorite mixes from their line. It produces a chewy, buttery cookie filled with oats and that warm brown sugar flavor. Amazing!!

And when stuffed to the gills with peanut butter cups, crunchy pecans and gooey chocolate chips, it’s sure to be a mega crowd-pleaser!

BTW – I’m totally making this cookie to serve during the Big Game since it effortlessly feeds a crowd… and because sweets are a must when watching a nail-biting game of football šŸ™‚

This XXL Monster Peanut Butter Cup Cookie is easy - thanks to a secret time-saving ingredient! Buttery, chewy and LOADED with peanut butter cups, it's perfect for pleasing a crowd! Want the recipe?Ā CLICK HERE!!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Classic, All Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms

These classic, all-butter Peanut Butter Blossoms are the PERFECT cookie! Soft, chewy, thick and buttery and filled with a delectable chocolate center. This dough is so foolproof and doesn't require chilling!Everyone and their mother knows about these cookies.

The ever classic peanut butter blossom.

And I’m here with a wonderful rendition of this family favorite!

You see, on my quest to create the perfect – or perfect inĀ my eyes – peanut butter blossom, I realized most recipes had shortening in them. I happen to dislike shortening for the texture it gives baked goods, so I decided I needed to create a cookie that was entirely butter-based that would taste delicious, produce a soft, chewy, rotund cookie, and would be peanut buttery enough to stand up to that chocolate kiss candy.

You guys, this is that recipe!

It’s totally foolproof, it’s made in one bowl, and it doesn’t require chilling. It’s totally the easiest cookie recipe ever. It’s like your chill grandpa who doesn’t care about anything anymore and wears argyle to every family function. No-chill but chill cookies. Er, something like that.

And you wanna know a little something? I realized after I had half the dough in the bowl that I didn’t have any smooth & creamy peanut butter, only chunky. And this works beautifully with chunky peanut butter as it does with creamy. The chunky peanut butter adds great texture to the cookies, but if you prefer something smoother, stick with creamy. Just know you have options!

And when it comes to the kiss candy in the middle, you have my permission to think outside the cookie jar. Substitute caramel-filled kisses for the solid milk chocolate, or try the Hugs (the swirled kind) for a festive touch.

See? I told you. Chillest cookies ever. They’re just begging to be eaten.

Now make ’em and send me some!

These classic, all-butter Peanut Butter Blossoms are the PERFECT cookie! Soft, chewy, thick and buttery and filled with a delectable chocolate center. This dough is so foolproof and doesn't require chilling!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Classic, All Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms
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Serves: 24
 
These All-Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms are perfection! Soft, chewy and studded with a solid milk chocolate candy for that classic cookie everyone loves.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • About 24 Hershey's Kisses, any flavor (milk chocolate was used here)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, ½ cup of the white sugar and the brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the peanut butter, egg and vanilla to combine. Lastly, beat in the baking soda and flour until a soft dough forms.
  3. Roll rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough into the remaining white sugar and place 1" apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before adorning the center of each cookie with a kiss candy. Cool the cookies completely before serving.

These classic, all-butter Peanut Butter Blossoms are the PERFECT cookie! Soft, chewy, thick and buttery and filled with a delectable chocolate center. This dough is so foolproof and doesn't require chilling!These are a classic for a reason! Thick, chewy, soft and buttery with crisp edges and that delightful chocolate center. Enjoy these warm or room temperature – they’d also be great to ship off to loved ones in far away lands. šŸ™‚

These classic, all-butter Peanut Butter Blossoms are the PERFECT cookie! Soft, chewy, thick and buttery and filled with a delectable chocolate center. This dough is so foolproof and doesn't require chilling! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Triple Chip Blondies

These Triple Chip Blondies are the BEST! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips, they're sure to please everyone's taste buds! One of my favorite stores on earth is Trader Joe’s.

I’ve talked about Trader Joe’s before, and I still feel the same way. But in case you don’t know, IĀ love the store but I hate the clientele.

Every time I go, everyone and their mother is there shopping, so there’s never a great time to shop there. And everyone and their mother push their carts at about -58736 mph, thus always causing blockages in the aisles. And when you politely ask them to move? Chaos. Utter chaos. They act as if they’ve never been asked such an indecency in their lives.

And then there’s the whole shopping aspect. Everyone treats the products like they’re in a museum, holding up a package of frozen sweet potatoes like it’s the Mona Lisa, or staring in wonderment at a can of green beans like it’s the freakin’ second coming of Jesus. I just don’t understand what goes on in the minds of the average Trader Joe’s customer is all.

Meanwhile, I shop there on a mission: to be in and out as quickly as possible without forgetting anything. So I went yesterday and put my mission to the test, passing just barely. It was tough – they had just started handing out free samples and no one understands the concept of GRABBING YOUR FREE SAMPLE AND THEN LEAVING QUICKLY – but I made it out alive.

The parking lot, though? Whole ‘nother story.

Anywho, one of the ingredients I grabbed were Trader Joe’s chocolate chips. I like theirs a lot, and it was the inspiration for theseĀ Triple Chip Blondies.Ā I don’t have a whole lot of blondie recipes on this blog which is a travesty since they’re my favorite dessert, so I’m fixing that ASAP with these bars. They’re gloriously studded with three different kinds of chips for a gooey, fantastically chewy bar that’s sure to please. And they couldn’t be easier to make, too.

Plus, this produces theĀ best blondie base for any recipe. It’s chewy with a crisp top, gooey and rich, thanks to two cups of brown sugar and two sticks of butter… and a generous Tablespoon of vanilla extract. Then throw in the chips and you’ve got the most amazing bars. Trust me.

Make them!

These Triple Chip Blondies are the BEST! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips, they're sure to please everyone's taste buds!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Triple Chip Blondies
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Serves: 15-24
 
These Triple Chip Blondies are incredible! If you don't like one of the chip flavors, substitute with another chip or omit completely. This base recipe is so flexible!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar until combined. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Lastly, stir in the baking powder, salt and flour until a soft batter forms. Stir in the three chips and spread into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for approx. 22-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with fudgy crumbs. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These Triple Chip Blondies are the BEST! Buttery, chewy, gooey and loaded with butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips, they're sure to please everyone's taste buds! Loaded with butterscotch, peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips, these Triple Chip Blondies are sure to please! Don’t like a chip flavor? Omit it completely or substitute with something else… white chocolate chips, toffee bits, or even mint chips.

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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