Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. It’s officially back to school season.

And I am counting my lucky stars that I’m no longer in school. Phew! I do not miss the nervous energy surrounding the first day of school, the hours planning the perfect outfit, and the awkwardness of seeing everyone again after a long summer apart.

I do, however, enjoy shopping for school supplies, mainly because it’s another way to spend money I don’t have. There’s nothing like the smell and potential of fresh composition books, cracking open a new day planner, or scribbling out the first couple words with your new mechanical pencils and pens. I buy allthecolors of highlighters because highlighting is just one of the ways my OCD manifests itself. And snapping open a new binder sends happy chills down my spine.

Except, of course, for the going to school part. Again: I’m so thankful I’m done with those days!

But for the many kiddos heading back to school, it can be fun. You’re reunited once again with your pals, you have a fresh start to a new year, and the first week there’s hardly any homework, so that’s a bonus. And with back to school comes school lunches and treats… and that’s precisely where these Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars come into play!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. These bars are perfect for back to school season since PBJs are synonymous with school… at least in my mind :) They consist of a buttery peanut butter cookie bar filled with sweet strawberry jam… and I know you’ll love them!

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a fun, easy recipe spin on the classic after-school lunch. This recipe is in partner with Krusteaz, where I’m a part of their Bakers Dozen program. This is a yearlong program in which I’ll be bringing you delicious recipes, tips and tricks on behalf of Krusteaz, featuring their line-up of amazing products. This recipe uses their Double Peanut Butter Cookie Mix which is absolutely delicious! Buttery, peanut buttery and rich, it’s the perfect base for these bars! This is the first of many treats, so I hope you enjoy!

Now, ready for the recipe?! Click HERE to get the recipe! 

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

 

Chewy Peanut Brittle Bars

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!When I was in New York a couple weeks ago, I was riding the subway one day when I noticed an elderly man sitting next to me staring at me and my legs.

For those of you who have never seen my legs, they’re covered in tattoos – specifically dessert tattoos. Many people are intimidated by my cupcake tattoo. *sarcasm

I just smiled at him politely and continued to ride the train in my own silence when I noticed him mumbling to the girl next to him about my tattoos. I could clearly hear him talk about them, but I couldn’t hear what he was saying, so I just smiled again and said, “you like my tattoos?” thinking he’d respond with a polite ‘yes’ and we’d go about our days like normal human beings.

Nope.

“Tattoos are a sign of the devil. They’re evil. You are severely cursed, young lady,” he said. “You’ll be damned to hell because of all of those trashy tattoos. You’re damned,” he continued. I just stared at him wide-eyed with an are you serious expression on my bemused face. I’ve had my fair share of old farts comment on my tattoos, usually with negative things to say, and I always quip back with something snarky back at them. (One time, an old man told me “why would you do that to your body?” loudly in public, so I asked him if he wanted to talk about the brown spots and wrinkles all over his. He shut up).

But to tell me I’m damned to hell? Is this subway ride really taking me to Herald Square, or are we really headed for the fiery gates?

Crypt Keeper continued to berate me publicly about my tattoos, continually reminding me how ‘damned’ I was and how I was going to hell. The only thing that will save me, he said, was “lots of prayer” and even then, “I don’t know it’ll work.”

Sweeeeeeeeet.

After about five minutes (not even kidding) of him berating me about my evil desserts-themed tattoos to the woman next to me and to my face, I finally had it. I had a couple more stops and I was not going to be berated by an elderly man who probably shits himself on the reg. So I smiled a sinister smile and after he told me for the millionth time that I was doomed to hell, I looked him dead in the eyes and said, “oh I know. Because you know what? I am the Devil.” Then I grinned a big, scary toothy grin and he looked at me like he’d seen a ghost.

Or the Devil. Or a spunky 24-year old on the train who was no longer gonna take his crap. Same difference.

And lo and behold, my bold remark shut him up. In fact, he didn’t say a peep after that to me or the poor train passenger next to him. He took his belongings and got off on the next stop wordlessly.

And just like that, I convinced a senile old man that I was the Devil. It was awesome.

So the next time you see someone with tattoos you don’t like, for the love of Pete, keep it to yourself. Because not only is it effing rude to tell someone your invalid and unwanted opinion about their body, most likely they won’t care. Or maybe you’ll ruin their day (spoiler: he did not ruin mine). Or maybe they’ll flip out and call you names (which they should). Or maybe they’ll go back to the tattoo shop and try to return their tattoo because you can totally do that. Duh. 

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!Okay, enough about that old man. Now we must converse about these Peanut Brittle Bars. 

These bars are oh so good and taste pretty darn similar to peanut brittle. They’re made with toffee bits and dry roasted peanuts for that brittle effect, sitting atop a buttery peanut butter bar base. They’re chewy, crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty, and they’re utterly delicious. I prefer mine with a tall glass of milk, but no matter how you eat ’em, you must make them!

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!*adapted from this old recipe from the archives

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Chewy Peanut Brittle Bars
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These crunchy, chewy Peanut Brittle Bars are to-die for! Everyone will love their nutty, peanut buttery flavor and texture.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1 & ½ cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup toffee bits
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 and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, one (1) cup of the peanut butter, the egg and the oil with a rubber spatula or spoon until a thick dough comes together. Make sure to fully incorporate that peanut butter! Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the remaining peanut butter, vanilla and condensed milk together.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and pour/spread the sweetened condensed milk mixture over the top of the bars, spreading out to the edges evenly. Top with the peanuts and toffee bits. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the center is set and topping is firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

These buttery Peanut Brittle Bars taste just like the candy in a chewy, crunchy bar cookie form! They're easy to make, too!You guys have to give these a try! They’re for true peanut butter lovers – from the peanut buttery, chewy bar cookie crust to the gooey peanut buttery and vanilla-scented middle to the crunchy, crisp, buttery toffee and sweet & salty peanuts on top. Amazing!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

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! I’m just gonna get straight to the point.

I hate the gym.

I hate cardio, I hate aerobics, I hate that I’m the only one in Zumba that looks like I’m having a grand mal seizure. I hate having to shower immediately after in fear of catching leprosy or something funky.

So yeah. I recently started up with the gym again and I’m having a helluva time. I know I need to be there so I put in the time, but damn. I’d much rather be shoveling this cheesecake in my face while binge-watching Orange in my pajamas.

…not that I do that or anything. Dontjudgeme.

But I’ll get straight to the point on this cheesecake: it’s the bomb. There’s a couple of qualifiers for you to check off in order to like this cheesecake.

1) You’re human
2) You like dessert
3) You like peanut butter cups in and around your mouth
4) You’re all of the above

This was originally going to be a Nutella cheesecake, but I spotted a jar of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread in the back of my pantry and knew I had to use that instead. It’s like Nutella but with a peanut buttery twist. And it’s oh so delicious in this cheesecake!

Creamy, rich, peanut buttery, thick and delicious, you’ll go nuts for this cheesecake. But you *may* want to make a date with the gym afterwards.

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!

*adapted from the Sinful Sweets cookbook

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No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
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This cheesecake is totally decadent! Bursting with rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter flavors, it tastes like a giant, indulgent peanut butter cup!
Ingredients
  • 1 jar Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 prepared Oreo chocolate cookie crust
  • 1 bag Reese's Peanut Butter Minis, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add in the Reese's spread and blend until smooth. Blend in the heavy cream and beat until it has a mousse-like texture.
  2. Spread the mixture carefully into the prepared cookie crust. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Before serving, garnish the pie with the chopped Reese's cups. Cut into slices and serve!

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! I promise, the 8 hr. chill time is worth the wait! This dreamy pie tastes just like the inside of a peanut butter cup: smooth, creamy, thick and totally, utterly scrumptious. You’ll love it!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Bacon Pralines

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! So Father’s Day is coming up.

It’s Sunday the 21st, if you didn’t already know.

And my dad is pretty low-key thankfully. The man likes ribs, BBQing without actually manning the grill (that’d be my job), and pool parties, which he will not get the latter. We don’t have a pool and thus will not be partying.

Though there will be liquor. There’s always liquor.

Now my dad is a pretty cutting edge guy. He likes to play dress up in his bright colored shorts and Hawaiian shirts, color coordinate his outfits and shop for socks. He’s also a total dude: he watches nearly every sport except golf and soccer (thank god), drinks beer without being snobbish, and likes bacon.

Wait. Minus the sports, that sounds like me. Am I a dude after all? This answers a lot of questions actually.

So I wanted something “cutting edge” with bacon, because bacon makes 95% of whatever-it-is better. You know I’m right.

I realize pralines aren’t cutting edge, innovative, or different. They’re a Southern staple that’s been made famous for their melt-in-your-mouth quality and slightly crunchy texture. Pralines, like my dad, are truly one-of-a-kind. So to make my pralines extra fabulous, I made them with bacon from Bacon Freak. Have you heard of this website? It’s a website all about BACON. They have a HUGE variety of bacon and bacon-related products, including fun flavors like Cajun and Apple Cinnamon, which is what I happened to have for my pralines. It added a nice sweetness and smokiness to the already sweet, tender pralines.

And let’s just go ahead and assume your dad would probably love some bacon from Bacon Freak for Father’s Day. A natural, correct assumption, am I right?

So to all the dads in the world, you rock. But mine rocks better.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! *adapted from this recipe

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Bacon Pralines
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These Bacon Pralines are absolutely irresistible! Tender, melt-in-your-mouth candies studded with crunchy pecans and sweet-and-smoky bacon. The best!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecan pieces
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked until chewy and slightly crisp, then cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Line a clean, flat work surface with parchment or wax paper. Set out two spoons.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the white and brown sugars, milk, butter, vanilla, pecan pieces and bacon pieces to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring the entire time and scraping the edges and bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Once three minutes is up, immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir, stir, stir. Stir until the mixture is slightly cloudy, has thickened, and appears almost creamy.
  4. Using your spoons, spoon little mounds of pralines onto the prepared flat work surface, working quickly as pralines set quite fast. Allow the pralines to set completely, about 30 minutes, before peeling off the paper gently and serving. Pralines are delicate, so be careful with them. Serve immediately, or within 1 day.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! This recipe doesn’t use a candy thermometer (which is typical for praline-making) lending to a more tender praline. I didn’t use one because frankly, they give me the heebie-jeebies. But boiling and stirring the mixture for three minutes gives the sugar plenty of time to caramelize and melt, giving proper structure to your pralines. And of course, there’s the fact that there’s crisp, chewy, smoky BACON in there. A total game-changer!

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with bacon from Bacon Freak to develop this recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits & My Trip To T&Y Strawberry Patch

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the local town of Davis, CA on behalf of Best Food Facts. I’m their newest blogger for their Taste Program, where they educate about the benefits of fresh food and answer nutritional questions by a panel of experts. It’s a wonderful organization to work with and an excellent tool for those of you who may have questions about certain foods, benefits of eating certain foods, or nutritional questions.

My favorite part of our trip to Davis was visiting the T&Y Strawberry Patch in Woodland, CA. T&Y is a family-owned strawberry patch that’s been in business for years in the Woodland area. They have a huge property that boasts tons of, you guessed it, strawberries! The berries are divided by their type, Chandler, which are grown earlier in the year, and Albion, a newer strain of strawberry, grown right now. The Albion were what we had the chance to pick on the farm.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! The most interesting thing I learned from T&Y’s resident tour-guide and strawberry aficionado was that their strawberry farm is prepared for the California drought we’re in. The strawberries are resistant to the heat, especially the Albion strain, and resistant to the drought. T&Y operates on a minimal water drip system which adequately nourishes the strawberry plants without flooding them or wasting precious water resources. Since California’s drought is a serious one (and believe me, we’re suffering) it was interesting to know that T&Y was operating as they normally would, thanks to their drought-efficient watering system.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! I was also pleased to know that California produces 80% of the nation’s strawberries. That means the berries you have right now are probably grown here in California. And I totally didn’t know this, but the brighter the color of the strawberry flesh, the sweeter the berry will be. That’s why Albion berries are a huge hit right now; they’re a deep red color that yields a seriously juicy and sweet flavor profile.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! And if you’ve ever wondered if there’s a difference between organic or conventional strawberries when it comes to scary things like pesticides, have no fear. The USDA and Best Food Facts say that a man could eat 2,640 strawberries a day without any adverse side effects from pesticide residue. But I also don’t recommend eating 2,640 strawberries a day either, as tempting as it may be :)

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! And strawberries, but of course, were the inspiration for these simple and scrumptious Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits. Have you ever had strawberry pretzel salad? It’s traditionally served like an ambrosia or in bar-form with a pretzel crust, so I took that inspiration to make a layered dessert that’s oh-so delicious. Sweet, salty, juicy and tart, it’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures. You’ll love it!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits & My Trip To T&Y Strawberry Patch
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These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are irresistible! Sweet, salty, tart and juicy, they're the ultimate no-bake treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup white sugar, plus 2 Tbsp, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 & ½ cups pretzels
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. First, make your crust. Pulse the pretzels in a large food processor until they're coarse crumbs. Pulse in the melted butter and 2 Tbsp white sugar until moistened. Portion evenly among four pint-sized mason jars or parfait glasses and use a smaller glass to compact into a loose-ish crust.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheeses, remaining sugar, and vanilla extract with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined and fluffy. Spoon the cheesecake mixture into a large resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, and snip off a tip of the bag.
  3. Pipe the cheesecake about halfway full into the jars; sprinkle with about 2-3 Tbsp chopped strawberries. Continue piping the mixture until it reaches the brim of the jar and top with another 2-3 Tbsp of chopped strawberries. Repeat with remaining jars.
  4. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the fridge for 1 day.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! I love how easy these are to whip up and how amazing they taste! The crunchy, salty pretzel crust pairs beautifully with the juicy, sweet strawberries and the fluffy, creamy cheesecake. These parfaits have so much flavor and awesome texture happening all at once!

I hope you enjoyed my recap and my recipe! Stay tuned for more awesome info with Best Food Facts, and be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Full disclosure: I was generously invited onto a trip to Davis, CA on behalf of Best Food Facts, who graciously sponsored this event. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who help make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Cupcakes you don’t have to bake!? Say whaaaaaat!?

You read that right.

For this post, I teamed up with Hostess to bring you these Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes. They’re super simple to whip together, don’t require an oven, and are the perfect union between sweet and salty. Plus, they’re crowned with a huge mountain of freshly whipped chocolate buttercream and garnished with a caramel candy. What’s not to love?!

They start with the base: Hostess’ new Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, which is a limited edition flavor that I know you’ll adore. It starts with a golden vanilla cupcake filled with a caramel creme and topped with velvety caramel icing and a signature squiggle everyone knows and loves. Hostess also unveiled Sea Salt Caramel Zingers, too: sponge cake with their signature creme filling, topped with a ribbon of caramel and covered in smooth milk chocolate. Both are garnished with fresh sea salt too, creating that perfect symphony of sweet and salty flavors.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Riiiiight?! They are so good, you guys.

And then I went the extra mile and topped these cupcakes with buttercream. I know, I know – but it had to be done. Chocolate and salted caramel just go hand-in-hand. This buttercream is light, fluffy and ultra luscious – you’ll love it, especially paired on top of these moist and soft cupcakes.

Both the Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes and Zingers are only available through 7/31, so be sure to make up for lost time and make these cupcakes ASAP!

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat!

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Quicky & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes
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These Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are topped with an ultra rich and incredibly delicious chocolate buttercream everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • About 12 Hostess Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, unwrapped (or any flavor cupcake)
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • About 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk, if needed
  • Chocolate-caramel candies, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cocoa powder with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the milk only if the frosting is too thick and pasty.
  2. Pipe the frosting high onto the Hostess Cupcakes. Garnish with a chocolate-caramel candy. Serve immediately.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Piled high with luscious chocolate buttercream, these Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Be sure to look for them in your grocery store before July 31 :)

To connect with Hostess for more product information and recipes, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where they regularly share fun recipes, tips and tricks and sweet news!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Hostess sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!My neighbors are seriously annoying.

I like them enough, but they have one fatal flaw: honking at me while I’m walking the dog.

There I’ll be, minding my own freakin’ business as I walk along our tree-lined street when some asshat drives slowly behind me and honks their horn at me as they drive by, waving maniacally in a clearly desperate act for friendly attention.

And in those moments, rather than smile and wave, I honestly would like to throw a large icy soda at their car and flip them the bird. Because who the eff honks at someone?

Honking is rude, no matter how you slice and dice it. I honk when I’m impatient at people in their cars. I honk when the person in front of me is too busy texting and isn’t going on the green. I honk at people driving 25 under the speed limit. I honk if someone cuts me off. But I don’t drive up behind an innocent human being minding their own damn business and blare my horn for everyone in hell to hear, especially the person who has now jumped ten feet in the air from being startled.

Some would argue my neighbors are being ‘friendly’, but I’d argue they’re being jerkfaces. Tomato, tomahto.

Personally, when I’m walking my dogs I’d like to not feel terrified when someone creeps up behind me blasting their horn from here to Timbuktu. Call me high-maintenance if you must, but dang, a simple wave will suffice. No need to be popping arms out of sockets from the intense waving and horn blaring, desperate for attention.

Anywho. After being frightened on my walks, I like to come home and indulge a little. After all, I did survive a drive-by.

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars were the first thing I grabbed after being honked at a couple days ago. They’re super peanut buttery, sticky, chewy and ultra gooey, and they taste like a gigantic fluffernutter sandwich. What is not to love about these?!

I think they’re desperate for your attention, am I right?

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!*adapted from Averie Cooks’ recipe

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White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars
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White chocolate, creamy peanut butter and fluffy marshmallow creme combine to create these ultra gooey, fabulously chewy bars!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 jar (7 oz) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. white chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil with a spoon until a soft dough comes together. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the marshmallow creme, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk until combined. Mixture will be thick! Pour evenly over the top of the bar layer. Sprinkle the top evenly with the white chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for approx. 23-25 minutes or until the edges are set and the top is a very light golden brown. Center may still be slightly jiggly, but do NOT over cook. You want the bars to be gooey and they'll continue to cook up as they cool. Allow the bars to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar, if desired, and cutting into squares. Serve.

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!These are so fudgy, super sticky and gooey, and absolutely, positively heavenly. I love the white chocolate chip top with its nice crunch, and the gooey fluffernutter filling packed with creamy peanut butter and sweet and fluffy marshmallow creme. These bars are to-die for!

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Nutty Buddy Popcorn

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PopIntoSAMS #CollectiveBias

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!I love popcorn.

It’s one of those treats that the second the aroma hits your nose, you instantly crave it. Or is that just me with all the foods? Don’t answer that.

I mean, you can’t go to a movie theater and walk past the popcorn, even if it is like $20 a bag now. It’s virtually impossible to resist the buttery, nutty smell of freshly popped popcorn and the irresistible, glistening butter coating on each fresh kernel.

But again, $20 a bag. Homegirl has to pay some bills so I ain’t got time for expensive popcorn.

That’s why I love ACT II Popcorn and teamed up with them to create this fabulous Nutty Buddy Popcorn! It is perfect alone or dressed up with chocolate, peanut butter and crunchy wafer cookies to create the best treat for movie night or your favorite TV show marathons, which my family and I regularly indulge in.

Nothing’s better than curling up on the couch with my fam after a long day of work, and of course, there has to be snacks. Movie night without popcorn is like a birthday party without cake – somewhere, a child is crying over it. So when we huddle together to watch something scary or laugh our bellies off during a comedy, we’re noshing on popcorn.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!Most of the time I make plain ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn since it’s the best popcorn around. It’s super buttery and delicious and pops perfectly every time. But for a recent TV show binge-fest, I decided to dress up the popcorn into one of my favorite cookies: the Nutty Bar. Those crispy peanut butter & chocolate wafer cookies are the bomb and my family loves ’em, so I knew creating a popcorn munch with the same flavors as those iconic yellow-box cookies was absolutely necessary.

For this recipe, I shopped at Sam’s Club where they have the big 28-count boxes of ACT II Popcorn. And if you download the Ibotta app, you can grab a $2 off coupon exclusively for Sam’s Club. Sweet! And can we talk about Sam’s for a minute? I just love their free samples! I tried the ACT II Popcorn at a demo over the weekend and they mixed it with Oreos. It. Was. DIVINE.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!And speaking of divine… I mean, there are no words for this popcorn. It’s a must-try!

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Nutty Buddy Popcorn
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Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 6-8
 
This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is so simple to whip up and tastes amazing! Crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty, it's the perfect movie marathon or TV binge-fest accompaniment.
Ingredients
  • 2 bags ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn, popped and unpopped kernels discarded
  • ½ pkg vanilla candy coating (I like CandiQuik)
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 8 crispy peanut butter chocolate wafer cookies (like Nutty Bars), roughly chopped
  • 2 squares chocolate candy coating
Instructions
  1. Line a flat work space with wax paper. In a large bowl, melt the vanilla candy coating until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in the peanut butter until combined.
  2. Add the popcorn to the mixture and gently toss to coat the popcorn. Spread the popcorn out onto the wax paper in an even, single layer. Top evenly with the chopped cookies.
  3. Melt the chocolate candy coating in another small bowl until melted; pour the melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag, snip off the tip, and drizzle over the popcorn. Allow the chocolate to set, about 15 minutes, before breaking into pieces to serve.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!This twenty-minute recipe could not be simpler to make! I love the crunch from the popcorn and cookies and the texture of the creamy peanut butter coating that blankets each kernel of popcorn. This is sweet, salty, and a whole lotta heavenly! What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn? Answer in the comments below! :)

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Lately I’ve been so frazzled. Well, more than usual :)

I’m not sure if it’s the allergies that are slowly waging World War III on my immune system, or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s only April and Sacramento is already reaching temps of 90 degrees. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m gaining weight like crazy (boo) or the fact that I’m about to start a healthy diet for said weight-gain (boo/yay). Either way, I’m totally, madly, hopelessly frazzled.

So there’s that.

I think my brain needs to pack a suitcase, put on a bikini and go on vacation, because seriously processing an actual, meaningful thought at this point is like performing brain surgery. I need an engineering degree just to formulate a proper sentence.

So without further adieu, methinks I’m starting my mental vacay right about now… but not until after I share the recipe for these fabulous peanut butter cookies. These truly are the best-ever in my not-so-humble opinion. They’re soft, chewy and have crisp edges which I find irresistible and necessary for any good peanut butter cookie. They’re packed with sweet-and-salty peanut butter flavor and have the classic cross-hatch pattern on top like any good cookie should. And they’re flourless, netting a fudgier, denser cookie that’s absolutely marvelous and which happens to make them naturally gluten-free.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I found this recipe years ago and I can’t even remember where, but I’ve been making it regularly since and had it posted on my blog from years ago but was in desperate need of updating the pictures. Pictures = better. Recipe = ain’t broke, so not fixin’ it. Just pure, unadulterated peanut buttery cookie goodness in every crisp, chewy bite. You won’t regret this simple recipe!

And yes, my mental vacay will consist of cramming these cookies in like hunger-fighting soldiers in one-by-one before my diet starts. Calories clearly don’t count on vacation.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Best Crisp and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten-Free!}
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 16
 
These crisp and chewy peanut butter cookies are packed with sweet-and-salty peanut buttery goodness. Naturally flourless and thus gluten-free means these cookies are ultra fudgy and fabulous.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter* (if you prefer a smoother peanut butter cookie, feel free to use 2 cups of creamy peanut butter instead, but I like the texture of crunchy)
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus ⅓ cup for rolling cookies
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
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 a large bowl, cream together the peanut butters, 1 cup of the white sugar and brown sugar until blended, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and baking soda until dough is combined; it will be very thick.
  3. Using a Tablespoon-sized cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and drop it into the remaining white sugar; roll around to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared baking sheets and using a fork, make a cross-hatch pattern in the top to lightly flatten the balls.
  4. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until golden. Do NOT overbake. Immediately remove from the baking sheets and onto a wire rack to cool completely. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to a week.

These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!I cannot stress enough how tremendous these cookies are! They’re chewy, fudgy and have those buttery, crisp edges without having even a smidgen of butter in them. I love the subtle crunch from the white sugar on top and I love them especially when they’re warm and topped with ice cream…. but you didn’t hear that diet-friendly suggestion from me :)

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These Crisp, Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies truly are the BEST ever, AND they're gluten-free!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!You guys. These carmelitas. I could cry, they’re so good.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an irrational fear of having something stuck in my teeth. I mean, I’m petrified to find something. Spinach, pepper, bits and pieces of god-knows what… anything and everything is a mortal embarrassment.

When I had braces for a few years of my adolescence, it raised the possibility even higher which was always lovely when you had a mouth full of metal to look into. What’s the deal with braces, anyway? Like, why do they think these metal contraptions are a good idea? I understand the reasoning behind braces – straight teeth, good oral health, etc – but I mean, why do they have to look like they do? Painful steel wiring poking your cheek every time you talk, brackets rolling around when one snaps off after you secretly take a bite of taffy. And ugh, those rubber bands. Those came from the devil’s underbelly.

But then to add insult to injury, they allow you to choose random colors for your brackets and those, in theory, sound cool. You can do your school colors, your favorite colors, the rainbow, whatever. But what they don’t tell you is that it’ll look like your mouth is filled with tiny bits of candy stuck in between your teeth.

AKA, my worst nightmare.

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!My fear is to the point where I eat everything as gingerly as possible to ensure the possibility of accruing bits and pieces are slim to none. I’m anti-bits and pieces.

Anywho. These bars have no bits and no pieces. They do, however, have chocolate and caramel and peanut butter which does have a tendency to get everywhere, but even I can proudly say they’re so worth it. And if nothing else, you’ll just have a special surprise to show people any time you smile. You’re welcome?

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!So yeah – these carmelitas. Traditionally, carmelitas are an oatmeal cookie bar base filled with caramel and chocolate chips. They’re gooey, rich and sweet, and have great texture thanks to the oats. But my version has added peanut butter cups to the mix, lending an even sweeter bite and a wonderful saltiness from the peanut buttah. These are basically my dream come true in bar form, and if they had a full-time job, smelled like cologne and were thoughtful, sincere and sensitive, I’d probably marry them.

Try them puhleeeeease. You won’t be disappointed!

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!*adapted from my Nutella-Filled Monster Cookie Bars recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 24
 
These chewy and GOOEY bars will become a family favorite in no time! They boast great texture from the oats, lots of gooieness from the caramel and melty peanut butter cups, and plenty of sweetness!
Ingredients
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar'
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 jar caramel sundae sauce
  • About 25 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (standard or mini size, but not the minis in the resealable package)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour, salt, oats, baking powder and baking soda until a soft dough forms.
  3. Chop the Reese's PB Cups in half or quarters. Spread ½ of the dough into the prepared baking pan in an even layer; top evenly with the caramel sauce and top with the reserved PB cups. Crumble the remaining dough or "puzzle piece it" (flatten dough in your hands and gently kind of puzzle-it together) on top of the caramel and PB cups.
  4. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center appears just about set. It's okay if it jiggles a little; it will set up as it cools and you don't want to over bake. Cool completely before lifting the bars out of the pan and cutting into bars.

These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!These bars are so impossibly gooey, packed with sweet and salty flavor from the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the gobs of buttery caramel. You’ll love the texture from the hearty oats and substantially thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base, too. Overall, these are a bar to be reckoned with – you’ll freak for them!

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These Peanut Butter Cup Carmelitas consist of a thick and chewy oatmeal cookie base loaded with buttery caramel and sweet & salty peanut butter cups for an outrageous dessert you'll love!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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