Reese’s Stuffed Tagalong Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then make these, pretty please?

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Homemade Milk Jam {Dulce de Leche}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I meaaaaaaan…

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

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

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

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

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

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

DULCE DE LECHE BARSDulce de Leche Chocolate Gooey Bars

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

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

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

 

No Thermometer Needed Easy Toffee

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

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

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

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

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

Now who wants some?!

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

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

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

Want more toffee goodness? Check out these other recipes!

Peanut Butter ToffeeSalted Peanut Butter Toffee

Toffee Tiramisu BrowniesToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Sticky Toffee Pudding CookiesSticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies

These Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are gooey, chewy treasures that are perfect for any dessert tray. Easy, foolproof and delicious!If you’re looking for a delicious Thanksgiving end-cap, this is your dessert!

Buttery, flaky crust. Gooey pecan pie filling studded with crunchy pecans and a special ingredient: chocolate chips! These bad boys are AWESOME.

But don’t overfill them like I did the first time. Major fail, people. Learn from my mistakes: chiseling caked-on pecan pie filling from a muffin tin is not my favorite pasttime, believe it or not. I mean, I can think of a couple other things I’d rather be doing.

Before these, I hadn’t made pecan pie before except for these bars. I was worried about the corn syrupy/sugar mixture and it not setting up properly in a giant pie. That, and other irrational pie-making fears. Mini pies help quell those fears because they’re perfectly poppable and not as dramatic as a large pie.

Or maybe I’m overthinking this a bit too much. Dramatic pies? What am I even talking about anymore?

But wait – before you leave and chalk it up to my insanity, stay for the pie recipe. I promise you, it’s worth it!

These Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are gooey, chewy treasures that are perfect for any dessert tray. Easy, foolproof and delicious!These little beauties couldn’t be easier to whip up, have a gooey interior that’s so quintessential for a pecan pie recipe, and would make any holiday dessert spread look fantastic and fun. If you want an extra chocolate dosage, drizzle some melted chocolate chips over the top for a finishing touch. Voila! Easy, delicious, and non-dramatic.

These Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are gooey, chewy treasures that are perfect for any dessert tray. Easy, foolproof and delicious!

Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies
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These mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are fabulous and will make any holiday dessert spread look fantastic and fun.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg refrigerated pie crusts, at room temperature
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 12-14 pecan halves, optional, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cavity muffin tin with cooking spray liberally. Set aside.
  2. Unroll the refrigerated pie crusts and, using a 3" cookie cutter, cut circles from the dough. Gently stretch the dough a little, then push down and up the sides in each muffin cup. Repeat with remaining muffin cups.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the corn syrup, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla until combined. Stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Portion Tablespoons of the filling among each pie crust, careful not to over-fill. You may have extra filling, so make more pies with another pie tin. Top each filled cup with a pecan half.
  5. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until pies are bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then gently remove with a knife or spoon and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

These Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are gooey, chewy treasures that are perfect for any dessert tray. Easy, foolproof and delicious!Gooey, chewy, crisp and chocolaty, these Mini Chocolate Chip Pecan Pies are one for the books! Who knew chocolate chips could perk up a classic Thanksgiving pie so awesomely!?

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! Lately, something’s been up with my stomach.

No, I didn’t grow abs overnight (I wish) and my muffin top didn’t magically disappear (why, god, why?).

Nope, it’s that lately when I travel, I feel super sick.

Chalk it up to nerves if you wish, but I never used to get car or plane-sick. And now? I can barely make it through a flight without going to the bathroom 387634 times. And if you’ve been on a plane, you know that it’s never actually convenient to use the facilities. You either have to navigate around the beverage cart or climb over your seat-mates like they’re Kilimanjaro.

And okay, can I sound off for a second? (Who am I kidding, this is my blog. I can write about whatever I want.) But brands who sponsor me when travel is involved… they think I always want the window seat. I never really thought this was an issue until every brand trip I’d go on, it’d be in a window seat. At first I thought it must have been slim pickin’ and I was randomly dealt a window… but then it became a pattern and I’m now needing to specify like a little diva that I need an aisle seat.

Let’s just say, IBS and window seats are a no bueno. Because inevitably I sit next to two very large people, both of whom are sleeping on the (very long) flight which means I have to wake them up and climb all over their seats to get to a bathroom no less than 3 times during an average flight. It’s awesome, if peeing your pants on a sleeping stranger is awesome. Surprise!

And the car? Now I’m carsick during long trips. I had to ride a party bus for a business trip not long ago and I felt like my insides are being scrambled, which, in case there was any doubt, is not as awesome as it sounds. It was kinda like when you push your cart over those yellow bump strips in front of stores which, by the way, are probably the worst thing for someone in a wheelchair. I mean, you’re pushing them over these freakin’ golf-ball sized bumps which seem like they last forever, and that kinda crap can pop a brain aneurysm if you’re not careful or at least tilt their chair and dump them onto their ass. It’s not pretty, and I hate those things with a passion. Let’s burn them all.

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! ANYWHO. The point is, I travel quite a bit for my blog and it’s getting hard with this new trend in sickness. I hope it goes away soon, but in the meantime, let’s talk about something delicious and happy: these Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs. These bad boys are absolutely scrumptious and totally insane. They came to me in a vision when I spotted miniature pecan pies in my local supermarket bakery. I’ve also seen them at Walmart, Target, and sometimes in the frozen section at grocery stores, just so ya know. And when you buy them, buy two because you’ll definitely pop a couple while you’re making these bombs.

Eat up!!

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 8-10
 
Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are filled with gooey, nutty pecan pie and fudgy brownies. You don't want to miss this delicious treat!
Ingredients
  • About 8-10 miniature prepared pecan pies (I found these in Walmart, but you can check your local supermarket bakery or the frozen dessert section for something similar. If you cannot find the mini pies, use a chilled pecan pie and scoop 8 very large, rounded Tablespoonfuls of pecan pie filling and freeze them into balls)
  • 1 (13x9) pan fudge brownies, baked and cooled and cut into 12 large pieces (you may have a couple brownies leftover)
  • 1 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 8-10 halved pecans
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Take a fudge brownie square and gently flatten it with the heel of your hand. Wrap it around a pecan pie, rolling it in your hands and pinching the brownie around the pecan pie to enclose and seal it. If a little pecan pie peeks out, that's okay; just try to wrap it as best you can and cover it as much as possible. You should get about 8-10 large brownie bombs.
  2. Freeze the brownie bombs for approx. 20-30 minutes or until firm.
  3. Prepare the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth and melted. Dip each brownie bomb in the melted chocolate, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bombs. With the remaining CandiQuik, drizzle onto the brownie bombs for a drizzled look. Top with a pecan half. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.
  4. Store leftovers at room temperature for about 5 days, or freeze up to 1 month.

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert! As I mentioned in the notes, if you can’t find mini pecan pies (as they’re typically seasonal and found in the bakeries at supermarkets), use a regular pecan pie, chill it briefly until firm, and scoop heaping, rounded Tablespoonfuls of the inner filling and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then proceed with the recipe. You’ll have a gooier interior, but it should still work!

These are gooey, buttery, and loaded with that amazing, rich pecan pie flavor surrounded with fudgy chocolate brownie. You don’t want to miss this recipe!

These Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs are addictive, easy and delicious! Miniature prepared pecan pies are surrounded by fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. This is a great alternative to a holiday dessert!

Have a 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, I 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 these Triple Chip Blondies. 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 the 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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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

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

These Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are a sweet and salty lover's dream come true! You'll love this easy, foolproof cheesecake recipe!This week was a very important week for me: it’s OCD Awareness Week.

I’ve talked about my struggles with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the past (click HERE to read about it) and I kinda wanted to update everyone as to how I’m doing and get this all off my chest.

First of all, this week. It’s important because OCD is a very real, very tangible disorder that affects millions of people across the US. It’s often misdiagnosed or swept under the rug, but it’s very real and very painful.

I was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as a teenager, but I’ve had it my entire life. As a child, I had very strict bedtime routines my parents would have to follow, and should the routine go awry or in a different direction, I’d beg them to start all over again. This meant singing lullabies in a particular order, tucking me in a certain way, and doing things in a proper order. As a child, I also had certain anxieties about smells. I’d even have my parents wash my toys because sometimes the smells of them made me uneasy.

As a teen, it was all about the obsessive thoughts and, well, obsessions. Thoughts about death and dying. Thoughts about sex and strange, peculiar, embarrassing fantasies. Obsessions with boys, people, routines. And a small-scale case of hoarding. Hoarding clothes, old makeup, magazines. To this day, I still hoard magazines – I have them saved in my closet for reasons unknown, but the thought of parting with them breaks my heart.

And as an adult, it’s the same story. Obsessed with routine, clinging to it desperately with a significant fear of change. Some days, it manifests itself as something more “minor”, like vacuuming the house until something inside of me clicks and feels better, or surrounding myself with magazines to feel more comfortable. Other times, it manifests as something far more sinister, and that’s when I begin picking. Nit-picking at myself and my flaws mentally, and physically ripping open my flesh and scalp with my fingers until I bleed. Those are the days where I feel completely overwhelmed by this disease; days where I feel like I’m stuck in a dark hole with the tunnel of light so far out of reach.

People often misunderstand OCD. OCD isn’t necessarily about being clean and tidy, though that’s most common. My OCD fluctuates. Some days, I’m obsessed with order and tidiness. I like my kitchen to be spotless and obsess over crumbs and counter stains until I can rid them. Other times, I have so much anxiety building up that piles of things build up, too. Books, magazines, receipts, pens, wrappers, clothes, garbage. I’ll be surrounded by it all without really noticing it. It isn’t until my mom comments on how my room is so dirty or someone complains that our kitchen table (where I work from) isn’t even visible under the piles of stuff. Then I get embarrassed. How did I let this get so bad? How did I let myself go?

It pains me when people make comments about being “so OCD” or joke about the disease. Just because you load your dishwasher a certain way or like to color coordinate your closet doesn’t mean you’re OCD. OCD is much more than that, it’s so much deeper and darker. It’s an insidious monster that affects the person’s every waking thought and action. In fact, each action we make, we’ve likely already obsessed about making it for hours, if not days before hand. We’ve already fantasized these elaborate scenarios of what could happen – what could go wrong – that when the scenario happens, we’re exhausted from dreading it and probing it for so long. It isn’t about wanting clean hands; it’s the intense, very real fear that something terrible will happen if we don’t clean them repeatedly. That sense of doom, like a dark cloud of dread and depression, looming over us, ready to open its arms and surround us any second. The very tangible feeling of panic coursing through our veins, our minds replaying everything in painstaking detail on repeat. That is what it’s like living with OCD. It’s no joke. It’s not funny. It’s very painful, very real.

And I understand that people joke. It’s not like I’ll start crying or slap you across the face if you make a joke like that. But personally, I liken it to the dreaded word “retarded.” I’d never make fun of someone and call them retarded because that hurts those who do have mental and/or physical disabilities. So why would you call yourself OCD when you don’t live your life suffering with it?

All I want is for people to be more aware of what they’re saying and how they say it. That’s all. And to have some compassion for those afflicted with this disorder. There’s such a gross, unnecessary stigma against mental illness in this country, making it often impossible to get the help people desperately need. We need to be more understanding and compassionate toward those suffering and offer an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a heart to help them heal.

I hope, if nothing else, that you are more aware of OCD after this post, and will make the changes in your life to end the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder if you know someone who may be suffering. And please, don’t blame them for the pile of magazines everywhere – sometimes, that’s the only shred of reality they have left.

Now, let’s talk about something far less sad, shall we? Liiiike these Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, for example. They’re loaded with amazing caramel flavor and topped with a sprinkling of sea salt for that intoxicating sweet-and-salty goodness. And they’re a cinch to make!

Let’s just say Iatethewholepan. Because I’m not a liar and had no shame when devouring every last crumb. You will want to devour every last crumb, too!

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

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars
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These Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are a dream come true! Rich, creamy and loaded with buttery caramel and sea salt, they're a sweet and salty lover's perfect food!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs, finely ground
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 can prepared dulce de leche
  • Sea salt, for sprinking
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter and stir until moistened. Pour into the prepared pan and press into a compact, even layer. Bake for approx. 12 minutes.
  3. While crust bakes, prepare your filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar for about 2 minutes or until fluffy and light. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Lastly, add in the vanilla, sour cream, and two Tablespoons of the dulce de leche sauce.
  4. Pour the filling over the crust and return to the oven to bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center appears just about set and isn't super jiggly. Tent with foil if the top begins to brown too fast. Cool completely, then spread with the remaining dulce de leche in an even layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

These Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars are a sweet and salty lover's dream come true! You'll love this easy, foolproof cheesecake recipe!Caramely, buttery, smooth and creamy, that’s what these cheesecake bars are all about! You don’t want to miss this recipe!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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

5.0 from 1 reviews
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

5.0 from 1 reviews
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

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