The (Best-Ever!) Family Favorites Roundup!!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you all had an awesome week. Thank goodness it’s over!

This Friday, I decided to jazz things up from the usual recap. Last week, Nikki from Chef In Training had her hubby make a list of his favorite dishes she’s made. His commentary was hilarious and his list was long and varied, and I thought, I want my family to choose their favorite things! So I did.

In the interest of time (and space) I had them choose three treats apiece. Let’s just say it was damn hard for them to choose ten, much less three top picks. But finally, after much haggling and deliberating, each person chose their three favorites.

And okay, even though parents shouldn’t choose favorites between their kids and I totally felt like that parent when I was choosing my favorite treats, I eventually chalked it up to the fact that I’m sure every parent has a secret favorite kid and so I could have three. So there.

To make it fun, I’m having each person write their own blurbs about each post. So Chloe, take the floor!

Hi, I’m Chloe and I’m Hayley’s younger sister. A few of my favorite things are bows, blondies and popchips (but there’s no point to eating healthy with these forever taunting me). By that, I mean these Deep Dish Biscoff Cookies. I had no idea what they were at first, but the smell was captivating enough. The Biscoff didn’t originally swoon me the first time I had it, so I was a bit hesitant. But if you ever miss out on these cookies, that’s the biggest mistake of your life. These cookies were salty and sweet (sometimes a girl can’t decide her favorite) and I felt as though I could eat the whole pan. Peanut butter is always a must for me anyways, so these were a match made in heaven.

Since I’m living off of bow sales, I don’t have all the money in the world. Everyone knows that Cinnabon is the best thing you could probably ever eat. Although a trip to the mall and dropping $5 on a fat-loaded cinnamon roll is out of the question, these aren’t. The Doughnut-Stuffed Cinnamon Roll is at the top of my list for two reasons. 1.) Donuts, and 2.) Cinnamon rolls. I can’t argue with either. Something about fried dough stuffed inside a warm cinnamon sugary roll can’t be beat by anything. Waking up to these was a dream, honestly.

Last but certainly not least, Donut-Hole Blondies. Anything blondies is a-okay with me, and like I said before, so is anything donut. I don’t know what goes on in my sister’s evil mastermind head, or why she’s like the little old lady trying to fatten me up, but call me Gretel. These are irresistible. The blondie is kinda dense so it coincides with the airy donut perfectly. Cheating on your diet is acceptable with this one, it’ll forgive you eventually (or maybe your diet could just consist of eating this all day, which is acceptable too).

Hello.  I’m Hayley’s dad and one of her tasters.  It is impossible to select 3 favorites from among all her creations.  Just like it is impossible to be on a diet in this house.

I did pick the Almond Joy Brownie Bites as one of my all-time faves.  There are so many wonderful tastes and textures happening here.  I love coconut, and brownies, and almonds, and chocolate.  Put them all together with some other stuff I don’t know and WOW!  My taste buds are at food fantasy camp.

The Chocolate Toffee Caramel Cupcakes were a wonder of nature.  Or of Hayley’s Frankenstein-like ability to create a beast of a taste from many different components (no body parts were used in any dessert).  I enjoyed these immensely.  It was fun to remove and eat the toffee caramel sculpture first, basking in the heavenly caramel flavor.  Then the chocolatey cupcake.  I love Hayley’s cupcakes, even though this is the only one in my top 3 picks here.

The last of my current top 3 is Churro Bugle Mix.  I love churros!  On our last trip to Disneyland I sold the family car in order to buy one, and it was worth it.  This mix utilizes the salty crunch of the Bugles to play against the cinnamon-y sweet coating.  Although I have never been addicted to crack, I refer to this as crack due to the highly addictive nature of this incredible treat.  This stuff is legal and amazing.  The first time I tried it I did, however, end up in a food coma.  Proceed with caution, possibly trying a gateway dessert like the Almond Joy Brownie Bites.

I need to go check the kitchen, as I’m sure to find at least one new creation cooling on the counters!

Hi everyone. I’m Alex Parker, I’m a chocoholic, and I haven’t had chocolate in 30 seconds. I don’t know what Hayley has told you about me, but it’s not true. Unless it’s good, then it’s totally true. It’s a good thing you can’t see me type this, because I’m currently stuffing my face with two of Hayley’s most recent treats and trying desperately to clean crumbs out of the keyboard.

Anyway, Hayley gave me the arduous task of choosing just three of my favorite treats of hers, which took me an unfortunately long amount of time to narrow down the list. But there have been some definite standouts.

First on the list is, hands down, the Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos. Like I said, I’m a raging chocoholic, and anyone trying to rehab will relapse at the sight of these things. A few things first: I love Oreos. I like the regular ones, I LOVE the golden ones, I like the half and half ones. I even named my dog Oreo. So injecting cookie dough, drowning it in chocolate and adding some jimmies will make me do anything just for a fix. Plus, it looks like a simple enough recipe that even I can make, and my cooking repertoire is pretty much limited to mac and cheese and toast.

Next up are the Snickers Cookies, which is the best combination since an Xbox pancake. Again, I love chocolate (have I mentioned that yet?). Death by Chocolate is less of a dessert and more of a promise for me. Luckily, since everything Hayley makes has the forethought of healthy cooking, I might be spared. My girlfriend (who I think only dates me for my sister’s desserts), Kelsey, was lucky enough to be here when Hayley made these, and we scarfed them down as fast as we could. We actually tried to save some for her family (hahahahaha) but that didn’t go as well as planned. These things are serious. Snickers, chocolate cookies, sprinkled with sea salt; do I even need to write a paragraph about them?

And last, but certainly not least (in fact, these should probably be first because duh), Circus Animal Cookie Pie. Just typing those words made my mouth long for the sweet embrace of those devilish pink and white cookies. Anecdote time: once I ate an entire bag of those, but only the pink ones, and shortly thereafter proceeded to rain pink upon the sidewalk with the force of 1000 waterfalls. To this day, I prefer the pinkies (Hayley likes the white ones, the racist), but we rarely have a bag sitting in the pantry. But the old gods and the new were kind enough to give her the idea to make a pie out of the things, and you best believe that pie didn’t make it to day two.

If you could be so kind as to command persuade her to make any of these again, and if you caught any or all of my TV references, may the odds be ever in your favor.

My name is Sonya and I am Hayley’s mom.  Everyone who sees Hayley tells her how much she looks like me.  I personally feel like that is an insult to Hayley as I think she is very beautiful.  Hayley asked me to pick three favorites of her creations and it took me days to narrow down the selection to just 3.  My top 3, in no special order are Pie Fries, Rainbow Cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Donut Muffins.

I love, love, love cinnamon and sugar.  When those two are combined into Pie Fries, I am all over it!  Hayley took the unused scraps of pie dough and coated them with butter and cinnamon and sugar.  Baked them up golden brown and no one but me had the chance to eat them.  I ate the entire plate in seconds.

Snickerdoodle Donut Muffins combine my favorite things – cinnamon sugar, and donuts in a muffin!  Sweet and delicious, like a breakfast or a snack.  How could you not love that combo?  The smell when they are baking is incredible.

The Rainbow Cupcakes are my screen saver at work.  I have people ask me all the time where I got that beautiful picture of those cupcakes.  When I tell them that my daughter made those, they think I am lying.  I actually had to bring them into work to prove that they were not photoshopped, or an illusion.  My coworkers are still talking about those cupcakes!

Without further ado, the “bad ass sitting in the corner sippin’ on a margarita” is now going to give my top 3 favorite treats The Domestic Rebel has made. I am a sucker for cheesecake anything! So of course I chose: Cheesecake Cupcakes followed by Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars, and can you guess what my last choice would be? YEP! You guessed it! Captain Crunch Cupcakes! You thought I was going to say cheesecake weren’t you? By the way, how many times have I said ‘cheesecake’ in just this paragraph?!

Anyways, that isn’t the only reason I chose these…well okay, it’s mostly the reason but the way she made them is what gets at me. Think of a million baby wizards massaging your taste buds with a million baby wands. It’s THAT good. Now, I’m about to throw her under the bus and she might edit this and take this whole thing out but I’m going to do it anyways. Unfortunately I have only had the Cheesecake Cupcakes once. Only once!!! She demands flowers and in exchange she will grant me the wish of having these rare tasty treats again…yet I don’t think so. See, a while back she wanted a bicycle really bad. And you know what I did? I got her one! It was even better than what she even wanted. It has been about almost a year now…and has only ridden it MAYBE five times. So I’m thinking I should get some of these cakes. That’s how much I enjoy these. I am willing to throw the person WHO MAKES these under a bus to get her to make me some more. I could probably write a novel about how awesome everything is but I will have to cut it short and now go day dream about them all!

Well, you all should know me, and if you don’t, consider yourself warned. Like I said, I shouldn’t play favorites with my babies (nor should I eat my babies), but I do both of those anyways. And at the risk of sounding incredibly conceited: “All my stuff is delicious. Look how delicious everything I make is. This is the BEST THING EVER” I feel it’s my moral obligation to point you in the direction of my absolute faves. So, narcissism aside, here we go.

It’s no surprise I love coconut. But these Lite Triple Coconut Cupcakes seriously ruled my world. They’re one of my favorites of all time. If I wore socks, they’d rock them off hardcore-style.

I was hesitant trying these Mexican Mocha Cookies with Kahlua Icing when a family friend made them for a Halloween party. But I was so thankful I did because they’re one of my favorites now. Now normally, “Mexican” and “chocolate” in the same sentence evokes frightening thoughts of people putting actual chiles inside desserts. I like Chipotle, but if they started throwing chocolate on my burrito bowls I’d be pissed as hell. So these are what I call “safe spicy”–I use cinnamon in lieu of chipotle peppers. Your desserts and burrito bowls are safe with me.

Last but certainly not least, these blondies. Blondies rule my soul, y’all. It’s serious business. If you want to know what heaven tastes like, make these. The minute you open your oven door, angels will sing and you will see the light: they’re called white chocolate chips and they’re scattered throughout these decadent blondies. You must make them… unless you don’t want to experience the best moment of your life, but whatevz.


Can you believe I live with these people? Judging by their responses there’s no wonder how I turned out the way I did. Sheeeeeeesh. And they call me weird. Also, how many times were my desserts compared to addictive drugs? This is going to get so many wrong Google click-throughs, I just know it.

That does it for this week–thanks to Nikki for this awesome idea, and my family + Jessie for writing their excerpts on their favorite things (and spending more time thinking of what their favorites actually were). You guys are the best taste-testing guinea pigs around!!

I hope everyone has a fun Friday and weekend! Later taters!

xo, Hayley


  1. I’m with your dad on the Bugle Mix – it is just the best! I’ve made it at least 5 times. Since it has addictive properties, I generally only eat a little and then my mom and her Yatzee Posse’ eat it all up in one sitting but we all love it around here.

  2. I am dying of laughter at this post!! It is too funny, Hayley. You look so much like your mom! ADorable. I think my favorite that I see here on this page would be those snickerdoodle donut muffins! I’ve never made them but the picture alone puts me in heaven! And pie fries! Genius. I think my favorite recipe on my own blog would be those lemon oatmeal creme bars or my skinny frozen pb pie. 🙂

  3. You are loved! It took time and sincere thought for each member of your family to think about their favorites and why. Loved reading about them all! This was such a wonderful post! and yes, you do look like your mom! My favorite might be the rainbow cupcakes!

  4. I LOVE this idea, I might steal it too! Fun seeing so many diff faves 🙂

  5. Okay I totally love this. I can see where you get your wit and writing ability – your whole family is funny!! And I can tell we’d all get along. 🙂

  6. What a fun idea! Love it! I see where you get your sense of humor! 🙂

  7. Awesome! I love the family favorites! You have too many mouthwatering recipes for just one or a few favorites.
    Beautiful family by the way!

  8. Your entire gang is hilarious! I have no idea how they only chose three each:) What a great post.


  9. This is such a cute idea! I’ll definitely have to ask my husband + friends to do this sometime soon – most fun (funnest?!) post EVER!

  10. Oh how funny is this post! LOVE all the favorites and commentary.

  11. Hayley! O love your family and I love their picks! Baking and creating is always more fun when you have people around you who appreciate your talent! I currently have 5 new tabs up of recommendations from your family I now need to go check out and pin! Oh and Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos doesn’t have a link, but don’t worry, I’ll find it!

  12. Yum!! What a GREAT list and the comments are too funny! I know that you will continue to come up with super yummy treats for everyone to enjoy! They’ll all have new favorites in six months.

  13. Family favorites…such a great idea – it was fun to hear from your fam. I’m sure they’re giddy with anticipation every time that oven timer goes off!

  14. Oh man, how awesome is this post. It was so fun to read! I love that just by reading this I can see how similar you guys are – definitely family. Y’all are so funny too 😉 i’m glad you didn’t ask me to pick my faves…you have WAY to many incredible recipes to choose from. Thanks for sharing such a rad post today, girl!

  15. I already knew I loved your desserts, but now I am also DEEPLY in love with your family…dang you Hayley!!! So, I guess it is now time to let you know I will be moving in shortly…oh, creepy you say?? Welp…it IS really all your fault for making such delicious desserts and having such an awesome entourage. Sorry. So is my room all ready now??

  16. OMG, your family is just as hilarious as you are! It must be like a laugh riot around your house! This post was so fun-love it, Hayley!

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