The Ruby Princess Milky Way Martini

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini is the one served in the famous Crooner’s Bar on board the Ruby Princess ship! Flavored with caramel vodka, cream, and creme de cacao, it tastes just like the candy bar!

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So I’m having serious cruise withdrawals – so much so, that I have had multiple dreams about my Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises. It’s crazy!

About once a night, I have a dream that I’m back on the ship and headed to my usual haunts – the Crooner’s Bar, International Cafe, the Lido Deck, or the Lotus Spa – complete with a book, my camera, and an alcoholic beverage in hand. Then I wake up and realize I’m back on dry land and get sad and wistful.

But then I remembered the amazing Milky Way Martini I had on board the Ruby Princess and I got excited because it’s totally make-able at home! And you guys – this version tastes exactly like the one served in the Crooner’s Bar!

The Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adIf you’ve never sailed on the Ruby Princess before, the Crooner’s Bar is on deck 7 and is a swanky, 1950’s-style bar with dimmed lighting, a full grand piano, and the most sophisticated drinks, some named after the Rat Pack themselves. They have a huge list of house-made martinis, and I knew I had to try the Milky Way version!

The Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adThe best part of the Crooner’s Bar is the ambiance. It really reminds me of a cool, 50’s-era bar/nightclub with plush seats, glossy wood furnishings, and the sophisticated menu. And when you order your martinis, they shake and pour them right at your table which adds to the classy feel of the bar.

Milky Way Martini at the Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adWell… I change my mind. The best part of the Crooner’s Bar is the drinks, of course 🙂

And while I highly encourage you to book a cruise NOW, if you can’t do that, make this drink instead and pretend you’re sailing to Alaska. It’ll make you feel 10 times better AND will get you in the Halloween spirit!

So: let’s make this cocktail!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! In a cocktail shaker (I found this one for $10 at World Market!), add your ice cubes. Then pour in…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of creme de cacao liqueur. You could use name brand, like Godiva, but I used the store-brand. Then add…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of caramel vodka! If you can’t find caramel vodka, in a pinch you could use vanilla. Lastly, add…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of chocolate-caramel coffee creamer – yep, the stuff you put in your coffee! This adds the perfect creamy element to this cocktail without sacrificing the buttery caramel and smooth chocolate flavors.

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! Then shake and strain that beauty into your chocolate and caramel-drizzled glass!

Cheers!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious!

The Ruby Princess Milky Way Martini
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Recipe type: Candy
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This candy-inspired Milky Way Martini tastes just like the one served at the Crooner's Bar onboard the Ruby Princess ship! Creamy, chocolaty, and super sweet!
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces chocolate or creme de cacao liqueur, such as Godiva
  • 3 ounces caramel vodka
  • 3 ounces chocolate caramel coffee creamer (I like the International Delight version)
  • Chocolate and caramel syrups for drizzling glass
Instructions
  1. Using the chocolate and caramel syrups, drizzle around the inside and on the inner rim of a martini glass to create a cool pattern. Set aside briefly.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in the creme de cacao liqueur, the caramel vodka, and the chocolate caramel coffee creamer. Secure the lid to the shaker and shake vigorously, about 30 seconds to one minute.
  3. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass, making sure to get every last drop!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! Buttery smooth, chocolaty, extra sweet, and a little strong… just like how the Ruby Princess does it!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Monster Candy Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving! Perfect for Halloween, these Monster Candy Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are a super sweet treat! Egg-free “monster” cookie dough truffles filled with peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats and M&M’s are surrounded by fudgy baked brownies and coated in chocolate!

You know me and brownie bombs – I just had to revamp this old archived recipe and bring it back!

So you know I taste everything I make but don’t eat everything I make, right? Meaning: I obviously taste-test everything to make sure the flavor and texture is right, but there are few things I actually end up eating. But brownie bombs are a weakness, so I try to get them out of the house faster than you can say “bomb diggity.”

After I made these, I waltzed up to the front office of my apartment complex and dropped them off with the property managers. They go crazy for my treats and I am happy to continue fattening them up 🙂

But I also wanted to give some brownie bombs to my mail-lady because I HAVE THE WORST TIMING WITH HER.

Like, every time I sit and think, “she’s probably gone by now”, I’ll walk over there and she’s in the middle of it. I don’t live far from the mailboxes, per se – but it’s annoying to walk all the way over there and turn around and walk back home and then repeat in a half hour.

So I usually try to see if she’s finished with my mailbox at least so I can GTFO and leave her alone. And she’s always done, but this happened like for a week straight and I felt like she thought I was stalking her or something.

Anyway, I gave her a brownie bomb and I think that made up for the fact that she probably thinks I’m a psychopath who stalks her and/or my mail… which I am the latter. I grew up with so many penpals, so I find joy in getting mail. I’m weird, I know.

So not only are these Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs approved by yours truly, they are also postman (and postwoman) approved.

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving! These would be perfect for Halloween or Halloween parties because they use up M&M’s, which I always seem to have leftover from handing out candy, or when I was a kid and came back with my stash. Toss ’em into the egg-free peanut butter/chocolate chip/oatmeal cookie dough – AKA, “Monster” cookie dough – roll them into balls, then coat them with a fudgy baked brownie.

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving! Once it’s perfectly spherical and delicious, make it even more indulgent by dunking that sucker in chocolate and sprinkling it with more M&M’s. You know, for a little extra pizzazz. Life needs more pizzazz, don’t you think?

No tricks here! Just happy Treating all around 🙂

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving!

Monster Candy Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
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Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
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Serves: 30
 
These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are super fantastic and so flavorful! Egg-free "monster" cookie dough is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in rich milk chocolate. So festive for any time of year, but especially Halloween!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour (see Note)
  • 1 & ¼ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's candies
  • FOR THE BROWNIES:
  • Two (9x13") pans of baked fudge brownies, cooled, edges trimmed and cut into 15 pieces per pan
  • FOR THE COATING:
  • 1-2 pkg chocolate CandiQuik
  • 2-4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ pkg vanilla CandiQuik
  • 1 cup additional miniature M&M's, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. First, make your cookie dough balls. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the milk and vanilla, followed by the peanut butter, then the flour until dough comes together and is sticky. Beat in the old-fashioned oats, followed by the mini chocolate chips and mini M&M's.
  2. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop rounded cookie dough balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You should get about 30 balls of dough. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Once dough balls are firm, make your bombs. Take a square of fudge brownie and gently flatten it in the palm of your hand. Place a cookie dough ball in the center of the flattened brownie, and use your fingers and hands to pinch the brownie around the dough ball to seal it completely, rolling the brownie bomb in your hand if needed. Return to the baking sheet, noting that you may now need 2 baking sheets as the brownie bombs are larger than the cookie dough truffles.
  4. After the brownie bombs are made, melt the chocolate CandiQuik according to package instructions. Once melted and smooth, stir in 2 Tbsp of creamy peanut butter until blended. Dunk each brownie bomb into the chocolate-peanut butter mixture using a fork and coating all sides. Allow excess to drip off, then return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining bombs. NOTE: You MAY need TWO (2) packages of CandiQuik to coat all the bombs, hence why the ingredients says 1-2 pkgs and 2-4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter.
  5. Melt the vanilla CandiQuik according to package instructions and drizzle over the chocolate bombs. Immediately garnish with chopped mini M&M's. Serve!
  6. NOTE: If you do not want to use raw all-purpose flour, you may heat treat your flour by baking it at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or use different flour substitutes, such as almond flour, oat flour, coconut flour, or oat flour.

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving! Gooey, fudgy, chocolaty goodness! Everyone will go crazy for these brownie bombs!

These Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are DELICIOUS! "Monster" cookie dough flavored with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's is surrounded by a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate and more candy! Perfect for parties, gifts, or just to cure a serious chocolate craving! Have a super sweet day!

Want more brownie bomb goodness?

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve!Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs

These Salted Caramel Mocha Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs are AWESOME. Espresso fudgy brownies are wrapped around egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough that's filled with a caramel candy and everything is coated in chocolate and sea salt. Sweet, salty, decadent, delicious!Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Bombs

Pecan Pie Brownie Bombs

xo, Hayley

Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS! These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars are so much easier than making cookies but have the same iconic cookie flavors you know and love. Packed with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, and lots of chocolate and miniature M&M’s, it is scary how good they are!

Since I work from home, I find that I don’t really put any effort into what I wear.

Some folks who work from home dress like they’re going to an office… but my “office” is the kitchen where everything has a flour or powdered-sugar residue and where eggs jump to their grisly death off of my kitchen counter. Wearing a skirt suit isn’t exactly wise in my position.

So every day (since it’s still hot as hell out), I usually wear denim shorts and a black shirt. Boring, easy, thoughtless. But I still continue to buy adorable retro-inspired dresses and pinup couture for my closet which looks more and more like a boutique every day as new packages roll in.

And yet – I never wear this stuff. But I want to. So lately I’ve been putting in the effort to dress up every day, even if I never step a foot outside of my apartment. Some of the dresses are more relaxed – like an oversize t-shirt – but some are fancy and twirly and fun. And you know what? I feel so much less schleppy and gross.

But it made me realize: classic shapes like my A-line dresses never go out of style, and neither do classic desserts. Enter: these Monster Cookie Bars which will always be top of the class. They start with a chocolate chip cookie-esque base that’s dressed up with hearty oats, creamy peanut butter, and miniature M&M’s candies to, jazzing them up with out-of-this-world flavor and great chewy texture.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS! And because I’m all about a shortcut, these bars are so much easier to whip up than making drop cookies, yet are every bit as delicious.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS! PS: they taste extra amazing when topped with a scoop of ice cream and lots of chocolate & caramel sauce. 🙂

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS!

Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Monster Cookie Bars are supremely thick, chewy, hearty, and packed with amazing flavor from peanut butter, chocolate, and miniature M&M's candies! A must-try, and so much easier than making drop cookies!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups old-fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup miniature M&M's candies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the peanut butter, followed by the eggs and vanilla. Add in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour and mix on low-speed until just barely combined. Beat in the oats, chocolate chips, and M&M's candies until just combined.
  3. Press the dough into the prepared baking pan evenly and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and set. Cool in the pan completely before cutting into bars.

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS! A quick and easy bar recipe that’s sure to please!

These Thick & Chewy Monster Cookie Bars taste just like your favorite monster cookie recipe but EASIER! Loaded with chewy oats, creamy peanut butter, gooey chocolate chips and crunchy mini M&M's, they're flavorful, thick, super chewy, and DELICIOUS! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Perfect for football season, these Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are a highly addictive, tasty treat that is great for snacking during nail-biter games!

Admittedly, I’m not a big sports person.

I played basketball for 3 years in elementary school, but hated running during practice and games which… is kinda counterproductive for basketball.

I also danced throughout my life, but one time my friend filmed me during a belly dancing performance and I saw that I am actually a horrible dancer. Like, terribly, horribly bad. I always envisioned myself as this sultry belly dancer but when I saw that footage of me smacking gum (during the performance!) and lazily undulating my stomach, I mimicked a shimmying beluga with a noisy belt on. AKA, not a cute look in case you were wondering.

So yeah, sports aren’t really my thing. But if I had to choose a favorite (besides watching wrestling, which I somewhat enjoy), it would be football because of one reason: the food!

Football food is the best, do you agree? Hot dogs, chili, BBQ, nachos, cheese & meat platters… it’s all so good and I am pretty much obsessed with football games for that sole reason.

And lucky for me, food – I mean, football season is coming up shortly, so bring on the beer and guacamole!

If you’re a football-food-obsessed person like me, or maybe you’re an actual football-sports-obsessed person, you will love these addictive Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies! Not only are they super cute, they’re SO TASTY. Sure, they’re a little more labor intensive than your regular muddy buddies recipe, but I guarantee they’ll be a crowd-pleaser at your next tailgating event!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Regular muddy buddies are made with Chex cereal which is good… but I had a HUGE, Costco-size tub of peanut butter-filled pretzels that were begging to be used, so I tossed them in a chocolate & peanut butter mixture and coated them in powdered sugar. To make it extra peanut buttery, I threw in some miniature Reese’s cups and decorated a few of the pretzels as footballs.

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Needless to say, my football-sport-obsessed dad and brother went CRAZY for these! I already have requests for it to be remade during the 49ers first game of the season in September.

I mean… how could you not love this?!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day!

Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies
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Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 8-10
 
These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are not only adorable, they're highly addictive and DELICIOUS, too! A surefire hit at your next football party or tailgate!
Ingredients
  • 9 cups peanut butter pretzel nuggets, divided
  • 1 & ½ pkg chocolate candy coating, divided
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ pkg vanilla candy coating
  • 2 & ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 family-size bag Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Place 8 cups of the peanut butter pretzel nuggets in a very large bowl. In a medium bowl, melt one (1) of the packages of chocolate candy coating and the peanut butter together on HIGH heat for 30 seconds. Stir, then heat for an additional 15-20 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate PB mixture evenly over the pretzel nuggets and toss to coat.
  2. Place the confectioners' sugar in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and spoon in the chocolate-coated pretzel nuggets. You may have to work in batches. Seal the bag and shake the bag vigorously to coat the pretzel nuggets with the confectioners' sugar. Spread the coated pretzel nuggets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to set and dry.
  3. For the remaining cup of pretzel nuggets, melt the ½ pkg of chocolate candy coating until smooth and melted. Dip each pretzel nugget one at a time into the melted chocolate and, using a fork, gently remove onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow to set. Meanwhile, microwave the vanilla candy coating and pour the smooth vanilla candy coating into a small squeeze bottle (recommended) or a sandwich-size Ziploc bag - seal out the air and snip off the tip of the bag, if using.
  4. Working steady and slowly, pipe stitches onto the chocolate pretzel nuggets. Let stitches dry. Toss the peanut butter cup candies in with the confectioners' sugar-coated pretzel nuggets and place the football pretzel nuggets around the bowl.

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Not only are these muddy buddies way awesome, they’re SO tasty. Chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzel nuggets are officially a thing now, and you HAVE to give them a try!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

The Best Cotton Candy Cupcakes

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Calling all cotton candy lovers! The fluffy stuff is now in a moist & tender cupcake! These Cotton Candy Cupcakes taste just like the real deal and are a cinch to make.

Since I was a young little girl, I have always been obsessed with cotton candy and bubblegum flavored anything.

As a tween and teen, I’d beg my grandma to allow me and my best friend, Katrina, to walk up to the local yogurt shop with $5 so we could each get a sky-high snowcone with bubblegum and cotton candy syrup drenching every last ice crystal. We would slurp up the extra syrup until our teeth and tongues were blue and walk home giggling at our gross teeth.

And anytime I went to the California State Fair, I’d always have to get a gigantic bag of cotton candy. Who doesn’t love the stuff? It’s pure sugar! Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for hand-spun desserts.

A couple months ago, I was visiting Utah for a work-related thing and my friend took me to this shop called Orson Gygi. It’s basically a food and baking warehouse with everything. You can buy cake stands, party supplies, and 20lb bags of chocolate chips under one roof. It was basically my version of heaven, and I had only 20 minutes to shop before we were due at a dinner.

I raced down the chocolate and candy-making aisle first and instantly spied some Cotton Candy Flavoring. This stuff isn’t like your average vanilla extract – it is four times more potent than a traditional extract and is used for really powerfully flavored candies and things. But since extracts can get drowned out in a big batch of cupcake batter, I knew it’d be perfect for these Cotton Candy Cupcakes!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! You guys – these cupcakes are serious business. They are INSANELY SWEET, so don’t come back and tell me how sweet they were, ya hear? It’s a cupcake recipe inspired by a dessert that literally has no other ingredient other than pure sugar. What did you expect?

The cupcake itself is so moist and fluffy with a tender crumb and a beautiful swirl of baby blue and baby pink batters. Topped off with a cotton candy buttercream, sanding sugar, and a little cotton candy stick, it’s perfect for baby showers, summer sleepovers, or even a carnival-themed soiree!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Here’s to blue teeth and cotton candy summers!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY!

The Best Cotton Candy Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 18
 
Cotton Candy Cupcakes: fun, unique cupcakes flavored just like cotton candy!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cotton candy flavoring
  • Pink and blue food coloring
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1 & ½ tsp cotton candy flavoring
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Blue and pink sanding sugar
  • Blue and pink cotton candy
  • Popsicle sticks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with 18 paper liners; set aside. Meanwhile, prepare your cake batter: combine the cake mix, egg whites, oil, water, and cotton candy flavoring with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide the batter evenly among two bowls and tint each bowl with your desired shade of blue and pink (I only did one drop of coloring per bowl for a more pastel look).
  2. Evenly distribute the colors among each muffin cup, filling about ¾ full. Don't swirl the batters, just layer them. Swirling the batters together may muddy the colors.
  3. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, cream the butter, cotton candy flavoring and vanilla extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the confectioners' sugar, about one cup at a time, alternating with little streams of the heavy cream until the frosting is light and fluffy. Divide the frosting evenly among two bowls and tint each bowl with blue and pink until your desired shade has been achieved. (Again, I did one drop of each color).
  5. Using a pastry bag fixed with your desired tip, spoon some of the blue frosting down one side of the pastry bag. Spoon some of the pink frosting down the other side of the bag. It's okay if the frosting colors mix toward the tip portion of the bag; it'll just turn purple 🙂
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a sprinkling of blue and pink sanding sugar. To make the cotton candy sticks, rip off a small piece of cotton candy and attach it to the wet end of a popsicle stick (just stick the popsicle stick tip in a little water). Serve immediately with the cotton candy sticks, but keep in mind- cotton candy, once exposed to air, hardens quickly. It's best to make the cotton candy sticks immediately before serving.

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Fluffy, flavorful, true-blue (and pink!) Cotton Candy Cupcakes! Everyone of every age will flip for these fun summery cupcakes!

These Cotton Candy Cupcakes are so delicious and the BEST I've tried! Moist and fluffy cotton candy-flavored cupcakes topped with a swirl of pastel cotton candy buttercream and fluffy cotton candy pop! Perfect for any occasion such as kids parties, bake sales, and more, and SO EASY! Have a super sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

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Easy Jell-O Divinity Candy

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! If you love classic divinity for Christmas, you’ll fall fast for this Easy Jell-O Divinity for Easter & springtime! Super simple, gorgeous colors, and fun flavors that make for an unexpected treat everyone will love.

So generally speaking, I’m a pretty observant person.

You could say I have great attention to detail. That, combined with my perfectionism is the perfect ratio for daily anxiety attacks. (Kind of kidding). But it also means I notice things a lot of people don’t. And because I was raised to be super suspicious (thanks, Mom), that combined with my eye for detail makes me a double whammy in the paying-attention department.

So I have this neighbor, right? And they drive a one of those big economy vans. And the van advertises for house cleaning but literally says nothing else. In big, black letters on the side: HOUSE CLEANING with a generic picture of a woman holding a hand-held vacuum cleaner – and the woman isn’t even wearing a maid or cleaning uniform. It’s just some chick holding a little Dirt Devil on the side of a van.

But – you guys, I’m not kidding – ALL the van says is “HOUSE CLEANING” on both sides. No business name, no business license number, no phone number, no address, no follow-us-on-Facebook, no catchy slogan, NOTHING. Just: “HOUSE CLEANING.”

So now it has me wondering – is this “house cleaning” van a rouse for something? Are my neighbors FBI agents working undercover in this covert operation? Are they CIA and getting ready to ambush a suspect? Are they Russian spies? Are they alien hunters, convinced one walks among us in my little neighborhood? Are they storm chasers and that’s the only van they could use? Are they serial killers in disguise? Or are they really house cleaners with a terrible business model that involves me googling all “house cleaning” services in my area, trying to match up my neighbor’s van with a real business?

But now I’m SUPER freaked that they’ll read this and be onto me and then they’ll like, take me to some abandoned warehouse and force me to write a positive Yelp review for their house cleaning services. “They’re legit!”, I’ll type with tears streaming down my face as they hold the suction part of the vacuum close enough to my face that the hair on my head stands up without quite being sucked in. “I’d hire them again and again for their excellent cleaning services!” “Press ENTER and SAVE IT TO YOUR PROFILE,” they’ll demand before they switch off the Dirt Devil and release me into the wild.

Who knows. But I’m onto them. But I’m also like, will you vacuum my whole house – including the stairs – for free and I promise I won’t blow your cover? (Kind of kidding).

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! ANYWAY. When I’m not being suspicious of strange business models, I’m making candy – specifically this Easy Jell-O Divinity. And I’m here today to tell you A) not to be scared of divinity, as it’s just a harmless little blob of nougat-y, fudgy goodness, and B) it’s not just a Christmas candy anymore!

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! This Jell-O Divinity is made with – you guessed it – fruity Jell-O powder which gives it that gorgeous pastel color and wonderful fruity flavor. The best part is, you can use whatever Jell-O you prefer, so this is totally customizable to your favorite flavors. I went with Strawberry, Lime, and Orange because those were classic, but these would be so delicious with Grape, Lemon, Berry Blue, or even one of the fun Jell-O flavors like Watermelon or Strawberry Banana. Or BLACK CHERRY. OMG. BRB, making Black Cherry Divinity!

This recipe is my basic Divinity recipe I posted back in December but just slightly tweaked. The result is an easy, fudgy, unique candy everyone will flip for!

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Easy Jell-O Divinity Candy
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This Easy Jell-O Divinity is so fun! The Jell-O flavors the divinity candy and turns it gorgeous rainbow colors. Wonderful for springtime and especially Easter!
Ingredients
  • FOR ONE BATCH OF DIVINITY (one flavor per batch):
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • One 3-ounce box Jell-O (any flavor of your choice - I made strawberry, lime, and orange, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer!)
Instructions
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, water, and corn syrup together, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260 degrees F, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Just before the corn syrup mixture reaches temperature, whip your egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle in the Jell-O powder & salt and beat again until incorporated.
  4. With the mixer running on medium-low, slowly drizzle in the hot corn syrup mixture. This should take you a good minute or two as you want to incorporate it very slowly. Once the hot corn syrup mixture is fully in the mixing bowl, increase the mixing speed to medium-high and continue beating until the candy is no longer glossy and the candy holds its shape, about 6-10 minutes. You can absolutely test one scoop of the candy onto the parchment paper - if it holds up, it's ready.
  5. Grease two spoons with cooking spray and scoop out the candy onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flick your wrists gently to get the little swoops in the candy. You can make the candy as big or small as you'd like; mine were about 2 Tablespoon-sized. Repeat, working quickly, with remaining candy.
  6. Allow candy to set, at room temperature for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight until firm to the touch. Store remaining candy in an airtight container.

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! I love the bright pop of color and the unexpected fruity flavor of these fudgy, nougat-y little morsels of heaven! These would make excellent Easter gifts, wrapped in little cellophane bags. 🙂

This EASY JELL-O DIVINITY is so simple to make with my step-by-step recipe! Fruity-flavored and pastel-colored divinity candy made with Jell-O. Light, surprisingly fudgy and nougat-y candy in flavors of the rainbow! Great for Easter, or springtime! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Caramel Snowball Cookies

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies are such a unique, fantastic cookie! Flavored with ground potato chips and stuffed with caramel candies, they’re perfect for any sweet & salty lover.

So I’m in trouble.

Okay, not real trouble. Not trouble-trouble. But basically, it’s been raining like hell lately and I have no recipes left to schedule after this one. Eek!

Normally I’m a batch-baker, meaning I’ll bake like 4-6 things in one day, photograph them all the next day, and schedule them out throughout the next couple weeks as I see fit. But with my move, plus settling in, plus a pizza and quiche mishap (I’ll explain later), and now rain, I have had no chance to whip something up!

Side note: Pizza mishap happens when you’re tired as all hell and bake the pizza on the cardboard round that it sits on in the package, resulting in a gooey, severely underdone, doughy and inedible crust… which meant I only ate the cheese & tomato topping for dinner. 

Side note #2: The quiche mishap happens when you’re tired as all hell and hangry as all hell and make a quiche from your vague memories of making quiche a bajillion years ago, resulting in you using DOUBLE the liquid in comparison with the eggs, leaving you with basically scrambled egg soup in a soggy pie crust for dinner. 

Side note #3: I promise I actually know how to cook and am not an impostor in disguise. I just am really tired, k?

ANYWAY. So if it’s lights-out around here for the rest of the week, it’s because I’m scrambling to bake something and make it look halfway edible and appetizing in my dreary photos due to the terrible natural light happening ’round these parts. Please forgive me?

In the meantime, I’m glad I remembered about these babies which I made a few weeks prior to my move. They are phenomenal!

I want to make an amendment right here and now that Snowball Cookies should be a year-round thing and not exclusive to Christmastime. There’s nothing especially Christmas-y about them, minus the snowball-ish appearance. But it doesn’t snow in California, really, so like, snowballs never equated to Christmas for me, so… is it really a Christmas cookie? Sorry, rambling.

ANYWAY. So basically, my snowball recipe requires flour and ground pecans, which give it that wonderful nuttiness. But for this version, I remixed it up with flour, ground pecans AND GROUND POTATO CHIPS Y’ALL.

Dude.

Life-changing.

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! And I didn’t stop there, because minimalism isn’t my jam. I stuffed each snowball with a Rolo because potato chips and caramel work surprisingly well together.

The result is pure sweet & salty perfection, and I guarantee if you’re a fan of a sweet & salty flavor combination, you’ll flip for these bad boys!

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind!

Sweet & Salty Potato Chip Caramel Snowball Cookies
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Serves: 22-25
 
These sweet & salty cookies are total perfection! Ground potato chips and caramel candy filling make them extra special.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1 cup finely crushed ruffled potato chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 22-25 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1 & ½ cups confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla until combined. Lastly, beat in the ground pecans, finely crushed potato chips and the flour and gently mix until it just about comes together. The dough may be slightly crumbly at first, but it will be moist enough to hold together if you knead it with your hands.
  3. Using a 2 oz cookie dough scoop, scoop out a ball of dough and gently press your thumb into the center to create an indentation. Place the Rolo candy in the indentation and gently roll the cookie dough around the candy to cover it completely. Place 1" apart on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Cool on the pans for about 10 minutes, then gently coat with the confectioners' sugar. Let stand until cool, then coat again with confectioners' sugar.

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! Sweet, salty, tender little nuggets of heaven in your mouth! I just love that the potato chips give it a nice salty bite in contrast to the sweet, buttery and gooey caramel center. So good!

These Sweet & Salty Snowball Cookies aren't your grandma's ordinary snowball! Made with ground pecans and crushed potato chips for a salty bite, they're filled with gooey, buttery caramel candies. So easy, impressive and one of a kind! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! If you love peanut butter cups but wish they were jumbo-sized, I’ve got you covered! These Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars are just the ticket to squashing your giant PB cup craving!

I have yet to bake in my new kitchen… but that changes TODAY!

I have been dying to test out my appliances and get baking for my new neighbors, but the whole organizing your life back into order thing after moving is kind of exhausting. Who knew I had so much stuff that needed to be bubble-wrapped, then unwrapped, then put away? GAH.

And no, I have not read that magical book about tidying up, thankyouverymuch.

So basically I’ve been waking up, feeding my still-confused dogs and getting to work around the house. But oddly, I love all the chores of putting things away and wiping down my own counters. Yes, I’ve found some odd sense of joy in laundering my own socks, and I appreciate how nice it is to come home to a clean house.

I know this feeling will eventually wear off and I will want to set fire to my clothes rather than launder them, but for now I’m enjoying this new-house honeymoon stage 🙂

Anyway, I was thinking about what to bake first in my new place and these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars, which I’d previously made at my old place, came to mind. But the thing is… these bad boys are no-bake, so I don’t even need the oven to whip them up.

…Which is going to rock in a few months when it’s a bajillion degrees and turning on the oven is about as logical as jumping from a three-story building into a pit of rocks.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! These are slightly addictive; you’ve been warned! The base consists of a little confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumbs, which give them a slight crunch and helps the bar hold its shape. The mixture is poured into a pan and set in the fridge, then topped with a thick, smooth layer of chocolate ganache. The result is a deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cup bar that’s totally out. of. this. world.

Who wants to come over!?

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert!

Reese's Peanut Butetr Cup Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bars are like a fudgy, deep-dish PB cup! Totally easy to prepare, comes together quickly and is entirely no-bake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BARS:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups honey graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use the natural kind, as it is too oily)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be runny. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the bar layer has somewhat firmed up, make the chocolate topping. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 20-30 seconds, stir, then heat again for another 10-15 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate once more for another 30 mins at least (up to overnight if you wish) before cutting into bars.

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Fudgy, peanut buttery goodness topped with a silky smooth chocolaty layer. These bars are the definition of HEAVEN!

These REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BARS are heavenly homemade squares that taste JUST like deep-dish, ultra fudgy peanut butter cups. An easy, quick, and entirely no-bake dessert! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Everyone’s had a peanut butter blossom cookie, but have you tried Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies?! These are so much easier than dropping cookies and make for gooey, fudgy bars!

I don’t know about you, but peanut butter blossoms are some of my favorite cookies.

A soft and chewy peanut butter cookie topped with a solid chocolate Kiss candy… just perfection!

I know they’re kind of Christmas-y, or at least, they’re popular at Christmastime in the Parker household. But I figured since they’re made with Kisses and Valentine’s Day is coming up… well, you can do the math 🙂

I found the idea for these from my friend Ashley over at Baker by Nature, and because I was pondering ways to make these cookies into bars. Personally, bars are one of my favorite things to make because they’re such a cinch – throw the ingredients into the pan and bake! No dropping, rolling, or cutting anything out, and certainly no waiting for batches to finish before you can put another pan in. Not even a dough chilling!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! And these could not be more simple, I promise! Made in one bowl, baked in one pan, mixed with one spatula. See? I told you this was already easier than the cookie version!

To make these, simply melt some butter. You can do this in the microwave, or on the stove – whichever you prefer. I honestly alternate, as sometimes I feel like I’d rather cook it on the stove, or perhaps my microwave’s being used.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!  Whisk some brown sugar and peanut butter into the melted butter, followed by eggs, vanilla, and your dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into a foil-lined & greased pan, scatter sugar over the top, and bake! Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven and dot the top with those adorable baby Kisses candies.

And then try not to freak out over their cuteness!

(By the way – these are BABY Hershey’s Kisses. I found them in the baking aisle (near the chocolate chips!) at Target. They’re seriously like half the size of a regular Hershey Kiss candy and they come unwrapped… and are perfect for baking. If you cannot find them, simply use regular Hershey’s Kisses!)

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are not only adorable, but seriously tasty, too! Fudgy, gooey peanut butter & brown sugar blondies topped with a sugary topping and cute miniature Hershey's Kisses! Just like the cookies but SO MUCH EASIER!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • Hershey's Miniature Kisses (available in the baking aisle at Target stores. If you cannot find these unwrapped mini Kisses, use regular unwrapped Kisses or even chocolate chunks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In in medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown sugar until combined and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the creamy peanut butter, followed by the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients until a thick, smooth batter comes together.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top liberally with the white sugar. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes, then dot the top with the miniature Hershey's Kisses or chocolate chunks. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Fudgy, peanut butter & brown sugary goodness topped with a crisp, crackly sugar topping and adorable miniature Kisses. These can’t get any better!

These Peanut Butter Blossom Blondies are fantastic! Fudgy, peanut buttery, brown sugar blondies topped with a crackly, crisp sugar topping and rich, melt in your mouth Hershey Kisses. Just like the cookies but so much easier! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Mint fans will love these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs! A creamy, no-bake mint Oreo truffle filled with chopped Andes mints, wrapped in fudgy brownies and coated in chocolate. Decadent, minty goodness!

You guys… I have a problem.

A novel-buying problem.

No, not like an original buying problem. Like a novelBOOK buying problem. It’s getting a little out of hand. And by ‘a little’, I mean I’m buying like 3 or more a day since Christmas.

I now have 20 novels to read once I’m done writing my book (which should be supersuper soon!). All novels I’ve never read before and didn’t know existed because: I haven’t read a book in a year.

EEP.

I know, I know. How horrible, right? I’m an English major, a two-time author and a food writer and I haven’t read a book in a freakin’ year. But in my defense, I’ve been writing TWO books in one year, plus my blog, which is a lot of writing, FYI.

But I have read magazines! Lots of them. So at least I’m not a total ingrate, right? (Tell me I’m not pleasepleaseplease).

So I’m making up for lost time and that new book smell by buying ALLTHEBOOKS on Amazon and reading them front to back from here until Christmas again. So if you have a good book recommendation, leave it in the comments! (FWIW, I like ‘harder’ books – ones about addiction, marital troubles, troubled teens, you name it. Hard issues.)

Anyway! Now let’s talk about these Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs which you need to read about and then promptly MAKE.

A few months ago, I posted these Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs and everyone seemed to go gaga for them, so I knew I had to do a fun spin with another Oreo flavor. Enter: the Mint Oreo Truffle.

Made with the Mint Oreos and ground up bits of Andes mints inside(!!) they are delightfully minty and SO EASY to make. Seriously, if you are or if you know of a mint lover, these are next on your list. Promise me?

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! And I know it’s *too soon* to talk about Valentine’s Day, but hear me out: I’m a food blogger, which means I gotta start cranking out V-Day recipes in early January in order for them to get traction, get seen, get pinned, etc. in time for February. SO, that said – these would make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie!

Now if you need me, I’ll be reading!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve!

Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs
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These Mint Oreo Truffle Brownie Bombs are delightfully minty, super chocolaty and a cinch to whip up. Impress your guests with these over the top truffles!
Ingredients
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • ⅔ pkg (about 20 cookies) MINT Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • ½ pkg (4 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp mint extract, divided
  • 1 cup Andes mint chips, plus ⅔ cup for garnish
  • 1 pkg chocolate almond bark (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions for fudgy brownies. Pour into a greased 13x9" rectangular baking pan and bake for 19-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Do not bake too long as the brownies MUST be fudgy in order to make the bombs work. Cool completely.
  2. While brownies cool, make your Mint Oreo truffles. In a large bowl, combine the Mint Oreo crumbs, cream cheese, and ½ tsp mint extract with a rubber spatula until blended and moistened; fold in 1 cup of the Andes mint chips. Roll Tablespoon-sized balls of Mint Oreo truffles and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the brownies into 24 equal pieces, making sure to trim off the edges as they're too crusty and hard to work with. Take a brownie square and gently flatten it in the palm of your hand. Wrap the brownie around the Oreo truffle, pinching and rolling the brownie in your hands to completely enclose the truffle. Place the brownie bombs onto the baking sheet. Freeze for approx. 30 minutes or until solid and firm.
  4. Melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions or until smooth and melted; gently fold in the remaining mint extract. Dip each brownie bomb into the chocolate coating, coating it completely and allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet with a fork and sprinkle with remaining Andes mint chips, if desired.

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Minty, chocolaty, fudgy goodness wrapped in one bite-sized morsel of heaven. You’re welcome!

These MINT OREO TRUFFLE BROWNIE BOMBS are a minty delight! No-bake mint Oreo truffles wrapped in a fudgy baked brownie and coated in chocolate & Andes Mints. So simple to whip up and a great way to impress anyone you serve! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley