Sticky Paws (Williams Sonoma Copycat)

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round! Just like the holiday offering at Williams Sonoma, these Copycat Sticky Paws taste even better than the original! Easy, quick, and so delicious – they’re perfect for gifting!

So I have a confession to make: I never visit Williams Sonoma.

It’s located smack-dab in the middle of all those obnoxious kiosks in the mall – you know, the ones where they try to shove skincare samples at you as you walk by? I generally avoid that section of the mall like the plague, and thus, I’m never in Williams Sonoma.

But a couple weeks ago, my sister and I were walking around the mall and happened to be down that area and walked in. I always forget how amazing everything looks and tastes there – when they brew mulling spices, I am drawn in like a moth to a freakin’ flame. Mulling spices are LIFE.

And on this special occasion, they were sampling their Sticky Paws. I hadn’t heard of these before, but once I took a bite, I was hooked! Basically, they’re a lot like my Polar Bear Paws recipe except there are two main differences: instead of peanuts, they’re made with almonds, and instead of white chocolate, it’s made with milk chocolate.

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round! And now I can’t decide which “paw” recipe I like better!!

The almonds offer an amazing nutty sweetness to the gooey caramel filling, and I love the classic contrast of the buttery caramel and rich chocolate coating. The only thing I can suggest at this point is making both paw recipes to see for yourself!

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round! However, since these Sticky Paws are just as good if not BETTER than the original Williams Sonoma version, I highly recommend saving the $20 to buy them by making them yourself! They’d be GREAT for gift-giving this holiday season… or just for hoarding yourself 🙂

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round!

Sticky Paws (Williams Sonoma Copycat)
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 12-14
 
These Sticky Paws are the Williams Sonoma holiday copycat you can enjoy ALL year long! Only a few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes means you'll have your own batch of delicious Sticky Paws in no time!
Ingredients
  • One 11-oz bag Kraft caramel bits (or 11-oz bag caramel squares, unwrapped if using)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 & ¼ cups natural, raw almonds
  • One 16-oz pkg chocolate candy coating/almond bark
Instructions
  1. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel bits (or squares if using), butter, and heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and melted. Stir in the almonds and let set for about 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a buttered spoon, drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the caramel almond mixture onto the baking sheet, spaced about 1-2" apart. Pop the caramel mounds in the freezer until firm, about 15-20 minutes. Caramel mounds will be firm enough when they will easily come off of the parchment paper.
  3. Melt the candy coating according to package directions or until smooth. Using a fork, dip each caramel mound into the chocolate, coating it completely. Allow excess to drip off the fork and return to the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining caramel mounds. Let chocolate harden before serving. PLEASE, let caramel come to ROOM TEMPERATURE before consuming!

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round! Buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate equals a heavenly treat that’s perfect year-round!

These COPYCAT STICKY PAWS taste even BETTER than Williams Sonoma's holiday version! Made with buttery caramel, nutty almonds and creamy milk chocolate, they're an easy, quick candy recipe you'll LOVE making year-round! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! If you love those golden orbs known as Ferrero Rocher, you’ll FLIP for these Easy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles! Packed with flavor and only a few ingredients, they taste even BETTER than the real deal!

It should be no surprise that holiday baking is my all-time fave.

There’s something so magical and fun about holiday flavors and making bite-size candies and treats to hand out to neighbors and friends.

But every year I have a *minor meltdown* about what treats I want to make for my cookie baskets to give to friends. I have about a MILLION ideas for cookies, treats, candies, and more but narrowing the list down is hard work, people. I want to bake EVERYTHING!

However, after making these Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles, I realized these had to be in the baskets. 100%. Never been more sure of anything in MY LIFE. They’re that good.

When I was tinkering around with this recipe, I could not believe how EASY these were to make. They take some time to mix together (so I recommend digging in with your hands which makes it infinitely easier) and they take some time to chill and firm up, but once they’re dunked in rich chocolate and chopped hazelnuts, you’ll realize they’re more than worth the wait!

The base of the truffles are crushed hazelnut wafer cookies. I actually found some at Trader Joe’s – they’re a crisp wafer-like cookie flavored with chocolate and hazelnut, but I believe they’re seasonal. If you cannot find hazelnut wafer cookies, feel free to use graham cracker crumbs – chocolate or regular. Not only do the crushed cookies provide the base of the truffle, but they give that great texture, too.

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! And of course, you cannot make homemade Ferrero Rocher without hazelnuts! This recipe uses a whopping 4 cups (!!) of hazelnuts – three cups in the actual truffle, and one cup finely chopped for the outer coating so it looks authentic. There’s so much hazelnut flavor happening in these bad boys!

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! Lastly, there’s nothing with hazelnuts more famous than Nutella, so the Nutella is the “glue” that keeps these truffles together. And there’s quite a bit of Nutella in here, so the flavor is outstanding!

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! To gift these, place a truffle in a miniature cupcake liner and place them all in a gift box for a pretty presentation!

Or just become my neighbor and wait for me to deliver goodies to your front door. 🙂

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness!

Easy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles
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Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 38-40
 
These Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles are SO easy and utterly divine! No one will guess how simple they are to whip together, and they make for amazing holiday gifts!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups finely crushed hazelnut wafer cookies (if you cannot find these, simply substitute with 3 cups finely crushed chocolate or honey graham cracker crumbs)
  • 3 cups finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 & ¾ cups Nutella (about 1 & ½ (13 oz) jars)
  • FOR COATING:
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg chocolate candy coating or almond bark
  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the hazelnut cookie crumbs, finely chopped hazelnuts, and the Nutella. Using a spoon or your hands, stir the mixture together until completely moistened and sticky, making sure you grab the dry bits that tend to collect in the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Using a Tablespoon-size cookie dough scoop, scoop out truffles and roll gently into balls. Place on the baking sheet about ½" apart. Repeat with remaining truffles. Once all truffles are formed, freeze the truffles for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Once truffles have firmed up, melt the candy coating according to package directions or until smooth. Stir in the chopped hazelnuts. Using a fork, lower each truffle one at a time into the chocolate candy coating and coat completely. Use the fork to lift the truffle out of the chocolate mixture and tap excess chocolate off. Return the truffles to the baking sheet and let chocolate set before serving.

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! Crunchy and chocolaty with a wonderful toasted nuttiness, these truffles are so easy and super impressive, too!

These EASY Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles taste even BETTER than the real thing! Only a handful of ingredients, they come together pretty quickly and make a huge batch - great for gift-giving! Super chocolaty, nutty deliciousness! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Even if you’ve never been to the South, you have GOT to try this recipe for my Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines! A cross between cookies and candy, this unique, melt-in-your-mouth treat is studded with pecans with a wonderful buttery flavor. Totally irresistible!

I have only been to the South a couple of times, but each time I have gone, I have actively sought out pecan pralines. They are by far one of my FAVORITE desserts in both flavor profile and just as-is.

However, I have only found Southern pecan pralines at the Atlanta airport, of all places. So you bet your booty I bought ALL OF THE PRALINES to take home and share with my California born-and-bred family. However, there was a small issue: I ate all the pralines on the plane.

Oops.

They truly are unlike anything I’ve ever had here in California. A cross between a buttery cookie and a melt-in-your-mouth candy, they’re totally unique and have an amazing butter and brown sugar flavor. Inside there are pockets of crunchy, salty pecans for an amazing toasted, nutty flavor.

And if you’re like me, you’ll instantly fall in LOVE with these delicious creations!

Pralines can be finicky little devils, but I think I have mastered this into an easy, nearly foolproof recipe. Some of the issues people have is that the pralines never set up, or they spread too much. But I have tips that will ensure your pralines come out perfectly round and utterly amazing each and every time with my tested recipe!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! To make these baddies, simply bring together some pecans, granulated white sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt together and boil it until a candy thermometer reads between 235° – 240° degrees F.

Then, once the mixture hits the sweet temperature spot, beat the daylights out of it with a wooden spoon until it thickens and gets almost cloudy-looking. This will ensure the candy is firm enough to set up properly.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! And to make those perfectly round morsels of heaven? Simply spoon the hot candy (be careful!) into cupcake liners and let cool completely. Once they’re cooled and set, simply peel back the cupcake liners and you have evenly round little pralines!

And oh my gosh, they’ll be impossible to resist!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines
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Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 16-20
 
These Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines are a unique cross between cookies and candy! Flavored with butter, sugar, vanilla and toasted pecans, they're a melt-in-your-mouth candy you HAVE to try.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups pecan halves or chopped pecans
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Line 2 cupcake tins with about 16-20 paper liners. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the pecan halves, sugars, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stick in a candy thermometer and stir constantly while boiling until temperature reaches 235° to 240° degrees F, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and working quickly and CAREFULLY, beat the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens and almost turns cloudy and opaque in color, about 2-5 minutes.
  3. Working fast, use a spoon or cookie dough scoop to portion the hot candy into each muffin tin, covering the bottom of the muffin cup. You should get about 16-20 candies, depending on how much you fill each cupcake tin. Cool the candy COMPLETELY. Candy is ready once it's reached room temperature and is firm and solid. Peel away cupcake liners before serving.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Buttery, toasty candies filled with crunchy pecans, brown sugar, and aromatic vanilla. There’s so much to love about these pecan pralines!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Best Ever Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving!These truly are the BEST EVER Buckeye Truffles! All of my friends and neighbors raved over these bite-size morsels of deliciousness and dubbed them “to die for!”

I have to admit, I really enjoyed these truffles.

So much so that I got rid of them all after taking my first bite because I knew eating them would be a downward slippery slope. Actually, less slippery slope, more like complete drop. They are that good.

And normally I’m not a huge chocolate + peanut butter fan. I know, I know – it’s borderline blasphemous, but I can’t help it. Sometimes chocolate and PB treats are a little too… overwhelming, maybe? But these hit the spot perfectly without being too sweet or too much for me… yet they are perfect for serious PB lovers, all of whom raved over them.

I don’t know much about the Buckeye story, only because I’m not an Ohioan nor have I been to Ohio to experience the buckeye craze. But I think it has something to do with college football, and somehow peanut butter is involved? I have no idea, but I *do* know that these little truffles are addictive and so easy to make!

In fact, I am officially putting them into my Christmas baking gift-baskets this year because they make a huge batch, are easily doubled or tripled or even halved, and everyone who tried one just had nothing but adoring things to say about them. I love a good, easy recipe this time of year when holiday baking is in full swing, and these are it!

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving!Basically, you just beat the living daylights out of some peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla until creamy and smooth. Then add in some heaping cups of confectioners’ sugar until the mixture comes together and is kind of crumbly, like wet sand.

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving!Roll them into little bite-size balls and freeze them for a hot minute so they’re easier to dip in the warm, gooey melted chocolate. Once they’re dipped, return them to the baking sheet and let the chocolate set… then you’re ready to dig in!

Creamy, sweet, a little salty, EASY, melt-in-your-mouth Buckeye Truffles. There’s truly nothing better!

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Best Ever Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles
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Recipe type: Candy
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Serves: 30-35
 
These Buckeye Truffles are the BEST I've tried! Creamy, sinfully smooth, rich and sweet, they make a huge batch and are so simple!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups creamy smooth peanut butter (such as Jif or Skippy)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • One 16-oz pkg chocolate candy coating/almond bark (such as CandiQuik)
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer until combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the confectioners' sugar, beating well after each addition until mixture becomes more like wet sand and holds together easily.
  2. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out Tablespoon-size balls of the peanut butter mixture and roll in your hand to smooth out. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining truffles. Freeze until firm to the touch, about 30 minutes.
  3. Once truffles are firm, melt the candy coating according to package directions, or until smooth and melted. Use a toothpick to spear the truffle and dip the bottom and sides of the truffle into the chocolate mixture halfway, keeping the top of the truffle exposed. Gently return to the baking sheet and remove the toothpick, using your fingertip to gently smooth out the hole the toothpick left. Repeat with remaining truffles.
  4. Allow chocolate to set before serving. Can be easily doubled, tripled, or even halved.

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving!Buttery, creamy, soft and almost gooey truffles flavored with sweet-and-salty peanut butter and rich milk chocolate. Yum!

Everyone will go CRAZY for these BEST-EVER Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles! They're the easiest candy to make with only a few simple ingredients, but they taste AMAZING. Creamy, buttery, soft and almost gooey with a smooth chocolate outer shell. Perfect for anytime but especially gift-giving! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are what minty dreams are made of! Buttery, tender sugar cookies flavored with peppermint crunch candies, a drizzling of white chocolate, and crushed candy canes. Delightful!

So as you know, a lot of tragedy has struck the United States and the rest of the world as of late. Hurricanes, earthquakes, typhoons, and wildfires, to name a few. It’s just so horrible.

Even though my state (California) seems to catch fire every summer, this year was particularly tragic as it directly affected someone I know: my former boss and coworker, Vanessa.

Vanessa lived in Santa Rosa, a part of the Bay Area near Napa that was directly hit with raging wildfires. Her neighborhood, community, and home were completely destroyed in the blaze, leaving nothing but rubble and the eerie sight of brick fireplaces standing like soldiers among the debris.

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the gravity of these natural disasters if you aren’t directly linked to someone (or are someone) who has lost everything. It just seems like a far-away tragic event that you have no real connection with; I get it. We donate our time and money if we can spare it, and we send our thoughts and prayers.

But knowing my sweet, bubbly former co-worker’s house was completely obliterated kills me. I figured there had to be something I could do to brighten her day a little more, even if I couldn’t afford to donate financially. So when my friend Bridget and Imperial Sugar teamed up with their #GiveAFriendACookie campaign and asked me to be a part of it, I jumped at the chance.

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!The idea is simple: Give a friend a cookie. It could be someone you know whose lives were touched by these tragedies, first responders in the heart of the disaster, or a pal who may have a link to someone directly affected. It’s just one small way we can tell those affected that we love them, we’re thinking about them, and we are here for them during this excruciatingly difficult time in their lives.

Vanessa and I used to work at a frozen yogurt shop and her favorite yogurt flavor was always mint! Homegirl is obsessed with mint and would put all the mint in her cup: crushed mint cookies, mint chips, and chocolate. So I knew that I had to make something minty for the queen of mint herself, and these cookies are the perfect craving-crusher for any mint lover!

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!The base is a buttery, super tender sugar cookie with almost a soft shortbread-like texture. I tossed in almost an entire bag of Andes Peppermint Chips which add great crunch and amazing flavor. Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I drizzled the tops with melted white chocolate and sprinkled on some crushed candy canes to really drive that mint flavor home… and because candy canes are so pretty and festive!

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!The result is a supremely soft and buttery peppermint cookie with a hint of addictive crunch everyone will love… including most of all, my sweet coworker Vanessa.

This holiday season, please join Imperial Sugar and I by sharing a cookie recipe with a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor who may be affected by these tragedies, and be sure to use the hashtag #GiveAFriendACookie!

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for any mint lover! Buttery, tender sugar cookies bursting with crunchy mint candies and crushed candy canes. The drizzle of white chocolate sends these cookies over the top!
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (such as Imperial Sugar)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (such as Imperial Sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups Andes peppermint chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup crushed candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, about 1 minute. Slowly beat in the oil, sugars, and extracts until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low-speed until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the peppermint chips until combined. Cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Chilling is MANDATORY.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 1-2" apart. Bake for approximately 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool completely on the baking sheets.
  3. Once cookies are cooled, melt the white chocolate chips and heavy cream together in a small bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir, then heat for another 10 seconds until melted and smooth. Drizzle evenly over the cookies and immediately top with crushed candy cane sprinkles.

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness!I love the texture of these cookies: light, fluffy and so tender, and the buttery, pepperminty flavor is awesome, too!

These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays! Buttery, soft, tender sugar cookies flavored with crunchy peppermint chips, creamy white chocolate, and candy cane sprinkles! Crunchy, fluffy, minty goodness! Hop on over to these blogs to see their posts for the #GiveAFriendACookie campaign!

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For nearly 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been helping people communicate thanks, appreciation, love, and sympathy through home-baked treats. At the heart of baking for others is the very act of giving, and Imperial Sugar encourages everyone to bake and share, both in times of celebration and in times of crisis. Together we can make someone’s day just a little bit sweeter. If you are looking for cookie inspiration, visit the Imperial Sugar website for 350+ time-tested cookie recipes.

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was asked by Imperial Sugar to participate in this program. Sugar was provided for me in exchange for a cookie post. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive! 

The BEST EVER Polar Bear Paws (See’s Candy Copycat)

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! Just like the candy served at the famed See’s Candy shop, these Polar Bear Paws are highly addictive, super delicious, and SO easy to make! Crunchy, salty peanuts enrobed in buttery caramel and coated in white chocolate. A perfect holiday treat!

When I was in high school, the cool place to hang out with my friends was the mall.

Keep in mind, this mall sucked then and it continues to suck to this day. It’s called Sunrise Mall, and it has maybe 20 real stores, and the rest are closed down or like, “Ray’s Shirts” or whatever. But back then, it was a little bit better, with a cool Hot Topic, a Sam Goody, and a cheap movie theater for me to make out with my boyfriends. Hey, don’t judge! You were once 16, too.

I would always go with my BFF, Katrina, and we’d spend hours walking around the perimeter of the mall, like mall walkers but cooler, obvi. We’d get ourselves Orange Julius drinks and get a major sugar high, then when we felt ourselves crashing, we’d always crawl into See’s Candies to get a free square of fudge. However, I always dug around for a couple quarters so I could buy myself a highly coveted Polar Bear Paw.

Once I had a taste of this magical invention, I was hooked. However, I generally try to avoid See’s Candy now only because I’m older and don’t have the same metabolism as I did when I was a teen. Also, the See’s Candy at the new mall in town is ALWAYS packed and your girl ain’t about waiting around for fudge when I could make my own!

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! So with the holidays creeping up, I figured these would be the perfect treat for me to copycat and recreate so we can all enjoy the deliciousness! Not only are these SO SIMPLE (seriously – a few ingredients!), they can be made start to finish in like 30 minutes. No joke! And of course, they’re no-bake which is a HUGE timesaver during the bustling holidays.

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! Crunchy, slightly salted peanuts are coated in buttery caramel, then the whole shebang is enrobed in sweet white chocolate. Of course, you could probably make these “black bear paws” and coat them in chocolate if white chocolate ain’t your thang, but I prefer white chocolate + caramel the most!

For the holidays, consider these bad boys for gift-giving… or for hoarding yourself.

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving!

The BEST EVER Polar Bear Paws (See's Candy Copycat)
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These Polar Bear Paws taste just like the candy at See's Candies but BETTER. Only a few simple ingredients needed to create this EASY candy recipe, perfect for the holiday season!
Ingredients
  • One 11-oz bag Kraft caramel bits (or caramel squares, unwrapped if using)
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ¼ cups unsalted peanuts
  • One 16 oz pkg vanilla/white chocolate CandiQuik or similar white candy coating
Instructions
  1. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel bits (or squares if using), the heavy whipping cream, and the butter. Microwave for about 90 seconds, stopping to stir the mixture every 30 seconds. The first two times you stir the mixture, it will be kind of hard to stir, but you just want the mixture to move around some so it doesn't burn. Mixture will be smooth, glossy and melted around the 90 second mark. Stir in the vanilla, and then pour in the peanuts and let set for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop heaping Tablespoonful mounds of the caramel peanut mixture scattered about on the baking sheet, keeping them somewhat spaced out so they don't all seep together. Once the little caramel nut puddles are made, freeze the baking sheet until the caramel mounds are solid, about 5-10 minutes. They should easily peel away from the parchment when solid enough to handle.
  3. Prepare the vanilla CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Dunk each caramel nut mound into the white candy coating, using a fork to coat all sides. Return the coated polar bear paw to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining paws. Wait until chocolate hardens (should be quick on contact with the cold mixture) before serving.

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! Easy, addictive, delicious candy great for the holidays! Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

These POLAR BEAR PAWS taste even BETTER than the ones at See's Candy! Buttery caramel and crunchy, slightly salty peanuts are enrobed in sweet white chocolate for an addictive candy made start to finish in about 30 minutes! So easy and great for gift-giving! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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!

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Princess Cruises on a series of posts based on my experience on their Ruby Princess Alaskan cruise. I have been compensated, but all of the opinions and photos are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive!

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

For more information about Princess Cruises, be sure to visit their website for info about booking a cruise, excursions, dining options, and more!

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