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

Perfect & Easy Tiramisu

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing. Tiramisu fans will fall in love with this simply perfect recipe! A few easy swaps makes it more approachable and easy to make any time of year with products that are easy to find.

I am a tiramisu NUT.

I really don’t know where this obsession started, because I have only recently hopped on the bandwagon. I certainly never had it growing up, but once I tried it, I was hooked. It’s easily one of top 3 favorite desserts and I order it whenever I see it on the menu.

But for some reason, I am not a huge mascarpone cheese fan. I tried to like it but it’s just not my jam, so in this recipe, I switched things up by using cream cheese. Cream cheese is an easy swap-out for mascarpone without sacrificing the hint of tang, the creaminess, or the amazing fluffy texture.

Usually for tiramisu, I like using Twinkies instead of ladyfingers because they’re easier to find and so similar, anyway, but I wanted this to be more authentic.

Plus, once I realized Whole Foods carries ladyfingers for cheap (on the cookie and cracker aisle!), the rest was history. Authentic tiramisu whenever I want, YES!

This recipe starts out like most tiramisu recipes but with little twists along the way. First, dunk your ladyfingers into a mixture of cooled, brewed coffee and a splash of Kahlua. Some people use brandy or Marsala wine, but I had Kahlua on hand and I liked that it played up the coffee flavor. Once your ladyfingers are dunked, line them up in the pan like little soldiers and top them with the cream cheese mixture.

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing. The cream cheese mixture is just cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and whipped cream mixed together to form one heavenly cloud of luscious deliciousness. Spread that over the soaked ladyfingers, then repeat the layers.

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing. Finish with a heavy dusting of cocoa powder on top and – this is the hard part – let it set in the fridge for a few hours. You’ll be glad you did, because it really allows the flavors to merry together. (Is it ‘merry’ or ‘marry’? Who knows/cares because I have tiramisu).

Anyway, get your forks out because I guarantee once you make this bad boy, you won’t want to share!

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing.

Perfect & Easy Tiramisu
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Recipe type: No Bake
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Serves: 9
 
This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is life-changing! A few simple swaps and easily accessible ingredients make it a real winner without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Ingredients
  • 24-28 ladyfinger cookies (I found mine at Whole Foods!)
  • ⅔ cup brewed & cooled black coffee
  • ¼ cup Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • One (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped cream (freshly made with 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped until stiff peaks form OR one tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed)
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line a square 8x8" or 9x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the brewed coffee and Kahlua. Dunk each ladyfinger, one at a time, into the coffee mixture and line the cookies up in the bottom of the pan - you should have 2 rows of ladyfingers with about 6 ladyfingers in each row. Break up any ladyfingers to fit if needed.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the whipped cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until fluffy and combined, about 1 minute. Fold in the whipped cream or Cool Whip gently. Spread half of this mixture over the ladyfingers.
  4. Repeat with dunking the remaining ladyfingers, lining them up, and spreading the remaining whipped cream mixture over top. Dust liberally with cocoa powder. Cover loosely and refrigerate until set, about 2-4 hours.

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing. This tiramisu is so flavorful, chocolaty and luscious with a fluffy whipped cream cheese filling and Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies.

This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is exactly as the name suggests: SO SIMPLE. Layers of Kahlua-soaked ladyfinger cookies with a whipped cream cheese mixture and lots of cocoa powder! So simple and amazing. Have a super sweet day!

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 Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!If you’re on the hunt for a soft & chewy cookie with crisp outer edges, a hearty, oaty interior and lots of gooey chocolate, these Best-Ever Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are for you! They are my new favorite.

Did anyone else watch The Bachelorette finale last night?

Peter, are you here? Come home to me, Peter. You may be a personal trainer, but I can personally train you to love me.

ABC, I know you’re listening.

But really, between all the Hollywood break-ups and Rachel choosing Bryan, I really don’t know what to expect anymore? Yes, I know it’s reality TV and Hollywood gossip and it rots my brain and blah blah blah. But sometimes I get lost in the moment and really want these people, be it celebrities or reality TV stars, to be truly happy and find true love, too. Isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day?

Besides Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course.

These cookies are totally amazing and I am SO SHOCKED I have not shared this recipe on my blog before! I make these frequently, often swapping out the chocolate for butterscotch chips because I grew up scarfing down oatmeal scotchies like it was my job. These bad boys are versatile and the mix-ins are literally limited to your imagination.

The best part about these cookies is their amazing texture. The cookies are made with a higher oats-to-flour ratio, giving them that hearty, oaty bite and true oatmeal flavor. You know how some oatmeal cookies have like, 1/2 cup of oats in the whole batch and taste like chocolate chip cookies with a single oat baked inside? Not these!

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!The cookie texture is chewy, with soft middles and crisp outer edges, so everyone’s cookie preference is literally in one cookie! I also wanted to add more brown sugar than granulated sugar which gives the cookies that awesome soft and chewiness.

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!For flavor, these cookies are loaded with vanilla, oats, a dash of cinnamon, and chocolate chips… but also: molasses! The molasses isn’t required, but it does add a phenomenal depth to the brown sugary base of the cookies. *Instead of using molasses, you can always use dark brown sugar which is made with more molasses than light brown sugar.* For a different flavor, you can also substitute the molasses with maple syrup!

But whatever you do, make these dang cookies because they are life-changing!

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!

The Best Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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These are the BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies I've EVER had! Chewy and soft with crisp outer edges and loaded with gooey puddles of chocolate!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 & ¼ cups brown sugar (I used light, but you may use dark brown sugar for richer flavor)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp molasses (optional, but I love the depth of flavor it imparts. You may substitute with maple syrup or omit completely)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon (depending on your preference)
  • 2 & ¾ cups old-fashioned whole oats (not instant oatmeal)
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl while using a handheld electric mixer, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the molasses and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ground cinnamon until just barely combined. Beat in the whole oats, and hand-stir in the chocolate chunks.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, up to 1 hour. If you refrigerate the dough longer, bring it back to room temperature (or close to room temperature) before baking as the dough will get quite hard.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Drop heaping & rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the cookie sheet, spacing about 2" apart. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Cookies may appear slightly underdone; this is okay as they will continue to set up as they cool on the baking sheets. Cool on the baking sheets for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious!Buttery, hearty oatmeal cookies with fudgy, gooey puddles of chocolate in every bite! I love these guys!

These are the BEST EVER Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft and chewy with crisp outer edges, they're loaded with hearty oats and gooey puddles of rich chocolate. Easy to make, makes a ton, and so ridiculously delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake combines the Pinterest-favorite dessert into a layer cake filled with cookie dough! Irresistible, utterly decadent, and super delicious!

So yesterday, yours truly was on the Hallmark Channel’s show, Home & Family… did you catch it?

I wore a bomb pop-printed dress and made a cobbler pie from my latest cookbook, Two in One Desserts, and I got to meet Dean Cain, Donna Mills, and Fabio Viviani (as well as Mark and Debbie, the gracious and so-sweet hosts of H&F).

I had flown down to Los Angeles last Thursday and went on the Universal Studios backlot on Friday to film. It was so amazing being on the backlot where they film TV shows and movies. The Home and Family set is sandwiched between an old, abandoned western movie set with ramshackle saloons and buildings. And once I met my producer, she took me to my own private trailer. 

WHAT!?!

It even had a private bathroom! And a mini-fridge stocked with Diet Coke! And air conditioning! And I didn’t have to share it with Dean Cain or Donna Mills or Fabio or anyone else! Is this what celebrity is like? If so, I’m enjoying the celeb life so far.

Anyway, when I was a kid I used to dream about writing novels… but I also dreamed about being on TV and how cool it would be. And you guys, it’s pretty freakin’ cool! Live TV seems scary but I think I have it down by now, and I love knowing that my readers are watching at home and cheering me on – that makes it a lot less scary 🙂 And now I’m going to be on a local TV show today, and I’m up to my eyeballs in treats but thankful for the opportunity to spread The Domestic Rebel word!

And today, I’m spreading the word about this Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake. You’ve heard of slutty brownies, right? Now before you come wagging your finger at me and scold me about slut-shaming chocolate desserts, I did not come up with the name. Slutty Brownies are basically brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos mixed together into one outrageous bar, but I took it one step further, natch.

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! This cake consists of two fudge brownie “cake” layers sandwiched around chocolate chip and Oreo cookie dough, covered in chocolate ganache and topped sky-high with chopped brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreo cookies. And I know out there in the Internet land someone will come on this page, comment “too sweet” and I will roll my eyes so fast and so hard that they will fall out of my head and run away somewhere tropical where they don’t have to read people’s inane comments about things being “too sweet” on a dessert blog.

ANYWAY. I digress.

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! This cake is insanity, and if you have a high chocolate threshold, I highly recommend it! But if you find even chewing gum to be too saccharine, you may want to, uh, go find a saltine cracker or a Band-Aid to chew on instead and leave this cake to the pros.

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! WHO’S READY?

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS!

Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake
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This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake combines a Pinterest favorite - slutty brownies - into a unique and unexpected layer cake!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE "CAKE" LAYERS:
  • 2 boxes fudge brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of boxes
  • FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH FILLING:
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (if you're worried about using raw flour, heat-treat the flour or use a flour substitution, such as almond flour, oat flour, or coconut flour)
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature chocolate chips
  • 12 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
  • FOR THE GANACHE:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • Additional baked fudge brownies (I used brownie bites from the grocery store), chocolate chip cookies, and Oreo cookies, all roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 9" springform pans with cooking spray and place a parchment round in the bottom of each pan. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In two large bowls, prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Pour the brownie batters into the prepared pans. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely, then gently release from the pans. Place one brownie layer upside down on a cake platter.
  3. To make the cookie dough filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium speed for about 1 minute or until creamy. Beat in the vanilla and heavy whipping cream/milk, followed by the flour or flour substitute, until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips and Oreo cookie pieces.
  4. Spread the cookie dough on top of the brownie layer in an even layer. Filling layer will be thick. Top with the remaining brownie layer and press down gently to adhere.
  5. For the ganache, microwave the heavy whipping cream for 30-35 seconds or until hot. Pour over the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a medium bowl and microwave that mixture for 10-20 seconds. Leave in the microwave for about 1 minute to allow chocolate chips to melt. Stir the mixture until smooth and glossy, then pour the ganache evenly over the top of the top brownie layer and down the sides of the cake.
  6. Immediately put handfuls of chopped brownies, chocolate chip cookies and Oreo cookies all over the ganache's surface. Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge up to 2 days.

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! Utter insanity… but utterly delicious.

This Slutty Brownie Cookie Dough Cake takes the Pinterest favorite to a whole new level! Two fudge brownie "cake" layers sandwiched around egg-free chocolate chip Oreo cookie dough, topped with smooth chocolate ganache and bite-size morsels of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Oreos! So decadent, impressive, and OUTRAGEOUS! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn! Remember Cosmic Brownies growing up? Now they’ve had a delicious update in this No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream! This recipe couldn’t be easier to make… and couldn’t be tastier to eat!

Lately, Sacramento’s weather has been strange. A week or two ago, it was raining and cold... which, if it were up to me, would be Sacramento’s weather year-round. I wore a sweater and cuddled under a blanket… in June.

Now it’s the complete opposite – a major heat-wave that’s striking us in our swimwear. It’s been so hot that the pool water was like hot bath water. So not fun!

So I’ve been hunkered down inside where there’s plenty of cold A/C and lots of ice cream. Can you blame me when it’s 109 out there?

Since Sacramento’s weather can best be described as Dante’s seventh level of Hell, I’ve been trying to stockpile my freezer with tons of ice cream options. Like my mood, my ice cream tastes fluctuate and I want to have options, people! So I set out to create a fabulous one with my favorite childhood treat, Cosmic Brownies.

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn! If you don’t know them, Cosmic Brownies are Little Debbie’s answer to frosted brownies. They’re super dense and fudgy and topped with irresistible little candy-coated sprinkles for a little crunch, and they were the inspiration for this No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Ice Cream! 

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn! This no-churn ice cream is made without an ice cream maker which is a life-saver for people who don’t have one… or whose ice cream maker has been lost to the depths of your garage among other once-loved appliances and embarrassing yearbook photos. All you need for this no-churn ice cream is a mixer – either hand-held or a stand mixer – to whip the heavy cream. Then the rest is a little elbow grease and lots of tasty treats!

The result is a super creamy, marshmallow & vanilla flavored ice cream base studded with chunks of Cosmic Brownies and lots of little candy-coated sprinkles swirled throughout. AKA, a blast from your childhood past with a modern update that’s fitting for the hotter weather.

Enjoy!

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn!

No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream
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This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Ice Cream is so refreshing on a hot day! A marshmallow and vanilla-flavored creamy base studded with chunks of fudgy Cosmic Brownies and a "constellation" of candy-coated sprinkles!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • One (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup marshmallow sundae topping or marshmallow fluff
  • 1 box Cosmic Brownies, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • ⅔ cup candy-coated chocolate sprinkles (or you may substitute regular sprinkles)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar together on medium-high speed for about 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and marshmallow sauce or fluff and fold together until combined.
  2. Toss in the chopped brownie pieces and the candy-coated sprinkles and gently fold to combine. Pour the mixture into a resealable plastic or glass food storage container and freeze for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn! Creamy, sweet, with that gooey marshmallow flavor and fudgy brownie pieces… this ice cream is my new fave!

This No-Churn Cosmic Brownie Marshmallow Ice Cream is so fun and EASY! A vanilla and marshmallow fluff base is studded with fudgy Cosmic Brownie pieces and candy-coated sprinkles. Perfect for parties, hot summer days, and more and it's entirely no-churn! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Flan is such an underrated dessert! Most people may be intimidated by this Mexican classic, but not anymore! This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines moist, rich chocolate cake and a light and sweet scratch-made flan on top!

I am so excited to be bringing you this recipe today!

Okay, so confession time: I’ve only had flan twice in my life, because generally speaking, I have a thing with texture. The first flan I experienced was only so-so, which gave it a bad rap in my eyes.

The second flan was at Red Iguana in Salt Lake City, Utah and it was INCREDIBLE. My friend Kalyn ordered a round of flan for the table and while at first I declined (from my prior not-so-fab-flan experience), a friend let me try a bite of hers and I was hooked. It was so delicious.

Ever since trying their heavenly, light-as-a-feather flan, I have been having flan thoughts on my mind. So this cake was a no brainer.

So, if you were like me and were once scorned by flan, give this a try and I promise you’ll be singing its praises in no time.

For everyone else: hi. I made you a Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! It’s perfect for those times when you can’t decide if you want rich, moist chocolate cake, or caramel-soaked vanilla flan. WHY NOT BOTH? I’m basically a magician, and any day, Vegas will be calling me for my own cooking show at the Hard Rock Hotel. I’M WAITING, VEGAS.

The cool thing about this cake is that it does something magical in the oven… by completely flipping the script – literally – going upside down. An acrobatic cake? Well, it is 2017 – what did you expect cakes to do in this new age?

After greasing the pan and pouring in your caramel sauce, you’ll make your chocolate cake batter and spread it all over the caramel sauce layer in the bottom of the Bundt pan (which, would be the top of the pan once flipped). Then you pour your flan liquid all over the chocolate cake layer, so the flan is on the bottom of the pan when flipped. Still with me? Good.

The cake bakes in a water bath which helps contribute to the flan’s silky-smooth texture. And during this baking process, the cake will float to the top of the pan (so, the bottom of the pan once flipped) and the flan will sink to the bottom of the pan (AKA, the top when flipped). PHEW. You with me?

So basically, when you bake and cool the flan and flip it out of the Bundt pan, it’ll look like this in all its mighty glory. Caramel, flan, chocolate cake. IT’S MAGIC.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Two things that make this magical Flan Cake extra special? Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract and Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa. As their newest brand ambassador, I am thrilled to use Rodelle’s products because I love them so much! The flavor is superior, the quality is unprecedented, and the company’s values are awesome. Win, win, win!

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! The flan gets its impeccable flavor from Rodelle’s Pure Vanilla Extract, which imparts such a wonderful, pure, unadulterated vanilla flavor to the dessert. And the Gourmet Baking Cocoa offers such a complex richness since it’s a European Dutch Process cocoa.

Am I making you hungry yet?

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! *cake adapted from Cook’s Country

Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake
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Serves: 12-16
 
This Chocolate Flan Cake is an impressive dessert, boasting a rich chocolate cake bottom and a fluffy, silky-smooth vanilla flan on top!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup caramel sauce or ice cream topping
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa or other cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FOR THE FLAN:
  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 & ½ cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Pour the caramel sauce in the bottom of the Bundt pan evenly. Set aside briefly.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until blended. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe medium-size bowl, heat the chopped chocolate bar and butter together on HIGH power for 30 seconds. Stir, then heat again for another 30 seconds or until melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk the sugar into the melted chocolate mixture, and pour the melted chocolate mixture into the stand mixer bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat slowly, then stream in the whole milk. Beat until combined, followed by adding the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Pour the chocolate cake batter into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  4. In a large blender, add the flan ingredients and process for 1 minute or until thin and combined. Pour the flan mixture evenly over the chocolate cake batter in the pan; the pan will be very full. Carefully transfer the Bundt pan to a larger roasting pan and nestle it inside. Pour hot water into the roasting pan until it hits about halfway up the Bundt pan.
  5. Bake for approx. 75-90 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the cake and through the flan comes out clean. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at LEAST 8 hours, preferably overnight. This is MANDATORY.
  6. Just before serving, put the Bundt pan back into the roasting pan and add about 1-2 inches of hot tap water. Let sit in the water for about 1-2 minutes. Take a platter or cake stand and flip it upside down on top of the Bundt pan. Working quickly and carefully, invert the Bundt pan onto the cake stand/platter (whichever you're using) and let set for a second so all the caramel drips onto the flan cake. Remove the Bundt pan.
  7. Serve while cold and store leftovers covered in the fridge. Spoon any extra caramel in the Bundt pan over the top of the flan.

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! This Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake would be excellent for a summer potluck or BBQ! The cold, smooth flan atop the moist and fluffy chocolate cake would be extra delish with a scoop of ice cream served with it!

For more information on Rodelle, be sure to visit their website, and check the #madewithrodelle hashtag on social media accounts to get tips, recipes, and more!

This Easy Homemade Chocolate Flan Cake combines flan and cake into one unique dessert mashup! A rich, moist chocolate cake bottom with a silky smooth, vanilla custard-like flan topping smothered with caramel sauce. A perfect, impressive dessert for any time! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the newest brand ambassador for Rodelle. All opinions are 100% my own and I was compensated for this post. Thank you to the brands that help keep my website afloat! 

German Chocolate Cookie Cups

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are petite in size but mighty in flavor! Chocolate chip cookie cups are filled to the brim with homemade coconut pecan frosting with a drizzle of chocolate on top. Divine!

 

So it’s only been in recent times that I’ve tried and liked German Chocolate flavors.

It started when I was in a college class called “Food & Culture” which basically consisted of us learning about different cultures by trying said cultures’ food. So basically, if you were doing your assignment on China and didn’t bring Chinese food, you’d fail. Otherwise, you literally sat around eating different foods from different cultures and got an A+.

I loved college.

I represented Germany because – not to brag or anything – but I’m like, 1/8th German and wanted to ~connect to my roots~ or whatever. So basically I talked about German food, brought in braunschweiger (liver pate that my grandma used to feed me on saltine crackers) and… German chocolate cake.

… which is NOT German at all. Sigh.

But I got an A, so who really cares? But before I can finish, let me publicly apologize to the country of Germany by saying, I’m sorry I misrepresented your country with the wrong cake. I’ll do better. xo, Hayley

However, that fateful day launched my love affair with German chocolate cake, and I think I know why: it’s that FROSTING. That glorious, gooey coconut pecan frosting that tops the cake and makes me weak in the knees. That frosting is what was the basis for these German Chocolate Cookie Cups!

Originally, I wanted to make a chocolate cookie cup, but mine turned out dry and crumbly which is a no bueno anytime you are dealing with desserts. After brainstorming, I figured chocolate chip cookie dough would work just as well because it has chocolate, and because cookies topped with frosting are life-changing. So chocolate chip cookies it was!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! The frosting is homemade because really, there’s no substitutions. If you wanted you could use the canned version – I won’t judge – but the homemade kind is just lightyears ahead in the flavor department. Whatever’s your prerogative, baby.

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! Once the cookie cups bake up nice and cup-like, drop in some of that gooey, fabulous frosting. I finished my cookie cups with a pecan halve and a drizzle of chocolate because, duh.

Get yourself educated in these flavorful little dudes!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent!

German Chocolate Cookie Cups
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Serves: 24
 
These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are so petite in size but mighty in flavor! The homemade coconut pecan frosting is out of this world!!
Ingredients
  • One (24-count) pkg refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • Additional pecan halves
  • Chocolate for drizzling (chocolate wafers melted, chocolate syrup drizzled, etc)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin pan with cooking spray. Place one cookie dough ball into each muffin cavity and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until the centers appear set and the edges are golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes, then using the handle of a wooden spoon, make small indentations in the middle of each cookie cup. Cool completely.
  2. While cookies cool, make your frosting. Combine the evaporated milk, granulated sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter, and vanilla extract over medium heat until the butter melts. Bring the mixture to a small boil and stir constantly for 10-12 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped pecans and coconut. Cool the frosting for about 30 minutes.
  3. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the frosting into and on top of each cookie cup. Press a pecan half on top and drizzle with melted chocolate.

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! That gooey, buttery frosting is just to-die for, and the crispy, chewy cookie cup is the perfect vessel to enjoy it on!

These German Chocolate Cookie Cups are crisp and chewy chocolate chip cookie cups filled & topped with a homemade buttery, gooey coconut pecan frosting and melted chocolate. So easy, perfect for a crowd and totally decadent! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley