Perfect Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! These Perfect Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the BEST I’ve tried! Perfectly crisp and crinkly on the outside with a soft, almost fudge-like interior. A Christmastime staple!

So, confession time: I never had crinkle cookies until I was an adult!

Clearly, my childhood had some severe issues.

There’s a local cookie shop and I’m lowkey obsessed with their cookies, specifically their old-fashioned sugar cookie. It’s damn good, people. But I never looked twice at their crackle cookie, which looks like a humble crinkle cookie. One, I’m not a huge chocolate person, and like I said, I am a huge fan of the old-fashioned sugar.

But my friend convinced me that I HAD to try the crinkle cookie. She said it was almost like a brownie on the inside with a crisp yet soft cookie on the outside. Intrigued, I tried one… and you guys. It’s my new fave!

Since my cookie addiction is not conducive with saving money, I figured I had to make my own cookie recipe that rivaled their version… and I did it!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the ULTIMATE crinkle cookie. Extra crinkly-ness, lots of fudgy goodness, and crisp outer edges with a soft and gooey middle. They are seriously like the cross between a fudge brownie and a cookie – perfect in every way!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! The best part is that these cookies couldn’t be easier to make, and they require ZERO chill time! (Score!) When fridges are full during the holidays, the last thing we need is a giant bowl of dough taking up time for hours to chill, right? All ya need to do is let the dough sit and relax for 10 minutes for it to firm up. That’s it! You can sacrifice 10 minutes for these; I promise they’re worth it!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! What makes these cookies extra chocolaty and rich? Rodelle’s Baking Cocoa. This cocoa is Dutch-processed for superior rich flavor, and it contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market, making it extra chocolaty!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! Combined with their Pure Vanilla Extract, which offers a rich, warm, aromatic flavor to all baked goods, it’s just perfect. As you know, I’m a Rodelle ambassador this year and I seriously love their products – the quality is impeccable, and you can truly taste the difference!

Now get to baking, because these cookies are begging to be tasted!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! *recipe slightly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

Perfect Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
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Serves: 20-24
 
These Crinkle Cookies are so PERFECT and truly the best I've tried! Supremely fudgy and gooey, they're like a cross between a brownie and a cookie!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • One (4 oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, roughly chopped
  • 1 & ½ cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder, optional but recommended
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Rodelle Baking Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners; set aside briefly.
  2. In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the butter and chopped chocolate bar. Microwave for 30 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth (you may need to microwave an additional 15-20 seconds). Cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and espresso powder with the paddle attachment until combined. Pour in the melted chocolate and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix on low speed until combined. Batter will be thick and sticky. Let set at room temperature undisturbed for 10 minutes until thickened.
  4. Place the confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough into the confectioners' sugar and roll the ball of dough around to fully coat. Place 1-2" apart on the baking sheets. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Cookies may appear slightly underdone in the center; this is okay as they will continue to set up as they cool. Cool completely on the baking sheets to set before serving.

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! Supremely fudgy, gooey and ULTRA chocolaty! You will LOVE these crinkle cookies!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! Be sure to check out Rodelle for more tips, recipes, info and more! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect in every way! Perfectly crackled tops with a crisp edge around the cookie and a fudgy, almost gooey brownie-like interior. So chocolaty! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Rodelle. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive! 

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

No-Bake Nutella Squares

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty! These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a fun, EASY dessert to try any time of year, and they taste just like the award-winning chocolate dessert on-board the Ruby Princess cruise ships!

So I’m having cruise-ship withdrawals.

Majorly.

And they now infiltrate my dreams. MY DREAMS! I lived in my last house for almost 10 years and I didn’t ever have dreams about that house – only my childhood home. But I was on-board the Ruby Princess ship in September for 1 week and I have a ship-related dream probably once a week.

On-board the Ruby Princess. No complaints, though! Because in my dreams, I’m blissfully unaware that I am currently not on the Ruby Princess. And my dreams are like, totally awesome: I’m always in the spa, in the dining room, or in the Crooner’s Bar on deck 7. Not bad dreams to have, am I right?

On-board the Ruby Princess ship.I had so many dreamy meals on my Alaskan cruise – from the butter-poached lobster at Curtis Stone’s SHARE restaurant, to the molten lava brownie cake at Crown Grill. But one of the best parts of the Princess Cruise was their collaboration with Norman Love, a master chocolatier who created many of the desserts on the ship. Each Norman Love-created dessert was marked with a small symbol called “Chocolate Journeys” and it was my mission to eat ALL of the Chocolate Journeys creations!

I talked about the Norman Love/Chocolate Journeys a bit in my Homemade Chocolate Sugar Scrub post (which is amazing – perfect for Christmas gifts!), and even mentioned this dessert there, too! In case you missed it, here it is in all its glory:

Chocolate Hazelnut Bar from the Michelangelo Dining Room on-board the Ruby Princess. It’s a chocolate hazelnut bar, and it was fantastic. Even this normally-meh Nutella person LOVED IT SO MUCH. It had a wafer-like crust with a scrumptious, lusciously smooth chocolate hazelnut filling that was light, airy and creamy, topped with a rich dark chocolate bar that was equal parts luxurious, decadent, and elegant.

My version is a cross between the chocolate hazelnut bar and this tiramisu-esque mini layer cake I also had in the Michelangelo dining room:

Chocolate Tiramisu Cake on-board the Ruby Princess cruise ship. And I fell in love!

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty! So I was determined to recreate this fab dish for you, my precious readers! If you can’t book yourself an Alaskan cruise just yet, this is the next best thing – trust me!

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty! To make it easier, my version has several layers of chocolate graham crackers, almost like an icebox cake – and is filled with Nutella mousse. I topped it off with some chocolate curls, but miniature chocolate chips would work just fine in a pinch! Lastly, I garnished each square with a couple of whole hazelnuts to make it pretty and to display the ingredients within the dish.

This show-stopping dessert will soon become a favorite until you can try the real deal on-board the Ruby Princess!

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty!

No-Bake Nutella Squares
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Serves: 9-12
 
These No-Bake Nutella Squares are amazingly decadent, no-bake slices of heaven! Layers of chocolate wafer crackers and Nutella mousse combine to create a luscious dessert everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • 15-18 chocolate graham crackers (how many you need depends on the size of your pan)
  • ½ cup chocolate milk or room-temperature coffee
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • One (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Chocolate curls or miniature chocolate chips, for garnish
  • Whole hazelnuts, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" square pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Dip the chocolate graham crackers quickly, working one at a time into the chocolate milk. Line them up side by side in the pan, breaking some of the crackers to fit. You should have one even layer. Set aside briefly.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, Nutella, and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined and fluffy, about 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until fully incorporated. Spoon ¼ of the Nutella mixture evenly over the graham crackers.
  4. Repeat layers twice more, for a total of three (3) layers. Spoon and spread the remaining Nutella mixture over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 4-6 hours. Just before cutting into squares, garnish with chocolate curls or miniature chocolate chips and whole hazelnuts.

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty! Intensely chocolaty with a luxuriously smooth mousse and lightly crisped cookie layers, these Nutella Squares are heaven on a plate!

These No-Bake Nutella Squares are a cross between tiramisu and icebox cake! Layers of chocolate-milk-soaked chocolate grahams in between creamy, decadent Nutella mousse. Easy, impressive and so chocolaty! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Princess Cruises as a brand ambassador. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive! 

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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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

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

Chocolate Sugar Scrub & A Chocoholics Guide to the Ruby Princess

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! This Homemade Chocolate Sugar Scrub is perfect for gift-giving to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, or yourself! Indulge in this rich and pampering sugar scrub which softens and nourishes skin and makes you smell AMAZING!

So as you know, back in September I took an Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises. We sailed on their GORGEOUS art deco-inspired Ruby Princess ship from Seattle to Juneau, AK; Skagway, AK; Ketchikan, AK; and Victoria, B.C. Canada. It was a week full of adventure, new experiences, and lots of chocolate.

Why chocolate? Because Princess teamed up with a master chocolatier named Norman Love, and it pretty much rocked my socks off.

Princess Cruises just launched their Chocolate Journeys, an industry-first premium chocolate experience which offers a variety of opportunities to taste inspired creations from chef Norman Love himself. From chocolate & wine tasting, chocolate cooking destinations, sampling the huge variety of chocolate desserts at various restaurants on-board, and of course: chocolate spa treatments. (!!!!) I’ll get to that in a sec 🙂

Once I found out about this Chocolate Journeys experience, I was determined to find as much of the stuff as possible. I was like a truffle pig, sniffing out the latest and greatest creations from Norman Love except with chocolate instead of truffles, obviously. And I did it in the name of journalism so I could relay exactly how to get the most chocolate out of your cruising experience with Princess!

The Ruby Princess has a restaurant from famed celebrity chef Curtis Stone called SHARE by Curtis Stone. After five incredible courses, our lovely waiter presented us with our dessert. Mine? A Dark Chocolate Cremeux: chocolate hazelnut custard with crispy mousse and a burnt vanilla ice cream. In a word, it was FABULOUS. I’m definitely going to try to recreate this!

Dark Chocolate Cremeux from SHARE by Curtis Stone on-board the Ruby Princess Ship. Rich, sumptous Nutella custard with a lighter-than-air whipped texture paired with that burnt vanilla ice cream – a total dream. I MUST recreate the ice cream – it reminded me of toasted marshmallows, just blistered sugar on top of a creme brulee. Fabulous.

Chocolate Tasting + Wine Pairing at the Salty Dog Gastropub on-board the Ruby Princess. While on board, you must take a wine tasting and blending class at the Salty Dog Gastropub. There, you’ll sample four different reds from Silverado Vineyards and blend your own tasty concoction while sampling artisenal chocolates from Norman Love. These little squares of dark chocolate practically melted in my mouth and paired beautifully with the fruity reds from the Napa Valley.

Two-layer chocolate cake from Horizon Court on-board the Ruby Princess.In the Horizon Court Cafe, this two-layer chocolate cake was a much-needed pick me up during a sea day. Moist, fluffy chocolate cake layers with a creamy, sinful chocolate frosting. I am definitely going to make this at home!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Tart on-board the Ruby Princess! And for chocolate and peanut butter lovers, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart was a must! Also at the Horizon Court, it had a creamy peanut butter mousse layered with a smooth chocolate mousse, chocolate shavings, and a chocolate cookie crust. Outrageously good!

Chocolate Hazelnut Bar with Citrus Cream from Michelangelo Dining Room on-board the Ruby Princess. In the Michelangelo Dining Room one night, I sampled this Norman Love creation: a chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream. It featured a crispy wafer bottom with a luscious chocolate hazelnut mousse filling and a piece of dark chocolate on top with a bright, zesty citrus cream. It was phenomenal – I loved the pairing of the tart fruit reduction with the nuttiness of the chocolate hazelnut bar.

Heart-shaped mousse brownie on-board the Ruby Princess.Michelangelo Dining Room also had this adorable heart-shaped mousse brownie with raspberry coulis. Perfect for date night!

Chocolate Trio Dessert from Michelangelo Dining Room on-board the Ruby Princess. In the Botticelli Dining Room one evening, I had this Trio of Chocolate Desserts. All were perfectly portioned and so delicious. The center here was a miniature chocolate cake slice that reminded me of tiramisu – flanked by a chocolate mousse and dark chocolate & raspberry gelato.

And of course, you can’t go to the Crooner’s Bar without stopping in to have a Milky Way Martini

Milky Way Martini But my absolute *favorite* chocolate experience on the ship? The chocolate massage at the famed Lotus Spa.

I know what you’re thinking: what in the world is a chocolate massage and how do I get one? I did it in the name of science and I have to say, I’m hooked forever.

Lotus Spa on-board the Ruby Princess. Arriving in the Lotus Spa, the staff will whisk you away to a quiet waiting area which offers fresh iced lemon water before your service. Get comfy in their plush robes and slippers before your massage therapist takes you back into the private room.

Lotus Spa on-board the Ruby Princess. The soft massage table feels more like a cushiony bed, and the gently rocking of the ship encourages a deep relaxation. But the best part is when they start applying the chocolate all over your body.

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! They first start with a chocolate sugar scrub which is grainy in texture but feels amazing as it sloughs and exfoliates. After you’re exfoliated head to toe, you’ll shower off and hop back on the table for a whipped chocolate mousse wrap. It has the light and fluffy texture of mousse without being cold or jarring – it seriously smooths on as if you were the cake and someone was icing you! Rinse it off, and then prepare for the best part: the chocolate body oil massage.

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! As your therapist kneads your sore muscles, the aroma instantly greets you: smooth, velvety, rich chocolate with hints of coffee and vanilla. It smells like a warm bowl of chocolate cobbler: gooey, scrumptious, luxurious, tantalizing!

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! So with Christmas coming up, you know I HAD to recreate the Chocolate Sugar Scrub from the ship. Sugar is a great exfoliant and isn’t as drying as salt scrubs. Plus, the aroma alone will have you clamoring for more! Best of all, it comes together with four simple ingredients and is almost good enough to eat (but please don’t, because I have plenty of chocolate desserts on here to tide you over and round out your chocolate experience). 🙂

You can totally make big batches of this scrub for holiday gifts! Just spoon the sugar scrub into little jars, attach a bow and ribbon, and gift away! Everyone will thank you when they step out of the shower smelling like a melty chocolate bar!

Enjoy!

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate!

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Chocolate Sugar Scrub & A Chocoholics Guide to the Ruby Princess
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This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is an excellent gift idea for the serious chocoholics in your life! Only a few simple ingredients, it comes together instantly for an exfoliating, relaxing and pampering treat that smells just like a decadent dessert!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp high quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sweet almond oil (may use grapeseed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil)
  • NOTE: if you want to lend this a different scent, you may use a few drops of essential oils. Think orange, peppermint, or vanilla absolute.
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars, vanilla, and cocoa powder until finely mixed and no clumps remain. Gently fold in the almond oil (or another oil choice) until a thick, glossy paste forms.
  2. Spoon into jars, seal tight, and gift, or use right away!
  3. TO USE: Lightly wet skin. Apply a generous amount to wet skin, rubbing in circular motions to exfoliate. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing off. Lightly towel dry so as not to remove the oils from your skin. Do not use on face. Contact your dermatologist before using any new product and test on an inconspicuous, small area before applying to your whole body. If irritation occurs, please stop using the product. SUGAR SCRUB will keep for up to 2 months sealed.

This Chocolate Sugar Scrub is entirely homemade, utterly decadent, and great for gift-giving! Only a few ingredients creates a sumptuous, exfoliating scrub that smells just like gooey chocolate! I love how versatile, decadent, and utterly divine this scrub is! For the holidays, it’d be super fun to add in a few drops of peppermint essential oil for a fun kick 🙂

Have a super sweet day, and for more information on Princess Cruises, check out the Ruby Princess page, find out about Norman Love’s Chocolate Journeys, and be sure to check out their Lotus Spa next time you’re on-board!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Princess Cruises as a brand ambassador this year. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive! 

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!

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Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies
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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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Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies from The Domestic Rebel
Pecan Chocolate Fudge Chunk Cookies from Country Cleaver
Everything Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Chocolate Chip Cookies from LilaLoa
Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies from Fifteen Spatulas
Apple Cinnamon Cookies from Dine and Dish
Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Sea Salt from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Fall Wreath Sugar Cookie from Tikkido
Chocolate Turtle Cookies from Bake at 350

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

Super Easy Brookies

These Super Easy Brookies are the best of both worlds! A chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie layer topped with a fudgy, rich brownie! Best served with ice cream, but they're a fun way to have cookies and brownies in one bite! Everyone loves brownies and cookies, but why not have both in one Super Easy Brookie?! With a chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie on the bottom and a fudgy brownie on top, it’s the best of both worlds in one unique bar!

I can’t believe I don’t really have brookie recipes on my blog!

Once I realized this unfortunate news, I knew I had to fix it ASAP… because brookies are life.

I mean, I’m the most indecisive person ever. If I had a superpower, it would be Indecision Girl, where I’d stand around for hours trying to weigh the pros and cons of each and every thing until I passed out from the pressure of it all. Thankfully I am not a superhero because that would be the #1 worst superpower ever.

These are your classic brookies without any additional bells and whistles… but when you’re dealing with a double-decker bar with a cookie bottom and brownie top, you don’t really need any additional accouterments, ya know? They’re pretty perfect on their own!

However, I know people do enjoy Slutty Brownies which is the same but has a layer of Oreos in between the brownie and cookie layers. It’s definitely delicious, but I recommend starting with the basics first and working your way up the outrageous dessert ladder slowly. Or don’t, because I don’t rule your life!

I love these bars because they’re chewy and fudgy as a brookie should be. Some brookie recipes are cakey almost, which is good but not the greatest, IMO. I like my brownies to be supremely fudgy with a great, chewy texture, and these provide that.

These Super Easy Brookies are the best of both worlds! A chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie layer topped with a fudgy, rich brownie! Best served with ice cream, but they're a fun way to have cookies and brownies in one bite! But if you’re sitting here like, “this is too boring for me”, then here’s some ways you can jazz these up to make them your own:

  • Instead of chocolate chips in the cookie layer, use peanut butter, butterscotch, or white chocolate chips. Or you could do mint chips for Christmas, or add in colored miniature M&M’s!
  • You could swirl peanut butter on top of the brownie layer for a little sweet & salty twist.
  • Add Oreos in between the brownie and cookie layers, and experiment with Oreo flavors, too! These would be awesome with peppermint or pumpkin spice Oreos, or some of their other seasonal flavors.
  • Do like I did and top each square with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and drizzle lots of chocolate sauce on top.

Bon appetit!

These Super Easy Brookies are the best of both worlds! A chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie layer topped with a fudgy, rich brownie! Best served with ice cream, but they're a fun way to have cookies and brownies in one bite! *adapted from AllRecipes

Super Easy Brookies
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A delightful cross between fudgy brownies and chewy chocolate chip cookies, these Super Easy Brookies will become a new favorite!
Ingredients
  • FOR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE LAYER:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • FOR THE BROWNIE LAYER:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
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 briefly.
  2. For the cookie: beat together the butter, sugars, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beating until creamy. Add in the egg and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until a dough comes together. Stir in the chocolate chips, then spread the cookie layer evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. For the brownie: Stir together the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a medium bowl until blended. Add in the eggs and mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients until batter just comes together. Pour the batter evenly over the cookie layer.
  4. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Do not over-bake these as it will lead to dry, crumbly bars. You want them to be slightly underdone as they'll continue to cook as they cool down.

These Super Easy Brookies are the best of both worlds! A chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie layer topped with a fudgy, rich brownie! Best served with ice cream, but they're a fun way to have cookies and brownies in one bite! Fudgy, chewy, gooey goodness! Everyone will go crazy for these bad boys.

These Super Easy Brookies are the best of both worlds! A chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookie layer topped with a fudgy, rich brownie! Best served with ice cream, but they're a fun way to have cookies and brownies in one bite!

 

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! All other versions I’ve tried pale in comparison to these Best Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars! A super gooey, chewy and an almost fudgy brown sugar blondie, they’re topped with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting, sweet-tart cranberries, and a white chocolate drizzle.

I knoooooow. Christmas recipes already?! I must be mad!

Well, yeah. We already know that. Moving on…

I am totally in the holiday spirit already and am just counting down the days until Christmas. I know some of you are rolling your eyes – maybe even clicking out of this post (#bye) because you can’t deal with Christmas stuff yet. And I hear you, okay? But I am going to go ahead and post anyway.

Maybe I’m a little ticked off that I missed Starbucks’ pumpkin scones this year (seriously, I blinked and they were sold out and done for the season. WHAT!), but I am ready to unleash my amazing recipe for their Cranberry Bliss Bars so it’s out in the universe and ready to be consumed any time of year.

This recipe comes from my first book, Out of the Box Desserts, but I figured it deserved some internet fame, too, so here we are with a revamped recipe.

Now: by ‘revamped’ I mean I added some more brown sugar to my book’s recipe, but if you don’t want it as brown sugar-y but still VERY delicious, go by the book’s measurements. The difference is a cup of extra brown sugar, but everything else is the same.

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! But when I bite my blondies, I like them to have an almost fudgy texture, like a favorite brownie but with lots of caramel-y brown sugar. By increasing that additional cup of brown sugar, it lends that lovely texture. Again: you can totally follow the book’s measurements! It’s up to you. The world’s your oyster.

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! However, if you’re looking and scouring Pinterest for the latest and greatest Cranberry Bliss Bar recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Fudge-like, gooey chewy brown sugar blondies studded with cranberries and white chocolate, then topped with a homemade creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, extra sweet-tart cranberries, and a drizzling of pure white chocolate.

I recommend using a higher quality white chocolate for this recipe since it’s such a huge component. These Callebaut chips are AMAZING. It’s a 2lb bag so you’ll get your money’s worth this baking season, and the milky white chocolate flavor is incredible.

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! AKA, HEAVEN.

Make them, eat them, love them any time of year!

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! *adapted from my book, Out of the Box Desserts

The Best Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
These Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars taste JUST like Starbucks' version but BETTER. Ultra chewy and almost fudgy in texture with a heavenly white chocolate cream cheese frosting, sweet and tart dried cranberries, and white chocolate drizzle!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BLONDIES:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
  • 6 oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" rectangular baking pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the brown sugar. Let cool for 5 minutes, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Lastly, add in the baking soda, salt, and flour until a thick batter forms. Fold in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: Melt ½ cup of the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, about 15-20 seconds. Stir, then melt some more on low increments until melted. Add in the cream cheese and vanilla and use an electric mixer to combine on medium speed until creamy and combined. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, until frosting is fluffy and light. Spread the frosting evenly over the bars and top with the dried cranberries.
  5. Melt the remaining ½ cup white chocolate chips low and slow in the microwave. Drizzle evenly over the bars. Let set in the fridge for about 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays! Chewy, brown sugary, cranberry-packed goodness! These will be a winter staple!

These are the PERFECT Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars - the best I've tried! Fudge-like, chewy brown sugar blondies stuffed with cranberries and white chocolate, topped with a fluffy white chocolate cream cheese frosting, tart cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Heaven for the holidays, and great for Christmas cookie trays!  Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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