Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees

These Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees are a 3-D Christmas cookie everyone will love! A triple-decker cookie with vanilla buttercream decorated to look like a beautiful Christmas tree! So fun to make with kids, too! #krusteaz #adThese Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees aren’t just adorable, they’re delicious, too! Three layers of buttery vanilla sugar cookies are decorated with green-colored buttercream and sprinkles to resemble Christmas trees! Great to make with the kids!

Christmastime is my favorite time. I think it’s because I am always known for getting epic presents for my family and friends. Not to brag or anything, but I consider myself an awesome gift-giver, and during the holidays, I go all out. I am known for getting obscure presents you didn’t know you needed or wanted, like custom pet portraits of my mom’s beloved furry friend, or a wacky-facts book for my trivia-loving dad. Plus, ‘tis the season for giving to my favorite animal rescue charities and the local children’s hospital. So yeah, you could say I love the holiday season!

But I also love it because of the cooler weather, Christmas music (yeah, I enjoy it year-round!), sparkly decorations, glimmering Christmas lights, and of course, the FOOD! Every year, I make Christmas dinner and while I do know how to make savory food, I’m obviously known for my desserts. I always try to include a multitude of options so everyone can sample their favorites: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, something minty, and always Christmas cookies.

These Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees are a 3-D Christmas cookie everyone will love! A triple-decker cookie with vanilla buttercream decorated to look like a beautiful Christmas tree! So fun to make with kids, too! #krusteaz #adMy mom LOVES frosted sugar cookies, but I never make them. Why? Because I’m admittedly not the *best* decorator. Royal icing and I are frenemies, so I generally tend to avoid using it. But when I was brainstorming decorated cookie ideas for Christmas, I instantly got the idea to make these Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees! 3-D sugar cookie stacks made with Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix for a buttery, homemade flavor without all the hassle of chilling dough, rolling and cutting into shapes, or dealing with dreaded royal icing 🙂

These Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees are a 3-D Christmas cookie everyone will love! A triple-decker cookie with vanilla buttercream decorated to look like a beautiful Christmas tree! So fun to make with kids, too! #krusteaz #adSimple bake your cookies in a few different sizes and stack them with green buttercream frosting in between layers with some sprinkles to look like lights. Then pipe your frosting into a pointed top and serve! These would be great to make with kids and get them involved, and imagine how darling it’d look if you placed these on everyone’s plate before Christmas dinner?

These Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees are a 3-D Christmas cookie everyone will love! A triple-decker cookie with vanilla buttercream decorated to look like a beautiful Christmas tree! So fun to make with kids, too! #krusteaz #adClick here for the recipe for these Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees on the Krusteaz website!

Also, be sure to check out Krusteaz’s ADORABLE interactive Cookie Swap! Here, you can take a fun quiz to determine your perfect holiday cookie!

Visit Krusteaz on their website, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive! No need to wait all year for the seasonal drinks when you can have these Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes all year round if you wanted to! Perfectly spiced gingerbread molasses cupcakes with a hint of coffee, topped with a brown sugar buttercream and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. Your orders ready!

People ask me where I get my recipe ideas from, and the truth is: everywhere.

MOST of the time, it’s a result of me standing and mumbling aimlessly in the candy aisle at the supermarket, staring at the candy and willing it to send me recipe ideas telepathically. As a result, I have probably concerned many of the grocery store employees and am probably going to have Adult Protective Services called on me some day. Talking to myself and staring at a bag of Reese’s cups for 15 minutes does not make for a sane person.

So when I’m not being institutionalized for communicating non-verbally to a bag of Kit-Kats, I’m usually thinking of things that already exist in nature but could be dessert-ified. Things like gingerbread lattes, which are a huge hit this time of year at most coffee shops. But Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes aren’t really a *thing*, at least not on my blog… so I made it a thing.

You’re welcome.

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive! These cupcakes start off with a humble box of yellow cake mix that I doctored up to taste totally gingerbread-y and homemade. In the cake mix, you have your usual eggs, oil, and instead of water, I used room temperature coffee for that latte kick. I also added in some molasses for flavor and that deep, warm brown color and gingerbread spices, of course! The good thing about these cupcakes is that you can add as much or as little gingerbread spice as you’d prefer. Me, I like something a little more mellow (ginger isn’t my favorite spice, after all) and I found my measurements to be perfect.

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive! Once they’re baked, I wondered what frosting would be perfect. Cream cheese seems like a natural choice, but I couldn’t help but love the flavor of brown sugar with these spicy cupcakes. And boy, was I right! Brown sugar buttercream was sweet and caramel flavored and paired beautifully.

The crowning jewel is a glossy chocolate-covered espresso bean to drive that latte flavor home. And the result is a seriously divine cupcake that didn’t get me in trouble with the local Safeway store for harassing candy.

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive! Score!

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Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes
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These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are packed with flavor in a moist little cake! Topped with a fluffy brown sugar buttercream, they are such a fun, unique cupcake for the holiday season!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup room-temperature black coffee
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • FOR THE FROSTING & TOPPING:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans
  • Holiday sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake tins with about 20-22 paper liners; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, coffee, eggs, molasses and spices with a handheld electric mixer, beating until smooth, about 2 minutes. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ full.
  2. Bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until the tops are round and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. For the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla together until fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually add in the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, until the frosting is light and fluffy, streaming in a little of the heavy cream if frosting becomes too thick.
  4. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with holiday sprinkles and garnish with a chocolate-covered espresso bean.

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive! Moist, fluffy, spicy cupcakes topped with a luscious brown sugar frosting… you have got to try these!

These Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes are FANTASTIC! Moist, fluffy, spicy gingerbread molasses cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy brown sugar buttercream frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. So delicious, perfect for the holidays, and festive!

 

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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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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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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

Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Icing

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! These Gingerbread Blondies are soft, chewy and perfectly spiced and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting! A fun and easier alternative to cut-out gingerbread men!

I am SO weird with ginger. I’m usually not a picky eater, but I am SO picky about this darned spice.

For starters, I loathe fresh ginger. It gives me the heebie-jeebies and it tastes like soap to me. It’s unbearable, and I simply cannot order anything with fresh ginger or candied ginger or crystallized ginger in it. NOPE.

But: I love ginger ale. It’s my go-to when my tummy’s upset, and it makes a great mixer! Maybe because the ginger flavor is far more subtle? Probably.

And during the holiday season, my fave drink at Starbucks is a gingerbread iced chai. Basically, an iced chai tea with one pump of gingerbread syrup. The combination between the aromatic chai spices + gingerbread syrup makes the drink taste like a liquefied cookie! It’s amazing.

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! I thought since my track record with ginger is spotty at best that I wouldn’t care too much for these Gingerbread Blondies, but I was seriously wrong! They have just the right amount of ginger that it reads as gingerbread without being overwhelming or too spicy (or soapy to me!). Of course, you can always add in more ground ginger if you prefer things super gingery spiced, but I’m a more tame ginger lover and thus, these were perfect.

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! The best part about these blondies, though, HAS to be the cream cheese icing! It’s so light and fluffy and is the perfect tangy complement to the spicy, chewy bars. To make them extra festive and sweet, I topped the blondies with holiday non-pareils sprinkles and the cutest little sugary gingerbread men! (I found the men on the seasonal baking aisle at Walmart!). Not only do the gingerbread men help identify what the bars are, they’re just a sweet touch.

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! I totally plan on making a big batch of these and cutting them into tinier squares to gift to my neighbors this holiday season, and you should too!

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! I mean…

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd!

4.0 from 1 reviews
Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Icing
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These Gingerbread Blondies are perfectly spiced, soft and chewy bars with a light and fluffy cream cheese icing on top. So perfect for the holidays!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BLONDIES:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & ½ - 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Holiday sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9x13" rectangular baking pan 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 5 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition, followed by the vanilla, molasses, baking soda, spices, and flour until a soft batter comes together.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for approximately 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar one cup at a time until frosting is light and fluffy. Spread the frosting evenly over the blondies and top with sprinkles, if using. To make a clean-cut square, cover and refrigerate the blondies about 1 hour.

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! Perfectly spiced, soft and chewy blondies topped with a luxuriously creamy cream cheese icing. What’s not to love?!

These Gingerbread Blondies with Cream Cheese Frosting are perfect for the holidays! Soft, chewy, perfectly spiced blondies are topped with a smooth and fluffy cream cheese icing and are decorated adorably for the holidays! Easy and feeds a crowd! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies: a fun take on a classic holiday cookie, these taste JUST like a tall glass of spiced eggnog but are 100% booze-free! Calling all eggnog lovers! These Eggnog Crinkle Cookies are for serious ‘nog lovers: Gooey, soft and buttery with a delicious nutmeg & rum flavor!

So today is a super special day! Why?

It’s my friend Kayle’s virtual baby shower!

Kayle and I have known each other for a minute now – since 2012 or so, around the time I started making blog friends. She blogs over at The Cooking Actress and she is kinda sorta *known* for her love of all things cookie!

Long ago, I was suffering from a totally lame breakup and Kayle offered for me to stay with her at her place in NYC. I had been dying to go to NYC, so I jumped at the chance and flew out there a month later. We had never met prior but I was 99.9% sure she was a real human woman and not some hairy gecko-breeding troll in his mother’s basement. And I was right – she was a real human woman, and she quickly became a very close friend.

Now Kayle and her hubby are preggo and her little boy comes any day now, so some friends and I decided to host her a virtual baby shower since we can’t celebrate with her at her new home in Ohio.

The good thing about my recipe is that she can actually eat them while pregnant – these Eggnog Crinkle Cookies have rum extract in them for that punch of flavor, but they’re 100% booze-free without sacrificing the classic flavors of traditional eggnog. Of course, once she’s had her babe, I highly recommend she retry these with a shot of whiskey or something. You know, as a celebration of new motherhood. It’s not like she grew a human or anything.

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies: a fun take on a classic holiday cookie, these taste JUST like a tall glass of spiced eggnog but are 100% booze-free! These cookies are super soft, gooey, fluffy and ultra tender thanks to cream cheese getting beaten into the batter. And they’re made simply by starting off with a box of cake mix! There’s no chilling, minimal prep-time, and the result is a heavenly, light-as-a-feather crinkle cookie that tastes like a tall, frosty glass of eggnog.

Congrats, Kayle, on your Christmas babe! Now celebrate with a cookie 🙂

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies: a fun take on a classic holiday cookie, these taste JUST like a tall glass of spiced eggnog but are 100% booze-free!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Eggnog Crinkle Cookies
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Eggnog Crinkle Cookies taste just like a tall, frosty glass of eggnog! Buttery, gooey, tender and soft thanks to cream cheese in the cookie dough. While they taste sinful, they're 100% booze-free!
Ingredients
  • 1 box French vanilla or white cake mix
  • One 8-oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, cream cheese, softened butter, extracts, egg, and nutmeg together with an electric mixer until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes. Dough will be sticky. Using a cookie scoop, scoop heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough out and roll into balls. Dredge the cookie dough balls in the confectioners' sugar and place 1-2" apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies may look under-done in the center; this is OKAY. Do not over-bake! Cool completely on the baking sheets.

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies: a fun take on a classic holiday cookie, these taste JUST like a tall glass of spiced eggnog but are 100% booze-free! I love the buttery, rummy, hint of spice flavor these soft and gloriously heavenly cookies have! I know you’re gonna love them, too 🙂

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going to be popping over to see what everyone else brought!

Check out the rest of the baby shower recipes made by my fellow hosts!

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies – by Confessions of a Confectionista

Cookie Dough Millionaire Bars – by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Derby Pie – by The Spiffy Cookie

Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Treat Cookies – by Pies and Plots

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies – by The Domestic Rebel

Cookie Dough Cups – by The Pajama Chef

Homemade Salted Caramel Oreos – by Eats with With Others

Eggnog Crinkle Cookies: a fun take on a classic holiday cookie, these taste JUST like a tall glass of spiced eggnog but are 100% booze-free!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Ferrero Rocher Truffles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines

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

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

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

Oops.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo, Hayley

Best Ever Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles

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

I have to admit, I really enjoyed these truffles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5.0 from 2 reviews
Best Ever Peanut Butter Buckeye Truffles
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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

Fig & Vanilla Bean Crumb Cake

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! This buttery, moist Fig & Vanilla Bean Crumb Cake will become your new favorite! With a sweet, sticky fig flavor and flecks of warm vanilla beans, it’s sure to please everyone!

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂

I’m here to formally apologize to fruit, because I don’t bake with you nearly as much as I should. And with my apology, comes my amends to bake with fruit more often because the results are always delicious. The end.

Well, actually, the beginning, because I have this amazing cake to talk to you about.

As you know, I’m a brand ambassador this year with Rodelle Vanilla, and this month, Rodelle teamed up with Valley Fig Growers and asked me to create a recipe featuring both figs and vanilla. I was so game and began brainstorming the perfect future love-child of this lovely pairing.

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! And then I realized: I have never even baked with figs before!

I was trying to think of things more inventive than the obvious eponymous cookies on the market, and then it hit me: CRUMB CAKE! It was a genius decision, I must say.

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! I took my usual crumb cake recipe and folded in an entire jar of this glorious fig preserves. Sticky, sweet and somewhat subtle in flavor, it paired up beautifully with the buttery cake. But throw in some Rodelle vanilla extract and scraped vanilla bean caviar and it sent this cake over. the. TOP!

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! I tossed in some pecans to the brown sugar streusel just for some texture, but you could leave those out if you wanted, or substitute with almonds or walnuts, even. And for a little more fig flava, I added in some chopped dried figs to the batter. The secret to making sure your chopped figs don’t sink to the bottom of the cake? Toss them with a little bit of all-purpose flour before you fold them in and they’ll stay “afloat” in the cake!

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! The combination of warm, aromatic, floral vanilla beans and sweetened dried figs was a dreamy pairing combined with brown sugar, butter, and nutty pecans. This cake was seriously delicious and would be a killer Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch option since it could go for breakfast or dessert!

But you guys… you have to try this cake, like yesterday.

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce!

Fig & Vanilla Bean Crumb Cake
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Fig & Vanilla Bean Crumb Cake is a beautifully flavored, perfectly moist cake you HAVE to try to believe!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE STREUSEL:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional but recommended
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Rodelle vanilla bean, caviar scraped out
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 Tbsp
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • One 16-oz jar fig preserves
  • 1 cup dried figs, pitted, stems removed and roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9" round springform pan with cooking spray, then place a parchment round in the bottom and spray again. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the streusel ingredients with a spoon until moistened and crumbly. Set aside. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar together until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and vanilla bean caviar. Add in the Greek yogurt/sour cream and mix well, followed by 2 cups of the flour, the baking powder, and baking soda until a smooth batter comes together. Lastly, beat in the fig preserves. In a small bowl, combine the chopped figs with the 2 Tbsp flour until coated; fold the flour-coated fig pieces into the cake batter gently.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the bottom of the springform pan and smooth out the top. Top with huge, liberal handfuls of the crumb mixture. It will seem like a lot of crumb, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist - not wet - crumbs. Cool completely before serving. Serve with caramel sauce, if desired.

This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! This crumb cake is so flavorful and delicious with a subtle sweetness from the figs and a delicate floral flavor from the fresh vanilla bean. You’ll love it!

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This Vanilla Bean & Fig Crumb Cake is dreamy! Moist, tender vanilla bean flecked fig cake with a mile-high brown sugar and pecan streusel. Phenomenal on its own or served with caramel sauce! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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