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!

5.0 from 1 reviews
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 & Easy Tiramisu

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

I am a tiramisu NUT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perfect & Easy Tiramisu
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Serves: 9
 
This Perfectly Easy Tiramisu is life-changing! A few simple swaps and easily accessible ingredients make it a real winner without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Ingredients
  • 24-28 ladyfinger cookies (I found mine at Whole Foods!)
  • ⅔ cup brewed & cooled black coffee
  • ¼ cup Kahlua or coffee liqueur
  • One (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped cream (freshly made with 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped until stiff peaks form OR one tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed)
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line a square 8x8" or 9x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the brewed coffee and Kahlua. Dunk each ladyfinger, one at a time, into the coffee mixture and line the cookies up in the bottom of the pan - you should have 2 rows of ladyfingers with about 6 ladyfingers in each row. Break up any ladyfingers to fit if needed.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the whipped cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until fluffy and combined, about 1 minute. Fold in the whipped cream or Cool Whip gently. Spread half of this mixture over the ladyfingers.
  4. Repeat with dunking the remaining ladyfingers, lining them up, and spreading the remaining whipped cream mixture over top. Dust liberally with cocoa powder. Cover loosely and refrigerate until set, about 2-4 hours.

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

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

xo, Hayley

Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is so easy, smooth, creamy & addictive!

So I’m a cream-with-my-coffee kinda girl. Always have been, always will be.

It’s to the point where I actually carry mini coffee creamers with me when I travel. What? I love my coffee creamer! I dare Wayne Brady from Let’s Make A Deal to make a game out of what’s in my purse. I would so own him with my thimbles, spare change, hand sanitizer and coffee creamer. (Okay, maybe not a thimble… but if I ever went on the show, you bet your booty I’d be stocking up on thimbles).

So this pie is totally my bag. Not literally of course, but figuratively. Rather: this pie is my jam. No wait. This pie is my life? That’s more like it.

It’s so unapologetically creamy and dreamy and brimming with amazing coffee flavor. It tastes like a latte almost, with that slight milky undertone with that warm, aromatic coffee flavor. And of course, there’s a chocolate crust because chocolate + coffee = BFFs. Like the Rachel and Ryan of the food world (and yes, I’m still holding out for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams to rekindle their love. I’LL WAIT FOREVER FOR YOU, RYRA.)

Making this pie is a cinch. Just whisk together some cold brew coffee, a little milk and some instant pudding mix into a bowl until it’s nice and thick. I also added in some Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract because I really wanted to drive home the coffee flavor. This extract is a total must-have if you want a delicious coffee flavor in your baked goods, and it really ramps up the flavor here.

Once the mixture is good and thick, fold in some Cool Whip. I know, some of you detest the stuff but man, there’s no substitute for it. It’s more stable than whipped cream so I like it for no-bake pies like this. Once it’s good and combined, pour it into the prepared Oreo pie crust.

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! Then you must wait for it to chill. It’s excruciating, I know, but if you don’t let it chill, it will be a disastrous mess. Trust.

Once it’s sufficiently chilled, it’s time for EATING, Y’ALL. Pipe on some whipped cream if ya fancy, and add some dark chocolate-coated espresso beans for a fancy schmancy garnish. Voila!

Coffee lovahs, this one’s for you!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! *adapted from my Root Beer Float Pie recipe

5.0 from 4 reviews
Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie
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This frozen, no-bake Cold Brew Coffee Pie is PHENOMENAL. Creamy, smooth and packed with coffee flavor, it's perfect for a hot day and for any coffee fanatic!
Ingredients
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • ¾ cup cold brew coffee (any brand is fine; I used sweetened cold brew coffee but unsweetened will work)
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • 1 Tbsp pure coffee extract (or less if you want a less strong coffee flavor)
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding dry mix, the cold brew coffee, the milk and the coffee extract. Whisk until combined and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip completely, making sure to get the bottom!
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, pipe on whipped cream and garnish with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Cut into wedges and serve!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! I think you guys are going to love this Cold Brew Coffee Pie! Serve it up with a glass of iced coffee, natch. 🙂

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe!

So I just did my taxes.

Actually, I had an accountant do my taxes because even double-digit multiplication proves to be too much for me.

And I’m sad to report that I owe money this year.

WHYYY does the IRS cramp my style?

It’s like they don’t want me to spend my hard earned money on clothes, purses and deep tissue massages. The IRS – the land of the unfashionable stiff necked people.

Anyway, it’s fine that I owe. I mean, I’d rather owe and pay it than not pay it and be a criminal by the time I’m 26. Tax evasion isn’t a good look. Well, unless you’re Theresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, who only served a hot minute in prison and now has her own TV show and book deal. So I guess tax evasion isn’t so bad?

Don’t worry. I’m only joking. Kind of.

Something I won’t be evading is this pan of Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies. They are spectacular, people. Sweet, salty, and bursting with rich, warm, aromatic vanilla and espresso powder. To make ’em extra special and gourmet, I sprinkled coarse sea salt on top just before baking to give them a wonderful crunch and salty bite. You could totally omit this if you’d like – but who denies a little extra flavor, am I right?

First y’all need to brown your butter. This is crucial if you want to call these Brown Butter Blondies. Browning your butter imparts such amazing flavor into these blondies- adding a wonderful warmth and nuttiness. Just be sure to watch your butter like a hawk, because it can go from gorgeously amber to hideously burnt in a matter of seconds. Trust.

Brown your butter all nice like, then let it cool for a sec. Once it’s cooled down a little, stir in your brown sugar. I used dark brown sugar because I wanted a really deep flavor, but light works too! Then stir in your eggs, a healthy helping of vanilla extract, some baking soda & flour, and of course – your espresso powder!

Espresso powder can be found near the coffee in most grocery stores. I use a brand called Medaglia D’Oro which has wonderful flavor. In this recipe I added two Tablespoons – but you can add more or less to suit your taste. I found that two Tablespoons was just right – not super coffee-like, but had a nice jolt.

And lastly – duh. M&M’s! I used mini M&M’s because they cover more surface area and I personally don’t like large chunks to chew through. I’ve actually never been a super fan of chunky food. Call me crazy, I already know it.

Throw on the sea salt – be liberal! Liberate yoself. Bake it until it’s nice and golden and then EAT. Please, for the love of Pete, EAT.

If the IRS accepted these blondies as a form of payment, honey, they’d be paying me!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe!

Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies
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These Brown Butter Espresso M&M Blondies are incredible! Rich, with wonderful deep espresso flavor, gooey chocolate M&M's and sea salt on top. A perfect sweet & salty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder (more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's candies
  • 1-2 Tbsp sea salt, for sprinkling on top (more or less to suit your salty preferences)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally spray a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, stir it around occasionally, watching it constantly, as it deepens and darkens in color. The mixture will bubble up, then start to look foamy, but keep stirring and checking it until it's nutty and fragrant and a deep amber color. Once achieved, immediately remove it from the heat and cool it for about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar until combined, then the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the espresso powder, followed by the baking soda and flour until a soft batter has formed. Stir in the M&M's candies.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the sea salt. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! These are a sweet and salty lover’s DREAM come true! I ate mine with a big cup of coffee and I highly recommend you do the same!

These Brown Butter Espresso M&M's Blondies are incredible! Such amazing flavor, rich and deep with espresso and vanilla. Sea salt on top and M&M's add a nice crunch. You'll love this easy recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

One Hour Bailey’s Mousse

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! So I’m super embarrassed.

My room looks like a 12 year old’s, minus the toys. Actually, replace ‘toys’ with ‘clothes’ and you’ve got my room. It literally looks like a train carrying the entire wardrobe from Torrid crashed into my bedroom and left all the remains everywhere. Utterly unacceptable.

The only problem? Well, problems. One, I’ve been sick for the past two weeks, so doing anything other than merely existing is a miracle. Two, I’ve been furiously writing my cookbook, in which the deadline for the manuscript was moved up by three months… but for an exciting reason I can’t quite divulge yet 🙂 And three, because between cookbook writing/recipe testing all day erryday, plus blog work, plus being a mother to two dogs, plus needing at least an hour to sit on my ass and watch Guy’s Grocery Games reruns, I have like, nooo time at all.

So there’s my room, alone and cold, only used for sleeping and a quick change in the morning before my day starts and I run around impersonating a headless chicken. And of course, there’s a three-foot-high pile of clothes at the foot of the bed, along with shopping bags with clothes still in them waiting to be hung up or washed. And don’t even get me started on the stack of magazines from DECEMBER that I have yet to read.

I swear, when this book is done and I’m over being sick, I’m going to spend like, an entire week just reading magazines and watching TV shows.

And pleeeease don’t get me wrong – I have loved every.single.minute of this writing a cookbook process, from the brainstorming to the recipe development, the photography to the writing… and I will happily write a thousand more cookbooks if my publisher will have me. But while I love it, I can’t lie and say it hasn’t been exhausting to the very core. So please don’t interpret my mild bitching about having a messy ass room as being ungrateful… that’s the last thing I am when it comes to my dream come true!

Actually… I think I just need a maid.

Or a drink.

ANYWAY. Can we please chat about this One-Hour Bailey’s Mousse? I know I just posted a Bailey’s recipe, but this mousse is top-notch and perfecto for St. Paddy’s Day. Plus, where regular mousse recipes take hours to set, this mousse recipe only takes one hour. Sixty minutos. You can do this, homie.

Plus, it has a creamy, velvety texture and that outrageously delish Bailey’s flavor with a hint of chocolate and coffee. SO GOOD. While I’ve served mine with just a handsome dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate sprinkles, this would be lovely with crushed Oreos, graham crackers, or Nilla wafers. Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce and voila!

Can we make a deal? You clean my room and I’ll make you these, k?

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! *adapted from the America’s Most Wanted Recipes cookbook

5.0 from 2 reviews
One Hour Bailey's Mousse
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Serves: 2-4
 
This Bailey's Mousse is so velvety, creamy and light with a delectable Bailey's Irish Cream and cocoa flavor that's out of this world! Plus, it comes together in ONE hour!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder (depending on how strong of a coffee taste you'd like)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip together the Cool Whip and the heavy cream with a whisk attachment until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, espresso powder, and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture into the whipped cream mixture and whip until blended. Lastly, stream in the Bailey's and continue whipping until stiff and glossy, about 1 minute.
  3. Pipe or spoon the mixture among 2-4 glasses (depending on how much mousse you'd like per glass and the size of the glass, of course). Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles.

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Light, luscious, creamy and smooth, this mousse is sure to knock your socks off!

Don’t forget to pin this to your favorite board to save for later!

This velvety smooth, ultra creamy Bailey's Mousse recipe is SO EASY and is made in ONE hour! Keep this recipe on hand for when your chocolaty mood strikes! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! I’ve been binge-watching Orange is the New Black for the last week. And frankly, I cannot get enough.

You know how the world kinda sorta stops when you binge-watch something? You throw any and all spare time out the window in lieu of staring at a television screen for hours upon hours a day? You neglect basic chores around the house because you can’t.tear.away. Hell, you even stay up hours later than you normally would and wake even earlier than usual just so you can watch onemoreepisode. Yeah, that’s been my life (or lack thereof) for the past couple days.

Granted, I’ve somehow managed to get some work done in between episodes, but for the most part, any and all free time has been dedicated in front of the TV, eyeballs glued to these inmates. I feel like a prisoner, but not really. You know what I mean?

And besides my siblings, who are bursting at the seams trying not to spoil the next episode for me and are waiting antsy for me to finish up this season, I don’t have anyone to talk to about it. I’m dying to discuss who I hate, who I like, who I’m suspicious of, and gossip like the woman I am. Whyyyyy do I not have friends? (Probably because in my spare time I’m binge-watching TV, but it could be worse).

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! But like I said, I’m still semi-productive. I mean, I made this Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu didn’t I?

And you guys – this tiramisu is ridic. I mean, superfantastically ridic. The idea came to me when I was perusing snack options at the store for a later TV sesh. I spotted the oatmeal creme pies, thought briefly of tiramisu, and voila. The rest is delicious history.

And much like my show, I just can’t get enough.

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 9
 
This tiramisu has a unique ingredient: Oatmeal Creme Pies! It's delicious, chewy, and totally fabulous.
Ingredients
  • 20 Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a handheld mixer on medium speed, until combined. Fold in the Cool Whip and set mixture aside.
  3. Lay 8 Oatmeal Creme Pies into the bottom of the dish. Cut the remaining two to fit until there's one solid layer of pies. Drizzle HALF each the chocolate syrup and coffee on top of the layer. Spread HALF of the cream cheese mixture on top. Top with remaining Oatmeal Creme Pies, cutting to fit if necessary. Drizzle with remaining coffee and chocolate syrup, then top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Dust top with cocoa.
  4. Allow the tiramisu to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Flavors develop better overnight. Cut into squares and serve!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! This no-bake dessert is one for the books! Chewy, sweet, cinnamon-spiced and absolutely perfect. You’ll love this unique Oatmeal Creme Pie twist!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Donut Tiramisu

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!You guys. This tiramisu is out of control in the best way possible.

I mean, instead of boring old ladyfingers, I made it with yeasty, maple-y donuts. WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

(The answer: another slice. Because I’m woefully lacking it right now).

This idea came at me in a couple of different directions. First, I knew I wanted to make tiramisu because I just got this brand spankin’ new Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Machine delivered to my door as part of being their Brand Ambassador. And you guys, this brewer is totally amazing! Here’s why.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewFirst of all, it’s called ‘FlexBrew’ because it’s a flexible brewing machine… meaning it will brew a carafe’s worth of coffee on one half, and brew a single cup of coffee on the other. Pretty neat, right? As someone who drinks only a cup of coffee but uses a carafe to brew (all the waste – tragic, I know), this is a genius solution for me. When company comes over, or for lazy Sundays where I can drink cup after cup, the carafe side is perfect. Simply switch the dial to “Carafe” to brew. But for most days, I’m a single serving kinda gal, so I’ll just switch the dial the other way and brew my solo cup.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewIt’s pretty genius, you guys.

So with this new coffee magic, I knew I would brew a pot of coffee so I could simultaneously drink my coffee, make my tiramisu, and serve it with my tiramisu. Brilliance!

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!And then I got to thinking – I’ve never actually seen ladyfingers in real life. Does my grocery store even carry those? Are the only people who consume ladyfingers regularly old ladies? Donuts also go with coffee, so why not use those? Donuts. Yes. Donuts.

And here you have it, in all its glory. And it really, truly is glorious.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!*adapted from my Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu recipe

Donut Tiramisu
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Serves: 9
 
This Donut Tiramisu is packed with rich coffee and chocolate flavors and a delightful whipped cream cheese filling. You won't be able to resist having another slice!
Ingredients
  • 4 long john donuts (or another bar-shaped, unfilled donut), split lengthwise
  • 1 (12 oz) container whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • ¼ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Line four halves of the donuts along the bottom of the dish. Drizzle with half of the chocolate sauce and coffee evenly. Set aside. Meanwhile, cream together the whipped cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon with a handheld mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip until combined. Spread HALF of the mixture evenly over top of the donuts. Lay with the remaining four donuts, drizzle evenly with coffee and chocolate, and top evenly with the remaining Cool Whip mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight, if possible. Cut into squares and serve.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!This tiramisu is packed with that fresh-from-the-fryer donut flavor. Rich and maple-y, this tiramisu is soft, light and fluffy, studded with cinnamon and bursting with coffee and chocolate flavor. You’ll love it and the fun donut twist!

For more information on Hamilton Beach’s FlexBrew Coffee Machine, be sure to visit their website! You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a machine to sample in my own home as a brand ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Tiramisu Poke Cake

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Sometimes I wish I was someone else. Like a Zooey Deschanel type who had thick black glasses, a long mane of natural hair, and wore clothes that came from ModCloth. It seems like everyone always likes that type of girl, ya know?

Any time I go to a coffee shop, I see that girl there. She’s face-deep in The Great Gatsby and drinking plain black coffee with her lips painted red. She probably listens to folk music from indie bands I’ve never even heard of and wears clothes expertly extracted from high-end vintage stores. And all the guys flock to her because she’s good-quirky and has an innocent dose of spunk and is generally attracted to guys who play guitar, and it’s practically a requirement that all guys play guitar. Her boyfriends are guys who wear loafers and think argyle sweaters are trendy. They coif their mustaches and wear newsboy caps and Wayfarers. They may or may not have a couple of wrist tattoos, likely of something artsy. You know the type. If you don’t, just inhabit your nearest Peet’s and you’ll see a whole lot of them drinking loose-leaf teas and pondering philosophy.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!But then I realize, I don’t want to be a girl like Zooey. I like my tutus smothered in glitter, and I hate black coffee. Also, can you imagine me with natural hair? Subway rats have better highlights than my natural hair does, so that’s off the table completely. And dating a guy who uses mustache gel? Isn’t that a little strange? Like, I don’t mind waiting if he wants to comb his hair, but waiting for him to perfectly spiralize his mustache seems a little much. And don’t get me started on his artfully-placed Catcher in the Rye wrist tattoo. Blech.

I think, after all, I’d rather be me. Because I lead a pretty badass life, have a ginormous closet bursting with Betsey Johnson tutus, and I make a mean Tiramisu Poke Cake that has just the right amount of coffee — perfect for me. It’s high time I embrace who I am and eat an entire cake. Or, well, at least the former.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Psst – you guys have to try this cake! It’s amazing.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Tiramisu Poke Cake
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Serves: 15
 
This Tiramisu Poke Cake is rich and velvety, bursting with coffee flavor and Kahlua and coated in a thick and creamy whipped topping.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (6 oz) carton cafe au lait yogurt (I used Yoplait Greek)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Cocoa powder and powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set pan aside. Prepare your cake mix according to package directions. Stir in the espresso powder and the cinnamon to combine.
  2. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cake completely. Once cake has cooled, poke holes in it using the handle of a wooden spoon, careful not to completely penetrate the cake all the way through.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, condensed milk and Kahlua until blended. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, careful to fill the holes as best as you can. Allow the cake to sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then spread the Cool Whip on top in an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate the cake for about 4 hours, or overnight, to settle and allow the flavors to combine and absorb into the cake. Cut into squares and serve! Store leftovers covered in the fridge for about 3 days.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!This cake is full of the flavors of a classic tiramisu – rich chocolate, smooth coffee, and delicate whipped cream that make for a memorable and marvelous dessert! This poke cake marinates overnight in the delicious flavors of Kahlua and cream, making it moist and irresistible. I love the added dusting of cocoa on top for a pretty appearance and a little extra chocolate 🙂

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

Want more tiramisu goodness? Check out my other tiramisu recipes!

baileystiramisuBailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu

toffeetiramisuToffee Tiramisu Brookies

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Toffee Tiramisu Brookies

toffeetiramisuSo, remember when I told you about OkCupid?  Yeah, it got worse.

And remember when I told you about my hatred of monkeys?  Well, in case you didn’t know (or don’t remember all my weird idiosyncrasies) I hate monkeys.  I positively loathe them.  I think they’re hideous, I think they’re evil, I think they’re gross and I just absolutely HATE them.  Always have.  It’s in my DNA or something, like having detached earlobes and liking Led Zeppelin.  I am unable to shake my inexplicable hatred of monkeys.

Over the years, people usually find this funny and sometimes ask questions like, “well what about baby monkeys?” or “what about spider monkeys?” or “what about the fact that we could have come from monkeys?” and I just rebuff them all with the same statement over and over: I just freakin’ hate them.  And am wishing for a monkey genocide.  That is all, plain and simple.

So when making my OkCupid profile, I gave a small list of random things I like.  Some things included: iced black tea, baking, going on long walks, Gerbera daisies and “all animals except monkeys.”  I wrote it because it’s true, and why not?  It’s just as random of fact as saying I like iced black tea.  I paid no mind to what I’d written.

And then, the influx of emails came.  And the word ‘influx’ doesn’t even accurately describe the obscene amount of emails I received.  Imagine what it’d be like if President Obama gave everyone his personal email and said, “tell me what you REALLY feel.”  It’d be like that times a billion.

Guys from around the Sacramento area saw my profile, my cute pictures, my fun facts about liking tea and daisies and bombarded me with emails about — my hatred of monkeys.  Not. Even. Joking.  Of the 100 or so emails I received in that weekend, about 90 of them consisted of SOME question regarding monkeys and why I hated them.  When I would reply, “I just think they’re evil and gross and I hate them” thinking that this answer should shut most people up, I was greeted with another email continuing to question my answer.

“Well, why do you hate them?  You must have had a terrible personal experience.”
“Oh man, did one fling poop at you at the zoo?”
“It sounds like you were traumatized by a monkey before.”
“Monkeys are funny, though!  They fling poo!  Why do you hate them?”

Soon, the entire male population on OkCupid in the greater Sacramento region morphed into less-intelligent versions of Sherlock Holmes, trying to crack the Great-Hayley-Monkey-Hatred Case of 2014.  Some would eventually back off.  Others continued to pester until I deleted our conversation and refused to acknowledge them.  Some would change the subject, I’d realize they were okay, I would give them my number, and then they’d keep talking about monkeys.  This particular incident involved me shouting (out loud) at my phone while on the treadmill at the gym “JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!!” before angrily typing some expletives and not-so-nice words to the poor Lothario on the other end.

Is Sacramento some kind of monkey-loving city and I’m this weird outcast?  Is hating monkeys a criminal offense punishable by heinous amounts of inquiring emails?  I didn’t realize that casually mentioning that I hated monkeys was somewhere near cannibalism and burning kittens on the “Awful Human Scale.”  Jeeeeeeeeez.

I mean, I would definitely not badger some random stranger if they happened to mention they hated spiders.  WELL, WHY DO YOU HATE SPIDERS, HM? DID ONE CRAWL ON YOU? FALL ON YOUR HEAD WHILE YOU SLEPT? DID YOU SEE THE MOVIE ‘ARACHNOPHOBIA’ AND THAT’S WHY YOU’RE SCARED? IS IT BECAUSE THEY EAT BUGS? BECAUSE THEY HAVE EIGHT LEGS? BECAUSE THEY’RE FURRY? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHYYYYYY?

So, needless to say, I deleted that tidbit about the monkeys off of my profile as I strongly considered becoming a nun since this whole online dating thing seems to be filled with creepy internet trolls, anyway.

DSC_0626ASomewhat related but mostly not, I used to adamantly say I disliked tiramisu only because I wasn’t a huge chocolate fan and hello, it’s a chocolate dessert.  It wasn’t until I tried it recently that I realized it. is. phenomenal.  And lately, brookies have been sweeping through the interwebs (Aimee’s is a classic and I love Julianne’s minty twist!) so I decided to combine these two very different desserts to create a fun and unique treat that is sure to please everyone, even non-chocoholics like myself 🙂

Time to eat up, my little animals!

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Toffee Tiramisu Brookies
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Recipe type: Bars
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A classic tiramisu is transformed into this fun brookie recipe -- a bar dessert that combines cookies with brownies.
Ingredients
  • 1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened to room temperature
  • 1 pkg brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup strongly brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll the sugar cookie dough onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish in an even layer; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the brownie mix in a large bowl by mixing together the brownie mix, eggs, oil and brewed coffee until smooth and no lumps remain. Pour the mixture evenly on top of the cookie layer. Sprinkle liberally with the toffee bits.
  4. Bake for approx. 35-40 minutes or until the center is mostly set (a little jiggly is okay as it will continue to set up as it cools). Do not over-bake. Allow the pan to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  5. Consider topping these bars with a huge scoop of mocha almond fudge ice cream, hot fudge and more toffee pieces!

DSC_0619AI love this unique take on tiramisu!  The sugar cookies act as the Ladyfingers but they’re infinitely awesomer because they’re sugar cookies, duh.  And if you’ve never tried mocha brownies before (a basic, but so so good!) you must!  Adding the brewed coffee to the mix instead of the water totally elevates the chocolate fudge flavor of the brownies and makes them sensational.  It also makes it impossible to tell if this dish was made entirely from scratch since it lends that homemade feel to a basic boxed brownie.  And I love the fun addition of the crunchy, buttery toffee bits!  So fun and SO delicious!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu

baileystiramisuSo I recently joined OkCupid and I have to say, what am I doing?

First of all, within the first 24 hours of signing up I was so bombarded with emails from prospective Lotharios that I had to shut my computer and phone off because I’d get a new message ping every second or so.  Needless to say, I’ve never felt like a pimp more in my life [it was kind of awesome, even if 99% of the people messaging me were not so awesome].

Second of all, after perusing my options in my inbox alone, I have to say, what are people doing?  Because their idea of a first impression is clearly a very awful one.  Take for example profile pictures.  Of all the picture opportunities one has, you post that picture?  The blurry one where I can barely distinguish human-like features?  Or the over-exposed one where you just have scary eyeballs boring into my soul?  Or the one of you standing on top of a mountain and you look like the size of an eyelash on my screen?  Or my personal favorite, the dude-bathroom selfie where you’re half naked & flexing in your dirty bathroom; bonus points if you have some ridiculous tribal tattoo going down the length of your bicep.  Yeah, I’m not asking you post a professional headshot, but maybe don’t show me your boobs on the first impression?  Or make me wonder if the lighting ate the bottom half of your face?  Thanks.

Thirdly, the messages they send are redokulous, people.  I can’t fathom saying some of those things to someone because the cheesiness level is out of this world and onto a scary, creepy planet in outer space where I can only imagine Justin Beiber’s weird mustache and where Robin Thicke came from.

Like the guy who said he wanted to serenade me in an Amazon rain forest where we could dance with monkeys.  Not. Even. Kidding.

Or the guy who seemed super normal until I asked what his hobbies were and he responded, ‘I’m a bad boy.’ Uhhhhhhh delete.

Orrrr the guy who told me his life story and weirded me out so bad I didn’t log on for the rest of the day: “I’m 23 years young, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned from them, I’ve been in love, I’ve had my heart broken.  I’ve broken bones, I’ve met celebrities.  I’ve traveled the world.  I’ve seen the deserts of Egypt and the beaches of the Caribbean.  I’ve skydived, I’ve built homes in Mexico, I’ve had triumphs and successes but also great failures.  Yet even having had made all of these experiences, it still doesn’t matter because I haven’t yet met you.”

So yeah, needless to say I’m kind of over it already and it hasn’t even been a week.

HOWEVER, givin’ credit where it’s due, there are some nice, funny and awesome guys I have met on there… so far.  How many people they’ve killed or how much they love the Disney Channel has yet to be determined, but it looks like they could be promising in a non-creepy way.  Yay!

And as long as the body count is under five, I suppose I’m okay with that.  KIDDING.

Anyways, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up if you haven’t realized!  Six days and counting, people — do you have any fun plans?  Usually, I’ll make something somewhat Irish-y and we’ll drink beer.  But this year I am FOR SURE making this amazing Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu because it is out of controoollllll goooooood.

DSC_0595AI first tried tiramisu while at Disneyland with Elizabeth in January and was in love.  It was so fluffy and soft and had a pleasing texture I could handle [I’m a major texture person and sometimes even pudding is too much for me!].  Plus, I loved the hint of rich coffee which brought out the sweetness of the chocolate.  I was in heaven!  I knew when I got home I wanted to recreate that dreamy creamy tiramisu but with ingredients I could easily find and with a fun twist.  So I immediately thought of using Twinkies instead of the classic Ladyfingers, and Bailey’s Irish Creamer in the filling for a nice, spiked twist.  If you’re making this for kids, feel free to use the Bailey’s Coffee Creamer for the same taste sans the alcohol.

Otherwise, EAT UP!!

DSC_0611A*recipe adapted from Kristan’s version 

4.8 from 4 reviews
Bailey's Twinkie Tiramisu
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Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 9
 
If you love tiramisu, you'll fall for this dreamy spin on the classic made with Twinkies and Bailey's Irish Cream for a fun & festive St. Patty's Day kick. But don't save it only for the 17th of March-- you must make it yearround!
Ingredients
  • 10 Twinkies, split in half lengthwise (vertically) -- point the Twinkie upwards toward yourself and gently slice it in half lengthwise
  • 1 (12 oz) tub Whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Bailey's liqueur OR 3 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Coffee Creamer
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup strongly brewed black coffee, cooled
  • Chocolate Syrup (the sundae/chocolate milk kind, about ½ cup or so)
  • Cocoa powder & cinnamon for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the pan lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the whipped cream cheese, sugar, Bailey's creamer or liqeuer, and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy and combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until combined; set aside. Meanwhile, whisk the chocolate syrup into the cup of brewed coffee until combined.
  3. Lay 5 Twinkies cream-side up in the pan (this will equal to 10 Twinkie halves)-- should be two rows of five. Drizzle half of the chocolate/coffee mixture on top of the Twinkies. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the Twinkie layer.
  4. Layer the other half of the Twinkies cream-side up; drizzle with the remaining coffee/chocolate mixture and the remaining cream cheese mixture in an even layer.
  5. In a sifter, sift together a generous scoop of cocoa powder and about a teaspoon or so of cinnamon (more to taste). Sift evenly over the top of the tiramisu. Allow the tiramisu to set in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight before cutting into squares to serve.

DSC_0600AI love the fun kick of the Bailey’s in the whipped cream cheese mixture!  It adds a unique flavor to the tiramisu that I know you’ll enjoy!  The real star here?  The Twinkies!  I love that they’re used in place of Ladyfingers which are typically dry and lacking flavor.  The Twinkies are plush, creamy and absorb all of that luscious chocolate/coffee mixture.  I think you’ll fall in love with this!!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley