The BEST (and Perfect) Classic Apple Pie

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! This truly is the BEST, PERFECT Apple Pie recipe! A simple shortcut makes it quick to prepare, but the homemade, from-scratch apple filling is to-die for! Don’t forget the cinnamon whipped cream and caramel sauce!

I know I use the term “the best” a lot… and in every case, I believe it to be true! My built-in ratings system (family, friends, neighbors, strangers, my apartment’s office) love it and give me their critiques. If they don’t all love it, it doesn’t get “the best” title.

And this pie – it is no exception. It truly is my new go-to favorite apple pie recipe, and I hope it will be yours, too!

I know it’s a little early to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but if you’re like me, you can never be too prepared. Or, if you’re like me, you bake apple pies all the time during the fall and winter. Consider this your new go-to!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! What I love about this pie is that it uses a shortcut that will really help during the stressful time-crunch of holiday meal prep: refrigerated pie crusts. These things are a lifesaver in the kitchen, especially when you need appliances/counter space/everything else for other important components of your meal, like the turkey and sides. Of course, if you want to use your own homemade pie crust recipe, feel free!

The filling is the star here – made with two kinds of fresh apples, and lots of sugar & spice, the filling mixture thickens as it cooks and cools and has so much flavor.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! Now pardon my slightly ghetto lattice crust, but truth be told, lattice crusts make me nervous since it requires lots of geometry and rocket science and stuff (or maybe I’m just really freakin’ stupid), so I made a mock lattice crust which I think looks just as pretty. Sprinkle on some coarse sugar before baking to really make this pie spectacular.

So whether or not you’re antsy for Thanksgiving, or you just want a slice of stick-to-your-ribs apple pie, save this recipe!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe!

The BEST (and Perfect) Classic Apple Pie
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This truly is the BEST and most perfect Apple Pie recipe you'll try! The secret shortcut makes it a breeze to make.
Ingredients
  • 2 (14.1 oz) pkgs refrigerated pie crusts, almost to room temperature
  • 2 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & sliced
  • 2 lbs Gala or Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored & sliced
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Coarse sugar for garnish
  • FOR CINNAMON WHIPPED CREAM:
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a 9" deep dish pie plate with cooking spray. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the apples, sugars, spices, and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes, then drain the apple mixture, discarding the liquid. Toss the apples with the cornstarch.
  2. On a flat, clean work surface, stack two pie crusts together and roll them out with a rolling pin until you get a 12"-13" circle. Gently drape the pie crust over the pie plate and pat in the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Fill with the apple mixture.
  3. With the remaining pie crusts, stack again and roll out to about a 10" circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1" strips. In a striped pattern, lay the strips a couple centimeters apart on the top of the apple surface. Brush the pie strips lightly with the egg wash. Going in a horizontal pattern, stagger the other pie strips and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle liberally with the coarse sugar.
  4. Tent the edges of the pie with foil or pie shields, and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Reduce your oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 50-60 minutes more until the top is light golden and the filling is bubbly. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
  5. To make your cinnamon whipped cream: with a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and cinnamon together on high speed for about 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! A classic, semi-homemade pie like this never goes out of style!

This truly is the BEST and most PERFECT Apple Pie recipe you'll try! A simple shortcut makes this semi-homemade pie a cinch to prepare! Gooey, flavorful, perfectly spiced, tender apple filling with a buttery sugar-sprinkled crust. Save this recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Super Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect!Want a quick and EASY pumpkin recipe that’s sure to impress? Check out these Super Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars! They come together in a flash and are so irresistible! They taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie in a crowd-friendly bar!

First pumpkin recipe of the season, say holla!

Or don’t, because ‘holla’ makes me feel like I’m 80 and still living in 2005.

But we should still celebrate with the first pumpkin recipe of the season, and I know exactly how I’m going to celebrate: by eating all of these bars.

I originally posted these (with horrid photos, natch) a few years ago… but when I was fall recipe planning for 2017, I realized I should repost them with bigger, better, awesome-r photos, so here we are!

I cannot stress enough how EASY these bars are. They practically make themselves with very little work from you. There’s no water bath. There’s no worrying about ugly cracks in the cheesecake. There’s no fanciness or fussiness. Just mouthwatering Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect!Here’s the low-down: The crust is a box of pound cake mix, which you can find in the cake mix/baking aisle at most grocers. Mix it up with an egg, some butter, and some spices, then press it into your pan. There’s your crust!

For the pumpkin filling, it gets even easier: cream up some cream cheese, then mix in pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, some eggs, and more spice. Once it’s smooth and luscious and practically illegal in all 50 states, pour it over the crust and bake. Badabing, badaboom.

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect!Of course, like any pumpkin recipe, the whipped cream on top is not optional. But go crazy once they’re done by drizzling on chocolate or caramel sauces, sprinkling with a little extra cinnamon or nutmeg, or even serving it up with some ice cream (salted caramel, anyone?).

But if you’re looking for an easy, impressive dessert that’s sure to please a crowd, you’ve got to give these bars a try!

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect!

Super Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
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These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are practically no-fail and SO EASY. The crust and filling comes together quickly, resulting in a gooey, perfect cheesecake bar that tastes just like pumpkin pie!
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • One (16 oz) pkg pound cake mix
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • One (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" rectangular baking pan with cooking spray; set aside briefly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crust ingredients until moist crumbs form. Press the crust mixture evenly on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minutes. Add in the condensed milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, and spice and beat slowly until smooth and incorporated. Pour the filling mixture over the crust and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is set and not jiggly.
  4. Cool the bars in the pan until room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up before cutting into bars. Garnish with whipped cream before serving.

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect!Creamy, perfectly spiced, and ultra pumpkin-y bars that are a show-stopper! You’ve got to give these a whirl!

These SUPER EASY Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars taste like a cross between creamy cheesecake and gooey pumpkin pie! They come together in minutes and are SO delicious, impressive, and perfect! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie)

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! This Frozen Rosé Pie is INCREDIBLE. It tastes just like rosé wine but in a creamy, cool no-bake PIE!

Rosé is officially taking the world by storm and I am living for it.

Finally – a widely accepted sweet drink, because apparently I’m still childish enough to order sickeningly sweet alcoholic beverages with every meal. I’ll do me, okay?

What I’m saying is: I only drink sweet when it comes to alcohol. Moscato, sugary rosé, a fruity Riesling… it’s all good and I’ll drink it with anything, anytime, anywhere.

(Somewhere, a wino is wrinkling their nose at the idea of me drinking Moscato with a spaghetti Bolognese but I don’t care. Wrinkle away, sommeliers!)

And lately, frosé (or Frozen Rosé if ya didn’t catch on) is kind of having a major moment. I’ve seen rosé wine slurpees at wineries, and I’ve seen numerous bloggers take their own spin on a fruity slushy with it. It is EVERYWHERE, on every menu, in every city and if you haven’t stepped into the pink side, you ought to!

So, let me break down this Frosé Pie for you: it has a cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk base which is beaten to smithereens until it’s super creamy and luscious. Then you beat in your rosé wine – but here’s the kicker. Make sure the rosé you use is low-alcohol. Why? Because if you’ve ever tried freezing alcohol, it doesn’t work too well, so a low-alcohol wine is a must in order for this pie to work and solidify in the freezer. Got it? Yay! Moving along…

Beat in some Chambord, because really, why the hell not?, and a little bit of strawberry gelatin powder to help the pie stabilize, and give it a touch of sweetness and strawberry flavor. You could omit the gelatin if needed, but if you have problems with Jell-O, that really sounds like a non-problem and you should probably move on.

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! Lastly, fold in some whipped topping. Now somewhere, someone is wrinkling their nose that I said “whipped topping” but really, this is the answer to this pie. You could totally use stabilized whipped cream if you want to make that instead, but whipped topping is convenient and as far as I know, it hasn’t killed anyone, so maybe back off on the haterade?

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! Pour the goodness that is a rosé-wine flavored pie into a prepared pie crust and – here’s the hard part – let it freeze for at least 8 hours so the wine and Chambord have a second to solidify in the pie filling. Then cut it, garnish it with Chambord whipped cream and lots of fresh berries.

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! The result is a cool and creamy pie with a silky-smooth texture and a robust, sweet, fruity rosé wine flavor. Seriously, this tastes just like rosé but in an ice-cream-esque pie. You must try this!

Bottoms up!

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No-Bake Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie)
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This Frosé Pie (aka frozen rosé pie) is PHENOMENAL. Cool and creamy with an ice cream-y texture and a robust, sweet and fruity rosé wine flavor throughout! A must-make for the summertime!
Ingredients
  • One 9" prepared pie crust (Nilla Wafer, or graham cracker)
  • 6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz rosé wine (make sure the wine you choose is low-alcohol. For this, I loved Stella Rosa brand's "Stella Pink")
  • 2 Tbsp Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp strawberry or raspberry Jell-O powder
  • One (8-oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Chambord
  • Fresh raspberries and/or strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the rosé wine, gently adding a little wine at a time, followed by the Chambord and strawberry gelatin powder. Finally fold in the whipped topping (or stabilized whipped cream, if using) until combined and uniform in color, making sure to get the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Pour into the prepared pie crust and freeze for at least 8 HOURS or overnight. This ensures the alcohol in the pie has time to solidify adequately before serving.
  3. Just before serving, make the Chambord whipped cream: in a medium-large bowl, beat together the heavy whipping cream, confectioners' sugar, and Chambord together until stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes. Spread onto the top of the pie and garnish with raspberries. Store leftovers in the freezer and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! The Stella Rosa “Stella Pink” wine has aromatic fruity flavors like juicy strawberries, raspberries, and delicate rose petals. Because it has a low-alcohol content, it helps stay frozen in the pie filling. Any brand will do, but make sure it’s low-alcohol, ‘kay? Save the harder stuff for drinking!

Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect! Introducing Frozen Rosé Pie (AKA, Frosé Pie!). A cool and creamy no-bake pie with an ice cream-like texture and a robust, juicy, rosé wine flavor because it's made with real rosé and Chambord liqueur! Easy, impressive and perfect!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, Stella Rosa and Chambord don’t know I exist which makes me sad. This post is not compensated by them; I just love their rosé wine and it worked beautifully in this recipe. 

The Best Fresh Strawberry Pie

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!

This is – hands down – the Best Fresh Strawberry Pie I’ve ever made or tasted before! A buttery, flaky pie crust filled to the brim with bright, juicy red strawberries and a sinfully sweet strawberry glaze. Whipped cream on top is mandatory!

Does anyone else watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise?

I am newly hooked on it, after watching Nick Viall’s season and cursing my way through the whole Corinne situation. And now, I’m loving Rachel’s season so far! She has a good pick of guys, that’s for sure. (Uh, minus the Whaboom/Whack-A-Mole/Wazzzup guy. He’s a little… medicated. Or rather, needs to be medicated).

It got me thinking: maybe should try out to be the next Bachelorette? I mean, can you imagine? The first plus-size, heavily tattooed, glasses-wearing person. I SMELL SOMETHING GROUND-BREAKING HERE. ABC producers, call me.

But then I wondered: what would our dates be? Please tell me the ABC producers come up with that stuff, because if it were up to me, we’d be bowling or going to Disneyland for every date. And actually, you can probably tell a lot about someone if they endure Disneyland with you. Screaming children, pushy stroller people, tourists galore, musty Pirates smell…

ACTUALLY THAT’S A GREAT IDEA.

Like this week’s relay race, you can have a Disneyland version. Obstacles include: Leap-frogging and/or javelining over a series of slow-moving strollers, pinning the right Mickey hat on the right kid, who can clean up a spilled Dole Whip the fastest, best end-of-roller-coaster-camera picture, most churros consumed in one sitting, who doesn’t toss their cookies on a broken and out-of-control Teacup… I’m sensing a really good date idea here, ABC! (Seriously, call me).

Also, are there requirements to being a Bachelorette? Like, is it required that we all have Michelle Obama-status arms like Rachel? Or that we all wear itty-bitty shorts a la JoJo? Can I spontaneously break out in song and dance? Am I allowed to wear tutus and Doc Martens?

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!Anyway, while I ponder my new life as a wannabe Bachelorette, I made myself (and you, duh) some Fresh Strawberry Pie to consume. It is BANANAS, y’all. (Er, well, BERRIES*).

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This pie is filled to the absolute brim with fresh, juicy, red strawberries and coated in a sweet and simple strawberry glaze which sweetens the pie a little but also helps keep it together and cut evenly. I chose to serve my strawberry pie in a classic pastry crust (which is pre-baked), but if you want to keep this entirely no-bake, use a graham cracker crust. Or, OOH! Maybe an Oreo cookie crust? GIRL YASS.

Whatever you do, make this pie and vote for your new fave Bachelorette (AKA me).

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Fresh Strawberry Pie
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This Fresh Strawberry Pie is loaded with bright, juicy strawberries and a sweet and simple glaze. So perfect for summertime!
Ingredients
  • One frozen 9" deep dish pie crust
  • One (6 ounce) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 & ½ cups water
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • For garnish: sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the frozen pie crust onto a cookie sheet, which will make it easier to remove from the oven. Prick holes all over the pie crust bottom and sides with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the gelatin, sugar, and cornstarch until combined. Add in the water and lemon zest, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for one minute exactly, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and bring the mixture to room temperature.
  3. Place all the berries into the pie crust shell. Pour the glaze evenly over the berries. Refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours. Serve with freshly whipped cream or whipped topping.

*adapted from Southern Dishes and Desserts magazine

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe!This pie is so flavorful with a hint of freshness from the lemon zest and filled with bountiful, beautiful berries! No summer cookout will be complete without this pie!

This is the BEST Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe ever!! Flaky, buttery pie crust filled to the brim with beautiful, bountiful, juicy red strawberries and a sweet and simple strawberry glaze. Perfect alone or topped with whipped cream! A great and EASY summertime recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Calling all ambrosia lovers! This No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is absolutely DIVINE. A cool & creamy cheesecake filled with fruit cocktail for a classic ambrosia flavor with a twist!

So confession: when I was making this pie, my family all rolled their eyes.

“Ambrosia is kind of… well, an oldie-timey recipe,” they said gently. “Like, only older people eat it,” they added. “I don’t think it’ll do well on your site.”

But because I’m an Aquarian I was like, thanks but no thanks for your opinion, I’m going rogue and making it anyway. Then I threw up a deuce and dropped an invisible mic while they all stared at me and wondered when the guys in white come to take me to an institution.

Growing up, we always had every holiday meal at my Grammie Pat’s house. And every. single. time. she made ambrosia. I didn’t know it as “ambrosia” though – just fruit salad, as Grammie called it. It wasn’t until I was older and received a kid’s cookbook that called it “ambrosia” and I was forever hooked on this fancy name for a not-so-fancy dish.

Sometimes Grammie would switch things up and make a mandarin orange ambrosia, or a pistachio one. Those admittedly weren’t my fave because they lacked the best part of an ambrosia: THE CHERRIES. DUH.

This pie has ALL the classic flavors of ambrosia into one unique pie that’s sure to please a crowd… and not just the more mature crowd, I promise!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Filled with fruit cocktail (with extra cherries, obvi), mandarin oranges, and pineapple, it’s creamy, cool, light & fluffy… and NO-BAKE which rocks since it’s warming up outside. I know ambrosia typically has marshmallows (at least Grammie Pat’s does!), but because I had already stuffed the insides of this cheesecake pie with fruit, I added the marshmallow creme to the whipped cream on top – oh yes I did. *invisible mic drop*

The result? Pure heaven. Grammie approves.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake!

No-Bake Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie
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This Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie is entirely no-bake and SO delicious! Perfect for spring and summertime, it's a fun twist on the original potluck dish.
Ingredients
  • One (9" round) prepared graham cracker or Nilla wafer crust
  • One (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can fruit cocktail, chopped & drained
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped & drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, chopped & drained
  • 4 oz crushed pineapple, drained (1/2 of an 8 ounce can)
  • ½ tub of Cool Whip, thawed (half of an 8-ounce tub)
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW WHIPPED CREAM:
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • Additional cherries, shredded coconut, pecans, or marshmallows for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Beat in the chopped fruit cocktail, chopped maraschino cherries, chopped mandarin oranges, and drained pineapple until combined, about 20 seconds. Lastly, fold in the whipped topping until combined.
  2. Spread the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set before serving.
  3. Before serving, make your marshmallow whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the heavy cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow creme and beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe the marshmallow whipped cream on top of the pie and garnish with additional fruit, nuts, marshmallows, if using. Store in the fridge.

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! I love that this cheesecake pie is totally customizable! If you don’t like certain fruits in fruit cocktail, make your own blend! If your classic ambrosia had pecans, add those! It’s super easy and guaranteed to please!

This NO-BAKE Ambrosia Cheesecake Pie combines all the classic flavors of ambrosia in one unique and EASY pie! Filled with fruit cocktail, pineapple, cherries, and mandarin oranges, it's topped with a marshmallow whipped cream. So simple and no-bake! Want more fruity desserts? Try these! 

These Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars are amazing! Layers of zesty lemon cake mix topped with a gooey fresh raspberry filling! Tastes like summertime in an easy dessert that feeds a crowd!Raspberry Lemonade Gooey Bars

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!Best Banana Pudding Pie

This Lemon Almond Crumb Cake is exceptional! Moist, buttery lemony cake topped with a butter, brown sugar & almond streusel. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert!Lemon Almond Crumb Cake

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars (Kuchen)

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! These Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars are so festive and fun any time of year, but especially for Memorial Day and Fourth of July! Similar to kuchen with swirls of cherries and blueberries!

I cannot believe it, but I went swimming for the first time in 10 years yesterday.

What brought on this monumental occasion? The fact that Sacramento hit 100 degrees already.

Meanwhile, I have friends in Minnesota who said it’s 46 and freezing there. So. Wanna trade me, Minneapolites?

A little back story real quick…

In junior high and high school, I used to dye my hair crazy rainbow colors. I had a new color about every month or two and it required severe bleaching of my entire head of hair every single time. Miraculously, my hair never felt damaged or fell out, even though my mom threatened that’d happen. (Still wasn’t worried; I was actually kinda excited for the possibility of wigs).

And because some of these dye jobs cost me (and my mom) quite a pretty penny, I never wanted to ruin my beautiful kaleidoscopic hair by dunking it in chlorine. So I spent summers avoiding the pool completely, because I found that once I waded in the pool without going under, I was more tempted to get my whole head wet, too. And dingy chlorine hair on pretty pastel pinks or vibrant purples was no bueno.

So even though my Grammie lived two doors down from us and had her very own (gorgeous) pool, I stayed away as if it were contaminated and preferred to cool down in an air-conditioned house.

But now that I live in an apartment complex and I have to pay for my own A/C *cries*, I wanted another way to cool down… so I took to the complex pool when no one was in it. It was nothing short of amazing, and I didn’t even go underwater (I’m platinum blonde now and not about to look like I dipped my hair in sewer water, thanks).

And now, if you need me, I’ll be lounging in the shade by the pool (if I’m not physically in the pool) for the rest of summertime. You know, with this attitude, I may actually enjoy the summer now… but don’t quote me yet 🙂

Since summer’s approaching, we’ve gotta start thinking backyard BBQs, pool parties, and the like. And with that (and Memorial Day/Fourth of July coming up), I figured these Red, White, and Blueberry Pie Bars were PERFECT to kick off the unofficial start of summah!

These bars are similar to cherry kuchen, which has a cakier texture than a pie-texture. These bars are a little more on the cakey side, but they’re still moist and chewy and delicious. They’re swirled with cherry and blueberry pie fillings and topped with a sweet lemony glaze.

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Oh, and they’re delicious and feed a crowd. WIN.

(Psst: they also taste great by the pool)

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! *adapted from Taste of Home

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Red, White & Blueberry Pie Bars (Kuchen)
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 20-25
 
These Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars combine the flavors of cherry and blueberry pie in one unique, hand-held bar! Great for feeding a crowd!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • One (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
  • ½ of a 21 oz can blueberry pie filling (see Note below for what to do with the rest!)
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt until creamy & fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the extracts. Lastly, beat in the flour. The dough will be VERY sticky.
  3. Spread 3 cups of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the cherry pie filling evenly. Dot the cherry pie surface with the blueberry pie filling and gently swirl together with the back of a spoon. Drop the remaining dough by the teaspoonfuls over the top of the fillings.
  4. Bake for approx. 30-37 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool completely in the pan.
  5. For the glaze, mix the confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, and lemon juice together until pourable. Pour over the tops of the bars before cutting into squares.
  6. NOTE: Use the remaining pie filling in the following ways (or eat it with a spoon!): blend into a milkshake (try vanilla ice cream with graham crackers), fold it in with Cool Whip or fresh whipped cream for a mousse, top an ice cream sundae with it, make mini pies with it, or swirl it into homemade ice cream!

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Festive, perfect for picnics or BBQs and delicious, these pie bars are sure to win everyone over!

Red, White and Blueberry Pie Bars: similar to kuchen, these cake-like pie bars are swirled with cherry and blueberry pie filling and drizzled with a lemony glaze. So easy, feeds a crowd and makes a big batch, and perfect for summertime festivities! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Banana Pudding Pie

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! If you love banana pudding, you’ll flip for this Banana Pudding Pie! All the flavors of homemade pudding in one simple to prepare pie!

So last week I traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania for training for QVC. Yes, they require training – and it was the best job training I’ve ever had! (Think about it – QVC is a well-oiled machine. They know what sells and what doesn’t. They want everyone to be on the same page. And like I said, the training was soooo worth the whole day of flying before and after the training class and the fact that I got the flu).

Anyway, it was so valuable and wonderful to meet fellow guests who will be selling their products on QVC, too! (And BTW, if you’re reading this and totally clueless as to what I’m talking about, I’m going on QVC this month – the 29th to be exact – to sell my second cookbook, Two in One Desserts!)

And of course, while I was there I thought I was the only cookbook author training that day. But in walks a tall, gorgeous woman wearing a floor-length fur coat and designer shades and announces she wrote a dessert cookbook to be sold on QVC, too. And her name was Patti LaBelle.

PATTI FREAKING LABELLE, Y’ALL.

At first I didn’t register who she was – I spent the better part of the morning exercising all my concentrated efforts not to puke all over their gorgeous offices – but when it hit me I tried my hardest not to be starstruck by her larger-than-life presence.

And then I thought, oh great – how am I gonna compete with Patti LaBelle?!

But you guys – Patti is the sweetest, most genuine person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was so kind and warm-hearted and offered wonderful praise for everyone who was there pitching their products to QVC. And of course, she was as glamorous as I’d expect.

Once I spent time at training and with Patti, I realized I am not competing with this woman – I am honored to have written a dessert book like she has – and she was so excited about my book, too! (So should I tell my publishers to put “Patti LaBelle loves this book!” on the back? Kidding. Kind of).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I met Patti LaBelle. She’s awesome, and I hope you have the pleasure of meeting her one day. Also, buy her book! It comes out in May and everything she told me about it sounds AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing… can we talk real quick about this Banana Pudding Pie? Because it’s totally incredible.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! We’re talking Nilla Wafer crust, a layer of freshly sliced bananas, a layer of creamy, decadent, silky-smooth banana pudding, and lots of fresh whipped cream. It is HEAVEN and it totally satisfied my intense need for banana pudding that I had a few weeks ago.

MAKE IT BECAUSE PATTI TOLD YOU TO.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!

The Best Banana Pudding Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Banana Pudding Pie tastes just like banana pudding, but there's no hassle about distributing it among jars or cups. Everyone gets a heaping slice of creamy, decadent banana goodness!
Ingredients
  • One prepared Nilla Wafer (or graham cracker) crust
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT banana pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups cold milk
  • 2 & ½ cups fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping)
  • 2 medium bananas, cut into coins
  • Miniature Nilla Wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Layer banana coins on the bottom of the pie crust; set any remaining coins aside for garnishing the top of the pie.
  2. Whisk together the instant banana pudding mix and the milk together until thickened and combined, about 2 minutes. Fold in 2 cups of the fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping, if using) until combined and fluffy. Spread into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Pipe remaining whipped cream around the pie and garnish with the miniature Nilla Wafer cookies and remaining banana coins. If desired, crush some Nilla Wafers to sprinkle over the top of the pie.
  4. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 4 hours or until set. If pie filling is still too soft, freeze briefly for about 10-15 minutes to make it easier to cut. Note: if you freeze the pie, leave the fresh bananas off as they will turn brown once brought to room temperature.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! I love how easy and simple this pie is – only a few ingredients, a couple minutes of prep and a hugely delicious payoff awaits. Perfect for banana pudding lovers like myself!

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is wonderful! Smooth & creamy and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor, it’s great for spring and summertime and is entirely no-bake!

So when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of being older.

My parents love telling the story that when I was 3 years old and people asked me how old I was, I would dead-pan “I’m 9.”

When I was a kid and my family & I would go out to dinner, I would always order a “virgin” strawberry daiquiri to seem like I was this experienced old soul who knew allthethings about fine alcoholic beverages.

When I was entering middle school, my new school was called a “middle school.” But because I watched Degrassi fervently, I knew some middle schools were called “junior high schools” and so therefore I told everyone I knew I was entering “junior high school” because it sounded more mature.

When I was in high school, I liked an older guy for a long time and was obsessed with the idea of looking older and more mature so he wouldn’t think I was just a dumb freshman girl with a crush.

And when I turned 18, I wanted everyone to know I was an ADULT, DANGIT, and made sure everyone knew. (Side note: I know I must be wonderful to be around. *eye roll*)

But back to my childhood days of ordering alcoholic beverages minus the booze – strawberry daiquiris were my favorite drink to order as a kid. I remember vividly going to Red Lobster with my fam and looking through their drink menu like I was some 10 year old booze-hound, poring over the pictures and descriptions of the colorful, umbrella-clad drinks. A lot of the drinks are virtually impossible to make virgin, but strawberry daiquiris were an easy one to blend up sans the booze, so it became a staple for me. It felt like such a huge graduation from childish Shirley Temples.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. But as I actually became older, I stopped ordering fancy bar drinks and settled for plain ol’ Diet Cokes and iced teas. Now that I’m 26 and trying to slow down time, I barely order alcohol anymore because I’d rather spend the extra cash on a bangin’ dessert instead.

To be honest, in the last 15 years I’ve forgotten about strawberry daiquiris until recently when I was grocery shopping. I spotted the frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix in the freezer case and instantly those memories rushed back to me like the flood gates had opened. There I was, a freak holding a strawberry daiquiri frozen drink mix having a reverie in the frozen foods aisle of Safeway, thinking about ways to use this drink mix when it hit me: PIE.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. This pie is such a cinch to whip up and is SO tasty. It’s creamy, smooth, flavorful and fresh and tastes amazing frozen or chilled in the fridge, though it’s required to be frozen to set at first. I topped mine with dollops of fresh whipped cream, but this would be excellent drizzled with chocolate sauce, additional strawberry sundae sauce, or even white chocolate. The world’s your oyster, kid.

Now let’s all take a bite and reminisce about our childhoods, ‘kay?

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge.

5.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is phenomenal! Creamy, dreamy, smooth pie flavored with strawberries. A wonderful staple for spring or summertime!
Ingredients
  • One 9" Nilla Wafer pie crust
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces frozen strawberry daiquiri drink mix, slightly thawed
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • One 8-ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and fresh strawberries for garnish, optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. Cream the cream cheese, condensed milk, strawberry daiquiri drink mix and strawberry extract together with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Continue beating for 2 more minutes until mixture is smooth and slightly thickened.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is fully incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Carefully place in the freezer and freeze until firm and solid, about 3-4 hours.
  3. Just before serving, garnish with additional whipped cream and halved strawberry slices, or serve with chocolate or white chocolate sauce. You may store the pie in the freezer for about 1 week (the fresh berries on top may not last that long), or keep covered in the fridge for about 1-2 days.

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. I love how creamy, fabulous and utterly delicious this pie is! I took it to my apartment manager’s office and it went fast. It’s a total hit!

This Frozen No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Pie is so phenomenal! Creamy, smooth, dreamy, strawberry-flavored perfection made with frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. Only a few ingredients, so easy and tastes great frozen or chilled in the fridge. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. This Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is so flavorful, unique and INCREDIBLE! Easy, impressive, and quick to whip up, it’s a must-make!

This Valentine’s Day, I’d like a Valentine. This Valentine’s Day, I’d also like this Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. At least one of those will happen, and it isn’t the real-life male Valentine part.

You guys – online dating is bleak. I don’t know where you guys find your soulmate, because all I see is a literal sea of shirtless bathroom pics, vaping pictures (ugh), and/or dudes that I just know I shouldn’t even entertain. Ladies, you know the dudes I’m talking about.

I talked to a few guys, but found out they had some deal-breakers for me. I feel like every guy I’ve talked to with a modicum of interest has a deal-breaker! And believe me, they are BIG-TIME deal-breakers… not like, he likes the Cowboys or something… (though that would be a deal-breaker enough for my dad and brother).

Sigh.

Anyway, so if you need me on February 14th I’ll be eating my feelings with this cheesecake. Care to join me, fellow singletons?!

So. This cheesecake. It is INSANE.

It’s a riff off of my Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake recipe that I made last year, but this one has a strawberry cheesecake twist that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. Here’s the low-down: First, make your Rice Krispy Treat crust. Just make a batch of Rice Krispy Treats and instead of putting them into a rectangular pan, press them into a greased 9″ springform pan. The springform pan makes releasing the cheesecake SUPER easy! If you don’t have a springform pan, line a 9″ round cake pan with parchment and use the parchment to lift the cheesecake out once it’s done. Your cheesecake crust may be thicker since cake pans aren’t as high up the sides as springform pans are.

Let the crust set for about 30 minutes, then make your filling!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. For the filling, cream together some cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and strawberry jam/preserves until creamy. Fold in marshmallow creme/fluff and Cool Whip, then spread this glorious mixture into the crust and smooth out the top. The hardest part – by far – is waiting for it to set (about 1-2 hours) before cutting into slices. If you want to get fancy, top it off with whipped cream and sliced strawberries. You know, for prosperity or something.

Now whatever you do, make this immediately!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries.

Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Rice Krispy Treat No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is AWESOME. Crunchy, crisp, creamy and smooth, it's a unique treat that's sure to please everyone!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 5 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (10 oz) bag miniature marshmallows
  • FOR CHEESECAKE & GARNISH:
  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup seedless strawberry preserves/jam
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and sliced strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease a 9" springform pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together until smooth and bubbly. Pour into a large bowl with the cereal and toss to combine. Pour the coated cereal mixture into the prepared pan and use the bottom of a greased drinking glass to gently press and compact the cereal mixture into the pan and up the sides to create the crust. Let set for 30 minutes.
  3. Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and strawberry preserves until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the marshmallow fluff to combine, and then fold in the Cool Whip until fluffy. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the crust and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish the cheesecake with additional whipped cream and sliced strawberries, if desired.

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. A crunchy, gooey crust with a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling… this cheesecake may be my new favorite dessert ever!!

This RICE KRISPY TREAT NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE is such a show-stopping dessert! No-bake, so easy to whip up, quick and impressive, it features a gooey Rice Krispy Treat crust, a smooth & creamy strawberry cheesecake filling and is topped with fresh strawberries. Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is exceptional! A fudgy brownie bottom topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding and topped with chocolate sauce. Decadent, divine, and oh so delicious!

Y’all – I am DONE with my book!

Where’s my flute of champagne?!

I am so so so glad I’m finished, but also kind of sad. I guess it’s like when you’re pregnant and you have the baby. You miss being pregnant, but you’re also like thank god it’s out of me so I can have my body back. Except replace “baby” with “book” and “body” with “life.”

And now I can slightly have my life back again, which means I can dip my feet yet again in the online dating world, or go on a vacation or drink champagne starting at noon daily because I’m done, y’all.

Of course, there’s still editing to do and whatnot, but that’s okay. The bulk of the work is over and for that I’m eternally grateful. Also, I’m never writing 2 books in 1 year again. (Ask me in 2018 and I guarantee I’ll do it again).

So now that the book writing’s over and the holidays have passed, it’s time to start shoving Valentine’s Day in yo faces. (Sorry not sorry!!)

And the perfect way to segue into Valentine’s Day is by giving you the recipe for this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie. Let me just say: it’s awesome!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!I have a recipe very similar to this one in my new book, and my book recipe had me thinking – there are a lot of different flavor combinations here besides the one I used! And because of Valentine’s Day, I figured strawberry was an appropriate choice… and boy, was I right!

First, you bake your brownie. It’s essential to use an 8×8″ pan size pouch of brownie mix here. If you can’t find that, measure out about 2 cups brownie mix and add your ingredients (I’ll post the measurements in the recipe below!!)

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Bake your brownie and let it cool. Then, whip up your strawberry pudding layer. It’s literally strawberry pudding mix + milk. Then fold in some whipped cream (or Cool Whip if you fancy like me) and spread that goodness over the brownie layer.

The hardest part is letting this bad boy refrigerate for a few hours to set and get all purty and fab. But once it’s ready to cut, just try not to face plant it.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 8-10
 
This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is FANTASTIC! A fudgy brownie bottom, a fluffy & light strawberry pudding layer and it's topped off with chocolate covered strawberries and fresh whipped cream. So stunning and fabulous!
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 1 8x8" brownie mix pouch (See Note below), plus ingredients on back of pouch
  • 1 3.9 ounce box instant strawberry pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
  • 6 chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Chocolate syrup
  • NOTE: If you cannot find the 8x8" pouch of brownie mix, use 2 cups of a fudge brownie mix and mix in ⅓ cup oil, 2 Tbsp water, and 1 egg)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the deep dish frozen pie crust onto a rimmed baking sheet and prick the pie crust all over the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions, or see the note above. Pour the brownie batter into the pie crust and smooth out the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Whisk together the dry pudding mix and milk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ths of the Cool Whip until fluffy and light. Pour the strawberry mixture on top of the brownie layer and smooth out the top.
  4. Refrigerate the pie for at least 6 hours or until set.
  5. Just before serving, pipe or dollop the remaining Cool Whip around the perimeter of the pie and garnish with the chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate syrup.

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too!Fudgy, sweet, chocolaty and bursting with juicy strawberry flavor, this pie will be your Valentine!

This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownie Pie is a simple and stunning dessert! A fudgy brownie "crust" topped with a light & fluffy strawberry pudding mousse and topped with chocolate-covered berries. Have your fruit and cover it in chocolate, too! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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