Archive | June, 2019

John’s Cookbook – Page 10 – Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

13 Jun

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars
(Recipe Courtesy of Just So Tasty)

5 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
5 tablespoons butter , or margarine
1/4 cup corn syrup*
7 cups Golden Grahams
1 cup mini marshmallows

1. Butter/grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. Add 5 cups marshmallows, milk chocolate, butter, and corn syrup to a large sauce pan.
3. Melt the mixture together over low heat while gently stirring with a rubber spatula.
4. Once melted remove from the heat and immediately stir in the cereal and remaining cup of marshmallows. It will be very sticky.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and flatten down using the back of your spatula (lightly greasing the spatula can help).
6. Allow to harden at room temperature for 60 minutes before cutting into squares.

Recipe Notes
*If you don’t have corn syrup use 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water instead.

**Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature. I don’t recommend storing them in the fridge because they can get too hard.

As you can see, John loved making these (and eating them!). No-bake recipes are not only perfect for little ones to help with, but they are also awesome on a hot summer day when you don’t want to turn on the oven!

This recipe in particular is perfect for when your child has been BEGGING you for a fire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores – but the dang weather just won’t cooperate (rain for days ugh!)

A Cookie Cake For My Sweet Little Graduate

4 Jun

This sassy little man is about to graduate from PreK. Which ok – “graduate” may seem like a strong term, but it does make the end of one phase of life and the start of another. Next year he will be in full day Kindergarten – riding a school bus, eating lunch in the cafeteria, and growing up right before my eyes. Excuse me while I cry….

Ok. Now that that’s out of my system, I wanted to find a way to celebrate this milestone. Saw someone order an awesome looking cookie cake for their preschool graduate, but when I looked it up they started at $35. No thanks. So I figured – might as well try and make one

So, here we go:

Giant Cookie Cake

(Recipe courtesy of Divas Can Cook)



12 Tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup mini chocolate chips + more

decorations (m&m’s, frosting, sprinkles, etc)


4 Tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup Crisco

2 Cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp butter flavoring

2 Tablespoons milk


-Preheat oven to 325.

-Line a 12-inch pizza pan with grease parchment paper. Set aside.

-In a large bowl cream together melted butter and brown sugar.

-Mix in eggs and vanilla extract.

-In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.

-Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms.

-Fold in mini chocolate chips.

-Press dough evenly into prepared pan.

-Sprinkle additional mini chocolate chips on top. (optional)

-Bake for 13-15 minutes. (do not over bake. Remember cookie will continue to cook as it cools)

-Let cookie cool on pan until completely cooled.

-Prepare frosting by creaming softened butter & Crisco together. Add the other ingredients and mix throughly until light and fluffy. Spread on cake

Notes: I didn’t have any mini chocolate chips on hand – so I used regular ones, and I used way more than 1/2 a cup – more like a heaping cup. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written – baked it for exactly 15 minutes and it came out great!

I am NOT a pro at decorating – but I think this one turned out pretty awesome! Not as fancy as if I had ordered one, but considering that this one cost nothing (since I had all the ingredients on hand) makes it pretty hard to argue with. Plus – the kid likes it, and that’s all that really matters isn’t it?

Next stop – kindergarten! (Cue sobbing moms everywhere)