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These S’more Cookie Bars Have Me Saying “Gimme S’more!”

14 Jun

Ok, I know – the title is a ridiculously bad pun – but I just couldn’t help myself – it was so punny!!!! Ok. Done now – for real. But what’s no joke is how deliciously easy these bars are – I mean, basically you take a chocolate chip cookie, and add marshmallow creme and graham cracker – what’s not to love about that?

Truth be told – I already have a S’more’s Bar Recipe that I love – but I am all about trying new things, and these looked easy (translation – I already had most of the items on hand – which is really the big seller for any recipe in my book, cuz, well… #lazy)

Ok – time to get down to it:

S’more Cookie Bars
(Recipe courtesy of Something Swanky)

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup fine graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1/2 cup chocolate semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil.
-Beat together the butter and sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
-Mix in the baking soda, salt, flour, and graham cracker crumbs until dough forms.
-Press 3/4 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the marshmallow cream over top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the cream.
-Press the remaining cookie dough over top of the chocolate chips. Bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool before cutting and serving.

Some “Work In Progress” Photos:

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Basically cookie dough with graham cracker crumbs in it (YUM).

Oh and I doubled the recipe because – well – why not?

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My thought process was “oh maybe the marshmallow cream will be easier to spread with my hands than the spatula!” It wasn’t. At all. Take my word for it – use the spatula – and you can even coat it in non-stick spray before attempting to spread the creme around. This is the hardest part of the whole recipe – stickiest stuff ever!

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I am not sure why – but that dough just looks so goodddddd – and I love that you can see each “s’more” component in the pan

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Oh – hello lovelies. Boy am I glad I made two pans of you!

So – the original recipe says to cut the pan into 9 squares – but – I cut mine into WAY more than that (mostly so I can eat a bunch of them but not feel guilty because “they were tiny!” HA)

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They were an instant hit with the husband – kid took a minute but also declared his love for these cookie bars soon after his initial taste test!

These are perfect for those moments when you’re craving a s’more but the weather isn’t cooperating so you can’t have a bonfire (which – here in Upstate NY is like most of the time, since we spend over half the year with snow on the ground!)

As for their comparison to my original beloved S’mores Bars – overall – they are pretty similar in taste, with the main difference being ease of eating – in that these cookie bars are much easier to pick up and eat without making a mess (the original ones have a thicker chocolate layer which makes them a bit trickier to eat). These would be really great to make for a picnic or BBQ – especially if you do like me and cut them up small (and make a double batch – because – who doesn’t need S’more of these?!)

Beer In Pie = Every Man’s Dream Come True

22 Jun

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Yesterday was Father’s Day – so Happy (slightly belated!) Father’s Day to all the dads out there – and a very special Happy FIRST Father’s Day to my husband – he’s an amazing guy and it’s been so great to watch him be a dad to our little guy. I knew I wanted to do something special for him to show him how much I love him and appreciate all that he does, and when I came across this recipe for Chocolate stout s’mores icebox pie – I knew it would be perfect. After all, what man wouldn’t love for someone to make them a pie – and not just ANY pie, but one with chocolate and BEER in it?

Chocolate Stout S’Mores Icebox Pie
(Recipe Courtesy of The Beeroness)

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients
Crust
• 9 graham cracker sheets
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 4 tbs butter, melted

Filling
• 1/3 cup chocolate stout
• 2 tbs unsweetened Cocoa
• 1 1/3 cups (8.5wt oz) bittersweet chocolate chips
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
• ¼ cup powdered sugar
• pinch salt

 Topping
• 3 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions
Add the graham crackers and brown sugar to a food processor, process until just fine crumbs remain. While the mixer is running, add the melted butter until well combined.
Press into the bottom of a spring form pan in an even layer until well compacted.

Add the chocolate stout, cocoa, and chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl, microwave on high until melted, stirring frequently, about 90 seconds.
In the bowl of a stand mixer add the vanilla, heavy cream, powdered sugar and salt. Beat on high until medium peaks form. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the chocolate until combined. Stir until well combined.

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Pour over the crust in an even layer.
Top with marshmallows, freeze until set, about 2 hours.

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Before serving toast the marshmallows with a culinary torch until blacked to desired degree.

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One thing I love about this is that it is a no-bake dessert (I REALLY am a fan of no bake pie in the summer!) – so no heating up the house or sweating over the oven!

I followed the recipe exactly – the only thing I didn’t do was blacken the marshmallows – as I do not have a culinary torch, and didn’t want to risk melting the whole thing under the broiler. Therefore, the marshmallows didn’t add much taste at all to the pie, since they weren’t toasted like in a real s’more – but that’s really ok, because the chocolate stout layer is good enough to stand on its own – it was rich and creamy, and didn’t taste too much like beer (which I appreciated!) – but the hint of it was still there

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My dad and husband both loved it – so I think I made a good choice for their Father’s Day dessert!

To all the dads out there who would do anything for their families (like my dad and husband!) – I salute you, and hope you had a great day, and that you’re celebrated not just on this holiday, but all year long. Cheers!

Potluck Crowd Pleasing Desserts

26 Jul

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Summer is the season of picnics and get togethers – most of which involve delicious FOOD! Whenever I am asked to bring a dish to pass to a potluck picnic, my mind immediately goes to desserts (as it does pretty much 24/7)….

So if you decide you want to bring a dessert to your next get together, then I suggest you consider these Characteristics of a good potluck/picnic dessert: It should be easy to transport, it preferably doesn’t need to be refrigerated, it won’t easily melt, is hand held, and most importantly – it has to be tasty!

I personally prefer to bring something like a cookies or cookie bars, I find they fit all these characteristics, and there are so many different recipes to try!

Here are my top Potluck Dessert Picks:

Monster Cookies – So many awesome tastes all in one! These giant cookies have a lot going on – M & M’s, Rice Krispies, oats, nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanut butter flavor – but they all work together well and create a delicious cookie that will please everyone!

The Brown Sugar Blondie – Think of a sugar cookie, but in a car, and with delicious M&M’s added to it – yum! This one can even be themed, since they make M and M’s for different seasons/holidays, so you can use those fall/Christmas/Easter/Valentine’s Day M&M’s, or you can use the different flavored ones too, like the peanut butter ones (my personal fave!), or dark chocolate would be fun in here too

S’more Bars – Graham cracker cookie make up the top and bottom of this treat, and are separated by a layer of chocolate and one of marshmallow fluff – this is a great alternative to making actual s’mores, and is great in the summer or in the winter (when you are longing for something, ANYTHING that will remind you that warmer weather will be arriving soon!)

Funfetti Cookies – These are fast, cheap, and easy – you use a standard funfetti boxed cake mix, add 1/3 cup of oil & 2 eggs, form into balls on cookie sheets, bake for 6-8 minutes, and voila – cake cookies!
*Quick Tip – if you don’t have the Funfetti cake mix at home, you can use almost any standard size/flavor cake mix and turn them into
Cookies using that same recipe

In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, I just may whip up some s’more bars for a picnic I am headed to next weekend! What about you – what do YOU like to bring to a picnic or potluck party? Are you a dessert person too?

S’more Bars – No Campfire Needed!

1 May

My husband went out of town for the weekend a few months ago, and the minute he announced he was going, I knew there were many exciting things for me to look forward to with the house all to myself, including:

-long baths
-long naps
-countless hours of crap tv
-the chance to bake new things- and more importantly, try recipes that I wanted to try and that I could eat all of if the results were positive

…Needless to say, I had a full weekend ahead of me.

First order of business, find some new recipes to try. In my search, I stumbled across this gem of a recipe, promptly made them, and then proceeded to eat over 2/3 of the pan myself. They are delicious, the graham cracker portion stays nice and chewy and overall it’s just a perfect recreation of one of the best summertime desserts – the S’more!

Spring is upon us, and with that brings picnics, campfires, and lots of s’mores. The rest of the year, when making an authentic campfire s’more isnt an option, these are the perfect substitute (in fact, I might even say I like them better than the real thing….I know that’s a strong statement to make, but that is how good these are, no joke)

…They look amazing don’t they? They taste even better than they look!!  Try the recipe out, you won’t be disappointed!

(Recipe Courtesy of Baking Bites)

S’More Cookie Bars
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs*
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
-Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
-In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
-In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
-Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick.
-Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.
-Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool completely before cutting into bars, then devour them. Yum.

Makes 16 cookie bars.

*Note: 3/4 cup crumbs is approx 7 full-sized graham cracker sheets, whizzed in the food processor until fine.