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S’mores Cookie Bars

Get ready to slice into a piece of nostalgia with these S’mores Cookie Bars!

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Sun. Sunny. Summer. Summertime.

Memories of days gone by.

Camping we did not do. Don’t like bugs. Don’t like dirt.

We “roughed it” every August in a two-room cabin sitting among the majestic redwoods in a secluded forest.

Across the road was the lake. Pack a picnic lunch. On the beach all day. Swimming. Making friends. Digging in the sand. Our bodies tanned with each day and glistened in the heat of the day.

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As the sun set each night, the barbecue was lit. The flames kept us warm as the cool breeze gently surrounded us.

Every last morsel of food was devoured giving us the needed nourishment from being outside in the heat each day.

With the warmth of the grill, we toasted marshmallows until they were almost burnt on the outside and gooey and warm on the inside.

Quickly put between Hershey chocolate filled graham crackers. Smoosh!

From the first bite to the last, we delighted in the crunch, melted chocolate and warmed marshmallows.

The sweetness I will always remember. The good times I will never forget.

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The nights were the darkest of dark.

The only thing you saw were the starts twinkling and the moon glowing.

Listening to the redwoods rustling in the breeze while owls hooted and crickets chirped.

We giggled until we fell asleep.

When morning fell upon us, we got up and repeated the fun!

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  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life S'mores Cookie Bars | sweetbakedlife.com


1 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups coarsely crushed graham crackers
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 (1.55 oz ea.) Hershey bars, roughly chopped
2 cups mini marshmallows, frozen


Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.

Add the flour, graham crumbs, baking soda and salt to a medium bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugars and cream together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy – about 2-3 minutes. Turn down the mixer to medium-speed and the eggs,  milk and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Add the chocolate chips and chopped chocolate bars and stir with a spoon until combined. Then add the mini marshmallows and stir.

Press mixture into your prepared pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the bars are browned and do not giggle. Cool completely on a wire rack, then cut into squares.

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Dig into these S’mores Cookie Bars and make the fond memories of summer last all year long!



{recipe inspired from Carlsbad Cravings}



Peppermint Chip Ice Cream {no-churn}

Welcome the winter with a scoop or two of this delightful Peppermint Chip Ice Cream!

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Yep, I did say ice cream. You know, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t eat frozen dessert! As a matter of fact, I could eat this beautiful cool stuff any day, any time.

Oh, and did I say winter? Yes! I really can’t believe that today is the first day of winter. Where did this month go? It’s almost Christmas, and I’m not ready! Thankfully, I took a few days off before the holiday so I can get everything done that I have been putting off — wrapping, baking, cleaning and the like when it’s this time of year!

So, if you’re like me, short on time and in need of a simple, elegant dessert — this no-churn Peppermint Chip Ice Cream is a winner in my book!

Needless to say, I am a huge peppermint fan, and peppermint ice cream has been one of my all-time favorite desserts ever since I was a kid. We used to go to this amazing ice cream shop by our home. It was small, family owned and the ice cream was incredible. Mint chip was usually my pick, however for the most part it was green (except for Christmas when they featured pink peppermint ice cream with crushed peppermint candy). And, I would get my ice cream dipped in this delicious chocolate sauce that hardened instantly, kind of like my Homemade Milk Chocolate Magic Shell.

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For me, because I have such fond memories of ice cream, there’s no better time to enjoy this Peppermint Chip Ice Cream than Christmastime! I love the combination of peppermint and chocolate — they really taste so good together — and the flavor reminds me of family and wonderful memories of sharing and eating! And, the pink color, well, if you know me, I would rather do pink than red or green anytime!

This time of year we come together with our families and share what we love.  So, whether you are having a big crowd or a small gathering this holiday season, this Peppermint Chip Ice Cream is the perfect dessert to share with your friends or family after your celebratory meal.

The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, and even better, there is no need for a fancy ice cream maker!

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So give yourself a break from all that baking, cooking and preparation for your big feast, and whip up this cool and satisfying dessert that’s easy to make last-minute or in advance.

The refreshing peppermint, along with a few drops of red food coloring to give it the glorious pink color, dotted with rich semi-sweet mini chocolate chips will make you tingle and instantly happy!

Delightful, cool and oh so yummy! You won’t be able to resist the incredible flavor combination! But please don’t forget to share it with your loved ones! Gather around the roaring fire or beautifully lit Christmas tree with a big bowl of this frozen delight and you won’t even remember the freezing temperature outside!

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Peppermint Chip Ice Cream {no-churn} Peppermint Chip Ice Cream (no churn) | Sweet Baked LIfe

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life


1 (14.5 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (chilled)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2-4 drops red food coloring (to make the perfect shade of pink)
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


In a large bowl, add the chilled sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract. Mix until well incorporated. Add the red food coloring, one drop at a time, stirring in between, until you get the perfect shade of pink, then set aside. Then in a large bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy whipping cream and beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form.

Add the whipped cream to the sweetened condensed milk and gently fold in until fully incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently. Pour mixture into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 6 hours or overnight). When ready to serve, remove from freezer and let sit for 2-3 minutes then scoop into bowls and enjoy!

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Wishing you and your family a warm and wonderful Christmas topped off with this cool and refreshing Peppermint Chip Ice Cream!


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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

Surprise your family, friends and guests alike with this amazingly easy Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake!

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, June was a busy month for our family.

With that being said, one celebration I attended was my nephew’s college graduation lunch. So proud of him, by the way!

I happened to sit next to two sweet ladies, my ex-sister-in-law’s mother and her mother-in-law. Ok, I know this may be confusing, but just hang in there with me. You see, when our family gets together for special occasions, everyone attends; new family members and old ones alike, and we all get along famously!

Anyway, this is really all about the cake!

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You see, during the lunch, the subject of baking came about, and for some reason (giggle) my blog came up.

These ladies were most impressed with what I was doing and wanted to know all about the yummy things I make and post.

Me, not being shy about my passion, immediately started chatting about this sweet thing and that sinfully sweet thing.

Tummies were growling and mouths were watering! Even though we were eating lunch — no one could resist dreaming of mouth-watering desserts!

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Then, lo and behold, one of the ladies, (my ex-sister-in-law’s mother-in-law; yeah, I know), chimed in that she had the best and simplest chocolate cake recipe ever. And she wanted to know if I wanted to hear the recipe.

Well, YES!

She told me, “Just take a package of chocolate pudding, make it according to the instructions, then add it to your favorite boxed cake mix, and mix the two together. Do not add anything else. Pour it into a baking pan, sprinkle it with chocolate chips, toss it in the oven, and you will have the best chocolate cake ever.”

Of course, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. And that I did. But per usual, I put my own spin on this sweet treat by adding toffee bits! The outcome was a moist delicious cake — she was right, it was fabulous!

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life


1 3.4 oz. package chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Toffee Bits


Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and milk and whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate cake mix and stir with a spoon until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips then the toffee bits. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the middle comes out clean.

Cool slightly on a wire rack, then cut into squares and serve.

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Who would ever think that by adding prepared pudding to a boxed cake mix would turn into a scrumptious Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake? It’s a must try, you won’t believe how good it is!

Sending a big hug and kiss to Lisa’s mother-in-law, Dorothy — thanks for the recipe! And a super big congratulations again to my nephew, Sam! Let them eat cake!!!




Chocolate Malt Tart

Get ready to dig into a slice of this decadent cool and creamy Chocolate Malt Tart.

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The month of June always seems to be filled with lots of celebrations in my family.




End of school.

Start of summer vacation.

Father’s Day.

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So, if your month is filled with endless events like mine, and you’re in need of making a sweet treat to celebrate a special occasion, make it easy on yourself and whip up this super easy, super scrumptious, no-bake Chocolate Malt Tart.

Believe me, your family and friends will think you spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing this mouth-watering delight!

Hehehe — your secret is safe with me!

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And even better, you don’t even have to turn your oven on to make this treat! Great around here since it is SO hot!

You start with a simple chocolate cookie crust — one of my favorites, but the way.

Then you mix up a rich and creamy chocolate malt filling using chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, malted powder and butter.

This tart is chilled then topped off with some coarse sea salt — which really enhances the flavor!

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Chocolate Malt Tart

  • Servings: 10 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Malt Tart - no bake and delish! | Sweet Baked Life

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chocolate Nabisco Famous Wafers, crumbled
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Sea Salt for garnish

Prepare a rectangular (11×4-inch) tart pan with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t have a rectangular shaped pan, you can use an 8-inch round tart pan. Be sure you have one that has a removable bottom for easy removal.

Place cookie crumbs and butter in a medium bowl and mix with a fork until fully combined and moist. Pour crumbs into your prepared tart pan and press mixture into the bottom and sides of pan with your fingers (or you can use the bottom of a cup) until evenly covered. Place in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.

While the crust is getting firm, add the chocolate chips to a medium heat-proof bowl. Then, to a small saucepan, add the cream and bring to a simmer over medium-low hear. Make sure you watch this so it does not scorch.

Remove the cream from the heat and whisk in the malted milk powder until smooth. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for about 1 minute; until the chocolate begins to melt. Whisk the chocolate until shiny and smooth. A little at a time, add the butter pieces and mix with a spoon until smooth and fully incorporated.

Pour mixture into the prepared tart crust and spread with an offset spatula until even. Refrigerate until filling is set, about 1-1/2 hours. When ready to serve, sprinkle with sea salt and cut into pieces.

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Make any celebration a yummy celebration by indulging with a slice or two of this incredibly delicious Chocolate Malt Tart!



{recipe adapted from Food Network}