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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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Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

Get ready to take your favorite ice cream treat to a whole new level with this Drumstick Layered Dessert.

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You see, I am always looking for the best new scrumptious dessert to tempt my family with.

And let me tell you, they are a hard crowd (of two) to please!

So, I got it in my mind to create one of their all-time favorite desserts, but in a new way.

With fingers crossed, and imagination raging, I was so hoping to please my boys with my amazing creation!

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Since they LOVE Nestle Drumstick Classic Vanilla Fudge Cones, and really you could say they have an addiction to them, I thought it would be so cool (pardon the pun!) to make one tremendous recreation of this lovable treat to satisfy their every sweet need!

I imagined the look on their faces I unveiled my sweet surprise, I knew for sure they would not only be so impressed with my talents, but that they would LOVE each and every bite of my Drumstick Layered Dessert just as much (if not more) than the cold, creamy and crunchy cone they adore.

And the result, a super tasty treat reminiscent of that all-time favorite ice cream cone. However, my most discriminating critics still like their frozen Drumstick better — go figure! But, as always, I guess that means more for me!

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It’s really quite simple to make. You start with some crushed sugar cones, layer it with chocolate ganache, chopped nuts, vanilla pudding, more chocolate ganache and topped off with more chopped nuts.

And there you have it, my re-imagined Drumstick Layered Dessert, with layers and flavors that mimic the original cone!

Best of all, no need to turn on your oven to create this decadent dessert!  And now is the perfect time to share this cool and easy no bake dessert with your family and friends!

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Drumstick Layered Dessert {no bake}

by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

1 box (3.2 oz) vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
2 cups crushed sugar cones (like Keebler)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped Nut Topping mix (or you can use chopped almonds or peanuts)


First, make the pudding layer: Add the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl and whisk until combined and becomes thick; about 5 minutes. Put in the refrigerator until needed.

For the crust: Combine crushed sugar cones, melted butter and sugar. Mix until well incorporated then pour into a 8×8-inch dish and set aside.

For the ganache: Coarsely chop the chocolate and place into a bowl. Add the heavy cream to a small saucepan over medium-heat until it just starts to boil, then gently pour over the chocolate. Let sit for about 10 minutes then whisk until fully incorporated and shiny.

To assemble: Pour 1/2 of the ganache over the crust and spread until even. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped nut mixture. Then gently pour the pudding on top and spreading evenly. Pour the remaining ganache over the pudding and spread to an even layer. Then top with the remaining chopped nut mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours, or overnight. Slice and serve. Yield: 12-16 slices.

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Even though this is not as cold as ice cream, this Drumstick Layered Dessert will definitely cool you off from that end-of-summer heat!



Chocolate Malt Ice Cream {with chocolate covered almonds}

Turn your hot summer time days into cool summer time treats with this heavenly no-churn Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds!

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Yes, you heard me correct — to make this decadent ice cream you don’t even need to pull out your ice cream maker!

This is really my kind of sweet treat to make during the hot months of the summer — quick, easy and no need to drag out a machine or turn on your oven!

You just use a few simple ingredients; sweetened condensed milk, malt powder, heavy whipping cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate covered almonds. And what you get is an amazing dessert — good enough to dazzle your friends!

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And around here, this really is the perfect dessert. It’s been so incredibly hot, that when you get home from a long day at work, nothing is better than this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream waiting for you in your freezer!

A few weeks ago we had 8 consecutive days where it was over 100 degrees. It finally cooled down to the mid-80’s for several days — perfect weather in my mind, but this week we are climbing up to the high 90’s and they are forecasting triple digits for the weekend!

No joke, when the thermometer gets over 100, it’s truly miserable. And we don’t really feel like doing much, except for splashing in the pool and consuming any type of food or drink that helps us cool down!

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That’s where this ice cream comes into play. Now, my husband really does not like anything made with sweetened condensed milk. Not sure why, but he thinks if you are going to make ice cream, you need to do it with fresh heavy cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla beans. Then of course, you need to use your ice cream maker.

Well, sorry! I love the canned gooey stuff and during the summer, I really don’t feel like making things the “long” way. Give me a recipe that’s quick and easy, and especially no-bake or no-churn and I’m all over it. And this ice cream will not disappoint.

However, if you know my husband (really does not each much of the stuff I blog about), then you will know, that with his feet firmly planted on the ground, he did not even try one bite of this creamy, malty, chocolaty, nutty delight! So, that meant just more for me! No complaints here as this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream is truly heavenly! !

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Chocolate Malt Ice Cream {with chocolate swirls and chocolate covered almonds}


1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Carnation Malted Milk Powder
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Chocolate Covered Almonds


In a large bowl

Put the sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl and set aside.

To a large bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and malted milk powder and beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Do not over whip.

Add the whipped cream into the bowl of sweetened condensed milk stir gently with a spatula until well incorporated. Then add the chocolate syrup a little at a time until you get the right balance you like. I only used about 1/3 cup as I don’t like mine so chocolaty.

Pour 1/3 of the mixture into a loaf pan and smooth the top with your spatula. Then drizzle with some chocolate syrup and sprinkle the top with chocolate covered almonds. Repeat twice, but on the last layer after you add the chocolate syrup, using a knife and run it up and down the length of the mixture to get a pretty swirled effect. Chop a handful of the chocolate covered almonds and place them on the top.

Place in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight, or until firm. Scoop into cones or bowls and enjoy!

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So, if you are like me, I know you will love this Chocolate Malt Ice Cream — any way you serve it, in a bowl on on a cone, it’s the perfect summertime treat!