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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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SMORES COOKIE BARS

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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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!

Sheila

 

{recipe inspired from Carlsbad Cravings}


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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

Ingredients:
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)

Instructions:

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!

Sheila


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Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

Celebrate your special day with this lovely Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake!

Strawbery Lemon Icebox Cake

And today is that special day for me — it’s my 20th Wedding Anniversary!

Yes, 20 years of marriage…

240 months.

1,043 weeks.

7,305 days.

175,320 hours.

10,520,000 minutes.

631,100,000 seconds and counting.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

So, I thought this would be the perfect day to make this beautifully scrumptious and easy Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake.

You see, each year on my anniversary I like to make something that reminds me of that glorious warm summer day along with the divine fruit filled-lemony cake we celebrated with!

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

This Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake only takes a few ingredients; strawberries, lemon juice, graham crackers, powdered sugar and whipped cream.

And in no time, you will have a fresh and delicious dessert — worthy of any celebration.

Did you notice how the strawberries and lemon zest garnish look like hearts? I did not even notice that until after I uploaded my photos! True love shining through for sure!

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 30mins prep 4 hours chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Strawbery Lemon Icebox Cake

Ingredients:
2 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
2-3 packages graham crackers (about 20 full crackers)
3 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sliced strawberries and lemon zest for garnish

Instructions:
Add the heavy whipping cream to a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on high-speed until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners sugar and lemon juice and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

In a 9×13-inch pan, add a small amount of whipping cream to the bottom and spread evenly. Begin making the layers by adding one layer of graham crackers, breaking the pieces as necessary to cover the bottom, then add 1/3 of the whipped cream spreading evenly over the graham crackers and 1/2 of the strawberries one layer. Repeat layers once. Then add one more layer of graham crackers and the remaining 1/3 of the whipped cream and spread to an even layer.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares and garnish with strawberries and lemon zest.

Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake

On this day 20 years ago, we became husband and wife. We have loved one another, supported one another and stayed strong through the good times and hard times. As well, we have celebrated our love and life with many sweet treats!

I love you with all of my heart and sweetness, today, tomorrow, and always!

xxoo

Sheila


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Brownie S’mores

Extend your love of the summer with these simple and sweet Brownie S’mores! They are perfect as an after school snack or to pack in your lunch for an afternoon treat at the office! Kids and adults alike will love them!

Brownie S'mores | These single serving s'mores are great to make for an end of summer treat | Sweet Baked Life

Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the summer? Me neither!

And I’m glad to be back with a post after a couple of crazy weeks around here. With my son starting high school, lots of big projects at the office, and endless home repairs — sometimes I wish things were a bit simpler!  But, no matter what, I would not change a thing!

Last week the hubs and I went to my son’s back-to-school night. The high school is amazing — his  teachers were inspiring and for me, motivating to hear them talk about their classes and what they will be covering this year. And even though there was not time to chat with the teachers, I made a special point to introduce myself to each of them — and to my surprise, they all had wonderful things to say about my son.

Ok, not saying that I did not know he is amazing (of course I know that he is!). But do you remember how nervous I was about him starting high school? Well, much to my surprise, and in a very short time my kiddo has really adjusted to high school and has immersed himself in his classes. As well, he has worked his intellectual charm on all of his teachers (all women mind you!). His French teacher even commented, “Oh, he is my favorite student.”

Huge smile on mom and dad’s faces! We are so proud of him!

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So, if you too have been crazed with school starting and all the new activities, then these S’mores Brownies will be a great thing for you to make and share with your family. Did I say that they are easy to make. Oh, yes. One of the things I enjoy so much is when I find a recipe that is not only easy to make, but taste great too.

You make these in small mason jars – and they can be stored right on your kitchen counter and there is nothing that needs to be refrigerated. All you do is layer the ingredients, screw the top on and you’re done. In my book, nothing is simpler!

You start with brownies –  you can make these or to save more time, you can buy them from your favorite bakery. Then you add crumbled graham crackers, chopped Hershey candy bars, and marshmallow fluff. You can then lightly toast the marshmallow fluff, add more crumbled graham crackers and candy, and either serve immediately or enjoy later.

I love making these in the mini mason jars — for me, just the right amount when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Brownie S'mores

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila|Sweet Baked Life Brownie Smores

Ingredients:
1 batch of brownies (homemade or store bought), cut into medium pieces
6 graham crackers, crumbled
1  (7.5 oz) jar marshmallow fluff
2-3 Hershey’s Candy Bars, broken or cut into pieces

Instructions:
Make your favorite brownies and let cool completely (or to save time, buy them at your local bakery).

Using 10 small mason jars (I used the 4 oz. size*) begin layering the s’mores: first put the brownies at the bottom, then add the crumbled graham crackers, some candy bar pieces, then top with the marshmallow fluff.

Using a kitchen torch, lightly heat the marshmallow fluff until it begins to turn golden. Sprinkle the top with candy bar pieces and finely crushed graham crackers. Serve immediately. To store, place lid on top and you can keep on the top of your counter for up to 4 days.

*Note: If you do not have the 4-oz. mason jars, you can use 6 of the 8-oz. size.

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If you’re short on time, but in need of something sweet, these Brownie S’mores are a must try! They are reminiscent of summer and will bring you back to a time when life was simple. And since they are so easy to prepare, make them all-year round like I will be doing!

Sheila

 

{inspired by Baking a Moment}