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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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Rocky Road Fudge

Get ready to sink your teeth into sweet squares of Rocky Road Fudge!

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Why do so many people like Rocky Road Fudge? Simply put, it’s darn good! And it’s probably because of the amazing combination of chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts!

My husband is one of those people who LOVES Rocky Road Fudge. It really is his all-time top candy to eat! His favorite place to get this treat is from See’s Candies. In his honest opinion, See’s makes the best candy. Ever. Period. End of discussion. I have to admit, I also like this traditional candy shop. I have been a fan of their confections ever since I was a little girl. I adore the sweet smell of chocolate and of course, the free samples with every visit!

Now it seems, every time my hubby is craving something sweet, he will ask, “Are you going to See’s? And if so, bring me back some Rocky Road Fudge.” And about 99% of the time, it’s a, “nope” from me! That’s because I don’t really like going to the mall — that’s where the closest See’s store is located, and I would rather make the candy than buy it! Go figure!

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And, let me tell you, this recipe is so easy — it only takes 4 ingredients and does not require baking!

Once ready to eat you will be delighted by the texture of smooth, rich chocolate engulfed with fluffy marshmallows and crunchy walnuts. I added lots of marshmallows and walnuts — just the way the hubs likes it!

Be warned, a little piece goes a long way. And, if you have a family who likes sweets (like mine), you may just want to make a double batch! It’s also great for snacking on in the middle of the night to satisfy that sweet craving! It’s also a great gift to share with someone special — that is if you can make it and get it out of the house without letting your family know what you’re up to!

The boys loved this stuff! Winner! I’m already thinking about making more!

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Rocky Road Fudge

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 package (12 oz) milk chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups walnut pieces

Instructions:

First, prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with a coating of non-stick spray. Then line with parchment paper, and repeat with the spray and set aside.

Into a large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir and microwave for about 30 second intervals until chips are melted. Be sure to take care in melting as not to scorch the chocolate. Stir to ensure chips are melted and smooth.

Add the marshmallows and walnuts, then fold until incorporated. Pour into your prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Sprinkle a handful of mini marshmallows on top and gently press down. Place in the refrigerator until set, or overnight. Then remove from pan, slice into small squares.

Note, my husband likes a lot of marshmallows and walnuts, you can use less if you prefer. Also, no need to chop the walnuts, when you slice the candy the nuts will be sliced.

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Surprise your family or friends today and whip up a batch of this rich Rocky Road Fudge!

Sheila


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Mississippi Mud Brownies

Y’all are going to love these moist and gooey Mississippi Mud Brownies!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeJust like I do! So, say hello to my new best friends — these sweet squares of chocolate with marshmallows and covered in a blanket of chocolate are so delicious that you may never make traditional brownies again!

The brownie layer is rich and moist, the marshmallows are melted so perfectly and the frosting on top brings your basic brownies to a whole new level of love! BFF’s for sure!

And that’s why I am sharing these incredible Mississippi Mud Brownies with you today!

Mississippi Mud Brownies | Sweet Baked LifeYou start with a packaged brownie mix, layered with mini marshmallows and topped off with a smooth chocolate frosting. These Mississippi Mud Brownies are super easy to make and the outcome, well, let me just say that my family quickly devoured them.

And if you read this blog on a regular basis, you will know that my family does not really like much of the stuff that I make and post. So, for them to ask, “Have you finished taking the photos of those brownies yet?” Is a true indicator that this recipe is a winner in my book!

Yeah! I will definitely be making these mouth-watering Mississippi Mud Brownies again and again!

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Mississippi Mud Brownies

  • Servings: 12 brownies
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:
1 package brownie mix + ingredients needed*
2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:
Heat your oven to 350 degrees (or whatever the package indicates for your brownies). Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

*Mix brownies according to package, however for the oil substitute unsalted melted butter and for the water substitute milk. This will make the packaged brownies so much better!

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted has soft crumbs.

While the brownies bake, make the chocolate frosting: add the unsalted butter, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, salt and milk into a small bowl and mix until well combined. This should be a somewhat thick consistency. Set aside until ready to use.

When brownies are done, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top making sure you form a single layer. Put the pan back into the oven and bake for about 3-6 minutes, until the marshmallows are almost browned. Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes.

Pour the chocolate frosting on top of the marshmallows and using an off-set spatula gently spread until you get and even layer. Cool for about 30 minutes on a rack, then finish cooling in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or over night.

When ready to eat, cut into squares and enjoy.

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I hope your family enjoys these decadent Mississippi Mud Brownies as much as mine did!

Sheila


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Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

As the clock reached 5:11 this morning I officially became the parent of a TEENAGER! So let’s go crazy and celebrate like any normal teen and dig into this S’mores Overload Cake! Where did the 13 years go? Not sure, but way too fast in my mind! I can’t believe my super smart, kind-hearted, fun-loving guy has now jumped into the next stage in his life. Oh no, what are we in for?

S'mores Overload Cake

Now let me think…what will this next phase hold for him? How about cars, girls, friends, not talking to your parents (well, that has already started!), mood swings, socializing, parties, new friends, new adventures, high school, and his first teenage crush, just to name a few. And hopefully as he goes through all of this, he will remember that his mom and dad love him, probably more than he knows. We do keep telling him that we were teenagers once, but that does not seem to make any difference, because we just don’t understand. Ok, I’m sure I had the same attitude, wanted my own space and had all the other feelings that invade your being when you’re a teen. But no matter what, we will always be there for him with open arms and our good listening ears on!

S'mores Overload Cake

So to celebrate this milestone, and to try to be a “cool mom” in his eyes, I’ve made this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake which has everything my new teenager loves — chocolate cake, marshmallows, milk chocolate chips and of course, Rolo candy pieces. Yes, you are right…it has a lot of sugar, a lot of chocolate — the perfect combination for a special birthday for my extra special teen! Go ahead, crush on this!

S'mores Overload Cake

Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake

1 (15.25) box chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 large eggs
1 (7 oz. jar) marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup ground graham crackers
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Rolo candy, cut in half

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

In a large bowl, add cake mix, water, oil and eggs and mix using a hand-held mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan and set aside.

In a large bowl of your electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the marshmallow fluff and butter and beat on high-speed. Slowly add the vanilla extract, then add the graham crackers and sugar until well blended and fluffy. This will take about 2 minutes. Note, the mixture will be thick.

Using a large spoon, evenly place the dollops of the marshmallow filling on top of the chocolate cake batter. Then sprinkle the mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and Rolo candy on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake is done and the marshmallows are golden (note, it’s ok that the cake is a bit loose in the middle). Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares and serve warm.

S'mores Overload Cake

Happy 13th Birthday my sweet one and only, may this new journey bring you much happiness as this Teenage Crush S’mores Overload Cake does!

xxoo Mama

Sheila

 

(recipe inspired from I Wash You Dry)

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