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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!

Brownie S'mores | A quick and easy summertime treat | Sweet Baked Life

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!

Brownie S'mores } Single serving and so easy to make | Sweet Baked Life

Brownie S'mores

  • Servings: 10
  • 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.

Brownie S'mores | Simple and super yummy | Sweet Baked Life

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}

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Peanut Butter Blondies

Pure and simple, these sweet and salty Peanut Butter Blondies have a wonderfully soft and fluffy nutty texture!

Peanut Butter Blondies

Who does not like peanut butter? Well, my hubby for one!  That is why I don’t really make a lot of things that have the sweet gooey stuff. However I have been on a peanut butter kick lately. My kid has even been asking for it – a lot! He now likes to dip apples into the smooth peanut goodness almost each night. At least he is eating his fruit!

And if you are a sweet and salty addict like me, well you will love this combination. You only need a few ingredients that you probably have in your pantry such as flour, sugar and peanut butter, baking powder and vanilla along with butter and a few eggs. They are easy to make, uncomplicated — pureness at its best!

Peanut Butter Blondies

And my kid has also been on a baking binge. You see, his school elective this semester is cooking! I had to laugh, a kid after my own heart. And now that he is a teen, he pretty much wants to bake everything by himself. However, somehow, I always seem to step in to help! I guess it’s just the baker-mom in me!

He actually made some homemade bread last week, that I will be posting soon. As you may know from reading this blog, I am not a bread maker! But the stuff actually came out real good!

Ok, back to these Peanut Butter Blondies. You see I love peanut butter so much, I literally eat the stuff right out of the jar with a big spoon. Especially at night, when I feel starving after a long day and night, peanut butter always makes me feel better.

So I thought, why not make blondies out of this? And voila! And why I never thought of this before? Not sure. But they are fabulously addicting. And since the hubby does not like PB, well, more for me! But I have a feeling these will be eaten up fast when my son invites some of this buddies over — and if you know growing teenaged boys. Well enough said! Maybe I need to make another batch?!

Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut Butter Blondies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×11-inch baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

To a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and beat until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Then add the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Note, the batter will be a bit sticky.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Using a spatula or your fingers, press into pan until evenly distributed. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted to the middle comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Cut into 16 squares and serve!

Peanut Butter Blondies

So there you have it. A quick and easy, delicious sweet and salty snack that is perfect as an after school treat, weekend delight or simply just anytime. Enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee is my favorite!

Peanut Butter Blondies

I hope you whip up a batch of these golden delicious Peanut Butter Blondies soon! You’ll be glad you did!

Sheila

 

{recipe inspired by Like Mother Like Daughter}


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White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

Kick up your holidays with this sweet and spicy White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark!

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

And with only two ingredients this bark could not be easier! So if you’re short on time and need of a scrumptious treat, you have got to try this simple White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark. And even better – no baking required.

You start by melting creamy white chocolate then add in some chopped gingersnap cookies, let the confection harden, and voila, you’ve got a candy goodie ready for everyone to enjoy.

Now I have made all kinds of “bark” in my day, but this recipe by far is the easiest. And the flavors are reminiscent of the holidays. If you are considering baking and decorating a gingerbread house (which I have done my fair share of and I don’t really like doing!) you might want to reconsider! This bark is much easier, less stressful, and the combination of cool creamy chocolate surrounded by warm crunchy gingersnaps is simply divine!

You see, I’m all about staying stress-free over the holidays (or at least I really try), and this recipe is so simple, it will not even feel like you’re going to any trouble to create a wonderful sweet.

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

3 packages (11 oz. each) Ghirardelli Premium White Chips
20 gingersnap cookies

Get out a rimmed 11×13-inch non-stick baking pan. If you do not have a non-stick pan, line with wax paper.

Into a medium bowl, break up the cookies and set aside.

Place chips in a double boiler over gently simmering (not boiling) water. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use a glass bowl over a pot. Stir chips until melted. Take care in not over heating the white chocolate or it could break. As well, you can also melt the chips in a microwave according to the package directions.

When chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add cookies. Stir until combined. Pour into pan and put in refrigerator for 2 hours or until set. Remove and slide bark out of tray. Slice with knife or use your hands to break up.

White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark

May you spend precious time with your families and friends over the holidays — and don’t forget to surprise them with some snappy White Chocolate Gingersnap Bark!

Merry Christmas!

Sheila

 

 

{recipe adapted from Bran Appetit}


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2 Ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes

Butter + potatoes = pure heaven! If you love potatoes like I do, then you have got to try these super easy 2 Ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes! Get ready to let these show-stopper potatoes become the star of your meal!

2 Ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes

And if you’re short on time like me these days, this post will be quick and easy — just like the recipe!

These 2 ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes are hands down the easiest potato recipe I make — and the outcome is melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! After you try these addictive morsels, hopefully they’ll become an all-time favorite of yours too! The warm and creamy inside of these little red gems that have a bit of crunch from the butter crisped skin, will make your taste buds soar directly to cloud nine!

You’ll use two of my favorite ingredients – butter and potatoes (yes, I know not chocolate and toffee — LOL) throw them in the oven and forget them until they are done. Definitely a great side dish to whip up when you’re hustling about preparing an involved holiday production in the kitchen! Your home will be filled with a warm, rich aroma of the two comforting ingredients melding together. Ahhh…you can’t go wrong with this fool-proof recipe!

2 Ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes
(aka Sheila’s Potatoes, recipe adapted from my husband)

2 lbs. small red potatoes
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash and pat dry red potatoes. Put potatoes in a 13×9-inch baking dish, make sure you just have one layer of the potatoes. Cut butter into 1/2 inch slices and place over the top of the potatoes. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until cooked through (tested by fork) and golden brown. Serve immediately.

Now how easy was that?? Impress your friends and family with these truly tasty 2 Ingredient Roasted Red Potatoes; super easy, super scrumptious! And in my book these warm and buttery bites are the perfect paring for any casual dinner or fancy entertaining — and great to make as part of your holiday feast!

Sheila