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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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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}

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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!

Sheila


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Key Lime Pie

Take a break from the summertime heat with this cool and refreshing Key Lime Pie!

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Many years ago, my husband and I were watching Oprah. Ok, let me say, this did not happen much — I think I was home sick and we were flipping through the channels.

We stumbled upon The Oprah Winfrey Show where a chef was just about to make his famous Key Lime Pie. My eyes were glued to the TV as he quickly whipped together this beautiful pie.

With my mouth still watering, I clicked onto Oprah’s website and printed out the recipe. I stuck it in my recipe binder and there it stayed.

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For some reason, I never made the pie. Not sure why.

I always knew I wanted to make it. Maybe it was because I had never seen fresh Key limes before. Or maybe I was just not looking. Does this ever happen to you — you find a great recipe and never make it?

I had seen Key lime juice in a bottle, but knew for sure I did not want to use that stuff. I’m sure its good, but not good enough for this pie.

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A couple of weeks ago my husband told me that he saw Key limes at our local grocery store.

I immediately said, “Well, that means I need to make a Key Lime Pie.”

And that is exactly what I did. I flipped through my binder, found the recipe and off to the store I went.

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And the outcome — a sweet and tangy flavor, a crisp delicious graham crust, and the filling — a wonderfully cool and creamy texture.

Afterwards I continued to wonder why had I never made this amazingly easy, and incredibly satisfying pie before.

Who knows. But I have made it twice and both times it turned out perfect.

I believe the fresh Key limes are the secret ingredient. They are smaller, juicier and have more distinct, intense flavor than regular limes. I hope your grocer has Key limes so you can enjoy this pie as much as me and my family did!

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Key Lime Pie

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling
4 egg yolks
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
Freshly grated zest from 1 Key lime

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust: Place 2 packages of graham crackers into a large zip-lock baggie, seal and crush with a rolling pin until you get coarse crumbs. Measure 1-1/2 cups and add to a large bowl. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt and stir until combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.

For the filling: In a large bowl add the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk and whisk until well combined. Add the Key lime juice and whisk until mixture becomes thick then pour into the prepared crust. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the filling has just set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Slice and serve.

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Get ready to dig into summer with a big slice or two of this sweet and creamy Key Lime Pie!

Sheila

 

{Recipe adapted from The Oprah Winfrey Show}


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Patriotic Puppy Chow

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with this Patriotic Puppy Chow!

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And be warned, this sweet chow is not for your dog — it’s for us, humans! Yeah!

I know it’s a strange name, but let me tell you, one hand full of this white chocolate coated, cake batter dusted, candy studded, crunchy munch, will make you a believer that puppy chow is good for you!

It’s an easy snack to prepare, especially for a hot summer day treat, and it will be gobbled up in no time! You may want to make a double batch to make sure you have enough to nosh on while watching the fire works burst in the night sky!

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This week, our weather resistant thermometers will climb to the triple digits every day! Ugh!

When our local meteorologist informed us it’s going to be 105 degrees, well, that just means in my back yard, the red line of my trusty  thermometer will reach somewhere around 110 degrees.

Sweltering heat – not what I call fun!

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But what is fun is a big bowl of this Patriotic Puppy Chow, extra crunchy and cold because I keep mine in the freezer!

And you can join in on the fun too! With this super simple sweet treat that includes a special ingredient — white cake mix! Yep, it will bring this puppy chow to a whole new level!

Just combine crunchy cereal and melted white chocolate, then dump it into a dusting of white cake mix and powdered sugar and toss in some red and blue pretzel M&M’s along with some white chocolate chips — and you’ve got a festive treat to serve your hungry guests as you celebrate our great nation!

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Patriotic Puppy Chow

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex Mix Cereal
2 bars (4.4 oz each) Lindt White Chocolate bars, melted according to package
3/4 cup white cake mix (dry from box)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup Pretzel M&M’s (blue and red ones only)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cereal then pour the melted white chocolate over and stir until well combined.

Into a large zip lock baggie, add the cake mix and confectioners sugar. Add the cereal mixture and seal the baggie and shake until combined and cereal is coated.

Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Let cool completely then toss in the M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Store in am air-tight container and keep in a cool place – for me I like to store mine the freezer!

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Salute the flag with a bowl or two of this sweet and cool Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Have a fun, safe and sweet 4th of July!

Sheila