Gimme S’more Sweets

The weather has been hot! Definitely too hot to sit around a fire pit! So today we decided a no-bake, no-fire recipe was necessary to fulfill our baking needs. You’ve surely heard of indoor s’mores, but we’re stepping them up a bit! Our Gourmet S’mores Bars will truly have you begging s’more!

Ingredients

• 1 box of Golden Grahams cereal

• ¼ cup butter

• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 package marshmallows cut into small pieces

• ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips

• 1 cup Rolo

•. 1/2 cup Mini chocolate chips

•. 1/2 cup Heath Bits

Instructions

1 In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat until completely melted. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.

2 Once melted, remove from heat and quickly add the Golden Grahams cereal. Stir until the cereal is fully coated in marshmallow.

3 Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and lightly press the mixture down evenly. Sprinkle ⅓ cup of the mini chocolate chips, Rolos, Heath Bits on top of the treats. Melt the remaining chocolate chips for 30 seconds in the microwave. Drizzle evenly all over the top. Cool for 20 minutes. Once cooled cut into bars to enjoy!

*recipe inspired by Life in the Lofthouse

Scrounging For Sweets

When a last minute invitation to a Labor Day picnic had us wishing we didn’t have to make another run to the crowded grocery store, we decided to try Plan B. Search our pantry for anything that would do. And to our surprise we found left over after school snacks, birthdays treats, and half a package of almond bark. Perfect for a White Trash snack mix. Golden Grahams, vanilla cupcake flavored Goldfish, an assortment of different flavors of Oreos, peanut and dark chocolate m & ms, and pretzels sticks. Don’t you just love it when things come together like that. Don’t you love it when you don’t have to go the grocery store on a holiday weekend! Happy Labor Day!

The Sweet Side of Nature

Now that spring has finally sprung, have you thought about heading to the great outdoors for a camping trip? Or better yet, a “glamping” trip?!?! Glamping seems right up our alley: gourmet food, hot water, and air conditioned cabins with hotel style beds. What’s not to love about roughin it in nature when you have those kind of luxuries! Since we have no plans for a glamping trip in our near future we decided to bring a small piece of glamorous camping to our indoor kitchens by making gooey s’mores brownies. A few of these goodies might just turn a couple of girls from surburbia into the outdoorsy kind! (Or at least the outdoorsy pampered kind!)

smores brownies

S’mores Brownies

Ingredients
•1 (21.5 ounces) package brownie mix
•2 cups of Golden Grahams Cereal
•2 to 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
•Mini chocolate bars (12 to 14 ounces total), coarsely chopped or broken into pieces

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch glass pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Spread into prepared pan. Bake brownies halfway, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven.

2.In a medium bowl, prepare the topping: toss together the graham crackers pieces, miniature marshmallows, and chopped chocolate.

3.When brownies are finished baking halfway, sprinkle topping over top. Return to the oven for an addition 15 to 20 minutes, until marshmallows are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into a non chocolate-covered area comes out clean. Allow brownies to cool completely.
4.When brownies have cooled, remove from pan by lifting the edges of the foil lining. Invert brownies onto a cutting board. Remove the foil lining. Place brownies right-side up on cutting board and cut into 24 squares. Enjoy!

*Recipe adapted from Stepable