We know it’s January, so it’s kind of unfair to complain about the cold. Lucky for us there are always a few warmer days sprinkled in between the chilly ones to make them more bearable. Today is one of those much needed days. No need to warm up with a hot cup of cocoa. We’ll bake Hot Cocoa Cookies instead! With sea salt caramel chips and Hot Cocoa M&Ms they become the tastiest way to enjoy these long winter days!
- 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 4 packages hot cocoa mix- NOT SUGAR FREE VERSIONS
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup sea salt caramel chips
- 1 cup Hot Cocoa M&Ms
Beat Crisco and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla; mix well.
In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture until blended. Stir in caramel chips and M&Ms. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.
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!
• 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
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
In lieu of dying Easter eggs this year, we have decided to make Resurrection Rolls. The process of baking these yummies teaches the resurrection story and creates a simple visual for even the youngest of our kiddos to understand. And the end product is a delicious baked goody to enjoy as you honor the reason for the season. Happy Easter!
1 can of crescent rolls
about 3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon
8 large marshmallows
2 tablespoons of melted butter
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up) and lightly spray with non-stick spray. Set aside. Combine your sugar and cinnamon in a little bowl, set aside.
Unroll each of your crescent rolls into triangles (representing the wrappings Christ was wrapped in after he was crucified). Next, take each marshmallow (representing Christ) and first dip it in the melted butter (representing the oils they anointed Christ with) and then dip it in your spice mixture (representing the spices they used on Christ’s body after he died). Place each marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll and roll it up tightly completely covering the marshmallow (representing the tomb).
Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake about 10 to 12 minutes or until the outsides of your rolls are lightly browned.
Remove from oven. When you go to serve these and they are sliced open, you will notice that your marshmallow is gone…just like Christ was three days later.
*recipe from Mix and Match Mama
We’re in full party mode around here this special Fourth of July Saturday. We will be celebrating our country’s independence with a bang. Snap, crackle, and pop to exact! Indulging in our Patriotic Popcorn Bar is sure to ignite our taste buds. What makes this even more festive and fun is the FREEDOM of choice in creating your own popcorn mix. It’s sure to be a melting pot of flavor in your mouth! Happy Birthday America!
Patriotic Popcorn Bar
- 12 cups of popped popcorn
- 1 bag of Patriotic M&Ms
- 1 bag of Patriotic Peanut M&Ms
- 1 bag of Patriotic Star Marshmallows
- 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 bag white chocolate chips
- 1 bag pretzels
- 1 bag mini Starburts
- 1 box Reese’s cereal
- Assorted popcorn seasonings
Pop popcorn. Fill a bag with popcorn. Spoon in favorite mix-ins. Sprinkle with desired seasonings. Let the fireworks begin!
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!)
•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
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
Want to beat the winter blues? For some, a cup of hot cocoa might do the trick. But for us a baked goody is in order…especially since its Saturday!!! Coincidentally, we ran across a recipe for hot cocoa cookies put out by none other than Swiss Miss herself. They are sure to warm your belly and if you are lucky enough to make them with a sister or loved one, we’re sure they will warm your heart too. (Awwww…ooooh! Cheesy, we know!)
Hot Cocoa Cookies
- 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3-1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup or 4 envelopes Swiss Miss® Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix (Do not use No Sugar Added mix)
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup semi–sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup Kraft® Jet-Puffed® Vanilla Mallow Bits
Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine next 4 ingredients. Gradually beat into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits. Cover and chill 1 hour. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.
Recipe from Swiss Miss