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S’more Cookie Bars

What’s the first dessert that comes to mind when you think of summer?  For me, it’s a s’more.

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Le’ts address the elephant in the room first.  For all my life I’ve called it a s’mores.  To be clear I thought it was like deer or moose.  I thought s’mores was both singular and plural.  Wikipedia has now corrected me.  It’s a s’more (no “s” at the end).  I learn something new everyday.  😉  If you’re my husband (the Pixar fan) then you may also refer to them as schmoes.

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Okay, back to your regularly scheduled program.  Desserts.  Summer desserts.  How do you take your s’mores?  I find that everyone has a specific way that they prefer to build their s’more.  Do you use the extra large and in charge marshmallows or how about those fancy stackable ones?  How much chocolate do you have oozing out of the graham sandwich?  Maybe you go crazy and add a Reese’s peanut butter cup or chocolate hazelnut spread instead of a traditional chocolate bar.  This inquiring mind wants to know.

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I wanted to incorporate the traditional s’more flavors into cookies.  Let’s face it, they are slightly less messy to enjoy that way.  Plus you get a cookie out of the deal!  I was feeling lazy and didn’t feel like rolling a bunch of cookies so I made one big one to cut up into bars.  Same difference, right?  😉

I’ve loaded these bars with lots of chocolate.  Actually, it’s almost too much.  Almost.  😉  #chocoholic

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The marshmallows are puffy and pretty when you take the bars right out of the oven.  However, they will settle down and look deflated once they’ve cooled.  That’s reality.  But they still taste dang good.  My husband would like to point out that the graham flavor in these bars is not very strong.  I did that intentionally because I think that the cookie part is supposed to take the place of the graham cracker.

I’m really in love with these cookie bars.  You’ve got a little sticky going on, a lot of sweet chocolaty goodness, and cookie heaven.  The only danger about eating these cookie bars is that you may not want to go back to the traditional s’more.  You’ve been warned.  🙂

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S’more Cookie Bars Recipe
(Makes 24 bars)

Ingredients:

  • 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 13.7 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (equivalent to 1 and 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and set it aside.  I like to lay parchment paper in the pan so it is easier to remove the whole thing in one piece, but this is not required if you want to cut them straight out of the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, dark brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix in the eggs.
  6. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients.
  7. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers.
  8. Spread the cookie dough in the prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake it for 15 minutes.  (Note that at this point you have NOT put the marshmallows on the bar yet!)
  10. Remove it from the oven, sprinkle the mini marshmallows on top then put it back in the oven to bake for an additional 9 to 13 minutes.
  11. If your marshmallows have not browned and you want them to have that golden “freshly toasted over a camp fire” color then switch your oven to broil mode.  Keep the cookie bars in the oven for about 2 more minutes on broil, but keep a very close eye on it because once the marshmallows start toasting they will get dark very quickly and can easily burn by accident.

Adapted from:  Very Best Baking

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

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Stuff I’m Into: July 4th Inspiration

Happy Monday!  I’m already thinking about the upcoming weekend because it’s a holiday weekend and that means two things.  It’s a weekend full of parties and BBQ food (i.e. pig out weekend) and it’s a three day weekend!  There is nothing that sucks about that.

I’ve put together some of my favorite food, fashion, and decor ideas for the July 4th celebration.  I hope you guys enjoy!

BBQ Food and Drinks:

Cocktails are always fun at a party, but I especially love this Strawberry Daiquiri.  Daiquiris are the perfect kind of drink to keep cool and the color coordinates with a red, white and blue theme (if you’re into doing themed parties).

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Most BBQs have the typical hot dog and hamburger menu going on.  This Quinoa Salad is a simple an awesome side dish that would go well with any grilled food.

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For dessert, a sheet cake is an easy way to go, like this Banana Cake.  It’s one of my favorite cakes I’ve ever made and it serves bunches.

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Pies are a popular dessert at BBQs and this Blueberry Pie is the best blueberry pie I’ve ever had.  I’ve made it several times.  Note to self, take new pictures when I make it next time because the originals are… well, let’s just say I’ve come a long way since the original post.  If you don’t feel up to making a pie, then this Giant Blueberry Hand Pie is a fabulous alternative.  Technically speaking it’s not actually easier to make, but it is easier to serve.  Although if you’re hosting or going to a BBQ that will have a lot of people then you may want to make two or five of these.

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What to Wear on the 4th of July: 

I think an all white outfit is so summery and chic.  Plus it’s an outfit that anyone can pull together under any budget.  I just bought these white shorts that can be paired with a white t-shirt or tank top.  Add a pop of red or blue with fun shoes or a clutch to really get into the holiday spirit.  (My husband points out that white clothing and BBQ sauce may be a bad combo.)

If you want to go super casual, wear jeans or jean shorts with a light weight button down chambray top and neutral espadrilles.  I bought these denim roll up shorts from Banana Republic and this blue and white pinstripe shirt from Cotton:On last year and I still love and wear them all the time.  Espadrilles are a huge summer trend this year and I just bought these Marc Fisher espadrilles (which I’m completely obsessed with).

A simple shift dress is another great option because you can dress it down for a BBQ and dress it up for another occasion.  I’ve been eyeing this shift dress.  It’s super cute, comes in six colors and is less than $50!

How to decorate the home for 4th of July:

I like to keep the decor simple and use fresh flowers.  It’s summer-y and pretty.  (We are still getting the last few red roses of the year from our garden.)  To add a little festive touch I’ll display red, white, and blue straws in cute cups in the kitchen.  They’re inexpensive decor and it’s useful when it comes time to serving drinks.  I bought the ones you see in the strawberry daiquiri from TJMaxx.

 

What are guys doing for 4th of July?  Ciao!

 

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