S’mores Bars

S'mores Bars - A perfect summer BBQ treat!!

Summer and S’mores just belong together!

These S’mores Bars are thick, chewy and delicious… and taste like s’mores and a chocolate chip cookie combined!

I made a batch of these scrumptious bars for a family BBQ this weekend and when I went to retrieve my plate, there was nothing on it but a few crumbs!  I’m sure I’ll be making these S’mores Bars several more times this summer!

Chocolate Chip S'mores Bars - It's like a S'mores and a chocolate chip cookie had a baby!

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S'mores Bars

These bars are thick, chewy and delicious! It's like a S'mores and a chocolate chip cookie had a baby!

Yield: 1- 9x13" pan (about 24 bars)

Ingredients:

Crust-
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (made from 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers)

Cookie Dough-
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

Toppings-
1-2 Hershey chcolate bars (each "Hershey" section broken or cut in half)
1 graham cracker (broken into pieces)
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325*F and line a 9"x13" baking pan with parchment paper (or foil). Leave some paper hanging over the sides so you can easily pull the bars out of the pan after baking.

2. Crush graham crackers, then combine 1/2 cup melted butter with crumbs and stir until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Put entire pan into the freezer while you make the cookie dough.

3. In a large mixer, blend together both sugars and the melted butter. Add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla and continue to blend until well combined.

4. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Then, while the mixer is on low, slowly add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture. Stop the mixer immediately when you have added all the flour. Add the marshmallows and chocolate chips and blend until all of the ingredients are well combined.

5. Retrieve the baking pan from the freezer and scoop the dough on top of the prepared crust. Use an offset spatula to carefully spread until evenly distributed.

6. Top the dough with the toppings listed, pressing them into the dough slightly.

7. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and there is no wet batter visible.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool FULLY before cutting (1 hour or more). For easiest cutting, run a knife around any edges that are touching the sides of the pan, then pull up on the parchment paper and place giant bar on a cutting board.

Recipe Source - Glorious Treats, inspired by a previous post for Graham Cracker S'mores Cookies

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Prepare the simple graham cracker crust, press into pan and put the entire pan in the freezer to firm up while you make the cookie dough.

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Mix up the cookie dough batter, then spread onto the prepared crust.

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Top the cookie dough with mini marshmallows, chocolate bar pieces and graham cracker pieces (not shown, opps!).

Bake, cool and enjoy!!  The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the bars to cool before digging in!

These S’mores bars would be extra incredible topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

S'mores Bars - Bring a plate of these to a summer BBQ and watch them disappear!

Love S’mores?  I do!  Here are a few more S’mores inspired treats…

Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Rice Krispie Treats

S’mores Decorated Cookies

S’mores Pops

Salted Caramel S’mores – from My Baking Addiction

Skillet S’mores Cookie – from Cookies and Cups

S’mores Brownies – from Recipe Girl

Happy summer!

Show and Tell – June 2014

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Happy June!  I’m trying something new today, so read along and then share your thoughts in the comment section!

I love sharing recipes, cookie tutorials, and all of the other sweet things I share here on Glorious Treats, but sometimes there are a few more things I’d love to share!

Sometimes I come across a cute craft idea somewhere else on the web, discover a great new product, or want to share a little “behind the scenes” peek of what I’m making in the kitchen.

I’m going to experiment with a once a month “Show and Tell” post that will share little tidbits of my life and pretty things from around the web.

Almost daily, I pin beautiful ideas from around the web onto my Pinterest Boards.  In this monthly ”Show and Tell” post, I’m going to select a few of my favorite pins from the month and show them off here.  If you’re not following me on Pinterest, please join the fun!

I also love posting images to Instagram almost daily.  I usually use Instagram to show little peeks into the projects I’m working on and fun products I want to share.  In these monthly “Show and Tell” posts I’ll grab a few of my favorite Instagam pictures and highlight them here.  Feel free to follow me directly on Instagram as well.

In addition to highlights from Pinterest and Instagram, these “Show and Tell” posts will be a fun place for me to share a few other tidbits such as my favorite on-line shops, maybe highlights from my current travels, and other fun and sweet things I think you’ll enjoy!

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A few of my Pinterest favorites from June…

1.  I’m slightly obsessed with these Marshmallow Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories!  They look so chewy and delicious!

2.  These Painted Mason Jars from It All Started With Paint are perfect for holding flatware, and would make fun vases or candle holders too!

3.  These Layered 4th of July Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen would surely be the talk of any 4th of July party!

4.  This Gorgeous Salad from the Reluctant Entertainer looks like the perfect summer side dish or meal!

5.  This Eraser Stamped Shirt from Cutesy Crafts looked so fun I ran out and bought the supplies the day I saw this!  My girls and I had a great time making our own shirts!  It was a fun, super easy craft that would work great for most any holiday or occasion!

6.  This 4th of July Snack Mix (by me!) is one of our favorite summer treats!

Show and Tell - June 2014 - GloriousTreats.comJune Instagram highlights…

1.  Last week I made favorite family recipe that calls for one full can of Hershey’s chocolate syrup!  I’ll be sharing the full recipe soon!

2.  I made a pretty set of cookies for my cousin’s (Sarah) 40th birthday.   I used the same general techniques as these Hand-painted Valentine’s Cookies.

3.  Another cake cookie, similar to my Cake Stand Cookies set.

4.  This is currently my favorite summer set of cookies!  I mixed and matched some left over icings and I just love the colors!  I also had fun with the pool mat design, so simple, yet so cute!  I made this set for one of my niece’s birthday.

5.  I tried making homemade Milano cookies… it didn’t go so well.  I’ll have to try that again another time.

6.  I was sent some samples of a new Mac & Cheese line from Pirate’s Booty, everyone in our house loved it!

7.  My gorgeous new Le Creuset French Oven… oh how I have dreamed of owning on of these pots for so long!  This one is from their new Matte line.  The color is Mineral Blue, although it’s more gray than blue in certain light.  So beautiful, so durable… I look forward to cooking delicious food in this for years to come!

8.  Summer BBQ food… my favorite!!

9.  One of my favorite images, from my post on How to Frost Cupcakes.

 

The art of shopping…

This week a reader asked how my cupcake liners always look so colorful and clean… the “secret” is greaseproof cupcake liners!  One of my favorite sources is Baker’s Stock.  Greaseproof liners keep their color even after being filled with batter and baked!

People often ask where I find inspiration for the things I make?  One source of inspiration for me is beautiful supplies!  Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply is a shop I often browse just because everything there is so colorful and happy!

 

Feedback please!!

Did you see something in this post that was new, helpful, or inspiring?  Did you enjoy the post?  Sometimes I wonder how many people actually READ my posts (versus just look at the photos and scan… yes, I’m talking to you!).  Does this kind of post require too much reading to find all the good stuff?  Please share some feedback, I love hearing from you!

4th of July Ice Cream Cone Cookies

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It’s time to celebrate summer with picnics, parties and ice cream… or in this case ice cream cone cookies!

I got a little crazy and made some three scoop ice cream cones, but this set of cookies is really more just an invitation to pull out some cookie cutters and play!

For the 4th of July you can get away with making just three colors of icing without anyone thinking you’re lazy!  =)   In this case, you will need one extra color, light brown, for the ice cream cones.  Still, pretty easy!

For this set of cookies I just pulled out a few star cookie cutters, a small heart, an ice cream cone and a mini cupcake.   It seems I can’t make a set of cookies without throwing in a few cupcakes!

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Let’s decorate!

First, you’ll need a batch cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe (or your favorite).

Then, mix up a batch of Royal Icing.

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Triple Scoop Ice Cream Cone Cookies -

1.  Cut out some ice cream cone cookies, as well as several just “scoops” of ice cream.

2.-3.   Use a large round cookie cutter to trim off the top of a whole ice cream cone cookie, and also to create a little curve in the “scoops” of ice cream.

4.-5.  When you have one full cone and two trimmed “scoops”, assemble them on a silpat lined (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet.  Simply lay the pieces next to each other, like puzzle pieces.  Press along the seam just a bit.  As the cookies bake they will expand just enough to fuse together.  When the cookies are baked, allow them to cool slightly on the baking sheet before moving.

6.  Decorate your three scoop cone cookies!  I would suggest starting by outlining and flooding the center scoop (in this case white), and the cone itself.  Once those areas set up a bit (at least 30 minutes), you can fill in the red and blue scoops.  Once the base icing is set in each area, add an outline and/or sprinkles, as desired.

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Looking for more 4th of July inspiration?

Here are some cute 4th of July Star cookies, along with 20 Ways to use a Star Cookie Cutter!

The always impressive 4th of July Flag Cake!

Simple and delicious Red, White and Blue Mini Cheesecake Trifles!

And be sure you’re following Glorious Treats on Pinterest where I have a whole board of 4th of July treats and ideas!

Almond Joy Krispie Treats

Almond Joy Krispie Treats - Yes, they are as amazing as they sound!!

I have a bit of a “thing” for Rice Krispie Treats.  They’re crispy, chewy, sweet, and JUST. SO. GOOD!

These Almond Joy Krispie Treats take a simple and delicious treat to a whole new level!

If you’ve spend any time here before, you already know I love “fancy” rice krispie treats!  Smore’s Krispie Treats, yum… Oreo Krispie Treats, yes please… Chocolate, Caramel and Peanut Butter Krispie Treats, oh baby!    And these Almond Joy Krispie Treats will join the list as one of my new favorites!

These delicious bars combine toasted coconut and almonds with the traditional krispie treat and then get a layer of chocolate and more nuts and coconut to finish them off beautifully!

If you love the flavors of an Almond Joy candy bar, you’ll want to whip up a batch of these treats very soon!

Almond Joy Krispie Treats - These are a must make for coconut lovers!!

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Almond Joy Krispie Treats

Coconut, almonds and chocolate take rice krispie treats to a whole new level!

Yield: 15-20 treats

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
8 cups crispy rice cereal
8 cups mini marshmallows
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure coconut extract
8 oz. semi-sweet (or bittersweet) chocolate

Directions:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 375*F and spread the coconut and almonds onto a baking sheet. Bake for 6-10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes of baking, and stir nuts and coconut. Check again after each additional minute to make sure the ingredients don't burn. Remove from oven when lightly golden. Set aside and allow to cool.

2.) Prepare a 9"x13" cake pan by lightly greasing with butter. Lightly spray 2 rubber spatulas with cooking spray (or coat lightly with butter) and set aside.

3.) In a large bowl add the cereal. Set aside about 1 cup of the coconut/nut mixture (for topping), and then add the remaining coconut and nuts to the dry cereal. Stir to combine.

4.) In a large glass bowl, add the marshmallows and butter (if the butter is cold, cut into a few smaller pieces). Microwave 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows are VERY puffy. Carefully remove from the microwave and stir with a greased spatula. Stir until the butter is well combined with the melted marshmallows. Add coconut extract and stir (working quickly).

5.) Pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl of cereal/coconut/nuts. Using another greased spatula, work quickly to combine all ingredients.

6.) Pour/scoop the combined ingredients into the prepared pan and use a spatula to press down the mixture into the pan.

7.) Allow pan of treats to cool slightly (about 5 minutes), then melt the chocolate (in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave). Pour the melted chocolate onto the treats, and spread (using an offset spatula). Sprinkle on the reserved coconut/nut mixture.

8.) Allow chocolate to cool fully (about 30 minutes) before cutting the treats.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

I used unsalted butter because that's always what I have on hand. I'm sure you could use salted butter if desired.

I used 2, 4oz bars of Ghirardelli bittersweet (60%) chocolate.

Almond Joy Krispie Treats - Simply amazing!!

Love coconut?  Check out these other luscious coconut desserts…

Coconut Macaroons

Almond Joy Bars

German Chocolate Brownies

Coconut Snowballs

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These wholesome and delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a perfect snack to have on hand all year round!

With summer break official underway I was searching my cupboards this week for some healthy snacks for my girls.  I remembered a recipe for homemade granola bars that I had made earlier this year, but then we ate them before I had a chance to photograph them!  =)  So I mixed up another batch and photographed them shortly before they “disappeared” again!

These homemade granola bars are sweet, chewy, and can be customized with your favorite ingredients.  Feel free to add some additional nuts and seeds, omit the chocolate chips (if you must!), or replace the small amount of butter with coconut oil to make these a delicious dairy free treat!

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These delicious homemade granola bars are sweet, chewy, and a perfect snack for anytime of day!

Yield: 10-12 snack bars

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons butter (or coconut oil)
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, no added sugar)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups quick cook oats
1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Line a 8"x8" pan with parchment paper or foil.

2.) In a small saucepan, combine butter, peanut butter and honey and heat over low heat. Stir and heat just long enough for the ingredients to melt together. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt (if desired).

3.) In a large bowl, mix the oats and rice cereal and stir to combine.

4.) Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to combine. Add most of the chocolate chips, but reserve about 1 Tablespoon. Stir to fully combine.

5.) Pour/scoop mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into the pan. Sprinkle reserved chocolate chips on top and press onto the surface.

6.) Cover and refrigerate the bars for 30 minutes before cutting. Remove from pan and cut into squares or bars.

7.) Store the bars in the fridge (in a sealed container), although they are fine at room temperature a few hours (long enough to send in school lunches).

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Feel free to add some additional healthful ingredients, such as chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, coconut etc. I would suggest you could add 1/2- 3/4 cup dry ingredients (such as those just listed) without needing to adjust any other ingredients.

If you only have rolled oats (vs. quick cook oats) on hand, simply pulse the oats in a food processor a few times to break them up a bit, then you may use them in place of the quick oats listed.

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Homemade Granola Bars

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a delicious snack (or even breakfast) for kids and adults.  Everyone in our house loves them!

Are you looking for more easy summer snack ideas?

This Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip is a wonderful snack or light dessert.

And be sure you’re following Glorious Treats on Pinterest where I have some delicious summer boards, from salads, to snacks, to desserts.

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Happy summer snacking!