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S’mores Bars

1 Feb

Well I’ve decided to get back into the blogging world, and was trying to think of the perfect recipe to get started with when I stumbled across this one.  Now you don’t have to be camping to have the great taste of s’mores. This is an innovative twist on a classic dessert that works perfectly. These bars are so simple yet great tasting and are an instant hit with everyone. The preparation time is unbelievably short and if you line the pan with tinfoil there is little clean up. There are many variations of this recipe online and I have tried a couple different ones and this is by far my favorite. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 ½ Cups graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons white sugar
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Cup milk chocolate chips
2 Cups Miniature Marshmallows

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line pan completely with tinfoil
2. Crush up the graham crackers until you have 3 cups of fine crumbs
3. Melt the butter and combine it in bowl with the sugar. Add the graham cracker crumbs and mix thoroughly.
4. Press graham cracker mixture into pre-lined pan and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
5. Mixture chocolate chips and marshmallows together. Then sprinkle over graham cracker mixture.
6. Bake for 10 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden and the chocolate has melted.  Let cool.
7. Remove tin foil from pan and enjoy!
Makes 9-12 Bars

*SUBSTITUTIONS
You can use 3 cups of pre-crushed graham crackers.
You can sub in semi-sweet, dark, r white chocolate depending on your personal taste although I recommend milk chocolate.

For more information see Joy of Baking.com

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Cupcake Cones

23 Jul

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This chant is always repeated whenever someone brings out ice cream, and although this looks like a traditional ice cream cone, it is a surprising twist on two traditional desserts. This recipe is one I have wanted to try forever. I was curious of how a cupcake would do while being surrounded by a cone. Luckily I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the crunchy cone complimented the sweet light cupcake flavors and textures. Plus it looks very cute in the end! Not having the cupcakes topple over is hard, second only to getting the frosting to stay up like soft serve.  Don’t let these challenges discourage you, though, the end result is definitely worth it. I love this recipe, as do my friends and family.

Ingredients:
1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
24 Flat-bottomed Cake Cones
2 Containers Butter Cream Frosting
1 Tube Colorful Sprinkles

Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven according to the cake box recipe.
2. Prepare the cake batter following the box instructions.
3. Stand the cones upright in a mini-cupcake baking tray.
4. Pour the batter into the cone until two-thirds to the top.
5. Bake the cupcakes following the instructions on the box, watching until they are golden brown.
6. Allow the cupcakes to cool for 10-15 minutes and then frost in a swirling upward motion to have the appearance of soft serve.
7. Sprinkle and enjoy!
Serves 24

*SUBSTITUTIONS
Any Cake Mix for Vanilla Cake Mix
Any Frosting for Butter Cream Frosting