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Indoor S’mores

Have you ever sat there on a rainy fall day, where the air is cool and crisp, and wanted s’mores? How about any time of the year, when where you live doesn’t have any access to a fire for s’mores? We’ve managed to find the perfect solution!

So, when my parents took me camping when I was young, they always packed all the fixin’s for s’mores; but they were for me. We found a similar recipe on a box of cereal and ever since then, my mom always made these for every camping trip. I loved both and still to this day, love this recipe. It’s the perfect recipe when I’m craving s’mores on those cold winter days. It always brings a bit of summer weather feeling into the house.

Indulge in a bit of outdoorsy life brought to the indoor life. You’ll enjoy these and wonder why these aren’t more popular!

Indoor S'mores
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Ingredients
  1. 8 c. graham cereal
  2. 1 bag (10 oz.) mini marshmallows
  3. 1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
  4. 5 Tbsp. butter
  5. 1/4 c. sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp. water
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13x9 pan. Pour cereal in a large bowl. Reserve 1 cup marshmallows.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the remaining marshmallows, chocolate chips, butter, sugar and water over low heat until completely melted. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until completely coated. Mix in remaining marshmallows.
  3. Pour into greased pan and press firmly. Let cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Chocolate Sour Cream Muffins

 

What could be better than chocolate first thing in the morning? I can’t think of anything else I’d rather have. Throw in an easy recipe and it’s like a match made in heaven! The only thing better would be someone else making them and serving them to you, hot and just the way you like it. You might like them served in bed too! I just happen to not like being served food in bed (I may be just a bit paranoid that my bed may get dirty.)

My quirks aside, these muffins are delicious! A moist chocolate muffins that melts in your mouth. It’s perfect for those mornings when you want to make breakfast, but need something quick and easy. I let my husband make the elaborate morning meal, but I’m more of a baker and want easy and quick; these are my go to recipe for breakfast. The best thing is, they taste amazing with all purpose flour and the gluten free flour blend that I use. My husband couldn’t even tell the difference!

However, for me, what takes these muffins over the top is the way I serve them up. When they are piping hot from the oven, I cut a X in the muffins (being careful not to cut my silicone muffin liners) and place about 1/2 a tablespoon of softened butter in them. That yummy grass fed butter just melts straight into the muffins, making them a delectable mouthwatering treat that I would love to have every morning.

I dare you try them with butter, they just might be your favorite morning treat too!

Chocolate Sour Cream Muffins
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/4 cup baking cocoa, sifted
  10. 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 1/2 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease a muffin pan. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in one egg at a time, along with vanilla, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Sift cocoa butter into bowl, mixing well until fully incorporated. Alternate additions of flour and sour cream until fully combined. Scoop into muffin tins. Bake 18-20 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
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Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

I love sugar cookies! They bring back memories of Christmas time in my childhood. So why am I writing about sugar cookies, when this is clearly a post about chocolate shortbread cookies? I’m glad you asked! You see, these cookies have evolved from sugar cookies in a very unlikely manner. I’m not the most creative cook in the place, in fact, I like following recipes to the “t”. One day, I had committed myself to making dessert for a gathering at my parent’s house. However, our RV was getting fixed and I had left my recipe book behind. Also, I had very basic ingredients to work with. My mom doesn’t have a lot of my recipes, as she doesn’t bake from scratch often. I had no idea what to do. My mind finally fixed on a recipe that has been in our family since I can remember…sugar cookies. Our family only makes them for Christmas though. Plus, I was really in the mood for chocolate. Did I dare try to change the recipe?

Well, I dared! I substituted some of the flour for cocoa powder and baked up a bunch. I was pleasantly pleased to see that they were edible and even looked halfway decent! When it came to tasting them, well, it wasn’t what I expected! Instead of a chocolate version of sugar cookies, I had come up with a chocolate shortbread cookie. 

If you like shortbread and you like chocolate, these are the cookies for you! Chocolaty, crumbly and in bite sized morsels, they are great for snacking or gifting. Eat them with a glass of milk or crumble them in vanilla ice cream for a decadent treat. Frost them with a buttercream frosting (how about some green for St. Patrick’s Day?) or dip them in a glaze…the possibilities are endless! 

How do you like to eat shortbread?

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  6. 2 c. flour
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1 tsp. cream of tarter
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Combine dry ingredients; stir in. Refrigerate 2-3 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375. Roll dough into 1" balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2" apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a sugared glass. Bake for 8 min. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely.
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