Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sister Inspirations: Two S'mores Inspired Desserts

I'm super excited to bring you something that my younger sister, Megan and I have been working on for several weeks now. I'm really pleased that she has recently started her own blog, A Little Nutmeg, because Megan and I have found that we feed off of each other’s creativity and are often inspired by similar things. So we thought it would be fun for us, and hopefully you, if we periodically collaborate with each other. We are hoping that this is a start of a monthly feature on our blogs.

This month the gorgeous weather inspired us to have a camping theme.  This is the ideal time to go camping in our corner of the Midwest because the weather has started to cool down. However, the fall months can get crazy busy and we wanted to make the charm of camping accessible without the hassle of packing. Our favorite part of camping has always been the food. So, this month we created our own spin on classic camping recipes.

s'mores bars

I decided to make two s'mores inspired desserts. They use the same basic ingredients, so it would be easy to indulge in both.

#1: S'mores Bars

Adapted from Idle Wife

Ingredients

For the chocolate layer:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 cups mini marshmallows

For the graham cracker crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

Process

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 2 quart baking dish with parchment paper. In a bowl combine ingredients for graham cracker crust and stir until thoroughly mixed. Press into an even layer in the baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

In a medium sized pot, melt peanut butter and butter together on a medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they are completely melted. Cool to room temperature then mix in the marshmallows. Pour chocolate mixture onto cooled crust and chill until set.

smores bars


  #2: S'mores dipped marshmallows


smores dipped marshmallows

I used the same chocolate/peanut butter/butter mixture as the bars. Once it had cooled to just warm I dipped jumbo marshmallows skewered on lollipop sticks most of the way into the chocolate and then immediately sprinkled graham cracker crumbs all over. Chill until set—which only takes a few minutes.

They are even easier to make and eat. Who doesn't like food on a stick?

smores dipped marshmallow pops

For another camping inspired recipe, join us on my sister's blog A Little Nutmeg. She is sharing a delicious boozy maple apple cider with salted caramel whipped cream.



You need to go over there for at least the whipped cream recipe. We had great difficulty restraining ourselves from consuming the whole bowl before photographing it. Not kidding.



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