Posts Tagged ‘marshmallows’
The first time I made these, I did a dumb thing and used the juice from the lemon as well as the zest. Do you know what happens when you add liquid to rice krispies? They get soggy just like in a bowl of milk. I should have realized this in advance but somehow I thought it was a brilliant idea, until I took a bite and was appalled with myself.
Batch #2 I did not use the juice, just the zest and added some extract to ensure the citrus flavors did not get lost. With the addition of the freeze dried strawberries they taste just like strawberry lemonade but without the use of any artificial beverage mixes!
What brainless baking/cooking things have you done in the past? Make me feel better by letting me know I’m not the only one who does things without thinking them through in the kitchen.
One year ago: Malted Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE RICE KRISPIE TREATS
Makes 24 bars
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
10 oz. marshmallows
1 lemon, zested
1/8 tsp fiori di sicilia or lemon extract
6 cups puffed rice cereal
1-1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries
- Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
- In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter. Once melted, stir in the marshmallows until melted. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and extract (if using).
- Add the puffed rice cereal and strawberries to the melted marshmallows and stir until coated and evenly distributed.
- Transfer to prepared pan and spread evenly. Press down with a sheet of wax paper.
- Allow to cool completely, then cut into bars.
Source: The Spiffy Cookie original
After seeing Christina’s S’mores Cookie Dough Bites, I decided to make my own using the recipe for Raw Cookie Dough Bites. Visually they might not look as pretty or resemble traditional cookie dough, but they certainly taste like cookie dough and they are packed with good-for-you nuts. Just overlook the marshmallow bits, chocolate, and graham crackers haha.
Speaking of nuts, I’m going to tell you a little tale about innocent highschool-me. As part of my senior AP English class, we wrote different styled/themed poems and one particular assignment involved writing a customer complaint in the form of a poem (I cannot remember which style). These poems were then read in front of the class by either the writer or the teacher (I always let her read mine, I preferred the anonymity although one time I wrote one about my mom and everyone knew it was me but I digress). One student wrote a poem to a candy bar company complaining about the use of nuts in nearly all of their products. The poem went on and on about how much it ruined the ability to enjoy said candy bars and my uncensored reaction was “::GASP:: I love nuts!”, to which everyone turned to stare at me at laugh. Yea, I said that out loud and not in a low voice. And no, I did not realize what it sounded like until it was too late.
But you know what, I do love nuts dang it and I’m not ashamed to say it no matter what it sounds like! These cookie dough balls are proof of my profession, because they actually curb my real cookie cravings. In other words they are magic.
One year ago: Corned Beef with Blackberry Mustard Glaze
RAW S’MORES COOKIE DOUGH BITES
Makes about 2 dozen
2/3 cup raw almonds
2/3 cup raw walnuts
2/3 cup raw rolled oats
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
2 Tbsp mallow bits (or cut up miniature marshmallows)
2 Tbsp crushed graham crackers
- In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
- Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs.
- Roll the cookie dough into balls (about 1 Tbsp each) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper.
- Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.
This is my fourth hot cocoa mix recipe. First I made a regular version, followed by Salted Caramel, then recently made Peanut Butter and now Red Velvet! In case that isn’t enough, since last time I made special peanut butter marshmallows to pair with the peanut butter hot cocoa, I decided to go ahead and make cream cheese frosting marshmallows to complete the full flavor of a red velvet experience. And I think I am now officially in love with homemade marshmallows. You’d think that would’ve been solidified when my first was the peanut butter version, but cream cheese marshmallows? Holy freaking awesomeness.
If you notice in the background, I packaged up single servings of hot cocoa and a marshmallow in mini red containers to give away as Valentine’s Day presents. It’s a present that warms the heart, body, and soul!
One year ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream
Two years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
RED VELVET HOT COCOA MIX
Makes about 24 servings
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups red velvet cake mix (dry)
1-1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 tsp salt
- Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
- To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream, miniature marshmallows, or homemade cream cheese frosting marshmallows! (recipe below)
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING MARSHMALLOWS
Makes 4 dozen
3/4 cup of water, divided
3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
3 oz. light cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
Dash of vanilla extract
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.
- Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.
- While gelatin is soaking add remaining 1/4 cup water, and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add in softened cream cheese stirring until completely dissolved.
- Pour hot sugar and cream cheese mixture into gelatin and beat on high using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes or until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in dash of vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.
- Allow to rest for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- When marshmallows have set, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased knife, or cookie cutter to cut the marshmallows and then dredge lightly in the cornstarch mixture. Shake off excess.
- If packaging the marshmallows for gifts be certain that they are stored in an airtight container. Keep time is 2 weeks.
What is a holiday without some festive Funfetti recipes? A holiday lacking a whole lot of fun, that’s what. So I took it upon myself to make sure you got your dose of Funfetti this Valentine’s Day with a 7-layer bar. I really enjoying making these bars, because it’s an easy way to use up things in the pantry leftover from a previous baking expedition. Such as cherry baking chips. And typical for 7-layer bars, these will disappear as magically as they appeared.
While we are on the subject of disappearing acts, I’ve learned something about portion sizes and their relation to how quickly they will get eaten. Take these bars for example. When I first brought them into work I had them sliced into 24 bars, but my labmates cut them into fourths in an effort to feel less guilty about eating such a decadent treat. Of course they were neglecting to notice that instead of eating one or two fourths of a whole bar, they were eating 6ish = 1.5 bars. If they had just eaten the bar as I had cut it originally, they would have actually consumed less of it! Yet somehow the guilt factor is different. The moral of the story? Ignorance is bliss (and now I know how to deceive them O:-) ).
One year ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone
Two years ago: Oreo Truffles
VALENTINE’S FUNFETTI 7 LAYER BARS
Makes 24 bars
1 box Valentine’s Funfetti cake mix
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup cherry baking chips
1 cup chopped Oreos (preferably with red filling)
3/4 cup chopped Cookies ‘n’ Creme candy bars
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 Tbsp sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper, extending edges over the sides of the pan. Mist lightly with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and melted butter until a soft dough forms. Press into prepared pan in an even layer, and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and immediately top with the marshmallows, white chips, cherry chips, chopped Oreos and chopped candy bars evenly. Drizzle the can of milk on top and then distribute the sprinkles evenly over the top.
- Return to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is bubbly and golden. Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into bars. Store airtight, at room temperature, for several days.
Source: Adapted from The Domestic Rebel.
Tomorrow I meet with my graduate committee to determine my fate for the remainder of the school year and hopefully the last of my graduate career. Which means I will be preparing bribe-worthy treats tonight and ordering up lots of coffee in the morning to keep them happy. But for now, enjoy this other equally bribe-worthy treat.
Every year for a labmate’s birthday I come up with a different red velvet creation. The lab as a whole loves my red velvet cake, but I don’t want to make the same thing every time so I find new variations. With my excess of stress in preparation for my presentation to the committee and writing a research paper to be published, I decided to go for something a little easier to make without sacrificing taste. And these red velvet rice krispie treats taste just like red velvet. But what is red velvet without cream cheese frosting? It is the most important part!
Two years ago: Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini
RED VELVET RICE KRISPIE TREATS
Makes 16 bars
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (10.5 ounce) bag mini marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup red velvet cake mix
6 cups Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Coat a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add marshmallows, cake mix, and vanilla stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Fold in the cereal until well combined and coated.
- Transfer sticky cereal mixture to the prepared pan, pressing down until the top is level. Allow to cool completely.
- While the bars are cooling, make the frosting. With a hand-held electric mixer in a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
- Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy. Spread on cooled treats.
When I set out to make these cupcakes I had planned to make these s’mores cupcakes, but while searching on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures I wasn’t aware that she had 2 other s’mores cupcake recipes! Don’t even get me started on all the bars, cookies and other s’mores delights she has shared as well. But as a result, I accidentally used a different recipe than originally intended. I didn’t recognize the switch until my plans to cut the recipe in half and only make 12 were ruined by odd values of things (such as 1 egg yolk). Luckily for me (and my friend the-birthday-girl for whom I baked these), the cupcakes were everything I had hoped for and therefore 24 were very much so welcomed.
CHOCOLATE S’MORES CUPCAKES
Makes 24 cupcakes
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large Hershey’s milk chocolate bar
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups cocoa powder
2-1/2 cups sugar
2-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups warm water
24 large marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix to ensure all graham cracker crumbs are moistened. Add about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of the mixture into the bottom of each paper-lined cup. Pat the mixture down to form a “crust” (a shot glass is an excellent tool for pressing the crust in!). Top each crust with a bit of the chopped chocolate.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk together. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients (eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and water). Add the combined wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine until smooth.
- Top the graham cracker base and chopped chocolate with the cupcake batter. Fill each tin about three-quarters full. If you have graham cracker base remaining, sprinkle some over the top of each cupcake before they go in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops spring back when touched.
- Top with a marshmallow and broil in the oven until golden brown, watching the entire time to avoid burning (and to make sure no marshmallows roll off). To reheat, warm in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
Today I get to watch the Ohio State vs Penn State game live and in person at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA! I’ve been told that they will attempt to white-out Ohio State by having everyone in the stadium wear white and you better believe I will be wearing my scarlet, loud and proud. Normally I’d wear my away game jersey (white) since we are in fact the visiting team, but not this time! I will not contribute any white to this white-out. I will act as a pimple, ruining a white face. Ok, I am not sure I want to call myself a pimple, but you know what I mean. Did I mention I am tailgating and attending this game with a whole group of friends, who happen to all be PSU alums? I’ve braved the same situation in Ann Arbor, MI so I think I’ll be just fine.
But just in case, I brought along some yummy treats to make sure they see the benefits of keeping me around. These are peanut butter rice krispie treats, rolled up and dipped in chocolate just like buckeye candies. I think they look even more like buckeye nuts than the original due to their more irregular shape. Of course none of my friends will call them that, claiming they are merely peanut butter balls, but we all know the truth. They just don’t want to admit that they could possibly like anything called a buckeye. But anywho… let’s eat, drink and watch some good football.
Regrettably, I will be missing two friends get married due to not being able to foresee these two events falling on the same day. But thought I should at least give them a shout out. Hope you have a wonderfully special day surrounded by family and friends!
One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
BUCKEYE RICE KRISPIES TREATS
Makes about 4 dozen treat balls
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (10.5 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Line a large baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Off the heat, add the peanut butter and stir until completely melted and smooth. Add the cereal, stirring gently until coated. When cool enough to touch, roll into 1-inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet.
- Microwave the chocolate chips on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth (or use a double-boiler). Using a tooth pick inserted into each, dip each Rice Krispies ball into the chocolate, leaving an “eye”. Return to wax paper and repeat with remaining treats. Let cool at room temperature until set, about 1 hour. (You can also refrigerate the treats for about 30 minutes to speed up the process.) Store in an airtight container.
Source: Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker.
After frantically getting my hands on three jars of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter during the grand opening in Knoxville, I then discovered that it is pretty much the same thing as Biscoff Cookie Spread. Apparently “Speculoos” is the type of cookie, and “Biscoff” is a brand of that cookie. Kind of made me feel like an idiot for going into the store three times looking for the restock, but I think it was at least a little cheaper than the Biscoff brand.
Regardless of which brand stocked in your pantry, you really should make these bars. With the use of the already spiced-up spread, cinnamon graham crackers, and even the Speculoos filled chocolate bars, these s’mores cheesecake bars are ready be to devoured. I made these bars a little thicker than the original recipe by baking them in a pan half the size as noted in the directions. But I think if I were to do it again I would’ve made them thinner because they were pretty massive bars haha.
In other news, you seriously need to vote for my nephew, Luke, in the Babiators Facebook contest. He rocks those shades, so vote HERE.
Oh I almost forgot to tell you. On Monday, my traffic court date went pretty smoothly despite walking through the pouring rain twice because when I got to security they wouldn’t let my camera in which is always in my purse (which btw was allowed in on Friday without any comment). Hopefully my string of bad luck has finally come to an end.
One age ago: Baked Falafels
SPECULOOS S’MORES CHEESECAKE BARS
Makes about 32 bars
2 cups graham crackers crumbs (I used the cinnamon kind)
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup Speculoos cookie butter, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds (or Biscoff)
4-8 oz. blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars filled with Speculoos cookie butter (or Hershey’s chocolate bar)
1 cup mini marshmallows
4 graham crackers, coarsely chopped (I used the cinnamon kind)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides.
- Mix with the graham cracker crumbs, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar together until all the crumbs are moistened; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Drizzle the cookie butter evenly over the crust.
- In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. Sift in flour; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Stir chocolate chips into cream cheese mixture with a rubber spatula. Pour over crust.
- Bake 30 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped chocolate bar, mini marshmallows, and chopped graham crackers. The top of the cheesecake will be almost set – don’t be afraid to press the toppings down into it slightly. Bake for another 10 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting into bars.
Source: Adapted slightly from Fake Ginger.
What is your preferred method of melting chocolate? Do you use a double broiler? Or do you microwave it in intervals? Do you use chocolate chips, or something else? I’m curious because I tried three methods of melting chocolate chips that I know of without any success in the process of making these bars. I’ve used the same methods in the past and have had no problems but this time around all I managed to create was seized/burned chocolate, so you can imagine my frustration. I was tempted to put the bag outside and let the sun melt them, but I had already used up a bag and a half in my failed attempts and decided to call it a day since I had no desire to go back to the grocery store.
Day two of attempting to melt chocolate also failed, but then I added a little canola oil to the seized chocolate and it was rejuvenated. I still cannot figure out what I did wrong since I have melted chocolate countless times without any issue. The blame will have to settle on the unfamiliar kitchen appliances. But thankfully, I was able to save what I had in order to still make these bars. It might not be as hot with summer winding down, but no bake desserts are still wonderful to have around. Especially those involving s’mores and peanut butter .
One year ago: Biscoff Cinnamon Rolls
NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER S’MORES BARS
Makes 16 bars
1 sleeve graham crackers (about 8 sheets)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
6 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
3/4 cup mini-marshmallows
6 oz. (about 3/4 cup or half a bag) chocolate chips
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are in crumbs. (You can really use whatever method to make crumbs that you want). In a bowl, combine the 3 tablespoons of butter and 6 tablespoons of peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, continue to heat until completely melted, and combined. In a large bowl combine the peanut butter mixture, graham crackers and powdered sugar. Stir until everything is mixed together. Press into an 8×8 pan.
- To make the filling melt together 1/3 cup peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Pour over the graham cracker crust, spreading to cover the entire crust. Gently press the marshmallows into the peanut butter layer.
- To make the topping melt together the chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of butter until it’s smooth. Pour over the marshmallows, and spread it out to cover as many marshmallows as possible.
- Put in the fridge to harden for 30 minutes. Cut into squares, and then store covered in the fridge.