Grilled S’Mores

Today is a short recipe. More of an instructional guide, if you will. And hopefully you haven’t packed away your grill just yet. Hopefully.

I’ve mentioned a few times in passing that we bought a grill this summer and I have been using it a bunch. Basically, I have been cooking all sorts of things with it to see how it works and learn what we like cooked on it. (So far, everything!) I’ve grilled lettuce, steak, burgers, hot dogs, chicken (breasts and thighs), bread, vegetables (mostly cauliflower and zucchini), potatoes, and now s’mores.

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Mixed Bag (Part 6): A Quartet of Treats

Like last week, I am feeling a little lazy and sharing some pictures of desserts I made that turned out pretty good…but I didn’t feel like documenting all of the details for you. Call it sleep-deprived blogging or just enjoying-the-good-weather blogging, I am okay with it.

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Let’s start with the biggest success of the three…the pies! I took a recipe that I have documented for you and made it into mini-pie form. In case you were curious and wanted to try it, I kept the recipe as is, and it ended up making 4 small pot pie-sized pies. The only problem was some extra liquid because I used frozen berries. I wanted to use fresh but they just weren’t good at that time of year. A friend had wanted fruit pie, so I made these for her birthday. She got two and K got two. I had some of his, as well, but just a few bites. I am a chocolate girl, but it was tasty!

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My lattice work got so much better this time than last time. You can see the little bits of butter tucked in, too…don’t forget that step of the recipe even though the pies are smaller.

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Any berries work. This mix was blackberry, strawberry, and blueberry.

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Also don’t forget the egg wash. Mmmm.

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With a little turbinado sugar on top, it is a great texture.

Next up, we have a different kind of pie…

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I believe I know what recipe I used, but I’m not positive, so I can’t share that (sorry).

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I was worried about the results because this didn’t look so good. The peppermint glaze got all funny from the melted chocolate on top. But, this is how it set up:

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Still a bit messy, but tasty. A refreshing, chocolatey, rich treat that was a bit crisp on top and gooey inside.

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Speaking of chocolate treats, here is another one.

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I made a double batch of this recipe from Averie Cooks. It was pretty good, and simpler than this similar recipe I’ve made before, but not quite as good.

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The middle is made up of a recipe much like my fudge recipe, which I feel isn’t soft enough for bars. I prefer a softer middle. So, it might just be my preference. The oat part also didn’t taste as interesting to me as the other recipe…clearly I need to make the other recipe again!

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But, I did like how quickly they came together, and that I could make them with the Fudgelet watching.

One treat he could not sample were these marshmallows.

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I actually haven’t made marshmallows for awhile, so it was nice to make them again. What made these extra special (besides the sprinkles) was the champagne in them! It worked out because we had some leftover from this recipe, so I figured it was a good way to use it up. The marshmallows taste slightly boozy, but mostly the fruity flavor of the Asti was front and center. The recipe came from How Sweet Eats but I also came across this recipe which might be even better?

Don’t get me wrong, these marshmallows were tasty, but the texture and height wasn’t as good as they could be.

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The sprinkles were fun, but I needed fewer sprinkles in ratio to the marshmallows.

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So. Many. Sprinkles.

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Tune in next time and I will have a recipe for you. 🙂

Toffee Cream Pie

It wasn’t until this recipe that I discovered what toffee is. I just thought I didn’t like it. Maybe it’s because I never liked nuts very much growing up. I didn’t realize toffee is basically chocolate and almonds. I’m okay with that. A bit of fun crunch with a bit of salty sweet action. Now I know! I will say that this pie is a little messy to eat. I was very careful to make sure the crust would not get soggy…maybe too careful? It ended up being quite crisp. I could have baked it for a bit less time initially, I suppose. Oh well. Help out your guests by giving them a nice knife and fork. Or, they could just pick it up and eat it. That’s what I did, pizza style.

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Brownies with an Oat Crust and Marshmallows

Breathe a sigh of relief! After making the latest batch of brownies for my dad, I am officially back in chocolate craving mood. Not a pregnancy craving, just straight up normal Aly eating. Yay! I knew I wanted something chocolatey but could not tell what I was in the mood for. I thought about buying some more ice cream bars (they had been my favorite treat at night to help with the nausea, satisfy my dairy cravings, and just general happiness), but then realized I wanted something I could really bite into and chew.

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Smore Cookie Butter Bars

K asked me a bit last minute to make something, and I wasn’t sure what I could make in about 1 hour with just the ingredients in our pantry. It turns out it was easier than I thought, once I remembered that bars can be thrown together pretty quickly. The baking time is the bigger concern with bars. Because I only made an 8×8 pan of them, they didn’t take very long, and it helped with portion control later! (Let’s be honest, these only lasted about 2 days.)

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Homemade Marshmallows without Corn Syrup

It was weird when I realized that I had not made marshmallows in a really long time, even though I had loved them! This recipe is a new one for me, and I had to make a few changes as I went to make it work. I think the corn syrup ones are easier to make, but if you want to go the non-corn syrup route, then here you go. I want to try making chocolate ones again, and I might try them with this method. Or maybe coffee ones…or mint…?

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Rice Krispie Treat Brownies

I usually dread typing out the recipes for these posts. Remembering each amount and making sure I don’t have any typos (1 teaspoon of salt versus 1 Tablespoon of salt could make a big difference in a dessert) is not the fun part. It is not hard and I like having the record, but I would much rather be spending my time making the food than writing it out. As a result, I end up writing my description and/or story first before the recipe. Well, this time I could not think of anything to say and did the recipe first, then the pictures, and now I am still not sure what to say! I do know that these brownies are something you must make. They turn out amazing every time and are a big hit with chocolate fans. You can choose to eat just the brownie part separate from the treat on top, or get all of the flavors in one bite. I found a version of this recipe from an old cookbook that was all about using Hershey-branded products. So, instead of using cocoa powder, you would see “use Hershey cocoa powder”. Of course, you can use whatever chocolate you like in this.

I am hoping that even with few words you will still be inspired to make this.

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