I’m totally a planner. Each week, I first check the grocery circulars I get in the mail to see what’s on sale. Based on that (with a few exceptions) I decide what I am going to cook for the week. Then, I make a grocery list and cross check it against my coupons. I also add to the list anything I have a coupon for that is about to expire that I think I will use soon, or can safely store. This system work excellently for me. Usually I have very little waste….until this week that is.
I have made hundreds of recipes in my life. There’s a lot of janky recipes out there that are poorly written, and don’t turn out the way they should. I’m used to this. 9 times out of 10, even if it doesn’t turn out totally right, it still at least tastes good. This week was that time #10. I was trying to make peach cupcakes with a raspberry filling. I found a legit sounding recipe on someone’s blog that had lots of comments that said “I made these and they were awesome” Now, I’ve had some issues with fruit cupcakes in the past, but for some reason I didn’t remember that before I started on these. Long story short, the cupcakes totally sucked ass. They didn’t rise, were super hard like hockey pucks, and stuck to the inside of the wrapper. Totally unsalvageable. I was pissed that I had spent so much time lovingly chopping peaches and carefully measuring ingredients, and even more pissed that I was forced to throw them all away and not only waste food, but my time as well. I am pretty positive I did not make a mistake on these.
To ease my sorrows, I turned to my new friend Pinterest, who guided me in a better direction. These S’mores cookie bars were as easy as 1,2,3,4 bake! And were a hit with my co-workers. Thank you Pinterest for saving my day!
S’mores Cookie Bars (reliable!) recipe from Lovin’ from the Oven
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
- 1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
STEP ONE: Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan
STEP TWO: . Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick.
STEP THREE: Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.
STEP FOUR: Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).**Thank you pinterest for the helpful tip that makes this recipe a success!
BAKE!!!! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Well, its nice to know there are people out there writing good, quality recipes! You can follow me in Pinterest as betsylife or Betsy Haley!