Bacon S’mores!

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It's summer!  Lazy, hazy, wonderful summer.  And with summer come all the delicious taste sensations that are at their best when the days are long and the nights are for sleeping with the windows open: sweet corn, cheeseburgers on the grill, lemonade mint iced tea, absolutely anything made with fresh-picked basil, and of course, s'mores.  I am like a little kid with s'mores and all their graham cracker/chocolate/melty-marshmallow deliciousness.  There's nothing that can be better than a sticky, sweet, warm s'more, right?  Right?  Well, now that you mention it... Read More & Get the Recipe

Baby Chocolate Coconut Cream Pies

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Lately I seem to be all into the little individual servings of things. Macaroni and cheese cupcakes. French toast muffins. Banana bites. So when I spied this recipe for little individual chocolate coconut cream pies on the always fabulous Baking Bites website it made my heart go pitter-pat. Yes, a chocolate coconut cream pie where you can have the entire thing YOURSELF and not feel the slightest bit guilty. Now, I am very sure that there is some recipe out there in the world somewhere that calls for making your own homemade graham cracker individual perfect crusts, but this is one of those cases where I invoked the chicken fried steak rule (and for you newer readers who have NO idea what I am talking about, click HERE). Anyway, this particular recipe called for using individual pre-made graham cracker crusts, and I thought there was no way on earth my supermarket was going to have them. But lo and behold! there they were right there in the baking aisle. Now, one word about Read More & Get the Recipe

Salted Toffee Chocolate Squares

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These quick little babies are a cross between cookie and candy, and are a close cousin to the cookie brittle I made over the holidays. Both of them involve taking a layer of crackers, laying them out in a single layer on a cookie sheets, spreading them with a variety of sweet and sinful stuff, baking them, and standing back, because there is an immediate stampede to the kitchen. Now, my single best piece of advice on both of these recipes is this: Reynolds Non-Stick Foil. That stuff has changed my life, sticky-cooking-stuff-wise, almost as much as my Silpats have. Layer your baking pan with a sheet of that stuff and your sticking worries are over forever. Once you have your foil down, put a single layer of graham crackers down. Sprinkle them with toffee bits (you can find these in your supermarket next to the chocolate chips, usually the Heath brand), and then with the chopped nuts of your choice. I like chopped almonds for this one but that's just me -- go for whatever you Read More & Get the Recipe

S’Mores Refrigerator Cookies

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I am such a sucker when it comes to anything featuring the word "s'mores." I was pretty sure I had hit the Holy Grail of s'mores cookies when I made this delicious little cookie recipe, and that version is definitely near and dear to my heart. And of course there is nothing like the real thing: gen-yew-ine s'mores made around a campfire with best friends on a warm summer night. But that doesn't mean I won't jump at the chance to try yet another version, and so when I saw this new approach at Joy The Baker I couldn't resist. This recipe does not involve an oven, a campfire or anything else hot...as a matter of fact, it takes the opposite approach. It's all about the refrigerator. Otherwise known in my house as the source of all information. I have the left side for my papers. The teenager has the right side for her papers. The Southern husband manages to keep all his information in his head. The dog doesn't plan ahead at all, and is way more interested in the inside of the Read More & Get the Recipe