Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are an easy no bake treat that makes everyone smile.  Add a layer of candy bars and chocolate and watch those smiles get bigger.  These Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats will not last long when you take them to picnics or parties.

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Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats - peanut butter krispie treats with a fun peanut butter cup middle

Most days I have crazy baking ideas that I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and work on.

Then there are days when I just want to make an quick and easy dessert like rice krispie treats for the kids to enjoy.

The problem…I am me.  I can’t stop my crazy mind from wandering when it comes to easy dessert.  Well, I can’t keep it from wandering on any kind of dessert really.  #foodbloggerproblems

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats - peanut butter krispie treats with a fun peanut butter cup middle

I really did have plans to make a pan of plain rice krispie treats.  But as I pulled out the cereal from the bottom cupboard, I glanced over to the other side where I keep the “off limits” food.  The bright orange packages of Peanut Butter Cups started yelling at me.  “Pick us!”  “We would be great to use!”  “You know how good we are!”  Yes, I do hear candy voices!  That’s not weird, is it?

How in the world was I supposed to resist candy that was basically forcing itself on me?  I just couldn’t.

I started to think back to these Candy Bar Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats.  I remembered how good the layer of candy bars was inside the treats.

That did it!  All thoughts of plain treats went out the window.  The Peanut Butter Cups won me over with their sweet yells!

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats - peanut butter krispie treats with a fun peanut butter cup middle

So, my pan of easy basic treats became awesome, amazing treats.  That doesn’t surprise you, does it?

Butter your pan before you get started and keep the butter out.  I like to butter my hands to keep the mixture from sticking to me.  You could also use wax paper or parchment paper if you don’t want to get messy.

Stir a little bit of peanut butter into the melted butter and marshmallow to give these bars the full peanut butter experience.  You do have to work quickly as you put these together.  Do not let the mixture sit or it will start to cool and be harder to work with.   Divide your hot rice krispie treat mixture in half.  Press one half into the buttered pan. Lay the unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over the top.  Make sure you unwrap the candy before you even start on the treats.  Remember we don’t want our mixture to cool off and get hard.

As soon as the candy bars are down, press the rest of the mixture over the top.  Make sure you get it as even as possible.  But don’t stress too much about it because we are adding a layer of chocolate over the top too.  That will hide the imperfections in spreading.  Try not to press the rice krispie treats too much.  Pressing the mixture too hard into the pan is what causes hard treats.  I don’t know about you, but I prefer soft, chewy rice krispie treats.

The last jazzed up step to these Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats is a layer of chocolate.  Combine the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 1 minute.  Stir until it is spreadable.  If you need to heat it another 10-15 seconds, go ahead.  Just do not over heat the chocolate.  Spoon the melted chocolate over the top of the rice krispie treats and use a spatula to spread it out.  Go ahead and lick the spoon and spatula…it’s a required step in my kitchen! #foodbloggerperks

Let the chocolate set before cutting into bars…that is if you can wait that long.  I suggest earplugs while you wait to block out the yells of the Peanut Butter Cups.  Seriously!  It’s a real thing :-)

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats - peanut butter krispie treats with a fun peanut butter cup middle

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Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats

These Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie treats a fun way to use up extra candy from your cupboards. Be prepared to eat many of these delicious little squares.

Ingredients

7 cups mini marshmallows
7 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter
7 cups plain Rice Krispie cereal
24 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Melt 4 Tablespoons butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in the peanut butter.
  2. Pour the cereal into the marshmallow mixture and stir until completely combined. Press half the cereal mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan.
  3. Place the 24 peanut butter cups over the top of the rice krispies in the pan. Spoon the rest of the rice krispies over the top and press down. Let cool completely.
  4. Place the chocolate chips and remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir until creamy. You can heat it an additional 10-15 extra seconds, if needed. Spread over the top of the rice krispie treats. Let set. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
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Brownie Whoopie Pies

These easy Brownie Whoopie Pies can be filled with any flavor of frosting or candy.  Chocolate on chocolate is definitely a good way to satisfy any chocolate craving you might be having.

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

Do you find yourself getting obsessed over certain things?

My current clothing “must haves” include ruffles, stripes and flowers, cuff bracelets, and tank tops.  And the colors pink and coral…seriously I can not get enough of those two colors.  It’s kind of bad because every time I go shopping, every other color gets ignored.  My wardrobe is starting to turn into a one color fest.  But I’m sure that will change once my “favorite” color changes.

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

I am also loving Brownie Whoopie Pies right now too.

Last year I made these Reese’s White Chocolate Brownie Whoopie Pies, and boy were they ever good.  Honestly like “eat every single one in sight” good!

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting
Making another batch of these delicious cookies had me a little nervous.  I know how much I like brownies…having small bite sized ones filled with frosting was going to test my will power tremendously.  Ok, I admit it, I failed.  I really don’t know how many of these I ate.

Let’s just say I should probably run marathons to burn off all the sweet calories I end up consuming when I bake!

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

These Brownie Whoopie Pies are so easy to put together.  They start with a box brownie mix that you add 1 egg and 1 stick of butter too.  That’s it.  Do not follow the box directions because you will not be able to roll them into balls before baking.

Also, make sure to roll them small because we are putting two cookies together with frosting.  Smaller is better here.  Did I just say that?  Usually anything with chocolate should be as big as possible.  But go ahead and make these smaller…that just means you can eat a few more later :-)

After the cookies cool completely you can fill them with the chocolate frosting.  Try to resist licking the knife as you spread the frosting on.  Adding some marshmallow cream to the chocolate frosting makes it so creamy and delicious.  If chocolate isn’t your thing, you can make any flavor of frosting you like to fill the brownies with.   Although, if you just admitted that you don’t like chocolate, you might just be an alien.  Just sayin’!  You can also add your favorite candy into the frosting.  I used up a partial bag of toffee bits in mine, but it is totally up to you.  Go plain or go candy filled…either way just make the brownies.

Forget all other plans this weekend…these Brownie Whoopie Pies should go straight to the top of the list.  I’m thinking that I should add add extra running to my list too…

Brownie Whoopie Pies - simple brownie cookies filled with a chocolate toffee frosting

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Brownie Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 24 whoopie pies

Brownie Whoopie Pies

Easy brownie cookies filled with a rich chocolate frosting. Perfect for those days when you are craving chocolate.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Cookies
1 brownie mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
For the Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup toffee bits (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the brownie mix with the egg and melted butter. Roll into 48 one inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Do not over bake. Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Beat the butter, marshmallow cream, vanilla, and whipping cream until creamy. Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar slowly until everything is mixed in. Stir in the toffee bits, if desired.
  3. Lay out 24 brownie cookies upside down. Spread or pipe frosting on the cookies and top with the remaining 24 brownie cookies. Store in a sealed container. Makes 24 whoopie pies.
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Twix Fudge

Got a chocolate craving that needs satisfying?  This Twix Fudge is an easy treat to make for when that sweet tooth starts calling out.  Creamy chocolate fudge on top of a sweet, crumbly crust and lots of chopped up Twix candy bars…yes, please.

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Twix Fudge - easy chocolate fudge full of Twix candy bars

My house is an absolute disaster right now.  No, not because I have given up completely on cleaning…although that has crossed my mind a time or two before.

We decided to paint our kid’s bedrooms.  It was really supposed to be one room that quickly spiraled out of control into all 3 bedrooms.  You know how it goes if you have more than one child.  I mean how could we even possibly think about only doing one.   Children tend to warp your brain with their logic.  Of course painting is fairly easy, so they won us over to their dark way of thinking.  It has been over 4 years since we painted those rooms.   Time for a refresh and a redo.

Twix Fudge - easy chocolate fudge full of Twix candy bars

So all three rooms have been completely stripped down to make painting easier.  That means piles of “stuff” is all over our dining room, and the entire basement looks like we are moving or destroying something.  Take your pick!

Can I admit that I don’t even like to paint?  Oh, not because it is hard or anything.  I am just terrible at it.  Drips and drops and paint splatters…and that’s just on me :-)  The walls end up looking streaky and splotchy.  Hey, I may get an F for painting but at least I get an A+ for being in there helping, right?

Twix Fudge - easy chocolate fudge full of Twix candy bars

I would definitely pick being in the kitchen making a mess over painting any day.  Even if it is just making something simple like this Twix Fudge.

Have you noticed yet that I am quite smitten with adding a crust to my fudge?  It all started with this Mocha Mallow Fudge, and I haven’t stopped.     Strawberry Shortcake Fudge, Coconut Oreo Fudge, Banana Cream Fudge, and this prize winning Neapolitan Fudge.  Ok, I’ll say it.  I am addicted to making fudge with crust.

Twix Fudge - easy chocolate fudge full of Twix candy bars

This chocolate fudge is seriously so easy.  No boiling, no thermometers, and no fail…sounds easy enough right?

Start by prepping your candy bars.  Take all wrappers off, chop up the bars, and smack all the children who try to reach in and steal chunks of caramel candy bar goodness.  Go ahead and smack yourself because you will want to steal chunks too!  Set the candy bars aside.  I do recommend setting them aside where you can’t see them.  Out of sight, out of mind!

Now crush your cookies and mix with some butter and press it into a pan.  If you want to leave the crust like this, just pop it into the refrigerator to set the butter.  The crust will be crumbly and fall apart as you eat the fudge…not a bad thing at all, but I just want to warn you.  If you have some time, throw the pan in the oven for about 7 minutes and then let it cool.  The crust will be harden up and stay together better this way.

And no, do not literally throw the pan in the oven.  My kids are always correcting me on these phases.  I say I’m running to the store all the time…and every. single. time. they ask me why I don’t want to drive there.

Melt the chocolate chips with the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  (You can also melt them in the microwave for a minute.)  Give it a stir until it is creamy.  Then take the lid off the can of frosting and heat that in the microwave for one minute.  It will melt down, and you can pour the entire can over the melted chocolate chips.  It will become an ooey gooey pan of goodness.  Work quickly to spread it over the crust.  Then take those hidden candy bars and sprinkle them all over the top.  Make sure to press them into the fudge slightly.

Give it some time to set up and then cut into small squares.  I suggest finding someone to share with.  This Twix Fudge is so good.  You will find yourself walking through the kitchen multiple times a day just so you can grab another square.  True story!

Twix Fudge - easy chocolate fudge full of Twix candy bars

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Twix Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 36 fudge squares

Twix Fudge

This easy chocolate fudge has a fun shortbread cookie crust and chopped candy bars on top. It's perfect for an over the top dessert.

Ingredients

2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons butter
1 - 16 ounce can chocolate frosting
2 cups chopped Twix bars

Instructions

  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom of an 8x8 pan that has been lined with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat the milk chocolate chips and butter over low-medium heat until melted. Turn heat to low. Remove the metal liner from the frosting. Heat for 1 minute in the microwave. Pour over the melted chocolate chips and stir until creamy.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the chopped Twix bars on top. Gently press into the fudge. Let set completely. Cut into 36 squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or on the counter.
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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Looking for an awesome dessert to share with friends and family this summer?   This Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie is just what you need.  Layers of pie crust, fudge brownie, and a no bake cookie dough cheesecake will have you drooling in no time.

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Oh, my word!  You guys!!!

I just created the most amazing, most delicious, most crazy good pie!!!  Seriously!!!  It beats everything I have ever made!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Brownie cheesecake pie has kind of become my thing to make.  You aren’t surprised are you?

There is something about that ooey, gooey, fudge-y brownie topped with a cheesecake that makes me go weak in the knees.  I can’t stop making them…or eating them.  My pants kind of hate me for it!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

It has been a while since the last brownie pie, so last weekend I started brainstorming new crazy creations that would work with the brownie pie.  I also was thinking up some new cookie dough treats to try out.  All of a sudden a lightbulb went off!  Why not marry the two together?

Seriously this was the best idea ever!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

The brownie gets baked in a pie crust first.  Now if you are a domestic queen and love making your own pie crusts…go for it.  It totally will work.  But this pie has quite a few layers and steps, so I went with a refrigerated pie crust.  Anything that saves me time in the kitchen is my friend.  It just means I am one step closer to enjoying a slice of pie.

One more confession…I also used a boxed brownie mix.  My reason…see above.  Feel free to experiment and make your own but your baking times will probably be a little different.  You see I don’t use the directions on the box.  We want this brownie to be rich and fudge-y, so the directions are modified slightly.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

While the brownie bakes, get started on your cookie dough pieces.  There is no egg in this cookie dough, so it is safe to eat without cooking.  I may have been sampling the dough as I rolled the tiny balls.  One for the pan, one for me.  Reason #2 in this post of why my pants are angry with me.

Make sure you roll the balls smaller than you normally would.  The recipe makes 56 small bites.  Not that biting into a large dough ball chunk is a problem, but we want to have enough to spread out over the entire filling.  Place the cookie dough balls on a wax paper lined tray and place in the freezer.  Leave them there until later.

Let the brownie pie cool completely, then whip up the no bake cheesecake to place on top.  Cream cheese mixed with brown sugar and Cool Whip creates this light fluffy filling that compliments that dark, rich brownie pie so well.

Take the cookie dough bites out of the freezer and cut them in half.  Just trust me!  You want want to spread the cookie dough love around in the pie.  Make sure to set aside 10 balls (20 halves) for the topping. Stir the rest into the cheesecake filling gently, then spoon the filling on top of the cooled brownie.

Top it all off with some mini chocolate chips, Cool Whip swirls, and the extra cookie dough pieces.  Then get ready to face plant!

Seriously!  It is that amazing!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 - 10 inch pie

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Layers of fudge-y brownie pie and a fluffy cookie dough cheesecake is an amazing dessert to end the night with.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
For the Cheesecake Layer
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 12 ounce container Cool Whip, divided
For the Cookie Dough Bites
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Unroll the pie crust according to the package directions. Place in a 10 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Beat the brownie mix, oil, water, and egg until combined. Spoon into the pie crust. Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil to prevent them from burning. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  3. Beat the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Add the flour and milk and beat again. Stir in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Roll into 56 tiny cookie dough bites. Place on a wax paper lined tray and freeze until hard.
  4. Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Fold in 3 cups of Cool Whip.
  5. Cut the cookie dough bites in half. Reserve 10 balls (20 halves for the topping) Stir gently into the cheesecake filling. Spoon the filling gently on top of the cooled brownie.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining chocolate chips. Top with Cool Whip swirls and the reserved cookie dough bites. Cut into 12 pieces of pie. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Looking for a new breakfast or snack idea?  These Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls are perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

I hope you have enjoyed this fun Banana Split inspired week.  Aimee and I definitely had a blast making you treats that had the traditional banana split flavors incorporated into new and delicious goodies.

I still have a few more recipes that I want to try out.  But after a week of all banana I am ready to change it up a bit in my kitchen.  Be prepared to see a random Banana Split recipe here and there over the next few months though.  #youhavebeenwarned

The rest of the ripe bananas have been frozen for future breakfast smoothies.

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

Speaking of breakfast…we couldn’t have a themed week and not include a breakfast treat, now could we?

I love making easy danishes and rolls as a special breakfast.  And yes, these are considered breakfast and snack around our house.  I also let them eat marshmallow cereal and drink chocolate milk.  Whoops :-)  Now before I get hate mail from you saying that I am horrible for letting my children eat these as breakfast, let me ask you a few questions.

1.  Do you eat donuts and pastries for breakfast sometimes?
2.  Why is soaking pancakes in syrup an acceptable breakfast?
3.  Aren’t some muffins just cupcakes without frosting?
4.  Do you really think my kids eat these kinds of things every single day?

We am a firm believers in moderation and healthy eating.  Fruit and veggies are main staples in our house.  I have had quite a few people tell me how impressed they are that my kids will eat salads for lunch and dinner.  We started them young on these kinds of foods, and they are used to eating healthy food every week.  #theythinkitsnormal

They are also used to a dessert blogger mom who can’t stay away from baking sugar bombs all.the.time.  Teaching them moderation in what they eat has been an important lesson for all of us to practice.  Yes, even me.  Personally I would love to eat sprinkled and chocolate goodness 24/7, but we all know my pants would kill me for that.  Not to mention what does that say to my kids?  “No sweet darling children you must eat your veggies.  Now excuse me while I scarf down this piece of cake.”  Yeah, that’s probably not going to go over so well.

Now that I got that out, let’s make some cheesecake rolls.  Banana Split style!

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

These rolls are really easy to make.  Mix your softened cream cheese with a ripe banana and a little bit of sugar and flour.  Set it in the refrigerator while you get the crescent rolls ready.

Open the can and separate the rolls into 4 rectangles.  There are 8 triangles in each can, but you are going to press 2 triangles together to form a rectangle.  You will use 2 cans of rolls to get 8 rolls total.  Make sure all the seams are pressed together very well.  Try not to press your dough too thin.  We don’t want the cheesecake goodness escaping during baking.

Spoon the cheesecake batter down the center of each roll.  Drop a little bit of strawberry preserves into the cheesecake.  Fold over the dough and press the ends together.  Gently press the center seams together and flip the roll over so the seam is on the bottom.  Bake and let cool.

To finish off these pastries, add some chocolate drizzles and sprinkles.  I mean if you are going to eat a pastry for breakfast, you might as well go all out :-)

Make sure to visit Shugary Sweets and see the fun Banana Split Round Up she has put together.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 cheesecake rolls

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Banana and strawberry inside an easy to make cheesecake roll. Chocolate and sprinkles give it a fun flair.

Ingredients

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (8 oz. each)*
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 ripe banana
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Mash the banana and add it to the bowl with the flour. Beat until it is all incorporated. Place in the refrigerator.
  2. Open the cans of crescent rolls. Press together 2 rectangles to form a rectangle. You will get 4 rectangles per can. Spoon a large Tablespoon of cheesecake batter down the center. Drop a teaspoon of preserves into the cheesecake. Dot it down the entire length of the roll.
  3. Fold the sides of the crescent roll up and over the batter. Press together the seams on top and at the ends. Flip over gently so the seam is on the bottom.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Remove and let cool on the tray for 15-20 minutes. Refrigerate until set.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 15 seconds at a time until melted and creamy. Spoon into a ziplock baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle over chilled rolls and top with sprinkles. Makes 8 rolls. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.

Notes

*If you can find the seamless crescent dough, use that and cut each can into 4 rectangles.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

This No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert is a keeper for all those hot summer days.  The BEST Banana Split of all times in a no bake cheesecake form.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Let’s talk about the weather for just a minute.

Apparently our summer doesn’t realize what month we are in.  The other day it was cloudy and rainy, then it cleared up and was sunny and 87 degrees.  It was the perfect day to chill out at the pool.  We all came home a little bit red after spending 4 hours in the sun.

The very next day it was only 75 degrees, and I’m thinking it was even colder by the time we went to baseball practice.  I was sitting on the bleachers freezing my buns off because who knew I needed a sweater in July in the midwest.

All in less than 48 hours we had summer and spring!  So not happy I tell you!  This is the month I actually like hot days because it means lots of lazy days at the pool.  I can’t get behind pool days when it is in the 70 something outside.  It just doesn’t seem right to pay money to be cold at the pool.

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Now most of the time in summer you are scorching hot and want nothing to do with baking.  Well, do I have just the recipe for you.  That is if your summer is cooperating more than mine is.

In 20 minutes you can have layers of cheesecake, banana, strawberry, and chocolate pudding on top of an Oreo cookie crust.

How good does that sound to you?  It is definitely a treat worthy of winning round 3 in Banana Split Week.

Now I do have to warn you of a few things:

1.  This dessert is heavy.  No, not the actual food itself.  The pan has some girth to it when you pick it up and move it to the refrigerator.  Have your muscles ready.
2.  You will not be able to stop eating this dessert.  Make it for a picnic where there will be others to share it with because it is dangerous to be around.
3.  Do not attempt to cut this into picture perfect pieces.  I may have butchered half the cake trying to get one piece where you could see the layers of goodness.
4.  This dessert is best eaten within 24-48 hours of making it.  Once you slice strawberries they start to get juicy.  Juicy does not mix well with pudding and cookies.
5.  Did I mention how many slices I ate?  Let’s keep it that way.  Like I said…it’s dangerous.  I’m thinking it’s probably the best Banana Split Dessert EVAH!!  So yeah, beat that!

Make sure you visit Aimee today and see her No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars.  It looks amazing!

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 slices

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 mashed ripe bananas
5 cups Cool Whip, divided
3 sliced ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 - 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk
Oreo cookies, broken in half

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups Oreo crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the mashed bananas and beat again. Slowly mix in 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon onto the crust and spread out.
  3. Place the sliced bananas over the banana cheesecake layer. Top with the strawberry slices.
  4. Whisk together the pudding mixes and milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spoon gently over the strawberry layer. Spread out very carefully. Top with the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip and spread out. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 crumbs. Cut into 24 squares and top each square with an Oreo half. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

This dessert is best served within 24-48 hours of preparing it.

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 More delicious and easy no bake treats for when the weather is too hot to bake:

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 No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

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Sixlets No Bake Cookies

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Banana Split Bundt Cake

Adding chocolate chips and cherries makes this banana cake extra special.  Bring this Banana Split Bundt Cake to those weekend picnics and watch it disappear.

Banana Split Bundt Cake - cherries and chocolate chips makes this banana split cake amazing

One of my favorite jobs when I was in college was at a restaurant in PA called Friendly’s.  I waitressed there with my two best friends, and I have so many fond memories from those days.  There were so many days of just goofing off, laughing when we had to work the “butt” tables, flirting with the customers (yeah, we had no shame then), and trying to get our tables to order an ice cream dessert.

On the busier nights we had someone who would make the ice cream treats for us.  But there were those slow days and nights when getting the ice cream order just went with the job.  I have to admit I really loved making those fun treats.

Banana Split Bundt Cake - cherries and chocolate chips makes this banana split cake amazing

We served milk shakes, clown sundaes for the kids, Reese’s sundaes, and of course banana splits.  You can order all the sundaes as either a 3 or 5 scoop sundae.  And the bowl that the 5 scoop Jim Dandy sundae came in was massive.  Seriously, the thing was huge.  And was it ever fun to make.

5 scoops of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with fudge, marshmallow,  strawberry, walnuts, Cool Whip, sprinkles,  a cherry, and of course a banana cut in half, sliced and stuck all around the top of the bowl.  This is not a sundae for the faint of heart.   Just carrying the dessert around the restaurant was nerve wracking because the thing was so heavy.

Banana Split Bundt Cake - cherries and chocolate chips makes this banana split cake amazing

As a waitress,  you were always trying to get people to order dessert.  The higher the bill, the higher the tip…hopefully.   If a table said they were too full for dessert, my classic response was, “Oh, you don’t need to be hungry for dessert.  It just melts and fills in the cracks.”

Seriously?  Who says that?  And really, who would believe that?

Banana Split Bundt Cake - cherries and chocolate chips makes this banana split cake amazing

Of course to celebrate Banana Split Week, I decided to make a Banana Split Bundt Cake.

For this fun Banana Split Bundt Cake, you are going to incorporate that melty ice cream in place of other liquids.  Yeah, baby!  You read that right!  Ice cream is going into this cake!  Now it’s like a real Banana Split.

Measure the ice cream first, then leave it in a bowl on the counter for 10-15 minutes before starting.   Stir it up before you get started baking.  Remember when you were a kid and would make ice cream soup?  Ok, maybe that was just me.  Anyhoo…make sure it is in liquid form when you add it to the cake batter.  If you forget to get it out early, pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

This cake starts out with a cake mix and a box of banana pudding.  To amp up the banana flavor some more, you will add a little bit of oil and 2 ripe bananas mashed up.  The extra bananas add the extra flavor and moistness this cake needs.  A whole jar of maraschino cherries diced up and mini chocolate chips knock the socks off this cake.

To complete the banana split sundae look, top the cake with chocolate drizzles, nuts,  Cool Whip, and cherries.  I like to buy the cherries with the stems on because I think they are just so much more fun.  But if  you can only find normal no stem cherries, those work just as well.

Make sure you visit Aimee and see her banana split week recipe.  I hear she made a very delicious Banana Split Poke Cake.

Banana Split Bundt Cake - cherries and chocolate chips makes this banana split cake amazing

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Banana Split Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 14 cake slices

Banana Split Bundt Cake

Chocolate chips and cherries add a fun twist to this banana bundt cake. It is moist and very delicious.

Ingredients

1 vanilla cake mix (15.25 oz.)
1 box dry instant banana pudding mix (3.4 oz.)
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream, melted
1/4 cup oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 cup diced maraschino cherries (16 oz. jar)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
1/4 cup diced nuts
Cool Whip
stemmed maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, melted ice cream, oil, and mashed bananas. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed, and 2 minutes on high speed.
  2. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and the diced cherries. Gently spoon the batter into a greased 10 inch bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then flip out onto a plate and cool completely.
  3. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 20 seconds. Stir until creamy. Spoon into a plastic baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake. Sprinkle with nuts.
  4. Serve with Cool Whip and extra cherries if desired. Cut into 14 slices.
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Banana Split Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets a fun twist when it gets mixed with Banana Split flavors.  Strawberry, Banana, and Chocolate popcorn lightly tossed together will become your new favorite way to eat popcorn.

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

Do you know what day it is?

Besides the first day of July…holy cow!  It’s July first!!!  Does anyone know where June even went?  Me either.  Good thing I take lots of phone pics to remember what happened.  I barely can remember what I ate for breakfast each day.

Anyway, back to seeing if you knew what today was.  It is the first day of Banana Split Week!  Raaaawwwwrrrr! And the crowd goes wild with excitement!

Ok fine, so I have over active imagination when I try to picture your excitement over such a fun week!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

I am teaming up with Aimee from Shugary Sweets to bring you all Banana Split inspired desserts all week long.  I sure hope you are ready because we have an impressive line up of goodies!

Want to know something?  I am like the worst procrastinator ever.  You see, Aimee asked me oh, let’s say maybe 2 months ago if I wanted to do this Banana Split week with her.

Plenty of time to make and photograph these recipes you would think.  Except that this is me you are talking to.

Want to know when I started making these goodies?  Oh, the list started right away.  Then a month later I made one treat.  Then last week I decided I should really finish up because Banana Split week was almost here.  And by last week, I really mean Friday.

Procrastinate much?  Yeah…welcome to my world!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

Oh, and this popcorn?  Nope didn’t happen last week.  This was yesterday’s project.  Thank goodness it was an easy one to throw together and photograph in under an hour.  I like to live dangerously close to the edge.  One of these days it will probably end badly for me.  Yikes!  Knock on wood!  I don’t want that to really come true!

Let’s talk about the popcorn instead of the impending doom of my procrastination.

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

You probably have all the ingredients on hand to make a batch of this delicious popcorn.  I used white and chocolate CandiQuik to coat my popcorn with.  You can also use chocolate chips or Almond Bark, if that’s what you have or can find.  

Use a few spoonfuls of dry banana pudding mix and dry strawberry Jello powder to flavor 2 bowls of melted white chocolate.  Now in case you were wondering, no it does not dissolve all the way.  The chocolate will have a slight grainy texture, but when it dries on the popcorn you will not even notice it.  I promise!

You can also add some yellow gel food coloring to make your banana chocolate more banana colored if you like.  Make sure you only use GEL food color though.  If you use liquid food coloring it will make your chocolate seize and harden.  It’s not a pretty picture and believe me, you don’t want to waste ingredients.

Give each bowl of popcorn a stir with the melted chocolate, lay it out on a wax paper lined tray, and refrigerate it for 5 minutes.  Go ahead and wash some dishes while you wait.  Or leave them all over the counter and sink like I did.  They will be there later when you decide to finally clean up :-)

Break apart the popcorn and toss it all together in a bowl.  It’s ready for gift giving or munching on at all hours of the day.  It makes a delicious midnight snack when you are editing pictures.  Not that I would ever procrastinate and do that.  Wink, wink!!!

And make sure you stop by Aimee’s to get the recipe for her Banana Split Fudge.  It looks amazing!

Banana Split Popcorn - chocolate, strawberry, and banana flavored popcorn in one fun to eat snack mix

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Banana Split Popcorn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 13 cups popcorn

Banana Split Popcorn

Chocolate, strawberry, and banana chocolate covered popcorn in one delicious snack mix.

Ingredients

12 cups fresh popped popcorn, divided and seeds removed
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
8 ounces white CandiQuik, divided
1 1/2 Tablespoons instant banana pudding mix (the dry mix)
yellow gel food coloring, optional
1 1/2 Tablespoons dry strawberry Jello mix
4 ounces chocolate CandiQuik

Instructions

  1. Add 4 cups of popcorn and 1/2 cup marshmallows to 3 bowls.
  2. Place 4 ounces white CandiQuik in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 20 seconds more. Stir until creamy. Add the dry banana pudding mix and stir until completely mixed in. Use a toothpick to add a small bit of yellow food coloring, if desired. Stir in. Pour over the popcorn in one bowl. Stir until the popcorn is coated. Pour onto a pan that has been lined with wax paper. Let set.
  3. Repeat with the remaining white CandiQuik and strawberry Jello mix. Pour over popcorn in another bowl. Stir until coated and pour onto another wax paper lined tray. Let set.
  4. Place the chocolate CandiQuik in a bowl and heat until melted and smooth. Pour over the last popcorn bowl. Stir until coated, then pour onto a wax paper lined tray. Let set.
  5. Break apart all three flavors into chunks, then place in a large bowl and stir together. Store tightly covered on the counter.
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More fun ways to make chocolate covered popcorn more fun: 

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Cookies and Cream S’mores Bars

These easy cookie bars are topped with more cookies, marshmallows, and chocolate.  Try a pan of these Cookies and Cream S’mores Bars the next time you get that chocolate craving.

Cookies and Cream S'mores Bars - a delicious cookies and cream twist to the summer s'mores

Ok, I’m officially obsessed with all things s’mores.  You aren’t too upset about that, are you?

Summer just brings the s’mores loving person out of me.  Gooey chocolate and melty marshmallows…you can understand the obsession I’m sure.

Cookies and Cream S'mores Bars - a delicious cookies and cream twist to the summer s'mores

The other day while grocery shopping, we found this special edition cookie dough from Pillsbury.  Our daughter puffy heart loves anything cookies and cream, so my hubby grabbed a package and threw it into the cart.

Now that’s kind of a role reversal there.  Usually I’m the one throwing all the sweets into the cart, while he fills it with the healthy salads and meats.  Waahahahaha!  I am slowly converting him to the dark side!

Cookies & Cream Cookie Dough

His thought process…make the cookies for the kids to enjoy.

My thought process…what fun and exciting treat can I make this into.  :-) Yes, I have a problem….I’m ok with that! #dessertloverforlife

Cookies and Cream S'mores Bars - a delicious cookies and cream twist to the summer s'mores

A half eaten package of Oreo cookies, half a bag of mini marshmallows, and a few Hershey’s candy bars leftover from this Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake were totally calling out from the cupboard to be used.   You have to be quick around here if you want to use the Oreo cookies in baking.  My cookie monsters are definitely revolting and taking over my baking stash!

Add the package of cookies and cream cookie dough, and you have an easy bar cookie to die for.   Feel free to make your own cookie dough if you want, but I love easy peasy dessert like this.   It seriously only takes 2 minutes to have the cookie dough in the oven.

Cookies and Cream S'mores Bars - a delicious cookies and cream twist to the summer s'mores

While the cookies are baking, mix together all the fun toppings.  These bars are loaded with good stuff!  Go ahead and eat a few pieces…I know I did!

The bars will look very under done when you pull them from the oven.  Trust me and do not bake them any longer!!!  Gently sprinkle the topping mixture on top and put it back in the oven for 2 more minutes.  The chocolate and marshmallows will start to melt, but the real magic happens in the last minute.  Turn your oven to broil for 1 more minute.  Make sure you keep an eye on the marshmallows.  They go from brown to burnt in seconds! Been there, done that!

After you pull them from the oven, press the cookie chunks down into the melted goodness.  That will help them stay put as everything cools and hardens.  Now if you really want to dig in, you can.  But your tastebuds will probably hate you for it.  I recommend waiting a little bit to enjoy these.  The cookies stay together a little bit better after they cool.  But again, that’s totally up to you.  I understand the need to dig in!  One quick tip when cutting through marshmallows is to use a wet knife.   The water on the knife will keep the marshmallows from sticking.

Woo hoo for another pan of dessert that didn’t make it past the day.  Of course all the kids playing at the church while their parents worked were a big help in devouring these awesome cookies.

Cookies and Cream S'mores Bars - a delicious cookies and cream twist to the summer s'mores

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Cookies and Cream S’mores Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 bar cookies

Cookies and Cream S’mores Bars

Cookies and cream cookie bars topped with an Oreo cookie s'mores topping. A delicious twist to the summer time classic.

Ingredients

1 package Cookies 'n' Creme cookie dough (16 oz. Pillsbury)
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 Hershey's full size candy bars, chopped
8 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Press the cookie dough flat into the bottom of a greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. The bars will look under done, but do not bake any longer.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with the marshmallows, candy bar pieces, Oreo cookie chunks, and white chocolate chips. Bake for 2 more minutes. Turn the oven to broil, and broil on high for 1 minute. Watch your marshmallows so they do not burn. Remove from the oven. Very carefully press the cookie pieces into the melted chocolate and marshmallow, so they stick when it cools.
  3. Let cool completely before cutting. Use a wet knife to cut through the marshmallows easily. Cut into 12 bars. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
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More fun Cookies and Cream treats to make: 

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Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake

S’mores are one of the best desserts during the summer.  Try adding those flavors to this Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake, and you have one dessert that will not last the day.

Chocolate S'mores Pudding Cake - chocolate pudding and a fluffy marshmallow topping turn this cake into a summer time delight

By now you know that I love s’mores, but I still do not love the sticky mess that comes from roasting marshmallows.

Even with older children comes the scariness of a pointy stick and fire.  It must be the mom in me that cringes when those two things get together.  The more I talk with friends I realize that I am not alone in this aversion to how s’mores are made.

Chocolate S'mores Pudding Cake - chocolate pudding and a fluffy marshmallow topping turn this cake into a summer time delight

But there is something about the summer and the need for all things s’mores.  Since I absolutely love the flavor combo of  s’mores, I have been having fun creating s’mores that do not need campfires to be enjoyed.

One of my favorite summer time desserts is the poke cake.  Poke cakes have been around for quite a long time, but every so often I have a comment asking what exactly is a poke cake.  A poke cake is exactly what it sounds like.  You bake a cake and then while it is warm, POKE it with a fork or a wooden spoon.  This creates holes or pockets for a filling to collect.  The three main fillings that you can use are sweetened condensed milk, Jell-O, or pudding.

S’mores are made up of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.  I made sure my cake had plenty of each ingredient for a complete s’mores taste.

This cake starts with a graham cracker crust that you bake the cake on top of.  I happen to like cake mixes, so that is all I ever use for these cakes.  If you want to make a homemade one, feel free too.

Let the cake cool about 10 minutes.  Then poke it with the end of a wooden spoon.  There is no right way to do this, but be a little more careful with this cake because of the crust.  Then whisk together the pudding mix and milk and pour it over the cake immediately.  Try to pour the pudding before it sets up.  Use the back of a spoon to gently smooth and press the pudding into the holes.  Let it cool for about 30 minutes on the counter, then place it in the refrigerator until chilled.

Now for the marshmallow topping.  You could top the cake with marshmallows and broil them for a minute to get the roasted marshmallow taste, but I wanted a smoother, creamier topping.  Stir together a jar of marshmallow cream and one container of Cool Whip.  Go ahead and taste a spoonful because I know you want to.  I did too!!!  Spread it on top and end with chopped up candy bars because more chocolate is always a good thing.

Summer s’mores with out the danger of getting your eye poked out or sitting on a sticky marshmallow-ed chair.  It’s a summer win!!!

Chocolate S'mores Pudding Cake - chocolate pudding and a fluffy marshmallow topping turn this cake into a summer time delight

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Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 24 pieces of cake

Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake

A graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, and a marshmallow topping give this cake a complete S'mores taste. Perfect summer time dessert without a campfire mess.

Ingredients

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
8 Tablespoons butter, melted (1 stick)
1 box chocolate cake (15.25 oz.)
1 box instant chocolate pudding (3.9 oz.)
2 cups milk
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1 jar marshmallow cream (7 oz.)
3 full size Hershey chocolate bars, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to the box directions. Spoon the batter on top of the prepared crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to gently poke holes all over the top of the cake. Use a napkin to keep the spoon clean while you do this.
  3. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk. Pour over the top of the warm cake, trying to get the pudding in the holes. Use the back of a serving spoon to smooth and press the pudding into the holes more. Try to keep the pudding in the center of the cake instead of the sides. Cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until chilled all the way through.
  4. Stir together the Cool Whip and marshmallow cream. Spread over the cooled cake. Top with the chopped up candy bars. Cut into 24 pieces of cake. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Funfetti Cookies and Cream Fudge

Sprinkles and Oreo cookie chunks make this Funfetti Cookies and Cream Fudge a blast to make and eat.  No one will be able to resist grabbing a few squares when you show up with this cute fudge.

Funfetti Cookies and Cream Fudge - this easy vanilla fudge is loaded with Oreo cookies and sprinkles making it so fun to eat and share

Hi, my name is Jocelyn, and I am a hoarder of baking supplies.

At any given time I could make at least 10 different desserts using the baking supplies that are in my cupboards.  Actually 10 might be kind of low…but I don’t think I really want to count what is in those cupboards and get an accurate number.

Funfetti Cookies and Cream Fudge - this easy vanilla fudge is loaded with Oreo cookies and sprinkles making it so fun to eat and share

Just like a moth is drawn to a light or flame, I can’t resist the urge to walk down the baking and candy aisle every single time I go to the store.  It doesn’t matter that I just bought 5 bags of candy the last time, another one or two will still make it into the cart along with some cookies, cake mixes, pudding, and sprinkles.

My husband tells me I have a problem.  Yeah…he is probably right.  But I’m ok with that, and I think you guys are ok with my “problem” too.  I mean look at this fudge staring back at you.

Sprinkles and Oreos are a wonderful thing to hoard in your cupboards until inspiration hits.  You should try it some time.  The fudge and the hoarding that is.  Although I suggest finding hiding spots that your kids do not know about.  My kids have found out where I hide the baking Oreos.  My oldest is crazy about Oreos, so he gets into the baking stash all the time.  I think it is time for a new hiding spot.   [Read more...]

S’mores Cookie Cups

Do you like eating s’mores, but do not like the mess of a sticky campfire?  These S’mores Cookie Cups are the perfect solution.  Plus, this way you can enjoy them year round.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

I adore a delicious, sticky, roasted marshmallow pressed between chocolate bars and graham crackers.

But when my kids were younger I had a heart attack almost every time we did a campfire and made s’mores.  Little kids, long pointy sticks, and fire do not make a good mix.  Oh, and the sticky marshmallow guts that ended up just about every where.  Yeah…that was awesome too!

Now that my kids are older, it has gotten better.  Well, slightly.  They still wave the sticks around in faces and get too close to the fire.  I just don’t worry as much about it now.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire
I still don’t like the sticky marshmallow that ends up everywhere, so I found a fun and cute way to enjoy s’mores.  There is no worry and only minimal mess with these cookies.

S'mores Cookie Cups ingredients

Roll sugar cookie dough in chocolate graham crackers and baked them in mini muffin tins.  After they cooled, you will fill them with some chocolate spread.  Try to resist licking the spoon while you do this!  Top with some mini marshmallow and place under the broiler for a few seconds.  Watch the marshmallows carefully here!  You do not want to burn your cookie cups.  Well, unless you were one of those kids that always caught their marshmallows on fire.  Then have at it…just be warned that your house will probably smell like that burnt sugar for hours.

Have you tried this Hershey’s Spread yet?  Oh, my word!  Seriously amazing stuff.  I may or may not have finished off the jar with a spoon.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

These little S’mores Cookie Cups are adorable and totally pop-able.  Good luck trying to resist popping like 5 in your mouth.

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

Now that we can have cute s’mores all year long in a cookie cup, I may give up campfires completely.

Naaaahhh!  That’s just silly talk.  There is something so relaxing about sitting around a fire late at night.  Of course, in order for it to be relaxing, I suggest putting the kids to bed first.  Then enjoy your s’mores without pointy sticks being poked in your face and sticky guts wiped on your chair.

Or just make these S’mores Cookie Cups and hide them in a container on the counter.  No one has to know they are there, right?

S'mores Cookie Cups - easy way to enjoy a s'mores without the mess of a campfire

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S’mores Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

S’mores Cookie Cups

Sugar cookie cups rolled in graham crackers and filled with chocolate and toasted marshmallows are an easy way to enjoy a delicious campfire treat without all the mess.

Ingredients

1 package Pillsbury sugar cookies (24 cookies)
1/4 chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate spread
1 cup mini marshmallows
Hershey's chocolate bars

Instructions

  1. Roll each cookie dough square into a ball. Roll each one into the graham cracker crumbs. Place in a greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes.
  2. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press in the centers gently. Let the cookies cool in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Use a knife to gently lift them out of the tin. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. Fill the centers with the chocolate spread. Top each cookie cup with marshmallows. Broil on High for 30-45 seconds. Be careful they do not burn. Remove from the oven and top with a chocolate square. Makes 24 cookie cups. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
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