I was pretty excited when Joanna of Kosher Kitchen chose Baking with S’mores Variations as the theme for this month’s What’s Baking? To me, s’mores are a summer dessert. We enjoy sitting outside around a fire pit, toasting marshmallows and making old-fashioned s’mores. I love the flavors, but apart from some s’mores cupcakes (which are amazing, by the way), I haven’t played with the flavors too much. I was thrilled to be able to try out one of the many s’mores-inspired recipes I’ve bookmarked over the past few years.
I, of course, couldn’t help but to choose what might be the most sugar-laden dessert I could find – complete with peanut butter baking chips, two types of candy, and a jar of marshmallow fluff. The photo really does not do these bars justice – they’re super rich and stayed soft, even after a few days on the counter. They definitely we a good start to the workweek.
Peanut Butter S’mores Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Adapted from Mom On Timeout
Makes 24 bars
- 12 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
- 2 c. light brown sugar
- ½ c. creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- ¾ c. graham cracker crumbs (from about 4 graham crackers)
- 1 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1 Tbs. cornstarch
- 2½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1½ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. peanut butter baking chips
- 7 full-sized Hershey’s chocolate bars
- 1 7-oz. jar marshmallow fluff
- 1 c. quartered Reese’s miniatures
Make the Dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until well combined. With the mixer still running on medium speed, add in peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla – all one at a time. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Reduce speed to low and one at a time, add graham cracker crumbs, oats, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and flour. Scrape down sides of the bowl as necessary. Finally, mix in peanut butter baking chips.
Chill dough for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Assemble & Bake: Remove dough from fridge. Pour ⅔ of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread into an even layer. Top with Hershey’s bars, then marshmallow fluff.
Stir Reese’s miniatures into remaining dough, and drop onto fluff layer. The dough won’t completely cover the fluff.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven, and let cool completely before cutting.
Serve at room temperature (or, as my hubby preferred, microwave for 10 seconds to make extra warm and gooey) and store in an airtight container.
So we’ve made it through ice cream, toppings and servers, and popsicles. You might be wondering what else is left. Why, desserts, of course!
This week, I’ve desserts that don’t fall into one of the above categories. They’re frozen pies, cakes, sandwiches, and other ice cream-like creations. Some are simpler to make and others have a number of steps. The thing they all have in common? They’re sure to impress your guests!
- Banana Split S’mores Ice Cream Cake (from Beyond Frosting)
- Blackberry Icebox Cake (from Beyond Frosting)
- Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwiches (from A Sprinkle of This and That)
- Cherry Almond Chocolate Ripple Semifreddo (from Girl in the Little Read Kitchen)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bars (from Two Peas and Their Pod)
- Coconut Brownies Sundae (from Roxana’s Home Baking)
- Fried Ice Cream (from Overtime Cook)
- Frosty S’mores Cups (from Easybaked)
- Frozen Chocolate Cherry Bars (from Running to the Kitchen)
- Fudgy Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie (from Through Her Looking Glass)
- Funfetti Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie (from Beyond Frosting)
- Ice Cream Crepes (from French Press)
- Lemon Cloud No-Bake Ice Box Cake (from The Slow Roasted Italian)
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake (no-churn) (from Cupcakes and Kale Chips)
- Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Pie (from Handle the Heat)
- PB&J Ice Cream Sandwich (from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook)
- Pan-Fried Banana Split (from Taste and Tell)
- Root Beer Float Pie (from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch)
- Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple topped with ice cream (from Gimme Some Oven)
- Reeses Ice Cream Cake (from Lemons for Lulu)
- Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Cake (from Diary of a Recipe Collector)
- Salted Peanut Caramel Ice Cream Bars (from Not Without Salt)
- Strawberry Sorbet Cookies (from Epicurean Mom)
- Toffee Ice Cream Brownie Bars (from Two Peas and Their Pod)
- Vanilla Frozen Yogurt and Blueberry Terrine (from Cooking and Beer)
Growing up, my mom used to make this fantastic Oreo ice cream. I don’t remember her making many varieties other than vanilla and Oreo, but the Oreo ice cream is the one we all loved. Mom only ever used Double Stuffers, because, really, the frosted center is the reason for eating the cookies. The trick was to get the biggest chunks of Oreo cookie that you could. The cookie would be soft from the ice cream, and the super sweet frosted center would shine through. That ice cream was summer for me.
Now, I look forward to the warm weather and when I can break out my ice cream maker. I never have the time to try even a fraction of the recipes I bookmark, but I enjoy trying. So far this year, I’ve made a classic vanilla ice cream (that only lasted 2 days in the house) and tried out a new recipe for sangria popsicles. I’ve decided that the trick is that I have to make the ice cream, stash it in the basement freezer, and clean up the evidence before my hubby knows I’ve made some. Unless I’m a mean wifey and make something I know he’ll dislike, once my hubby knows there’s ice cream in the house, he’ll have (and I’ll inevitably end up joining him) a bowl a night until it’s gone.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s begin the second year of Frozen Fridays – a new roundup of summer treats every Friday for the month of July. This week, I present to you two dozen ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, etc recipes that caught my eye recently. If you give any of them a try, please come back and let me know what you thought of them!
Ice Creams, Sorbets, and More!
- Bailey’s Ice Cream (from Savory Simple)
- Banana Pudding Ice Cream (from Big Bear’s Wife)
- Blackberry Pomegranate Sorbet (from A Cookie Names Desire)
- Caramelized Banana Ice Cream (from Our Best Bites)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream (from Love and Olive Oil)
- Chocolate Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato (from Floating Kitchen)
- Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream (over Honey Orange Biscuits) (from Cupcakes and Kale Chips)
- Coffee Oreo Ice Cream (from A Cookie Named Desire)
- Cookie Butter Ice Cream (no-churn) (from Keep It Sweet Desserts)
- Fluffernutter Ice Cream (from Country Cleaver)
- Green Grape Ice Cones (from The Healthy Apple)
- Horchata Ice Cream (from Love & Olive Oil)
- Lemon Buttermilk Tart Frozen Yogurt (from Eva Bakes)
- Maple Bacon Crunch Ice Cream (from Crazy for Crust)
- Molasses Cookie Ice Cream (no-churn) (from Beyond Frosting)
- Nutella Gelato (from The Girl Who Ate Everything)
- Popcorn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Popcorn (from A Brown Table)
- Orange Blossom Clove Ice Cream with Candied Blood Orange Freckles (from Savory Simple)
- Orange Granitas (from Skip to My Lou)
- Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (from Mandy’s Recipe Box)
- Raspberry Pistachio Coconut Ice Cream (from The Foodie Teen)
- Salted Caramel Cashew Ice Cream (from Food n’ Focus)
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (from The Lemon Bowl)
- Swiss Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream (from What’s Cooking, Chicago?)
- Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadeplphia Style (from Books n’ Cooks)
If this isn’t enough for you, check out last year’s round-up for another two dozen recipes that caught my eye.
When the weather finally turned into sunshine and spring a month or so ago, I jumped at the chance to make homemade ice cream. I love the rich vanilla flavor and super smooth texture of homemade ice cream. This is my hubby’s favorite vanilla recipe – Philadelphia-style, made with milk and cream, with no egg yolks (unlike my perfered French-style ice cream). While we each have our preferences, it doesn’t really matter which type I make – one batch will be gone before I have the time to make another.
Clearly I adored the photos I took of my little model, and had to include them in this post! I was astonished that she was so enthusiastic about the ice cream – up until now, she could care less about ice cream and when we got her to taste some, she spit out every single sprinkle that made it into her mouth.
I can’t help it – she’s just too cute. There’s a simple shot of just the ice cream below. There was quite a bit of hand-swatting to keep the little one away from it! 🙂
Like this post? Come back on Friday to see a roundup of more than two dozen ice cream, sorbet, etc. recipes from other bloggers!
Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebowitz (p. 25)
Makes 1 Quart
- 3 c. heavy cream (or 2 c. heavy cream + 1 c. whole milk)
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine 1 c. heavy cream, sugar, and salt. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Add both seeds and pod to pot. Cool, stirring regularly, until sugar is melted.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining heavy cream and vanilla extract. Allow to cool slightly before moving to a fridge to chill for a few hours.
Remove vanilla bean pods (reserving for other uses, if desired – see tip below) and transfer to ice cream make, processing according to manufacturer’s instructions. (My Cuisinart ice cream maker called for 15-20 minutes – I processed it for 20 minutes for a thicker consistency.)
Tip: Vanilla beans can be used a few times before completely losing their flavor. In this case, after using the vanilla bean pod, allow to dry on a paper towel and add to a container of sugar to flavor sugar. Or, add to an existing container of vanilla extract.
I was super excited when this month’s What’s Baking? theme turned out to be Baking with Fruit, chosen by Jaida at Sweet Beginnings. The weather is beautiful and the local farms are opening up for picking. There’s nothing better than fruit fresh from the farm.
While it’s a little early for blueberry picking here, I had a stash in the freezer that I wanted to use up to make room for more farm-fresh fruit. While these bars called for fresh blueberries, my flash-frozen berries worked just fine. (I’d caution against purchased bags of fruit, which would have a higher water content than the flash-frozen ones I used.)
These bars were really out of this world – I don’t think I can say enough about them. The photos, with my messy cutting, don’t do them justice. The bars are super soft and just slightly sweet. I was surprised at the subtle sweetness of the crust/crumble and the bright, fresh blueberry flavor. These are the sort of dessert you can easily return to for seconds, thirds, and fourths. Which I did until I finally wrapped up several pieces to take to a friend.
In the future, I’d consider serving these warmed slightly, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Blueberry Crumb Bars
Makes a 9×13 pan
- 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar, divided
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tbs. pieces
- zest and juice of one lemon, divided
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 4 tsp. cornstarch
- 4 c. fresh blueberries (4 pints)
Prep: Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside.
Make the Crust/Crumble: In a medium bowl, combine 1 c. sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut butter, lemon zest and egg into the dry ingredients. Dough will be crumbly.
Make the Blueberry Filling: In another bowl, stir together lemon juice, remaining 1/2 c. sugar and cornstarch. Gently fold in blueberries.
Assemble: Pour half of flour mixture into prepared baking pan. Gently pat into an even layer. Top with blueberry mixture and sprinkle evenly with remaining flour mixture.
Bake for 40-60 minutes, until top is slightly browned.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing. (Smitten Kitchen recommends chilling bars so that it’s easier and cleaner to cut)
Store, covered with plastic wrap, at room temperature or in the fridge. At room temp, the bars kept fresh for at least 3 days (at which point I had eaten or gifted the entire pan).
Hi everyone! My name is Eva, and I blog over at Eva Bakes. I want to thank Liz for allowing me guest post on her blog today.
I’m willing to bet that most of you reading this are peanut butter fans. Am I right? How about chocolate peanut butter? That’s supposed to be the ultimate peanut butter combination, as I hear. Well, I am one of those very strange birds that doesn’t like peanut butter. This has nothing to do with allergies. I just don’t like the taste or texture of peanut butter. That’s OK – more for you.
Anyway, my husband bought me a cookbook by Food & Wine called Best of the Best. It’s a compilation of the 25 best cookbooks they found in 2012 (yes, I know… I am making this recipe 3 years late. Sigh). Since I am a dessert blogger, I went straight to the dessert section.
Since my husband is a peanut butter fanatic, I wanted to make this pie for him. He was gone on a business trip for a few days, and my 4-year and I decided to surprise him with this pie. The pie was actually easier than I imagined to put together and didn’t take as much time as I originally thought. When my husband returned from his trip, he was excited to find this pie in the refrigerator and asked when he would be able to eat a slice.
If you enjoyed this recipe or are a fan of sweets, I hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime and check out all my desserts!
Chocolate peanut butter pie
- 1 cup graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs (you can use chocolate sandwich cookies too)
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (do not use natural or homemade)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped finely
- 1 cup heavy cream
Make the crust: Process the crumbs in a food processor or high-powered blender. If you don’t have either of these, you can put the cookies in a zip-top bag and crush them with a rolling pin or other cylinder-like object (like a bottle of wine). Transfer to a medium bowl and add the sugar. Mix well. Then add the melted butter and mix until the crumbs resemble wet sand. Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch pie pan and press the crumbs on the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Make the filling: In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, corn syrup, cream, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth and free of lumps. Add the eggs until well incorporated and pour the batter into the prepared crust.
Bake in your preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the edges are puffy and the center is soft (it may appear underbaked, which is OK).
Allow the pie to cool while you prepare the ganache.
Make the ganache: Placed the chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl. Microwave (or heat in a saucepan) the heavy cream until very hot. Pour over the chopped chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate together until smooth. Pour this over the pie. If desired, garnish with chopped peanuts. Allow the pie to cool and the ganache to set completely. You can also serve with dollops of whipped cream.
Any leftover pie should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep for several days.
Yield: One 9-inch pie, about 8-10 servings
Source: Slightly adapted from Alisa Huntsman, via Food & Wine: Best of the Best; pages 105-106