Oven Smores

We camp a lot during the warmer months. It’s a great way to spend time with the kids and we are always doing something. Swimming, boating, hiking, playing games, playing cards, riding bikes….anything that we can do as a family and have some fun.  But my favorite part of camping is sitting around the campfire.  The smell, the warmth, the quiet……the smores!  Most of the time, I prefer just to eat a roasted marshmallow.  I like mine almost burnt on the outside and ooey-gooey on the inside.  The kids love  the smores.  As soon as it starts getting dark they are asking when they can have smores.  So when I saw this Pin, I wanted to try it and see if we could get smores all year round at home.

You need the obvious ingredients.  Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate (in the form of Hershey’s kisses.

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Turn on your oven’s broiler to low and move the top rack up to a higher spot.  I used the second from the top. Break the graham crackers in half and put them on a cookie sheet.

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Cut the marshmallows in half and put one half on each of the graham crackers, sticky side down.

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Put them in the oven and do NOT walk away! They will toast really quickly.  You can toast as dark as you like.  We got ours a toasty brown.  

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Take a Hershey’s kiss and push it down into the center of the marshmallow.

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Now here is where you can decide to either eat it as is, or go your own way.  I put them back into the oven for a about 30-45 seconds to melt the kiss just a tad.  Then we ate them and they were gone in about as much time. You can also put another graham cracker on top to make it more of a traditional smore, but we chose to eat them “open-faced”.  Whichever way you choose to finish them off, they are a great way to get your smore fix in the middle of the winter, or any other time.  In fact, I think I’m going to make myself some right now…….

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Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

In honor of Valentines Day, here is a yummy yummy (yummy) red velvet cookie recipe.  I made these over the weekend because I had to take a snack to church on Sunday.  Why I always try new recipes when I have to take them somewhere, I have no idea.  Maybe the pressure to make them taste good helps.  These were gone so fast! Just a note that I made a double batch, so the pictures will show double of everything.

You need a box of Red Velvet cake mix, 1/2 cup or one stick of butter (at room temperature), 8 oz. of cream cheese (at room temperature), one egg, half a bag of white chocolate chips, and a tsp of vanilla.

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Preheat your oven to 350. Put the butter and the cream cheese into a bowl and mix together with a mixer. How I wish I had a KitchenAid Mixer!!

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Add in one egg and 1 tsp of vanilla and mix well. Again, I did a double batch. Only add one egg.

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Next, mix in the package of red velvet cake mix until it is well incorporated. It starts getting thick and sticky.

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Once it’s all mixed, use a spatula to mix in the half a bag of white chocolate chips.

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After this, I stuck it in the fridge for a few hours to chill.  It makes it much easier to roll into balls.  You don’t have to do this.  You can drop them on the cookie sheet from a spoon but I am a perfectionist and wanted mine to be pretty. Roll them into about 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.  I use the rubber non-stick mats on mine.Image

Bake them for 10-12 minutes until the outside is cooked but the inside is still soft. Place on a wire rack to cool.

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While they are still warm you can also push a Hershey’s kiss or hug onto the top. These are so soft and gooey and yummy. They would make a perfect treat for your honey or for your child’s teacher.