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Indoor Peanut Butter S'mores

What's better on a warm summer evening than the gooey goodness of s'mores?! The only downside is there's really no substitute for the toasted marshmallow, and it can be hard to do without a fire pit or bonfire. We've tried to use the microwave, but it's a mess and the marshmallows still don't get toasted. But, today's recipe is the perfect indoor version of the popular summer treat transforming it into a dip you can easily create in the oven.

This recipe couldn't be simpler or quicker to make! It takes longer to preheat the oven than to actually cook it. I found a few different versions of this recipe online. One version I saw used Reese's in place of chocolate chips, which takes the s'mores to the next level!! Peanut butter s'mores - yum!!

There's so much you could do with this recipe by replacing the chocolate chips or Reese's with another chocolate-y treat. Andes mint s'mores, Snickers s'mores, dark chocolate s'mores, caramel s'mores using Rolo's, etc. - so many possibilities!!

The Reese's version is pretty great, though. The dip was a big hit with our friends at our cookout this past weekend.

Here's the quick and easy way to make indoor s'mores dip.

Peanut Butter S'mores Dip ingredients:

  • 1 bag of mini Reese's
  • 32 marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
Peanut Butter S'mores Dip instructions:
  • Preheat the oven to 450F
  • Unwrap Reese's and place in the bottom of a baking dish
  • Top with marshmallows
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown on top
  • Let cool a few minutes
  • Dip graham crackers in the concoction and enjoy!

American Flag Fruit Pizza

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you and your family had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! My husband and I both had Friday off, so we started the festivities a little early. On Friday, we had a few friends over for a cookout. Our tiny grill got a workout as we made quite a few burgers and hot dogs. I also prepared some of the corn salsa I just shared and my favorite baked mac 'n cheese. For dessert, I created an American flag themed fruit pizza (shared below) and an amazingly delicious S'mores Dip (sharing next week)! All in all, I think our first cookout in our new home was a success. After having a small apartment for the past few years, it was nice to have a big enough space to entertain!

After the cookout, we played a few outdoor games and then enjoyed music and dazzling fireworks at our church.

Saturday was a bit more relaxed. We decided to grill out a second time as well as finish up the rest of our cookout leftovers. My husband cooked up the last few hot dogs, and I experimented with a new recipe for teriyaki veggies. Delicious! It's one of my favorite new savory recipes I've tried lately, I'll be sharing the recipe this week.

The weekend was filled with quality time with friends and delicious food - a wonderful celebration of our nation's birthday!

The fruit pizza I made for our cookout is similar to the fruit cookie cups I previously made, and based on a Pioneer Woman recipe. The sugar cookie crust is amazing with just a hint of orange. Our kitchen was filled with a delicious aroma of vanilla and orange zest...yum!

American Flag Fruit Pizza ingredients:

  • Sugar cookie crust -
    • 1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 8 tsp whole milk
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cream cheese topping - 
    • 1 jar (13 oz) marshmallow creme
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

American Flag Fruit Pizza instructions:
  • Cream butter, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla
  • Beat in both eggs until light and fluffy
  • Mix in milk
  • Sift the remaining dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, salt
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into butter mixture
  • Mix until fully combined
  • Flatten between two sheets of wax paper
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze of 20 minutes
  • Flatten dough into cookie sheet, I used half of the dough in a small cookie sheet and saved the rest of the dough to make some cookies later!
  • Bake the dough 12-15 minutes
  • Cool completely
  • Whip the cream cheese and marshmallow creme together until smooth
  • Spread over the cookie crust
  • Decorate the top left corner with blueberries and then arrange slices of strawberries to make stripes

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

It's summer, which means time for cookouts and barbecues. While I love cakes and cupcakes, nothing beats the summer heat like ice cream. Today's recipe combines both in a delicious frozen dish. A few years ago I had a similar version at a cookout with friends and was shocked to find out it was simply ice cream sandwiches and whipped topping. I like ice cream sandwiches well enough, but they are definitely transformed into a much tastier treat with this frozen cake.

This recipe is quick and simple, but it's also easy to customize to your favorite tastes and flavors. I topped my cake off with caramel sauce and chopped Reese's. Yum! There are so many ways to top this cake - chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, chopped Andes mints, etc. You could even switch up the cake by using different flavored ice cream sandwiches, or even making homemade ones!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake ingredients:

  • Approximately 18 ice cream sandwiches
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • Favorite ice cream sauce (caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, etc.)
  • Favorite chopping topping (nuts, candy bar, candy chips, mints, etc.)
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake instructions:
  • Place a layer of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a 9x13 pan, you may need to break one in half to fit them in
  • Cover with half of the whipped topping
  • Top with another layer of ice cream sandwiches
  • Top with more whipped topping
  • Drizzle with ice cream sauce
  • Chop your favorite candy, nuts, etc.

Enjoy this frozen, tasty treat. It's perfect for the 4th of July or your next summer potluck. In my experience, it's sure to be a hit!