Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Homemade Gooey S'mores with Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • large marshmallows
  • graham cracker squares
  • peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. Cook a marshmallow over an open flame or hot coals until it is browned outside, and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Place the marshmallow on top of one of the graham cracker squares. Place the peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow. Top with the last graham cracker square.
  3. Eat and enjoy the deliciousness.

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Sweet Homemade French Silk Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crusts, softened
  • oz unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 pasteurized eggs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls, if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat; cool. In small bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cooled chocolate and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on high speed 2 minutes after each addition; beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Pour into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Coconut Meringue Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Meringue:
  • 5 to 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle coconut in crust; set aside. Stir together sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium heavy saucepan; whisk in sugar mixture and milk alternately until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling and thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; pour over coconut in crust.
  4. For Meringue: In a deep bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce mixer to low speed; add cream of tartar.
  5. Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spoon Meringue over hot filling, sealing carefully to edge of crust.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees until meringue is lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Orange Cream Pie with Figs and Blackberries

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Ingredients:

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 6-ounce graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 8-ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pint figs, quartered
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, orange juice and lemon juice in a bowl; pour into pie crust.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until center of pie is set.
  4. Cool completely; cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.
  5. Spread whipped topping over chilled pie; garnish with figs and blackberries.
  6. Drizzle with honey.

Honey Balsamic Blueberry Pie

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Ingredients

  • Refrigerated pie crusts, 2 count
  • 7 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. Prepare the filling: Place 1 cup of blueberries in a large bowl; crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in the cornstarch and vinegar until cornstarch dissolves. Stir in the sugar, next five ingredients, and remaining 6 cups of blueberries into the smashed berry mixture.
  2. Fit one of the two dough rolls into a greased 9 inch pie dish. Cut the second into 12 to 14 (1/2 inch wide) strips.
  3. Pour fruit into piecrust. Dot with butter cubes. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Lightly brush egg mixture around the edge of the pie. Arrange piecrust strips in a lattice design over filling. Trim excess dough and lightly press the edges together. Brush entire top of the pie with the remaining egg mixture. Freeze for 20 minutes or until dough is firm.
  4.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Bake pie on a foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes. Cover pie with foil to prevent excess browning, bake another 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden or the filling in the center bubbles. Total time 65-70 minutes.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and cool for one hour before serving.

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 15.25 ounce package yellow cake
  • 1 3.9 package of chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 8 ounce container of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, water, and eggs in a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat until just blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. Fold in the chocolate chips, and pour into a prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan and then remove to a wire rack.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Homemade Granola Bars

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Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry.
  4. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
  5. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.

 

These store very well in the fridge or freezer. You may want to wrap them in a bit of parchment paper before putting them in a container or plastic bag in the fridge so that they don’t stick together.

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 12 ounces sliced peaches
  • 12 ounces of mixed berries: blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine pinch of salt with the next seven ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently until well blended. Pour into a buttered 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and remaining pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form. Add cream, and stir just until mixture forms a soft dough. Spoon topping over berry mixture.
  3. Grill, covered with grill lid, 25 to 30 minutes or until fruit bubbles and topping is cooked through. Makes 6-8 servings.

Rustic Berry Tart

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Rustic Berry Tart 

  • 1 pre-rolled pie crust 
  • 4 cups of fresh berries, such as: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • ½ cup of sugar, plus a little extra for the crust
  • Zest from half a lemon
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 egg – egg whites only

 

  1. Remove pre-rolled pie crust from the refrigerator and allow it to sit fifteen minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add berries, sugar, lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Gently fold together to combine.
  4. Roll out pie crust onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  5. Spoon the fruit mixture onto the center of the pie dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Gently fold over the border towards the center, pleating as you move around the tart.
  6. Place tart in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm the dough back up.
  7. Remove from refrigerator. Brush the dough edge of the tart with egg whites and sprinkle sugar around the edge.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 degrees and back for another 30 minutes or until fruit is bubbly and crust is golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Grasshopper Pie

Ingredients:

  • 24 regular marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup of half and half
  • 2 tablespoons of creme de cacao
  • 2 tablespoons of creme de menthe
  • 1/2 a pint of whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of finely ground chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • prepared whipped cream or Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate crumbles
  • 1-2 mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter or margarine until well blended . Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 minutes. Cool and chill for about 1 hour.
  3. Melt the marshmallows in the half and half in a double boiler. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool.
  4. Whip the 1/2 pint of cream and mix it into the filling mixture.
  5. Pour the filling into the chilled crust.
  6. Refrigerate pie to set for at least one hour.
  7. Before serving, spread prepared whipped cream over the top of the pie.
  8. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs and garnish with mint.