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S’mores Brownies

Yesterday I was simply in the mood to bake.  Yes, I am usually in the mood but for the most part it is always something that I plan ahead to make.  That was not the case last night.  I was going for something quick that I could do while watching American Idol.  I had some marshmallow fluff and graham crackers left over from the Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cake challenge with The Cake Slice Bakers and therefore decided to go with brownies.

I used the Nestle Cocoa Chewy Brownie recipe and simply added some graham cracker pieces to the batter.  Once I spread the batter in the pan I swirled in the marshmallow fluff.  The batter is quite thick so this was not the easiest thing to do so maybe next time I will try using mini marshmallows.  I didn’t measure the graham crackers or marshmallow fluff….just added what felt right (sorry).  I took them to work today and they were very well received.

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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Bars, Brownies


Coconuty Carmelitas

I came across this recipe on Thursday when browsing through Lulu the Baker, a fabulous blog full of yummy treats.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it.  That same day I bought the needed ingredients and made them to take to my new Bible study group. Let me tell you these bars are beyond amazing.  I took one to a friend at work yesterday and she could hardly get the words out to express how delicious it was.  The lovely ladies at my group last night also thought they were great.  Some even took extras home and I got an email today requesting the recipe.  The only bad news that resulted from these carmelitas is that I ended up breaking my one piece rule….I had 3 carmelitas!!!  If you give these a try might as well go all the way and serve it topped with some vanilla ice cream as my friend at work suggested.

*Prepare the carmelitas the night before you plan to serve them.


  • 50 caramel squares, unwrapped (or use a jar of prepared dulce de leche…which I’ll be doing next time)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1  1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 1  1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Combine caramel squares and cream in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir until completely smooth; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, oats, sugar and melted butter. Pat half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish (sprayed w/ non-stick cooking spray) and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and layer chocolate chips, coconut and caramel mixture.  Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture on top and return to the oven for an additional 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let the bars cool overnight at room temperature before cutting into squares.

Adapted from this recipe found on Lulu the Baker.


Posted by on October 23, 2010 in Bars