Pumpkin Pie Tamales

I get a lot recipe and story ideas sent to my inbox and most of the time they will get deleted without a second thought. However, a while back a got a recipe for pumpkin pie tamales. I was super intrigued. I love tamales and I love pumpkin pie. I have never had a sweet tamale before. I just couldn't seem to get this recipe out of my head, so I'm sharing it with you today. I thought some of you might find it just as interesting as I do.


S'mores Round-up - Farewell to Summer

Welcome to Day 5 of S'mores week! What a great way to say farewell to summer. Just to recap, so far this week we have had S'mores Dipped Pretzels, Mini S'mores Bake, S'mores Icebox Cake, and Peanut Butter S'mores
There are so many great s'mores recipes on the net, I thought I'd compile a list of over 20 s'mores recipes that I think are awesome! 



Peanut Butter S'mores

Welcome back to day four of s'mores week. Today, I'm so excited to have Kate from Songs Kate Sang joining us. Kate is sharing her favorite way to eat a s'more. Take it away Kate!



If you are anything like me - s'mores are an absolute summer must! Making them unique and full of surprises is just part of the fun.

Peanut butter goes with chocolate like Romeo goes with Juliet. It is a match made in heaven! In the summer, with this Arizona heat, I take the easy route and make s'mores in the microwave. I know, shocking isn't it!

I put the marshmallow in the microwave for twelve seconds - no more, no less. Exactly 12, ok?! (just kidding - if you prefer 11, I'm perfectly fine with that.). I pull the marshmallow out and put in the peanut butter cup. 


You make the s'more just like normal. And then, when you bite in - a heavenly surprise! 


Thanks Kate! I love the stuffed marshmallow idea. That's genius! I've never made a s'more in the microwave before. I will have to give it a try.  What about you? Do you go traditional and cook your s'mores over the campfire or do you use the microwave? 

Come back tomorrow to see a great round-up of all things s'mores!


Ashley

S'mores Icebox Cake with Marshmallow Ice Cream

S'mores week continues with a S'mores Icebox Cake with Marshmallow Ice Cream.
My mother-in-law introduced me to ice box cake many years ago. When I was thinking of different ways to make a s'more, it occurred to me that icebox cake was already 2/3 of the way there. It had graham, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. All I had to do was figure out how to incorporate the marshmallow. I came up with a delicious way to make some marshmallow flavored ice cream. It is so good! Plus it gave me a reason to break out the ice cream maker which has been laying dormant for way too long! OK, let's make some S'mores Icebox Cake.



S'mores Icebox Cake with Marshmallow Ice Cream

Ingredients:


  • Vanilla Ice Cream Machine Mix (or your favorite ice cream base)
  • Milk - per the package instructions
  • Heavy Cream - per the package instructions
  • Smuckers Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping
  • Graham Crackers
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Crushed Graham Crackers, for the top
  • Hershey's Chocolate syrup, for the top
  • Mini Mallow Bits, for the top

Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the ice cream machine mix to get your vanilla ice cream base. Stir in the jar of Marshmallow ice cream topping. Pour into the ice cream machine and turn on. The marshmallow may increase the time it takes for the ice cream to thicken. 
  2. A few minutes before the ice cream is done in the machine, line a 9x13" pan with graham crackers.
  3. Top the graham crackers with a layer of chocolate frosting. I find it's easiest to dump some frosting on top and then spread it around. Frosting each cracker individually takes a lot of time. 
  4. Empty the marshmallow ice cream from the machine and spread evenly over the top of the frosting. Freeze for at least two hours or until firm. The ice cream may not freeze hard but it will definitely get solid. Marshmallow acts as an insulator and it may take some extra time to freeze. 
  5. Remove from the freezer and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Sprinkle on the graham cracker bits and the tiny marshmallows. Serve immediately, or return to freezer until ready to serve. 
Here's a shot where you can see all the layers. The ice cream really does taste like marshmallows. I think it's my favorite part! 

What's your favorite way to eat a s'more?

Ashley

Mini Disneyland S’Mores Bake

I'm so excited to have Laura from Pink Cake Plate guest posting today. She's sharing with us another yummy s'mores recipe. Take it away Laura!

Hello, Cute as a Fox readers!! I am sooooo excited to be here. It's a pretty funny story, I had been perusing the internet and came across this delicious recipe AND its a Disneyland recipe!! It has to be amazing if it is a Disneyland recipe!! I found these adorable single serving cast iron bake ware so how about a Mini Disneyland S'mores Bake?? castiron
 When I was in Disneyland this past February I was on a food scavenger hunt and one of the dishes to find was the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue S'Mores Bake!!
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Photo Credit Disney Parks Blog
This recipe will make one large S'mores Bake or 4 small individual S'mores Bakes!! If you make the individual ones then you don't have to share!! LOL!!!
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Now this calls for Hot Fudge Sauce so I have a recipe over at Pink Cake Plate for the easiest yummiest Hot Fudge Sauce I have ever tasted!!
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You can serve additional sauce on the side!!!

Mini Disneyland S’Mores Bake 

Ingredients: 


  • 1 (10.5-ounce) box fudge brownie mix and ingredients needed to make brownies 
  • 1 (1-pound) bag large marshmallows 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot fudge sauce, warmed 
  • 8 graham crackers 
  • 4 small cast iron baking dishes or 1 8"x8" square baking dish 

Directions: 


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a cast iron pans with cooking spray. Prepare brownie batter per package directions and pour equal amounts into each dish. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. 
  2. Turn oven to broil. Place marshmallows over brownies. Leaving oven door ajar, place marshmallow-topped brownies under broiler 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown, watching very closely to avoid burning. 
  3. Drizzle hot fudge sauce over top of toasted marshmallows. Take half of the graham crackers and break them into planks; crush other half of graham crackers into crumbs. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over top of toasted marshmallows, and place graham cracker planks randomly into toasted marshmallows. Serve immediately.

Thanks for having me here today and I hope you enjoy this delicious S'mores Bake!!!



Ashley

S'mores Dipped Pretzels

Labor Day is just a week away! I thought it would be fun to share some s'mores recipes as a final farewell to summer. Although truth be told, here in Arizona, summer lasts until mid-October. My whole family loves s'mores and it is fun to think of different ways to incorporate those flavors into different desserts.
I was at the store a week ago and I found some Marshmallow candy melts by Wilton. I thought that seemed like a perfect starter for some s'mores dipped pretzels.




Chili’s® at Home - Bold Meals in a flash


Thanks to Chili's for sponsoring this discussion and saving my family from another night of quesadillas and PB&Js. 
Things have been a little quiet around here lately. There's a great reason for it though. I have my first big book deadline coming up. I promise that more info is coming soon, but there are still some details on the back-end that have to be worked out.  I spend some long days in the kitchen doing recipe creating and testing. It's a little ironic though that I spend all day in the kitchen and come dinner time we have nothing to eat. I also have no energy to cook anything. As a result we've been eating out a lot or relying on simple foods. Eating out gets expensive and I think my kids are starting to believe that quesadillas are their own food group. 
The good news is that I have found some great and fast meals from Chili’s® at Home. It's all the big and  bold flavors you love at Chili's but quicker, easier, and less expensive than a night out at a restaurant. The other evening after a long day of recipe testing I decided to give Chili's Chicken Bacon Ranch and Nacho Potatoes with Beef and Bacon a try. 
First up I will tell you about the Nacho Potatoes with beef and bacon. This was definitely tops in the bold flavor category. It had a nice spicy cheese sauce to go along with the potatoes, beef, potatoes, and fire roasted peppers. With a name like Nacho Potatoes and a very cheesy sauce, we decided to try these on tortilla chips and eat them like nachos. My husband usually shies away from spicy food, but this was his top pick. He said it was spicy, but really tasty. I found that I actually really like potatoes on nachos. I will be going that again.