Fun in the Sun: Heather

Hey there One Artsy Mama readers! My name is Heather and I blog over at A Cupcake Love Affair. If you don’t know me, I blog about all things cupcakes and a lot about baking in general. I’m a pastry chef working toward opening my own bakery. In the meantime, I work full time at a small Christian ministry in Central Florida. I love God, my family, my friends, and my puppy Jax and am truly blessed to live the life God has given me!

Me and Jax

I hope you all are enjoying time with your family this holiday weekend! I’m so excited to be a part of Amy’s “Fun in the Sun” series and to share a delicious recipe to celebrate the ending of summer. As it draws closer to fall, we have just a few evenings left to enjoy the warm weather and what better way to do so than with a fun dessert with elements of a summer favorite? Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for S’mores Cookie Bars…just the name makes my mouth water! You start with a buttery graham cracker crust, fill with your favorite cookie recipe, and top with toasted marshmallows. Simple, but fabulous!

A plate full of yumminess!

S’mores Cookie Bars For the crust: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 crackers) 1/3 cup sugar 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter Mix all ingredients together with a fork and press into the bottom of a nine inch square pan. I then added a layer of semi sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips…you know…cuz you can never have enough chocolate! For the cookies, I used my new favorite gluten free chocolate chunk cookie  mix. I know that the graham crackers aren’t gluten free so this can’t be labeled GF but I just really love this mix! If you have a favorite mix or homemade cookie recipe, feel free to use it! The one I use is a Pamela’s gluten free mix that is just fabulous!

Carefully press the cookie dough over the chocolate chips and crust and bake at 350 degrees until cookies are just about finished (literally, just about finished). I pulled mine out when they were starting to brown on the edges but still soft in the center (I like my cookies soft and chewy…not crispy). Top with marshmallows and place under the broiler until toasted. Once cooled, cut and serve brownies, and be ready for the sighs of bliss.  I also added broken up graham crackers and pieces of a milk chocolate bar. Seriously, these are just delicious! Obviously, you could also make S’mores Brownies by replacing the cookie dough with your favorite brownie batter….yum!

For more tasty desserts, stop by and check out my little corner of the blog world! You’ll find me in all the usual places…
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Thanks, Amy, for having me today!
Until next time, happy reading and more importantly, happy cupcake-ing!

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