Friday, July 25, 2014

Smores Whoopie Pies

Classic whoopie pies get a smores twist with chocolate fudge cake mix, marshallow buttercream frosting, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallow bits!

Whoopie pies are a renown thing here in Lancaster and Lebanon County, PA. They pretty much have them in every grocery store bakery, convenience store, even gas stations have them wrapped up and ready to go! Usually by the coffee, haha!

I used one of my favorite shortcuts for these - chocolate cake mix! I pretty much always have a chocolate and yellow cake mix in my pantry and I'm pretty sure most of you do, too. A few minutes from bowl to oven - my kind of recipe!

These babies are MESSY! But that's what makes them good. These are best served out of the fridge so that the frosting doesn't have a chance to smush out as you take a bite. These earned two big thumbs up from the boys and the neighborhood kids they were sharing them with. I'd say, success!!

Smores Whoopie Pies
6 large pies

15.25 oz box chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons oil
2 eggs

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting:

7 oz marshmallow cream
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup marshmallow bits

In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs, with a hand mixer. Batter will be thick. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the scoop about halfway and drop onto a greased and lined cookie sheet. Use the back of the ice cream scoop to spread out the batter in a circular motion, slightly. You should have enough batter for 12 whoopie pie halves. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely. For the frosting, beat marshmallow cream, butter, and powdered sugar together until creamy and well combined. Pipe or spread a generous amount of frosting on a whoopie pie half. Sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs, top with another whoopie pie half. Roll frosting sides in marshmallow bits and tap to press them into the frosting. Repeat process for remaining whoopie pies. Place them in a covered plastic container and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Talk about a sugar rush! But well worth it, I'd say. :)

Here are the other Smores treats I shared with you this week:

Smores Swirl Sweet Bread

Lunchbox Smores Bars

I seriously had SO MUCH fun this week celebrating Smores Week with all of you and some of my favorite blog friends! Check out the amazing smores recipes they are sharing on their blogs today:

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #89

Hello there, everyone! We're getting a bit of a late start to our Show & Share Wednesday link party due to Smores Week! Let's take a look at the features from last week's party:

Easy Guacamole - To Work With My Hands

Summer Veggie Taquitos - I Thee Cook

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream - Living the Gourmet

The Best BBQ Ribs Recipe - Crazy Adventures in Parenting

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Mostly Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who gets featured!

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Lunchbox Smores Bars

Super easy Smores Bars with a graham cracker crust, milk chocolate chips, and toasted marshmallows that hold the bars together for a perfect lunchbox treat!

I'm just a WEE BIT in denial about Silas starting Kindergarten at the end of August. In a little over a month, we will be parents of a school-age child that I am currently certified to teach.

It's just weird, people!!

I'm really, really excited for him though. And OH BABY JESUS does he need it! We've been having a really fun summer, seriously the best one yet, but I'm finding that the busy out-of-routine days leave him a whiny, crying mess. I heard from his preschool teacher last year that the only thing he really needed to work on was paying attention and following directions. As a teacher, I'm going to level with you for a minute here parents so lean in close: not being able to "pay attention" and "follow directions" is THE MOST annoying thing for a teacher! AAnnnddd of course my son is THAT kid. 

It's a good thing he's cute. :)

In all seriousness though, he's really an absolutely amazing kid and he is the most loyal and thoughtful friend. He just needs to learn to sit down and listen when the teacher (AKA Mom) is reading a story. 

So I'm trying out some new lunchbox treats in honor of my amazing Silas going off to Kindergarten this year. It really doesn't count much for us since he'll be in half-day, but knowing him, he'll want me to pack him a lunch anyway to be just like the big kids. :)

Lunchbox Smores Bars

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, flour, and graham cracker crumbs. Press evenly into a 9 x 9 square baking dish that has been coated with non stick spray. Sprinkle chocolate chips and marshmallows evenly over top. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted brown. Cool completely before slicing and serving (TIP: spray a non serrated knife with nonstick spray before slicing). 

Yep, so pretty much that was what the plate looked like seconds after I said, "Ok boys, I'm done taking pictures." Haha!

Here are some more of my favorite smores recipes in honor of Smores Week:

Smores Swirl Sweet Bread

Smores Cookies

I'm so excited to see what all of my other blog friends made today for Smores Week! Check out their yummy recipes below:

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