I loved reading your responses. It seems that most of us started off our kitchen careers with chocolate chip cookies, scrambled eggs, pudding, or chocolate cake. I could survive for days on such good food. One reader's first meal was a Thanksgiving dinner, another a chocolate candy pie for the neighbor's party that bit the dust on their front walkway. With varying degrees of initial success, it's good to know that we've all made our ways back into the kitchen.
I used a random integer website to determine the winners. While I know many of my readers personally, the computer chose four readers that I don't know from Adam. I'm glad! And don't worry, Mom. Even though you didn't win, I'll buy you the Ina Garten anyway.
#65 Amber (egg salad for 4 H) wins the Ina Garten cookbook, #129 Steph (classic chocolate chip cookies) wins Dorie Greenspan's, #79 The Begleys (snickerdoodles) win the coffecake pan, and #88 The Boudins (banana and chocolate shake) win the Bundt pan with tunnel insert. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org within the week to claim your prize.
For the rest of us, I'm sharing my version of the classic indoor smore's recipe from Golden Grahams cereal. I just can't leave recipes alone, but I think you'll appreciate my tinkering on this one.They're so easy, it's almost silly. Even though we often make real smore's around the firepit, I still can't resist these ooey gooey bars, crunchy with graham cereal, silky with milk chocolate, and gooey with bits of marshmallow. The secret is to freeze some extra marshmallows and then toss them in with the cereal. Make a batch for a potluck and watch them disappear.
Milk Chocolate and Honey Graham Smore's
Estimated Cost: $4.00
Notes: These are yummy enough that I have to make them at least once a summer. Even if we make lots of the real smores. I don't mean to sound like a 1950's radio announcer but "Kids love'um!"
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
6 ounces milk chocolate bars, such as Hershey
1 and 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, plus 1 cup frozen miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups golden grahams cereal, slightly crushed
Grease an 8 inch by 8 inch square baking dish. In a medium saucepan, bring honey and butter to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups marshmallows and chocolate and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, golden grahams, and frozen marshmallows. Stir just until combined and press into baking dish. Press mixture flat with slightly wet fingers. Cut into bars and serve.
You can also make this in a microwave. Just melt first ingredients in a microwaveable bowl and add in the frozen marshmallows, cereal, and vanilla.
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