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S’mores Bark

S'mores bark recipe

For some reason, Katie and I have BOTH been obsessively craving s’mores lately… But being the busy gal that I am, I don’t always have time for a bonfire. I needed a way to get my s’mores fix on the go. Something that I could snack on at work or in the car, but still gave me that classic s’mores goodness.

I decided to try to make s’more in the form of a “bark”, kinda like the peppermint bark everyone makes around Christmas time, but a Summer version. Well, let me tell you, it is GOOD! The classic summer treat, but crazy easy and made in one big batch that will last all week.
grahm cracker marshmallow chocolate bark

Beautiful.

s'mores bark ingredients

You only need three ingredients, the same as a regular s’mores, but in mini sized: mini marshmallows, milk chocolate chips, and crushed up graham crackers.

S'mores bark tutorial

Line a baking sheet with wax paper, and cover it evenly with crushed grahams and mini mallows. I like the texture to be a little more on the crunchy side, so I tore the marshmallows in half for even smaller pieces.

S'mores chocolate bars

Set up a double boiler and melt the chocolate over low-medium heat. You can add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening if it doesn’t seem smooth enough to pour. Then carefully pour over your prepared tray, and spread gently with a rubber spatula until you have an even layer of all three ingredients.

Make your own S'mores bark

Add some extra bits of graham and marshmallow on top to make it look pretty (and perhaps a little sea salt), then pop in the freezer for about an hour. Once fully hardened, crack the sheet into pieces for easy snacking!

DIY S'mores Candy

I like this s’mores bark best when still frozen, so I store the whole batch in the freezer. Couldn’t be easier. Craving satisfied. Time to make s’more. (haha sorry, couldn’t resist)

What To Do With: Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

Get your TJ's Cookie Butter Fix!

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard: Trader Joe’s sells this amazing spread called cookie butter. It comes in several different varieties and is essentially pureed cookies in a jar, like peanut butter, but sweeter and with a destinctly dessert-y flavor. It’s addicting.

Yet, when I first tried some, I was at a total loss as to what to put it on. So, I ended up just eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon! I knew there had to be a better way, so I started to brainstorm. While I still eat the occasional spoonful from the jar (I’m sure I’m not alone!), today I’m here to share 4 quick and easy ways to get your TJ’s cookie butter fix!

Trader Joe's Cookie Butter

Trader Joe’s cookie butter comes in several forms. “Speculoos” Crunchy Cookie Butter is the original, and is made from a molasses type of cookie. It tastes a lot like gingerbread. Add some chocolate cookie to the mix and you’ve got the Cookie and Cocoa Swirl. The newest version is the Cookies and Creme Cookie Butter, which tastes very much like an Oreo. You will need one (or all) of these to start.

Cookie Butter Crescent Rolls:

Cookie Butter Crescent Rolls
First up are these sweet and buttery cookie butter crescents. They are a snap to make and require just two ingredients: a package of refrigerated crescent roll dough and some Speculoos cookie butter! Just spread some cookie butter onto each triangle of dough before rolling it up, then pop in the oven according to package directions. These would make a great morning treat if you are inviting some friends over for brunch!

Cookie Butter Rice Krispie Treats:

Cookie Butter Rice Krispy Treats
Add in a little cookie butter to make a “cookies and cream” version of the classic Rice Krispie treat. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pot over low heat. Add in 4 cups of mini marshmallows. When the marshmallows are nearly melted, add in a few big spoonfuls of Cookies and Creme Cookie Butter, then swirl through. Pour in 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and stir until coated. Press the cereal mixture into a cake pan and allow to cool. If you want to add a little more cookie flavor, melt some extra cookie butter and drizzle on top! Yummmm!

Cookie Butter Caramel Popcorn:

Cookie Butter Caramel Popcorn
You can also use cookie butter to make a quick caramel coating for popcorn. First pop up a batch of plain popcorn. Then, in a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of sugar on low until melted. Add in 3 tablespoons of Speculoos Cookie Butter and stir until just combined. In a large bowl, drizzle caramel coating over popcorn and quickly stir to coat. Allow to cool and enjoy! Movie night anyone?

Cookie Butter Swirl Muffins

Cookie Butter Swirl Muffins
For these marbled muffins, I simply mixed some melted Cookie and Cocoa Swirl Cookie Butter into the batter. In keeping with our “quick and easy” theme, I just used a boxed chocolate chip muffin mix! You could pretty much swirl this stuff into any baked good made from a batter. I think pound cake or waffles would also be great options!

Cookie Butter is great stuff, and there are countless ways to use it. Share your favorite with us!