Baked Goods

Gooey S’more Cookies (Insomnia Copy Cat)

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For those of you who have been to Insomnia Cookies, you have probably tasted or at least smelled their famous Chocolate S’mores Cookies. These cookies are a gooey, chocolate, marshmallow explosion unlike any cookie I’d ever tasted. Sadly, just one average sized cookie costs $2.75! That is not a price I am willing to pay for just one cookie, no matter how good it is. After recently trying her first Insomnia S’mores cookie my cousin challenged me to create a copy cat recipe so we could actually afford to have one of these amazing cookies more than once a year…challenge accepted and met!

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Gooey S’mores Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter; softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 3 graham crackers; broken into large pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and prepare baking sheets.
  2. In a small bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Gradually add flour mixture. Mix in milk.
  4. Carefully stir in graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
  5. Roll 1 Tbsp sized cookies, place on baking sheets, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will look underdone in center, this is OKAY, do NOT over cook! Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before moving to drying rack.

The Frugality:

This entire batch of cookies only cost me about $5.35 and the whole batch made close to 3 dozen cookies…that’s only $0.15 per cookie! Say goodbye to paying $2.75 for one cookie at Insomnia!

 

Banana Bread Bars

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A couple days ago I was told by my father that I HAD to bake something because we were getting, and I quote, “dangerously low in the baked goods department.” Rather than making the usual cookies, I decided to try something else.  So I looked to my handy Pinterest for some baked goods inspiration.  These Banana Bread Bars were calling my name, and we just so happened to have an abundance of dead bananas.  Sadly, I did not read directions clearly and failed to notice that the bars were supposed to be baked in a 15×20 inch jelly roll pan instead of my 9×13 inch Pyrex pan.  Needless to say, after cutting into the bars I discovered that the center was still completely raw.  We managed to salvage a few edge pieces that were absolutely amazing. I was so frustrated with my failed bars that I decided I wouldn’t feel satisfied until I remade them the right way.  And let me say, they are even more amazing!  If you like anything banana, this is a MUST HAVE recipe.  Even my grandma, who does not like bananas at all, loved these bars.  Just be sure to make them in a 15×20 inch pan!

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Ingredients

Banana Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Brown Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease and flour a 15×20 inch jelly roll pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, sour cream, butter, and eggs until smooth.  Then blend in the mashed bananas and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl.  Then stir in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients for about 1 minute or until well mixed.
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the greased pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown and the bars pass the tooth pick test.
  5. When the bars have about 10 minutes left to bake, start making the brown butter frosting.  Begin by heating the butter in sauce pan over medium high heat, until boiling.  Let the butter turn a light brown and then remove from heat immediately.  (check out this link for an image of what the butter should look like)
  6. Then add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Spread the frosting on the banana bars while they are still warm.
  8. Let the frosted bars cool completely, then cut into 30-35 pieces and eat some bars before everyone else scarfs them down

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