the temperature at which sweets happen

Rain or Shine

In Oregon, the only month in which you can depend on good weather, is the month of August. Weddings, camping trips, hikes and outdoor adventures always fill up the month of August in Oregon. And, while the rest of the country is busy starting school, Oregon prolongs the start of school until September – allowing it’s students to fully enjoy a true summer vacation.

I’m a little behind on this month’s Recipe Swap… between celebrating our anniversary at Bryce Canyon over the 1st, and participating in Mindy Mae’s Market the following weekend. It would have been perfect to have published this post on National S’more Day, August 10! but I’m just not that with it! But, I can promise that the wait was more than worth it – keep reading!

The weather is the sole inspiration for this month’s recipe swap, since many activities and most schedules in Oregon are dependent on the weather, though really, we just learn to do and love doing, everything in the rain. However, toasting marshmallows over an open fire pit is downright impossible in torrential downpour.

Plus, since we don’t get all that much sun anyway, we have to improvise to get our fill; so this month’s recipe swap is all about s’mores! I have to say it again, I love S’mores; likely more than anyone to have ever walked on this green earth, dead or alive: yep that much!

#1: S’mores Tart, by Boastful Baker
Melissa was inspired to create her own s’mores tart recipe one evening while basking in the evening firelight of a campfire. In my opinion, that is always when the best recipes are envisioned.

#2: S’mores Panini, by Bittersweet
Hannah not only shared this incredible concoction with us, but she also shared her newest vegan marshmallow find as well! Unfortunately, there is no recipe to accompany this blog, but I think the idea is fairly straightforward.

#3: S’mores Cake, by Evil Cake Lady
I learned what a “food blog” was for the first time when I met the ‘Evil Cake Lady‘ at a cake bakeoff. Don’t pay any attention to the cake I brought, it was my first attempt at a square cake, (and mind you I didn’t have a square cake pan at the time) but do spend a few moments ooogling her S’mores Cake!

#4: Campfire Cookies, by Fahrenheit 350° (oooh! that’s me!)
These cookies truly are the best of both worlds; they are chewy like a cookie and crunchy like a s’more. However, unlike true s’mores you don’t have to have great weather or a fire pit-all you need are s’more ingredients!

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
Cream together butter and sugar until incorporated

2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat thoroughly

2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips, or one giant Hershey’s bar, chopped
1 cup mini marshmallows
Stir to incorporate

The most fun part about these cookies is that you actually bake the cookie on top of a whole graham cracker.

Bake at F350°, for no more than 11 minutes (after 11 minutes, the graham cracker will burn).
Some of the marshmallow may toast off the cracker, but simply remove the cracker from your cookie sheet and quickly transfer to a wire rack.
Yields 4 dozen

Other links:
Bliss Tree recently posted a fantastic review about The Micro S’more
In June, I posted a Campfire S’more Brownie recipe
For the Love of Cooking has an excellent “true campfire” S’more tutorial

Now, it is your turn! Share your favorite S’more recipes for the month of August, and be sure to include a link! I will pick a recipe at random(.org), and highlight it on my blog!

I love to make new recipes, and I love to link to fabulous, talented people!

3…, 2…, 1…, Start submitting!

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