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Be honest–how many of you had a melt down and went on a major spree all over town, looking for your favorite treats, when we received the worst news last year? Could it be for real? Hostess gone forever? And why, oh why, right before the holidays?
Hostess treats weren’t even a staple in my home and suddenly I needed Twinkies, couldn’t live without HoHos, and had to have one…last…Sno Ball.
It was too late. I never did locate my beloved Sno Balls, so I’ve been stuck with the precious image circulating in my brain, begging me to attempt to replicate something similar. I will say that what I have created isn’t exactly the same. I mean, my kitchen just isn’t stocked with the preservatives necessary to make them completely Hostess-worthy.
The recipe is quite simple. Instead of making them into the traditional shape and injecting filling and whatnot, I decided on a whoopie pie. Because first off, let’s face it, “whoopie” is a fun and funny word to say. Second, and the real reason, whoopie pies are much easier to make.
I’m going to tell you a very sad, but very true story. Once a Hostess delivery truck almost bumped into my car. It wouldn’t have been anything serious, but at the time I panicked at almost being hit. Then a sadness came over me due to the fact that I had lost my one opportunity at the possibility of being supplied with prepackaged baked goods for life. Yes, I am aware of the fact that I am extremely lame. The End.
So until we meet again with our little friends wrapped in the clear cellophane, I hope that these Sno Ball Whoopie Pies will comfort you.
My grandma was a wonderful baker and always made the most delicious frosted orange cookies around the holidays. Fortunately, she had written down the recipe and our family has been able to enjoy them even though she is no longer with us.
I had forgotten about them, but at my Aunt and Uncle’s house last Christmas, my son came out of the kitchen with a handful of orange cookies that my aunt had made. He told me that he just couldn’t stop eating them because they were so good. At that point, I knew I had better get the recipe. After all, they are SO good–more like addicting.
I was going to make these cookies and share the recipe with you, however I didn’t have a single orange in the house. But I did have some lemons! And when life literally hands me lemons, I’m not one to make lemonade. I’m a baker; I bake them into lemon bars, lemon cake and this time, lemon cookies.
These have a light, cakey cookie base freckled with lemon zest and are topped with a slightly tart lemon frosting. What says “Spring” more than that?
I have a feeling that my grandma would have loved this update on an old classic–I hope you do, too!
Marshmallow and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. In fact, I get nervous right around this time of year because I adore those little Russell Stover chocolate covered marshmallows in whatever-holiday-it-is shapes, and there is a long stretch between Easter and Halloween. Is anyone with me in thinking that they really should consider a Fourth of July line of candy?
While I’m on the subject of chocolate, marshmallow, and Easter, I’m going to let you in on a delicious, yet dirty little secret that has become my very favorite treat throughout the Spring. This may sound slightly grotesque to some, but I take a yellow Peep bunny (specifically), remove the head, and put a Cadbury Mini Egg on each sticky part…then consume the crunchy, chocolaty, marshmallowy delight! I know, it’s gross. But so good!
Alrighty then, now onto a treat you can enjoy no matter what the season. My family instantly fell in love with s’mores bars, and I especially liked them for their soft and chewy crust versus the hard cookie used for traditional s’mores. Needless to say, we’ve fallen in love with s’mores bars over and over and over again!
However, my husband is quite the chocolate fanatic to the point that he orders his chocolate sundaes with chocolate ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and chocolate whipped cream if they have it. I had come across an idea for “S’mOreos”- replacing the graham cracker with an Oreo-and couldn’t believe that he hadn’t ever thought of that on a campout before. Then a lightbulb went off in my head: I could make them in a pan, just like our beloved S’mores Bars!
The “cookie” part contains both cocoa powder and an entire package of Oreos (minus the mandatory cookies that find their way into your mouth), which makes them extremely rich and decadent.
Follow that up with two jars of Marshmallow Creme. You could get away with one, but not in my household.
This does cause a lot of “oozing” after the bars are cut, but who cares? Layer three giant Hershey bars on top of that, and more of that delicious cookie dough and you’ve got yourself some S’mOreo Bars!