S’mores Quesadillas

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Over this past weekend, I had the delightful opportunity of going camping with Kampgrounds of America (KOA). Since my DF and I have a wedding coming up this weekend, we didn’t want to venture out too far from Los Angeles. We still did, however, want a mini getaway. We settled on KOA’s San Diego Metro campground– not too close, not too far, just right. IMG_9795
It wasn’t the regular ol’ camping that I’m used to growing up. It’s “glamping”… aka “glamorous camping.” Have you ever heard of it? We got to stay in a deluxe cabin that had room for six people. It had a full bathroom, partial kitchen (the only thing missing was an oven!), two TV’s with cable, air conditioning, wi-fi, and two separate rooms (not to mention a loft). IMG_9638 FotoFlexer_Photo2
I didn’t take pictures of the bunk bed room, which is pictured below in the upper left hand corner. Since it was just the two of us, the other mattresses didn’t have any sheets on them. I told my DF that I’d love to have a vacation home just like KOA’s deluxe cabins. They have everything you need, yet remain minimal. I’m a sucker for those log/wood cabins. FotoFlexer_Photo3
Isn’t it amazing? Outside, we had our own fire pit and grill. If you want to rough it a little more than we did, KOA also has sites for RVs, tents, and regular cabins. This particular campsite was extremely close to everything– Starbucks, grocery stores, and even a drive-in movie theater! My DF and I decided to take advantage of its location and went exploring in San Diego. Here are some pictures from Balboa Park:
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When we got back from our day out, I went straight to the kitchen. What’s camping without some marshmallows? We didn’t have any firewood on hand, so I took advantage of the electric stovetop that was in the kitchen and made s’mores quesadillas! IMG_9727
San Diego is known for its Mexican food, so it’s only fitting to make something with tortillas. IMG_9750
The result was mouthwatering and, dare I say, better than a regular s’more. My DF agreed and happily ate this in lieu of dinner. Hey, we are on vacation after all!
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The quesadilla crisped up quite nicely and the cabin smelled heavenly. Who doesn’t love the smell of cinnamon sugar floating through the air? It’s almost as good as camp fire smell.
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These s’mores quesadillas were a perfect way to end our weekend. If you’re looking for a mini getaway, I’d highly recommend checking out what KOA campground is near you. They have almost 500 locations in the US and Canada! IMG_9805
If you do happen to go to the San Diego location, make sure to say hello to Courtney, the owner’s wife. She made us feel welcome and gave us a wonderful tour of the campgrounds. They’ll also be opening up their own restaurant in a couple of months (which she’ll be in charge of). I can’t wait to come back and try it out!

S’mores Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 graham crackers, broken into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Butter one side of each tortilla. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, place one tortilla with the buttered side facing down.
  3. Add the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham crackers. Place the other tortilla on top, buttered side facing up.
  4. Once the marshmallows start melting (about a minute or two), flip the quesadilla over and let the other side cook for another minute.
  5. Remove from heat and butter one side again, while warm. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of the melted butter. Serve immediately.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/smores-quesadillas.html

Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

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Have you guys heard of WONKAPeel-a-Pop™ frozen treats? It’s a new product that came out this summer. Leave it up to Wonka to take ice cream to a whole other level. It’s basically a popsicle that you peel, just like a banana! Can you imagine all the fun the kids would have with this one?

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Even as an adult, I was a little giddy child opening the box.

“How did they make this?”
“I literally just peel it!?!”
“Can I eat the outside?”
“What is the outside made of?”
“Where do I bite it first?”

Wonka truly sparks imagination and creativity in their products. It definitely got my mind rolling with questions.

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The popsicles are pre-etched so it’s a lot easier to peel. All you have to do is take a bite, grab a piece of the outside, and pull straight down! Voi-la! Now you have access to the goodness in the middle. They come in two flavors: vanilla banana and vanilla grape.

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This ice cream inspired me to “wonkify” one of my own recipes. Instead of making regular chocolate meringue cookies, I added Nerds to the top right before baking to see how they’d turn out.

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I’m actually quite impressed… they didn’t melt away completely. You can still see them after baking. These cookies would be great for a Willy Wonka themed party!

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I did leave some of the chocolate cookies plain since not everyone likes a sour punch to their cookies. I bet you have all of the ingredients in your cabinet to make these cookies right now. Believe it or not, here’s no egg yolks, butter, flour, or regular sugar in the recipe.

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I’d consider that pretty healthy.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Swade Designs.

Wonka Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder (I use Rodelle)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons Nerds (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking pans with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes on high.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
  4. The dough will be very sticky! Scoop with a 2 tsp cookie scoop and place on baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches around each cookie. They spread!
  5. Sprinkle some Nerds on top (can omit if making regular chocolate cookies).
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to completely cool on pan.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/wonka-chocolate-meringue-cookies.html

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies #sundaefundae

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So there I was, just baking away in my kitchen one day. I had one cookie become extremely crispy since it was the last cookie of the batter. You know what I’m talking about… the one that has all of the extra creamed butter that didn’t quite mix in with the rest of the batter. It wasn’t pretty enough to give away with the rest of the cookies, so I decided to crumble it and put it on top of my sundae. Ohhhhh yeah. Best decision ever.

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These are what the cookies look like when they’re not burned. Soft, chewy, and truly lovely.

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But when they’re crumbled on a sundae? That’s perfection.

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Smucker’s® has a couple of new ice cream toppings to help you with your #sundaefundae. There’s Simple Delight™ Toppings in Salted Caramel, Chocolate Coconut, Dark Chocolate and Hot Fudge, Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel and Rainbow Sherbet, and Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping.

I used the Magic Shell Chocolate Pretzel and watched the topping harden in front on my eyes as I slowly poured it on top of my mint chocolate cookie crunch ice cream.

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All of these toppings are great for an ice cream social this summer. There are plenty of flavors to choose from so everyone can take their pick. I also added a bit of whipped cream on top because no sundae is complete without whipped cream.

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Some other great sundae toppings include crushed peanuts, sprinkles, M&M’s, cut candy bars, chocolate chips, and even fresh fruit!

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You could even use these cookies and cut them into fourths for dipping into your sundae and hot fudge.

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Now’s your chance to win a Smucker’s gift basket including the items pictured above (minus my sundae).

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You’ll get:

  • Scallop Edge Hanging Chalkboard
  • West Elm Outdoor Metal Serving Tray
  • Branded Tote Bag
  • All seven NEW Smucker’s toppings flavors including:
  • o   Smucker’s®  Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Chocolate Coconut Flavored Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Dark Chocolate Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Hot Fudge Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel Flavored Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Rainbow Sherbet Flavored Topping
  • o   Smucker’s® Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping

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Recipe slightly adapted from Devour Blog.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped milk chocolate
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla, almond, and salt.
  3. Stir in the baking soda and flour until just combined. Fold in white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and milk chocolate (and nuts, if using) until evenly distributed.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/08/triple-chocolate-chunk-cookies.html

Smuckers is also doing their own giveaway using the hashtag #SundaeFundae (click link for official rules). By using that hashtag while showing your sundae creations, you are entering for a chance to win $5,000 toward a summer vacation!

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.