Game Day Goodies!

We are known for being huge tailgaters.

I am female.  Jon is…not.

What this means is – he thinks a meal of meat and meat alone is a meal. 

I think we need to have cookies or brownies or, heck, even a SALAD to go with all of the carnivore action. Right?  Just meat?  No.  It can’t be just me.

So, I’m offering up some change here today.  I’m sure you’ve already seen eleventy million round ups of nachos, chicken wings, guacamole and cheese smothered everythingelse…so I am offering you some SWEET things.

Trust me – you want sweet things after all that manfood.  People will like you if you carry any of these to your group bowl watching party.  Heck – I already do like you. The snacks are just gravy.


Butterfinger Treats

Butterfinger Treats.  Big fat Yes.

Caramel Apple Eggrolls with Caramel Apple Sauce

Caramel Apple Eggrolls with Caramel Apple Sauce.  I mean, really.

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Chicken & Waffle Sliders.  Hello? It’s a must, and too easy.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops.  Dipped in team colors? Winner!

Giant Chocolate Chip-Peanut Football Shaped Cookie

Giant Chocolate Chip Peanut Football Cookie.  Needs no explanation.  Make it.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels.  You know why.


So, while this isn’t a HUGE 147 recipe roundup, what it IS is recipes I’d like to see in my OWN HOME this Sunday.  You are welcome to drop by with any of these items.  I’ll be the one on the couch, watching the commercials, counting every mention of the word Omaha.

Yes, I am female.

S’mores Brownie Pops…and a Giveaway!

It’s fall.


As in, my heater is actually on.  I can’t believe it, as I didn’t go to the pool at ALL this summer, save for one afternoon in Beverly Hills and one morning in Las Vegas.


How did that happen?  It’s fall?  We are like halfway through the football season, there’s pumpkin popping up all over the internet, and, ummm, Christmas decorations are out in stores.

I just got a little bit sick typing that.

But you know what?  I am here to combat that.  Yes sir, I am the remedy to the impending frost – I have a way to keep summer here throughout the year, and you will love me for it, I hope.


S’mores Brownie Pops.

As you may recall, I was recently asked by  Hershey’s and Betty Crocker to create a few things using their new line of goodies, and I was thrilled to jump on board.  These little devils were one of my creations.  I hope you’ll give them a shot!


S’mores Brownie Pops

makes 24


  • 1 package Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container Hershey’s Chocolate Icing
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 24 skewers


  1. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Pour equal amounts of brownie batter into 24 silicone brownie pop molds. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  2. Skewer a large marshmallow, then a cooled brownie onto the stick. Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow.
  3. Heat half of the Hershey’s Icing in the microwave in a small bowl for 14 seconds. Stir, then microwave an additional 10 seconds. Icing should be slightly liquid.
  4. Dip each brownie skewer into the melted icing about halfway up each brownie. Immediately dip into the bowl of graham cracker crumbs.

(Note – You can use a mini muffin tin if you don’t have a brownie mold.  I just happen to have every manner of pan created.  Blame it on my job, but it’s really because I am a hoarder.

The Giveaway

smores coverI can’t believe this, but I’ve not given away a copy of my S’mores Cookbook here on Doughmesstic.


It’s time to remedy that. Really.  What a moron I am.

So who wants to win one?

Just comment here and let me know you’d like a copy.  I’m going to give away 3 of them, and the winners will be chosen at random, not because you flatter me.  Though of course I like that. Lol!  Entries open to US Addresses, and contest closes at 11:59pm EST November 2.  I’ll email the winners on November 4.  Good luck!

*Disclaimer:  I was compensated for my time and recipe in the creation of this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  The book giveaway is courtesy of me.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Buttercream Topped Cupcakes

I love a challenge.

Take for example being sent a box full of the latest creations from Hershey’s and Betty Crocker, who teamed up to make a variety of packaged products together.  That’s right…together.

Now sure, I could have made exactly what was on the box.  But there’s no challenge in that.  No thought process happening.  No dare to be great mentality.

I NEED challenges in my life.

So when I see a box of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Mix, what do I do?

I make cupcakes.

Or rather, I make an incredible buttercream for cupcakes.  Out of cookie dough mix.  With things I bet you already have in your fridge.

Yes, I did.

I know.  I am a genius.  Don’t worry, I am fully aware of my greatness.

Make these and you’ll know it, too.  It can be our little secret.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Buttercream Topped Cupcakes

Makes 24


  • 1 package Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 24 Devil’s Food Cupcakes, prepared
  • Chocolate Shaving to decorate, if desired
  • 12 Reese Cups, halved, to top, if desired


  1. Using a stand mixer, combine cookie mix and softened butter. Beat on medium high speed for 5 minutes.
  2. Add cream and salt to butter mixture and continue to beat an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Spread a small layer of buttercream to the top of each cupcake, then press into chocolate shavings.
  4. Pipe remaining buttercream to the top of each cupcake. Garnish with half of Reese Cup, if desired.


Disclaimer:  I was compensated for my time and recipe using this product.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

S’mores Dip…from BranAppetit

Hi guys! I’m Brandi from BranAppetit, and I’m so happy to be here sharing a s’mores recipe for Susan while she’s off touring the country. Lucky for me, I live just 5 minutes from Susan and get to see her (and try most of her recipes) just about every week! I love when blog friends become real life friends. We’ve had some fun times over the past 3 years, and I can’t wait to see what happens next for her.

For today, I’ve got a super simple S’mores Dip for you!


This was inspired by my little sister. She used to make the craziest after school snacks.

The one I remember the most was the one she called her “s’mores plate”.

She would put a layer of mini marshmallows down, squirt on some Hershey’s Syrup, add a few dollops of peanut butter, and then put it in the microwave until the chocolate and peanut butter melted and the marshmallows puffed up, swelling and dripping onto each other and everything else.

I may have swiped a bite once or twice, but I usually stuck to my own after school snack choices: cookie cereal or sunflower seeds or lettuce or a hot pocket.

But after finding half a bag of jumbo marshmallows in the pantry, along with a bunch of dark chocolate chips, I knew I had to make something.

And I had the best. idea. ever.

S’mores, but a little less messy.

S’mores, but not on a stick.

S’mores, without me having to light a fire in my backyard at 3 in the afternoon while the high school baseball team is practicing across the street.

S’mores Dip. For graham crackers. For apples. For more chocolate. For whatever you want.


S’mores Dip

Makes: 1-2 servings


  • 1 jumbo marshmallow or 3-4 regular marshmallows
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • graham crackers, for dipping


  1. Place marshmallows and chocolate chips in microwave safe container or bowl.
  2. Put in microwave and heat, 5-10 seconds at a time, until the chocolate chips begin to melt and the marshmallow softens and is expanding each time you turn the microwave on. Make sure you’re watching it while it’s heating – the marshmallow will completely bubble over if you look away, even for a second.
  3. Stir the chocolate and marshmallow together a bit, and serve on crackers.


Thank you so much, Brandi!!  I love that you live so close to me, and SO glad you found me all those years ago…you are truly one of my best friends.  We love having you and Nick in our lives!

Kids – I am still in Vegas.  It is a whirlwind.  But, today, Wednesday, is the day I will be lunching with some amazing bloggers and talking up my book a bit, so, let’s just call that a work day, shall we?

Yes, lets.

Otherwise, Vegas would be one big vacation, full of indulgence and glamor and men without shirts.

We can’t have that.

Have a great day!

Magical S’mores Bars…from Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine

Hello all! This is Ashley from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine. I’m thrilled to be doing a guest post for Susan, and so excited for her new book! S’mores have been a favorite of mine forEVER, or at least for as long as I can remember. Back in the day, my family was a team of enthusiastic campers. The most enthusiastic of the bunch? Myself, of course. Because not only could I have sugar cereal all week (instead of plain cheerios, yuck!), but each night before bedtime I was allowed both a toasted marshmallow and the creme de la creme of all desserts according to my young mind–the s’more. This was me at my happiest, in the woods, with a s’more.

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I guess that’s why I tend to turn to s’mores when I’m feeling low. Those early memories of vacationing with my family, before I grew up and had to deal with all the trials and tribulations that the world can throw at you in young adulthood. After my father passed away a few years ago, those memories of camping and s’mores became that much sweeter. When Susan asked me to guest post a s’mores recipe, I turned to an old blog post of mine for inspiration. Despite being a food blogger, I tend to be a writer first and a cook second. Therefore, most of my blog posts tend to be half food, half personal essay. My S’mores Bar recipe was from August of 2011, titled Quarter Life Crisis — Let Them Eat S’Mores. –and the pictures were horrible, because I had yet to learn how to properly use a camera, heh.

The post lamented about student loan debt, living with my parents in my same old hometown, being single, and not being in my ideal situation career-wise. I had written it after ending things with my current guy, and discovering that my debt was even higher than I thought it was. My dreams of packing up and moving to California or New York City seemed so very unattainable and it had all manifested itself in a mini nervous breakdown. I described it as: "Not-Yet-An-Adult-But-Definitely-Not-a-Kid-Anymore Limbo: When you need to act professional but also kind of want to do a keg stand every now and then." I was not where I wanted to be, but somehow, a visit from an old friend and making the s’mores bars cheered me up enough to end on a happy note.


I’ve discovered that cooking and baking soothes me. It helps me focus on something other than whatever is stressing me out on that day. This past week I had been stressing about money, my winter weight gain of 15 lbs that I cannot for the life of me get rid of, and about how I still have yet to move out of my home state. But when I got ready to make these new-and-improved s’mores bars for Doughmesstic, and re-read what i’d written two years ago, it reminded me just of how far I’ve come.

Currently, while I am still not in NYC or LA, I AM living in my first real apartment. I have a tight-knit circle of friends, I’ve embraced local community theater, I have an agent who is pitching my very first book to publishers, and I met an amazing guy. Sometimes it just takes a reminder of where you were, to truly appreciate where you are.

Also, sometimes it takes a s’mores bar.

This recipe is an update of the one that helped me out two years ago. Next time you’re feeling stressed, I hope it can help you too!

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Magical Make-You-Feel-Better S’Mores Bars

(Inspired by a recipe in FamilyFun Magazine, now Spoonful)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened, plus 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbs veg oil*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 standard size chocolate bars, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


-Lightly grease an 8-inch-square baking pan and heat the oven to 350 degrees.

-Mix together the melted butter and 1 cup of the graham crackers. Evenly distribute onto baking pan and press down. The bottom of the pan should be entirely covered with a thin layer of this mixture. If needed, add more crushed graham crackers. Place in oven while you prepare the

-In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the remaining crushed graham crackers, flour, salt, and baking powder and beat until well mixed, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl.

-Add half of the marshmallows and half of the chocolate and mix until just blended. Remove baking pan from oven.

-Spoon the dough evenly over the graham cracker crust. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, then remove and add remaining chocolate and marshmallows. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.


*omit vegetable oil if you’d prefer a more cookie-like texture. I wanted more of a brownie texture, so I added this in.

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Thanks SO much, Ashley!  I love everything about this recipe – it sounds delicious!

Okay kids…head on over to Ashley’s site and enter to win a copy of my book – she’s giving one away!  And, while you’re there, check out her other great recipes…I think you’ll love them!

Happy weekend everyone!

S’mores Popcorn…from Rachel Cooks

Hey kids!

I am still flitting around New York City, but I’ve got great news for you…

S’mores Popcorn!

If there’s anything that’s going to get you over Hump Day, it’s this popcorn, courtesy of Rachel Cooks.  Rachel is a great blogger, and so kind…I think you’ll just love her! 

So, once you’ve stopped licking the screen, jump on over to her site where she’s giving away a copy of my book…

All good things today, folks!

Thanks Rachel!!


S'mores Popcorn | I’m so thrilled to be filling in for Susan today. I’m Rachel from Rachel Cooks. My blog is all about approachable, family friendly meals (they’ll work great if you’re just cooking for one or two, too!). If you follow my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll quickly learn that I’m a little obsessed with popcorn. Okay, a lot obsessed. I’m kind of plain-jane in that I prefer it with butter and salt only, but I do love experimenting with new flavor combinations like this S’mores Popcorn. I’ve done peanut butter popcorn (with honey!), peppermint crunch popcorn, Kahlua and espresso bean popcorn, and rum spiked popcorn. Oh and cool ranch popcorn — like the Doritos! Once I polish off this S’mores popcorn, I think I’ll be giving Susan’s Biscotti Caramel Popcorn Mix a try — it sounds amazing!

smores-popcorn-2-RC When Susan approached me to make a s’mores inspired recipe, my mind immediately went to popcorn, obviously. This recipe comes together quickly and is sweet, crunchy and super satisfying. The contrast of the crunchy popcorn and graham cracker cereal with the soft, fluffy marshmallows is perfect. It’s all held together by smooth melted milk chocolate. I went with milk chocolate because that’s the traditional campfire choice when making a s’mores so I felt it was a perfect fit here. But if milk chocolate isn’t your thing…semisweet or dark would be fantastic here too. You really can’t go wrong when you’re pouring chocolate all over something. Enjoy!


  S’mores Popcorn

by Rachel Gurk | Rachel Cooks

prep time: 20 minutes

makes 10+ cups


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 2 cups graham cracker cereal (such as Golden Grahams)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips


1. Use an air popper to pop popcorn. Remove any unpopped or partially popped kernels and spread out whats left on two large rimmed baking sheets.

2. Sprinkle graham cracker cereal and marshmallows over the popped popcorn. 3. Melt chocolate (I do it in 30 second intervals using the microwave, being careful not to overheat. A double boiler would work great too.). Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn mixture. Gently shake pans to make sure chocolate adheres to everything. Let chocolate harden before storing in an airtight container. Best enjoyed within a couple of days.

Note: I use Mushroom Popcorn Kernels for this popcorn because it pops up really full and round. Regular popcorn (white or yellow) would also work fine.


(Every recipe I share on my site is followed by “Verdict, Husband’s take, Changes I would make, and Difficulty” to give you a little more information about the recipe, I’ll do the same here!)

Verdict: Love this popcorn! It’s pulling up close behind my good ol’ favorite butter/salt combo. Husband’s take: He ate more than I did! He loved it. Changes I would make: None are necessary. Difficulty: Very easy. I’d love for you to stop by Rachel Cooks and say hi some time (or come and enter to win a copy of Susan’s book)! You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. Or you can subscribe to my emails and never miss a recipe! Thanks for having me, Susan! And thanks for inspiring me to create this popcorn. I hope you’re having a blast on your tour!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Krispy S’mores…from Cook With 5 Kids

S’more s’mores on the blog today.  Good times, right?

I think so.

Today you’ll meet Sara of Cook With 5 Kids, who stepped up and offered to post for me.  What a sweetheart!  I love that she still has enough patience to let her kids in the kitchen…that says a LOT!  Though – how she does it, I’ll never know.

Give her a big welcome, won’t you?

Thanks, Sara!

S’mores is one of those desserts that everyone loves.  We have done campfires in Disneyworld with awesome s’mores. We have also done s’mores over the gas fire.  S’mores are delicious because all the components are pretty awesome.  Where can you go wrong with chocolate, grahams and marshmallows?

When Susan told me about her new S’mores cookbook I was so excited.  I have been a fan of Susan’s for many years now. She is an awesome baker, a wonderful Mom, and truly inspiring to this very small time blogger.  Susan was kind enough to include me in her guest blogger roll call while she is away on her book tour. I was so happy to be included!

I had a few weeks notice to create my very own s’mores recipe and while I planned what we would make, we had a big interruption in our life.  We got a new puppy named Molly.  There went my time.  5 kids and a new puppy is a huge time waster.  Luckily it is summer, so we have lots of free time.  But my recipe planning time went right out the window as we went on our 100th walk with the puppy.

My S’mores recipe is a super simple variation.  This recipe can be made with or even by your children.  My 5 year old made this all by herself.

Here she is breaking up the graham crackers.  Easy job for a helping child. See the menacing puppy in the background? One day soon I hope my 5 year old will not be afraid of our new puppy. For now, my little girl sits on the kitchen counter and helps me cook, and make s’mores for us to enjoy.

We call this recipe Krispy S’mores.  They are a combination of Rice Krispy treats and S’mores.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Krispy S’mores



  • 8 graham crackers, broken up into small pieces
  • 3 cups of milk chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups of rice krispies


Melt your chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler or the microwave.  When everything is just melted, stir in the rest of your ingredients.  Stir gently and then place into a well greased 9×13 pan.  Place into the fridge for at least an hour if you like your Krispy S’mores cold and firm. Otherwise eat it right away with a spoon.  You can also place some on a nice cold bowl of vanilla ice cream.  It tastes great the next day too, (store it in the fridge) if you have any left. 

Here is the finished product.  You might notice some blue sparkles in there.  Creative addition by the 5 year old baker.  She thought it needed a bit of shimmer and added some sprinkles while I did some dishes.  Great creative, cook with your kids, and have fun!  Come visit me on my blog

PS – She’s giving a copy of the book away today on her blog…head on over!!

cookbook-coverFor almost 4 solid weeks, I will have a guest blogger here sharing their own S’mores recipe with you.  I hope you’ll share their posts the way that you share mine, and show them some love like you do to me!

And, if you are itching for more S’mores recipes…here’s that book of mine.  Grab a copy on Amazon!

Product Review: ViSalus ViCrunch

One cool thing about being a blogger?

Learning about things before anyone else.

Take for example, this brand new (like, right at this minute it is available for purchase) ViSalus ViCrunch.  My friend over at ViSalus decided to give me a sneak peek at the new Protein Super Cereal as well as the Fusions, and even PAID me to try it out.

And now I am here to give you the rundown on what I thought.  Or think.  You know what I mean.

Breakfast really isn’t my thing.  Yes, I know that’s bad, I do.  I WANT to get up and fix breakfast, but my bed in so snuggly and perfect in the mornings.  Plus, with the ease of working via the iPhone, mornings tend to linger longer and longer…and then breakfast just doesn’t happen.

I could start eating THIS for breakfast though.

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Product Review: The Kid’s Tasters Box from Goodies Co.

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge mail junkie.  I can’t help it…I get excited every time there is a “real” piece of mail (you know, handwritten envelope from some far away land), a magazine (oh Lord, giddy), and if it’s a box?  Well, hold me back.  As a blogger, I fortunately get a lot of packages throughout the week, but I adore getting monthly subscriptions.  Like Birchbox or StitchFix…and now, there’s a new one.

The Goodies Kid’s Tasters Box.

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