Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-Baked S’mores

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 60 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-baked S'Mores

Sometimes all it takes to be Super Mom is some chocolate and marshmallows.

Perfectly delicious Molasses Oat Blondies make a yummy base for oven-baked s’mores and they’re so simple — just plop a little chocolate and some marshmallows on top at the end of baking and put them back in the oven. Then cut into marshmallow-sized pieces for a messy but appealing treat.

The s’mores version of these blondies was like catnip for my kids. More often than not they take homemade baked goods for granted but this recipe stood out. They lined up for their molasses oat s’mores.

Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-baked S'Mores

 

These squares are surprisingly rich on their own but have a wholesome sort of taste thanks to the rolled oats. Feel free to use some wholegrain flour in the mix (whole wheat or spelt) to add more fibre, flavour and nutrition. And the 2 tablespoons of vanilla in the recipe is not a typo. The vanilla gives them somewhat of a grown up flavour but can be scaled back to one tablespoon if you think it will be too overwhelming for you.

Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-baked S'Mores

Like all good brownies (and blondies), these are a little chewy and are great with anything on top. If s’mores aren’t your thing cut them into larger pieces and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-baked S’Mores Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats, pulsed in the blender for a couple of seconds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 7 Tbsp. cold butter
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 5 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla 

Instructions:

  1. Butter a 9”x9” baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Cut in the cold butter until only pea-size or smaller pieces remain.
  5. In a small bowl whisk the molasses, milk and vanilla.
  6. Add wet to dry and stir until well combined.
  7. Scrape batter into prepared pan, spread evenly and bake for 25-30 minutes.

To make the S’Mores version:

Once they’re cooked, top with ½ cup chocolate chips and 10 marshmallows that have been cut in half. Place back in a 350 F oven for 5-10 minutes, until the marshmallows are golden on top.

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Molasses Oat Blondies for Oven-baked S'Mores

Pecan Praline No Churn Ice Cream

Servings: 1 litre of ice cream serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Cooking time: 6 hours

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Pecan Praline No Churn Ice Cream is deliciously simple. No ice cream maker required. Recipe yields a super creamy ice cream studded with decadent salted pecan praline.

You’re either going to love me for posting this recipe, or you’re going to hate me.

(Or maybe a bit of both.)

In July we ran a recipe contest with Food Bloggers of Canada members. The challenge was to create recipes that suited summer using molasses. There were three categories: Salad & Side, Barbecue Main Dish, and Something Sweet. This Pecan Praline No-Churn Molasses Ice cream was the winner in the Something Sweet category.

The recipe was created by Stacey Mebs of the blog Bake. Eat. Repeat. There are all kinds of great recipes on her site and I guarantee that if you visit her you’re bound to come away with a recipe or two you’ll want to make.

Pecan Praline No Churn Ice Cream is deliciously simple. No ice cream maker required. Recipe yields a super creamy ice cream studded with decadent salted pecan praline.

Who knew homemade ice cream could be so simple?

This Pecan Praline No Churn Ice Cream is almost too easy to make. The pecan praline bakes up in just a few minutes and can be cooled in the fridge if you’re in a hurry to get the ice cream in the freezer. The whipped cream-sweetened condensed milk mixture is deliciously simple. Together they create an outstanding ice cream that will have you dizzy with wonder. That’s how I felt anyway when I realized that I could make something this delicious so easily, and without an ice cream maker.  

This ice cream is truly creamy…artisan-ice-cream creamy…expensive-ice-cream creamy. And the lightly salted pecan praline makes for a perfect pairing of cream and crunch.

Pecan Praline No Churn Ice Cream (with molasses) Recipe

By Stacey at Bake. Eat. Repeat.

Yield: about 1 liter (1 quart) of ice cream

Ingredients

For the praline:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pecans

For the ice cream:

  • 1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, molasses, butter, cinnamon and salt. Add the pecans and stir until they are well coated. Spread the nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes until they are bubbling and dark in colour. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Chop the cooled and hardened pecan praline into small pieces.
  2. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and the molasses. Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Drizzle in the condensed milk mixture and continue to whip until all the condensed milk is incorporated into the cream and the mixture is thick.
  3. Fold the chopped pecan praline into the cream mixture, and spread this in the prepared pan. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours. 

Here are the other winners in our Summer Barbecue Recipe Contest:

Grilled Nectarine Salad with Chipotle Molasses Dressinggrilled nectarine salad with chipotle molasses dressing

Blueberry Bourbon barbecue Sauceblueberry bourbon barbecue sauce

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Ice Cream Sandwich Ideas: 5 Perfect Cookie & Ice Cream Pairings

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Are you in search of homemade ice cream sandwich ideas? Here are the 5 best cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream flavour pairings to go with them.best cookies for ice cream sandwiches

Last evening my son asked if he could have some ice cream. Yes, I said, you can have a little bowl…

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It’s hard not to want ice cream every day when the weather turns fine. In fact, I may have to put a lock on my freezer to keep them from dipping into it during the afternoon. That’s what my aunt used to do. She had seven boys who would raid the kitchen at any chance so she kept baking supplies locked in a high cupboard and carried the key in her apron pocket.

A bowl of ice cream is a nice treat but ice cream sandwiches are even better, especially when you have just the right cookie for the top and bottom.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich Ideas:

5 cookies that are just right for ice cream sandwiches:

Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies:

Such a classic chewy cookie. I’d pair these with Rolo Ice Cream, Moose Tracks, or something similar.

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Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

These cookies aren’t brittle like most peanut butter cookies and have a bit of chew to them. These would be delicious with Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Ice Cream.

peanut butter molasses cookies

Sandra’s Really Good Molasses Cookies:

These cookies have candied ginger and a little balsamic vinegar in them which means I would automatically pair them with good-quality Strawberry Ice Cream.

really good molasses cookies with candied ginger and balsamic vinegar

Chocolate Gingersnaps

These are verging on shortbread cookies but are up to the challenge of holding it all together for an ice cream sandwich. If your local grocer has Salted Caramel Ice Cream then that would be my first choice, although Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a close second.

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Giant Ginger Cookies

This is a stellar cookie recipe and would go beautifully with some version of a Cherry or Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

giant ginger cookies

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Our best cookies for ice cream sandwiches

chocolate molasses crinkle cookie

The best cookies for ice cream sandwiches

I consider ice cream the ultimate summer treat.

We have a few favourite ice cream stands that we visit during the summer: one near our cottage, another within walking distance of our home and another on the way to swimming lessons. Needless to say, we don’t have to go out of our way for a treat and when I think about it, going to get ice cream is actually more convenient than getting groceries.

We don’t eat ice cream at home very often, but when we do we indulge in homemade ice cream sandwiches.

The ideal cookie for an ice cream sandwich:

The ideal cookie for an ice cream sandwich is a little soft and a little chewy. It needs to be soft enough to bend with around the ice cream filling and chewy enough that it doesn’t break into pieces each time you take a bite.

Our top 4 cookies for ice cream sandwiches

Lacy chocolate chip cookies

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This is my mom’s recipe, a yummy chocolate chip cookie with coconut and walnuts. There’s a lot of flavour and texture in these cookies so I think vanilla or butterscotch ripple would be a great sandwich pairing. If you want to go the extra step try homemade molasses ice cream.

Chocolate molasses cookies

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You could take the ice cream pairing in two directions. The actual recipe doesn’t call for any spices so you could choose a ginger ice cream, or something with brownies or chocolate fudge swirled in. If you want to add a few spices to the cookie then strawberry ice cream would be great, or something with a berry swirl. Lemon or orange ice cream or sherbet would be yummy too.

Brown sugar molasses cookies

Buttery brown sugar molasses cookies sandwiched with a creamy frosting

This is a classic brown sugar cookie so can handle an ice cream with lots of flavour. I’d go to town with a rocky-road-style ice cream or something with crunchy bits of toffee.

Molasses crackle cookies

Molasses crackle cookies - chewy with a crackly top sparkling with crystalized sugar

This is a classic ginger molasses cookie so you don’t need an over-the-top ice cream to make a great sandwich. A classic vanilla ice cream (especially French vanilla) or Neapolitan would be delicious. Homemade molasses ice cream would make a memorable ice cram sandwich too. (Omit the coffee from the molasses ice cream recipe for a true Halloween candy kiss flavour).

What are some of your favourite combinations for ice cream sandwiches?

My friend Heather makes ice cream sandwiches with ginger spice cookies and homemade pumpkin ice cream.

 

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