I have a bad habit of forgetting how long it actually takes me to bake.
I?ll often get it into my head that I can completely finish an entire batch of cookies in a mere 45 minutes, and also get ready to go to whatever get-together Joey and I are slated to attend.
While this frequently makes us late, I?ve discovered that you?re very easy to forgive when you show up with warm cookies, so it hasn?t ruined any friendships yet.
This past weekend, I was smart enough to recognize that the cookie recipe I was interested in was just not going to happen before we left to watch the Chiefs game with friends, so I went to my stash of ?recipes I want to try? to see what I could accomplish quickly and easily.
And, boy, did I stumble on the perfect, quick and easy game-time snack!
This was inspired by a blog called ?Tip Hero,? which also posts a lot of really delicious recipe videos to Facebook (there?s nothing like drooling while you?re looking through social media). You can find the original at tiphero.com/easy-smores-dip/. I changed it a bit to suit the ingredients I already had available in my pantry.
Easy S?mores Dip
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
about 16 to 20 large marshmallows
graham crackers (for dipping)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Choose your favorite oven-safe pan. I used one that was about 6×8-inches. An 8×8 square would work great, and the original recipe used a cast iron skillet.
Pour the chocolate chips into the pan.
Add the peanut butter (feel free to add more if you like) to the chocolate chips, and stir with a spatula to combine.
Spread the mixture back out evenly on the bottom of the pan.
Top the pan with as many marshmallows as you need to cover the entire surface area of the pan.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking.
Serve with graham crackers for dipping.
If this hardens?I?ll be impressed if you can make it last long enough for that to happen?it?s easy to pop this in the microwave if you use a glass pan, and it will melt right back to an awesome, gooey consistency.
Most of my s?mores dip was gone before halftime at our get-together. It was a huge hit and highly addictive. I?m fairly certain I?m not trustworthy being left alone in my own home with these four ingredients on hand. It was way too easy.
I?ll probably still bring cookies to get-togethers, but with this recipe in my back pocket, hopefully I can receive a hero?s welcome and be punctual at the same time.
When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at email@example.com.