Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday's Recipes

Happy Friday, Ya'll! This is my last Friday before school starts and I hope I don't fall off the wagon on these posts since I've been trying to do better this summer. You teachers know how hectic and busy the first couple weeks of school if I'm MIA for awhile, you know where I'll my classroom of course.

I'm so excited to post this week's recipes. I only have two for you, but they are so yummy. The reason I'm so excited is because I got to make them with a super sweet former Firstie of mine! Her and her mom told me at the end of school that we should have a baking day this summer. Well we made sure that happened! I'm definitely going to miss this sweet girl but she is off to second grade and promised that she would come visit me in the mornings before heading upstairs!
My little assistant baker!

We made S'mores sandwich bar cookies and auntie ann's pretzels!
First up:

S'mores sandwich bar cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (8-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Mini Milk Chocolate Bars OR 5 HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bars (1.55 oz. each)
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows


1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.

2. Beat butter and sugar until well blended in large bowl. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Press half of dough in prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.

3. Sprinkle mini chocolate bars over baked layer or arrange unwrapped chocolate bars over baked layer, breaking as needed to fit. Sprinkle with marshmallows; scatter bits of remaining dough over marshmallows, forming top layer. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or just until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. 16 bars.

Next up:
Homemade Auntie Ann's Pretzels
Homemade Auntie Annes Pretzels
Adapted From Korean American Mommy
Makes: 10-12 large pretzels
Prep Time: 1 hour, plus 1 hour and 20 minutes for rising
Cook Time: 10 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour

Baking Soda Bath
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda

4 tablespoons butter, melted
rock salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons water


To prepare your dough, combine 1 1/2 cups of warm water and yeast into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using a spoon, gently stir until your yeast dissolves. Then add your brown sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Add your all purpose flour and bread flour and using the paddle attachment, mix on low for about 10 seconds until combined.  Switch your attachment to the dough hook and mix on high for 5 minutes to knead your dough.  If you don't have an electric mixer, you can knead by hand. Lightly grease a large pot by brushing the bottom and sides of the pan with olive oil.  Place your ball of dough in the center of your pot, cover it, and let it sit for 1 hour in a warm space to rise.  I keep my oven at 350 degrees and place the pot on top of the stove. 

Immediately after making your dough, prepare your baking soda bath in a large mixing bowl by combining 2 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir until dissolved and continue to stir regularly while the dough is rising. 

Once your dough is finished rising and has doubled in size. Put your ball of dough on a pastry mat and remove a section about 3/4 cup in size.  You can break off as large or as small of a piece as you like depending on the pretzel size you want to make. Roll your section of dough into a long 1/2 inch thick string of dough.  The length will vary depending on how big you want your pretzel, but the thickness should be no bigger than 1/2 inch in diameter. When rolling the dough, I found it helpful not flouring my work surface and lightly wetting my hands with water (not soaking wet).  To get the right shape, roll the dough up and down with your hands, all the while pushing from the center out to get a long and narrow string of dough.  That's what worked for me, but you'll find a good rhythm of your own too I'm sure! 

Once you have your long string of dough, bring one end to the center,  letting it hang slightly over the edge. Then bring your other end over and weave it underneath the first loop to get a pretty knot. Then dip your pretzel into the baking soda bath water, making sure to hold its shape in place. Place it on a well greased cookie sheet, making sure to put them about 1 1/2 inches in between each other. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and let your pretzels sit for 15-20 minutes before baking to allow for a second rise.  Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Meanwhile, prepare your dipping ingredients.  Melt about 4 tablespoons of butter. Then mix your sugar and cinnamon together if you're making cinnamon sugar pretzels. To make an icing glaze to dip your cinnamon sugar pretzels in, combine your powdered sugar and water together in a bowl. Mix until combined and set aside for dipping. When your pretzels are cool enough to handle, generously brush them all over with your melted butter. Then dip in your cinnamon sugar mixture until coated or sprinkle with sea salt. Serve your traditional pretzels with a side of mustard for dipping or serve your cinnamon sugar pretzels with icing.

It took a long time and we all thought that we wouldn't make them again, but they were SOOO GOOD!

Hope everyone has an AWESOME FRIDAY!


Allison said...

Aw I love that you baked with one of your students. You know she will treasure that memory! Those pretzels look so good!

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

That's precious <3

I wish I could have seen a slice of the S'mores!! It looks delicious :)

And those pretzels.. yum! Just had an Auntie Annes pretzel a couple days ago.

-Kelsey Coghill said...

the food looks good.... but I love your apron!!