How About Rocky Road For Labor Day?

Need a fun dessert for a Labor Day Cook-Out or baking project for the kids? Cashew Rocky Road Bars are easy to make and irresistibly delicious. By my own definition, Rocky Road is a bumpy texture created by miniature marshmallows, nuts and sometimes chocolate chunks. It’s easy to understand why it’s a favorite!

Making our rocky road bar recipe is simplified by using a Martha White® Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix for the base. Just blend the mix with butter until crumbly, press in a pan and bake. The filling is equally as easy. Melting chocolate chips with a can of sweetened condensed milk creates a candy-like mixture. Combine marshmallows and salted cashews in a large bowl and stir in chocolate mixture. Spread over the crust and chill. That’s all there is to it!

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Here are a couple of tips:

Use salted peanuts, pecans or walnuts instead of cashews. Or create your own flavor combination.

The recipe suggests lining the pan with foil or parchment paper leaving about a 2-inch overhang. When the bars are firm, simply lift the whole thing out of the pan. Place on a board and use a knife to cut into even squares. I like to use a chef’s knife and just cut straight down rather than using a sawing motion. Remember, for this to work, the bars usually need to be chilled.

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Have a wonderful Labor Day! Let me know what you made in the comments below.

Summer Fun in the Kitchen

Cooking together is a great way to spend time as a family, and there are all kinds of things that kids can learn in the kitchen like reading, math and valuable life skills. Though summer cooking projects can be educational for kids of all ages, it’s mostly just fun to get in the kitchen and cook.

Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are the perfect dessert to make with kids. These delectable cupcakes take minutes to prepare and are easy to make using a convenient muffin mix. And there can be no more kid-friendly pairing than the beloved combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

The cupcakes are made with a Martha White® Chocolate Chocolate Chip Flavored Muffin Mix, sugar, sour cream and milk. The fun twist is a peanut butter cup. All you have to do is press the peanut butter cup into the center of each cupcake until even with the batter and bake. If you want, you can top off the cupcakes with the delicious peanut butter frosting.

The kids will love treating their friends to a fun snack that they have helped create. These cupcakes are sure to become a favorite this summer and all year long.