Pretty. Delicious. [Campfire]

Pretty. Delicious.Welcome to the first dish in our new series, a showcase of fabulous cooking styles and food that we find, well … pretty delicious.

Are you on Pinterest? We are wildly addicted to this creative, crafty sharing space. Particularly the recipes. Fueled by the launch today of our new kitchen accessories, we decided to choose some of our favorite pins and test them out once a month, plated and prettied with Vera Bradley’s colorful new garnishes.

First up: S’mores Bars with a side of Canyon. We saw this pin, taken from the blog Lovin’ from the Oven, and thought it was a perfect treat for time spent outside in the fall weather. The rich crust paired with gooey marshmallow is lovely. We suggest sharing this goody at your next glamping getaway.

S'mores Bars

S’mores Bars

From the blog Lovin’ from the Oven

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large 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
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff (not melted marshmallows)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
4. Divide the dough in half and press half of the dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over the dough. (Two king-sized chocolate bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate if necessary to get it to fit in a single layer no more than ¼-inch thick.) Spread the marshmallow fluff over the chocolate. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).
5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

S'mores Bars

Bonus recipe!
Since this is our introductory installment of Pretty. Delicious., we thought you might enjoy an extra treat. Not only are we including a chocolate chip cookie recipe … we’re sharing Co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard’s personal Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe! It doesn’t get much better than these monstrous, marvelous morsels.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the kitchen of Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Vera Bradley Co-founder

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 12-ounce packages semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the sugar, brown sugar, sour cream and vanilla, and beat to blend. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture and fold in chocolate chips.
4. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 2 tablespoons of batter per cookie. You can bake 6 cookies per baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 14 minutes, rotating cookie sheets halfway through. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen

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21 Responses to Pretty. Delicious. [Campfire]

  1. Chris B says:

    Yeah for the home items! And I love the recipe above!

  2. Kelly W. says:

    Oh my goodness, this is a wonderful new post! Love the recipes and beautiful Canyon pics. I will give both of these a try. The smore recipe should be a hit with out Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop/den. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Kasun, Genna (kasung) says:

    Love it. Love it. Love it. This is good marketing, people. Keep it comin’! 🙂

    From: “Inside Stitch: The Official Vera Bradley Blog” <> Reply-To: “Inside Stitch: The Official Vera Bradley Blog” <> Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:31 AM To: Eagle Net <> Subject: [New post] Pretty. Delicious. [Campfire]

    CourtneyVB posted: “Welcome to the first dish in our new series, a showcase of fabulous cooking styles and food that we find, well pretty delicious. Are you on Pinterest? We are wildly addicted to this creative, crafty sharing space. Particularly the recipes. Fueled b”

  4. Cheryl H. says:

    This is fun, I love the tie-in with your kitchen products. Especially like the quick slideshow of how the recipe was layered in the pan.

  5. Karen C. says:

    The S’mores bars look awesome!

  6. Zara says:

    I only have one question – are those S’mores bars as good as they look? Wow!!

  7. Sheryl says:

    Looks like a delicious treat on these fall days, thanks

  8. Teresa Young says:

    aaaaand now I’m hungry 😉

  9. Angela M says:

    My daughter turns 3 at the end of the month and all she talks about is wanting a camping birthday party. I was planning on having a fire pit and making s’mores at her party if weather permits. I think if it is too cold or raining these s’mores bars sound delish! I love the new kitchen line! I hope to spice up my kitchen with a little Provençal!

  10. Kim says:

    The S’mores bars look like a great idea to take to my son’s fall baseball games for parents and players! The colors of Canyon look great with chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers! Yum to both!

  11. Dianne Haerr says:

    Yumm, and love the Canyon kitchen goodies.

  12. Vanessa G says:

    Yes! Towels in Canyon!

  13. dotmoody says:

    Thanks for the delicious recipes!! I love the Vera Bradley sugar cookie recipe I received last year 🙂

  14. allison says:


  15. Judy Arden says:

    The S’mores and Chocolate cookies look great but the kitchen accessories are wonderful.

  16. Celyna says:

    This is simply wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  17. Please …. pretty please ….. bring back the chef’s apron!

    I’ve been to 3 stores + on -l ine + really would like a new apron (love to cook)

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  19. debra lautner says:

    The chocolate chip cookies are the BEST!!!

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  21. A says:

    Just baked the chocolate chip cookies. They are fabulous! Who would think sour cream?! There is plenty of extra dough to chill or for eating 🙂

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