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Can you believe it’s almost Valentines Day? Time is suddenly flying by so fast and I am desperately trying to prepare little Valentines with our little one to give out in class. I’m not a crafty mom nor do I feel the pressure to have an over the top Valentine, but she loves crafts so we are doing a little something. Cade and I have always felt like we would rather work hard all year on being better about showing and sharing our love than making a huge deal and adding lots of pressure on one another for Valentines Day. We love making a special meal with the family and having an over the top dessert instead of spending gobs of money. Which is where this Reese’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pie comes in.

“Have mercy!” Quick, who said that on an old TGIF show?  But really, this cookie pie is so amazingly delicious and rich. You could even add a scoop of ice cream like the millionaire skookie if you wanted to, but this was so good we didn’t want to add anything. And we do often just use Pillsbury cookie dough for time. We’ve been working really hard on how we communicate and show love lately and while making things together to devour together definitely helps us all relax and feel a little love it’s not the only way to do it.

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Whenever my Mr Handsome gets home from work I’ve found myself in the habit of asking, “How was your day?” to which he replies, “good, how was yours” or “pretty good, how about you?”, or there’s always, “meh, kinda long.” Well, that was a lame-o exchange. Haha, why do we even ask each other just to same the same ol’ thing? I started to feel like it was a little silly, and then I noticed it that my daughter and I do it after school too! Where’s the love? Where’s the real conversation and sharing?!

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So, I decided to try  an experiment. And then I forgot. Because that’s what happens to mom’s sometimes. We get a really good idea, generally in the shower because that’s where the best thinking happens, and then we get out and forget it.

So 2 weeks later I finally remembered and put it into action. Within 1 week we were having the best week ever and this experiment has totally changed our marriage and family.

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I started asking my husband and children 3 different questions every day and it has changed our lives. Remember, these things are going to take time for your family to adjust to, but it will happen!

1. What do you have going on today and how can I help?

This one definitely was lame at first, but here’s what we learned. First, my husband and I always talk about the week and what’s coming up and we do with our kids too, but as the week goes on we forget things or new things come up. By daily asking about the day we all know exactly what kind of load everyone is carrying and what to expect from everyone. It also gives us more opportunities to serve each other. If my family knows I have a conference call and a few recipes to photograph it’s amazing how quickly they take charge of other things to help out.

2. When did you feel worried, stressed or scared today?

I clued in pretty quickly in my marriage that my husband is willing to carry the world on his shoulders and not burden anyone, aka ask for help or talk about it. He doesn’t mean to, he’s just always done his own thing and carried his own feelings so that no one has to know they are hurting him or stressing him out. My daughter on the other hand needs to talk things out and be heard. What Cade didn’t realize was that he needed to also. So when things weren’t going well I started asking the above question and it’s interesting how most days involve a moment of stress or worry and that acknowledging it and letting someone else listen really lifts the load. It opens up communication and bonding. Now we ask every day and we try to be very honest.

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3. The MOST IMPORTANT question- When did you feel loved today? 

Awkward! This one can be awkward! I know, it totally shouldn’t, but go ahead and ask and the response from your spouse may be a little goofy or passive, “uh when you kissed me?” Don’t worry, keep asking and give it time. Everyone needs to feel loved and if they aren’t they need someone to step up and do the job. Here’s the perfect example. Cade was a bit grouchy the other night. Kind of snippity with the kids and impatient. I could have snapped back, but instead when he went upstairs to change I followed, slipped in front of him while he was picking out a shirt and asked, looking him in the eyes with my arms around him, “when did you feel loved today?” He immediately said, “right now. I’ve just been so stressed about such and such and it’s been a long day. ” The rest of the evening was so peaceful, fun and we all felt a little more love for one another.

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I know, 3 simple questions don’t seem like anything big, and I’m no therapist, but I do believe that the more love and service you give the more you get, even if it takes a little time. These questions provide opportunities to connect and communicate and aren’t all humans looking to connect in some way? Plus if you include a peanut butter cookie, half baked, topped with chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, marshmallows and more peanut butter cookie dough and then bake it and drizzle with fudge I’m pretty sure you’ll find your spouse more than happy to snuggle a little more and the kids will be more willing to be kind. Try it.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pie

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Serving Size: 1 piece

Reese’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pie

A peanut butter cookie loaded with chocolate, reeses, and marshallows and then drizzled with hot fudge, baby!

Ingredients

  • 1 package peanut butter cookie dough or 1 recipe of dough *we use Pillsbury
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 12 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • Hot fudge for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press 2/3 of the dough all over the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until, as seen in the photo, it's starting to set up, but is not baked through.
  3. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the bottom, and add the peanut butter cups. Sprinkle marshmallows over the top. Press 1/4 cup sized balls of remaining dough into the palm of your hand and carefully place on the top of the pie. Bake for an additional 15--18 minutes or until golden brown. Remember, the insides are gooey so it will jiggle a little coming out. Cool for 6-10 minutes before slicing or 20 minutes for the perfect piece to come out. Drizzle with hot fudge for serving. *see note for baking tips

Notes

I used a deep dish pie plate because I had a large amount of dough and we were serving friends. It took ours almost 30 minutes to bake through because of this.

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