Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Graham Cracker S'Mores Bars
Everyone knows that s'mores are a great summertime treat - but when it's 95° outside, who really wants to go sit around the fire pit in the back yard and roast marshmallows?
Not me, that's who.
These bars take the addicting goodness of s'mores, add in chocolate chip cookie dough with a slight hint of cinnamon and the convenience of a quick bake in the oven, and presto! A fabulous, people-pleasing dessert without mosquito bites, sweat pouring down your face, and smoky smelling hair.
I guess you can tell I wasn't born to live outdoors.
Marissa took some to her Wed. night class at church and all the girls loved them, I'm told.
"Everyone wanted seconds, Mom!"
And the ones left at home? Well, let's just say it didn't take long for them to disappear. And my visiting parents definitely wanted the recipe. (here ya go, Mom!)
Side note: Do you have spelling pet peeves? One of mine is when people spell definitely as "definately." Or even worse, "defiantly". Sorry. Just had to throw that in there.
So when you're craving s'mores and don't have access to a campfire or want to be around a campfire, give these a try. You'll love them.
Graham Cracker S'Mores Bars (from Life Made Simple)
11 tbsp. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows, divided use
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 package snack size Hershey's bars, broken into sections
2 sleeves honey graham crackers, broken into squares
Preheat oven to 375°.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars (1-2 minutes).
In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
Add egg one at a time to butter mixture, gently beating after each addition. Add vanilla and mix.
Slowly begin to add flour mixture to the butter mixture, keeping the mixing speed low while doing so.
Once combined, remove and fold in 1 cup mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Chill mixture in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
While mixture is chilling, prepare baking sheet (standard size, with sides) by lining it with parchment paper. Take graham crackers and break in half. Lay out onto sheet, until it is completely full (they should cover the entire sheet and cookies should be tight and touching- see picture).
Place into oven for 6 minutes, then remove and press Hershey's bar pieces into top along with remaining 1/2 cup marshmallows (just fill in the gaps with them a little). Return to oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until dough and marshmallows beginning to brown, making sure the dough is cooked through. Remove from oven and place sheet on a wire rack to cool. Once it is sufficiently cooled, cut into squares.
Linked to Trick or Treat Tuesday and Crazy Sweet Tuesday