So I decided the occasion called for some sort-of-s’mores.
And thus, these S’mores Bars were born. What is sort-of-camping, you ask?
Well, it’s basically reaping the benefits of camping, minus actually having to pitch a tent and spend the night. With the bugs.
Some friends who were actually going to be camping invited a bunch of others to come hang for the evening at the campsite. We made a fantastic gourmet dinner around the campfire, then once we started to get tired, we headed home to sleep in our soft (bug-free) beds
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- 8 to 10
- whole graham crackers (enough to cover the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan)
- 10 Tbsp
- 1 1/4 c
- granulated sugar
- 3/4 c
- plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp
- 1 tsp
- pure vanilla extract
- 2 large
- 1/2 c
- all-purpose flour
- hershey's bars (broken into small pieces)
- golden grahams
- mini marshmallows
- 1 large
- hershey bar
- 2 Tbsp
S'MORES TOPPING INGREDIENTS
1To Make The Brownies:
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with cooking spray.
3Then line the bottom of the pan with tightly-packed graham crackers in a single layer. Set aside.
4Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl.
5Microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
6Set the mixture aside until it cools to room temperature. (You can pop it in the fridge to speed up this process.)
7Stir in the vanilla.
8Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended.
9Add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
10Spread evenly in the baking pan on top of the graham crackers. (Since this is a thick batter, I found that it worked well to drop the dough in large tablespoons all over the graham crackers, and then smooth those out with a spoon to form an even layer of brownie batter.)
11Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes.
12Remove pan and sprinkle generously with mini marshmallows.
13Turn oven to broil, then return the pan to the oven and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the marshmallows poof up and JUST barely begin to turn golden
14Please watch very carefully at this point, or else the marshmallows can burn or even catch fire.
15Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with Hershey's bar pieces and Golden Graham's.
16Then drizzle with additional melted chocolate if desired. Let cool, then cut and serve.
17To make the melted chocolate:
Add a crumbled Hershey's bar to a microwave-proof bowl. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
18If the chocolate is too thick, add in a few teaspoons of shortening to thin it out.
19Drizzle with a fork over the s'mores bars.