I've mentioned a few times that I have a thing for s'mores. The ooey, gooey marshmallow and warm chocolate, sandwiched between crunchy graham crackers - perfection. The fact that I associate them with wonderful summer nights spent around the campfire laughing and having fun probably doesn't hurt, either. So what's a girl to do in the dead of winter? Well, there's always the gas stove to roast marshmallows over... but that's sometimes a messy proposition. Enter the s'mores bar - almost like a s'mores brownie, really. Not quite as ooey, gooey, but still just as yummy - and great for sharing. I made up a batch for a New Year's Eve party - and can't wait to dig in!
(Makes about 20 bars)
3/4 c. butter, softened
1 1/3 c. white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
3 large chocolate bars (or 7-8 regular sized)
1 1/2 - 2 c. mini-marshmallows
1 whole graham cracker
Line a 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
In a smaller bowl, mix flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat just until ingredients come together.
Reserve 3/4 c. of butter/flour mixture for topping.
Press remaining butter/flour mixture into bottom of lined pan.
Unwrap chocolate bars and lay on top of butter/flour mixture. (Break into pieces if needed to make an even layer of chocolate.)
Sprinkle mini-marshmallows over top. (I say to use 1 1/2 - 2 c. because I usually don't measure - I just sprinkle until there's a full layer. It's about 3/4 of a package, which is about 1 1/2 -2 cups.)
Crumble reserved butter/flour mixture evenly over the top of the marshmallows.
Take the whole graham cracker and crush it between your hands, then sprinkle evenly over the top of everything.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned on top.
Cool completely before cutting.
Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year's Eve ~ and a prosperous 2011!