s’mores bars

I love online personality tests.

Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.  The ones that tell you what flavor of ice cream you are and which Friday Night Lights character you’re most like.

Making s’mores is a lot like taking one of those online quizzes. I can tell a heck of a lot about you by the way you make your s’mores.  Let me elaborate.

  1. You shove your marshmallow into the fire and burn it to a crisp.  You are a strong believer that marshmallows are one of the few foods that tastes better burnt.  You hate waiting in lines, enjoy Chinese take-out food, and tend to be argumentative.
  2. You think you’ve mastered the s’more technique.  You’re
    Lord of the S’mores.  You might be a dad and/or a camp counselor.  You
    can be found whittling your perfect “s’more stick,” or trying to assist a
    less capable s’more maker with this delicate art.  People may call you a
    “busy-body.”  You enjoy team sports and activities, as long as you’re
    the captain.  You’re secretly a horrible dancer.
  3. You like to sit on the edge of the fire and slowly turn your marshmallow — waiting for that perfect, golden-brown glow.  You play a musical instrument, enjoy crafts, and like long walks on the beach.  You keep an agenda and your socks always match.
  4. You’re a weirdo (and I say that in the best sense of that word.  You do something wacky like catch the marshmallow on fire, and squish it (still ablaze) between the chocolate and graham crackers.  You’re a bit of a badass, but you secretly love to play Scrabble.

See? Didn’t I describe your personality to a T? 😉

Ok, so maybe I should leave online quiz making to the professionals.  But no matter how you toast your marshmallows, the classic s’more will always be an All-American crowd-pleaser. 

Everyone from the varsity baseball team to Carly’s dog walker couldn’t get enough of these s’more bars.  They’re super easy, don’t require an open fire and they don’t burn your tongue.  My favorite way to eat these bad-boys is to pop one in the microwave until the marshmallow puffs up and the chocolate gets all melty.  I close my eyes, and eat it with a spoon.  I can smell the campfire and pine trees of summer already…

How do you roast your marshmallow?

With love,
Erica

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme
Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In
a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg
and vanilla. 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.
Divide
dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom
of the prepared pan.  Spread the crust with marshmallow creme.  Sprinkle chocolate chips into a single even layer over the creme.  Place
remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

From Lovin’ From The Oven

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s’mores brownies

I love pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg; but sometimes, around this time of year, I start to dearly miss the fun, carefree flavors of August. Especially s’mores. 

I was always the kid who burnt their marshmallow to a crisp in the campfire. Parents, teachers, and even other kids would always tell me to stop — but I was relentless. I would happily chomp down blackened marshmallows by the bag-full.  I never understood those kids who would cheerfully sit by the edge of the fire, carefully turning one marshmallow until it reached that perfect, golden brown. I was too impatient to scarf down gooey, marshmallow goodness to be bothered with perfection. So into the fire they went.

Now the weather is to cold to build a fire, but with these decadent brownies, I can still enjoy the gooey flavor sensation of s’mores. These were a HUGE hit with my advisory at school, and the JV soccer team reportedly scarfed down an entire pan of these in less than five minutes.
Whip up a batch of these to conjure up sweet, summer memories.

With love,
Erica

Ingredients:
1 family size box mix of brownies and the ingredients to make the brownies (probably canola oil, water, and 2 eggs)
9-ish honey graham crackers
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more!)
4 cups mini marshmallows
1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 by 13in pan with parchment
    paper or aluminum foil that has been generously coated with cooking
    spray. Make sure your lining goes all the way around the pan.
  2. Mix up your brownie mix according to the box directions and pour it into the pan.
  3. Cover the brownies with the graham crackers. You want to fit as many of the graham crackers on there as you can.
  4. Pour the chocolate chips onto the graham crackers and then add the mini marshmallows.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the box of yellow cake mix,
    egg, and stick of softened butter. Use your hand to mix the dough all
    together.
  6. Top the marshmallows with the dough. I found the best way to do this
    is to take some in your hand, press it so it’s flat, and place it on
    top of the marshmallows. Repeat this until all the marshmallows are
    covered (it does not have to be perfect) and then drizzle on the cup of
    sweetened condensed milk.
  7. Bake it in the oven for 18-22 minutes. It’s hard to know when it’s
    done, but the top layer should be a nice golden brown. I took mine out
    after 18 minutes and it turned out wonderful- the brownie layer was
    really fudgy.
  8. It takes a long time for this to cool enough to cut. If you wait for it to cool completely, you can
    cut nice, even squares (you can see the difference in the ones I cut
    right away and the ones I cut the next day).

From Just Everyday Me