ok so it’s 2 days before thanksgiving so i figure i should let ya’ll know what i’m thankful for… cheesiness to ensue right now…
my family – yes i know that’s cheesy and everyone says that. or at least you would think that everyone says that. some people don’t. i’m extremely grateful to have the parents that i do. they are extremely supportive of me no matter what… even if that includes getting a degree in history that i’ll absolutely never use. hey. i got the degree.
my friends – again i know.. cheesy. i’m not extremely close to my extended family but my friends make up for that. i may not have 1000s of friends but the ones i do have, are a part of my family that i have choosen to be there.
music – i know i touched on this in the last post but finding a song that can speak the words / emotions that i can’t is an unbelievable thing. i am not musically inclined but music can move me like nothing else can.
food – isn’t that the whole point of this blog? just like music, food can bring so much emotion to someone. you can brighten a person’s day by making them some food.
enough seriousness. i don’t do serious well…
ok so this is thanksgiving week like i said. so what does that mean other than writing some cheesy seriousness? it means i’m making a lot of food. and i’m not doing the whole meal… but i honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. i like to cook so let me. all that food will be a-whole-nother blog posting series. and trust me… that’s going to cover a couple posts.
so what’s this post about?
or more appropriately, s’mores bars.
this sounds familiar right?
it’s close but no cigar…. these s’mores bars are better than the cobbler. these s’mores bars had people hiding in the kitchen trying to sneak eating them. i’m serious. plus these s’mores bars use one of my favorite ingredients that is oh so not good for you… marshmallow creme! i could eat this out of the jar. sick i know… do i care? absolutely not.
back to the bars…
they are indulgent and delicious. and better than actual s’mores in my opinion. although i couldn’t tell you the last time that i ate an actual s’more; i usually just eat the burnt marshmallow. but these s’mores bars make me want to eat them. they are absolutely delicious and if you can’t have a campfire and make s’mores, totally worth doing. my mom even said they were good. i mean just look at that gooey marshmallow and melting chocolate… who can resist?
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar – i used light brown
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs – you can buy the crumbs or make your own out of about 6 graham crackers like i did
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 king size (5 oz each) dark chocolate bars – i used hershey’s special dark but you could go fancy and use another brand, just make sure they cover the 8×8 pan
- 1 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
- preheat oven to 350F. grease your 8×8 pan (you can use the wrapper to your stick of butter).
- in a bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. beat in egg and vanilla .
- in another bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. add to butter mixture and mix at low speed until combined.
- divide dough in half and press half into the bottom of your baking pan. place the chocolate bars over this layer (you may have to break them up a bit). spread marshamallow creme over the chocolate bars (if you figure out a good way to measure marshmallow creme, let me know… i just used a 7 oz jar).
- place the other half of dough in a single layer on top. (the blog i found this on recommends placing the dough in a gallon ziplock and flattening it out. then you snip the bag apart and try to place it on top. it works. it’s just not exactly pretty.)
- bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned. cool completely before cutting into bars.
and that’s it. no campfire needed.
recipe from: baked perfection