Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baked S'mores Bars

You know when you are craving something delicious but are absolutely too lazy to make anything yourself?

True story: this was me a few nights ago.  These are the times I wish I could just wiggle my nose and chocolate cake would just show up on my dining room table. Unfortunately this did not happen. Nor does it EVER. I'm bitter. I ended up pacing the condo several times until I climbed up (yes I have to get a stool and climb) into my baking cabinet to see what I had lying around...

Gumballs? No thanks.
Cupcake pearls? Pass.

Marshmallows? Why, hello there! So nice of you to show up. I was beginning to worry I might starve.

I was lacking major creativity, so the hubs and I just stood in front of the stove and "roasted" marshmallows on the burner and then made mini S'mores with some leftover graham crackers and chocolate bits. Hardly culinary, but it was sooo good and satisfied my sweet tooth.

This got me to thinking about bringing S'mores back to the blog. My most popular post to date is still the S'mores Cupcakes I did way back when. So it's time for a throwback! This time in "bar" form!

The recipe is simple, easy to follow, and the result is super fantastical. You just pop these puppies in the oven for 30 minutes and be amazed by their awesomeness.

Baked S'mores Bars
recipe from The Apron Gal

1/2 cup butter, room temperature1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (i bought a premade box of crumbs!)

1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 or 3 super-sized (5 oz.) chocolate bars (I used Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff

The How To:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of  8 x 8 pan.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light. 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. Place chocolate bars over dough. Two 5 oz. Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly.
Spread marshmallow fluff evenly over the chocolate layer.

Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the creme. This is most easily done by putting the second half of the dough in a gallon size freezer bag. Use your palms or rolling pin to flatten it out, and then use scissors to cut down both long sides of the bag, so it will open up book-style. Open it up carefully, and the dough will stick on one side of the bag. Then place the bag, dough side down, on the other three layers. From there peel the bag up and carefully spread the dough where it is uneven.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely or almost completely for the melty factor before cutting into bars.

Happy Baking! :)
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1 comment:

  1. OMG these are baking in the oven right now tori! can't wait to bite in to them!-Melissa