Sunday, June 6, 2010

S'mores Bars

Summer is officially here.

And with exactly one week until I leave for camp... when I have to say goodbye to baking 24-7, I feel it's necessary to celebrate the beginning of summer!  So why not start by talking about the month June?

I love June.  June means school's almost out, pools are open, the days are sunny and long, it's my birthday, and SUMMER IS HERE!

So, when thinking of summer, why wouldn't s'mores be the perfect treat to represent the season?

Unfortunately, I did not make s'mores... I know.  Butttt I did make s'mores bars!

I'm not going to lie, this creation was kind of a last minute/throw together/hopefully better taste good kind of "recipe".  In all honesty, my brother was looking for something sweet to eat... and there was literally nothing in our pantry, fridge, or freezer.  Ice cream? Nope.  Cookies? Surprisingly no.  Chocolate? Sorry. 

So what does my brother do?  He turns to me and asks, "Do you think you could bake something, maybe?" "Like cookies?"

Of course, I couldn't say no.  So I asked him what kind of cookie he wanted... and what does he ask for?

"Can you make those s'more cookies with that Hershey chocolate?"

Referring to the Campfire Cookies I made a while back... I felt bad, but we didn't have chocolate!

So I improvised.  I found a recipe by Hershey called S'more Cookie Bars and went from there.

Ironically, we did not have Hershey Chocolate, so I used Chocolate Chips.  We didn't have marshmallow fluff, so I used regular marshmallows and cut them up.  AND we didn't have normal graham crackers... so I used cinnamon graham crackers.

And what did it taste like?


My sister and I both agree the normal marshmallows taste SO much better than the marshmallow fluff.  It adds a more gooeyness than the fluff would.  Also, with using the cinnamon graham crackers, you can taste just a hint of cinnamon when you take a bite... which tastes delicious.

I'm posting my alternated/improvised recipe on the blog, but if you would like the original recipe, you can find it here


S'mores Bars

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
About 1 cup chocolate chips (enough to make a layer in the pan)
About 10 regular marshmallows cut up in fourths (enough to make a layer in the pan)

Preheat oven to 350F and grease 8in baking pan.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.
Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt.
Add to butter mixture and beat until blended.
Press half of dough into prepared pan; layer chocolate chips; layer marshmallows; scatter remaining dough on top.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes (top is lightly brown); cool and cut into bars.

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