Friday, August 2, 2013

S'mores Brownies


S'mores.... mmmmmmm.... one of my favorite things about summer. I love toasting marshmallows on the fire (usually in the back yard). I've always loved toasting marshmallows. Everyone has a preferred method - some like to set them on fire; some like to just get them a little warm; I like them just the way my mom and dad taught me how to make them. You've got to wait for the fire to burn down a bit and create those hot coals. Then you hold your marshmallow (on a long stick of course) just above the coals, turning it to keep the toasting even. You toast until it's nice a brown, but not burnt. Well, that's my favorite way. What's your's? With these s'mores, you get toasted marshmallows and you don't even need a fire.

S'mores Brownies
11 oz chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cups)
12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks)
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 eggs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 Hershey chocolate bar
12 large whole marshmallows 
6 marshmallows, diced
5 or 6 graham crackers, roughly crushed with your hands

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a medium bowl. I typically melt them in the microwave. Be sure to have it on 50% power and stir every 30 seconds until smooth. You could also melt the chocolate and butter in a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water.

Stir the cocoa powder into the melted chocolate and butter until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.

While your chocolate is cooling, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 by 14-inch pan with foil and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add in the cooled chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the flour until smooth. Gently fold in the graham crackers and the diced marshmallows. Pour the batter into the prepared pan  and spread evenly. Place the 12 large marshmallows into the top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, adding the Hershey bar (broken into sections) for the last 15 minutes of baking time.

Remove from the oven an allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting. Using the foil, lift the brownies out of the pan before cutting. Place them on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into squares, wiping the knife clean between cuts.


recipe adapted from for the basic brownies and for the overall s'mores concept

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