Monday, August 27, 2012

Crumbly S'more Bars

I've always been a sucker for s'mores. 
Unfortunately, being a summer treat, I can really only eat them during the June-August season. Making them in the microwave or the toaster oven is never as good as the fire-scalded marshmallows shoved between two graham crackers as you try to balance the roasting stick flavor that just drips out of a woodland summer s'more. 
Fortunately, there are ways around that little problem.

These Crumbly S'more Bars take a childhood classic and dress them up for an indoor adult world scene. Using the same ingredients as a basic s'more, plus a little bit of butter, you can have your own ooey-gooey summer treat during any season.

You will need:

9 sheets of graham crackers, plus one
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips, plus 1/2 cup melted
1 3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Start by grabbing your graham crackers and mashing the first nine sheets into a fine powder. If you have a food processor, they help a lot with this step. If not, shove them in a bag and grab a rolling pin!

Pour your graham crackers into an 8x8 pan and add your melted butter. Using a fork, press the butter into the graham crackers pieces to form a wet crust.

Place your pan in the oven and bake for 7 minutes.

Next, grab your chips. Be sure they're milk chocolate and not semi-sweet! We have to remain faithful to the original s'more recipe!

When your crust is done, top it with 1 cup of chips. Bake for 2 minutes.

Next, add your marshmallows and bake for 3 minutes. They should puff up like little mini pillows.

Take your 1/2 cup of melted chips and drizzle across the top. Be creative here and experiment with funky patterns. The chocolate is your brush, and the dessert is your canvas!

Finally, take your last sheet of graham cracker, and crumble it up in your hand. Sprinkle the crumbs across the entire dessert.

I recommend waiting at least an hour to cut these if you want to serve them in neatly cut bars (the marshmallows need time to harden). However, they're ridiculously yummy when they come straight out of the oven, so feel free to cut off a chunk and enjoy the buttery chocolatey goodness.

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