Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gooey S'mores Brownies

It's that time of year when grocery stores have a special display just for S'mores ingredients - I've even seen Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on those displays and wondered how those would taste in a S'more.  Amazing, I'm sure!  My sister spreads Nutella on graham crackers (instead of chocolate bars) before adding the toasted marshmallows, and they are totally yummy. 

This past weekend, we went camping and boating with a bunch of friends, and I actually made it the whole weekend without having a single S'more--something about being in the sun all day that really zaps my energy and appetite.

So, needless to say, we came home from camping this morning with a surplus of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.  I really don't want all those items sitting in the cupboard, tempting me to make S'mores at home and totally negating hard work at the gym...  So instead, I decided to use up the ingredients by making something delicious to take to work tomorrow.

To save time, (since I also have a mountain of laundry needing to be washed clean of campfire smoke), I used a boxed brownie mix, but you can certainly use your favorite brownie recipe if you prefer to not use a mix.  Since I added so many gooey melty items to the brownies, I added an extra egg to the brownie batter so that it would hold up better while baking with melting chocolate and marshmallows.  You can use any kind of chocolate you like;  I used a variety of Hershey's Special Dark and Milk Chocolate with Almonds.
Gooey S'mores Brownies
  • 1 box Brownie Mix
  • 15 graham crackers
  • 15 marshmallows
  • 6 chocolate bars, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
Make brownie batter according to the box's instructions and set aside.
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 325 F.  Arrange 7 of the graham crackers on the bottom of the pan, breaking them to fit if needed.

Cut the marshmallows in half; the easiest way to cut them is with a sharp, clean pair of kitchen scissors.  Arrange half of the marshmallow halves on the graham crackers.

Pour half of the brownie batter evenly over the graham crackers and marshmallows, then sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the chopped chocolate.  Repeat above steps to build a second layer with remaining graham crackers, marshmallows, brownie batter and chocolate, reserving 1 graham cracker and 1/2 cup of the chopped chocolate for later.

Bake at 325 for 35 minutes, or until center appears to be set.  Remove from oven, top with remaining chopped chocolate, and crush the remaining graham cracker over the top.  Cool completely before serving...  that is, if you can wait!