Wednesday, October 19, 2011

S'more Brownies

S'mores are one of my all time favorite treats.  There is just something magical about the combination of graham crackers, chocolate and ooey gooey toasted marshmallows.  What's even better?  Sitting around a campfire on a cool night and enjoying s'mores.  There's just nothing better!  Since we don't go camping a whole lot I don't get to enjoy the traditional s'mores as much as I would like so I'm always on the hunt for recipes that incorporate s'mores.  I've seen quite a few recipes out there that I'm dying to try; s'more bars and adult s'mores, just to name a few.  Finding recipes that incorporate these delicious little jewels is the best way to get my s'mores fix and bring the best of the outdoors in!


A few weeks ago Spencer made the first of many trips to the woods, hunting season is here!  Every time he and the guys go to the woods, the wives always make sure they are armed with plenty of snacks and goodies to get them through the weekend. While everyone normally changes up what they send each time, it has been requested that I continue to make brownies.  I typically stick with the same recipe, but this time I decided to change it up a bit and make s'more brownies.  S'mores. Camping. Woods.  I mean, it just fits!  These are "built" just like smores, but just baked rather than cooked over a campfire.  They were absolutely delicious.  The graham cracker crust, the fudgy brownies (with a hint of cayenne pepper), all topped off with the toasted and gooey marshmallows is pure goodness.  These s'more brownies are the perfect way to quench your craving while staying in the comfort of your own home.     

S'more Brownies



Ingredients:

For the crust-

1 1/3 Cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp granulated sugar

For the brownies-

1 Oz. sweetened chocolate
2 Oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup flour
1 Tsp vanilla
1/8 Tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tsp Kosher salt
1 Stick butter

For the topping-

2 1/-3 Cups jumbo marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (or foil) and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.

For the crust-

Combine the butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugars and stir to mix together.  Place the mixture in the prepared pan and press along the bottom of the pan to create an even layer.  Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the crust just begins to set.

For the brownies-

Roughly chop the chocolates.  Combine both chocolates and the butter in a medium saucepan and place over low-medium heat.  Leave over the heat until all ingredients are melted, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.  One the butter and chocolates are melted, remove from the heat and add the sugar and stir until completely incorpated.  Add the vanilla, caynenne pepper, and salt and stir.  Add the eggs and mix together, followed by the flour.  Stir all ingredients together to completely combine.  Pour the brownie mixture over the graham cracker crust and return to oven for an additional 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the topping-

Turn on the broiler.

Place marshmallows on top of the brownies, in a single layer and place the in the broiler for 3-5 minutes.  Place the pan as far away from the flame as possible.  Keep an eye on the brownies to ensure the marshmallows do not catch on fire, rotate pan if needed to ensure even browness.

Remove the brownies from the pan and allow to cool completely.  Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.

Recipe source: A Lynsey original   

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