Thursday, September 15, 2011

S'mores Brownies

Even though I cheated a little bit and used a prepackaged brownie mix, these were still awesome.  S'mores are always amazing (hello, have you tried the S'mores Cookies?) and I'd been eying this recipe for a while.  The circumstances by which this recipe came to be made in my kitchen are a little foggy but I do remember that friends were over when they were made and then more friends were invited to consume these gems.  And then I think I sent people home with them.  Because otherwise Dave and I would have eaten the entire pan for breakfast the next day.  If there were any left when we went to bed.

But I digress.  Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker knew what she was doing when she layered a wonderful graham crust with a brownie filling topped with gooey marshmallows and sprinkled with extra graham crackers to recreate the perfect version of a baked S'more.  The chocolate fudgy brownie far surpasses the milk chocolate bar and even when cooled the gooey marshmallow still reminds you of this campfire favorite.  Despite not making my brownies from scratch, I think they turned out awesome.  Feel free to try the recipe with a shortcut or as a real from-scratch treat.

S'mores Brownies


3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 box brownie mix (plus eggs and oil called for on package) or 1 Brownies recipe batter
1 bag mini marshmallows or 1/2 bag large marshmallows cut in half
Additional graham crackers, broken into pieces

For graham cracker crumbs, process crackers (about 2/3 box) in food processor until fine.  Combine crumbs in a medium bowl with sugar and salt. Add melted butter and stir until the mixture is moist.

Transfer crumb mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking pan lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Press into an even layer.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

While that it baking, prepare your brownie batter.  Remove graham crust from over and pour brownie batter over the cooked crust, spreading to an even layer.  Bake brownies according to directions.

Remove the brownies from the oven and turn the oven on broil.  Pour the bag of mini marshmallows over the brownies or top with large marshmallows, creating an even layer.  Pop the pan back in the oven for a few minutes.  Note: Keep an eye on them because the marshmallows will cook quickly and while you want a little char for the campfire flavor, you don't want them to burn.  I almost missed this step and probably could have taken them out 30 seconds sooner.

As soon as the pan comes out of the oven, top the marshmallow layer with the graham cracker pieces, pressing slightly into the marshmallow ooze so they'll stick.

Cool completely and cut into squares.

Makes 24 brownies.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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