So, I literally dreamed these S’more bars into existence.
Let me back up a bit here.
Last weekend was one of those perfect summer weekends which included lots of crisp white wine, endless entertaining with the best of friends and family, crazy good food, skinned knees, too late bedtimes, flip flops, and baseball. It was perfect. We even got out the marshmallows, or marsh melons as B calls them.
And then we got a text from our contractor: ‘don’t use the fire pit for 28 days.’
Um, whoops. Too late.
But come on. What’s an eighty degree without a s’more? Exactly. Big, big problem. Luckily the solution swirled throughout my dreams Sunday night, along with other favorite memories from that oh so perfect weekend.
So first on the agenda Monday morning, B and I hit up the store for the ingredients. They then baked away to a gooey perfection while B took an extra long (much needed!) nap upstairs and the contractor ripped up hardwood flooring a mere two feet away from me. Not exactly my most relaxing baking experience but I needed to test out the dream.
The result? They were dead on. Like, almost better than the real thing itself. Almost.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 full-size graham crackers, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 heaping cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power. Wait a few moments before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour and stir until just combined, don't over mix.
- Add the graham crackers and any crumbs on cutting board, marshmallows, chocolate chips and fold to incorporate.
- Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
- Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until bars have firmed up in the center and edges will be set. Some marshmallows may have developed a hint of golden color. I ended up sprinkling more marshmallows and chocolate chips on top.
- Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.