Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Make S'Mores Bars {Recipe}

Happy Monday!
Now, who wants to break their New Year's diet resolution already??

Frankly, I'm pregnant so I can pretty much do what I want...ha! I'm more of a salty/chips snacker but lately my hormones have me craving chocolate like mad. Of course, my handsome prince of a husband LOVES this because then he has an excuse to indulge.

So, I busted out this recipe I've had for a while for S'Mores Bars. S'Mores are my absolute favorite and I knew instantly that this recipe would be my golden ticket to calorie bliss...I mean, chocolate bliss...yea...

Okay, here's what you will need, my friends:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (plus a little more for the pan)
- 18 graham crackers (about 2 packages)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 cups milk chocolate chips
- 3 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of a 13x9" baking pan with foil. You want to leave about 4in. of overhang over the 2 opposite sides. These will serve as "handles" to remove the bars from the pan in one piece. Grease the foil well with some of the softened butter.

In your food processor, grind the graham crackers into a fine meal (you need 2 cups.) In a large bowl, combine your crumbs with the sugar, sea salt and melted butter. The mixture should look like and feel like wet sand. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture for the topping.
Evenly press the rest of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. 
**Note: This took me a little while because you don't want any spaces, or else your crust will be crumbly. I used the back of a small spoon to even and smooth the layer.**
Pop your crust into the oven and bake until it is golden brown, about 12-15 min. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool on a rack or on a dishtowel on the counter.

Melt the milk chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until fully melted. Do not turn up the heat to hurry the process!! Keep it on low. You can also microwave your chocolate on low power, stirring after 2 min.

Preheat the broiler, low setting.
**Note: I never used my broiler before this and didn't know there were two settings. Yikes! I almost burnt the crud out of my bars! Besides the nice smokey smell in the air and the lovely music from the fire alarm (which made puppy girl's ears go CRAZY btw), the bars did not burn. Phew!**

Pour the melted chocolate over the cooked crust. Spread it evenly with a butter knife or back of a spoon. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the chocolate and press them lightly into it. Sprinkle or lightly press the reserved crumb mixture over and in between the marshmallows, so that no chocolate shows through.
Broil the bars 6 in. from the flame until the marshmallows are golden brown (not coal black like mine hehe) Should take 1-2min.

Refrigerate the bars until the chocolate is hard, about 2 hrs or so. Grab the ends of the foil and lift the bars out of the pan in one piece. Place on cutting board and cut into 24 squares. Wala!! Eat up & enjoy!!

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  1. That looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    BTW, I love all of your design work. You are an amazing graphic designer.

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  2. Aw thank you so much!! Thanks for your support, it's very encouraging :)

    PS: We could not stop eating these things! They are super-duper yummy...let me know if you ever make them.

  3. Yum! Thanks for sharing!


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