Friday, May 17, 2013
Mike and I recently became part of a couple's small group at our church. We've started meeting together every other week, and we take turns hosting. The hosts provide the main dish and the other two couples bring a side or dessert. Last time, I offered to bring a dessert. I had a specific dessert in mind that I wanted to make, but of course, I didn't have one of the key ingredients--Nutter Butter Cookies. (And that's a hard thing to substitute!) So I went to plan B, only to go to the basement pantry and discover that I was out of yet another key ingredient! Fail.
S'mores Bars a while back and I'm so glad that I finally got around to making them. They were the perfect combination of crunchy, sweet, and gooey! Our small group loved these bars and I see them making their appearance at many events this summer!
Makes 16 bars
3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows, divided
1 regular sized Hershey chocolate bar
1. Line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Place in the bottom of the prepared pan and press down to form a crust.
3. In a medium bowl, beat the softened butter and sugars until fluffy.
4. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix.
5. Add flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet mixture and mix until combined.
6. Fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows until evenly distributed.
7. Spoon the cookie dough on top of the graham cracker crust as evenly as possible. (I found it was easier to use my fingers to flatten it out.
8. Bake at 350 for 20-23 minutes, until the bars are set.
9. About 5 minutes before the bars are done baking, sprinkle the marshmallows on top and return the bars to the oven to finish baking.
10. Break the chocolate bar into pieces and place on top of the baked bars. Let the bars cool completely before cutting.
Source: Chocolate, Chocolate, and More