I hope you are all having a wonderful summer thus far! Today I have a treat for you that is perfect for these summer days, a spin on a favorite campfire treat… S’mores Brownies.
I began by spraying a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and lining it with graham crackers.
Next, I made my brownie batter and poured it right over the graham crackers…
And then baked it in a pre-heated 325 F oven for 40 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the middle came out almost clean.
I then switched my oven to the broiler setting and topped the brownie with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers and placed it back in the oven for just about a minute until the marshmallows began to brown.
I let the brownie cool on a wire rack and then transferred it to a cutting board to slice it. The key is to make sure the brownies have completely cooled before slicing into them, if you slice them too soon you will have a marshmallow mess as they will still be warm and gooey and the brownies will fall apart as they won’t have had enough time to set. I speak from experience on the latter.
These brownies were perfect! The texture was spot-on… Not cakelike or too dense. And while you may think that the addition of the marshmallows and chocolate chips on top would make them too sweet, the opposite is true, it enhanced the flavor of the chocolate in the brownies. And let’s not forget the graham crackers on the bottom, they incorporated nicely into the brownie and while you may think they would get crispier when baked they actually provided a soft base to the brownies, sort of like a built-in plate. Overall, all of these flavors and textures worked together perfectly; just like your regular S’mores does.
Makes 12 Brownies
10 graham crackers
3 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus an additional 1/2 cup for the topping
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and line it with graham crackers.
In a medium saucepan melt 2 cups of the chocolate chips with the stick of butter over low heat, stirring frequently.
Once the chocolate chips and butter have melted remove from the heat and whisk in the granulate sugar and light brown sugar, cool slightly.
Whisk in the eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla extract.
Stir in the flour and salt and pour the batter over the graham crackers.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle come out almost clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and set the oven to the broiler setting. Top the brownie with the mini marshmallows, and the remaining chocolate chips and graham crackers – crush the graham crackers. Place the pan back in the oven for 30 – 60 seconds, until the marshmallows begin to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled transfer the brownie to a cutting board and slice into 12 pieces.