Saturday, July 30, 2011

S'more Cookie Bars

Did you know that August 10th is national s'mores day?!  Well I have an excellent recipe to share, so you can celebrate this year.  I actually made these cookie bars for the 4th of July for our family picnic, and I will definitely be making them again.  If you are looking for something super sweet and delicious, this is the dessert for you.  This cookie bar tops a regular s'more any day, and is slightly easier to eat.  It has a gooey, sweet filling of marshmallow cream and Hershey bars and is sandwiched between a chewy graham flavored cookie.  I served these bars at room temperature, but they would be excellent if eaten when slightly warm too.  This recipe is very addicting, and everyone will love it!

Here's your ingredient line-up: Hersey bars, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, an egg, butter, vanilla, sugar, marshmallow creme, an graham crackers

Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Put seven or eight graham crackers in the food processor.  Pulse until you have fine crumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add to butter mixture, and mix on low speed until combined.  Divide dough in half and press half in an even layer on the bottom of a greased 8x8 in. baking dish (I put foil in mine, so it would be easy to remove from the pan after cooled).

Place chocolate bars over dough to fit in a single layer.

Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme.

Place remaining dough in a single layer over top of the marshmallow creme.  This is most easily done by flattening the dough and laying it in pieces.  Press them together very gently when all the marshmallow creme is covered.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden.

Allow to cool completely before cutting.  I cut mine small because they are very sweet.

S’More Cookie Bars
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (seven or eight graham crackers)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 or 4 Hershey's milk chocolate bars
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick.
Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.
Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together).
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool completely before cutting into bars
Makes 16 cookie bars.
Source: Baking Bites