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Need S’more Fall Recipes!

2 Sep

It’s FALL, my FAVORITE time of the year!! I adore the holiday season, the festive orange and brown hues, the pumpkins, the scents – heck, everything! I cannot get enough of this time of year, really. And I swear, I spend all year exercising so hard and staving off every pound possible in celebration of this fabulous quarter of the year, because this is the season that really packs on the pounds. The only thing I love more than decorating for the holidays, is baking for the holiday. And, thanks to Pinterest, not only has my womanly biological clock been severely ticking regarding the domestic sphere of life, but I’ve found a million AMAZING fall-flavored recipes, and I intend on trying to make as many of them as I possibly can.

I started with this one, because it was easy and I had everything on hand. And by easy, I mean smaller scale than the baking I did last week, which is difficult since I don’t have a kitchen aid mixer and although I work them out often, my arms still tire very easily having to handmix it all myself. SOMEDAY SOON THIS WILL CHANGE (once the budget recovers from wedding expenditures ;~;) Also, again, I fail and did not have my camera battery charged. Therefore, the following delectable picture (and recipe) are not mine, and come from the blog I originally found them in, here.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of S’more Bar recipes, but this one really stood out to me. It just LOOKS amazing, in all it’s warm, gooey, melting glory. The one thing I never really cared much about involving S’more’s is the Graham Cracker. While I do enjoy the cinnamon-y taste, I just… don’t really like them all that much. This recipe, instead, incorporates graham cracker crumbs into the dough, so you get the best of both worlds (for me, at least): the delicious flavor of the graham crackers, but the soft texture of a typical cookie (perhaps even softer than cookies, more like a brownie). SO delicious! And so, without further wait:

S’mores Cookie Bars
(from Lovin’ in the Oven)

What you need:

  • 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
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)
  • An exactly 8 x 8 square cooking pan

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. 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.

3. 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).

4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 16 bars.

I think my pan was slightly bigger than 8×8, so I had a little bit of trouble working that half of the dough to cover the bottom of the pan, but eventually I made it work! Spreading that marshmallow cream out is the trickiest thing ever, and if anyone has any tips on working with that stuff, I am all ears. I ended up using almost the entire 13oz container, I think, Just to save myself the trouble (and, to be honest, the more marshmallow, the better)! I baked them for 30 minutes, and that was just enough time.

They’ve kept well uncovered for the past few days, and I’ve reheated them slightly each time we eat them. Husband took the rest of them to work today to get them OUT of our faces! So hopefully everyone there is enjoying them =) Now please excuse me while I go scarf down the very last one left! ;D

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