Thursday, July 22, 2010

S'mores Bars

It seems like all I've been making lately is sweets. But, with summer come the outdoor parties and potlucks and we've had our fair share the past month or so. I don't complain because I love to be in the kitchen making anything delicious. These s'mores bars are a perfect summer treat because they are reminiscent of camping even when we can't go. I'm usually a dark chocolate kind of girl, except when it comes to Hershey's milk chocolate on a s'more. There's almost nothing better!

1 stick of butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
6 regular-sized Hershey's milk chocolate bars
1 large egg
1 7-oz jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 package graham crackers, processed to a fine crumb(I think there's 9 full sheets in a package) or about 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a medium-sized baking pan (8 or 9-inch square or 8 x 11.5-inch). Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Set aside. Meanwhile,whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture 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, breaking it as needed to fit. Microwave the marshmallow creme for about 10 seconds and it should easily come out of the jar. Spread it over the chocolate bars. Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the marshmallow creme and press down slightly, to flatten, with your hand. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Be sure to cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 16 squares.

SOURCE:Adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

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