S’more bars

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We went to our friends’ house for a barbeque on Sunday, and I woke up with the urge to bake a s’more pie.  This pie has been on my to-make list for years. Unfortunately, I was missing several key ingredients, and at 7:30 a.m., I didn’t feel like a trip to the grocery store.

What I did have were stale graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips, so I made a modified version of these deluxe chocolate marshmallow bars from Allrecipes.com. Using graham crackers instead of Rice Crispies made them more like s’mores and less like Rice Crispy Treats. They were a hit! They are not the prettiest of baked goods, but I love the chewiness that the marshmallow layer brings to them.

S’more Bars
(Adapted from Allrecipes.com)

3/4 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
1 1/2 large eggs or 1 jumbo egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 T baking cocoa
2 1/2 c mini marshmallows

Topping:
2/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c peanut butter
2 T butter
3 crushed graham crackers

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 X 9-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, stir together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and baking cocoa), then stir until the batter reaches a thick consistency and there are no lumps. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges of the cake are set, but the insides are still soft. Remove from the oven and top with the mini marshmallows. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the marshmallows are a little bit brown.

Remove from the oven, and with a knife or the back of a spoon, spread the marshmallows around so that they are more even. Allow to cool.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Stir until melted. Add the graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine. If the mixture seems too thick to be spreadable, add a touch of milk.

Spread the chocolate mixture over the marshmallow layer. Chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.

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