Marshmallow... chocolate.... graham cracker... what's not to love about s'mores? They are the perfect combination for summer.
But sometimes you don't have a campfire, or other open flame to roast your mallows.
Or sometimes you do.... but then you accidentally drop a flaming marshmallow on your 15-year old niece's foot, and decide that maybe this whole s'more thing is a more dangerous business than you realized.
(Yes, that really happened - ask my father-in-law!)
Or.... maybe you just want something a little easier and less messy. Who knows?
But if you fall into any of those categories, these brownies are for you. I happen to be in the fudgy brownie camp (vs. the cakey brownie) and these definitely fit the bill. The graham and marshmallow make them even more rich and delicious.
My father-in-law was here this weekend, helping Mr. Vittles hang drywall upstairs, so I wanted to make something nice. I figured this way he could enjoy a s'more without the possibility of giving anyone a second-degree burn!
Fudgy S'mores Brownies
- 10 T. (1 1/4 sticks) butter
- 1 1/4 C. sugar
- 3/4 C. plus 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1 t. pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
- 3/4 C. marshmallows (use the mini ones, or cut large ones into smaller pieces with a clean pair of kitchen shears)
- 1/2 C. graham crackers, broken into small pieces
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and position rack to lower third of oven. Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Lightly grease with cooking spray, and set aside.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute, then remove and stir. Microwave an additional minute and a half, in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and no lumps remain. (Mixture will be grainy). Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, and set the mixture aside until it cools slightly.
Then add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well-blended, add the flour and stir until no streaks remain. Then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in graham crackers and marshmallows, and spread evenly in the lined pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 22 to 27 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack. Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.
Brownie Recipe adapted from Mels Kitchen Cafe (who adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted from Bittersweet)