Friday, January 28, 2011

All I can say is...WOW!

Hi everyone! It has been a while since I've been around. We became a family of five on December 27th when we welcomed Knox Canaan into this world. We are absolutely in love! So, needless to say, I haven't been cooking as much as I would like to be. I'm excited about getting back to cooking and trying new recipes. I think the best way to start back is with this YUMMY dessert! Trust me...make this ASAP!

Smores Bars

2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 14 full graham crackers)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6-8 Hershey chocolate bars
3 cups marshmallow fluff (that’s roughly one 16-oz. tub of marshmallow fluff)

Makes a 9x13-inch pan of bars

Lightly grease the baking pan and line it with parchment paper, so the paper hangs over the sides a little. (The parchment will make it really easy to air lift the bars out of the pan if you want to.) Set it aside.

In a mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Slowly, add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until it is combined.

Gather the dough into a ball. Divide it in half with a knife. Take one half, put it in your prepared pan, and smoosh it down so that it covers the entire bottom of the pan completely in an even layer. Then, unwrap all your chocolate bars. Cover the dough with a single layer of chocolate, cutting the bars as needed to fit your pan and so as much of the dough is covered. Next, cover the chocolate in an even layer of marshmallow fluff.

Take the other half of the dough and (using a rolling pin) roll it out flat (flour the board lightly, if you want, to make it easier to get the dough off). Make it roughly the same size and shape as your pan, so you know it’ll be big enough to cover the whole top. Then, slice it into strips. Take each strip, one at a time, and place it on top of the fluff covering it completely. It will be a little messy but that is ok!

Place the pan into your preheated oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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