Dawn Minty: No one can resist a S'more

August 8, 2012 

Melty, chocolatey and sticky. Who can resist S'mores? No one, it seems. These kid-friendly camp-fire favorites have grown into a trendy summertime dessert.

Recreating that kid-at-camp S'more can be nearly as tricky as recreating those childhood memories.

The key to making S'mores at home is to watch those marshmallows extremely carefully. These recipes call for broiling the marshmallows, and they will burn fast, so be cautious!

Brownie S'mores

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

6 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted

2 tablespoons sugar

8 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1-1/4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

20 large marshmallows; cut in half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8--by-8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow this to cool.

Adjust the oven temperature to 400 degrees before you start the brownie layer. For the brownies, melt the butter and chocolate together in 30-second increments in a microwave set to a medium power setting. Stir often and keep heating until mixture is melted and smooth. Don't allow this to burn! Stick with 30-second intervals.

Add sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir. Add eggs one at a time, stirring after adding each egg. Add flour. Stir until for at least one minute until mixture is smooth and pulls away from sides of bowl. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool completely.

Right before serving, lift the brownies out of the foil and place them on a broiler-safe baking sheet. Move an oven shelf about 6 inches below the broiler and preheat your broiler to low.

Layer marshmallows (sticky side down) across the top and place under the broiler for 2 minutes or less. Watch this carefully. It can burn quickly. Cool and cut into 16 (two inch) squares.

Peanut Butter cup S'mores with peanut butter cups

12 Ritz Crackers

6 large marshmallows

12 mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Slice each marshmallow into 2 halves. Heat oven to broil and place oven rack two levels below broiler. Align crackers in the center of a cookie sheet about 1/2-inch apart from each other. Top each graham cracker with a marshmallow with the cut side down.

Place marshmallow topped graham crackers under broiler and watch them closely as they will toast quickly, allow to toast until golden rotating pan with oven mitt as needed.

Once the marshmallows are golden, immediately remove them from oven, place a peanut butter cup in the center of each toasted marshmallow and gently press down. Serve warm.

Dawn Minty can be reached at 706-571-8512 or dminty@ledger-enquirer.com. Read her blog Dawn's Dish at ledger-enquirer.com/dawn.

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