Another awesome birthday present I got was this gorgeous thing:
|This is the Aqua color in case you want to know :)|
So of course I have been baking up a storm!! Now let me tell you, you BY NO MEANS, ever have to have a mixer to bake-I have done everything for years by hand or with a hand mixer. But it is pretty darn cute and it does make things easier and faster.
Ok. Have I ever mentioned that I am obsessed with all things S'mores? So when I needed to bring something to a church Halloween party I thought these were perfect so I could try them without having to have the whole pan sitting around at my house.
These were a hit! Everyone loved them and sadly, I had no leftovers to bring home.
Start by making your crust by creaming butter, sugar, then adding vanilla and egg. Finally add the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt.
Once the dough is made, divide it in half and press one half into the bottom of the pan for the bottom crust.
**Note the main recipe calls for an 8 by 8 but I stretched mine to a 12 by 8 pan with one extra chocolate bar just fine! So pictures are with a 12 by 8 not 8 by 8.
Add the large Hershey's bar, 2 or 3 depending on your pan size. I even threw some chocolate chips around the edges just to make sure every bite was perfectly chocolatey.
Next spread a jar of this good stuff on top of the chocolate. Just try to not get sticky. It's impossible!
Now comes the trickiest part but it's still easy.
Put the remaining dough in a gallon size Ziploc bag and spread it to the size of your pan. Then you will cut the bag open like a book and drop the top dough crust on top [you can't spread it out because of the sticky marshmallow creme]
That's it! Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into squares. Using an 11 by 7 will give thinner bars, 8 by 8 will be fatter bars. The recipe says to let cool all the way but let me tell you they were divine like this: cooled for 30-45 minutes but still melty.
Try to eat just one. Or to NOT lick your fingers.
What size pan should I use?
I have made this recipe in an 8 by 8, 11 by 7, 12 by 8 and 13 by 9. ALL of them worked! That being said, I definitely prefer the thinner bars, as pictured above. The best way to get that result is with the 12 by 8 or 11 by 7. The 8 by 8 was still a hit with friends but has much thicker layers and not everyone likes that. The crust does dry out faster in the 8 by 8 version because it's so much thicker. (And its quite a stretch to fit it in a 13 by 9, the top crust layer barely covered it and they weren't as pretty, but it was possible!)
Can I use marshmallows instead of marshmallow fluff?
You can...but I still like the marshmallow fluff better, I actually thought it was easier than dealing with the little marshmallows. But both worked!
That marshmallow stuff is so hard to deal with, any suggestions?
Several readers recommended microwaving the fluff to make it easier to smooth out. Another reader also suggested using a spoon that had been dipped in hot water. You are going to get sticky no matter what! It's inevitable! But if you are following the recipe and placing the fluff on top of the bottom crust, it shouldn't matter if it is a little hard to spread, it will be fine :)
There isn't marshmallow fluff where I live, what should I do?
You can make it from scratch! Here is a recipe from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/08/homemade-marshmallow-creme
Or you can use marshmallows from a bag.
Can I use chocolate chips instead of Hershey's bars?
Yes, but again, I like the authenticity of the Hershey's bars but semi sweet or milk chocolate chips will work too!
Do I have to roll out the crust for the top layer?
In a nutshell, yes! In order to be able to easily spread the top layer on, this is the easiest way. Seriously, roll it out to the right size and then open up your Ziploc bag and plop it on top, then smooth out any wrinkles and seal up the edges. It really isn't that hard, I promise!
I don't have Ziploc bags or I don't like using them because they are expensive, is there anything else I can do?
You can also use 2 pieces of clear saran wrap or wax paper to roll out your crust and then drop it on top.
Can I put the marshmallow fluff down first and then the Hershey's bars so I don't have to roll out the crust?
You can definitely put the Hershey's first or the fluff first, it is up to you! Again, rolling the crust will be easiest, but if you still don't want to roll it out, definitely put the fluff first and then the Hershey's as this will make it easier if you want to push the crust around instead of "plopping" it on top.
Can these be made ahead of time? How well do they store? Can they be frozen?
The BEST way to eat these, without a doubt is within an hour after baking, when the chocolate is still melted and they are the most authentic!
That being said, you can make them the day of or the day before and they are still delicious but don't have that melted goodness. People can zap individual bars in the microwave for a few seconds if they want to obtain that melted factor though!
I wouldn't go much beyond making them a day in advance so they don't get stale or soggy. And as of yet, I haven't frozen them, so I don't know, sorry!
I hope that helps clear up any questions about the recipe! Please feel free to still email me or leave comments below!
recipe courtesy Baked Perfection
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (approximately 5 full graham crackers)
1 tsp baking powder
2 or 3 super-sized (5 oz.) chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (or mini marshmallows if you must!)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.