|Want s'more brownie?|
I wanted to bring something special to my Tuesday Morning Red-Church Playgroup and tried to figure out a way to make s'mores for them. It seemed slightly complicated even with only three basic ingredients so then I started looking for s'more alternatives (get it, "some more alternatives" = "s'more alternatives"?! You can substitute all through this blurb).
There were many choices of cookies, bars, squares and pies. I had no brown sugar in the house so that eliminated a few right off the bat. Then, I knew I wanted something easy to transport.
I made s'more squares.
I took my own brownie recipe (well, it's Fry's recipe really) and baked it on top of a graham crumb crust and topped that with mini marshmallows. At the time of posting, I have not tasted them yet, but how could I have gone wrong?! REALLY, now?! As if the brownies aren't bad enough all by themselves.
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup graham crumbs (pulse about 20 graham wafers in food processor to make 1 cup crumbs)
- combine in a bowl, press into an 8x8" pan lined with foil and well greased
- bake at 350F for 15 minutes
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- in a big bowl, melt butter in microwave, sift cocoa into butter and whisk well, add eggs one at a time and whisk well, add vanilla and whisk well
- in a small bowl, combine dry ingredients, add to wet and combine, add chocolate chips
- pour over prepared graham crust, even if it's still hot
- 350F for 25 minutes (for a gooey centre, longer if you like them firm in the middle)
1 cup + mini marshmallows
- loosely cover top of brownies with marshmallows
- broil about 2 minutes - watch carefully
Cool brownies on a wire rack by removing brownies from the pan by lifting the foil. Allow to cool and then cut.
AFTER POST EDIT: I did bring these to playgroup and they were UBER messy! They were a big hit though, babies were being passed around so mommas could somehow eat the brownie without getting it all over their kids. It was seriously messy. I had asked one of the wonderful ladies that host the playgroup at the church if she would please cut them up; she came to me a few minutes later and said she would not, they were too difficult to cut to present, she thought it best if everyone came and took their own. The general consensus was they were awesome (like, need-a-cigarette-after-awesome) and yes, not first date material but maybe second date if it's okay if things get a little messy ;). I wonder if they would have been easier to serve if they had cooled completely. I also wonder if they needed to bake a bit longer (I'm a chronic under-baker, just love stuff that way) so it was still soft in the centre and NO ONE complained about that either!
FIVE OUT OF FIVE but not for formal events!