We are in the throes of the lazy, hazy days of summer around these parts. With all the sun, my basil and hot peppers are loving life, though we have been wilting a little under 90+ degree days. However, this weekend is glorious. Sunny and warm days with cool nights, it is perfect weather for sitting by the campfire under the stars and toasting marshmallows.
Unfortunately, with all the birthday parties and visitors this weekend, there is no time to go camping. Luckily, we found this recipe for s’mores that you can make in your oven. While it might be blasphemous, I dare say these s’more cookie bars are even better than the original. Layers of chocolate bars and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham-cracker flavored dough sheets, all baked until melty and golden… well, it’s pretty darn close to campfire heaven.
So if you can’t get to the campground this weekend, don’t despair. Eat these cookies while sitting in your backyard, looking at the stars, and you will feel like you are truly roughing it… and you don’t have to sleep on the ground.
S’mores Cookie Bars
Adapted from Hershey’s
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 squares)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4-5 (1.55 oz. each) HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bars
1 cup marshmallow creme
Heat your oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well blended. In a small bowl, stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat until blended. Divide the dough in half and press half of it into the prepared pan.
Next, arrange the chocolate bars in a single layer over dough, breaking as needed to fit. Spread the marshmallow creme evenly over the top of the chocolate. Break off pieces of the remaining dough and gently press them over the marshmallow creme to form a solid layer. If you feel like being a perfectionist, you can roll out the dough and place it carefully over the top of the marshmallow. Either way, it tastes delicious.
Bake the bars until lightly browned, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Cut into 16 bars. Enjoy outside with a glass of milk, campfire optional.