Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Baked 'Smores

Too often lately I'm finding a recipe for sweets that becomes a temporary addiction around my house...

It's the addiction du jour until the next tempting morsel comes along, anyway!

And this is one of them.

Baked 'Smores

Mix together and press into the bottom of 12 regular or 24 mini cups of a muffin pan:
1 c finely crushed graham cracker crumbs (about 7 whole crackers)
1/4 c powdered sugar
6 Tbl melted butter

Bake at 350F for 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling.

Break 2 big (1.55 oz) Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars into rectangles.  Remove muffin pan from oven and place chocolate on top of hot crumbs, dividing evenly.  (That works out to 1 rectangle per cup if you're using the mini muffin pan.)  Cut 12 large marshmallows in half crosswise with scissors that have been dipped in warm water and place on top of chocolate in muffin pan with the cut side down.  (That's half a marshmallow per cup if you're using the mini muffin pan.)  Set pan under broiler and watch closely for 1-2 minutes until marshmallows soften, start to puff and lightly toast on the top.  Remove from oven and allow to cool 15 minutes in the pan before carefully transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Break 1 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars into small pieces and melt in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave.  Dip the top of each marshmallow in the melted chocolate, or drizzle it over the top with a spoon, and return to the rack to cool until set.

You're going to think I'm a 'yes man' as I try to anticipate some questions you might have.

First yes... you could substitute chocolate chips or the small bite-size chocolate bars.  I did.  My grocery store did not have the plain Hershey's Bars and I didn't want the ones with almonds or their special dark blend so I got a bag of the bite-size nuggets.  They're just a little thicker so I put the pan in the oven for 1 minute between the chocolate and marshmallow steps in the recipe.

Second yes... your scissors will get sticky but don't worry... it's just sugar and that comes right off with hot water.

And third yes... this is a lot of directions for something so simple!

Just in case you're a picture person, here's the step-by-step (or blow-by-blow, if you prefer):

Mix crumbs, sugar and butter together then press into the bottom of your muffin cups and bake 4-5 minutes.

Break up chocolate bars, cut marshmallows and place on top of hot crumb mixture.

 Broil 1-2 minutes then allow to cool completely.

Dip or drizzle marshmallow tops in melted chocolate and allow to set.

Eat!  Smile!  Be happy!!
(Leftovers, should there be any, can be stored in an airtight container.)

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