Friday, December 19, 2008

Ho Ho Ho (Part II)

As previously mentioned, our family cookie swap is coming up this weekend and since I had the day off, I baked my Mom's contribution -- Toasted Smore Bars.

They're beyond delicious... gooey, chocolately, and perfect!

I got this recipe from the same magazine as listed in the Eggnog cookie post ("Holiday Cookies" by Cuisine at Home" and to be honest, I was slightly hesitant about putting Reese's peanut butter cups onto a smore bar. But I'm so glad I did! It adds a really great touch... however, I did make a batch up without the PB cups because of of the ladies involved in the swap doesn't care for peanut butter. In that case, I up-ed the chocolate chips to 2 C and upped the marshmallow to 2 C as well.


Crispy Toasted Smore Bars
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For the crust...
1 stick unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/3 C all purpose flour
pinch of salt

For the toppings...
12 peanut butter cups, quartered
1 1/2 C mini marshmallows
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; coat a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. The mixture will look curdled - it's ok :)
Stir in graham cracker crumbs, flour, and salt. Reserve 2/3 C of this mixture to use as a topping.
Lightly spray your fingers with nonstick spray and then press the remaining graham cracker crumbs into the prepared pan (the layer will be thin). Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
After the crust is baked, top the hot crust with peanut butter cups, marshmallows, and chocolate chips; press lightly to adhere. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture in clumps over the top and press lightly.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed and just beginning to turn golden.

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