Please sir may I have S’more Bars?

What is the quintessential summer food for you? Watermelon wedges? ice cream cones? BBQ grilled corn?

Well for me it’s s’mores.

Rich melted chocolate with fluffy, ooey-gooey marshmallows sandwiched between two squares of crunchy, slightly sweet graham crackers. I never made my first s’more by a bonfire until I was in college, and now it always brings back memories of carefree, warm summer nights by the Pacific Ocean. IMG_2165I wanted to bring dessert to a casual potluck/board game night and I thought this S’more Bar recipe from Averie Cooks would be perfect: transportable, sweet and simple, and doesn’t take itself too seriously!

You will need:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • handmixer or standmixer
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • foil and cooking spray or parchment paper
  • 8 x 8 inch square pan
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 packed cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 full sheets of graham crackers, chopped (makes about 2 cups)
  • 1 full cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

IMG_2143Start by pre-heating the oven to 350°F. I love that this is one of those throw-everything-in-1-bowl recipes, by the time the oven is done pre-heating, your batter will be ready to bake.

Best part: you don’t even need to soften the butter (which I always forget to do!).

Cut up the stick of butter into 4-5 slices and microwave in a small bowl for about 1-2 minutes. Pour into your mixing bowl and add in 1 cup of light brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Make sure the butter mixture is still not too hot, because you don’t want it to cook your egg.

Add in the egg and beat until well blended. IMG_2145Add in 3/4 cup of flour gradually and mix until smooth. The batter smells heavenly like caramel! IMG_2146Chopping up the graham crackers was not as bad as I expected. I thought cracker bits would be flying all over the kitchen.IMG_2147I left the crackers in fairly large chunks and saved the crumbs and added it into the batter. Now pour in 1 big cup of marshmallows + 1 big cup of chocolate chips. IMG_2149YYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSS.IMG_2151Fold gently until all the ingredients are well mixed and spread evenly on to a 8×8 in. pan lined with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. IMG_2152It’s ready to go into the oven! The original recipe said “20-22 minutes or until bars have firmed up in the center and edges have set”. All ovens are different and you may have to use some visual judgement on this. For my oven it was not thoroughly baked until 26-29 minutes and the edges had just started to firm up. IMG_2154Let it cool for about 30 minutes. To make it easier to cut into squares, about 15 minutes in, place it in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.

OR…serve it warm with vanilla ice cream – crazy idea…. I think so! IMG_2156Cut it up into bars for serving. IMG_2160The chunks of crunchy graham cracker, pillowy marshmallows and creamy chocolate give these bars great texture and taste. IMG_2158They will satisfy any sugar junky’s sweet tooth! IMG_2166These bars will make you understand why they are called “S’mores”! IMG_2161Oliver Twist wasn’t talking about gruel when he asked for more….he was taking about these S’more Bars!

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Broiled Grapefruit Crisp

With the new year comes resolutions, with resolutions comes diets. Diets = grapefruit. Like many people I’m lured by the pretty gemstone pink fruit but hate the bitter/tart/sour taste that it’s known for. BUT I found this Broiled Grapefruit Crisp recipe that gives the grapefruit-eating experience an extra little something-something and I am addicted!

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To prepare the sweet crisp top, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 2 teaspoon butter (I haven’t tried any healthier alternatives but I’m sure you can try coconut oil or margarine.)

Mix this all up in a small microwavable bowl and microwave the mixture for just 15-20 seconds to melt the butter. I find this a good trick since I do not usually plan ahead and don’t want to wait for the butter soften.

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Prep the grapefruit:

1. Use a knife to cut the grapefruit in half.

2. Scrape out all the seeds.

3. I like use a paring knife and carefully “pre-cut” all the flesh out so it’s easier to scoop out with a spoon later. I run my knife along the sides and then cut along each section.

3. Take the crisp mixture and spread it evenly over both halves. (I sprinkled some hazelnuts on top just for fun.)

4. Pop this in a toaster oven or regular oven and set to broil for about 8-10 minutes, no more than that or else you’ll get “Blacktop Grapefruits”.

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In ten minutes you’ve got yourself a warm, sweet healthy little snack/ dessert!

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Dig into your resolutions! Before you know it you’ll be reaching for the second half.