Oh. My. Word. These are AWESOME!! Other words to describe them - Delicious. Decadent. Whimsical. Easy. Amazing. Addictive. Dangerous. Definitely dangerous.
If you're like me and can't resist the wonderfully delicious gooey-ness of s'mores when you're around a campfire, then you are absolutely going to want to make these. Trust me. I promise I wouldn't steer you wrong. This recipe is from Kerry at Bakergirl: Confessions of a Budding Baketress. Seriously, these are sooooo good I want to ask Kerry if she'll be my new blogger BFF.
As you can probably tell, I absolutely love s'mores. But I can't be around a campfire all the time, can I? Not to mention that I'm one that actually hates to camp. Camp fires, yes! Camping, not so much. And sure, I've done what all us s'more lovers have probably done a time or two - taken a big ol' marshmallow and a piece of chocolate, sandwiched them between two graham crackers, and popped it in the microwave for a few seconds. It's good. It'll do to satisfy a s'mores craving in a pinch. But it's not great.
Now these, these are great.
Mine didn't come out quite as pretty as Kerry's. I think I was afraid to leave them in the oven long enough - mine didn't get quite as melty. But then I took my kitchen torch to them to give them a bit of fire-roasted toastiness. Regardless of their looks, they sure tasted good!! So I'm cool with a little 'awkwardness' in their appearance.
And they're so easy to make.
Lay some graham crackers out on a jelly roll pan. Bring some butter and brown sugar to a boil and pour it over the graham crackers.
|The brown sugar-butter mixture|
Then sprinkle on some Hershey bar pieces, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
Pop it in the oven for a couple of minutes until everything's good and melty. I didn't leave mine long enough.
I did take things a step further and gave my S'more Pralines a little toasty touch with my kitchen torch. You certainly don't have to do this step, but it did give the Pralines that nice fire-roasted flavor. If you want to do this and don't have a kitchen torch, simply pop them under the broiler for a couple of minutes (watching them closely the whole time, of course!).
See that red glow in the picture below? Yes, I caught the marshmallows on fire a couple of times ... just like in the great outdoors, right?
|Fire!! Help, help, I'm on fire!|
After they're cooled (if you can wait that long), break it up into pieces and enjoy. If you can't wait for them to cool down, no worries. I tested them both warm and cooled for ya. They're great both ways. These will certainly get me through a no-campfires-in-sight stretch. Thank you, Kerry!
Source: Adapted from Bakergirl: Confessions of a Budding Baketress S'mores Cracker Candy
12 sheets of graham crackers (+ a few more broken up ones, if they'll fit in your pan)
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
3 c. mini marshmallows
4 Hershey bars, broken in pieces (or 16 small snack-size)
1 c. chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, your choice)
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 15x10" jelly roll pan with aluminum foil; spray foil with non-stick cooking spray. Lay graham crackers on prepared pan so the edges are touching.
2. Melt butter and brown sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil (about 4-6 minutes total time). Remove from heat and pour evenly over graham crackers.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-6 minutes, or until bubbly.
4. Remove pan from oven and immediately sprinkle Hershey bar pieces, marshmallows, and chocolate chips evenly over the graham crackers.
5. Return to oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, until marshmallows begin to soften and puff up. OPTIONAL: Do this step under the broiler, or brown tops of the marshmallows with a kitchen torch after baking.
6. Cool completely. Use foil to lift pralines from pan and cut into bars.