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Sunday
Jan292012

Campfire S'mores Brownies

Campfire S'mores Brownies

Digging through the pantry cupboards this weekend, I spotted exactly three boxes of graham crackers and two bags of marshmallows (one mini and one full-size). S'mores, I reminisced. Sweet, sticky s'mores. In my home, these ingredients are rarely used for another purpose. Certainly the graham crackers are used for a lovely tart crust now and then, and the marshmallows fit perfectly atop a mug of steaming cocoa, but these ingredients will always be two components in what should be a trio of three.

With summer's heat long gone, it seemed a shame to keep these ingredients safe until the next warm summer's eve. I pulled them off the pantry shelf and set to work.

Campfire S'mores Brownies Campfire S'mores Brownies

If you've been with me for a short while, you might imagine that I love the occasional s'more now and again. However, if you've been with me for some time, you know the sticky, messy truth. The word love may be not be enough to describe how I feel. I've shared S'mores Pie and S'mores Sundaes with you. I've even entered my original S'mores Cupcakes into a cupcake baking competition.

There may have been even more recipes, but I didn't want to scare you off. There is a fine line between fun and fanatic.

Campfire S'mores Brownies

It's true that my love for s'mores lies partly in the unique flavor combination of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, but the majority of it is rooted in memories. Sweet, sweet, memories of hot summer nights. Of blazing campfires, folk songs, and sticky fingers. Of deep conversation, giggling, and cool summer breezes. Of warm faces, crackling logs, and marshmallows lost to the flames.

In the midst of winter's wind and ice, dreams of summer feel just right.

Campfire S'mores Brownies

These Campfire S'mores Brownies are ooey gooey, sticky, and unbelievably fudgy. A pound of chocolate is melted, graham crackers are mixed in the batter, and mini marshmallows are broiled on top. The key to delicious brownies is knowing when to take them out of the oven. Leaving them in too long can result in dry, crumbling brownies, while taking them out at just the right moment produces thick and fudgy results. I drizzled my brownies with extra chocolate because, well, it just tastes better that way.

One Year Ago: Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake (love this recipe!)

Campfire S'mores Brownies

Yields 1 8x8-inch pan

2 1/2 cups (1 lb) dark chocolate, chopped in pieces
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
4 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup crushed graham crackers (large chunks are okay)
1 cup mini marshmallows
Chocolate, melted (for drizzling)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together dark chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir in the melted chocolate until combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder, and crushed graham crackers. Pour brownie batter into a 8x8-inch baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until brownies do not jiggle when the pan is shaken (even when baked completely, a toothpick may not come out clean). Do not overbake! If using a larger pan, decrease the baking time; likewise, if using a smaller pan, increase the baking time.

Remove brownies from oven and turn oven onto broil. Spread mini marshmallows evenly over the top of the brownies and place on the top oven rack to toast marshmallows. Do not turn away from the oven! The marshmallows will brown in 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.

Reader Comments (18)

Wow, these look absolutely incredible!
I hope you have some extras! I am coming over today to drop off that phone charger! YUM! This looks so good!
01.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBreanna Manley
OH WOW!!! These look delish!!! And your photos are stunning!
Wow, these look like some of the fudgiest brownies ever...I'm definitely drooling! You're photos are gorgeous
These look SO gooey! I love it!
Man, I really want to just it on the couch and watch Toy Story and eat a plate of s'mores...or maybe the entire pan of these bownies. My God those are seriously the most decadent brownies I have ever seen. Iwant to fill a pool with the innards of that brownie and just swim in it. Gooey brownies are my favrite and these are the gooest yet.
Whoa. These babies are intense!
Two of my favorite things: brownies and s'mores!! Looks delicious!
01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
These look amazing!!
I've always used the old stand-by with smores... Hershey bars
Have you tried this recipe with milk chocolate? Bad idea?
01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Being British, smores weren't a part of my upbringing but I'm making up for it now! These look incredible and so crazily gooey - I love them :-)
01.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
Becca-- I am such a sucker for gooey brownies, too. :)

Steph-- Milk chocolate would taste just fine. I just prefer dark chocolate to milk, but both chocolates will produce delicious results!

The Little Loaf-- Digestives are great substitutes for graham crackers if you are from the UK! I hope you give these a try.
01.30.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I just had to do it http://9gag.com/gag/2331860

delicious recipe, everybody loved it :D like, a lot, even if mine didn't turn out that pretty :P
02.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaul
Brownies with a new twist. Very creative idea from you. Keep posting dear. Thanks!
OH MY! These look so so good! WOW.
My husband swears these are the best brownies he's ever had, thanks to you and your beautifully written and inspiring photo filled blog. Mine weren't as gooey as yours and they were thicker, but delicious nonetheless. Next time I'm trying for extreme gooeyness. Thanks for the amazing recipes you post. I absolutely love your blog!
Kristin
02.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
I made these last month but kind of messed them up because I used the wrong pan. They came out a lot taller and cakier than I would have liked, but they were still a hit at the party I brought them to! Someone brought ice cream, it was an awesome pairing.
06.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIris
These are GOOD! Made these for my students. Wish I would have doubled the recipe to make more for myself ;)
08.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I love that you use dark chocolate:) I always use Hershey's Special Dark when we make the actual S'mores!
08.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

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