June 10, 2013

S'more Bars

My husband is pretty good at building and fixing things.  It happens to be one of the things that I love about him.  I briefly dated a guy who couldn't hang a towel rack or assemble a child's bike....that's when I knew it wasn't going to work out.  I wanted marry a "manly man."   However, there are certain things that my husband needs to stay away from - like fixing anything electrical.  He has electrocuted himself on more than one occasion, so it's just in everyone's best interest that he stay away from all things electrical.  

Sometimes though, I guess there's no way getting around it.  Like today - the fan in our bathroom broke so we bought a new one and he set out to install it.  After a few hours he called me in there to check out the final product.  We flipped the switch.....no fan, but the light turned on.  Flipped the light switch and the fan turned on.  Haha, all you can do is laugh right?!?!  Who cares, we'll get used to the change in switches - no point in fixing it now!  Too funny.....the other thing I love about him is that he is an endless source of humor ☺

Anyway, we had all of his kids and their significant others and all of the grand-kids over for dinner this past weekend.  It was supposed to be a cookout, but it had been raining for days so we couldn't really be outside unless we wanted a bunch of wet muddy children running around.  So since we couldn't be outside enjoying a fire after dinner, I decided this dessert is the next best thing.  If you can't be outside making regular s'mores, why not enjoy some s'mores bars?  I personally prefer to use Reese's peanut butter cups as the chocolate when I make regular s'mores, so I decided to incorporate that into this bar version.  I've had this recipe forever, but never made it.  Everyone thought this was super yummy, so I know I will be making this many more times in the future! 

S'more Bars (adapted from Betty Crocker)

1 pouch of sugar cookie mix  - dry mix, not already made cookie dough
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups milk chocolate chips
about 4 cups mini marshmallows
1 bag of mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.  In a large bowl pour in the cookie dough mixture and stir in the graham cracker crumbs.  Add the melted butter and stir until a soft dough forms.  Press the cookie dough into the baking dish evenly.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until dough is set.  

Remove from oven and evenly distribute the chocolate chips over the cookie mixture.  Let it stand for about 5 minutes or until the chocolate begins to melt, then spread it around evenly over the crust.  Evenly place the mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups onto the chocolate.  Sprinkle the mini marshmallows over top - as many or as little as you want (I just made sure it covered the chocolate completely).

Set the oven to broil and place dish in oven about 5 inches from the heat.  You do not want to walk away during this step - watch it closely.  You want the marshmallows to get nice and toasted but not burned!  Remove from oven and cool for about 20 minutes before cutting.