I’ll skip around the book club menu a bit to tell you all about the dessert. I do have a reason- today it’s my Dad’s birthday, and I think he’d love this dessert. Happy Birthday Dad! One of his favorite desserts are chocolate chip cookies, and this is equally good.
I found this recipe thanks to Pinterest, I kept seeing recipes for s’more bars or cupcakes, and since it is an American dessert, I thought this would be perfect. Although s’mores tend to be eaten near a bonfire or while camping, this is the perfect indoor substitute.
Growing up I spent a couple of summers at Cedar Lodge Summer Camp, in a tiny town of Lawrence, Michigan. It’s mainly a horseback riding camp, but there were some that attended and didn’t ride. I have very fond memories of my summers there, especially at the campfire at the end of each week!
Every Saturday night, all the campers and staff would gather around the bonfire with their blankets, bug spray, flashlights and sticks to make s’mores. First we would eat dinner (burgers, hot dogs, or sloppy joe’s) and then we would find a great place to sit to hear stories. My first week there, I remember Eddy, the owner of the camp, told us a scary ghost story which kept me awake that night in the cabin. After he passed away, Amy (his daughter and Camp Director) continued to keep us entertained. With night settling in, all of us would make s’mores and huddle together. It was the perfect way to close a week of camp, before the new set of campers arrived.
Adapted from: Wit & Whistle
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6-8 blocks)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 King-sized Hershey’s chocolate bars
3 1/2 oz marshmallow puff*
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Using about a tablespoon of butter, grease a 9’x13′ baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla, beat well.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Slowly incorporate it into the large bowl, mixing at a lower speed until it’s combined.
Divide the dough in two chunks. Press the half into the baking pan, an even layer. Then place the chocolate bars on top, try not to break the bars. Spread the marshmallow puff onto the chocolate in an even layer. Press the remaining dough onto the layer of marshmallows.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly brown. Cut into pieces after this has cooled off.
*Do not use melted marshmallows!