S'mores Brownies

S'mores Brownies

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I follow many food blogs. (I know, it's an obsession!) One of my favorites is Joy the Baker. As much as I love to cook, I think baking is my calling. I find myself most happy when I'm in the kitchen whipping up some cookies, a cake, a big pan of brownies, or anything else that calls for sugar. 

Joy released her first cookbook just last week, and of course I had to snatch it up right away. I've been staring at ever since, drooling over each page and trying to decide what to make first. In all seriousness, I will make every single recipe from this book at some point. They all just look SO good....

So my first recipe to try was the S'Mores Brownies. Oh. My. Goodness. Words can't express how good these brownies are. And my kids love them too. Which is saying a lot for Evan since he's quite picky at times. But when I asked him how they were, he turned to me and said, "they're awesome!" Yeah! Score for mom!

Here's the recipe. I tweaked it a little bit because Joy called for unsweetened chocolate and I used semi-sweet, and I also used mini marshmallows instead of regular sized ones. Hope you enjoy this as much as me!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup roughly crushed graham crackers
mini marshmallows (enough to sprinkle on top of the brownies)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside. (I like to use the cooking spray with the flour in it!)

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, espresso powder and salt. Set aside.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium size bowl. You can either do this in the microwave, or on the stove. Place a saucepan with a few inches of water in it on the stove and bring to a simmer. Put your bowl with the chocolate and butter over the simmering water, but do not let the bowl touch the water. Stir until melted and smooth. Once melted completely, remove the bowl from the simmering pot and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Once cooled, whisk in the sugars. Next add the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Whisk in the vanilla, then add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and mix well. Lastly, fold in your graham crackers.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the marshmallows over the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs attached.

Cool at least 20 minutes before cutting the brownies.