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Monday, February 1, 2016

Trisha Yearwood's S'mores Bars

I really enjoy watching Trisha Yearwood's show on Saturday mornings.  She makes really good food that is easy to make. This recipe was from a week or so ago.  She, her sister and some friends were having campfire foods.  But not all of them were cooked over an open fire.  You can't have a campfire without s'mores.  I made these to take somewhere and they were a hit.
Around here it's always football season and a reason to break out the Bama plates.  Especially when we are going to a Tennessee fan's house.
 There are several ingredients in this recipe you might not have on hand.  More on that as we go along.
 Start with 1 stick softened butter
 1 cup brown sugar.  It called for dark brown sugar.  I always keep light brown.  Not sure if it makes a difference or not.
 2 Tablespoons honey.  Spray your cup and it will come right out.
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 3 eggs
 Mix well.  It gets nice and frothy.
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 cup whole wheat flour.  If you do not have whole wheat and don't think you would ever use it again just add another cup of plain flour.
 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour.  Mix everything well.
 Fold in 3 cups mini marshmallows
 1 cup dark chocolate chips.  Again you can use milk or semi sweet.
 These are a new find and I love them.  I have seen these in the store.  I thought they would be hard little pieces.  But they are not! They are nice and chewy but not sticky.  A whole lot better than unwrapping all those little squares.
 Use the whole bag.  You have a nice full bowl so fold carefully.
 She says use 14 graham crackers. Okay does that mean 14 long pieces, 14 halves or what.  I had one sleeve of long and I think that was 9.  Then I used one small sleeve as well.  Put them in a zip lock bag.
 Lightly break them up.  You don't want crumbs but you don't want big pieces either.
 These are nice size chunks.  Use about half of what you have in the bag.
 Stir that all up.  Nice and thick.
 It calls for a quarter sheet pan.  This is a jelly roll pan and it looks like what she used on the show.  So that is what I used.  If you do not have one use a 9x13 pan or something like that and just adjust the baking time.
 It says to spray the pan, then add parchment paper, then spray the paper too.  Then add the dough.
 Sprinkle the rest of the graham crackers on top.
 Now I got in a hurry and missed a step on the directions.  The marshmallows were not to be added until after it had baked for 25 minutes.  So mine got a little more done than they should have been but they were fine.  Place in a preheated 350 oven and bake for 25 minutes.  Take out after 25 minutes, put the marshmallows on top and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
 They smell so good.  If you need to cool them quickly place in the fridge for a while.
 Now when you are ready to cut them pull the parchment out of the pan and you are ready to cut.
 Then pile them up on your pretty Alabama plate and you are good to go.
Look at all that goodness.  Just like a campfire s'more, except you won't burn your tongue.

Trisha Yearwood's S'mores Bars Recipe

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup caramel bits
14 graham crackers, broken into pieces

Preheat oven 350.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Add 1 cup marshmallows and bake for 5 minutes.

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