Getting S’more Perspective

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We all know that life can be disappointing. Sometimes everything seems to be going our way, and just as we turn the corner, it all comes crashing down. Maybe they’re out of marshmallow fluff at every grocery store, you don’t have any milk to make pancakes on Sunday morning and your roommate keeps eating your overripe bananas (banana bread is tough work). Things could be worse.

Sometimes bigger things make us feel like the world is ending. A breakup. Another job interview failure. It’s hard to see that these things are stepping stones towards the bigger picture. I read a book recently that changed all that. “Sarah’s Key”  tells the story of a little girl torn from her family during the Holocaust. At some point while I was tearing up and turning pages, I realized no matter how hard life seems at times, things could be worse.

We have friends. We have family. And, of course, we have food. I guess this post isn’t for one particular person but instead serves as a reminder to appreciate everyone in our lives. Family who put up with us no matter what, coworkers who brighten up our lives 5 days a week, and friends who make the weekends worth living for.

These s’mores bars are a pretty awesome way to show your appreciation for the special people in your life. They are dense, gooey versions of the childhood favorite, and I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t love them. They’re not too rich, meaning they’re also dangerously addictive. The bar itself tastes like a graham cracker flavored cookie, and the touch of cinnamon really enhances the flavor.

S’mores Bars
Adapted from Lovin’ From the Oven 

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 egg white
1 1/2  + 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 king size chocolate bars (I used Hershey’s dark chocolate)
1 12 oz. container marshmallow fluff

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×9 square baking  pan.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Then, add in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Using your mixer, slowly incorporate your dry ingredients into your wet.
  5. Press half the dough evenly onto the bottom of the pan. If you’re not sure how much is half. err on the cautious side because you don’t want to run out of dough for the top.
  6. Next, lay the chocolate bars on top. Evenly spread the fluff over them.
  7. Press the rest of the dough on top, making sure none of the fluff is peaking through. I found it easiest to flatten chunks of it in my hand first, then adding it carefully on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.

I learned my lesson the hard way – make sure you let these bars thoroughly cool before cutting them. Or you will have a big mess on your hands…not unlike real s’mores. Putting the pan in the fridge first works best. Make them now and make them often. People will think you are a baking genius.

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