Toasted S'mores Brownies

I'm pretty notoriously terrible at holding resolutions.  I was so epically proud that I flossed every day last year, that I've told you a million times since (and once again right now).  But pretty much everything else has gone to the wayside.  In particular a certain resolution where I eat healthier and a lot less sugar/ baked goods...  Oops.
One resolution I had in the back of my mind, which never got formally stated here, was to cook out of my cookbooks more often.  I love to read them like novels- from the introductions all the way to the index.  And I only bother buying cookbooks with a picture of every recipe featured, because no matter how good the recipe may be, the image is what will really sell it for me.  Also, I know what the recipe is aiming for instantly, and I won't be wondering what the finished product should resemble.
I wanted to get offline and stop pinning recipes, and actually look up a recipe, buy the ingredients, and make it!  I stumbled upon a little free time Friday evening after work and pulled down two of my cookbooks- The Joy the Baker Cookbook, as well as The Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook (affiliate links).  I enjoyed flipping through them, as usual, when I remembered my resolution, and how terribly I was failing at it.  I resolved right then to make something amazing to bring to my friend's house for his croquet pre-gaming party the next day.  It's Annapolis, of course there's a croquet rivalry while wearing your yachting best.  But more on that in the next post!
I settled on s'mores brownies, from Joy the Baker.  I already had everything on hand except the larger marshmallows, and I thought these would be a huge hit at the party!  Recipe below is slightly adapted from the original.
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not pictured)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup graham cracker, roughly crushed with your hands
  • 12 big marshmallows, or about a handful of mini marshmallows
Slowly melt your chocolate, cocoa powder and butter over a double boiler.  Set aside to cool for a minute or two.  I discovered I didn't have unsweetened chocolate (as specified in her recipe), so I decreased the sugar a bit, and added the cocoa powder to compensate.  Things worked out well!
Combine the first four ingredients: the flour, baking powder, salt, and coffee- and whisk together.  Set aside.
Add the sugars to your slightly cooled chocolate mixture, and mix.
Add your eggs, one at a time, and incorporate to the chocolate mixture.
Add and incorporate the vanilla extract to your chocolate mixture as well.
Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture.  Stir until just incorporated, no need to beat!
I barely crushed up a half-sleeve of graham crackers.  I left a few of the bigger pieces out to add to the top of the brownies in a bit.  The rest get mixed into the batter!
Spread your batter into a prepared 9x13 pan- I lined mine with foil and sprayed it with baking spray.  Sprinkle your mini marshmallows on top.
Add your leftover graham cracker pieces.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the center is set.  Mine took a little over 40 minutes, but I'm starting to think my oven isn't at the correct temperature, haha.

You'll have wonderfully toasted marshmallows on top when you're done!
Let the brownies cool in the pan for awhile.  I lifted mine out using the foil after about an hour, but you could just leave them in there until ready to serve.
Oh man.  Thick, fudge, marshmallows... perfection.  The brownies were a good mix of cakey and fudgey.  I happen to love fudgey brownies, because what is the point of making cakey ones?!  Just make cake, jeez!  But no, these were actually a merging of the two that I really enjoyed.  The interior was super moist, fudgey, and chewy.  While they still had some texture and crumb to them.  I thought it was an overall win!
And the toasted marshmallows and graham crackers...  YUM!  The marshmallows kind of formed this gooey icing on top.  And the bites of graham cracker you got both in the brownies and on top were little surprises of delicious.  It's a classic combination that couldn't possibly be ruined, I mean really.
So I loved every bite of these.  And they were a huge hit at the party.  When you won't know many people somewhere, just show up with these brownies.  I left with some new friends.
I credit the brownies.

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