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It Puts the Chocolate On the Graham

It Puts the Chocolate On the Graham

Summer's right around the corner and we all know what that means....S'mores.

Sure, it might also mean camping, the beach, cookouts, ball games, lawn games, and beer for all aforementioned activities.  Yet nothing quite sweetens the deal like a stack of graham crackers, chocolate, and mallows.

Now you may not always find yourself in the warm embrace of a camping fire.  Sadly, nature's television isn't on every night.  But that's OK!  For even if you don't have a fire I'm certain you possess a baking dish and an oven.  This is where I found myself the other night....

....I'm standing in my kitchen after having just unpacked and cleaned all my camping supplies from the weekend's trip to Moab, UT.  I do one final sweep of the area and thank God I'm done with the worst part of any trip, the cleaning.  What remains is somewhat of a mystery to me.  Tucked over in the corner of the counter are a neat stack of S'more supplies.  Untouched.  How could that be?  What were we thinking?  Much like any sensible person would do I hastily figured out a way to turn this campfire blessing into a household delight.  Here's a crack at the cookie/casserole/trip to the dentist monster I created:


Let's start with what makes this dish tick.  The classics and then some:


  1.   1 bag of marshmallows.  I only had the big boys to work with and after working with them I'd suggest going with the mini-mallows.  It's always your call, though.
  2.   1 sleeve of graham crackers.  I actually picked up a package of the chocolate variety.  
  3.   1 bag of milk chocolate chips.
  4.   1 package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Again, I only had the big cups so I had to dice those up.  I cut up the equivalent of 6 PB cups (3 packages of 2).  I'd suggest mini-cups or even Reese's Pieces.
  5.   1 cup of cane sugar
  6.   1 cup of brown sugar
  7.   1 package of peanut butter cookie mix (dry)
  8.   1 tsp of vanilla extract
  9.   1 egg
  10.   1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
  11.   2 tbs of vegetable oil

The process:

  1.   You'll want to take your graham crackers, put them in a bowl, and crush them up a bit.  Go ahead and melt your butter while you're at it.  Pour your butter over the crackers once it's melted.  Preheat your oven to 350 before your forget.
  2.   Dump your cookie mix, all sugar, egg, vanilla, vegetable oil and about 2 more tbs of water into the bowl.  Mix all together.
  3.   Spray a 9x13 dish and line the bottom with your 'crust'.
  4.   Sprinkle a small amount of the chocolate chips and peanut butter cups over the crust.
  5.   Throw the pan into the oven for about 15 minutes.  At the 15 minute mark pull the pan out and put the rest of your chips and cups on top of your crust.  Slide that pan back into the oven for another 10 minutes (25 total minutes you math geniuses).
  6.   Pull the pan out of the oven and line the top with your mallows.  Put the dish back in the oven on BROIL and watch the mallows closely.  Pull the pan back out when the mallows achieve that magical golden brown look.
  7.   Let stand and cool for a bit, cut up, grab some moo juice and feast!


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