OK, I have been working on getting my own brownie recipe down for awhile now and I think I’ve figured it out… so now its time to try and play around with it and see how much I can mess it up :) I saw a picture of a toasted marshmallow somewhere on the internet and I thought smores sounded darn tasty. I am not a super huge graham cracker person so I needed a sub- vanilla wafers! Lots of people do it… the Pioneer Woman uses nuts in hers, other folks use sugar in theirs- mine is basic. SO I didn’t want to top the brownies with the cookies cuz it would be right, so we ended up with a crust, brownies, and toasty marshmallows on top. AWESOME. If you are really into smores authenticity you can sub out the vanilla wafers with graham crackers. When I read this post back it seems a little hyperactive…..
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make the crust: grind the wafers in a food processor until they are fairly finely ground and then dump them into a 13 X 9 in glass baking dish… add the melted butter and vanilla and stir it all together until its moistened. Press the crust all the way to the edges (here you can thin it out and up the sides if you want).
Make the brownies: Melt the butter and chocolate together in a glass bowl (either in the microwave or over a put of water on the stove- I prefer the second way but remove from the stove/pot before continuing). Stir in the sugar, then mix in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour and then fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into your prepared crust.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and then sprinkle the marshmallows A LA sweet potato caserole style and return to the oven. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR POST. Stand there and keep an eye on them until they are brown (about 5 and 1/2 minutes) and remove. The marshmallows can burn quickly and unless you are one of those wierdos that jams your marshmallow directly into the middle of the camfire, you don’t want this. This is the point where you will get a little worried because the marshmallows will all puff up and look like they are exploding out of your dish… just keep going till they are brown. It’s OK. Take them out of the oven and set them on the stove and walk away. Give 10 to 15 minutes and the marshmallows will all shrink up and sink down. I learned the hard way that cutting these bad boys is a bit of a challenge. To avoid the stickiness, spray a sharp knife with cooking spray and dissect as usual. YUM!