A chic outdoor fireplace is yet another dream component of my fantasy Barnhouse renovation. But, while an attainable stone fire ring does inspire (and remind us of camp), I'm both fairly tempted and also prohibitively hesitant to build one on our lawn.
Now that we're headed into summer, Sweetlips & The Bean have been begging to make s'mores, something that they took for granted under even the winter stars in Southern California. The dreamy outdoor fireplace is another coping mechanism in my compulsion to live each summer to its fullest now that I am required to recognize the other seasons. At least I can say this one's for the kids.
In the meantime, I thought we might indulge our campy craving with something s'more-like minus the two five-year-olds wielding marshmallow torches. So I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole (a favorite late night pastime after I've read the entire internet before attempting sleep) on a quest for gooey graham cracker inspiration.
The cookie bar recipe I surfaced with is included below...and had the boys begging for s'more. I mean, come on - I had to.
As you may notice from GC's insta stories, I usually listen to music while I cook and my tastes are eclectic and vary with mood. I've been receiving quite a few comments about my range of choices - so, from now on, I'll be including the playlist with the recipes. Here's tonight's "Bake What Your Momma Gave Ya'" (which was also ironically today's gym mix):
Big Pimpin' - Jay Z
Drunk in Love - Beyonce
Bernadette - The Four Tops
Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest
Hook - Blues Traveler (Whatever, I'm the DJ)
S'mores Cookie Bars
**Personal Notes: While I left this recipe exactly as I found it, here are a few adjustments I'd make the next batch around.
**Next time I'd go easier on the fluff. A little goes a very long way. I also spread it instead of dolloped, as I was trying to insta-story one-handed while I baked. Dollop, as the recipe instructs, and have someone else video.
**My s'more bars needed an extra ten - twelve minutes to bake, which lately I'm thinking may be another symptom of the Barnhouse, as the oven is quite vintage and not in a good way. La Cornue has been dutifully added to the fantasy renovation.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups marshmallow topping, like Marshmallow Fluff or Creme (regular or mini marshmallows will not work)
- 2 cups milk or semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9X13-inch pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the 2 short sides. Grease the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing until combined. Divide the dough in half. Press half into the bottom of the prepared pan until the dough is evenly flattened. Dollop the marshmallow topping on top of the cookie base and gently spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
Scatter the remaining dough over the top in clumps. Don’t worry about completely covering the top, the marshmallow and chocolate chips should peek through. Bake the bars until golden brown, about 30-32 minutes. Cool completely. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil overhangs. Cut into bars and serve.