Monday, February 22, 2010

S'Mores Brownies

This weekend was absolutely beautiful here!  Our temperature reached a high of 68 degrees and Mother Nature blessed us tremendously with the beautiful sun!  I had every intention of baking and cooking this weekend; however the early arrival of Spring-like weather certainly got the best of me and I found it hard to hold myself hostage in the kitchen when there were wonderful things awaiting me outside!

Needless to say, my plans of baking went out the window where the nice weather was!  But, our house was certainly lacking some sweetness.  Not the kind between Chris and I (there is plenty there), but the kind you eat!  Being that it was already Sunday evening, the last thing I wanted to do was get into the mess of baking and cleaning up.  Don't get me wrong, I love it, but when you mix me and baking together, it's never a clean outcome!  So, my plan for cookies went out the window (along with the baking) and I decided to fake it a bit!

I made brownies!  Not just any kind of brownies, but the kind out of the box!  WHAT?!  Can you believe it?!  I actually made brownies from a box!  Surely the world must be coming to an end!  Nope.  It's not.  I will admit that I do, once in a while, make things out of a box.  I love cooking and baking from scratch and you really can't beat the taste of a homemade dish, but I don't always love the time that goes into it and there are a lot of things that taste good coming from a box. 

I did, however, spruce them up a bit to make them semi-homemade.  But let me clear something up first:  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH BROWNIES MADE FROM A BOX!  So the nice weather really put me in an extra good mood and while sitting outside enjoying our time, we talked about summer plans and camping came to mind.  With camping, comes S'mores and I had those on my mind all day.  So I decided what better way to make a brownie than to s'more it up!  Oh wow.  Can I just tell you how good these babies were?!  They were chewy and gooey on the inside and packed with little bits of graham cracker crunch and melted, sticky marshmallows.  My favorite part: the somewhat burnt consistency the marshmallows on top took on (I love a good, burnt-to-a-crisp marshmallow over the campfire).  Don't worry, you can't even tell they came from a box and if you want to go that extra mile, make them homemade instead, but regardless, these suckers will definitely leave you wanting s'more!!!

S'Mores Brownies

1 pkg. Brownie Mix (I use Ghiradelli)
1 Egg
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 cup Water
3/4-1 cup Graham Crackers, crushed
1 1/2 cups Mini-Marshmallows

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat the brownie mix, egg, oil and water on low speed until combined well.  Stir in graham crackers and 1 cup of marshmallows until mixed in.

In a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish, pour the brownie mixture in and spread out evenly.  Sprinkle remaining marshmallows on top and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool before cutting into them and if needed, use a knife wet with hot water to prevent brownies from sticking.

Yield: 15 Servings
Source: Inspired by Joy the Baker


Anonymous said...

mmm sound delicious

Courtney on February 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM said...

These look great - what a nice shortcut with the boxed mix!

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