Monday, May 30, 2011

S'mores to Go

I'm at the end of a 5-day break.  Decided to take a couple of vacation days on top of the holiday weekend.  As always, my to do list continuously infringed on my down time.  But I did get some organizing projects out of the way.

I also wanted to put together a little something for O1's boyfriend, in honor of his 21st birthday.  Since he's a big fan of s'mores I thought I'd try something a bit different than the usual over the top chocolate sweet.  I ran across this recipe for S'mores Granola Bars and decided to try them out.

I'll avoid any attempt to pass these off as healthy treats.  They were, however, pretty tasty...

S'mores Granola Bars

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
4 cups Rice Krispies
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
3 cups mini marshmallows, divided
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Heat oven to 425º.  Spread oats out on a large baking sheet.  Place in oven and allow to toast for 3 minutes.  Stir the oats and return to oven for another 3 minutes.  Leave oven on and pour oats into a large mixing bowl.  Add Rice Krispies and stir to combine.

In a large saucepan, add butter, sugar, water, corn syrup and salt.  Turn heat to medium and allow to come to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Cook for 4 minutes, then pour over oat mixture in bowl.  Stir mixture, then add 1 1/2 cups of the marshmallows.  Stir to incorporate.

Use a little butter to grease the baking sheet.  Pour oat mixture onto sheet and spread out evenly.  Rub a bit of butter on your hands and press the mixture firmly down onto pan.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and the remaining marshmallows.  Return to oven and allow to bake until the marshmallows turn golden, about 5 - 6 minutes.  Remove from oven and cut into bars.  Store in plastic bags.

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