Monday, July 16, 2012

Y'ore Bars

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend.  About food.

Shocking, I know.  

Somehow we got into a discussion about s'mores and what it would look like if you could go to a s'more bar.   A s'more bar would be similar to the froyo places that have popped up everywhere (including my neighborhood fave YoCraze).   You could pick your flavors of grahams or cookies.  Then your choice of marshmallows.  And then the meltable candy of your choice.

On a camping trip we created Snores.   S'mores made with mini Snicker bars.  Amazing.

One of the s'more toppings we discussed were York Peppermint Patties.    Thus the creation of the Y'ore Bar.    People around campfires everywhere can now break into songs of joy and celebration.

What You Need

1 "snack size" package of sugar cookie mix (8.5 oz)
1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
1 stick of butter/margarine, melted
15 peppermint patties (small "fun size")
{for additional chocolatey goodness chop up a Hershey bar or two or some chocolate chips}
2-3 cups mini marshmallows (enough to cover the chocolate layer)

What You Do

Preheat oven to 375.   

In a medium/large bowl mix cookie mix, graham crumbs and melted butter.    Press into the bottom of a 9x9 silicone baking pan.  

Bake 16-18 minutes (check earlier so it doesn't brown too much) and remove from oven.

Set oven to broil and move one of the oven shelves higher up.

Immediately sprinkle chopped patties (and additional chocolate if necessary - which it probably is) over the warm crust.   Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes for the chocolate to melt.   Peppermint patties do not melt as fast as chocolate chips.    I decided to put the bars back into the oven at broil for about a minute to melt the peppermint patties.   Top the bars with your mini marshmallows.  Return to the oven at broil for 20-30 seconds.  Watch them closely.   Marshmallows go from white to golden brown to burned beyond recognition real quick if you don't pay attention.

Let the bars cool then slice into appropriate size bars (you make the it 9 or 24?).

If you're somewhere with a fire ban, like we've been here in Colorado, this may be as close as you get to a real s'more for a while.  Enjoy.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

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