Wednesday, November 6, 2013

S'mores Brownie Pie

S’mores always remind me campfires.  Even when we make them at home – in the microwave, no less – it still gives a camping feeling.  Now that cooler weather is coming, we get the fire going inside but we use a gas fireplace instead of a real wood fire.  It’s a little hard to make s’mores in the gas fireplace so I make s’mores brownie pie instead.

These brownies are reminiscent of campfire s’mores.  With a graham cracker crust, a brownie filling, and toasted marshmallows on top, this rich brownie pie will sweeten you up in one bite.  Not to mention the chocolate icing drizzle on top that puts you into sugar overload.  Even though it's called a pie, this makes way more than what can fit in a traditional pie pan.  I used a rectangular pan like I would use for brownies so these are really more like brownies with a graham cracker crust.

S’mores Brownie Pie

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 2 wrapped packages from the box)
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup sugar
Brownie Filling
2 cups sugar
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¾ tsp salt
Marshmallow Topping
3 cups regular size marshmallows cut in half
2 cups mini-marshmallows
Chocolate Icing
¼ cup butter
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp milk
2 cups powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla

1.  Crust:  Mix the ingredients for the crust --  2 cups graham cracker crumbs, ½ cup melted butter, and ¼ cup sugar.  Press on bottom and sides of a 9 x 12 inch pan.

2.  Brownie Filling:  Add the chocolate chips and 1 cup butter to a large bowl and heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds.

Whisk in the flour, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, and salt until blended.  Pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake at 350˚ for 60-75 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.

3.  Marshmallow Topping:  Preheat the broiler on low.  Put your brownie pan on a cookie sheet.  Mix the two types of marshmallows in a large bowl and add to the top of your baked brownies.  Broil for 30-60 seconds until golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool.

4.  Chocolate Icing:  On medium heat, mix ¼ cup butter, 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3 Tbsp milk, whisking constantly until thickened.  Whisk in the powdered sugar and ½ tsp vanilla extract until smooth.

Drizzle chocolate icing over the marshmallows.

Serves approximately 12.

I still feel like these are missing some graham cracker taste to them.  I’ll probably add some chopped up graham crackers after I broil the marshmallows.

*Original recipe was a Mississippi Mud S'mores-Fudge Pie from Southern Living.  I guess I took the Mississippi Mud out of it and just made it s'mores. 

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