Saturday, December 24, 2011

S'mores Granola Bars

I know this is the second Smores themed recipe this month and that it looks exactly the same, but it is a different recipe, I promise! and better than the first, I think! I've wanted to make this for ages but never had all of the ingredients under one roof. I made it for dessert when I hosted lunch a while back and they were really well received. This recipe from the KAF Baker's Companion uses both oats and graham cracker crumbs and both of those flavors really come through in this chewy (from the syrup) yet slightly crunchy cookie. You also can't beat these for ease of preparation. If you're looking for (another!) nostalgic treat, try this one this holiday season. They would be totally welcome with a mug of hot cocoa, under a blanket, in front of a fire....

S'mores Granola Bars
slightly adapted from The Baker's Companion

6 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
6 tbsp dark corn syrup
2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9x9 inch pan.
Place the margarine, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
Heat until all the sugar is dissolved.
Add the oats, flour, cracker crumbs and salt,
and stir well.
Press slightly more than half of the mixture into the pan.
Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and marshmallows and then top with the remaining oat mixture.
Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for twenty minutes before cutting into squares. 

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