Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ooey. Gooey.... Everything Bars

Do you ever just feel like baking something?  And when that feeling comes, there's NOTHING that's going to stop you from doing it?  Then you end up "testing" too much batter, dough, etc and don't even eat any of the finished product.  That's what happens to me.  I get the baking itch, gorge on batter and feel too sick to eat anything else.  But it's worth every spoon full and belly ache :)
This is why I try not to bake very often, I have no self control.  My best trick to keep from eating the dough is to brush my teeth immediately before baking or chewing gum.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!  Sometimes it just turns chocolate into chocolate mint!  
Anyways, I got the baking itch a few weeks ago and wanted to make something different that used up a bunch of stuff in the pantry.  So I decided on a gooey cookie bar with a little-bit of everything in it.

Here is the cast of naughty characters:

Flour, graham crackers, sugar, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, eggs, marshmallows, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips.

Start by making your crust layer.  Crush your graham crackers. I used a ziploc bag and my the heel of my hand to pound away and create graham cracker crumbs.  Of course, if you were extra lazy, you could always just used pre-made graham cracker crumbs....but I like bigger, chunkier crumbs.
(Oh, look at that pretty yellow diamond ring!!! )

Now pour your crumbs in a big bowl, add sugar and melted butter. Stir to combine.

Pour the crust into a sprayed 9x13 baking dish.  Firmly press the crust into your dish, like so!  Bake crust for about 7 minutes and allow to cool.

OK, next step.  The "guts" of the cookie bar.  There's a little bit of everything in this layer.  Pretty much everything delicious that exists in the baking world.

Cream your butters (softened butter and peanut butter) with your sugars (granulated and brown).  Add eggs and vanilla; AND just beat it!

Now comes the addition of dry ingredients: Flour, salt, baking soda and combine with a wooden spoon.

Next comes the naughtiest ingredients: Marshmallows and chocolate chips.  I didn't have mini marshmallows, so I just chopped up the big ones and it worked just fine.

Pour all that goodness on top of the crust and press into an even, layer.

Sprinkle some more marshmallows on top and pop it in the oven!

Finished product

Serve it warm, serve it cold, put chocolate syrup on top, or don't.  Anyway you do it, it's naughty, it's killer, you'll feel guilty.  But OH-SO worth it :)  Come on, it's not like we eat this stuff everyday, right?!?

  • 1-½ cup Graham Crackers (crushed)
  • ⅓ cups Butter, Melted
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • ½ cups Peanut butter.
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2-¼ cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 packageChocolate Chips
  • 1-¼ cup Mini Marshmallows + more for topping

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a greased 13×9 in pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
For the top layer, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar together. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. By hand, mix in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Spread over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool slightly before cutting. Enjoy!

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