I am a faithful follower of some blogs. Recipe Girl is one of my top five favs. She has the coolest pics and recipes. Today when I woke and read about the s'mores granola bars I had to make them. So after two trips to the store because I, of course, forgot one thing I got started. I burnt the first batch of sugar and in the end discovered the pan I used was too big so the bars were too thin. Next time I will use a smaller baking sheet. Add details because the bars rocked. The kids loved them and B hates chocolate but was eating them anyways. Chris gave me the so so nod and said he thought I should use more sugar next time. I think they smelled AMAZING and I will try again very soon but make them thicker this time. Please check out the Recipe Girl blog too for foodie entertainment. I am posting the recipe and my pics here too.
S'mores Granola Bars
rolled oats (regular- not quick cooking oats)
Rice Krispies cereal
(1 stick) unsalted butter
miniature marshmallows, divided
Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a half-sheet (18x13-inch) pan, or two 9x13-inch pans.
Place the oats on the prepared pan(s). Bake for 3 minutes- stir oats- bake for 3 more minutes. The oats won't brown, but they should begin to smell toasty. Don't overbake, or the oats will begin to burn. Remove the pan from the oven; transfer the oats to a bowl and add the Krispies. (Keep the oven on).
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter, water, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 250°F. on a candy thermometer. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it over the oats and cereal, tossing to combine. Add 1½ cups of the marshmallows, and stir again until well combined.
Place the mixture on the prepared pan (the one you used for the oats), patting it flat. Sprinkle with the remaining 1½ cups of marshmallows and chocolate chips. If you grease the bottom of another half-sheet pan, you can use it to press down on the mixture to make it flat and even.
Return the pan of bars to the oven for 3 minutes, or until the marshmallows have puffed and are slightly browned. Be careful... the marshmallows will burn if you leave them in too long. Remove the bars from the oven and cool for about 10 minutes on a rack. Cut into squares while still warm- it's easiest to do this using a baker's bench knife or a knife with a wide blade
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