Monday, October 7, 2013

Nutella S'mores Bars

Does this look gooey and delicious? Well, it is even more gooey and delicious then it, really. I mean, it has Nutella in it. Come on. I seem gravitate toward making s'mores desserts this time of year and I think it's giving s'mores their last hoorah before the long winter. Last September I made Peanut Butter S'Mores and while they were a huge hit, subbing in the Nutella really takes it to a whole new level. Of course, it does make them a bit messier. I was too impatient and didn't wait for them to fully cool before I cut into them and I that did not turn out so well. The above was one of the less messy pieces. Why it is when something is a mess we feel the need to sample more?

Nutella S'mores Bars
How I Did it:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella
7 oz Marshmallow Fluff
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, letting some overlap the edge. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a larger bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until well combined and creamy.

4. Add in dry ingredients in three parts, beating until just combined.

5. Spread just over half of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Press down and make sure it's fairly evenly spread out. Spoon fluff evenly over dough and then add the Nutella on top of the fluff. It's easiest to do it in this order. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the Nutella.

6. Take the remaining dough in chunks, flatten out a bit and lay on top of the chocolate chip layer. It should be mostly covered with some spaces. It's okay if it is covered less, but do not cover entirely or you will miss out of the gooey effect on top.

7.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let it cool completely in the pan. Once cool, pull up on the parchment paper carefully to remove from the pan. Cut into bars and serve.

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