Thursday, May 5, 2011

Smore Bars:

S’More Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oates (not quick cooking)

2 cups rice krispies cereal

6 Tbsp white sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/8 cup water

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows, divided

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch pan.

Place the oats on the prepared pan and bake for 3 minutes. Stir oats and bake another 3 minutes. Don’t overbake, the oats will start to smell toasty but won’t turn brown. Transfer the oats to a wide bowl and add the rice krispies. Dig a well (not hitting the bottom) in the oats/krispies and set aside. Leave the oven at 425 degrees.

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 ingredients reach 250 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it into the oats and cereal well, toss/stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup of the marshmallows and stir until totally combined.

Place the mixture on the same pan you used for the oats, patting it flat. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup marshmallows and chocolate chips. Press down using a greased bottom 9×9 pan to make the mixture fairly even.

Return the pan of bars to the oven for 3-7 minutes or until the marshmallows have puffed and are slightly browned. The marshmallows may burn quickly if left in too long, so keep an eye on them. Remove the bars from the oven and cool 10 minutes. Cut into squares while they are still warm. Continue to let them cool on a rack.

Store in airtight container or ziplock bags for up to a week