07 August 2012

S'mores Brownies {Sundays with Joy}

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{Yeah. I'm a little late. It's Tuesday, not Sunday. Life. Whatcha gonna do?}

It became uncomfortably apparent to me a few weeks ago that I am one of those people.

You know, the kind that "pack" for a trip to the store.

{In my defense, the store was Wal-Mart. Which means at least two hours. And I was going to the gym first.}

It started out innocently enough, with my list. A full sheet of notebook paper.

Then I needed to get my gym bag ready. Wallet, book, water, socks for Jordan so she can play in the playscape and I don't have to hear about how she "couldn't play with her friends and it was the WORST DAY EVER" because she was in flip-flops.

But, since I hate going anywhere sweaty, I needed a change of shirt. And my own flip-flops because it's 100 degrees and I ain't wearing tennis shoes until noon.

Okay good. Ready? Nope.

Gotta bring my purse for the shopping part. Pack that next to the gym bag.

Oh, and since Jordan is coming shopping, she'll need a snack.  Come to think of it, so will I. Two granola bars into the purse.

Better bring some peanut butter crackers in case the granola bar isn't what Jordan is "in the mood for."

Oh yeah, she'll want water too.

Then I have to pack Jordan's wallet. She likes to bring her own money. Because she treats her stuff like crap and has to buy herself new headphones because who knew that you can't step on headphones?

Before I knew it I had enough stuff I could have spent the night in the Wal-Mart.

Which, I guess, is likely because by the time I shop, rearrange the cart four times, get Jordan three snacks, let her look at clothes, fight that no we cannot buy the Lego house, and get through the line, I feel like I'm never going to get home.

So yeah, I'm now that person. If you see me at Wal-Mart, you can bet I'll have extra snacks. All you have to do is ask.

When I started thinking about how to make a "different" kind of S'mores Brownies, I immediately thought of doing a graham cracker crust; not the ground up kind, but an actual graham cracker. The marshmallow was perplexing to me because whenever I've baked with marshmallows they disappear in the oven. So I decided to do a sort of cheesecake filled with fluff.

The result? Well, they don't taste like your traditional s'mores. The graham gives it a slightly spicy base and the cheesecake tastes like cheesecake. The brownies are absolutely out of this world. I need to make Joy's brownies again, but by themselves. And then I'll hoard the pan and not share with anyone.

Oh, and this makes a ton of brownies. I know it's a 9x13" pan, but they seemed to multiply like Jordan's toys on my living room floor. I guess because they are very rich, thick, and chewy.

Didn't stop me from eating four. Or eight.


S'mores Cheesecake Brownies
by Crazy for Crust (Graham cracker base from Smitten Kitchen. Brownies adapted slightly from the Joy the Baker Cookbook.)

    For the Graham Cracker Layer
    • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 5 tablespoons milk
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
    For the Marshmallow Cheesecake
    • 1 egg
    • 1 jar marshmallow fluff
    • 1 block cream cheese, softened
    For the Brownies
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    1. Line a 9x13” baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Make the graham cracker layer: pulse flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in your food processor. Add butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Whisk honey, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and pulse until dough comes together in a ball. Press into prepared pan. Chill until ready to use.
    3. Make the cheesecake layer: beat egg, fluff, and cream cheese with a hand mixer. Pour over graham layer. Return to refrigerator until brownie layer is complete.
    4. Make the brownies: whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and coffee. Set aside. Place butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water (do not let the water touch the bowl). Stir until the butter and chocolate are melted together. Let cool for a few minutes, then whisk in eggs, one at a time. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour over marshmallow cheesecake layer.
    5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out almost clean. The center will still be a little soft but you will be able to tell that the edges are done because the cheesecake that pokes through is browned. Cool completely before cutting.
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    At August 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

    Woah, these are SO my kind of brownies! And marshmallow cheesecake? Yuuuummm! You are so stinkin creative!
    I avoid walmart at all cost. That place depresses me. However if you brought these for a snack, I wou
    D sufferbthrough ;)

    At August 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Back for Seconds said...

    Sorry about that last line...that's what I get for typing while holding 2 babies!

    At August 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Anonymous Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

    each and every layer from the graham crackers & butter, the brownies, the cream cheese, Fluff - I want it all!

    At August 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Aimee said...

    Oh my word. This is why I exercise. Because I would eat the entire pan. YUM.

    At August 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Janine (sugarkissed.net) said...

    Um... did you say MARSHMALLOW CHEESECAKE?!!

    At August 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM , Anonymous sally @ sallys baking addiction said...

    marshmallow cheesecake? OH. MY. DEAR. GOD. Thank you.. THANK YOU for posting these. Drool.

    At August 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

    You must've known that, under the radar of blogging, I've given up marshmallows for the month of August. So. Awesome. Thanks for this....
    I leave for work in the morning with purse, lunch bag, school bag, and duffel bag for the gym. I couldn't imagine throwing a child's needs into the mix!

    At August 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Tonia L said...

    I love how you pack for a trip to Walmart! What a fabulous combination this dessert is!

    At August 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    Did you just say marshmallow cheesecake?! Sounds amazing!! I would totally make these and add chocolate chunks to the brownies... Because that's how I roll lol love this recipe!!!

    At August 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel said...

    I need these brownies. I need to smash my face into that fluffy marshmallow cheesecake layer and give myself a s'mores facial. Dude, these are bomb diggity (and yeah I said bomb diggity, whatcha gon' do?!) If I ever see you at Walmart, I'm hitting you up for snacks. If you ever see ME at Walmart, please rescue me, because the slightly creepy people at Walmart like to talk to me too much. And say weird things like "babygirl, it's Friday again." Ew.

    At August 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Susan said...

    Now that's an Olympic Gold Medal Dessert! In fact...a perfect 10:-D

    At August 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous Mary Ellen said...

    You're so nice! I stopped even cutting the skin off of my kids' apples. They better eat 'em like that or they go hungry. I'm mean mommy! ;-)
    They actually both ate them today at the park. I was surprised.

    @Hayley, yes the people ARE creepy. Some lady stopped me in the aisle one day to tell me she was going to have a colonoscopy. Ummm okay.....

    At August 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Trish - Sweetology101 said...

    oooh I am THAT person too....hilarious, just what I needed after work almost sucked the life right out of me today.

    At August 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Heather Kinnaird said...

    I definitely need to exercise more, and Jordan sounds a lot like my Stella :) Too funny

    At August 8, 2012 at 5:36 AM , Blogger Pint Sized Baker said...

    Sometimes, it's just easier to pack for the day. It's pain in the butt, but if it saved the hassle and headache of not being prepared, then it's worth it. I pack up too. It drives my husband crazy, but then he's happy when I have a snack for him as well.
    As for demanding toys in the store... did you remind Jordan that you had these AWESOME brownies at home?? WOW!

    At August 8, 2012 at 5:39 AM , Anonymous Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

    LOL you kill me, I always have a purse full of stuff just in case, and those brownies? Forget about it, I would just sit at home and eat those all day.

    At August 8, 2012 at 7:06 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thanks Averie!

    At August 8, 2012 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thanks Sally! :)

    At August 8, 2012 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

    I love how you made graham crackers as the crust and then that marshmallow cheesecake filling. . . wow!

    At August 8, 2012 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Lauri said...

    Yum!!! Love smores and brownies together. Pinned and Tweeted!

    At August 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Meg @ Sweet Twist said...

    Love all the layers... I completely understand about not getting posts out on time. :-P

    At August 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Erin said...

    okay, now you've done it. These look awesome! I can just picture you at Walmart with a giant duffle bag. It's better to be prepared, that's for sure. The minute I take something out of my purse my kids ask for it.

    At August 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM , Blogger baking.serendipity said...

    You crack me up! I'm a total snack packer when it comes to running errands too. And a definite brownie lover. I'm all over these!

    At August 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you for the generous giveaway.

    At August 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Dip It In Chocolate said...

    There's no shame in having a Mary Poppins purse. haha These look fantastic, I love the cheesecake twist. Drooling...

    At August 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

    I totally pack for the store, too. I don't think this is a weird thing, at all. It's an entire EVENT just to leave the house. I thought once we got out of the diaper bag stage, things would be easier. But it seems like now I just haul a ton of stuff around in my purse. Which is the size of a horse! Anywho, these brownies? With a cheesecake middle? OMG, Dorothy! I'd pack these in my horse-sized bag any day (though they wouldn't last long).

    At August 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Ellen said...

    Genius, Dorothy! I could use one of these...Well, maybe 2 right about now! :)

    At August 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    LOL, thanks!

    At August 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Yes, yes it is. It never ends! :)

    At August 10, 2012 at 3:35 AM , Blogger Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com said...

    So much effort going anywhere, especially with kids! Amen to having to bring several snacks because who knows what moods my kids are in!!!! S'mores brownies look wonderful! Love how they are layered!

    At August 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM , Blogger Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

    Yes "smore" please! Happy Friday!

    At August 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

    Oh yummy yummy for my tummy! (I think I can feel my waist expanding just drooling over your photos!=) Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

    At August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Blogger Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

    Can you come be my personal chef? That only cooks sweets and/or avocado goodness? Yes? Great. Ill see you soon! :)

    At August 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Pamela said...

    OK I need you to come over and make these for us! They looks so good! Thanks for sharing all your awesome treats at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

    At August 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM , Blogger Six Sisters said...

    WOW! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! Thanks so much for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We loved having you and hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

    At August 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Trish said...

    This is truly a masterpiece Dorothy! I want one right now :) Featuring tonight! Thanks for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

    At August 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Nikki said...

    These look SO GOOD! What an incredible recipe! I love it! Brilliant!

    At August 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

    Thanks Nikki!


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