Yesterday was a busy day in the kitchen. We had a burger and dawg cookout with lots of fixin’s. Since Memorial Day is the official beginning of grilling season, over the course of the week I’m going to share with you some great sides to go with those great grilled meats. These brownies are a home run, knocked out of the park, of a cookout dessert. There’s a graham cracker crust topped with fudgy brownies, then a layer of chocolate bars and finally a layer of roasted marshmallows. Gooey, oozey, fudgy, crispy goodness all in one serving, Don’t forget the napkins. You’ll need them. One thing I will change next time I make them is to use miniature marshmallows instead of the larger ones.
But yesterday wasn’t about the cookouts or picnics. It was the day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and our freedom. Thank you to all the men and women who protect our country. Without your courage and selflessness we certainly wouldn’t be the United States we know. I salute you.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick or 8 Tbs. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
18.2 oz. dark chocolate fudge brownie mix 13 x 9 pan size (I used Duncan Hines)
1/3 cup fresh brewed coffee, cooled
1/3 cup oil
9 full size 1.55 oz. chocolate bars (I used Hershey’s)
1 lb. bag marshmallows (I used the regular sized ones, but I’d recommend the minis for easier cutting)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add the graham cracker crumbs and sugar and mix well. Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Press the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl combine the brownie mix, coffee, oil and egg. Mix until just combined and no large lumps of dry mix are seen. Carefully pour brownie batter in the pan over the crust. Bake for 27-30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted 1″ from the edge come out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. When cooled top with the chocolate bars, breaking into pieces to fit. Top with marshmallows. Heat oven to broil. Place brownies under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown. You must watch them carefully so they don’t burn. Enjoy!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,