S'mores Bars : Campfire Stories

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Today is Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, in the UK. Fireworks, bonfires, people in funny masks. Actually I'm not sure what goes down, having never been to a celebration myself. Because here in the States, today is just a Thursday. But it is November, and damn it, we like making fires too! Ours are more of the woodsy, camping type though. And as the nights get longer and chillier, it's perfect weather for gathering around a campfire and telling a few good ghost stories.

This recipe isn't based on a particular book or piece of literature, but of storytelling. While there are some famous (creepily so) books on ghost stories, the best tales are always told. So I wanted something that reminded me of dark woods, foggy mornings, and hikes on chilly afternoons. Something you scarf down cause you jump at every cracking twig  in the fire. Things I can't easily find living in the middle of a city.

Toasted marshmallows more than fit the bill. Throw in shortbread and melted chocolate, and I'm a happy camper.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
13 marshmallows, cut in half


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large stand mixer bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine.
2. Add the flour and salt, and mix until the mixture is completely incorporated. It will be crumbly.
3. Press into a buttered 8x8 pan, making sure it's even and gets into all of the corners.
4. Bake the shortbread for 20 minutes. Until golden and puffy. Take it out and leave the oven on.
5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips even across the shortbread. Wait a few minutes for them to melt, then smooth with a spatula or back of a spoon.
6. Arrange the marshmallows over the chocolate. Place back in the oven for 4 minutes, until puffy.
7. Turn on the broiler, or crank your oven up to 400 F, and place the wrack high in the oven.
8. Watch the marshmallows carefully! If in a broiler, they only need a few seconds. Unless you're the type of person that likes your marshmallows black and crispy, keep a sharp eye on them.
9. When toasted a golden-brown, pull out of the oven. Wait a few minutes for the marshmallows to set.

Enjoy! Light some candles, munch on these, and pretend you're in the middle of the woods (but woods with indoor plumbing and heat).

Happy baking.


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