Boozy Cherry S’mores Brownie Bars

Today, the 10th of August, is apparently National S’mores Day. I had no idea until I woke up to social media rubbing gooey marshmallows and chocolate in my face. You bet your ass I jumped on that bandwagon immediately.

I didn’t want to just make basic s’mores though. I bounced some ideas off of my husband and we agreed on s’mores bars. I looked around at the ingredients I had around and spotted a jar of Moonshine Cherries. I love cherries and chocolate…and booze. This is how Boozy Cherry S’mores Brownie Bars were born.

What’s in them? Everything. Graham cracker crust, chocolate brownie filling, moonshine cherries, and roasted marshmallow topping.

Boozy Cherry Smores Brownie BarsYou can adapt the recipe to use your favorite graham cracker crust and brownie recipes, but here are the ones I used.

Graham Cracker Crust:

1 1/2 graham cracker crumbs, about 1 pack (12) graham crackers
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Crush crackers into crumbs and then combine with sugar, salt, and butter. Mix until it reaches a wet sand consistency and press into bottom of 8×8 pan. Bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees.

Brownie Filling

3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (about 14) Moonshine Cherries, halved 
1 package of jumbo marshmallows

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually blend into the egg mixture. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Press cherries into the batter in an even pattern. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. (Optional: Once brownies are done, brush top of brownies with moonshine cherry juice for an extra kick.)

Turn oven to broil, place jumbo marshmallows on top and broil until roasted.

Boozy Cherry S'mores Brownie Bars

Let cool to room temp before cutting.Boozy Cherry Smores Brownie Bars

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Sea Salted Brownies with Dulce de Leche Sauce

Salted Brownies with Dulce de Leche

I love salty things. I might even love them more than sweet things (which probably explains my perpetual bloat), but when the two collide — MMMMMMMMMMMM!

I was in a baking mood and my husband was begging for brownies. I’m not always in the mood for such a rich chocolately treat but I’d just received a bag of salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. and wanted to give it a whirl. So I decided to make salted brownies. You know what else goes with salt and chocolate? Caramel sauce, duh.

Without further ado, I bring you Salted Brownies with Dulce de Leche Sauce.

First you need to prep your sauce. Put a can of condensed milk on its side in a pot. Completely cover the can with water and simmer it for about 3-4 hours. Make sure the can stays covered with water otherwise it will explode and cover your kitchen in a sticky gooey mess. When it’s time to open the can you’ll have perfect sauce. It’s magic!

boil condensed milk to make dulce de leche

boil condensed milk to make dulce de leche
See. Magic!

Now the BROWNIES. Super rich, fudgey middles, and a light sea salt crunch.

Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter, plus 2 tbsp for greasing the pan
16 oz semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon flaked finishing sea salt, plus 1/4 for final sprinkle

Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler, whisking until smooth. Set aside to cool. In an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whisk eggs and sugar together until thick and syrupy (about 5-6 mins on high). Sift together flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture. Slowly add in the melted chocolate and mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon finishing salt. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes and until the center is firm. Let cool in pan before cutting and removing.

Salted Brownies Dulce de Leche

Serve on top of or drizzle with warm dulce de leche and sprinkle with more salt. I highly recommend the delicate flake finishing sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co.

Salted Brownies Dulce de Leche