Warm skillet brownie batter, mixed with crushed graham crackers and topped with melted marshmallows. This S’mores Skillet Brownie is the real deal. Get it!
Raise your hand if you straight jacked your kids’ Halloween candy? I know, me too. I had, um… I had some pushback this year. My daughter is approaching tween age and she was not having it. Citing rights like she lives in a democracy. Pfft… Democracy. Not in my house.
I played durty, durty. Since I purchased the bag which held the candy I told her the candy ‘technically’ belonged to me, even if she did all the work.
Again, this did not go over well.
She could have her candy.
She had to mortgage her candy from me. Her payment? Chores. On time. Every single day.
I offered her two rates, as any good mortgage lender would. I offered her an 8% fixed or a 5% variable rate. Following ten or so minutes of protest – where she (rightfully) accused me of playing ‘Government’ with her candy – she chose the variable rate, then promptly asked what a variable meant. She was right to be suspicious of my intentions. When I explained that variable meant I reserved my right to raise her rates to 20%, she chose the 8% fixed. I’m raising that one right.
I have been taking more than my 8% share. Much more. I’d say about 20%. I was never good at math and what the hell is 8% of candy, anyway? I’m not counting her pieces and calculating percentages. I’m just jacking her shit because her candy bag has all the Snickers and the Laffy Taffy. I’m doing it a little at time, so as not to attract scrutiny. I didn’t take all the good pieces. I left her some. I’m so good, she can’t tell I’m straight jacking her candy.
Shit, I’m well on my way to White Collar Candy Crime status.
Now flow with me and let’s talk about this S’mores Skillet Brownie. How is this related to candy crime? It’s not.
It’s been a while and you need a recipe.
I used a basic brownie recipe and folded crushed graham crackers into the batter. I allowed the batter to bake long enough to set. The brownies cool a little bit in the skillet. I topped the brownies with marshmallows and placed the skillet in the oven until the marshmallows browned. Finally, I sprinkled more crushed graham crackers. I mean, we’re still living this 2017 reality show.
Serve warm or with ice cream. I say go for the ice cream. Bake these brownies to help wean yourself off Halloween candy.
Or you can have them both.
S’mores Skillet Brownie
- All-purpose flour spooned and leveled - 1 cup
- Crushed graham crackers - ¼ cup
- Salt - ¾ teaspoon
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 11 ounces (about 2 cups)
- Unsalted butter cut into pieces - 1 cup (2 sticks)
- Granulated sugar - 1 cup
- Light brown sugar, packed - 1 cup
- Vanilla bean paste - 1 ½ tablespoon
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup
- Large marshmallows - 1 (10-ounce) bag
- Crushed graham crackers (for garnish)
Bake the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray and set aside.
To a medium bowl add flour, crushed graham crackers, salt, and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine and set aside.
Place a large stainless steel bowl over a small saucepan half-full of simmering water. Add the chocolate and butter to the bowl. Stirring occasionally, allow the butter and chocolate to melt completely. Turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the pot of simmering water. Add the granulated and brown sugar and whisk to completely combine. Set aside and allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
Add 3 eggs to the chocolate/sugar mixture and whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the remaining eggs (2) and whisk until combined. Stir in the vanilla bean paste until combined the mixture takes on a pudding texture. Be sure not to over-whisk.
Sprinkle the flour/graham cracker mixture over the chocolate mixture and with a rubber spatula, fold until somewhat combined, but can still see bits of flour. Add about ¾ cup of chocolate chips and fold until mostly combined.
Pour brownie batter in the skillet. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips over the brownie batter.
Place skillet in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating the pan midway through baking. What you’re looking for is the edges to be set, yet the middle to jiggle a bit when the pan is moved.
Remove skillet from the oven. Allow the brownies to cool at room temperature for at least 10-15 minutes.
Raise the oven temperature to 450° Fahrenheit.
Arrange the marshmallows over the baked brownies. Place in the oven for about 4-5 minutes until the marshmallows have melted, expanded, and browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers and serve warm, with some ice cream on the side, if desired.
Leftovers can be covered at room temperature with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.