Gooey Red Velvet S’mores Bars

As I mentioned before, I’m taking a little vacation from blogging – don’t worry, I’ll be back! – but in the meantime, some of my favorite bloggers are stepping in to take the reins while I’m away. Today Jessica from How Sweet It Is is here; she’s not only one of the nicest bloggers I know, but she also has one of the most addicting blogs around! Not only is she always making me laugh (or swoon over photos of Bella!), but she also always has something delicious cooking on her stove and something decadent baking in her oven. Thank you Jessica for guest posting today!

One of my all-time favorite desserts are s’mores brownies. The graham crust, the gooey chocolate, the toasted marshmallows… I’m in heaven. If I’m letting every guard down, I must tell you that it’s quite possible I love the s’mores combination more than any other combination out there. It just has…EVERYTHING.

So s’mores brownie bars have been one of my go-to desserts for ages, but it wasn’t until last year when I created some decadent red velvet brownies that I thought to merge the two.

O.M.G.

Here’s the thing about s’mores brownies: they are GOOEY if you don’t wait for them to cool. But um, who has time to wait for them to cool? Not I.

So in the spirit of being impatience, these are what your brownies will look like if you dig in while warm.

Yeah. Still decadent and gooey, just not so easy for forkless consumption. Totally worth it though. Do it!

Makes an 8×8″ pan.
[adapted from red velvet brownies and s'mores brownies]

Graham crust:

  • 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine melted butter and graham crumbs, then press into a greased 8×8″ pan.

Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 2/3 cups chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to create a paste. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add in cocoa powder mixture. Beat until batter is completely red. (If at this time your batter is NOT red, you can add a little more food coloring if desired. Color will depend on brand.) Add flour and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Gently spread batter on top of graham cracker crumbs. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until brownies are almost set. Remove from oven and top with marshmallows below.

Topping:

  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 35 jumbo marshmallows

Drop spoonfuls of fluff on brownies then top with jumbo marshmallows. Heat your broiler and place underneath for 15-20 seconds, or until marshmallows are golden. Let cool completely before serving. Using a knife sprayed with nonstick spray helps when cutting!

32 Responses to “Gooey Red Velvet S’mores Bars”

  1. 1 Blog is the New Black Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Great recipe, Jessica!

  2. 2 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Oh my! This looks awesome! I love eating freshly roasted marshmallows and brownies are always a win in my book, so this combinationg is like a win full of love :)

  3. 3 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Yep, definitely making these for the Mr’s next potluck! YUM!

  4. 4 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Two of my favorite bloggers ever = one ohmygoshdecadent guest post. These look so yummy!!

  5. 5 Mireia Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    OH.MY.GOD! These look stunning!

  6. 6 elizabeth @ chronic venture Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    ahhh! these look sooo goood! and that second photo is just brilliant!

  7. 7 Megan @ Country Cleaver Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Oh holy crap I can’t process all of this amazingness in one sitting. Gorgeous.

  8. 8 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I really only have one thing to say – Wow. Those are some weep-worthy brownies!

  9. 9 stephchows Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    *swoon*

  10. 10 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Holy cow; I’m in love. A-MA-zing!

  11. 11 Tickled Red Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Seriously! These just look crazy good ;D

  12. 12 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Wowee, now that’s dessert. Or a snack. Or breakfast. :)

  13. 13 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I’m all for merging of delicious desserts :) These look so good!

  14. 14 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Oooh, this looks SO good and would be awesome with a great big glass of milk! Great guest post, Jessica!

  15. 15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Oh my that second picture just makes me swoon.

  16. 16 Brittnee Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    These look awesome! You’re a genius!

  17. 17 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    They look fabulous and I want a bite of them!

  18. 18 MikeVFMK Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Uhm. I need this in my life. And I need that second image right in front of me.

  19. 19 Heather of Kitchen Concoctions Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I could shovel a whole pan of these in my pie hole in 2.5 minutes! Love s’mores and love red velvet! ; )

  20. 20 Erika - The Teenage Taste Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I wouldn’t mind getting my hands a little sticky if it meant I could demolish these brownies! They look fabulous, Jess!

  21. 21 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I just showed the photos to my red velvet-loving husband and he didn’t have words for a few moments. Then all he could say was, “that’s… crazy.” I think you have a new fan!

  22. 22 cassie Says:
    February 18th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Wow, wow, wow. Totally addicting!

  23. 23 Hayley Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    The second picture is truly incredible. I am imagining my computer has taste-a-vision and I’m pretending to eat that gooey marshmallow goodness as we speak.

    And uh, it’s way good. Love this, Jessica!

  24. 24 Shannon Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Mmmm, drool-worthy or what?! Making these ASAP!

  25. 25 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Oh, wow. These sound amazing! And, the photos just make me want to dive right in.

  26. 26 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Gooey and insane!!

  27. 27 Annie Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I want this so bad! Can’t wait to try it out! :)

  28. 28 Ryan Says:
    February 19th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    OMG I need those right now. Love red velvet and s’mores!

  29. 29 JenMarie Says:
    February 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    No kidding! Looks amazing. Plus they’re red, so their instantly prettier! LOL

  30. 30 Whitney Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    OMG…I need to make these, my husband would love me even more! :) Geeze Louise!!!

  31. 31 Erin Says:
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    These are incredibly dangerous!

  32. 32 Tracy {Pale Yellow} Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I made these bars this week and my coworkers were fighting over them, so good!! You weren’t kidding when your said to let cool completely. I tried to cut and eat while they were slightly wam and it was a goooey, but delicious, mess. I put the whole panin the fridge over night and they were super easy to cut. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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