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Marshmallows and caramel are two of my favorite ingredients. And the Oreos are not bad either.
Also, I like smores and five-ingredient recipes.
I was in the mood for something with an Oreo crust, and while I could have made a cake, these bars looked more fun. They're what I imagine S’mores Bars that were dipped in caramel and made with an Oreo crust instead of a graham cracker crust. Only five ingredients are used and they are ready in thirty minutes. My type of recipe
I combined 32 ground chocolate sandwich cookies with melted butter. I used 32 because that was what was left in the package after certain family members discovered my baking stash in the closet. I'm sure using 28 or 37 cookies would be fine if that's what you have.
I used generic brand name chocolate sandwich cookies instead of real Oreos because the Oreos cost $ 10 a pack here in Aruba, and the store brand cost $ 2. I'll turn around in my grave before I pay ten bucks for Oreos that I'm going to spray anyway.
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Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and it is a must to line the pan unless you have a lot of grease on your elbow to spare. Then press the buttery crumbs down firmly with the back of a spatula. A little trick is to use the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass to pack them in, which makes for a tight packing job that's completely smooth.
It's a hobby of mine when cookie dough desserts don't stick together, disintegrate and leave a black crumble all over the floor. This crust bonds very well, thanks to a generous ratio of butter to crumbs, and a little tight packaging.
Bake the crust for about ten minutes, or just until done. It's hard to determine if it's set or not because the black buttered cookie crumbs look like wet tar, and it's hard to tell the whole from no. But ten to twelve minutes should do the trick. Also, the pan will return to the oven anyway.
Sprinkle marshmallows over the crust, then sprinkle quarters over the marshmallows. Be sure to do it in that order; marshmallows first, then candies because marshmallows will trap melted caramels in the crevices and valleys that form as they puff as they bake.
The biggest PITA in this recipe is unwrapping fifteen candies and cutting them up. You could probably use Kraft Caramel Bits instead of candy, but they don't sell them here. I would hesitate to use caramel sauce as it can turn into a semi-burnt caramel soup.
Return the skillet to the oven for about five to eight minutes, turning it halfway if the oven is baked unevenly like mine is. Remove the pan from the oven when the candies have melted and the marshmallows are just beginning to brown.
Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle chocolate chips on top, pressing down lightly. The drag heat from the pan will melt the chocolate chips, very slightly. White chocolate chips, caramel chips, or peanut butter chips would also be great options.
Let the bars cool for at least two hours before cutting the black and white layers. This can be accelerated by placing the pan in the refrigerator. I put mine in the fridge overnight because things melt in Aruba at room temperature and otherwise there would be no chance for these sticky squares to form.
I really enjoy contrasting flavors and textures and these bars are full of both. The chocolate crust, crispy, crispy, crispy waffle in contrast to soft, fluffy, airy, white marshmallows made each bite a dichotomy. The sprinkled chocolate chips add a touch of texture and increase the intensity of the chocolate.
The puddles of sweet and melted caramel that gather between the puffed marshmallows reminded me that I need to bake with my favorite ingredients more often.
Sticky, sweet, chewy and sticky. Just the way I like it.
Marshmallow Bars Caramel Oreo Cookie S’Mores
- For him Cortex
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (3/4 of a stick)
- 32 Oreo cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies, ground
- For him Addition
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 15 candies, unwrapped and quartered (total 60 small pieces)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Cover 8-by-8-inch baking sheet with foil leaving protrusion (must align your pan), spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- For him Cortex – In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter on high power, about 1 minute; set aside. Add the ground cookies and stir to combine (grind the cookies with a food processor or place them in a sealed plastic bag and gently crush the outside of the bag with a drinking glass or roll up the bag with a rolling pin). Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared skillet and pack tightly with a spatula or the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until done; don't worry if it's a little overcooked, as the pan will return to the oven in the next step.
- For him Addition – Spread the marshmallows evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the candy evenly, making sure to do it in that order. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the marshmallows and caramel have started to melt and remove the pan before the marshmallows begin to brown or develop color. Immediately after removing the pan from the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly, pressing lightly with a spatula if desired. The heat of drag will melt the chocolate slightly and integrate it into the melted marshmallows and caramel. Allow the bars to install for at least 2 hours before cutting; the pan can be placed in the refrigerator to speed up.
- Cut the bars by lifting them with the aluminum shoulder and transferring them to a cutting board. The bars will be kept in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- The recipe can be kept vegan by replacing butter with margarine or Earth Balance and using marshmallows and vegan candy. Oreos are accidentally vegan. The recipe can be kept gluten-free by using a gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookie. Take care that all the ingredients used are suitable for your dietary needs.
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars (GF with Vegan Options) – This is one of my top five best bar recipes I have on my site. Creamy, smooth and rich from peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk, in contrast to a great deal of oatmeal texture, and semi-sweet and white chocolate is used. An easy recipe that is one of my absolute favorites.
Smores peanut, cocoa butter and krispie bars: three layers and hardly any baking necessary. Bring camp to your kitchen, stinky hair is not required for these smores with infused peanut butter
Sticky Sticks of Caramel and Chocolate (GF with vegan adaptation) – Candies, more carmaels and lots of chocolate and oatmeal combine in these sticky, sticky, sweet and rich in texture bars.
Oreo Cookie Stuffed Brownies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting: Oreos inside brownies are never a bad thing
Oreo Fudgy Mint Triple Layer Brownies – Three layers including a rich and ultra-fudgy brownie base, topped with a layer of mint, topped with mint Oreos. Perfect for parties
Do you have a favorite recipe for marshmallow, caramel, s’mores or Oreo?
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