The last week has been mayhem trying to get ready for the holiday season. Long hours at work, cold(er) days, and earlier nights always seem to fill winter with mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cold day – layering up on warm clothes is one of my favorite things about this time of year. As a matter of fact, I actually got heat rash in December of last year because I bundled myself up so much and it wasn’t actually that cold. Essentially, I was cooking. I asked the doctor what it was and he said, “We rarely see this on anyone who isn’t a baby.” It made me laugh…I like being cozy and am unapologetic about it.
Because LA doesn’t get as chilly as I would like, I do my best to make this time of year feel like a different season than the rest. Temperatures drop down into the 50s and 60s…in the shade...and occasionally we’ll have a 45-ish degree night. Because apartment living restricts me from the ‘warm-up-by-the-fire’ activities I would prefer to be partaking in this time of year, I decided to dedicate a day to baking something that would feel festive and warm up the belly: S’mores bars.
My sister shared this delicious recipe with me a few weeks ago after a friend of hers had made them, and I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to whip them up. The ‘winter months’ tend to be filled with various emotions. I have recently found myself nostalgic for various things and ready for the year to be over. Whenever I get into one of these little funks, I take myself into the kitchen and turn to my favorite form of therapy: cooking. This recipe is great for thera-baking because it involves crumbled graham crackers, which means – if you don’t buy them pre-crumbled - you get to punch something for a good while. Get lost in the crunching and crumbling of the cookies - use various visualization techniques if need be - when you’re done, you’re on your way to a delicious campfire-inspired treat.
Recipe for you!
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars
1 and 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff