Today, I’m mixing things up a little.
We’re going to start with a .gif,
If that isn’t enough to make you start weeping
I think when it’s exam time, my body goes into full on crazy-food drive. Last year it was the cinnamon roll pull-apart bread.
A complete 180 from those classy, intricate croissants.
Peanut Butter Cup S’moreo Bars (I think that’s about 4 separate dessert entities combined)
What is a s’moreo? Well it’s just a s’more made with oreos instead of graham crackers.
But then I transformed into a cookie bar, and layered with peanut butter and chopped peanut butter cups too.
When I made these, I think that I just needed some soul food – and I’m pretty sure that these bars are what it would look like if I had a soul,
Obviously it would be cinnamon-sugar toast.
(p.s I’m kidding about the no-soul thing…)
My friend and I ended up spending a good amount of time talking in Napoleon Dynamite quotes this week, (and yes, yes we’re learning his dance) in case you were wondering about that youtube clip above……. (this video made me cry, several times; If you have no idea what I’m talking about because you haven’t seen Napoleon Dynamite yet, GO DO IT NOW – well, after you’ve made these bars actually)
5 layers of pure enjoyment: crushed oreo base, peanut butter, milk chocolate, toasted marshmallows, chopped peanut butter cups. ( I totally tried writing the text on with chalk, and it TOTALLY failed.)
Minimal skill, time and ingredients required = maximal enjoyment.
Fair warning though – you might want to tell people that the bars contain oreos….that dark base can be extremely misleading (i.e. I think everyone thinks they’re majorly burnt when they see them)
You can totally see my glasses in the corner of that .gif… (and my glittery nail varnish 😀 )
p.p.s I got the most views in a month I’ve ever had last month, thanks for spreading the croissant tutorial around, I LOVE YOU ALL.
(I think that was the least cohesive piece of text I’ve ever written, my brains are scrambled from the bio, chem, maths and stats revish at the mo, I apologize)
– To crush the oreos either:
– blend in a food processor or blender, until you get a ‘sandy’ texture
– Place in a zip-lock / freezer bag and bash/roll over with a rolling pin (or your fists of hungry-rage!) until most of it is quite ‘sandy’ in texture.
– If you cba to put the pb cups on top (I only did it for the visuals), just scatter them on at the same as the chocolate chips
– You can, of course, use more / less peanut butter, chocolate, marshmallows or peanut butter cups.
– You can sub the chopped peanut butter cups for chopped snickers bars or those super awesome mini pb cups
– To make these vegan friendly use: coconut oil instead of butter, dairy free milk (like soy/almond), vegan marshmallows, vegan chocolate chips and omit pb cups (or use vegan, if you can find/make them)
Peanut Butter Cup S’moreo Bars
For the oreo base:
- 24 oreos , crushed
- 2 tbsp butter / coconut oil , melted
- 2 tbsp milk (any kind)
For the toppings:
- 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) peanut butter, warmed
- 1/2 cup (90g) milk / semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- 24 large marshmallows , halved (or ~2 cups mini marshmallows)
- 6 peanut butter cups , chopped (see notes)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8" square pan with foil or baking paper. Spray with oil (or use a pastry brush to brush the oil on). Set aside.
To make the base: Combine the crushed (see notes) oreos with the melted butter and milk.
Scatter the mixture evenly into the lined pan and press down. Bake for 6 minutes.
Once baked, immediately spread the warmed peanut butter over the oreo base. Evenly scatter the chocolate chips over the peanut butter. Completely cover with the halved marshmallows (or mini marshmallows), placing them cut side down.
Place under a broiler for under 1 minute to toast the marshmallows (watch them closely!) - mine took around 30 seconds.
Immediately scatter the chopped peanut butter cups over the marshmallow layer.
Cut into 12 or 16 bars (ummm...I'd go with 16, these are like a sugar bomb).Serve warm