Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Positively American Food and Smore's Brownies! #Recipe

I was reading a short piece about 10 foods that most people would probably not guess were made in the USA. When you think of American foods, there are a few things that come to mind like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or the banana split, and don't forget the hamburger!  And then there are Smore's Brownies :)

As soon as I read that brownies and graham crackers are both American invented foods-- yes, they count as food-- I knew two of my favorite foods had to be made to celebrate the fourth.  Funny enough I found a recipe that combined both graham crackers and brownies to make Smore's brownies. Genius! I also spotted the Jet Puffed stars, which were perfect for the job. 
Because I have five tins of cocoa powder, I decided to make the brownies from scratch. 

Smore's Brownies
1 graham cracker crust (or graham crackers) 
1 bag marshmallows
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch pan. Melt butter, add to mixing bowl along with sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. 

Use a graham cracker crust, or lay graham crackers on the bottom of the greased pan. Pour batter over graham crackers. Bake for 20 minutes. Pull brownies out, cover with marshmallows and chocolate chips, bake for another five to eight minutes. Remove from oven and cool. 

They were delicious, btw, and even though the girls had gone to bed, the smell of chocolate woke them up. Seriously, they are like raccoons raiding. 
Other American born foods you might be surprised by-- corn dogs (an IL creation!), the Popsicle, Rueben sandwiches (love those) and fortune cookies.