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So, I know we’re supposed to be on this whole international dessert tour thing, but today we’re coming home to the good ole US of A and here’s why: it’s the last day of freedom for me. Starting tomorrow I will be, for all intents and purposes, a full-time nanny to two adorable little girls. And I’m excited. I am. I swear. But the last four months have maybe been the best four months of my whole existence. Unemployed life has been really good to me. Like whoa.

Can we take a second to just reflect on what I’ve done since the end of March? I’ve read maybe seven books. All amazing. I’ve watched some of the best movies ever made for the very first time, including all three Lord of the Rings  and episodes 4, 5, and 6 of Star Wars (the reason I will be asking Santa for an ewok this Christmas.) I’ve watched an exorbitant amount of tv online. It’s shameful to admit just how much, so I won’t, but know that Hulu has become my best friend. Sad? Maybe. But I loved every minute of it. Some personal recommendations: Once Upon a Time, Smash, Downton Abbey, and Merlin. A-MAH-ZING. Oh yeah, and I ordered business cards for a makeshift business! That was a big one. I’ve reconnected with old friends that I had missed SO much. I’ve made new friends! I’ve decorated and crafted and attended game nights which are my absolute favorite thing to attend besides weddings. But most of all, I’ve baked. I’ve bared my heart and soul in my kitchen on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis and it’s reignited the fire that was so rudely put out by working 80 hours a week in a commercial kitchen.

And you know what? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of this next chapter than to spend some quality time with my measuring spoons and mixing bowls. They love me. I love them. It’s a beautiful friendship. I also have a beautiful friendship with chocolate. The apple I’m eating as I’m typing this is totes jealous. It knows it can’t compare to what we’re about to make. S’mores brownies. That’s right, you heard me. Fudge-y, chocolate-chunky, brownies topped with toasty, golden-brown marshmallows. Do you feel the heat from the campfire? Can you smell the hotdogs? Can you see the stars and hear the rustling of leaves and sleeping bags? I can and it’s almost enough to send me and a duffel bag out to the family ranch for a night of camping. Almost. The rattle snakes stop me pretty quick. Instead I’ll just make a blanket fort in my apartment and read by flashlight with a c.d. of nature sounds playing in the background to really fool my brain into thinking I’m a legit camper. Good plan.

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons strong coffee or water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips/chunks

you thought i was joking about my blanket fort? please. i’m a nanny. we don’t joke about forts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 or 10-inch square baking pan.

Combine butter and cocoa powder in a small bowl and place over a pot of simmering water.  Make sure that the simmering water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.  Add the coffee or water and stir to melt the ingredients.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs and the sugar.  Add the vanilla extract.  When the butter and chocolate have melted and come together, slowly stir the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir to combine.  Fold in the nuts.

Pour the batter in the pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.  Bake for 18-25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set the oven to broiler.  Top brownies with marshmallows (I used one big marshmallow per serving but you can also use mini ones and just sprinkle them all over.)  Once the broiler is heated, place the brownies on an upper shelf close to the broiler.  Keep the oven door slightly ajar and do.not.move. Stand there and watch them because it will only take 1-2 minutes and if you close that door and walk away I promise you your marshmallows will catch on fire. Nobody wants to deal with that. Trust me.

If you’ve chosen to use mini marshmallows instead you might need to have hot water running while you slice your brownies. Rinse your knife after each cut to ensure a clean slice.

These brownies are good. These brownies are great. I’m about to go put one more on my plate.

xoxo,

Mindy

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