S'mores Bars with Marshmallow Meringue

When I was looking for a dessert for our last Moveable Feast, I found the answer in a recent issue of Food & Wine magazine - a delicious riff on a campfire favorite, the s'more.

I love s'mores - gathering around a fire, getting the perfect toasted crust on a marshmallow, smooshing everything together in a sticky, delicious treat. And while I live in an apartment with an electric stove, I've been known to pop everything in the microwave when the craving hits. It only takes about 10 seconds to achieve melty, gooey heaven.

Last year I made several batches of s'mores ice cream and "I Want S'more" ice cream sandwiches. These bars are the perfect addition to my dessert repertoire and I've already made them several times this summer.

The recipe takes a little time but it's worth it. A crunchy, crumbly graham cracker crust with a rich brownie layer. And while every layer is delicious, one of the best parts is the marshmallow meringue on top. I briefly considered using Fluff as a shortcut and I'm glad I didn't.

You may feel that it's a lot of work for just a 9" square pan of these treats - that's how I felt the first time I made them. But the bars a quite rich and will definitely satisfy any sweet tooth. I keep saying this, the effort is worth it.

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