This is not a holiday my husband and I have traditionally celebrated or even acknowledged for one another until we had children. The ironic thing about our lack of celebrating this holiday is the fact he and I both worked for a greeting card company. Since having our girls however, the holiday is celebrated and has become a lot of fun.
My 3.5 year old gets excited about decorating her school Valentine's bag, her class party, eating chocolate hearts early in the morning and making things for the ones she loves. Instead of traditional cards, my husband and I separately help the girls make cards to give to he and I. It's a great way for us to express our feelings and love through our girls especially since neither of them write yet.
This holiday I wanted to make something sweet for my girls and husband. I had a 'pin' saved for a summertime BBQ dessert but as I drove home in the cold snow, I decided why save a summer treat when I can have it now? There should be no boundaries or seasons to food. If you crave it, make it! The 'pin' I decided to make for dessert tonight are S'Mores bars. Instead of using chocolate chips like the 'pin' called for, I substituted Hersey Kisses. I'll let you know the family reviews tomorrow.
1/2 C. margarine or butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. flour (I ended up using less)
1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 C. mini marshmallows
1/2 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips (read below)
As I stated up above, I tried adding a Valentine's Day twist to this recipe by substituting Hersey Kisses for chocolate chips. I'm sure the chocolate chips melt more evenly but I was willing to
sacrifice for the holiday. There were also a couple of steps I modified that you'll see below.1. Beat room temperature margarine or butter with sugar until light and fluffy. I used my mixer for this step.
3. Press crust mixture onto bottom of greased 9 inch pan.
4. Since I used Hersey Kisses, I laid them out first pushing them lightly into the crust. I probably could have gotten away with using more kisses.
5. Pour the mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate. You can eye how many marshmallows you use here. I ended up using about 2C.
6. Bake in the preheated oven at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until the marshmallows are to your liking. It's just like over the campfire, some like them white and some like them toasted. You choose but really how can you go wrong with a graham cracker crust, chocolate and marshmallows?
Reviews are in and the dessert was a hit. I will however use the chocolate chips next time to get chocolate in every bite of the dessert. I had a very happy crowd tonight.