Every other morning when it’s still dark and everyone is asleep, I do my strength training workout. You see, I used to be just a cardio girl. I’d move and move and move and it was nice, but I didn’t see the results I wanted. I kept my weight where I wanted it to be, but I wanted muscles. Like Madonna. Totally doable, right?
Well, I’m getting there! About six months ago I discovered Physique 57. They have studios in big coastal cities and in places where really rich people live, like the Hamptons or Dubai. But they haven’t hit the DC area yet, so I sweat it out to the DVD collection and their online streaming. And it’s kind of addictive, mainly because I have muscles in places I never thought about before, and I really like that.
Anyway, I was working my abs to utter exhaustion the other morning when a recipe lightbulb went off in my head, apropos of absolutely nothing. I love it when that happens. It’s so random and so appreciated, like someone you don’t know about exists somewhere in your brain just to give you fun ideas. I love that someone!
That little voice in my head said, “What if you finally used those cinnamon chips in your pantry in a s’mores brownie?” Really. That’s what she said! And she gave me this vision of a cinnamon graham cracker topped with brownie marshmallowy goodness. And I was inspired, people.
Here’s the thing. Hershey’s makes these cinnamon chips. And I’d bought them and never used them. Finally, finally a chance! And they’re delicious. I had to stop myself and my kids from eating the whole bag before I baked with them.
The bottom is a layer of cinnamon graham cracker. Just that. No crumbly crust. Too much going on already, I say. Then you add the brownie, all filled with both cinnamon and mini chocolate chips. On top, another layer of the chips with mini-marshmallows. Gooey happiness!
The best part is, no mixer! That’s right. You can mix up the batter yourself and feel strong. Just like Madonna. See? I came full circle.
Take these to your next picnic or barbecue! They’re perfect in all their ooey gooey deliciousness.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour (I used oat flour, but regular is fine)
- 8 oz. cinnamon chips (Hershey brand)
- 8 oz. mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- cinnamon grahams (enough to fit the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan)
Preheat the oven to 350. Coat an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in half of the cinnamon chips and half of the miniature chocolate chips.
Lay the cinnamon graham crackers on the bottom of your pan, sugary side up. Cover the entire surface area, even if some of the crackers overlap and you have to break them into uneven pieces.
Pour the brownie batter over the graham crackers, spreading the batter to the edges of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon chips, miniature chocolate chips and the marshmallows. Put the brownies back in the oven for 10 minutes. Do not overbake.
Allow the brownies to cool (unless you just can’t, which is understandable). Cut into squares and serve!