Gluten Free Cherry S’More Brownies Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on September 29, 2010

I received an email from Georgia, a 15 year old gal who lives in…guess where?  Yep, you guessed it – Atlanta Georgia.  She has been baking for a couple of years and is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Georgia asked me if I could convert one of the recipes she loves to bake for her friends and family into gluten-free.  She has been baking and loving this particular recipe for sometime and does not want her gluten-free diet to keep her from enjoying what has become her signature treat – Cherry S’More Brownies.

The original recipe (which can be seen here) used graham crackers and boxed brownie mix.  My initial thoughts were “this is easy, just sub out the graham crackers for gluten free ones and use a gluten-free brownie mix”.  But Georgia decided she wanted to challenge herself a bit more with her baking and make it from scratch.  Don’t you just love that?

The brownies have a graham cracker crust, a brownie base and are topped with nuts, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and cherries; pretty much a piece of ooey, gooey brownie heaven.

I converted the recipe to gluten-free and tweaked it a little in the process. The toppings were a little restrained in my opinion. Restraint is great for little black dresses but when it comes to dessert I say “the more the better”.

I am trying to talk Georgia into starting her own gluten-free blog {hint, hint, hint}. So far she doesn’t feel ready for it but I am hoping with a little encouragement from you all she will come around!

The brownie part of this recipe is good on its own as a nice fudgy everyday brownie and can also be made with bittersweet chocolate if you prefer a richer taste. I used semi-sweet here to keep it more like what the flavor of a box mix would be like.

So here you Georgia, I hope you love them!

Do you have a recipe you would like help with in re-creating gluten-free? Email the recipe to me at carol@simplygluten-free.com and I will see what I can do!

Gluten Free Cherry S’More Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – use divided
1½ cups Gluten Free Graham Style Crumbs
1¼ cups granulated sugar – used divide
1 cup all purpose gluten free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1½ teaspoons instant espresso powder or dried coffee crystals
1 – 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 -1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained, blotted dry and cut in half
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with gluten-free, non-stick cooking spray.

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham style crumbs with ¼ cup sugar and the melted butter. Pat firmly into the prepared baking dish covering the bottom with an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Leave the oven on.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, salt and instant espresso, set aside.

Measure ½ cup of the chocolate chips and set aside. In a large, microwave or heat safe mixing bowl combine the rest of the chips with the remaining 1 cup butter and microwave for 3 – 3 ½ minutes or until the butter is totally melted and most of the chips are melted. (Alternately you can melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot of barely simmering water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.) Stir the chocolate and butter together until the chocolate is fully melted, the mixture is combined and glossy. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of sugar then the eggs, flour mixture and vanilla. Pour the batter over the graham crust and bake for 20 minutes. Leave oven on.

Top the brownie layer evenly with the reserved ½ cup of chocolate chips, the chopped walnuts or pecans, drained, dried and halved cherries and the marshmallows. Return to the oven and cook for 5 -7 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Turn on the broiler and broil for just about 30 seconds or so to brown up the marshmallows – watch carefully so they don’t burn.

Let the Gluten Free Cherry S’More Brownies cool. Cut into squares.

Servings

A gluten free recipe that serves 3 people.

 

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Georgia September 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

OMG Carol – Thank you SO much. I can't wait to try tis. I am having a sleep over party this weekend and this is going to make everyone so happy :) Thank you again.
Georgia

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Joy September 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

Great job Carol and Georgia – I hope you do start a blog, I will follow it!

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Anonymous September 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm

These are so pretty and look so good. Could I use a gluten-free brownie mix if I didn't want to make from scratch?

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Simply...Gluten-free September 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Dear Anonymous – Yep, just make the brownies per the instructions on the box, pour over the crust and bake 5 minutes less then ad the toppings and proceed from there.

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gfe--gluten free easily September 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Wow, those are absolutely gorgeous! Carol, I love this recipe/conversion collaboration between you and Georgia. :-) I also like how you're trying to bring her into our gluten-free blogging fold. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

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Diane-The WHOLE Gang September 30, 2010 at 6:22 am

OK, How come you don't weigh 400 pounds. I'm drooling over these. I guess the treats you make must not have any calories.

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Iris September 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Good to know who I can go to if I need to convert a recipe… :)

And I agree, Georgia should start a blog too! I think she's got at least 5 readers right here already!

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Stephanie September 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Wow, these look amazing! Can't wait to try them! And yes, Georgia, start a blog! I would have loved to create a cooking blog when I was your age…back before blogging was invented ;) It's a lot of fun, and can be super easy if you go though a site like blogger.

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Anonymous October 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Very impressive gluten free recipes … especially the recipe photo … they really look yummy.

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I Am Gluten Free October 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm

It's always so sweet to know that 15 year olds are interested in baking. I hope she accepts your challenge and starts a gluten free blog. And as for the new recipe – Carol – you done good. It looks smashing!

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Kim-Cook it Allergy Free October 3, 2010 at 8:08 am

Georgia and Carol, this was an awesome collaboration! Smores are more than just my weakness, they are my DOWNFALL! I made a smores (either in my fireplace or in my microwave when it was too hot for a fire) every single day of my pregnancy with my first son. I was gluten-free by the time of my second son and they did not hold the same allure on gf graham crackers.
This recipe is going to be made immediately here to give me more smore fix!!!
What a great idea Georgia! I love that you wanted to take it a step beyond and make them from scratch.

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Georgia October 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Just a little update – made these for my party and they were a HUGE hit! Thank you so much again Carol.

Georgia

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Jennifer October 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

How super sweet of you to make over this recipe for her! These brownies look SO good, love the cherries in them!

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Miss. Tarrah Dame October 20, 2010 at 8:03 am

wow this looks amazing! I just made a s'more cookie bar for my blog myself…cant go wrong with s'mores! :)
http://damegoodeats.blogspot.com/2010/10/smore-cookie-bars.html

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