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Bonfire Brownies from The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook + Sneak Peak!

Bonfire Brownies from The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook + Sneak Peak! @hbharvest

Hey, hi!! Today is such a fun day here at Half Baked Harvest!! Not only am I sharing one of my favorite summer recipes from my yet to be released cookbook, but I am also sharing an exclusive sneak peek as well!

Ahhh! First things first. The cookbook’s release is literally just months away, I’m talking only TWO months until the book’s publication. That’s all of July, all of August, and then just twelve days in September! If you had some trouble with the math (that would be me), that works out to September 12th! Just three days before my birthday. <–kind of fun, right?!

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I know so many of you are excited for the cookbook’s release, so today I thought it would be fun if I teased you all with a little summertime sneak peek of what’s inside my new cookbook. Plus, I want to tell you all about how you can access a few of the summer recipes from the book early. Like TODAY (if you’re super curious skip down to the last paragraph for all the info!)!!

With the 4th of July on Tuesday, I thought these Bonfire Brownies from the book would be the perfect recipe to share. Not only are they sinfully delicious, but they absolutely scream summer! These brownies have been declared the best brownies ever by every member of the Gerard family…plus all “adopted” family members. They are just that good.

Think of your favorite s’more: the marshmallow…all warm and toasty, sandwiched between two sheets of graham crackers, and multiple squares of melting Hershey’s milk chocolate. Now add fudge brownies and salted pretzels. Oh, yes, I went there, and you are going to love it! Here’s how these brownies break down layer by layer: graham cracker, fudge brownie studded with salty pretzels, choco­late squares, and toasted marshmallow. <–aka the bonfire brownie.

Trust me, if you make these brownies this week you will, no doubt, gain celebrity status. But, if you pull them out of the oven only to realize that sharing is just not an option, trust me I get that. No shame.

OKok, and now the super exiting part! As I mentioned the book does not come out until September 12th, BUT I have so many fun summer recipes in the book that I’m just dying to share with you all. Sooooo, here’s how you can access those recipes early and get a sneak peek of the cookbook!

All you need to do is head over to Amazon and pre-order the cookbook. If you preorder the book now, you’ll be given access to FIVE summer recipes from the book, all in the form of a pretty little PDF that you can download immediately after pre-ordering. Yes, yes, yes – five brand new recipes from the cookbook, today. I know, I know, so exciting! <– I seriously am so excited. I hope you LOVE the recipes!

So not only can you have these brownies for your summer fun, but you can also have five of my favorite summer recipes…which may or may not include a pasta and an ice cream. Wink, wink.

How To Pre-Order and Gain Access to 5 Summer Recipes from the Cookbook

Step one: pre-order the cookbook.

Step Two: follow the directions on this form, enter your information, and download the PDF directly from the site.

DONE. It will take maybe five minutes tops. So easy.

For those of you who have already pre-ordered the cookbook (THANK YOU), just copy the purchase order/transaction number from your receipt and follow the steps on this form, enter your information, and download the PDF directly from the site.

Bonfire Brownies from The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook + Sneak Peak! @hbharvest

So did I sell you yet?!?! Hmmmm……..

I think it was the brownies! Don’t forget to head on over and pre-order now. Then simply fill out this quick form to have my 5 favorite summer recipes right now!! <–do it.

Then be sure to make these brownies. Happy Sunday!

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook Cover | @hbharvest

Bonfire Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories Per Serving: 211 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil, letting some hang over the edges of the pan.
    2. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish, being sure the entire bottom is covered—you may need to break some to fit.
    3. Put the butter and milk chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until completely combined. Add the vanilla, coffee, Kahlúa (if using), and eggs and whisk until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, flour, and salt until smooth and just combined. Try not to overmix the batter; it will be thick. Fold in the almonds. Pour the batter over the graham crackers in the baking dish. Gently press the pretzels on top.
    4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the brownies are set on top. Remove from the oven and immediately add the chocolate bar pieces to the top of the brownies—the chocolate will melt over the brownies. Add the marshmallows evenly over the chocolate and then return the brownies to the oven. After 5 minutes, turn on the broiler. Wearing oven mitts, position a rack in the top third of the oven. Broil the brownies for 15 to 30 seconds, or until the tops of the marshmallow are just golden—watch closely, as they burn fast. Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool in the pan for about 30 minutes.
    5. Lift the brownie block out of the pan using the overhanging parchment paper. Cut into squares.
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  1. Hi Tieghan,
    I pre-ordered the cookbook in April because everything you do here is amazing! You are so talented.
    I got to thinking it would be the perfect Christmas gift! Definitely ordering more :0

    All the best,

  2. Tieghan, please publicize if you will be doing any events this summer in Summit County…I am in Breck all summer and would love to come if you do!!

  3. Holy crap, I want to face plant into those brownies!!! Your photography inspires me to improve mine every single day! I adore your work!!!

    1. Haha love this comment! So happy you’re loving these brownies and even more that you adore my work.. that is so sweet! Thank you Christina!

  4. Thank you so much for the gorgeous sneak peach! Those recipes are defiantly going down this week. Could September 12th get here faster?? So excited!!!

    1. Haha right?! I am SO excited for you guys to see my book!! I hope you love this recipe. Thanks Ursula!

  5. Made these tonight- so yummy! Unfortunately I was out of pretzels, so I had to skip them (because when you see photos that mouthwatering, you don’t want to wait until the next grocery store trip!), but I’ll make sure I have some on hand the next time I make these brownies, because that salty/crunchy factor is totally worth it. I’m definitely adding it to my list of recipes!
    Thanks for a great recipe, with amazing photos.

  6. These look so incredibly decadent Tieghan! Counting the days, just like you, for the cookbook release! Happy 4th!

  7. these sound delicious!! super appropriate for fourth of july, and also a great way to peek at the cookbook (:

  8. These look amazing! I want to eat these right this very minute! Oh, wow, wow, wow! I can’t believe that your book is coming out so soon! It still feels a long way off though too! I’ve been counting down the days to September ever since you announced the book! If this recipe is any indication, this book is going to be beyond amazing!
    P. S. Have fun in Mexico!

    1. Thanks so much Brittney!! I hope you love the book and the brownies if you make them (:
      Way to excited to hear what you think of the book!

  9. So excited for your cookbook to come out – and it’s just a few days before my birthday, too! In the meantime, totally making these s’mores brownies – they look incredible!

  10. Why do you do this to me!?! Im going to have to make these now haha! Counting down the days until your book is out!

  11. Oh my god, just looking at the photos made my mouth water. And I am sooo excited for September 12th, I am really looking forward to cooking and baking all of the new recipes. Hope September comes quickly.

  12. Happy Sunday Tieghan to you, too.
    The brownies look just divine…incredible. But all your recipes are like that, masterpieces 🙂
    Thank you for sharing another one from your collection. My girls´ namedays are coming up this summer so Iwill surprise them with these brownies. They love most of the ingredients.
    I will definetely order your book but I have question whether I can pre-order and use your kind offer of having five of your recipes right away while using UK Amazon.
    Thank you and wishing you a great 4th July celebration.
    Love from Europe,

    1. Hey Hana! Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, you can preorder and use the code on the UK Amazon! Let me know if you have any questions at all. Happy to help. Thank you again! 🙂

  13. Bravo, Thiegan! Soon it will be a reality, a book in your hands. It looks gorgeous. And these brownies – a sin ??