S’mores Bars

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This past weekend, my friends and I went sort-of-camping.

So I decided the occasion called for some sort-of-s’mores.

And thus, these S’mores Bars were born.

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What is sort-of-camping, you ask?

Well, it’s basically reaping the benefits of camping, minus actually having to pitch a tent and spend the night.  With the bugs.  (Did I mention the bugs?)

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Basically, some friends who were actually going to be camping at Clinton Lake invited a bunch of others to come hang for the evening at the campsite.  We made a fantastic gourmet dinner around the campfire, talked for hours and hours as we watched the sun set over the lake, and then once we started to get tired, we hopped in our car and headed home to sleep in our soft (bug-free) beds.

I have to admit…it was pretty wonderful.

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Still, any sort of camping (or sort-of-camping) trip requires some s’mores.  So for something different, I decided to experiment and create these S’mores Bars!!!

Actually, these would more accurately be called S’mores Brownie Bars, since I used one of my favorite homemade brownie recipes for the fudgy chocolate filling.  But whatever you call them, these S’mores Bars were a hit.
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Basically, I laid down a layer of graham crackers in a baking dish to make the crust.  Then I layered on some brownie batter and cooked it up until it was almost done.  But the magic was all in the topping — mini marshmallows, Hershey’s bars and Golden Grahams galore!!!

Yep.  I initially was going to try and break up some graham crackers to layer on top.  But I’m a sucker for pretty food, and those crumbly graham crackers just weren’t cutting it.  So for the first time in about a decade, I bought one of my favorite cereals from childhood — Golden Grahams!  These little guys worked perfectly for the topping, and stayed nice and crispy  late into the night.

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And then, just in case all of those melted Hershey’s bars weren’t enough, I melted down an additional Hershey’s bar and drizzled it all over the top.

And then drizzled some more.

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Needless to say, I don’t think anyone missed toasting marshmallows around the hot campfire when we could just grab “s’more” of these bars to enjoy.  My friends all gave the recipe a big thumbs up!!

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And — shhhh, don’t tell — I might have saved one bar for later and made it into a little s’mores sundae which I also highly recommend.  ;)

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So cheers to sort-of-camping and sort-of-s’mores.  I hope to have both experiences in my life again…um…immediately.

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S'mores Bars

These S'mores Bars (a.k.a. S'mores Brownies) feature all of the classic ingredients in a simple and delicious bar!

Ingredients:

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 8-10 whole graham crackers (enough to cover the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan)
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

S'mores Topping Ingredients:

  • Hershey's bars (broken into small pieces)
  • Golden Grahams
  • mini marshmallows
  • (optional) melted chocolate for drizzling (**see instructions below**)

Directions:

To Make The Brownies:

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with cooking spray. Then line the bottom of the pan with tightly-packed graham crackers in a single layer. Set aside.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set the mixture aside until it cools to room temperature. (You can pop it in the fridge to speed up this process.)

Stir in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Spread evenly in the baking pan on top of the graham crackers. (Since this is a thick batter, I found that it worked well to drop the dough in large tablespoons all over the graham crackers, and then smooth those out with a spoon to form an even layer of brownie batter.)

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan and sprinkle generously with mini marshmallows.

Turn oven to broil, then return the pan to the oven and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until the marshmallows poof up and JUST barely begin to turn golden. Please watch very carefully at this point, or else the marshmallows can burn or even catch fire.

Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with Hershey's bar pieces and Golden Graham's. Then drizzle with additional melted chocolate if desired. Let cool, then cut and serve.

**To make the melted chocolate, add a crumbled Hershey's bar or some chocolate chips to a microwave-proof bowl.  Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.  If the chocolate is too thick, add in a few teaspoons of shortening to thin it out.  Drizzle with a fork over the s'mores bars.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 21, 2013 @ 6:54 am (#)

    Oh my freaking goodness!! I’m all over this!

  2. Sarah | The Sugar Hit — August 21, 2013 @ 7:00 am (#)

    These bars look AWESOME! I want at least five, stat.

  3. Madison — August 21, 2013 @ 7:01 am (#)

    YUM-o! I love Golden Graham cereal–remember eating that when I was a kid. These smores bars look so ooey gooey and delicious.

  4. Tieghan — August 21, 2013 @ 7:10 am (#)

    Your sort of camping sounds like my kind of camping! Go for a few hours, but then come home maybe shower and go to sleep in a nice clean and warm bed. Yup, my kind of camping! And Ali, these bars are awesome! Quick and easy and insanely delicious! Love the shot with with ice cream on top!

  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 21, 2013 @ 7:47 am (#)

    That sounds like the best kind of camping. I’ll take my s’mores bar a la mode.

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 7:54 am (#)

    I will sort of camp all the way to Timbuktu if it means these bars. omgggg.

  7. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — August 21, 2013 @ 7:56 am (#)

    I like your style of camping girl! Um, also, those bars..BONKERS!

  8. Kristi — August 21, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#)

    That sounds like my kind of camping, even though I would like to do the tent thing to try it out. I haven’t slept in a tent since I was in my teens.

  9. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 21, 2013 @ 8:29 am (#)

    Ali, I will go camping with you any day!! :) Love these bars!

  10. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 21, 2013 @ 8:30 am (#)

    As long as you bring these bars, I’m all set to go camping!!

  11. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 21, 2013 @ 9:49 am (#)

    I love to go camping and would love to have these treats while I am there.

  12. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 21, 2013 @ 10:18 am (#)

    That is totally my kind of camping! But these treats..oh my goodness, crazy insane deliciousness!

  13. aimee @ like mother like daughter — August 21, 2013 @ 10:41 am (#)

    Oh yum! I have a smores bar recipe, that is just like a rice krispy with chocolate and golden grahams. Your version looks even more delicious. I love smores!

  14. Marcie — August 21, 2013 @ 10:55 am (#)

    You’re “sort of” s’mores look better than regular s’mores! I just want to dive in.

  15. Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 21, 2013 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Ohhh boy. Guess I’ll have to make smores bars now. Darn. ;)

  16. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 21, 2013 @ 11:19 am (#)

    I love Clinton lake!! I’m so glad you had a great weekend camping. And I heart you big time for making these. Seriously, drooling!!!

  17. sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am (#)

    yes, yes, 1000x yes! I’m so glad you enjoyed your camping weekend, Ali! I haven’t been camping in about 2 years. But I am no stranger to s’mores! Perfection!

  18. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 21, 2013 @ 11:32 am (#)

    I might have to plan a camping (or sort-of camping :)) trip just to make and eat these bars! SO MUCH YUM.

  19. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 21, 2013 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    These look absolutely heavenly!! I think sort of camping is my type of activity. I used to camp for real when I was younger, but I’m not sure I am up for it now!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 21, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Sort-of camping is my kind of camping. Love these bars!

  21. Anne [A Squared] — August 21, 2013 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I don’t camp and I hate eating messy food, so I LOVE the idea of a s’mores bar! yum.

  22. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 21, 2013 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I could go for a s’mores bar sundae right now! Love all of the chocolate you packed into these!

  23. Ruthy @ Omeletta — August 21, 2013 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    So, so incredibly tasty looking, and gave me an immediate craving for s’mores. And, strangely- Golden Grahams, which I think I have never actually craved in my life, haha!

  24. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — August 21, 2013 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    These are just absolutely fantastic. A great spin to s’mores!

  25. cassie — August 21, 2013 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    These are so pretty! Love the creativity!

  26. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 21, 2013 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    The choco-holic in me is kind of freaking out right now! These look incredible, Ali!

  27. Des — August 21, 2013 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!!

  28. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 21, 2013 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    I need some sort-of-s’mores too! Like RIGHT sort-of-now!

  29. Mary Beth — August 21, 2013 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    These look so delicious and beautiful!! Home run Ali!

  30. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 21, 2013 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    Gahhhhhh!!! These are incredible, Ali!

  31. Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2013 @ 2:47 am (#)

    Ali they’re so pretty and eye-catching! Love golden grahams and smores! I have a recipe for GG Smores from a few years ago and have a new Smores recipe coming this weekend. Your bars are gorgeous and so photogenic :) Beautifulllll pics!

  32. Kathryn — August 22, 2013 @ 3:03 am (#)

    Wow Ali, these bars look just amazing. So totally wonderful and over the top!

  33. Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 22, 2013 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Girlfriend you are speaking my language!!

  34. Charlotte — August 23, 2013 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Not a camper at all… but this might just make me one… Yummy!!!! Will make these on Sunday for a BBQ so sort of like camping…

  35. Cookin Canuck — August 23, 2013 @ 3:40 pm (#)

    That sounds like the perfect sort-of camping trip, and I know my family would dig these sort-of s’mores.

  36. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    Love these, Ali! When Golden Grahams first came on the market, I made RKTs with them and added Cocoa Puffs and chocolate chips. This brings back those memories. Fabulous recipe, girl! Already pinned!

  37. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — August 27, 2013 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    These look lovely, Ali! NOM.

  38. Coty and Mariah — August 28, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#)

    These look too good to be true! Perfect for camping, or pretend camping :)

  39. Lynn — August 30, 2013 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Just made these for the first time today. A new tray bake for Northern Ireland and went down a storm with my American work mates. A taste of home!!!! Will be made again I can tell you.

  40. Kristen — August 30, 2013 @ 4:41 pm (#)

    I made these and they are so good, but for some reason my brownies crumble instead of…you know…stay solid. Did I perhaps cook them too long?

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  41. Nutmeg Nanny — August 30, 2013 @ 10:22 pm (#)

    I think my heart just stopped…this is incredible!

  42. Maureen — September 1, 2013 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    What about the mini chocolate chips? I did not see when to add them.

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 5:10 pm (#)

      Hi Maureen,

      There are actually no mini chocolate chips in this recipe. Just the chocolate in the brownies and the drizzle and bars on top. :)

      ~Ali

  43. Johnna@thecharmitspot — December 27, 2013 @ 11:33 am (#)

    I am salivating here! S’mores are good with or without a tent and campfire. Need to try this version!!

  44. Cindy — April 6, 2014 @ 3:07 pm (#)

    I am so going to make this for Easter dinner’s dessert!

  45. Alisha — June 7, 2014 @ 9:07 pm (#)

    The first I tried this, th marshmallow caught on fire

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