Summery S’more Bars

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There are many flavors that make me think of summer: Watermelon, hot dogs, potato salad and many other foods that would grace my picnic table. But the one food that truly says summer to me is s’mores. Just the mention of s’mores brings back many happy memories of sticky fingers, burnt tree branches, glowing embers, starry skies, lightning bugs and happy tummies.  Over the years I’ve seen lots of recipes that try to capture the flavors of s’mores into a bar or cookie form, but many of those recipes fell short of what I thought they would be. What I was looking for was the melty feel of a freshly browned marshmallow, the crunch of the graham cracker and the chunky goodness of the bite of chocolate. So, I set out to replicate that myself…

My chocolate of choice has always been Hershey’s. Sure, I enjoy a high end salted caramel or other such chocolate finery now and again, but my heart belongs to Hershey’s. A s’more just isn’t a s’more without it.

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There are a total of eight bars folded into my S’more Bars batter. That and a whole ten ounces of broken graham cracker pieces. I left the graham crackers in large pieces because I wanted a layered effect with different textures in every bite. Just like a real s’more.

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And of course there are marshmallows. In my dream world I would make the marshmallows from scratch. But the reality is that if I have no time to light up a campfire and make real s’mores, sticks and all, then I have no business trying to whip up scratch marshmallows. As a mom of four, I can only do so much. That’s why I  love this bar s’more recipe. No fuss!

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When the bars come out of the oven, you are totally going to want to slice them up immediately because the smell is going to kill you. Really, my whole house filled up with the scent of chocolate and sugar. My kids were tortured by waiting for them to come out of the oven.

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But, you will have to wait a bit because they will be very gooey. Just like a real s’more. So, it’s best to wait and let them set for about two hours in the fridge. Or, if you absolutely can’t handle waiting, use a serving spoon and dish it up in a bowl. And if you add a scoop of ice cream over top, I promise not to tell.

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S’more Bars

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
10oz graham crackers, broken into large pieces
1 10oz bag of marshmallows
8 Hershey bars, broken into small pieces

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 9×13 baker.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a stand mixer (or handheld), cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time and mix over low/­medium speed just until incorporated.

Add vanilla and mix over low­/medium speed for another minute.

Add flour mixture slowly and mix just until incorporated.

By hand, fold in graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

Press into greased 9×13 baker. Bake in a 350º oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

(When you are inserting your toothpick to check for doneness, try to aim for the batter areas. Avoid the chocolate or marshmallows as of course the toothpick will be sticky. Shoot for the batter to get a better feel for doneness.)

Allow the bars to cool in the fridge before serving. Store bars in the refrigerator.

S’more Bars. All the flavors of the campfire treat without having to start the fire. Somewhere out there a tree thanks you.

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  1. 3

    The Next Step says

    holy crap this just made my mouth water!!
    I’ve recently introduced my 3 girls to the heaven that is s’mores and this would be SO awesome to make this weekend! thanks for the recipe!!

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    Jen says

    I tried to make these tonight but about 15 minutes in to cooking, the edges, bottom and top were burning (not on fire, just turning very black.) So I had to take them out and then of course, the inside was raw. =( I thought I followed the recipe exactly… but ended up throwing the entire glass pan out in a postpartum rage. Any additional tips that weren’t already mentioned or can I just use this as an excuse for a new oven? Lol.

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      Jen says

      Of course the real travesty of the whole thing was the fact that it was EIGHT bars of chocolate going into the trash. =( I felt like I was going to be arrested for crimes against womanhood on that one.

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        Jen says

        Thanks Michele. I set it to 350F but I am suspicious of our oven being higher than its setting so I may have to try this again and will let everyone know. =) Prob a half batch this time just in case! Hee hee.

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        Michele says

        Oh and Jen, try going 25 degrees lower with glass.
        Just try again. It would be ashame not to eat something so yummy.
        And u can buy a super cheap thermometer to set in your oven. I’ve had to do that before too.

        Good luck, Michele

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    Krista says

    I don’t know if your mixing bowl and 9×13 pan are just much bigger than mine or what, but this recipe ended up making TWO full pans and it was too much for my mixing bowl so I had to kind of mix the marshmallows in as I poured. At least it’s easy to cut in half for next time!

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    Jasbir @jaasbeeray says

    Oh la la. This has all the ingredients I love. It’s still school break here (another week, yeay!) and mom’s coming over tomorrow. Looks like I must try this and impress the baker (my mom) and of course my kids :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. 13

    says

    Yea! Now I can use the s’more ingredients I bought for the Cub Scout campout that we couldn’t use because of fire restrictions. I will make these before the next campout next month! Thank you!

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