S’mores Bars

Eating a s’more brings out the kid in all of us. The sticky fingers, the melted chocolate getting everywhere, the need for 10 napkins … ahhhh, pure bliss. A true s’more is made over the campfire, but if you’re like me, finding a fire pit at your disposal isn’t as easy as it used to be. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them in a differently presented format…a bar, to be exact.

These s’mores bars are delightful and quite honestly a fast treat to whip up in the kitchen if you have the willpower not to drool everywhere while they bake.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 12 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4-6 chocolate bars, depending on size.I used Aero for my peanut-free enjoyment, but e.g Cadbury bars are much bigger than Aeros.
  • 1/2 bag of mini marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 pan. In a small sauce pot, melt your butter fully on a low heat.

Next, in a medium bowl, combine the graham crackers, powdered sugar and spoon the melted butter in, mixing every third tbsp measure or so, until the texture of the crumbs becomes crumbly and sand-like. I used up to 10 tbsps myself. You want the butter to properly incorporate and absorb into the crumbs to prevent butter pools — though it sounds delicious, you don’t want an oily graham cracker crust!

Using the palm of your hand, pack the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the baking dish until they form a compact bottom layer.

Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until the edges are toasty and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Then, situate your chocolate bar squares evenly around the crust and melt for 3-4 minutes. Some chocolate may melt evenly, however when you remove from the oven, take the back of a regular cereal spoon and evenly spread out the melted chocolate to the edges of the crust for an even bite.

Allow the chocolate layer to cool for up to ten minutes before adding an even layer of mini marshmallows along the top of the bar.

If you’re looking to eat these guys now, set your oven to broil. You are broiling for less than two minutes, and I’m not kidding here. Please don’t walk away when you’re broiling because the the marshmallows will smoke and catch fire very easily if you don’t remove them after they have slightly browned on top. If you are looking to prepare these s’mores bars ahead of time, then you can easily cover the bars with plastic wrap and set aside until ready. Follow the same broil instructions as mentioned.

Allow to cool completely before slicing — if they get too sticky while slicing, wipe down your knife in between slices for optimal clean cut. All you need now is a blazing campfire crackling away (streamed on the TV of course) , a night sky, and some acoustic guitar jams while you chow down on these addicting s’mores bars.

Peace and good eats,
-A❁

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