Smore Bars

You know smores, the ones where you need to build a fire, burn it down to coals, stick a marshmallow on a stick, put the marshmallow over the coals while turning your face left and right in an effort to provide some kind of relief to the burning heat, blow out your marshmallow that just caught on fire, create a sandwich with the now burnt marshmallow with graham cracker and chocolate, then make a huge mess trying to eat the thing as the chocolate is hard, the graham cracker is crumbly and the marshmallow is gooey.  But oh do they taste good!

Want in on a secret?  You can make smores at home without the mess and burned face.

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Blend up two packages of graham crackers into a powder.  If you don’t have a food processor you can do this in a blender or put it in a large ziplock and whack at it with a rolling pin.
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Mix in salt, sugar and melted butter.
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Press the moistened graham cracker, withholding 1/2 a cup, into a pan lined with tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray then bake until lightly golden.Smore+Bar+4

Melt 3 cups of milk chocolate chips and spread them over the graham cracker layer.

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Press 3 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows into the chocolate and sprinkle the withheld graham crackers over any visible chocolate.  Put the whole thing under the broiler for 20-30 seconds until the marshmallows are light to medium brown.  Seriously, watch those marshmallows closely.  My last batch of these literally caught on fire in under a minute.  🙂
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Put the bars into the fridge for at least 2 hours to cool the chocolate.  Then lift out and cut into bars.

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Smore Bars
adapted from Anne Thornton

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 18 plain graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with foil. You want to leave about 4 inches of overhang on the 2 opposite sides. Grease the foil with cooking spray.

In your food processor, grind the graham crackers into a fine meal. In a large bowl, combine your crumbs with the sugar, salt and melted butter. Set aside a heaping 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture for the topping. Evenly press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom the foil-lined pan. Put the crust into the oven and bake until it is golden brown,12 to 15 minutes. Let cool while you prepare the chocolate.

Melt the milk chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until fully melted. Or, you can microwave the chocolate on low power, stirring after 2 minutes.

Pour the melted chocolate over the cooled graham cracker crust. Spread the chocolate evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the chocolate and press them lightly into the chocolate. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over and in between the marshmallows so that you cannot see the chocolate peaking through the marshmallows. Broil the bars 6 inches from the broiler until the marshmallows are golden brown, 20-30 seconds.

Refrigerate the bars until the chocolate is hard about 2 hours. Lift out of the pan and cut into 24 squares.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Smore Bars

  1. I officially love you. Will you be my wife? :oP You painted the picture so well! I was yearning for a s'mores-y treat and simultaneously dreading the execution. I am making these ASAP, thank you for sharing!!

  2. lol! I'm glad you like the idea. Not only are these easier to make and eat, I think they taste even better. Maybe the bit of salt and sugar in the graham cracker. 🙂

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