Is there any combination better than melted chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers? The way the sweetness of the marshmallow cuts the richness of the chocolate? The way the hearty graham flavor just brings it all together? If it’s not clear by now, the s’mores combo is probably my favorite flavor combination. To me, this is a quintessential winter dessert. It reminds me of roasting marshmallows in front of the fireplace on cold snowy nights. Even now, the smell of a fireplace makes me think only of marshmallows. I’ve been told that other people think of s’mores as a summer treat, something about the outdoors and camping. I’m definitely not a camper, so this means nothing to me. But regardless of whether you think of this as a summer or winter treat, you will love these s’mores bars!
These are ridiculously easy to put together. You essentially make a dough that is very similar to a chocolate chip cookie dough, with the addition of graham cracker crumbs. You divide this in half and spread the first half in a square baking dish. Cover this with chocolate and then some fluff, and then top with the other half of the dough. Bake for about 30 minutes and then prepare yourself for a gooey piece of heaven, especially if you microwave it for 10 seconds.
Makes 16 bars. Adapted from the Hershey’s website
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white sugar*
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (approximately 7 graham crackers)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 regular sized Hershey bars, 3 king sized bars, or 2 giant bars**
- 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff or creme (one 7.5 oz jar)
Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
Cream the butter and sugar(s) together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well. In a small bowl, add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Divide the dough in half and press one half into the pan. Place the chocolate bars over the dough, breaking as needed. Cover the chocolate with the marshmallow fluff, use an offset spatula to spread evenly.
Place the remaining dough between two large sheets of wax paper or parchment. Roll the dough so it is large enough to cover the fluff. Peel off a layer of wax paper and place the dough on top of the marshmallow. Peel off the remaining top layer of wax paper.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy!
*Use any combination of white and brown sugar you’d like. I tend to use 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar, but you could also use 3/4 white sugar.
**Use any brand or type of chocolate you’d like. High quality chocolate will be amazing in this, but Hershey’s (or something similar) gives it a more authentic s’mores flavor.