A Campfire Classic Now an Anytime Treat
Just as the name says, these bars are filled with the ooey-gooey goodness of toasted marshmallow, melted chocolate and buttery graham cracker. Bonus–there's no mess! Skip the roasting sticks and pass a plate of these around the campfire. You don't need a camp chair to enjoy these bars, though. This sweet treat is also great for tea time, potlucks, parties and holiday dessert tables.I love to share recipes from our former tearoom, but do you know these recipes are meant to be much more than just dainty bites for an afternoon tea party? At the heart of my recipes, the reason they exist, is a desire to feed family and friends and to feed them well. After years of planning afternoon tea menus and special high tea events, I’ve learned one thing: Versatility is a necessity in my kitchen! The recipes I use and create, must be flexible enough to manage the many different kinds of meal prep I do. I’m a lady who loves to entertain, but I’m first and foremost, a wife and mom with a family that gets hungry for real food! I want to share with you all the recipes and tips that I use to fill our family dining table with good food.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups your favorite chocolate chips white, milk, semi-sweet or dark
- 13 oz marshmallow creme
- 10 oz miniature marshmallows
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper allowing sides to hang over; spray with bakers’ spray.
- Using a stand mixer or wooden spoon, beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
- Stir in graham cracker crumbs, flour, and salt. Mix until a soft dough comes together. Mixture will be soft and coarse.
- Press about ¾ of the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Spread marshmallow cream across the dough using the back of a wet spoon.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the marshmallow cream.
- Cover the chocolate chips with the miniature marshmallows.
- Finally, drop bits of the remaining graham cracker mixture on the top of the miniature marshmallows. Press dough lightly. Note, there will be gaps in the top layer.
- Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed and lightly toasted and the graham cracker crust is golden brown.
- Allow bars to cool at least 30 minutes. Lift from dish using the edges of the parchment paper before cutting into desired size bars.
What are S’Mores Bars?Ooey, gooey and delicious for sure. They’re bar cookies made with graham cracker crumbs and filled with chocolate and marshmallow, just like the original. Bonus: there’s no sticky mess! Buttery, rich graham cracker dough is topped with marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and more of that delectable graham cracker dough. These bars are super easy to make and a bit of a show-stopper at first glance as the marshmallow peeking through the baked graham cracker cookie will make anyone stop and say “whoa!” What I love so much about these bars is
- A little bit will do you (remember that old slogan?)
- So much flavor is packed into each bite
- No sticky fingers and no marshmallow drips on your shoes.
What you need to make these bars
- graham crackers
- marshmallow creme
- mini marshmallows
- chocolate chips (any flavor and any size)
I’m not planning to participate in any camping activity, why should I make these?Great question! I know not everyone is into bonfires or camping. While I think these are phenomenal passed around a campfire, there are plenty of other reasons to make a batch. These Ooey-gooey S’Mores Bars are also great for:
- a petite sweet for an autumn themed afternoon tea party
- portable dessert for potlucks and chili cook-offs
- something unique at cookie exchanges and swap parties
- a fun project for an indoor campout
- sharing with your chocolate loving friends–just be sure to add the dark chocolate!
A Final Thought:Many of the recipes I share were created or customized for our popular tearoom. They are all quite special to me and I encourage you to try them. I think you’ll find they are for much more than just teatime. It has always been important to me that my recipes are approachable and versatile in nature. All my recipes can be prepared to serve as part of an afternoon tea service and as heartier servings for a hungry family. I hope you try them all and share them with your family and friends. I also hope you get lots of “oohs and aahs” from your special people when you do. There are few things more satisfying to a home-chef than receiving wide-eyed enthusiasm from the ones we enjoy cooking for.
Tea Recommendations:I’ve been recommending teas for many years now and I suggest the following to serve with these amazing Ooey-gooey S’mores Bars, but these flavors are excellent for sipping any time of day and any time of year:
- S’Mores Black Tea
- This smoky black tea blend is bursting with bits of chocolate, graham cracker and teeny marshmallows
- Paris in a Teacup Black Tea
- Our Signature Tea is perfect with everything
- Chocolate Caramel Truffle Black Tea
- Chocolate and caramel with more chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker? Why, yes, please!
- Kentucky Lady Black Tea
- This fruity tea offers tangy pomegranate notes that pair well with the richness of these bars
- Mocha Latte Black Tea
- This bold, coffee-scented black tea boasts actual coffee beans, chocolate morsels and bits of real maple sugar
- French Caramel Crème Brulee Rooibos
- You can never go wrong with rich caramel flavor
- Pumpkin Chai Spice Rooibos
- Created with sweater weather and bonfires in mind, this rooibos tisane is packed with warm spices
- Tchaikovsky’s Memory Rooibos
- Fruity almond and papaya give this rich rooibos full-bodied flavor