A crunchy graham cracker cookie crust, melted chocolate, and sticky marshmallows make these gooey s’mores bars the perfect portable version of your favorite childhood summer treat.
It’s time to admit something. I might have a teeny tiny addiction to everything s’mores flavored.
I don’t know what it is, but something about that melted chocolate + charred gooey marshmallow combination is totally irresistable.
Maybe it’s nostalgia from my many summer spent at overnight camp. Perhaps it’s getting to feel like a kid again, despite being very much not a kid, with two children of my own.
Or really, it could just be because s’mores are universally adored because graham crackers + marshmallows + chocolate is the best combination, ever.
Regardless, this is the first of not one, not two, but three s’mores themed desserts I have in the queue for this summer. Like I said, I can’t help it!
First up, we have these ooey gooey s’mores bars. It’s basically everything you love about a s’more, except you can make it ahead of time in your oven.
Eating your s’mores in bar form makes them perfectly portable for BBQs and picnics — no fire pit necessary!
My first attempt at s’mores bars was for a lab picnic last summer, because what goes better with a hot summer outdoor picnic than s’mores? But they wound up a little crunchier than I wanted.
We want nice and gooey here — just like a real s’more, with the marshmallow oozing out the sides!
I legitimately thought about these all winter long. I mean, there’s no logical reason that I couldn’t bake up a batch in the middle of January, but I’m a pretty firm believer in baking for the season.
S’mores mean summer, so I felt obligated to wait.
And let me tell you, these were well worth the wait. A few tweaks to my original recipe, and we had giant ooey, gooey s’mores bars, with melty chocolate and stringy soft marshmallows. Perfection.
(Well, almost. Here’s where I’ll admit that I prefer my marshmallows burnt on the outside, which does not happen with these gooey s’mores bars. But if you’re like me, go get yourself a kitchen torch and put it to work. And then send me a piece.)
Just like a s’more has four layers, so do these s’mores bars.
That’s it: super simple. Then bake everything for a few minutes (don’t overbake!!), let it cool, and dig in. Personal advice: cut these bars large. Or cut them small and expect everyone to take three.
Because believe me, they are way too good to stop after just one bite.
A crunchy graham cracker cookie crust, melted chocolate, and sticky marshmallows make these gooey s’mores bars a portable version of a classic summer treat.
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