S’mores Bars

Growing up we had a family reunion up in the Graham Mountains in Arizona every summer with my dad’s side of the family. I have 82 first cousins on my dad’s side alone so we were never bored and definitely made our fair share of mischief around camp. The best part for me about the reunion is when the whole family would make the hike up to Ladybug Tower. As you get closer to the tower you start seeing ladybugs here and there.

We even would have ladybug fights where we would grab handfuls of ladybugs and throw them at each other (in retrospect…yuck). When we finally reached the tower there were ladybugs everywhere in sight…on all of the surrounding rocks and all over the Ladybug Tower. Then, all of the uncles would climb up the tower and throw down money and candy to the little kids who would scramble all over the base of the tower to gather the goods.

Ahh…memories.

Sometimes when I’m putting my kids to bed at night I tell my boys about the Ladybug Tower and their eyes get all big with excitement.

Tomorrow, we are headed to the Grahams and to Ladybug Tower. Hopefully we will see some ladybugs so my boys won’t be disappointed. I’ve warned them that the cold or rain can scare the ladybugs off but there’s only so much preparation you can give eager little boys. So while we are off making S’mores around the fire, make these. These may be one of my favorite bars ever. They are rich and gooey. Mostly, I’m in love with the crust.

S’mores Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 king-sized Hershey's milk chocolate bars (if you want a more subtle chocolate flavor use regular sized chocolate bars; enough to fit)
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (7 1/2 oz jar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer no more than 1/4 inch thick. Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff. This part can be tricky. I made little disks with the dough and formed them into a sheet on some parchment paper then transferred it over. Spread it around gently. Some readers had success by rolling the top dough layer in between two sheets of plastic wrap until it's in a square then placed it on top.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 16 cookie bars.

Notes

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  1. Seriously Christy…..looks like heaven! My mouth is watering, but I can’t make them!!! I turn 30 in two months and HAVE to make my goal weight….maybe when I get there I will make these to celebrate and do a little happy dance….then not eat for two days!!

  2. I won’t be able to stop thinking about these until I make them. Thanks a lot for tempting me. Love your blog!

  3. I’m drooling – have to agree with Jane!

  4. I want to eat my computer screen! I can’t wait to make these, I love s’mores so I’m sure I’ll love these.

  5. They are FABULOUS aren’t they?

  6. YUM! Christy these look so good!

  7. Oh my god. This look heavenly. I need to make them the next time I need a dessert – I’m bookmarking this one!

  8. We’ve wanted to go camping all summer, but it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen. We’ll just have to make these instead to get the experience! They look delish!

  9. looks like the perfect summer dessert. The way you have personal stories with the food, great recipes and such a cute personalty and face, you should totally try out to the the next food network star. you could totally do it. ever thought about it?

  10. heavenly picture

  11. positively delicious looking bars!!!

  12. What a beautiful tradition. I hope your boys enjoy their visit and there are numerous ladybugs for all!
    I was never a S’Mores eater but I am going to try these-this is my type of dessert!
    Have a lovely visit, cheers.

  13. Those look delicious! I have been on a s’mores kick all summer…and I confess, I have been making mine in the toaster oven! Better than nothing, right?

  14. OMG!! These look so heavenly and I wanna make them soooo bad but I’m scared!!, cause I know I’ll eat them ALL!!!!

  15. Holy Cow! An answer for those of us who aren’t allowed to have a campfire in the yard!

  16. Oh my! Wow! This looks delicious! A must try!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

  17. These look so yummy!

  18. Oh, my goodness, those bars look so good! Thanks for sharing your memories and your recipe.

  19. These look awesome! I am pretty much sold on anything s’mores!

  20. These are SO yummy! Thank you for sharing! I made them this afternoon and we have already eaten half of them. Oops… ( ;

    I posted about it this afternoon:
    http://craftydrmom.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/smores-anyone/

  21. Ohhhh yeah, these are sexy…can’t wait to make them! I’m sure they won’t look sexy when they turn into lard on my butt. Oh well!

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  23. These look so gooey and delicious. Hope you and the kiddos have a great time!

  24. So my friend just told me about your blog. She is not much of a blogger herself. But she knows I love food blogs. I believe her mother in law in Huntington Beach told her about your blog. So your recipes look amazing. But even better I look at your picture and then your name and I swear we worked together at Outback Steakhouse way back when. My name is Hillary was Gibson but got married while working at outback at my last name is Crump. Just wanted to see if I am thinking of the right person.

  25. Oh, My this looks delicious. So fun to hear back from you. It has been so long since I have been into Outback. I left Outback about 4 months after Jeff took over for Noel. We moved to Las Vegas from there and now our back in Southern California where I am from. I can’t take any credit for the photos. My husband takes them all. He likes photography and it is a hobby for him. I am excited to follow your blog now. I am going to add it to my list of food blogs on my blog roll. I am a sucker for treats. But I just started to try to really eat Healthy did get the lingering weight off from my third baby. I will have to hold off on the sweets for now.

  26. I hope you find plenty of ladybugs! These bars look amazing. Who needs camping when you can make these in the comfort of home? Thanks for sharing!

  27. I used to hate it when your family would leave for the Graham mountains, because Susan was gone for so long and she always had so much fun without me! I’m glad that it is still your family tradition. You were just a little girl when I moved but maybe you’ll remember my name–Donna Durney. Love your blog!

  28. So I made these and they were really yummy. I had to subsitute choc chips and actual marshmallows (minis woudl have been better), but it was still yummy…they were even better for breakfast this morning!!!

  29. hi. clicked to follow your blog starting today! i found you thru another friend’s blog that i follow. anyway, loving the s’mores bar, yummmmmy! i made something very close to these as well- they are featured here at this post: http://keepingupwiththesonneks.blogspot.com/2010/07/weekend-recap-ii.html if you would like to try them again sometime but just a tad different presenation wise ;) thanks for all the shares! can’t wait to find something to make/bake -A

  30. These sure look yummy, thanks for the recipe.

  31. I made these last night and they are so wonderful!! A new favorite and I can’t wait to make them again. Thank you!!

  32. We definitely need to quadruple this recipe. We had it at my baby’s blessing today and it only made an 8×8. With being a family (of 40+) favorite, it had to be cut tiny and kept on the ‘down low’ as to how amazing it was.

    I can’t wait to try everything else I have been salivating over on this blog. You’ve hit my tastes right on the head.

  33. I just made these and I’m waiting for them to cool…. probably can’t wait that long it smells too good in here! Thanks for the recipe :)

  34. thanks for the recipe!!

    here is the post I made on it:
    http://www.sistersrunningthekitchen.com/2011/03/smore-bars-happy-birthday-kelly/

  35. My family loves this recipe! I found a good way to make the “top” of the bars. Form both “halves” of the dough by pressing them into the pan one at a time. Turn the first one out onto parchment paper before layering back on top of the chocolate and marshmallow. Simply flip it over onto the top before baking. Perfect fit! Works great. Sue

  36. Oh YEAH! These are really good! I was glad I read the comment about making the top crust on a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Worked perfectly! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it ROCKS!

  37. What time of year do the ladybugs come out? I live in the area and I’d love to take my kids there too. Thanks for the post!

  38. @Robinson Ranch,
    Wow! Small world. I’m not sure that I know that when they come out but we were there in July and they were there. Magical place!

  39. Thanks, Christy. I remember taking the kids to Mt. Lemmon around that time of year and accidentally stumbling on the same phenomenom. It was so cool and the kids have been wanting to go again, but I wasn’t sure when we were there! I like Mt. Graham better anyway – not as crowded! We live in Benson.

  40. I made these tonight and everyone loved them!!! Thank you for the recipe!! I just love your blog and your food photography skills are amazing.

    Thanks from South Dakota!!

  41. You mentioned it was a little tricky to spread the graham cracker crust on top of the marshmallow fluff – would it work if I flipped the chocolate and fluff layers, so that I would be spreading the top layer of graham crust on the chocolate, instead? Could that work? It might be easier to spread, anyway!

    And thanks so much for this recipe, it looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it.

  42. @Sara,
    You could definitely flip the layers. Great idea. I think it was in that order orginally trying to mimic an actual smores. Some readers rolled out the top crust in between saran wrap then layed it on top. Good luck.

  43. anontwobabies says:

    yums!!!!! just made these. i doubled the recipe and crumbled 9 honey maid graham crackers. i also traced the top of my pan and formed and pressed the dough to that outline. just flip it on top of the fluff and voila you’re done!!!

  44. Seriously incredible…best crust ever!

  45. Hi Christy! Is it possible to use marshmallows as a substitute for marshmallow fluff?
    Thanks!