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Crunchy Gooey Campfire S’mores Bars

It’s campfire time of year again.  And in celebration of that, we need a S’mores Bars for a Crowd recipe and a family size s’mores bar recipe for our hungry kids at home.

Our church was planning on holding a campout recently and I was seriously contemplating breaking my staunch camping rule (DON’T) in favor of getting to cook for large groups of hungry teens.  Fortunately, the forecast called for rain and the campout was cancelled, so I was delighted I wouldn’t be camping and bummed I wouldn’t be cooking for a crowd (says no one ever – except me!)   But I couldn’t get the S’mores Bar idea out of my mind – so here you go.

You’ll Love this easy, delicious recipe!

If you’re looking for an easy treat for family get-togethers, school activities, backyard barbecues, block parties, and bake sales, the S’mores Bars for a Crowd Recipe will quickly become one of your all-time favorites.  It combines everything you love about fire roasted s’mores — crunchy graham crackers, golden-crispy gooey marshmallows, and creamy chocolate in an easy to make bar that holds together well for serving a crowd.

It’s simple to pull together with a few simple ingredients.

It comes together in no time

Start by crushing the graham crackers in a food processor, pulsing until they have a texture like the picture below.  I tried crushing them with a rolling pin while they were in a baggie, and you can do that too if you don’t have a food processor – but if you DO have a food processor, use it – it’s easier and the texture is better.  I tried several different versions of graham crackers.  I like the Nabisco Grahams better. They have more flavor than the other 2 brands I tried.

Then simply place the sugar and butter in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or use an electric hand mixer and beat on high speed until they look like this.

Add the egg and vanilla to the butter sugar mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.  Then add the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just combined.  Next set aside 1/3 of the graham cracker mixture to be topping on the bars and dump the remaining mixture into the prepared pan.

Gently press the remaining mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.

You can substitute chocolate chips for the coarsely chopped chocolate bar, although I like the uneven chunky-ness of the coarse chopped chocolate bar.  Chop the chocolate into varying size pieces like so.

To make it easier to spread, microwave the marshmallow cream for about 15 seconds then spread the cream evenly over the graham cracker crust.  Next sprinkle with the chocolate chips and/or chunks of chocolate.

Finally, sprinkle the bars with the reserved crust mixture and the mini marshmallows and you’re ready to pop it in the oven.

Now just bake until the crust is dark brown and the marshmallows are golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes and you’re rewarded with this.

Trust me, it won’t last long.

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Family Size S'mores Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These S'mores bars have all the ease of a classic bar, paired with more of everything you love in a classic campfire treat.  They come together quickly and easily.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , (1 stick) - at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs (this is typically 2 1/2 packages of crackers in a 4 package box)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  3. Place the sugar and butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternatively, you can use an electric hand mixer and large bowl.) Beat on high speed until creamy and light in color, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until incorporated. While still on low speed, add the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just combined.

  4. Transfer 1/3 of the graham cracker mixture to a small bowl — this will go on top of the bars before baking. Press the remaining 2/3 of the graham mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.
  5. Put the marshmallow cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds. Spread the marshmallow cream evenly over the graham cracker crust. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, followed by the marshmallows. Sprinkle the bars with the reserved crust mixture.
  6. Bake until the crust is dark brown and the marshmallows are golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour in the pan before cutting into 16 bars for serving.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Storage: Can be stored in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

Large Group

 

S'mores Bars for a Crowd
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This crust makes these easy to cut in squares.  They will hold together very sell for serving to a crowd.  Items cooked on a half sheet can be sliced into 4 rows by 6 rows to yield 24 servings. I generally go for the 24 portions if I’m cooking for groups of 150 or less. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Cooking for a Crowd
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter , at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
 (this is 1 box plus 1 additional package)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
  • 1 (13 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) bag mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Place rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat a 13 x 18 half sheet baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Place the sugar and butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer and large bowl.) Beat on high speed until creamy and light in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides, add the eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until incorporated.

  4. Once incorporated, set the mixer to low speed and add the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just combined.
  5. Transfer 1/3 of the graham cracker mixture to a small bowl — this will go on top of the bars before baking. Using your hands, press the remaining 2/3 of the graham mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.
  6. Put the marshmallow cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. Spread the marshmallow cream in a thin layer evenly over the graham cracker crust. If the crust begins to pull up, patch it with some of the reserved gram cracker mixture and re-microwave the marshmallow cream another 15 seconds to make it easier to spread.
  7. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, followed by the marshmallows. Sprinkle the bars with the reserved crust mixture and the remaining chocolate.
  8. Bake until the crust is dark brown and the marshmallows are golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour in the pan before cutting into 24 bars for serving.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Storage: Can be stored in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

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