I’ve been kicking the idea of S’mores Bars around for a long time. Actually, years ago, I used to make some that had Golden Graham Cereal and they were really fun. Maybe that will be a post someday. But today, I wanted my Best Easy S’mores Bars to be graham crackers and chocolate and marshmallows, just like a real S’more.
And I wanted The Best Easy S’mores Bars to be loaded to the hilt with ooey gooey deliciousness with a little of the crispiness of the graham crackers. And I wanted them very easy to make. Like drop dead simple. So anyone can make them at the drop of a hat!
About The Best Easy S’mores Bars:
I first came across a recipe for S’more Bars using a chocolate chip cookie base, and it looked outstanding. I ultimately decided to build my Best Easy S’mores Bars on a graham cracker crust instead because, well graham crackers – a graham cracker base just screams S’mores, doesn’t it? I really did want an easy S’mores Bar recipe, too, that wasn’t too much to throw together for home or for packing away to a get-together, especially since this is a holiday week.
Holiday weeks can take a toll if you’re entertaining and/or have multiple commitments. We used to have a lot of “food days” at work which I loved, but between cooking or baking something for that and doing the same for family and/or other commitments, it could all be a bit much. Not that I have that problem anymore, being at home and all and having turned into a semi-reclusive blogger, lol! But still! Easy is better! And there’s nothing easier than a press in graham cracker crust!
I also wanted some texture to the Best Easy S’mores Bars and added in some roughly crumbled up graham crackers. It was so perfect combined with the layers of marshmallows and chocolate. There’s basically three kinds of chocolate in these S’more Bars – milk chocolate & semi-sweet chocolate chips and Hershey’s bars on the top! I had both chips in the house, but you can go with all of one or the other of chocolate chips. It just seems to me that Hershey Bars kind of fall in between the taste of the milk chocolate chips and the semi-chocolate chips, even though they’re labeled milk chocolate. I do love me a Hershey Bar!! And I love me a S’more, even more!
Making The Best Easy S’mores Bars:
You easily customize The Best Easy S’mores Bars. That’s part of the reason I’m calling them the best. The other is because I’m
egotistic a perfectionist just want to rate high in the search engines really, really liking these bars! Maybe it’s a little of all of the above, lol, although that egotistic is tempered with lots & lots of self-doubt!! Seriously, I do love my Besy Easy S’mores Bars and wanted you to be able to find them! The Best Easy S’mores Bars are a cinch to make and fast! Like 10 minutes to put together and 20 to 30 to bake. You probably will want some cooling time, though.
As far as the Graham Cracker Crust, I like to press it down with the flat bottom of my measuring cup, but before I press down, I lightly push the crumbs sideways along the edges to form a bit of a lip. That helps to keep the chocolate and melty ooey gooey marshmallow from sticking to the sides of the pan and maybe even running down it a bit. There’s no need to line the pan, btw. The bars will come out cleanly.
Tweaking the Best Easy S’mores Bars is easy; you can add even more chocolate and more marshmallows. I’d go with about a cup each or even a little more if you really want these bars over the top decadent. I think some restraint is better, though. You don’t want to kill anyone! The other way to customize is with the baking time. Go for about 15 to 20 minutes, just to barely melt the chocolate and marshmallows if you want the marshmallow portion to be melty and stretchy. I covered mine loosely with foil so they wouldn’t continue to brown and baked mine a full 30 minutes, which dried the marshmallows enough so they were not so messy and the bars were nice and crispy. It’s up to you.
Saving Money on The Best Easy S’mores Bars:
All these ingredients can be bought on sale, especially during the Summer Holiday Sales. The stores in our area usually put out several sales over most of the Summer Holidays, and the Hershey bars & marshmallows are often a “coupon” item, so watch those sales closely. This weekend really is the last of the big summer holiday sales, and if you check my link, you’ll find all kinds of items to stock up on!
When I think about buying groceries on a holiday weekend, I don’t think about just what I need for the weekend or the following week. I use the great sales to stock up on all kinds of things that are on sale and think about when the next big holiday sale is going to be. That would be the pretty minor fall sales and Halloween sales, then Thanksgiving. Labor Day is really unique in that it falls right at the end of summer, so many items, like condiments and napkins and certain types of meats, especially, won’t hit another low until next summer.
The Best Easy S'mores Bars
Graham Cracker Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 to 12 full sheets of crackers)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and warm
For the Bars:
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup miniature marshmallows
- 9 sheets of graham cracker, roughly broken into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces, along with any smaller crumbs that come about with the breaking
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 2 Hershey bars, broken along the lines for “garnishing”
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.
Mix together crust ingredients and press into pan, forming a slight, about 1/3 inch lip around the edges. Layer ingredients in order given, except for the Hershey bars.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes for gooier bars, just until the chocolate is melty nd the marshmallows slightly browned. Check one of the chips in the middle bottom by putting a toothpick gently in the center. If it comes out with gooey chocolate the bars may be removed from the oven. If crispier bars are desired, after the marshmallows are golden brown (15 to 20 minutes) cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake 10 minutes longer.
When just out of the oven, randomly insert the Hershey pieces at an angle right into the marshmallows. If desired, cover lightly for a few minutes so they melt a bit and collapse onto the marshmallows (they’ll stick better.) Remove foil after a few minutes and let bars cool to the desired temperature.
Note: If over the top decadence is desired, add an additional cup of marshmallows to the two cup measure and an additional cup of milk chocolate chips,