S’mores Cheesecake Bars

As if I needed another dessert addiction, it seems I have found one – cheesecake bars.  They are just too convenient!  My favorite indulgent dessert packaged into a smaller, more portable, and slightly less guilty serving.  Then, throw into the mix the classic flavor combo of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow – I stand no chance in resisting.  I loved ’em.  Another bonus was getting to use my kitchen torch.  It is so fun to use and in this case, it really helped achieve the authentic campfire s’more flavor because the marshmallows rapidly caught on fire (don’t worry, I quickly blew it out!)  My only change for next time will be to add a bit of sour cream to the batter to provide more creaminess that I found slightly lacking.  I have indicated this in the recipe below.  I already have my eye on the next type of cheesecake bars I want to try – stay tuned for that!

S’mores Cheesecake Bars
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For the crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:
4 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup marshmallow cream
2 tsp. cocoa powder
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs

For the topping:
1½ cups mini marshmallows
Milk chocolate chips, melted (optional)

To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line an 8×8″ baking pan with foil; spray lightly with cooking spray.  Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl.  Stir together with a fork until well combined.  Press the mixture in an even layer into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.  Bake 10 minutes; transfer to a wire rack while you prepare the filling.  Reduce the oven temperature to 325˚ F.

To make the filling, place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Heat until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.  Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and marshmallow cream.  Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and well combined, 1-2 minutes.  Blend in the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and eggs until incorporated.  Stir in the melted chocolate until well blended.  Pour the filling over the graham cracker crust and smooth the top with a spatula.  Bake about 30 minutes, or until the center is just set (does not jiggle when shaken gently.)  Remove from the oven.

Evenly top the cheesecake layer with the mini marshmallows.  Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes, just long enough so the marshmallows begin to melt into each other.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack.  Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the tops of the marshmallows.  (Alternatively, this can be done underneath the broiler with a very watchful eye.) Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, drizzle with melted milk chocolate if desired.  Transfer to the refrigerator and chill 2-3 hours before slicing and serving.

Source: adapted from Sugar Plum

61 Responses

  1. YUM! This looks so tasty!

  2. These look absolutely amazing–I think I might like these better than actual campfire s’mores, which wouldn’t be surprising, because cream cheese is to die for!

  3. Oh that sounds delicious!

  4. Hmm… they look so delicious! Perfect summer desserts 😉

  5. Wow- these look amazing! 🙂

  6. Oh my God, I literally gasped out loud when the page finally loaded this morning and revealed this recipe. My sister had to make sure everything was all right. These look divine! I have to go try them immediately, yum!!!

  7. I received a Williams Sonoma gift card from one of my students and am thinking, “I might just have to get me one of those torches”. Fun for the whole family (with parental supervision:)

  8. Oh they look beautiful. What a great way to satisfy your sweets craving in little bites. If it was me, I would have to give most of them away to make sure I didn’t eat them all.

  9. I don’t know how you do it! I don’t think you’ve ever posted a recipe that doesn’t look absolutely delicious to me! These are no exception. Yum. They’d be a perfect dessert for a summer BBQ.

  10. What a great idea. This looks great!

  11. Your recipe has all the elements I love…butter, graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow…delicious.

  12. Amazing! Bars are great, so easy to make, eat and bring to people as gifts so I don’t eat them all myself.

  13. There’s just something about summer that screams s’mores, doesn’t it? Have you ever tried to torch strawberries on top of a pie?

  14. I read your blog religiously, it’s always the first email I open on my iPhone each morning! 🙂 I truly look forward to reading your comments – they are so funny. To get back on track, I was just wondering which kitchen torch you have? Thanks!

    • Melissa,
      I just bought whatever one they had at BB&B. I don’t even think it has a brand really. Seems fairly generic but works great.

  15. This looks wonderful. Smores cheesecake just sounds like the most delicious combination.

  16. Oh my God! YUM! So much for my pre-vacation diet! I will definitely be trying these soon.

  17. Good lord, Annie – These are heavenly! How do you stay so fit with all this decadent food around? You must give it all away! Beautiful photos, and a lovely recipe. I’m sure this would be a hit at a summer BBQ or bonfire party!

  18. Wow – those look amazing!! I have a kitchen torch that I’ve used once… lol. I just *had to have it* for Christmas, and here we are, 6 months in, and used it once. That’s typical me! May have to try this “just as an excuse” to use it haha (not that I’d enjoy this recipe…. nooo… not at all 😉 )

  19. I just love your site. Thank you for sharing 🙂 I am 7 months preggers and ur recipies are going in my home collection! So detailed and the pictures are amazing! Cooking is such a pleasure, your site really shows it 🙂

  20. These look soo good! I want to try cheesecake, but they usually have sour cream in the recipe. I have an OCD problem with white sauces/foods. I know I am weird! I’ll come around eventually, like I have with some white sauces/foods that I do like now. Took me the longest time to try whipped cream! LOVE YOUR SITE!!!

  21. Found your blog through tastespotting.com your cheesecake looks delicious, but I’m not sure I can get marshmallow cream easily here in the UK.

    I’m going to browse your site for some time tonight and definitely revisit. Great photography.

  22. OMGosh, my mouth literally dropped as my eyes fell on this delicious entry…. I am going to have to give these a go. Thank you once again Annie for a brilliant blog x

  23. I made your oreo cheesecake bars and LOVED them and these smores ones are going on my list! love the flavor combos 🙂

  24. Holy moly, these look good!!

  25. These look fabulous! I think I’d have trouble limiting my self to just 1!

  26. Just found your site and i LOVE it. DEfinitely added you to my blogroll! I can’t wait to take these bars to my next cookout! Thanks for sharing!

  27. one word: YUM. Cant wait to try these out. Everyone is going to love these in my house.

  28. These look evil. Pure evil. Of course, now I must make them!

  29. I agree with Holly. They look so naughty but something that has to be made…..

  30. I love cheesecake, and I love chocolate, too! So S’mores Cheesecake Bars is just perfect for me, lol! I can’t wait to try this one, but I have to wait till tomorrow because that’s my ‘grocery day’. To be honest, my pantry’s pretty empty by now, lol! Anyway, I’ll be making this for sure, I just hope that mine will turn out as pretty as yours here. Thanks for sharing this one by the way!

  31. Those look awesome! Wish you could send some my way…

  32. This has just been added to the TIP TOP of my 4th of July Menu! Thanks, Annie!

  33. I’ve just saved this to my favorites and printed it out! Looking forward to making these scrumptious bars. Congrats on the Top 9! =)

  34. Oh my gosh, it’s not even 7am and I’m drooling over these! Definitely saving the recipe -thanks!

  35. Awesome cheesecake bars…bookmarked it,thanx…

  36. Holy yumminess! These look incredible!

  37. My two favorites in one! I cannot wait to try these. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Love your website.

  38. OOOOH BABY! You made my day!

  39. These look so yummy, and they don’t seem to complicated. Great!

  40. Oh, these look too good! Thanks for the recipe!!

  41. Wow, those are something special Annie! I could easily see these becoming an addiction 🙂

  42. Wow these look unbelievable. You always leave me so hungry when I visit you

  43. Oh my. These are special. Congrats on top 9. GREG

  44. I made these yesterday and they taste amazing! I love them! I just have one question, my marshmallows sort of fell/flattened while they were cooling so they ended up looking more like a marshmallow frosting, if that makes sense. I did use the broiler to brown them though, so maybe they got too hot and melted too much. Any ideas?

    • Carly,
      Yeah, it sounds like they just melted more than mine. That’s why I prefer the torch method – you have better control.

  45. mmmm! I can imagine the gooey marshmallow topping. I love anything “s’mores!”

  46. Annie, these look divine!

    I have a question, I’m from the UK. What are Graham crackers exactly? We don’t have them here and so I was wondering what they are so that I can find a British version!

    Can’t wait to make these!! 🙂

  47. I want to bring these to a barbecue tomorrow evening. I saw the directions say to chill for 2-3 hours but can I make them tonight and chill them for 20 hours or so? Just wondering if it would impact the dessert at all? Thanks Annie!

    • Melissa,
      The 2-3 hours is minimum. They should be stored in the refrigerator, so longer will not hurt them.

  48. Oh Annie, that top photo is breathtaking. I don’t know whether I want to make these and eat them or just stare at that photo and drool. The fluffy marhsmallow layer with its toasted top and crosshatch of chocolate drizzle is is real eye candy. Just beautiful!

  49. […] went to the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, then settled in for an afternoon of baking!  We made s’mores cheesecake bars and sugar cookie bars, both from Annie’s Eats.  They were delicious; I haven’t been […]

  50. I just made these s’mores cheesecake bars…they look and smell delicious…i perfectly toasted the marshmallows on top using the broiler method…..bringing them to a 4th of July cookout tomorrow. can’t wait to try them! Thanks for all your great recipes. 🙂

  51. My chocolate monster has been awakened. Yet again…

    • Ok so a friend sent this to me. Wow!!! going to use my torch today! Just got it over the weekend! Just an fyi, you can go to Home Depot and get a pencil torch, it’s really small, about the thickness of a thick pen for $7.50 plus tax. Or the larger one for $15.00. So don’t go to BBB or Williams Sonoma or Crate and Barrell. And it’s refillable!!!

  52. Would it be OK to use fluff? Answer soon! Im making them tonight for an event tomorrow morning!

    • I suppose you meant to say *please* answer soon. Anyway, wouldn’t recommend fluff. It is too sticky to spread well on its own.

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