S’mores Bars

I was one of the rare kids that wasn’t crazy about s’mores.  I’m not completely sure why, but I think it may have been the messy process of eating one, or the frustrating process of toasting a marshmallow just so over a bonfire rather than charring it.  Whatever the case, for years I thought I didn’t like s’mores.  Silliness, I tell you.  I have since realized that I am crazy about the chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker flavor combo in all sorts of fun treats.

These s’mores bars are a recipe from the early days of the blog that needed to be reintroduced.  I love them for a few reasons.  Most importantly, they taste fantastic – you just can’t go wrong with s’mores.  These are no bake treats that come together in less than 15 minutes and require very few dishes.  And of course since they are bar cookies they are easy to serve anywhere since no utensils (or even a plate) are necessary.  These would be a fun treat to make with the help of kiddos, but until my guy gets a bit bigger he’ll just have to enjoy the finished product.

Other s’mores treats:
S’mores Cupcakes
S’mores Cheesecake Bars
S’mores Layer Cake
S’mores Oatmeal

S’mores Bars
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Yield: 12-16 bars
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 whole graham crackers

Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil.  Lightly butter the foil.  Place the butter in a heatproof bowl and microwave until melted.  Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and stir with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened.  Pour the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer on the bottom of the pan.  (I like to use the bottom of a ramekin to do this.)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the condensed milk and chocolate chips.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  Off the heat, stir in the vanilla and salt.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the graham cracker base.  Working quickly, spread the chocolate into an even layer and smooth with a spatula.  Sprinkle the marshmallows over the top of the chocolate.  Gently press down so that the marshmallows become partly embedded in the chocolate.  Break the whole graham crackers into small pieces and stick into the chocolate mixture between the marshmallows.

Cover and refrigerate the bars until firm, about 4 hours.  Use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board.  Use a large sharp knife to cut into squares or rectangles.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Source: Williams Sonoma

61 Responses

  1. Wow! Those look great!

  2. these are adorable yet look so easy to make! i wonder if you could torch the top a bit to brown the marshmallows:-)

  3. Ooooh… and a second or two with my handy-dandy torch will give that roasted marshmallow taste that would really take it to the next level!

  4. although i like s’mores best when the marshmallows toasted, and the chocolate is warm and melty, this bar form looks spectacular too!

  5. Oh my goodness these look amazing. Wish I could grab one of these through the computer screen right now!

  6. ohhhh these look yummy!!

  7. These bars bring back the greatest memories for me. I loooove smores!

  8. Mmmmmmmm…those looks wonderful!!!

  9. I love no bake treats, these are too pretty to eat!

  10. For a 15 minute dish these look gorgeous! We’re total suckers for anything s’more-like…really anything with marshmallow…or chocolate…yeah we’re easy. These look DELICIOUS!

  11. Less than 15 minutes!!?? Bookmarked! 🙂

  12. Something I learned the hard way when making my recipe for s’more’s bar (a different variation) is you need to use Hershey’s chocolate to make it taste like a s’more! 🙂 (Since it’s not about good quality chocolate but the s’more taste).

    • I disagree, I make s’mores stuff all the time with good quality chocolate (well, better than Hershey’s). I think it’s the flavor combo that makes the difference, and using good chocolate makes it taste, well, good!

  13. Wow! my boy will definitely love these bars they looks so drooling good!

  14. These are like a tribute to summer bonfires gone by. Time to make way for fall, but not before I dig into these delicious bars! Thanks for the recipe, Annie!

  15. I think these would make a lovely breakfast with a big cup of coffee!

    What am I supposed to do with the rest of the can of sweet condensed milk?

  16. Oh yum! I’ve always used S’mores Poptarts to get my s’more fix…but I might need to make these instead. They look great!

  17. Ooh yummm. I need to make these 🙂

  18. Oh Annie, you did it again, got me drooling over a picture. Looking at all that yummy chocolate in these bars, I can’t wait to try them! Although deciding between these and your other s’mores yummies is going to be difficult, thanks for sharing!

  19. I have been wanting to find a S’mores bars recipe! I’m not sure why but I’ve been jonesing for graham and marshmallows.

  20. Oh my goodness! I love this recipe. So creative!

  21. These look so good! I love s’mores!

  22. Please tell me you have leftovers. I saw this picture and my heart stopped. Especially right after lunch, too. I want one right now. If you have leftovers, can I have one? 🙂

  23. They look delicious!!

  24. These look so yummy! What a great treat for our neighborhood bonfire night! Any thoughts on using the kitchen torch to brown those yummy marshmallows? I loved using it on the s’mores cupcakes! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  25. Hi Annie! Thank you for sharing. I make homemade graham crackers, and this will be a divine use for them. 🙂 I agree that the quality chocolate makes a huge difference. Do you have a preferred chocolate for baking? Have you ever tried any of the Jacques Torres chocolate? I often seem to go between Ghiradelli, Guittard, Scharfenberger, and Whole Foods chocolate, dependent upon what I’m baking. If only Godiva sold chocolate chips… 😉 Thank you for sharing again, and have a great day.

    • I use Ghirardelli unless I’m making something where the chocolate is the primary ingredient like mousse, flourless chocolate cake, pots de creme, etc. My store doesn’t have a huge selection but I think Ghirardelli is great quality for the price.

  26. HI Annie,
    Since the chocolate is being mixed with sweetened condensed milk, which is pretty sweet on its own, would it be better to use bittersweet chocolate instead?

    • No, I like them this way. I’m sure you could use bittersweet and they would be fine but not necessarily better. That’s a matter of personal preference.

  27. Yessss! I just bought stuff to make a s’mores dessert of some sort…I think this will be the winner! : )

  28. those look really good! it’s pretty recent that i’ve developed a love of smores as well..now i cant get enough of them! if you haven’t tried them, you neeed to try these smores cookie bars http://theyearofthecookie.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-14.html
    they are amazing and everyone loves them!!

  29. Excellent idea! Cute, and what a comfort treat!

  30. Wow, what an awesome spin on an old classic. I like the fact that it looks like there is a high chocolate ratio. 😀

    Thanks for sharing.

  31. I was one of those kids that LOVED smores…still am! I love the sounds of these bars- quick and no bake!

  32. This blog is wonderful! My compliments! All these recipes sound new for me (I’m Italian), I’m going to try them all!!! Greetings, Simona! 🙂

  33. These were super easy to make and were very well received.

    A friend of mine had a medical emergency on Wednesday–I made her family tacos and these s’mores bars for dinner Thursday. They loved them.

    Very easy to make and I had all the ingredients available!


  34. Wow…these look amazing! I love that they are super easy to make! That makes the dish even better!

  35. I tried making these just now and had a lot of trouble getting the chocolate to spread, even though I worked quickly. Finally I gave up and just let the crust mix in and these will have to be called Smores Fudge! I love the look of your bars though, any suggestions with spreading the chocolate mixture?

  36. looks yummyyyyyyy:)

  37. As a former Girl Scout Leader I can tell you that I’m not a smore fan – for similar reasons that you mentioned above… that and the one girl who had waayyy too many on the camp out and well… let me just say that the leader is the one who gets to clean up.
    However…! These look great! A small little “package” without the muss or the fuss! I think these would be great on our Super Bowl table!

  38. I want one now! 🙂

  39. I love s’mores and these seem like an easy, quick version for when I’m craving some chocolate and marshmallows.

  40. Love the idea of making these in a large pan then cutting them into the portion you want your kids to have. Sneaky…..I like it!
    Congrats on the top nine!

  41. Yum. I just made these – delicious. I LOVE that they are made without Hershey bars…not a fan. I also had trouble spreading the chocolate (I worked quickly, but not quickly enough I guess!), and wished there was a little more crust – so I’ll just tweak it for next time. Wonderful bars!

  42. wow this looks amazing! I just made a s’more cookie bar for my blog myself…cant go wrong with s’mores! 🙂

  43. Get into mah belleh!

  44. I was thinking of making these for a bake sale…how badly do they need to be refrigerated after the initial setting?

  45. I just saw this exact post on another blog, the girl even used your same picture! You and that other girl did such an awesome job!

  46. I just started nannying for a family that has had too many nannies in too few years and I made these bars with the girls. They were such a huge hit! I’m like the new super nanny! Thanks!

  47. I am completely loving both the sound of these bars and the simplicity of them! How fun.

  48. I saw you mentioned keeping them in the fridge (in the recipe) and keeping them on the countertop (in the comments). Which works better? Do the graham cracker bits get soggy in the fridge?

    The recipe looks delicious and simple – can’t wait to try it!

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