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S’mores Bars

It was a busy weekend in our household. My Bostonian parents came down to Nashville to meet Fearless Baby, their very first grandchild. =) On their first evening, the weather was gorgeous, so we decided to do some grillin’ – a fantastic, simple meal of hamburgers, grilled veggies, pasta salad, + potato salad. For dessert, I wanted something that would pair well with the “cookout” theme, + was quick + easy enough for a new mom to make in a few minutes. So, I gave these s’mores bars a try!

So, how were they? Absolutely scrumptious. From the buttery graham cracker layer to the melty chocolate layer + the soft, sweet marshmallow layer, they are summery, s’mores-y perfection. And, as a huge bonus, they were super quick + easy to make – I managed to whip everything up, get it in the oven, + already have it baked + cooling in the span of one Fearless Baby naptime, which was fantastic! So, if you’re looking for a summery dessert that will perfectly complement a cookout dinner, give these fabulous bars a try!

S’mores Bars

makes 16 small bars (or 9 jumbo bars), adapted from wit + whistle

ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars (I used Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/marshmallow fluff (not melted marshmallows)

directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together butter + sugars until light + fluffy. beat in egg + vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder + salt. Add to butter mixture + mix at a low speed until just combined.

Divide dough in half + press that half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. place chocolate bars over dough. (Two 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 about 1/4″ thick.) Spread marshmallow creme/fluff over the chocolate layer. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles + laying them together).

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.