EASY S’MORES BARS
There is just something special about s’mores. The gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate combined with the graham cracker is something to behold. Summertime calls for lots and lots of s’mores goodness. These s’mores bars have all the goodness of a classic s’mores in bar form...which is pretty much pure bliss for those who love a good dessert bars recipe!
S’mores bars are the cooler cousin of rice krispie bars. These cereal bars are one of my favorite easy desserts with few ingredients to make (only 4 ingredients needed!). This s’mores dessert is often requested by my husband and my co-workers love it too.
If you’ve been looking for new desserts to make at home, recipes for easy no bake desserts, and/or kid-friendly dessert ideas, give these s’mores bars a try!
TELL ME ABOUT THIS S’MORES BARS RECIPE
Level of difficulty: Easy. This is one of my favorite quick and easy desserts to make at home! The hardest part is not eating the ingredients while you’re prepping your s’mores bars.
Flavor: Graham, marshmallow, and chocolate are all equally predominant flavors in this s’mores dessert bars recipe.
Texture: You get a nice crunch from the graham cereal paired with ooey-gooey marshmallow...very similar to a rice krispie treat.
Time: It will take you about 10 minutes to prepare your cereal bars, then you need to let them set up for about 25 minutes (otherwise it’s a sticky gooey mess...which I’m not opposed to, but they just aren’t really dessert bars yet when you dig in too soon).
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE S’MORES BARS?
Graham Cereal: The graham cereal gives you that pop of graham cracker flavor you need for a true s’mores experience, but holds up much better than actual graham crackers for these cereal bars. I use Golden Grahams when making this recipe.
Marshmallows: I usually use the larger jet-puffed marshmallows when making my s’mores bars, but mini marshmallows will work just as well.
Chocolate Chips: I use dark chocolate chips when making this cereal bars recipe, but use whatever type of chocolate you love the most! You could even chop up a chocolate bar you’d usually use for campfire s’mores!
Salted Butter: You need just a little bit of butter to help your marshmallows from just being straight up sticky. The butter really helps to tame the mallows as they heat, in turn making putting your dessert bars together much easier.
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY S’MORES BARS RECIPE
Heat your marshmallows with butter: Place the butter and marshmallows in a large microwave safe bowl, and microwave in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 second increment to incorporate the butter. Repeat until marshmallows are poofy and melted. This will take approximately 4 rounds (or 2 minutes) to complete, depending on your microwave.
Stir in your graham cereal: Stir in 5 cups of graham cereal until evenly distributed. If additional cereal is desired to obtain your perfect cereal-to-marshmallow ratio, stir in up to 1 additional cup of cereal.
Make your bars: Gently press about half of your cereal and marshmallow mixture into a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle half of the chocolate chips over the bottom layer, and gently press the second half of the cereal and marshmallow mixture into your pan. Top with remaining chocolate chips and additional cereal pieces.
Let your bars set up: Let your s’mores bars set up for 20-30 minutes before cutting.
Serve and enjoy!
Store leftovers: Store leftover s'mores bars in an air-tight container on the countertop for up to 3 days (I will be impressed if they last that long!)
FAQS FOR THIS S’MORES DESSERT BARS RECIPE
Do I need to coat my 9x13 pan with anything? When using my glass 9x13 pan, I have never needed to coat my pan for this recipe. However, if you are nervous about your s'mores bars sticking to your pan you have a few options. You can lightly grease your pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter or line it with parchment paper.
Should I use the big marshmallows or the small marshmallows for this recipe? You can use either type of marshmallow for this cereal bars recipe! I generally get the larger jet-puffed marshmallows, but if I have the small style in my cabinet I wouldn’t hesitate using those either.
What type of chocolate should I use for my s’mores bars? You have lots of options here! I like to use dark chocolate chips in my s’mores bars. If you’d prefer milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips - go for it! You could also cut up your favorite chocolate bar to put into your s’mores dessert bars too.