Oh dear! Did you think I forgot about you?! I’ve missed baking and cooking more than I can tell you all, but the wedding has consumed every free moment of my life! The Wedding Fairy and I had some quality bonding time the past couple weeks and there will be no more rebellion prior to the wedding. These Ooey, Gooey Smores Bars are my last stand. Cross my heart. [Have I said that before?]
These Ooey, Gooey Smores Bars are…no words seeping into my sugar-addled brain seem sufficient to describe these bars. I don’t really like marshmallows (I know, such people do exist!) but I could not stop eating these. Could. Not. Stop. They are Addicting.
All the Smores recipes must finally be getting to me because I started dreaming up these bars over a month ago and I couldn’t get them out of my head. I tried to resist. Tried to listen to the Wedding Fairy. All in vain.
You need to try these. Need. I think making these is up there with brushing your teeth on the basic needs scale. The graham cracker crust is just perfection (Thank you Averie!!), the Hershey’s milk chocolate bar layer is just a magical surprise, the mounds of marshmallows sprinkled with Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips just makes you sigh in happiness, but what really sets these bars apart is the sweetened condensed milk that I drizzled on top. When it bakes in the oven it caramelizes on top of the marshmallows giving them that campfire feel.
Do you see that caramelized goodness?!
If you have an unnatural obsession with mini marshmallows (you know who you are!), then you should feel free to dump more marshmallows onto that marshmallow layer. More is more!
I’m going to bring some of these to my next wedding dress fitting by means of explanation when my dress it too tight. One bite and I know the seamstress will understand, condone even, my giddy obsession.
These Ooey, Gooey Smores Bars are easy to pull together and are sure to be a crowd pleaser! They have all the taste of Smores without the campfire fuss!
For Lindsey's Smores Bars
Averie’s Graham Cracker Crust
2 1.55oz Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
2-3 cups mini marshmallows
½ cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
½ can sweetened condensed milk
For Averie's Crust
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (~10 sheets)
¾ cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt, optional
For the Crust
Preheat oven to 350. Butter 8x8 dish. Averie suggests lining the dish with foil and then spraying it with cooking spray but I have this thing about being able to see my desserts bake. I know. Weird.
Crush your graham crackers into crumbs. My preferred method is to throw them in a ziplock plastic bag and whack them with a rolling pin, can, or even your hand will do. It’s kind of therapeutic. As I was crumbling the graham crackers wondering, "Don't they sell graham cracker crumbs!?" Why yes, yes they do! I highly suggest you go that route.
Melt butter in a medium bowl in the microwave. Dump the remaining crust ingredients in with the butter and mix. Press into prepared dish.
To assemble the Smores Bars:
Arrange your Hershey's bars in cute little rows.
If you want to get a little crazy with the Hershey's and not leave as much space, you go on with your bad self! [Name that movie!] But I will warn you that these Smores Bars are SWEET!
Then carefully place(cross out) dump your marshmallows on top. The quantities listed above are really more like guidelines. If you are a marshmallow person, pile 'em on!!!
The sprinkle some milk chocolate chips on top. You know how some days a few chips aren't enough? Yeah, I was having one of those days. Why Ghirardelli chips and Hershey's bars? Because, as crazy as this might sound, my chocolate palate has matured over the years and Hershey's just doesn't float my boat as much anymore, but would they be Smores without Hershey's? I’ll field that one for you. No. No, they would not. Thus Hershey’s AND Ghriardelli it is.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk overtop. No need to cover every nook and cranny. Honestly it's best if you don't. 1/2 can, really? Yes really. You know what I do? I spatula that remaining sweetened condensed milk into a small ziptop plastic baggie and then throw it in the freezer. Just make sure you label it because have you seen sweetened condensed milk in a baggie? It's gross looking. Someone will throw it out.
Anyways put those Smores Bars in the preheated oven and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is a perfect golden brown. Cook longer if you like your smores burnt. Here’s to that!
Let cool 10 minutes and then pull the marshmallows away from the sides of the dish with a metal spatula or knife. Let cool completely before cutting, or you will have one big messy (delicious) pile and not perfectly formed bars.
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These Ooey, Gooey Smores Bars were one of the fastest desserts that I have ever made. Crushing the graham crackers was the most laborious step. I was done pulling it together before my oven was done preheating. (I don’t know what that says about my oven but whatever.) And you know what’s even better than that? It’s so easy a child could do it. In fact, it’s the perfect dessert for a little fun in the kitchen with the little ones! Not that I have any…