Over the past couple of years, I have shared our experiences with smores. I shared Ethan’s first smore and Lila and Mia’s first smores. And now I have a house full of smore addicts. But let’s be honest: smores are a big, messy pain in the butt to make. Most people don’t have open flames laying around to roast marshmallows on. And then all the kids want to make their own and end up poking or burning themselves (or each other) with the sticks. And don’t get me started on the mess they make. So when I found this Smores Graham Krispie Treats recipe, I was excited to try it out!
But I already had everything I needed to make old fashioned smores, and didn’t have some of the ingredients that the recipe called for. So I improvised and made my own recipe. It tastes exactly like a real smore, without all of the mess that comes with making them. You can make them just about anywhere, anytime in about a half hour. The kids can help with this recipe, too!
Smore Cookie Bars
- 1 bag (10 oz) marshmallows
- 4 Hershey's milk chocolate bars
- 3 packages of graham crackers
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Cut 3 of the Hershey's chocolate bars into small pieces. Cut the fourth chocolate bar and set aside.
- Put the graham crackers (I did one package at a time) in a gallon-sized sealable plastic storage bag. Push all of the air out and seal. Crunch up the graham crackers into small pieces. Note: I only used the pieces, not the powder that was also in the bag from crushing the crackers.
- Spray a 9x9 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a large non-stick pot over medium heat. Next, add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows melt into the butter and are smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Now mix the graham crackers into the marshmallow mixture until they are evenly mixed together. Mix in the 3 cut up chocolate bars.
- Spread the mixture into the baking pan. Press evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate bar on top, lightly pressing to make sure they stick to the mixture. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool, and immediately cut into cookie bars. Enjoy!
No time to cut up chocolate bars and mash up graham crackers? No worries! Substitute 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and an additional 1/4 cup of chocolate chips for topping. You can also substitute 1 box (12 0z) Golden Grahams cereal or Teddy Grahams for the graham crackers.
Looking for more sweet treats? I have lots of dessert recipes here on my blog and also over on my board Desserts on Pinterest.