Bars, Chocolate, Desserts

Golden Graham S’mores Bars

September 5, 2011
Today is Labor Day which means summer is officially over.  Kids are going to back to school, the roads are busier, and the hot weather is quickly fading.As for food – Peaches are just about past their peak, watermelon is harder to find, and roasting marshmallows in the campfire and mashing in between Graham crackers is not a daily occurrence.


But don’t stray too far away from summer’s goodness.  You can enjoy your favorite summer treat all year long! And what treat is that?  The S’more of course!  But you don’t always need a campfire for this treat. There are great desserts that change up the traditional S’more into something more new and fun.  And guess what?!  I am here to show you these wonderful treats!

I am dedicating this week S’more week.
It’s official. 

It’s important. 
It’s tasty.

And it starts today.

It begins with these incredible Golden Graham S’more Bars.  Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe this creation. 
Wildly delicious.

I first saw these bars on Two Peas and Their Pod.  They shared how they created this treat with Golden Graham cereal to represent s’mores.  They didn’t share a recipe, just a guide on how they made them. The process was very similar to rice crispie treats.  Luckily I have an amazing rice crispie treat recipe that I knew would work perfect.

Here is what you do –
Just like rice crispies you melt the butter (I brown the butter to create depth of flavor).
Then you melt the marshmallows in the butter.
Add the Golden Graham cereal and stir to coat.
Pour the coated cereal into a baking dish.
Cover in Hersheys Chocolate bars
Cover with mini-marshmallows.
Using a torch, or your oven broiler, toast the marshmallows.
Let sit to cool completely.
Cut into bars and enjoy!

It’s that easy!  It’s amazing how something so easy can taste so good.  And let me tell you… These taste exactly like s’mores! Exactly! Exactly!

I brought these to Steve’s baseball team and they loved them! Probably more than any treat I have brought them.  Days, weeks even, after they ate them they were still telling me how good they were.
I love to see how much they liked them. It really makes me feel so good inside and puts a huge smile on my face when I hear compliments about my desserts :).

If you want to make people happy and put a smile on other faces – and yours! – make these bars! Just do it. Trust me!

Stay tuned all week for more delicious and un-traditional S’mores creations!

Golden Graham S’mores Bars
For Printable Recipe, Click here!
Makes: About 9 large squares, depending of the size you cut your squares
5 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
¼ tsp. Salt
10 ounces (1 large bag) of Marshamllows, I like to use the larger ones
1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
6 cups Golden Graham Cereal
5 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, For Topping
2 cups Mini-Marshmallows, For Topping
Butter the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Continue to cook until the butter has turned a golden brown color.  There will be small black dots in the butter.  Don’t worry this normally happens when you are browning butter. 
Place a mesh strainer over a large saucepan and pour the browned butter through the strainer.  This will catch most of the burnt pieces in the butter.  Place the large saucepan over low heat and add the marshmallows and salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the marshmallows are completely melted and smooth.  Stir in the vanilla. 
Add the cereal to the marshmallows and stir until the cereal is completely coated with the melted marshmallows.  Remove from the heat and stir a few more times to make sure the cereal is coated and there are no melted marshmallows on the bottom of the pan.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and using your hands press it down into the pan.  I butter my hands before pressing down the mixture into the pan.  It is not necessary to do this, but it helps to reduce the stickiness as compared to using your hands or a spatula. 
In a single layer, place the chocolate bars on top of the cereal mixture.  Sprinkle the marshmallows over the entire surface of the chocolate bars, and press them down into the chocolate.  Using a torch, or your oven broiler, toast the top of the marshmallows until they are thoroughly browned (even burned in some areas). 
Let the treats cool in the pan on counter until completely cooled about 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  Enjoy :)!
These can be kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Idea and Inspiration from Two Peas and Their Pod.  Recipe from my Rice Crispie Treats recipe, adapted from Zoe Bakes, who was inspired by Flour Bakery.  

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  • mybeautifuldisasters September 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    YUm yum yum!!! Love this recipe!:) Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  • Dad September 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Hey Krissy….hurry home so you can start making these desserts for us. Also, you need to get here soon or else you’ll miss your birthday month!!

  • Melissa September 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    wow wow wow wow wow
    this is going to be the best dessert week ever!