Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars

I haven’t had real, good old-fashioned smores that are made over a campfire in far too long.

Like about twenty years, give or take, but who’s counting.

The last time I roasted marshmallows over a campfire was when I was a Girl Scout.

I have memories of being too impatient to wait for the marshmallows to toast evenly and instead, I would intentionally dip my wooden stick, with splinter-filled marshmallows speared on it, directly into the flames.  The marshmallows would ignite, char, and then I’d blow out the flaming charcoal black blobs of hot molten sugar, previously known as marshmallows.

Then I’d promptly smoosh the charred marshmallows in between stale graham crackers, courtesy of the Minnesota summer humidity.

Finally, I’d set a couple jagged-edge squares of chalky, tasteless Hershey’s’ milk chocolate on top of the charred marshmallows, top it with another stale graham cracker, and bite into the gooey, charry, chalky mess and proclaim it to be the best thing I ate all summer.

But these bars are better.

There are no charred marshmallows, no chalky chocolate, no standing outside while intermittently getting bitten to death by mosquitoes the size of golf balls, sleeping on hard ground, or standing over a campfire sweating profusely.

You can almost no-bake these up in your kitchen, very comfortably.  The oven is only turned on for a few minutes to toast the marshmallows and melt the white chocolate chips.

And as a bonus, not only do you get the chocolate fix you’d get in regular smores, but the chocolate in these bars is mixed with peanut butter, and Cocoa Krispies are added.

These beat camping.

 

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Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars (Almost No-Bake; with Vegan and Gluten Free options)

Makes 16 bars

5 or 6 full-size graham crackers

1 ½  cups mini marshmallows

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 8 squares Baker’s Semisweet Chocolate), melted

1 cup peanut butter, melted

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½  cups Cocoa Rice Krispies Cereal (or regular Rice Krispies)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a 8 by 8-inch or 9 by 9-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (Do not skip this step, do not use wax or parchment paper).

Line the pan with one flat layer of graham crackers. You will need to break the graham crackers to fill in odd-shaped places (or slice the graham crackers on a cutting board with a knife for ultra-precision). Sprinkle the marshmallows over the graham cracker layer and bake for 6 to 7 minutes, or until marshmallows have begun to puff up or are showing first signs of browning.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle white chocolate chips over the top and bake for 2 minutes more and remove from the oven and allow pan to cool a bit.

Make the Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Layer by placing chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for 45 to 60 seconds, then removing and stirring. Microwave again for 30 more seconds, or until mixture has fully melted. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and Cocoa Krispies and stir to coat. Pour this mixture over the top of the melted marshmallow and white chocolate chip layer.

Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes or in the refrigerator for at least one hour to set up completely before slicing and serving. Store the bars in an airtight container on the countertop, or freeze for up to 3 months for longer-term storage, knowing that the crackers may not be as crunchy if frozen for long periods.

To keep vegan, use suitable crackers and krispy cereal, use vegan marshmallows, replace the butter with margarine or Earth Balance, use vegan white chocolate chips or omit them. To keep gluten-free, use gluten free Rice Krispies cereal, gluten free graham crackers. Make sure all ingredients used are suitable for your personal taste preferences, dietary needs, and read all labels.

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 One of the reasons I decided to make these smores bars is because I’m participating in Marshmallow Madness, a contest hosted by Quirk Books and Serious Eats to celebrate the release of Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever.

My job was to post a recipe using marshmallows.

They didn’t ask me to post anything with chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter, but I think marshmallows go best with those things.

The crunch from the graham cracker base, the gooey melted marshmallows and white chocolate chips sandwiched in the middle layer, and the crunchy peanut buttery and chocolate Cocoa Krispies on the top layer are a smorgasbord of textures, and I love that.

As an aside, I found this site and decided to write on the image above to make sure and tempt you with each (labeled) layer.  If anyone knows of other free sites that are straightforward, easy to use, and very user-friendly, that allow you to add text to images and “write” on them, let me know.  Picnik is closing, and I don’t store my images on Google, Picassa, or Flickr and as few uploading steps, the better.

If you need more marshmallows (and white chocolate) in your life, I recommend:

Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars (Vegan & GF options)

White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Marshmallow Stuffed Rice Krispie Bars (No Bake)

Finally, one of my Favorite Recipes of 2011, which uses marshmallows and white chocolate (and chocolate chips and peanut butter and butter and sweetened condensed milk…)

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars (GF with Vegan options)

Now go make some smores in the comfort of your kitchen.

No bug bites or stinky campfire hair required.

Do you like smores?  Marshmallows?

When is the last time you made smores?  Or something with marshmallows?

Winner of the $50 Spa Card Giveaway announced next post.

Have a great week!

   

142 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars”

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Wow! Those bars look incredible! Like, seriously amazingly incredible.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — February 10th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks, Natalie! They are one of my husbands faves…but he says that once a week; that he has a new favorite :) Lol

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    Christi — March 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Averie, each and every one of these looks mind blowingly delicious.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — March 5th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Awww, you are too sweet. I just got done playing in the kitchen for 4 hours…gasp! With my Babycakes cupcake maker. Post up in about 2 weeks, but I will LYK when I get it up. I was thinking of you, the.whole.time.

      xoxo

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    Judit - Corina @WineDineDaily — March 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I looks delicious and incredibly tempting! I keep coming back just to see your lovely photos!

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    Alysha @Shesontherun — May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love rice krispie treats and smores, so this is the perfect combo. Can’t wait to make!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — May 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Keep me posted if you do!

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      • Alysha @Shesontherun replied: — May 2nd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        I will! I’m actually making them tomorrow. I have all the ingredients (except I’m subbing a chocolate bunny from easter for the chocolate chips :)

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — May 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Whoa. You’re exactly right, these beat camping by a solid mile. My mouth is watering!

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    ATasteOfMadness — May 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Wow. I’m speechless. This looks so good to be true!
    Hmm.. Last time (and FIRST time) I had smores was last summer when I went camping. I thought smores was only something people had when camping! Now I can enjoy them all year long, THANK YOU!

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    Matt — May 16, 2012 at 5:03 am

    This is food porn!

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    Jill — May 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I love smore, but like one of the previous comment had only had them while camping (which is not my favourite passtime). These are great and I look forward to trying out the recipes.

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    Chuck — June 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    OMG, i think if it was my last meal on earth, these smores are what i would want for dessert. Looks amazing!

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    Sarah — July 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Just stumbled on your blog from pinterest – I’m obsessed with s’mores, so these look delicious! If you haven’t found pixlr.com, it’s your best easy option for adding text to pictures. You don’t have to create an account or anything and it’s super fast. Just click on the “Pixlr Express” option when you go to the website.

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    Ronja — July 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Beautiful bars, they look really wonderful and this is why I found them on pinterest!!!

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    Jamie — July 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Yummy!! I’m Pin’ing you now. :)

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    Elizabeth Ann — December 30, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Seriously, these look incredible! And you take the most beautiful pictures! I stumbled upon your blog and am loving it! :-)

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    Topaz — July 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    These look Delicious! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Yana — September 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I found this in a desperate panic to find a chocolate dessert to bring to dinner at my bfs sisters house. Everyone was amazed and couldn’t stop eating them, THANK YOU!!!!

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    angela @ another bite please — November 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

    just made these last week and they were a huge hit…the layers…ahhhh…love!

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    Jackie @ thecharmitspot — November 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    WOW!! Everything looks so amazing!! I absolutely LOVE the photography and you are definitely inspiring me to get my baking on!!!

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