Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars

Growing up I used to eat Golden Grahams like they were going out of style.

Oh, how I loved them so.

The sweetness.  The crunch.  The texture.

Everything about them was perfect.

But up until this recipe I had never really cooked with them.

Or baked with them.

But since I love Bars in all variations and varieties…

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

To Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting (No Bake)

To my love of White Chocolate in Bars

White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars – 4 Layers

It was about time I make use of Golden Grahams in bars

I combined the GG’s with fluffy marshmallow creme, more sugar sweetened condensed milk, two kinds of chocolate chips and baked it all.

Baked smores bars

Deep Dish style

My childhood spent as a Brownie and a Girl Scout also ingrained in me a deep love of smores.

And who said you need a campfire and sleeping on rock hard ground to make smores?

These bars are sticky

And this is a really rich and really sweet dessert

If you’re the type of person who frequently says things like, “Oh, that’s way too sweet for me” then don’t make this dessert.

It just leaves more for the rest of us

And this is a messy one!

Your hands will get super sticky

Or you can be a cheater and use silverware.

I was pretending I was a Girl Scout eating smores around the campfire when I was eating these.  Totally messy and sticky and loving it. 

Thankfully I was indoors and wasn’t getting any mosquito bites while sitting around the campfire waiting for my marshmallows to perfectly roast.

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Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars

5 c Golden Grahams cereal (if you like drier bars, use 6 c of cereal)

one 7-oz. jar marshmallow creme

one can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c white chocolate chips

1 c chocolate chips

+ 1/3 c white chocolate chips for sprinkling on top prior to baking

+ 1/3 c chocolate chips for sprinkling on top prior to baking

Directions:

Place marshmallow creme, condensed milk, and vanilla extract into a large bowl and stir until well combined.  Add the cereal, 1 c white and 1 c chocolate chips, and stir to combine.

Take mixture and press into a foil-lined 9 x 9 pan (you can use a bigger pan, i.e. 9 x 11 or 9 x 13 but the bars will not be as thick and deep dish style) and I highly recommend using foil-lined.  You cannot imagine the sticky mess you are creating.  Use foil.

Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/3 c each of white and dark chocolate chips before baking

Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes for very gooey bars with a runnier filling

Or

Bake closer to 25-30 minutes for more solid and less runny/gooey bars (I like runny, messy, marshmallow dripping everywhere smores so I baked for 18 minutes)

Allow bars to cool before slicing and serving.

Store at room temp or the fridge.

You can freeze these and keep them on hand for months  Pull one or two or a half dozen bars out of the freezer as needed and allow to come to room temp before eating, about 20 minutes.

Notes:

If you don’t like Golden Grahams, use another cereal.

If you don’t like white chocolate, omit it.  And use more dark/milk chocolate if desired.

To make these vegan, use vegan white chocolate and vegan marshmallows for both the marshmallow creme portion as well as the added marshmallows. Use full fat coconut milk sweetened with agave for the sweetened condensed milk.  Use a vegan-friendly cereal.

To make them gluten free, use GF cereal and read the labels if you are extremely gluten sensitive for the marshmallow creme and other ingredients.

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A Visual Guide

Marshmallow Creme + Sweetened Condensed Milk + Vanilla

Add the marshmallows + white chocolate chips+ chocolate chips + cereal

Press into your foil-lined pan, sprinkle more chips on top, & bake

Cool, Slice, & Serve

These were so easy

And sweet!

And crunchy but not too crunchy

All that sweetened condensed milk and marshmallow creme softens the cereal, creating an authentic smores filling

 Even if it is a little messy and splooges everywhere.  Just like real smores.

Creating smores with graham cereal rather than graham crackers was a win for me

These bars combine the best of so many worlds:

Golden Grahams

White Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Marshmallow Cream

Sweetened Condensed Milk

They are messy, but messy is good

You can store them in the fridge/freezer and the filling will be more solid, but as they come to room temp (or fresh baked straight from the oven) the filling is runnier and messier

Melted marshmallow fluff + a can of sweetened condensed milk = smores “sauce” (bake longer or use the higher called for amount of cereal if you don’t like sauce but I love it)

And be prepared to speed dial your dentist from all that sugar you just ate.  Blame it on the Girl Scouts.

From my last post, lots of you are big Mango fansMe too, as I counted the many ways.

Questions:

1. Do you like Smores?  When was the last time you had them?

If you say no, you don’t like smores, I don’t believe you.

The last time I had official campfire-made smores was probably about 10 years ago at a beach bonfire.  Has it really been 10 years since I’ve had an official campfire-roasted marshmallow?

You know the kind where you get too impatient to twirl that stick around any longer on the fringes of the fire and end up just sticking it right into the fire and then blowing off the flaming ‘mallow and eating it.  Black char, burnt sugar, some slivers of tree stick and somehow can’t wait for the next one.  Those are memories, I tell you!

2. Any childhood cereals you loved? Do you still eat them or like them?

Capn’ Crunch, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies, Chex, Clusters, Mutligrain Cheerios, Kix, I could go on and on.  I grew up on cereal!  Loved it. 

Ate it for breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner.  Not on the same day though.

As a mom now, I know why breakfast-for-dinner happened every once in awhile in my house growing up.  Some nights pancakes or waffles, eggs, and Cheerios were what we had.

I haven’t had many of the cereals I listed in years because I am gluten sensitive and although I am less sensitive overall, there are still foods I really need to limit and watch or I just feel awful and it’s no “treat” is worth feeling awful for days over.

I’ve been enjoying these bars but am mindful not to overdue it because of the gluten.  I may make these with a GF cereal that’s similar to Golden Grahams but for this recipe, I just had to have the original GG’s.

Good thing Cocoa Krispies are made of rice, not wheat.  As my wheels turn for what to make with those.  Maybe a version of these.

3. Best thing you ate or did all weekend?

The great summery weather, time with Skylar, and sharing these bars with her has rocked!

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the Friday, here are mine:

Have a great week ahead!


 

85 comments on “Deep Dish Double Chocolate Golden Grahams Smores Bars”

  1. I used to eat a lot of cinnamon toast crunch. Once, at a friend’s house she had Cookie-crisp and some oreo cereal; I’m all for sugary stuff, but that is one step too far! Haha. Maybe not :P For a once in a lifetime thing, not going to kill me. But, really, I wouldn’t eat cookie crisp now, I rather have something healthyish to start the day and have a cookie or bar for dessert! Although, I do love pancakes but I’m always making Chocolate Covered Katie’s Brownie Batter pancakes, yumm!

  2. Why does all of your food always look so good!? :)

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  4. Totally with you… I can’t even remember the last time I had a legitimate campfire smores. LOVE them though! Your recipe sounds perfect! :)

    I was a Cap’n Crunch fan growing up. It was the only cereal my whole family agreed on, so we’d take it with us when we’d go on trips or whatever haha!

  5. We were rarely ever allowed to eat sugary cereals! I’d say my favorite “treat” cereal was peanut butter bumpers!

  6. Found you over on Foodgawker!!

    These look delicious – and mucho improvement in photography!!

  7. Yummy! I can’t wait to make these with my 2 year old. I know she’ll have a blast mixing these fun ingredients! The pictures are making my mouth water!

  8. You had me at Golden Grahams. I need these in my face, like, pronto.

  9. You take amazing photos! You should rename your blog to “bars and balls” because you make thee best bars and you are a champ at making balls!

  10. #1. I love that bowl you are using to mix the ingredients!
    #2. Those bars look so good that it could be illegal.
    #3. I might be drooling on the keyboard right now!!! :)

  11. Wow those look absolutely delicious!
    I hardly ever eat them but I do love marshmallows so I guess I’d like s’mores (I know, I’ve never had them before!). Weetabix was my favourite when I was little then I stopped eating cereal but now it’s practically all I eat for breakfast :-P. I also love Curiously Cinnamon cereal, anything with cinnamon is good in my book!

  12. I haven’t had s’mores in years. I only have them when I go camping and that was I think two years ago. Now I don’t even know what I’d use for graham crackers because I can’t find GF ones that are also free of xanthan gum. A friend made homemade ones last year to turn into a crust, but they had xanthan gum in them. I’d have to do some tinkering!

    These look absolutely delicious. I so don’t get people who find treats “too rich” or “too sweet.” They simply do not have the taste buds I do! I don’t think I have ever in my life thought “too sweet” unless it was a sweet potato in a savory dish. I don’t like my sweet and savory combined!

    I wasn’t a big cereal fan. When I was growing up it was mostly about the Pop-Tarts and the Toaster Strudels.

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  14. I haven’t had golden grahams in years…. but I kind of want to go buy them immediately! These look so good!

  15. Oh my gosh! These look ridiculous awesome! I love golden grahams. Other childhood favorites? Captain Crunch and Cinnamon toast crunch! Haven’t had either in ages. And a big yes to smores! A great combo of flavors.

  16. I will not rest until I have some of these! I love Golden Grahams!

  17. Averie, this is just pure evil amazingness!! I LOVE Golden Grahams. I could sit and eat a box of them like it’s nothing. Therefore, I rarely buy them. Those bars look fabulous though. I’m going to have to pick up some GG’s ASAP. :)

  18. 1) Love the new blog look. Like seriously, not just saying that to be polite, I reallyreally like it.
    2) Obviouslyyyy I LOVE s’mores!! Sign me up for anything featuring marshmallows.
    3) Congrats on being in the Foodbuzz Top 9! Just opened my e-mail to see your cookies tempting me :)

    • thank you for telling me #1…and that you’re not just being polite :) I had a couple ppl tell me they DIDNT like it.. lol Guess they didn’t care about politeness :)

      And #3…OMG you are my source of this news b/c I didnt know!! Off to their site..NOW!

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  23. God these look AMAZING. I was going to start BFL in the next week or so… I better make these quick! PS – loving the header! I don’t think I’ve commented before but I’ve been reading for a while : )

  24. Just made these- deliciousness. I forgot to spray the foil so that was quite a job though- and I am eating them for my “2nd breakfast” – yum nothing like a skyrocketing dose of sugar to start out the day.
    Katie

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