Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

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Soft and Gooey Loaded S’mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s’mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor! The combination of chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, all suspended in a buttery, brown-sugar based dough, is just magical.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

Easiest S’mores Dessert

Who can resist super soft, chewy, gooey bars that are loaded with great texture? The batter  for these s’mores bars is a stir-together, one bowl recipe that comes together in less than 5 minutes before turning it out into a pan and baking.

I used my easy, go-to blondie recipe that has served me so well over the years, and I adapted it yet again. I love the batter because it’s buttery and made with brown sugar, and it takes on caramel notes while baking.

To it, I added the classic s’mores ingredients: chopped graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

When adding the smores components to the batter, it’ll appear that there are more add-ins than batter. And that’s fairly accurate.

The abundance of add-ins ensures the bars are taste like taking a big bite of warm, gooey s’mores rather than eating a blondie that has a few marshmallows or chocolate chips added.

The graham crackers retain a bit of crunch while they bake and melted chocolate chips go so well with graham crackers.

The marshmallows are very slightly toasted and they puff, enveloping the bars in their sticky wonderfulness. Those strings of marshmallow goo are heaven  on earth.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

It takes me longer to roast one perfect marshmallow over a campfire than it does to make this s’mores recipes.

I have no patience for slow-cooked, perfectly golden marshmallows. I usually employ the ignite-and-blow-out strategy for my roasted marshmallows. A little black never hurt anyone, but no worries about finding a campfire to make these.

They’re some of my favorite gooey bars. There’s a great balance of rich and satisfying density from the blondie dough, coupled with lightness and fluffiness of the marshmallows.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

The combination of chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, all suspended in a buttery, brown-sugar based dough, is pure bliss.

If you don’t have anything on your Labor Day dessert menu plan, or have no plans to stand around a campfire any decade soon, may I suggest these?

They’re ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes, and will be a hit with friends and family. They were definitely a hit here! 

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

What’s in the S’mores Bars? 

To make this easy s’mores dessert, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Graham crackers
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips 

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How to Make S’mores Bars

First, you’ll need to melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Let it cool for a minute or two before adding in the egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. 

Stir the flour into the butter mixture and whisk until just combined. Then, add the mix-ins. 

Turn the batter into a greased and lined 8×8-inch pan. Bake the bars until they have firmed up in the center and the edges have set.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Yes, you may double the recipe and bake the bars in a 9×13-inch pan. However, readers have said that doubling the recipe results in less ooey gooey bars (I’m assuming because they require extra time in the oven). 

How to Store the Bars

S’mores bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

Tips for Making This S’mores Dessert

I prefer using semi-sweet chocolate chips to offset some of the sweetness from the dough and marshmallows. However, you’re welcome to chop up a Hershey’s chocolate bar and throw that in instead. 

These bars remain fairly gooey in the center even after being baked. If you want firmer bars, leave them in the oven for longer. 

I used mini marshmallows in this recipe, but you can also chop up regular-sized marshmallows if that’s all you have on hand. 

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor!

Soft and Gooey Loaded S'mores Bars — No campfire required for these soft, gooey, rich s'mores bars that are loaded with texture and flavor! The combination of chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, all suspended in a buttery, brown-sugar based dough, is just magical.

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Yield: 12

Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

These s'mores bars combine chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows — all suspended in a brown-sugar based dough!!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 full-size graham crackers, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 heaping cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  5. Add the graham crackers and any crumbs on cutting board, marshmallows, chocolate chips and fold to incorporate.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until bars have firmed up in the center and edges will be set. Some marshmallows may have developed a hint of golden color.
  8. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Notes

Storage: Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g

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  1. I did these with half the sugar, salted butter, and some salt in the dough. They were great! I’m going to do a graham cracker crust under them next time as well for added crunch and buttery goodness, as well as helping them hold their shape.

    Rating: 5
  2. I am on a blonde kick! Making these for the 2nd time in a week, husband requested them again! The first disappeared in 2 days.  We love extra gooey things so I baked like suggested  then when they were done, added more marshmallows, chopped graham crackers and extra chocolate chips on the top and baked long enough for the marshmallows on top to brown! They were amazing and still gooey in the middle!! Great recipe! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad that these have been on repeat this weekend and that you love extra gooey things! Me too :)

  3. Just made these. They came out good with no trouble cutting them after about 3 hours cooling.  I really don’t like super sweet treats so I only used 1 cup mini marshmallows, not a heaping cup, I didn’t pack the brown sugar heavily, and I used Guittard Dark Chocolate Chips.  I also used salted butter.  They are not too sweet with these changes.  I think I may have slightly  over-baked them as I was worried about them setting up.  I baked them for 23 minutes.  The problem is that the marshmallows just kind of disappeared as chewy, golden bits in them.  You can’t really see them.  Maybe I should have used more.  They are not gooey looking.  They are very moist though with the dark chocolate chips, with a bittersweet taste which I love.  They taste great!  I did sprinkle more marshmallows on top and hit them with my kitchen torch till they browned.  It looks great and gave them some more of a marshmallow look and taste. 

    Rating: 4
    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and yes if you had followed the recipe and used the intended measurements for the marshmallows I am sure the bars would have turned out more gooey but next time you can try that perhaps!

  4. I made the s’more bars for Memorial Day, the 4 th of July and a few times in between.  My husband is so excited when I make them and so happy when I put them in his lunchbox.  He does share and his coworkers love them too.  They are so easy to make.  Thanks for a wonderful recipe.  

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these are a hit with your husband and his coworkers, too!

  5. These bars are the BOMB!! I took some to school for the staff room and they were gone in an hour! I dropped some off for my son’s family another time and he said these were the the BEST bars that I ever made. I followed the recipe exactly and there is no need for any changes. Thank you for sharing! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am so glad that these were a hit at the school and with your family, too!

  6. Doubled recipe — divided between a 9×13 and an 8” loaf pan (wanted some to take to work and some for home).  Cooked for about 25 minutes.  They were excellent!!  I had extra marshmallows I wanted to use up — so melted it with a tablespoon of butter in the mosrowave and added that to the batter.  Chewy and delicious!  A hit!!

    Rating: 5
  7. Deliciously gooey, crispy, and so easy to make! Going to add pretzels next time! Made these for a party and they disappeared fast! :) Good thing I made a double recipe and had some waiting when I got home! :)

    Rating: 5
  8. I’m so sorry, but these were awful.  My son wanted smores bars so bad.  They looked good so I gave it a shot but they are nothing more than melted sugar with more sugar and some butter.  The marshmallows disintegrated into a sticky mess.  All you taste is melted sugar.  They don’t taste like smores.  Definitely taste like a blondie recipe that has been revisited.  

  9. I’ve made these several times now and my family devours them! Myself included:) I’ve started baking it in a 9×13 instead of 8×8 because it gets crispier and the brown sugar/butter combo almost turns into caramel. It’s heaven! If you prefer soft bars though then stick with 8×8. Either way it’s amazing!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and thanks for sharing your tip about baking in a 9×13 pan for crispier bars and the brown sugar/butter turning into an almost-caramel!

  10. What a delicious and rich treat! And a great way to enjoy s’mores without the hassle. My only changes were adding a bit of salt to offset the extreme sweetness, and I used milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet, because who puts semisweet chocolate on s’mores?

    Rating: 4
    1. Glad these were a rich and delicious treat for you!

      I do like semi sweet chocolate on smores because it’s less sweet than milk chocolate and they are already sweet enough from the marshmallows (which is why I don’t then need to add salt to counter the extra sweetness from milk chocolate).

      1. That makes sense. Maybe I’ll try that next time, though in general I prefer salty and sweet over bitter and sweet.

  11. Tried these bars this weekend and they were delicious! Next time, I would make a couple of adjustments:1 pack of graham crackers instead of 1/2 a packLittle more flour, maybe something closer to 7/8 cup3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips separated, with 1/2 cup mixed in and 1/4 cup sprinkled on top after putting dough into baking panI also added salt to the dough to counteract some of the sweetness and used regular marshmallows cut into 1/4s and sprinkled on top. Maybe I’d add some crumbled graham cracker on top after baking too!Thanks for a great recipe!

    Rating: 4