Smores are one of those snacks that bring to mind warm spring or summer evenings around a campfire. However, in the cooler months of the year, smores feel a long way off. Did you know, however, that with a recipe like this one for Smores Bars, you can enjoy the summertime flavor of smores all year round?
The sound of crickets chirping and owls hooting, the smell of wood smoke, and the sensation of fresh air against your skin--all of these bring to mind the wonder of the outdoors at night. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, or just a tiny campfire in the backyard in a suburban fire pit, chances are that smores are one of your favorite summertime traditions.And why not? Smores are an amazing flavor combination featuring the taste and texture of lightly toasted marshmallows (with a bit of a smoky flavor from an open fire), slightly melted chocolate, and the satisfying crunch of a graham cracker.
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Turn your oven on to preheat to 350 degrees. Line an eight or nine inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.
Put the butter into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for about 20 to 30 seconds until it is melted. Allow the butter to cool.
Put the butter into a large mixing bowl and add the eggs. Stir the eggs and butter together until they are fully combined. Stir in the brown sugar and the vanilla and whisk these together until they are smooth and fully mixed.
Add the flour and blend just until it is incorporated. Do not over mix.
Stir in the graham cracker crumbs along with the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Put the batter into the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer.
Put the pan into the oven and bake it for about 20 or 25 minutes or until the batter is somewhat firm in the middle and the edges are completely set. Some of the marshmallows will likely have caramelized into a scrumptious golden brown color.
Let the smores bars cool for at least half an hour. Then you can slice them into bars and serve them.
Store leftover smores bars in a container with an airtight lid for up to a week at room temperature. You can also freeze them for up to six months, well wrapped in foil and then stored in a sealed zip-top freezer bag.
If you are not the outdoorsy type or you are not from North America, you might not know exactly what smores are. Smores are a kind of a dessert sandwich snack. To make one, you toast a marshmallow, preferably over a campfire, until it is warm, golden brown and a bit melty. Then you sandwich it between two graham crackers along with a few pieces of chocolate. The sandwich is definitely messy and sticky, and absolutely delicious. The origins of smores are a bit murky. These are one of those snacks that are simply assembled, rather than baked, so there are few recipes discussing them. And, they've been around so long that nobody knows where they actually came from. However, in the 1920s, a publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts explained how to make a snack that the author, Loretta Scott Crew, called Some Mores. Her snack was identical to the traditional smore, so it seems that the name has made a metamorphosis over the decades. If you have a longing for smores, you can make them all year long in your own kitchen by just microwaving a few marshmallows on a plate and then assembling your sores snacks. However, while the microwave can warm the marshmallows, it can’t get you the crusty golden brown outer shell that a campfire toasted marshmallow brings. If you have a fireplace, you might be able to toast marshmallows over the fire and make your own sores that way.If none of these options sound appealing to you, then you may want to try out our recipe for Smores Bars. This recipe takes all the flavors of traditional campfire smores and makes them into a delicious treat. They are great as a dessert, but they also make a wonderful after-school snack. Additionally, with this recipe, you can take the taste and texture of smores on the road, enjoying them on a road trip or taking them to school or work for an after-lunch treat. The texture of these cookie bars is second to none. The delicious miniature marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs are all surrounded by a rich buttery, lightly vanilla flavored dough.