S’mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Happy fall, y’all! I know it hasn’t really felt like fall, at least here in central Illinois, but technically it is and that means bonfires and making s’mores and drinking hot cocoa! Sometimes having a bonfire isn’t feasible but thankfully there are about as many variations as there are leaves to rake.  Take these S’mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats, for example.  They have all the ingredients of a traditional s’more without the requirement of fire.  This recipe makes a lot of treats so it’s perfect for taking to festive fall gatherings.

S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

S’mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats
slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

Ingredients
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 10.5-ounce packages mini marshmallows, divided use
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
7 cups crisped rice cereal
9 full graham cracker sheets, chopped into small pieces
1 cup milk chocolate chips
optional: about 1.5 – 2 cups of mini marshmallows and about 1/2-cup of milk chocolate chips (sorry, I didn’t measure, just sprinkled them on)

What To Do
Spray with non-stick spray and/or spread some softened butter along the sides and bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and set aside.

In a large pan, melt butter over low heat.

Set aside 2 cups marshmallows.  Add the rest of the marshmallows to the pan and stir until completely melted.

Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla.  Gradually add crisped rice cereal and graham cracker crumbs; stirring until well coated.  Fold in the reserved 2 cups of marshmallows and chocolate chips until thoroughly incorporated.

Using a buttered spatula, or clean hands, firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan.

If desired, top with additional mini marshmallows and place on the center rack of the oven.  Turn the broiler on low and broil for about 5 minutes, watching carefully, until the marshmallows have browned to your liking.  Remove from oven and sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top.

Cool completely before cutting and serving.

My Comments
The bags of mini marshmallows I bought were 10 oz each.

9 full sheets of graham crackers is one full sleeve of crackers that come 3 sleeves in a box – I think this is pretty standard.

I both sprayed my pan and spread butter in it and it was super easy to get the bars out.

I think next time I will also sprinkle some chopped graham crackers on top.  I couldn’t really taste them in the bars and I think extra on top would look nice and give an extra graham cracker flavor boost.

Some Photos Along the Way
Butter and mini marshmallows melting together
S'mores Marshmallow Rice Crispy Treats

Stirring in cereal and graham crackers
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Adding mini marshmallows and chocolate chips
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

The mixture pressed into the pan
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Extra mini marshmallows on top
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Turning the broiler on
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Extra chocolate chips sprinkled on top
S'mores Marshmallow Crispy Treats

 

All I can say is YUMMY! I recently took these to a family function (where there was no bonfire) and they were a big hit.  So if you can’t have a real s’more, try this twist and I think you’ll be happy!

S’more Granola Bars

For a lot of people, summer means travel.  Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a road trip across the country or even a trip overseas, you’ll need sustenance.  I’m only going a couple hours away for a day and felt the need to have snacks ready.  I know I’m not the only snack packer out there.  I love a good snack.  Snacks keep you going.  And these S’more Granola Bars hit the spot for sure.  I’ve made these a few times now and have loved them each time.

Gooey marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers all in a easy-to-pack, easy-to-eat bar.  What more could you ask for when you’re on the go?

 

S'more Granola Bars

 

S’more Granola Bars
from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

Ingredients
6 T unsalted butter
1/4 c firmly packed light brown sugar
6 T golden syrup, maple syrup or dark corn syrup
2 1/4 c rolled oats
1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 t salt
1 c graham cracker crumbs
1 c semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 c miniature marshmallows or 1 c marshmallow creme

What To Do
In a medium-sized saucepan set over medium heat, melt and stir together the butter, sugar and syrup, cooking until the sugar has dissolved.

Stir in the oats, flour, salt and graham crackers crumbs.

Press slightly more than half of the mixture into a lightly greased 9×9-inch pan.  Let cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, then the marshmallows.  If using marshmallow creme, oil your fingers and a spoon and drop by teaspoonfuls evenly over the chocolate chips.

Top with the remaining crust mixture.  Bake the bars for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let them rest for 20 minutes, then cut into squares while still slightly warm.

My Comments
For the syrup, I used maple syrup.

I used miniature M-n-M’s instead of chocolate chips, just because…

I lined my baking dish with foil so it’d be easy to take the bars out and then slice them with a large knife.  I sprayed the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

I let mine rest for more than 20 minutes – it still seems pretty hot so I waited.  I still didn’t get a super clean cut but these taste so good, I don’t really care!

Some Photos Along the Way
S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

S'more Granola Bars

 

I can’t wait to eat these and am so happy they’ll be available to munch on during my tiny little excursion.  Happy snacking, my friends!!

S’mores Pie

Today has been a busy day and the fun’s not over yet.  I got up early to make this S’mores Pie for my work’s company picnic.  They were having a Bake-Off and since I love to bake, I had signed up.  Now, I don’t really recommend making something for the first time for a contest, but this time it worked.  I WON!!! I didn’t even get to try this pie – it was gone in no time – but since it won, I know it had to be good.  So here it is for you.  It’s a great alternative if you can’t have a real s’more.

 

S'mores Pie

 

S’mores Pie
from Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients
1 stick softened butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking powder
7 ounce container of marshmallow creme
8 whole (1.55 oz bars) Hershey’s chocolate bars
1 cup miniature marshmallows
¼ cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

What To Do
Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9″ pie pan with baking spray.

In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together until combined, then add egg and vanilla and stir them in. Stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder.

Divide the dough in half. Press half the dough in the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie pan. Evenly spread the marshmallow creme over the bottom crust. Separate chocolate rectangles and place on top of the marshmallow creme. Place miniature marshmallows on top of the chocolate bar pieces.

Using the remaining crust, pat sections of dough on top of and around all the marshmallows (they will still show through and that is great!). Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chocolate chips, then bake 20 minutes until lightly browned.

Remove pan from oven and set it on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting.

My Comments
I found it easiest to spread the crust dough with my hands.  It was quite sticky trying to use a rubber spatula.

Not all the chocolate will fit in one layer on top of the marshmallow creme.  You could probably get away with using just 6 chocolate bars, especially since you can buy them in a 6-pack.

 

It turns out that today is National S’mores Day! A friend told me this morning after she heard it on the news.  How awesome is that! I hope you are having a good weekend.  I gotta go get ready for “s’more” fun now.