I hate camping. Hate it. I hate bugs, I hate excessive amounts of dirt, I hate having to talk about how attractive this tree or that one is, and did I mention I hate bugs?
I’ve been camping twice. Once with my mother in the second grade. We stayed in a cabin, aptly named the Suffering Servant. It doubled as a daddy-long-legs habitat. The second time was freshman year of college, when I went camping with my neighbor. We’ll call him by his apartment number, 312 because he probably doesn’t want his name out there in a food blog of questionable merit. I make many of my recipes with him in mind so that
I don’t eat them all in one sitting he doesn’t go hungry. He sometimes comes over claiming to be helpful while I cook but spends most of his time doing things like this:
(ZZ Top: so appalling)
Anyway, so we went camping with two other friends of ours. It was HORRIBLE. The tent was too hot, there were bugs EVERYWHERE, I’m evidently terrible at canoeing, we went on a million mile hike, etc.
He, of course, loved it. We’ve agreed to disagree. However, the one thing we both loved about the trip was the s’mores. I lovvvveeeee s’mores. They’re so simple, but unfailingly tasty. Of course, he likes his marshmallows burnt to a crisp and I want mine just slightly melted, but whatever.
Since there’s absolutely zero chance of me ever camping again, when I saw these s’more bars on Lovin’ from the Oven, I knew they were the best possible compromise. Real s’mores are just not the same made at home with the broiler, and so I’ve been searching for the ideal s’more themed dessert for a while. I finally settled on these and I’m so glad I did. They’re incredibly easy and unbelievably good. 312 and I devoured the entire pan in one 24 hour period.
Don’t be too worried if the different pieces don’t completely cover everything, especially the dough. My dough spread out perfectly fine while baking, and the bits that were a little more thin allowed the marshmallow to bubble up deliciously.
Finally, don’t be worried if the marshmallow fluff looks a little…sketchy, coming out of the jar:
This was one dessert I wasn’t tempted to eat in its pre-baking stages, but the fluff is really tasty once it’s baked. Real marshmallows don’t really melt well enough for this recipe.
Kim on Lovin from the Oven placed these in her top 3 things ever baked (and she’s baked some pretty good things!), and I have to agree. You MUST try these.
Source: Lovin’ from the Oven
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (125g) sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups (166.6g) all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (I used just under a whole sleeve of one of the Nabisco 400g boxes because I love graham crackers)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2.5 4 oz milk chocolate bars (Hershey’s)
- 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease 8 inch pan.
- Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt together. Combine with butter and sugar mixture at low speed until just combined.
- Divide dough in half. Press half of dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. Break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer. You may have a little extra chocolate. You can definitely get by with only 8 oz of chocolate. Spread chocolate with marshmallow fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff. Flattening the dough into pieces and laying it on top like puzzle pieces is the easiest way to do this.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until top is lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.