S’mores Brownie Bars

Buttery graham cracker crust, a chewy brownie, and cloud-like marshmallows: welcome to the heaven that is S’mores Brownie Bars.

S'mores Brownie Bars

S’mores Brownie Bars

I can’t believe S’mores Week is already over. It’s probably just as well, I don’t think the amount of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate I’ve purchased the past few weeks is normal. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to doing themed weeks. I already want to do another one. Any suggestions or requests?

Don’t worry about going into s’mores withdrawals, I’ve left you with a little list of more s’mores links from fellow bloggers. You’ll have enough s’mores recipes to last you summers and summers to come (that is if the world doesn’t end in 2012).

Recipe Rundown

Taste: Like fudgey, rich s’mores.
Texture: Some of my favorite textures – buttery graham cracker crust, chewy & soft brownie, and cloud-like, sticky marshmallow.
Ease: The hardest part of this recipe is cutting out pieces and not having the marshmallow stick to everything.
Appearance: I love the distinct layers in these bars.
Pros: A fun twist on brownies.
Cons: So sticky!
Would I make this again? Probably.

Even more s’mores recipes:


S'mores Brownie Bars

Yield: about 16 bars

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the graham cracker crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (made from 10 rectangular crackers)
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

For the brownie layer:

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder

For the marshmallow topping:

3 cups mini-marshmallows


Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Cut two 16-inch pieces of foil and line an 8-inch square baking pan, allowing excess to hang over sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Break graham crackers into small pieces and pulse in food processor until they become fine crumbs. Add melted butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to crumbs and pulse to combine. Press into bottom of prepared pan.

Melt chocolate and remaining 8 tablespoons butter in medium bowl in microwave, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping every 20 seconds to stir with rubber spatula. Let cool. With a wooden spoon, mix in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, espresso powder, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with moist crumbs attached. Do not over-bake. Transfer to cooling rack and top with marshmallows.

Adjust oven rack to upper third position and heat broiler. Broil until marshmallows are golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Let the brownies cool until they're just warm enough to handle. Remove foil and cut into squares. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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14 Responses to “S’mores Brownie Bars”

  1. #
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — July 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    These look fantastic, I loved s'mores week! I shared an amazing s'mores recipe from a guest poster yesterday and am obsessed with it.

  2. #
    Lori at RecipeGirl — July 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Yummy! RecipeBoy happens to have S'Mores Bars on his blog today too! His are a little messier, but they were oh so delicious. Loving all of the S'Mores links!

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    Sugar & Spice... — July 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    These brownies look amazing!! Love all the s'mores recipes from this week and the extra links today. Yum!! Definitely going to try these soon!! :)

  4. #
    fooddoodles — July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Yummm! Love those layers 😀 Especially the golden marshmallows on top – yum!

  5. #
    Sasha — July 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If the con is its so sticky….then i am definitely going to love these! I secretly love licking the gooey remains of yummy sweets off my fingers and the plate, so satisfying :) these look insanely good and not too tedious to make, scrumptious!

  6. #
    Lindsey — July 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    These look delicious! What a fun idea to do a smores themed week. Maybe you could do a cherry themed week next since they are in season right now. I just made a pan of roasted cherry brownies the other day that were to die for!

  7. #
    maris — July 15, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Ok now you have really outdone yourself!

  8. #
    Julie — July 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

    So if you had to choose, which S'Mores recipe was your favorite that you made this week??

    • handleheat replied: — July 16th, 2011 @ 4:21 am

      The cookies! They were easy to make and transport and they kept soft for days. Plus they were adorable. Good question :)

  9. #
    Tracey — July 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

    These sound so sinful Tessa! I made something similar a few months ago and couldn't keep my hands off of them :) Thanks for all the great recipes this week, I've got quite a few bookmarked!

  10. #
    Stom Repta — August 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

    This looks awesome! Going to have to try this for my next cookout or tailgating browni party .

  11. #
    Onkyo TX-NR808 — August 18, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I love brownies. And this recipe looked very delicious with its marshmallow toppings and chocolate chunks. Thank you for making a detailed procedure to make this wonderful recipe. I wouldn't mind if its sticky as long as there are marshmallow and chocolate make it more irresistible.


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