The Best S’mores Bars Recipe You Have Ever Tried

Sometimes, when you plan a camping trip, you know there won’t be much time to cook over that roaring fire. My last trip was a great example – we were at Peninsula State Park in Door County, but we were doing research for my next book and ate out almost every meal.

This S’mores Bars Recipe was my saving grace as a camping trip should involve S’mores! You can make these in advance and take camping or to any friendly get-together.

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All s’mores bars recipe ingredients can be “generic” from Aldis if you want to make it beyond budget-friendly. I haven’t seen it make a large difference in the final results, and it can take $3-5 off the total cost of the ingredients.

Sometimes, that $3-5 can make a difference in the budget, and when you do it often enough, you can rake up enough savings to have cash for additional equipment you want or a fun time out.

Another good reason to make The Best S’mores Bars Recipe You Have Ever Tried? Occasionally you are camping when it is ungodly hot out. Your poor Hershey bars would be a puddle of chocolate goo before you even added the toasty marshmallow! No messy hands with these delightful gems.

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How did s’mores even become a thing? S’mores appeared in a cookbook in the early 1920s, where it was called a “Graham Cracker Sandwich”. The text indicates that the treat was already popular with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. In 1927, a recipe for “Some More” was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.

Marshmallows date back to ancient Egypt (where they were made from the actual marshmallow plant). Chocolate is of Mesoamerican origin. Leave it to the Americans to pop both of those onto graham crackers and involve the communion of friends around a campfire.

The Best S’mores Bars Recipe You Have Ever Tried

S'mores Bars Recipe ingredients picture

You will need:

  • 7 cups Golden Grahams
  • 4 ¼ cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (11 ½ oz)
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter (For greasing the pan)

Directions:

Grease your 9 x 13 baking dish with a Tablespoon of butter.

In a large mixing bowl, measure 7 cups of Golden Grahams into it, and add 1 cup of mini marshmallows to it.

Take ¼ cup of chocolate chips and ¼ cup of mini marshmallows and place in a small bowl on the side.

S'mores Bars Recipe ingredients melting in a pan

Dump the remaining chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into a medium-size non-stick pot along with the corn syrup, vanilla, and butter. Put the pot on a burner at medium-low heat. Constantly stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until all of the marshmallows have melted and it turns into one cohesive mixture. This should take about 4-5 minutes.

Then quickly pour the mixture over the large bowl that has Golden Grahams and marshmallows in it. Mix them together until thoroughly combined.

Get your fingers wet with cold water and then use your fingers to press the mixture into the greased pan.

S'mores Bars Recipe ready to cut and serve

Top with the reserved chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Put the pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. After 30 minutes cut into bars and serve.

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The Best Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

My idea of roughing it is staying at Holiday Inn or Howard Johnson’s…so when I tell you that I am camping for a week, you know it might possibly be under duress. I did agree to the purchase of a pop-up camper and have been watching it eagerly be prepared for our first adventure.

This campfire cupcakes treat is in honor of our adventure…and while I make my cupcakes from scratch, you can easily start with a boxed mix.

Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

This recipe of mine makes 12 cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 bag of mini pretzel rods
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 package of toothpicks

Directions for cupcakes:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  • In a standing mixer, combine cake mix, butter, milk and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined
  • Scoop batter 3/4 of the way into the cupcake liners and bake for 21 minutes
  • Once done, pull out and set aside to cool

Frosting ingredients:

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP Heavy whipping cream
yellow and orange gel food coloring
1 large piping bag fitted with a medium star tip

Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  • Mix until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop some frosting into 2 bowls, 1 for the yellow and 1 for the orange frosting, leaving some frosting in the main bowl to frost the base of the cupcakes

Directions on decorating

In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crust and coco powder, mix until combined.

Add 2 mini marshmallows to each tooth pick (about 12) and set aside

Using a butter knife, frost the top of the cupcake using frosting left from the main bowl

Once frosted, dip the cupcake into the coco and graham cracker mixture

Using a spoon, scoop some yellow frosting into 1 side of the piping bag and scoop the orange frosting into the other side

In the middle of the cupcake pipe a small star to create your flame

Cut the mini pretzel sticks in half and place around the “fire” about 4-5 sticks

Add your marshmallow sticks to the top and enjoy!

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