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Jul 10

No Bake S’mores Bars

You might be thinking: aren’t all s’mores no bake? True…but these s’mores bars are even more no bake, because you don’t need a BBQ, campfire, or any sort of heat source to make them.

These No Bake S’mores Bars have only 4 ingredients, come together in literally minutes, and you can make them indoors.

That’s perfect when it’s over 100° every day. Who wants to go out in that?

No Bake S'mores Bars

Every summer I think it must be the hottest summer on record. And every summer someone reminds me that this 90-110° super hot weather in Sacramento is normal. I know they’re right but jeesh. It feels like the hottest summer ever here.

I’m either getting old and turning into that woman who fans herself constantly (even in the grocery store) or my heart is in San Francisco and I just want it to be foggy darn it!

#imissfog #awholeheckofalot

What’s funny? When I lived in the Bay Area (grew up there; moved away kicking and screaming when I was in my 20s) I complained every summer because it was never hot enough to wear shorts. And if it was a heat stretch that reached the 90s, I complained because there was no A/C.

It sounds to me like I’m kind of a complainer. Huh. Maybe I should just shut up now and talk about no bake s’mores.

There’s no complaining about these, especially because I don’t have to camp to eat them.

No Bake S'mores Bars

I don’t think these s’more bars are a new invention. I’m pretty sure there are about a gazillion recipes for this on Pinterest. I decided not to google and let myself think that I’m so freaking smart.

Plus, it was a way to make s’mores in about 5 minutes without going outside and I got to use one of the best cereals ever: Golden Grahams.

Want to know a really unkept secret? I pink puffy heart kid cereal. If left to my own devices, I’d eat Golden Grahams for breakfast, Fruity Cheerios for lunch, Reese’s Puffs for snack, and I’d top my nightly ice cream with Frosted Flakes.

{Yes, that last one. Try it. It’s grrreeeeaaaat.}

Going grocery shopping in the summer (aka with Jordan) is really hard for me. She always begs for kid cereal and I have a really hard time saying no. She knows how to work the system (it also works with books and shoes). One day we came home with a box of Golden Grahams and I knew I had to make s’mores with it.

So I did.

No Bake S'mores Bars

This recipe has a whopping total of…4 ingredients. Golden Grahams, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and shortening or oil to smooth out the chocolate. You can leave out that last part but then it’ll be really hard to cut the bars. So…don’t leave it out. You can use Crisco or vegetable/canola/coconut oil.

{Ooooh, brain flash. PEANUT BUTTER. My minds whirling. Stay tuned.}

Anyway, melt your chocolate, mix in your cereal and marshmallows, press into a pan, chill and boom. No Bake S’mores Bars. So easy kids can make them.

The kids will love to eat them too.

No Bake S'mores Bars

But, er, I’m not sharing.

No Bake S’mores Bars

Yield: 25 squares

These No Bake S'mores Bars are super easy to make! Only 4 ingredients give you a rich, chocolatey bar filled with marshmallows and graham flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (11-12 ounces) chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco shortening or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups Golden Grahams cereal

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. (This is for easy removal from the pan.)
  2. Place the chocolate chips and shortening or oil in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. (About 1-2 minutes in an 1100W microwave.)
  3. Stir in the Golden Grahams and marshmallows. Pour into prepared pan. Press to compact (this is a messy step!) Chill until set. Slice into squares.
  4. These melt like candy, so I suggest keeping them in the refrigerator if you’re not eating them right away. They taste best after the sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Store in an airtight container; they’ll last about a week.
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51 Responses to “No Bake S’mores Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:45 am (#)

    These look like a dessert I wanted to create 3-4 years ago with GG’s! I love that cereal, always have, but my smores were more loose and messy and I love how yours is portable and compact. Not that I’d be porting them around anywhere other than straight into my mouth :) pinned

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Thanks for the pin Averie!!

  2. Mir posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:08 am (#)

    Whenever I go to San Fran, I complain nonstop about being freezing! But it’s a great city.
    And Golden Grahams is one of my most fave cereals of all time! Love this! Let me know if PB gets in there!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Me too – my fingers turn purple in August! :) Thank Mir!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:47 am (#)

    I love how easy these are to throw together, Dorothy! And I love the addition of golden grahams in here, too. I haven’t had that cereal in years!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 6:43 am

      It’s too good. Buy a box, but beware, lol!

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:54 am (#)

    These look wonderful! I love Golden Grahams, it is one of the kid cereals that I do like. But if I ever buy it, my family eats it first :( Time to find a secret hiding spot!
    Thanks for the link to my pancakes

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Exactly! I have lots of those. :) Thanks Erin!

  5. Rebecca Cooper posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:17 am (#)

    My kids would love these! Pinning to try for later. :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Thanks for the pin!!

  6. Leslie posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:56 am (#)

    Oh my goodness yum! I love s’mores & now I want one!

  7. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am (#)

    Yes, I’ve been wanting to make something like for forever! Your pictures are beautiful! I think golden grahams cereal might be even better than graham crackers. I could totally eat kid cereal all the time. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my weak spot. Anything coated in cinnamon and sugar. Sigh.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Lindsay! Oh Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Total weak spot!!

  8. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:25 am (#)

    I try to stay away from the sugary cereals, but I do cave and buy an occasional box of Golden Grahams. They are so good! These no-bake s’mores look amazing! My kids would love to help me make (and eat!) them!

  9. Mary Frances posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:13 am (#)

    Ah the struggle – love shorts, hate sweating. Thank goodness for AC … and root beer floats. Summer, you are tricky!
    These are anything but! If there are recipes like this on Pinterest, they don’t compete with your photo. You have amazing lighting in these! And on top of that, you used Golden Grahams, aka one of the most addictive cereals on earth. No bake bars are the death of my self control, but I’ll happily let it die … just so long as my AC doesn’t! Pinned!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks for the pin Mary Frances! And thank you, I liked the lighting. I swear one day is so different from the next!

  10. Mom posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm (#)

    Oh, YUM! Since I was on the receiving end of some of these I can tell you that they are great. I wish I had some now!
    xoxo

  11. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm (#)

    Ohmygosh these look amazing! Yes to the simplicity of these and YES PLEASE to a huge serving of these!

  12. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm (#)

    Ohh my gosh, TELL me about it! This crazy Sac weather is just seriously insane. I’m almost happy to move away from it this fall… Almost. Because then I’ll be farther away from you and all of the other lovely blogger ladies in the area. And now I wish that September would never come. Sigh…

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      *crying ugly tears* :(

      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied on July 10th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

        No way am I leaving for good. I love you too much!! I’ll visit all the time! :) Plus… You have family in the Bay Area, so you can always “pretend” to see them and sneak out to visit me instead! ;)

        • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 6:25 am

          YES!!! Totally.

  13. dina posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm (#)

    this is addicting!

  14. Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#)

    Wow these bars look crazily good! With no oven needed that’s a pretty good sign I should make them as soon as possible!

  15. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, delish! And I love the idea of frosted flakes on my ice cream!! : ) Pinned!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      RIGHT? It’s so good!!

  16. Ashley posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm (#)

    Yummy, thanks so much for sharing this. I made regular smores with my daughter for the first time a few days ago and she had a blast. I know she is going to love this too. I can’t wait to make it with her. You’re awesome!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Enjoy!

  17. Laurie F. posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm (#)

    So cute, so portable! I miss the San Francisco fog, too, Dorothy, even though I got tired of it when I lived there. But I just discovered a handy-dandy gizmo (actually stumbled upon an unused birthday gift a friend of my husband gave him) – it’s called “02 Cool”, and it’s a dark blue plastic water bottle attached to a battery-operated fan, and you can even press a button to create your own “cool zone” , like the NFL uses. I love it!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 6:25 am

      I’ve seen those. Totally need one for the pool!

  18. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm (#)

    Must have these! They look so cute and I get they are so tasty! You just cant go wrong with smores-anything!

  19. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm (#)

    Oh man! Goldan Graham! I feel I was deprived of a child of sugary cereals and I made up for it in college!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 6:20 am

      See, that’s why I let Jordan indulge now. So she won’t grow crazy later. #pipedream #Imruiningher :)

  20. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:24 am (#)

    Okay these bring back like the greatest memories ever! My mom used to make something like these when we were little and they were my favorite!! Love your photos Dorothy so pretty! I am definitely making these soon :) Pinned!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!

  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on July 11, 2014 at 6:18 am (#)

    These bars make me insanely happy right now! Oh yeah, fantastic babe!

  22. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    Yes, stay away from google. It’s a killjoy! My mom actually used to make this when we were growing up. It was delicious, but I used to get so mad, because Golden Grahams are my favorite cereal, and she’d use them in these bars! I’ll just have to buy two boxes, one for these bars, and one to eat plain :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 7:28 am

      I think Jordan felt that same way, lol!!!

  23. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm (#)

    And now I need a trip to the store for Golden Grahams!

  24. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on July 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm (#)

    you crack me up. And you make me hungry….for realz. I love golden grahams…they are my guilty pleasure too… oh, and cinnamon toast crunch. These look fabulous and the no-baking sound perfect for this ridiculous heat. Make.It.Stop.

  25. Wendy posted on July 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm (#)

    My weird wonderful kids really and truly preferred non-sugary cereal for breakfast when they were little; Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Rice Krispies. However, nothing beats sugary cereal for snacking straight up out of the box or for making desert treats! These s’more bars looks so chewy and delicious, Dorothy! No way Jordan could have complained that you used up her Golden Grahams…unless you didn’t leave any s’more bars for her!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Wellllll, I may have eaten the last 6 or so without telling her… :)

  26. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on July 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#)

    *claps* YAYYYY! Love how simple and quick these s’mores bars are-just more reasons to make ‘em asap!

  27. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on July 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm (#)

    YUM.. these look so decadent and divine! love that the bars are no-bake. definitely a recipe i will be recreating. thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  28. Tanya Schroeder posted on July 13, 2014 at 6:46 am (#)

    I know this is weird, but I really don’t care for real smores. I can’t ever get the right balance of toasty marshmallow and melted chocolate. Soooo these bars are perfect for me! Each bite would totally make me happy!

  29. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on July 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm (#)

    I’m all for not having to turn on my oven. These look amazing. Pinned.

  30. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm (#)

    Those look awesome! Love that they’re no bake too. :)

  31. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with Smores this year. Can’t get enough! These look so delicious, i haven’t had golden grahams in years (seriously craving them now!)

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