I am a huge fan of all things fall! It really is my favorite time of year. The flavors of fall are a big part of why I love the season so much. While most people (including me) think pumpkin spice when autumn comes to mind, another one of my favorite seasonal foods is smores! This is the time of year we tend to make bonfires out in the yard, so this is the time of year we eat smores! As much as I do love an authentic ooey gooey smore… It’s just not realistic to think I can whip up a fire whenever we have a craving for them. That is why I love these smores bars so much! You can enjoy everything you love about smores (and more) without worrying about roasting those marshmallows.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Smores Bars
I’ve been making my smores bars for my family for quite some time. While everyone loved my original bars, I was inspired to swap out an ingredient after a recent visit to the grocery store. It went over so well, I just had to share it with you!
Here we are in August, and Halloween candy is on full display. At first, I was thinking “Why the heck is there already Halloween candy out?” and then bam… I’m walking through the aisle adding a bag to the cart. Haha! That is why it’s out. The people like me who can’t resist the temptation of buying candy that will clearly never make it to Halloween.
To be honest, the reason I was so drawn to check out the Halloween candy was to look for Reese’s pumpkins. In my house, we all agree, they are just better than the cups! Don’t get me wrong, peanut butter cups are heavenly, but for some reason (maybe the chocolate to peanut butter ratio?) all of the holiday shaped Reese’s are where it’s at! And I knew right away, they would be perfect to put in with my smores bars! I was right.
Let’s Get Baking
So, are you ready to see how amazing these cookie bars are?!? Let’s go over everything you’ll need to know to make them for yourself. Before we go into detail, though, check out my Peanut Butter Smores Bars video.
Candy And Crumbs
The first things you’ll want to do is chop your candy and make your graham cracker crumbs.
For the Reese’s pumpkins, I chopped them into medium-sized pieces. You’ll want about 2 cups worth for ultimate peanut butter chocolatiness! Now, if you are not making these anytime close to a holiday, just use regular peanut butter cups. If you are trying to make them without peanut butter, just use about 1 1/2c. milk chocolate chips. Once you are done chopping just set your candy aside until you are ready for it.
For the graham cracker crumbs, I used 1 sleeve of crackers and crushed it in the food processor. Here is where you can find the one I use. In the end, you want 2 cups of crumbs. I find that the honey flavored graham cracker works nicely in these bars but you can go with whatever flavor you prefer and I’m sure it will still taste amazing.
Tried And True Pan
I always use the same pan over and over for all of my brownies and bars. It just works for me and I can trust the end result. It’s a Wilton 9×13 cake pan. You can find it here. If you do not have it just use whatever you have, or can easily get that’s 9×13. Oh, and make sure to grease it, too! I use Pam baking spray, but any brand will do just fine.
Don’t Over-Mix Your Dough
If you watched my video you will see that I switched to a wooden spoon for the addition of the graham crackers and candy. This is so that I am careful not to over mix my dough. I typically make my dough in my stand mixer, but while filming it’s hard to see into a stand mixer so I used my hand mixer. Either one does the job, BUT either one could also over mix. So, what I want you to do is stop mixing as soon as you dough comes together. Then just like I did use your wooden spoon and some elbow grease to add in the graham cracker crumbs, and then the candy.
That’s about it as far as advice goes. Now, all you need to do is follow the recipe below and you’ll be enjoying these life-changing (yep, they are) smores bars in no time. Be sure to let me know what you think. 🙂
As you can see… my littlest cutie, Gabe, is all about them!
Happy baking! xoxo, Katie
Here’s a list of items used for this recipe:
These cookie bars are everything you love about smores but can be made anytime. No campfire needed! The addition of peanut butter cups takes them up a huge notch!
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 7.5 oz. jar Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cups chopped Reese's pumpkins or peanut butter cups medium sized pieces
Preheat your over to 350 degrees and grease your 9"x13" baking pan.
Using a mixer, cream butter and sugars.
Add vanilla and eggs. Mix until fully combined.
Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined. Do not overmix.
Stir in graham cracker crumbs by hand with wooden spoon until combined.
Stir in candy pieces by hand with wooden spoon until combined.
Spread about 2/3 of your dough in your 9"x13" baking pan. Press into an even layer. Reserve the remaining 1/3 of your dough for topping.
Using an offset spatula, spread the marshmallow fluff over the cookie dough in your pan.
Take the remaining 1/3 of your dough and sprinkle crumbled pieces of it evenly over the top of the fluff. Very lightly pat the crumbles down. You should still be able to see the fluff, so you are not completely covering it.
Place your pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut and serve.
Store your bars covered at room temperature.