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S’more Nut Bars

When it’s the middle of January and it’s icy, snowy and dreary, the most natural thing to do is make a dessert that reminds you of summer. Long, sunny days and warm evenings. Bonfires and fireflies. And s’mores. Toasting marshmallows on real sticks gathered from the woods and smashing them between graham crackers lined with a square of chocolate and watching the marshmallow and chocolate ooze out. Sticky sweetness. The perfect ending to a summer night. An indoor bar-version is a reminder that it may not be summer outside, but it can still be summer in the kitchen!

Now, these are rich. Rich, rich, rich. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But they are also ah-mazing and totally worth every single bite.

I love how all of the flavors work together – the graham crust, chunks of marshmallows, the smooth chocolate and the crunchy peanuts.

I did have a little trouble getting the marshmallows evenly distributed so I think I would assemble these a little differently next time. Instead of mixing the marshmallows and peanuts into the chocolate and dumping it all in the pan at once, I would try the following… Drizzle about 1/3 of the chocolate into the graham crust and spread evenly. Then I would sprinkle the whole peanuts and the marshmallows on top, then top with the remaining chocolate. And then sprinkle with the chopped peanuts.

But no matter how you put these together, one this is certain: winter or summer, s’mores are fabulous year-round!

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S'more Nut Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes (active), 3 hours (inactive)

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

2¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
7½ ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
7½ ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ teaspoons light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
10 marshmallows, cut into quarters
½ cup lightly salted whole peanuts
½ cup chopped lightly salted peanuts

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Add the butter. Combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Press the crust into an even layer along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to create a perfectly even crust.

3. Bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

4. In a large heatproof bowl, toss the chocolates together. Drizzle the corn syrup over the chocolate and set aside.

5. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate mixture. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Starting in the center of the bowl and working your way out to the edges, whisk the chocolate mixture in a circle until completely smooth. Fold in the marshmallows and the whole peanuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to spread it as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the top with the chopped peanuts.

6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until set. Cut into squares and serve. The bars will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

(Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)

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42 Responses to “S’more Nut Bars”

  1. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on January 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have been craving smores for so long now – It’s either time for me to get the ingredients for real ones, or for these! It’s a toss, but I can tell you these are winning!

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  2. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) on January 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Oh my! Looks so good!!! We can technically do bonfires here still in SoCal, but we’re waiting to landscape our backyard this spring. Can’t wait to get our BBQ! :) I’ll make these until then… Thank you!!

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  3. Amanda on January 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Hello! I’m currently baking from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking too! The s’more nut bars look great! I’m eyeing the malted crisp tart…

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  4. Blog is the New Black on January 20, 2011 at 6:57 am

    OMG! I love anything and everything s’mores related. This looks FAB!

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  5. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 20, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Wow, these look like a perfect winter dessert!!! I don’t always love marshmallows but everything about this makes me want to eat them!

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  6. Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish on January 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

    These look amazing, and would be great addition of any get together!

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  7. The Blue-Eyed Bakers on January 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

    AMAZING. We could definitely go for a little bit of summer right about now…it’s freezing and we need something like this to lift our spirits!

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  8. Caroline on January 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Nothing like chocolate, nuts, butter and graham crackers to put a little meat on my bones to make it through this cold winter! These would be dangerous to have around my house, but at least, with me around, they’d only be laying around for oh, say, ten minutes before I ate every last one!

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  9. CaSaundra on January 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I agree–s’mores are the all-time summer snack! At this point, I am doing anything that can mentally transport me to sunny skies and warmer temps. But in all honesty, I’d made these any day, any season! :-)

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  10. welbilt bread machine on January 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    MMmm. Smores are my favorite! Good thing my wife doesn’t like them because that means more for me when I try this out!

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  11. Delishhh on January 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    YUM! These seems much better than smores, with those salty peanuts in there. Great dessert!!

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  12. Katrina on January 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Yummy! The other night I made s’mores in the toaster oven!! These look better though. I’m excited to try :)

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  13. Christina on January 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I didn’t know I was craving something like this until I saw it! So good.

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  14. Maria on January 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wow, these look so good! Great photos too:)

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  15. Robyn on January 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    it’s snowing and i’m in for the night…with all the ingredients on hand…i’m scared to make these because i would seriously eat half the pan.

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  16. Joy on January 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    These are positively decadent! Quintessential summer fare, you’ve captured it perfectly.

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  17. Belinda @zomppa on January 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Yeah, I’d eat the other half!

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  18. Evan Thomas on January 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    These look delicious! You’re right: s’mores are a year round food.

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  19. Sherry on January 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This looks perfect! I’ll take s’mores anytime of the year.

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  20. Lori on January 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    S’mores are definitely a summer pleaser! These look fabulous!…..I am now wiping the drool from my keyboard!

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  21. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on January 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    These are so simple and look delicious! I just made some marshmallows and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them, maybe I’ve found it!

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  22. Mary at n00bcakes on January 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I like the big chunks of marshmallows; it makes the bars very attractive (and very tasty, I’m sure).

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  23. Deanna on January 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    These look great! I will make them for sure. My only comment is: if you’re cutting the large marshmallow in quarters, which is a sticky pain, why not just use the mini ones. I can’t see where it would matter, so if it does, please explain.

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    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Deanna, I think probably because the quartered large marshmallows provide larger chunks of marshmallow than the mini ones would. But if you have mini ones to use up, you certainly could sub those in!

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  24. Cakewalker on January 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Glorious! Looks like a magazine cover, tastes like a treasured campfire memory!

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  25. A little bit of everything on January 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    s’more nut bars take me to summer vacation when nothing mattered, just live life to fullest.

    yours look so delicious.
    thanks for sharing Michelle
    have a wonderful rest of the week

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  26. Jenn | the kitchen dish on January 21, 2011 at 12:03 am

    These look so scrumptious! I am excited to try them!

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  27. Liz on January 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I’m game to try anything with a graham cracker crust…I think I could even eat more than one ;) Beautiful photos!

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  28. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen on January 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Yummy! I made these over the summer and LOVED them! Mmmm…wish I had one right now! :)

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  29. The Chocolate Priestess on January 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Opps! When I saw “nut” in the title I was thinking “Oh, another recipe we can never try because it has tree nuts”.

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  30. Darla @ Bakingdom on January 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love anything to do with s’mores! Whoever first decided that graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate were meant to be together was a genius! Can’t wait to try these…although I may skip the peanuts. thanks for sharing!

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  31. Peggy on January 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Yeah, these are getting bookmarked. I love s’mores and I know these would disappear quick!

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  32. Becky on January 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    We have roasted marshmallows in our fireplace to make s’mores, but it has been awhile, so we need to do that. Or we can just make the s’mores bars. Thanks for a piece of summer, when we have -20 below wind chills!!!

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  33. Taylor on January 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I am having some serious winter blues right now…I need anything and everything that will remind me of summer! These bars look delicious… I can almost smell the campfire :)

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  34. lynne on January 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    these look delicious! great pictures!

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  35. Quyen - Kitchen Runway on January 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

    This look great!! S’mores are one of my all time favorite treats!

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  36. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

    These look incredible! I might have to make these and snack on them sitting in front of our fireplace to keep warm! :)

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  37. Leanne @healthfulpursuit on January 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Oh goodness gracious, these bars look delicious! I’m allergic to most of the ingredients, but with a couple of adjustments I could totally make these. YUM! They look so fantastic. Great pictures :)

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  38. Kacey on January 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Oh dear, these look fabulously dangerous!

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  39. a frog in the cottage on January 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

    these are diet killer !!! let’s make a crime !!!

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  40. Terra on February 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

    S’more Nut Bars, OH MY!!!! YUM-O!!! These look sooooo delicious:)
    Take care,
    Terra

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  41. Erin @ Making Memories on February 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    OH. MY. HECK!!!! Delicious!!!

    Reply

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