Campfire Bars

October 2, 2011

Yay! Our month of no sweets is over and we were able to celebrate with these bad boys! My parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and husband took a week long vacation to Newport Beach this past week and it was amazing. A friend of ours has a house that backs up to the Newport Harbor and that is a block away from the beach, and he blessed us by letting us stay a week there. It was a beautiful, well needed vacation full of kayaking, biking, running, and relaxing. Since we live in AZ where it is very difficult to find fresh seafood, we decided to make alaskan king crab legs one evening. We had crab legs, corn, cheese, bread, and wine; all while watching the sunset. It was the epitome of a vacation.

I am blessed by two adorable nephews that took this trip to a whole new level. My oldest nephew, Emory, played at the beach from sun up to sun down and definitely kept us on our toes all week. He is a ball of energy and brings so much joy to our lives. I think he would have been just fine if our vacation had never ended, as I would have been as well.

 For my birthday my mom got me the cookbook from the famous bakery in San Francisco, Miette. I have had my eye on this book for a long time, so I was very excited when I unwrapped it and started to read. There is a recipe in here for graham crackers, which is the recipe I used, that looked so good that I had to come up with some cookie using them. I came up with this bar because who does not like the classic combination of chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallows. Unfortunately I knew that we would have no campfire on our vacation so I decided to make a bar to mock a s'more.

I had my doubts about them because they were messy, gooey and a creation I made up; but these were delicious. You have to keep them refrigerated because of the marshmallow, but that only enhanced the flavor. The graham cracker brought enough salt in it to even out the sweetness of the marshmallow fluff, which made for a perfect bar.

*photos by my amazing husband Kyle Kirkwood

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Graham Crackers
yields about 25 (depending on the size)

for the crackers:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey

-sift together both flours, the salt, and cinnamon into a bowl. Set aside

-in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, brown sugar, and honey. Beat until fluffy. About 4 minutes

-Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three additions, beating until just combined after each addition. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling, or for up to 2 days. (At this point you could also freeze for up to 2 months, and defrost before rolling and continuing onto the next step) 

-Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

-Unwrap the dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper. On a clean work surface, roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use any cookie cutter you please and cut out the graham crackers. Place on cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart. I poked mine with a fork to give it the appearance of a graham cracker. Bake until golden brown. About 10-14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. They should snap at a crisp when cooled. 

-Gather up dough scraps, re-roll, and cut to make more cookies. You can store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Marshmallow Fluff
yields a-lot =)

for the fluff:

3 egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

-in the bowl of a stand mixture, fitted with the whisk attachment, add egg whites, corn syrup, and salt.

-with your mixer on high speed, whisk for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and the volume has almost doubled. 

-on low speed, add powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Add vanilla extract just until well blended. 

Use immediately or refrigerate in a covered container for up to two weeks. 

for the assembly:

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, for dipping

-on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, place half of the graham crackers bottom side up. Pipe marshmallow fluff on the graham cracker fluff (I just filled a piping bag, or you could use a large ziplock bag) and top with the remaining graham cracker. Place in freezer for about 30 minutes to harden. 

-Using a double broiler, or microwave, melt the chocolate chips until just melted. Let cool a little bit. 

-with the cookies still in the freezer, take two or three out at a time and dip in chocolate. Immediately place back in freezer. Continue until all bars are dipped. Freeze until chocolate is hard. 

-Keep in airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. 


carrotsandcream said...

Are you for REAL?! These look awesome. I will definitely have to give these a shot :).

cookies and cups said...

Such a cute site! Hope you don't mind but I gave you a quick shout out on facebook...didn't see that you had a fan page, so just linked to your site :)
Those s'mores look awesome!



Cookbook Queen said...

These look fabulous!! Your photography is gorgeous :)

AudreyN said...

Looks so good! and I agree, amazing pictures!

hKuhl said...

I just found your blog via pinterest and I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! Super cute blog!

Stephanie said...

These look amazing!! I love anything s'mores and I have got to try these!! Very cute blog by the way!

cravescaffeine said...

These look so delicious! I'm going to try to make them. Thank you so much for the recipe and the great pictures. :)

shannon i olson said...

oh wow these look just yummy!!!

Isabella said...

I just found your site too via pinterest as I was looking for snack recipes that were different! These Campfire Bars definitely caught my interest. I have you bookmarked to my "recipe" folder - now I can't wait to try them out!

Laurel said...

These look delicious, I can't wait to try them out!

(Found you through Pinterest, too!)

Anonymous said...

I just made these! They are soooo delicious everyone loved them, thanks so much! :)

Yank in Australia said...

Looking forward to trying your graham cracker recipe. We can't buy them here in Australia. Never thought about making them myself!

Jamie said...

This is a brilliant idea!!! I cheated and bought the grahams and the fluff but I REALLY want to try your recipes some days when I'm not chasing a toddler :)

Anonymous said...

half the marshmallow recipe!!!!!

Abigail said...

A friend & I made these tonight and they were great! Messy, but great:) Thanks for sharing!

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Oh you're killing me! These look absolutely incredible!!!

Elizabeth said...

What a great idea!

Galexi Cupcakes said...

Swoon!! With recipes you won me over!!!

Nouel Guertin said...

This reminds me of the chewy-goodness of marshmallows melted during campfire. Thanks for the photos. There are definitely more reasons to look forward to camping this summer!

Mary said...

You could put vanilla ice cream in it or just marshmallow fluff you can get at the store.

Wendelyn Nguyen said...

Totally making these tonite!

Anonymous said...

I made these with just graham crackers and marshmallow fluff drizzled with chocolate and they were amazing, something about freezing them makes them extra good

Larissa said...

As we don't have Graham crackers in Australia, I often overlook recipes that call for them as I have no idea of an Aussie substitute! Your home made recipe however is bound to bring many smile's to my children who have always wanted to try real s'mores!

wen kent said...

I made these last night and they were super delicious. However, when they were 'setting up' in the freezer they oozed out of the cookies and onto the pan. What a mess. I think if I make them again I will pipe onto one and then let them set up in the freezer unsandwiched. I think the pressure from the top cookie is what caused the oozing. The crackers by themselves are worth it...they were sooo good. And the fluff recipe yielded about 5 times more than needed. We are eating it by the spoonful here. =) I used pasteurized shell eggs.

canoeingmom said...

I want to make these this weekend, but I don't want to use the corn syrup. I was wondering if I could sub maple syrup or agave syrup and make it work?

Aisha + Jake said...

These look so amazing. Trying the receipe as soon as possible! I love your blog!!



Anonymous said...

Larissa, do you have something called digestive biscuits? In SA we don't get Graham crackers either, but I think digestive biscuits are a good substitute.

Cary said...

Love the recipe! Thank u!

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