White Chocolate Gooey S’mores Cake Bars.
The name itself is a mouthful.
More like thirty mouthfuls. I couldn’t stop eating these. Seriously. I could. not. stop.
Somebody take these away before I finish the entire pan myself. Because Greg isn’t helping. At all. He had two bites and put the thing down. C-R-A-Z-Y. Crazy I tell you! You have to be crazy not to like these.
Thankfully we had some company this weekend to help. My good friend Heather, from high school/swimming/water polo, lives in Charleston with her boyfriend now too. They came to the pool and we had ourselves a little cookout (more on that later!). Heather likes food just as much as I do, and was more than willing to help. Heather and her boyfriend Karl both agreed they were delicious.
Some of my best memories of summertime are sitting around the fire pit on the back patio with my family and roasting marshmallows…for s’mores of course!
Since I don’t have a fire pit these days, or don’t get to see my family nearly as much anymore, these cake bars are a little reminder of those summer nights.
I say they are only a “little reminder”, because although the ingredients are very similar and the name contains the word itself, these really don’t taste much like s’mores. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. When great things like cake and s’mores are combined, you’re bound to have a good outcome. This recipes calls for white chocolate instead of milk chocolate, obviously not your usual s’more. But I love love loooove white chocolate so I was looking forward to this alternative.
I followed the recommended directions to skip a spoon or spatula and instead prepared the cake mix by hand. It really was much easier this way.
Each ingredient goes into the pan layer by layer. Here is the cake just before the final step of adding condensed milk. For some reason I really like the look of a pile of marshmallows…
I really can’t tell you how good these are. You just need to try them for yourselves. You will not be disappointed. Unless, like I said before, you’re crazy 🙂
I think I even came up with a great idea stemming from these bars. I’m sure they have been made before, but I’m going to make them without using a specific recipe. Just ideas from my own sugar-obsessed head. How about traditional S’mores Gooey Cake Bars? Not yellow cake mix and white chocolate, but chocolate cake mix and milk chocolate.
Give me a week or two and I’ll get back to you on that one. I’m going to need some recovery time from eating all of these.
White Chocolate S’mores Gooey Cake Bars
(Adapted from Picky Palate)
Makes about 12 bars
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2 full graham crackers
10 ounces white chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup condensed milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil (for easier removal from pan, allow foil to fold up and over the edges of the pan). Spray foil with cooking spray.
2. Using you hands (recommended), or a wooden spoon, mix cake mix, butter and egg in a medium bowl.
3. Press half of the dough into the baking pan. Layer graham crackers, white chocolate and marshmallows respectively. Top with remaining half of dough, pressing evenly. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
4. Bake for 27-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. Let cool for about five minutes then run a plastic knife along the edges to loosen.
6. Let cool completely and lift foil edges to pull the cake out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve.
*Tip: Cut 1/4-1/2 inch off of each edge before slicing into squares. This will make bars more even, and give them pretty edges all around 🙂
…Don’t waste the cut-off pieces though. They still taste just as delicious and make a great treat while you cut the rest!