Monday, May 16, 2016

Memorial Day Magic Bars

Happy Monday! Can you believe the end of the month is almost here? It feels like May flew by in a flash and now summer is only a few weeks away. I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things about this time of year is spending time outdoors with family and friends. I always love to bring along food (surprise!) and so I gravitate towards recipes that are easy to prepare but pack a delicious punch. Leaving the oven on for extended periods of time makes the house feel hotter than the outdoors and I would rather be spending my time poolside! Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes.

This is a fall favorite with a summer twist that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and has only 4 ingredients! Who hasn't spent fall days over a campfire roasting marshmellows for smores in the backyard? Let me tell you, I bet you aren't going to be building a fire in the sweltering heat of summer, but you can enjoy smores with these classic smores bars!

You'll need a few things - gluten free graham crackers or animal crackers, sweetened condensed milk, marshmellows, chocolate chips, a baking dish and about 20 minutes. That's it, friends.

This recipe is perfect for summer parties, so make sure to pin it for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day! I can guarantee there won't be leftovers, so if you're looking for extras to have on hand, make sure to make a double batch.

If my kitchen walls could talk: Feel free to jazz up this recipes with your favorite fixings. In the mood for peanut butter bars? Use half peanut butter chips and half chocolate. Wanting a more tropical bar? Substitute coconut and dried pineapple for the marshmellows. Don't forget to line your baking dish with parchment paper - otherwise, your bars might stick!

Smores Magic Bars


8 oz gluten free animal crackers
4 tbsp butter
8 oz chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
2. Using a rolling pin or food processor, crush animal crackers, combine with melted butter pressing into bottom of baking dish.
3. Top cookie layer with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Spread condensed milk evenly over chocolate layer.
4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned. Allow to cool, then cut into bars.

What's your go-to summer dessert? 

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