S’mores Fudge Bars

If making fun swirls with the marshmallow topping then toasting them with your kitchen torch isn’t enough of a reason to make these S’mores Fudge bars, I don’t know what is…

Smores Fudge Bars

A couple weeks ago, some girlfriends and I had a slumber party. It had all the components of a great slumber party. Cheesey movies (Mean Girls and Bridesmaids), girly cocktails (pink champagne and jelly donut shots), gossip, sleeping bags, and food. We ordered pizza, threw together a salad, and I was in charge of bringing a dessert.

Smores Fudge Bars

I wanted something portable that could be made in advance since I would be going straight from work. These Smore’s Fudge Bars fit the bill. They are sweet enough that an 8×8 pan was more than enough for all of us, with a few leftover for Hubby to taste.

Smores Fudge Bars

These bars start with a graham cracker crust, which is topped with a thick fudge layer, and lastly topped with some homemade marshmallow frosting that is then toasted to perfection. Now I’ve made quite a few S’mores treats in my day, including cupcakes, brownies, cookie bars, rice krispies treats, and cookies, and I think these might be my favorite yet.

Smores Fudge Bars

Of course, that won’t stop me from making more S’mores treats in the future… I definitely need to make some S’mores ice cream this summer. What other S’mores treats should I consider?

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Smores Fudge Bars

If making fun swirls with the marshmallow topping then toasting them with your kitchen torch isn't enough of a reason to make these S'mores Fudge bars, I don't know what is...

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
20 full graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

For the Fudge Filling:
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

For the Marshmallow Topping:
2 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Place the graham crackers, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture is moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

For the Fudge Filling:
In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the chocolate chips and condensed milk. Heat until the mixture is melted, thick, and smooth, stirring constantly. Pour over graham cracker crust. Place in the refrigerator while making the marshmallow topping.

For the Marshmallow Topping:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to cook until a candy thermometer registers exactly 240°F. Immediately remove from heat. Turn the mixture on low speed and carefully and gradually drizzle the syrup into the egg whites. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture is thick and glossy and looks like marshmallow fluff, about 7 minutes longer. Add in the vanilla and beat until combined.

Spread the marshmallow topping evenly over the chocolate fudge layer. Make a fun design with swirls using the back of a spoon. Use a kitchen torch to gently torch the marshmallow layer until lightly golden. Alternatively, place the pan under the broiler and broil for 1 minute, or until lightly golden.

Refrigerate the pan for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares and serving. The squares can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe seen on Handle the Heat

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14 Responses to “Harry Potter Cupcakes”

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    clstar — August 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    OMG, I am in love with these cupcakes! They’re so awesome! I love HP, and I made owl cupcakes when the movie came out. I might need to give these a try before going to see the IMAX 3D movie.

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    thegreatpantryraid — August 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    How cute are those?! And i was wondering how you got the lettering so perfect – thanks for the step-by-step. Lol – I just dragged DH to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry – I’m sure he’ll be happy when the final movie comes out and he doesn’t have to hear about it anymore!

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    thecookingnurse — August 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Great job, how lucky are your friends?

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I’m so jealous! My two sisters are going to the exhibit this weekend. I thought about flying to Chicago to join them. Luckily I found out the exhibit is coming here in October. Whew!

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    Erin — August 4, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look fabulous! You did such a great job on them!

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    Katie — August 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    WOW JEN!! Those are fantastic!! Better than professional! Seriously, what talent you have to make those! 🙂

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Aw thanks Katie – you’re making me blush.

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    Ingrid — August 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I hate when cupcakes do that to me too. Instead of baking up they bake out! 🙁

    Love your Harry Potter cupcake toppers! Very cute and creative!
    ~ingrid

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    Manda — August 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Jen! A friend of mine forwarded me your page for HP Cupcakes and I just wanted to drop in and say that I think they’re awesome and I want to run home now and try to create some fun hp themed cakes! I had done some in the past–cauldron cakes if you will, by buying mini cauldrons and cutting the bottom off so the tops sat just on the cakes and then used a bit of green frosting on the inside. You should join up with the HP-MA crew! We’ve been organizing some meet-ups for Boston Fans!

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Sounds awesome Manda.

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    nutmegnanny — August 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, what adorable little cupcakes!

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    annieseats — August 6, 2009 at 1:25 am

    So so cute! And yeah, those “HPs” must have taken FOREVER. I have a fabulous vanilla cupcake recipe that never fails me here: http://annies-eats.com/2008/07/18/vanilla-cupcakes/. Also, I recently made Dorie’s perfect party cake into cupcakes and had great results with that as well.

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    bcallegra — August 7, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I love your HP cupcakes! I too am a huge Harry Potter fan but I have to admit, I don’t think I’d be patient enough to make cupcakes and toppings as cute as yours!

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    Karin — April 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    These are so awesome!! I wish I would have seen them and did some of these with the HP cake I did!!

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