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.

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20 Responses to “Daring Bakers take on the Yule Log”

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    Beth G. — December 22, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Looks great!! I love the history info too 🙂 Congrats you did an awesome job!

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    Gigi — December 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Love the history info and your buttercream looks so silky. Nicely done!

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    MrsPresley — December 23, 2007 at 12:18 am

    good job! rolls like the yule log and the pumpkin roll really aren’t too hard to make, but they’re great to bring to get togethers b/c everyone loves them 🙂

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    Claire — December 23, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Congrats on your first “real” yule log. I wasn’t crazy about the buttercream either, though I did like the coffee flavor!

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    marias23 — December 23, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Yum! Very nice, creamy-looking buttercream. Looks delish! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    SMJ — December 23, 2007 at 3:04 am

    I went for raspberry inside too – and agree that chocolate frosting would be tastier. Good job!

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    Lis — December 23, 2007 at 3:59 am

    You did an awesome job, Jen!

    Your log turned out so pretty – as did the mushrooms!

    Way to go!

    xoxo

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    Hilda — December 23, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Your log looks wonderful, so silky creamy. Happy Holidays!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Your log looks awesome. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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    Meryl — December 24, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Very pretty! I thought this one was harder than the “Buche” I made in French class too.

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    Lunch Buckets — December 24, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I love your texturing – nice log!

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    Peabody — December 24, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Job well done. I made it with chocolate buttercream and I think it would have gone lovely with raspberry.

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    Cheryl — December 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I love the idea of the raspberry filling with the coffee buttercream. That must have tasted incredible.

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    Dolores — December 26, 2007 at 6:01 am

    As worldly as I thought I was at the time, I never could have attempted anything this complex in high school. You did a great job with your… it looks luscious!

    I hope you had a joyous holiday, and that 2008 brings you health and happiness, laughter and love.

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    Julius — December 26, 2007 at 7:04 am

    Great bûche de Noël and I loved reading your post.

    Happy Holidays!

    Julius from Occasional Baker

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    Tartelette — December 27, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    You aced this challenge like a pro! It looks gorgeous!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    Deborah — December 28, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Your filling looks and sounds delicious! I went with chocolate for the outside, and loved it. Great job!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — December 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    A very pretty log! Well done!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Jen Yu — December 31, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Nice work there. I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate – mmmm! Congrats on your challenge and happy new year 🙂

    jen at use real butter

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    Quellia — January 5, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Oooh I love the idea of the raspberry in the log!

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