Cake Mix S’mores Bars

I know I’m a bit late to the party for last week’s National S’mores day.

But who says you can only spend one day paying tribute to the ooey-gooey fantastic-ness that comes when you combine chocolate, toasted marshmallows and graham?

Not me.

We’ve had some boxes of cake mix that feel like they have been around for ages.  And as we’re trying to purge some unwanted pantry items, we came across these boxes buried in the back of Tim’s pantry.

Without an excuse to make a cake for the two of us, we decided to see what other options there were out there for using cake mix. In our search we came across Averie over at Averie Cooks.  She’s got some great ideas for non-traditional uses for cake mix.

We took her recipe for White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars and adapted for what we had on hand.  The results were a chewy and gooey bar that reminded us of campfire s’mores.

We shared them with friends, because we just couldn’t keep the goodness to ourselves.  People kept coming back for more.

And, guess what?

They pack a lot of chocolatey marshmallow goodness, but they’re not overly sweet.

We used 1/3 fat cream cheese and fat free sweetened condensed milk because that was what we had on hand.  Of course, you could use the full fat versions of both, but these guys were not lacking in the richness area, even with the fat free ingredients.

It makes them healthy… right?

S’mores Bars

Recipe adapted from – Averie Cooks

Yield (1) 8×8 pan of bars

Ingredients

½ box chocolate cake mix
¼ c butter, softened
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ Tbsp coffee
2 c mini marshmallows
1 c chocolate chips
8 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk
¼ c 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened

Directions

  1.  Preheat your oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl blend together cake mix, butter, vanilla and coffee.  This will be incredibly stiff.  You’ll probably have to get in there with your hands to make sure everything is combined.
  3. In a greased 8×8 pan, spread the chocolate layer the best you can.
  4. Sprinkle your marshmallows over the chocolate layer.
  5. Top the marshmallows with your chocolate chips.
  6. In a small bowl blend sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese until mostly combined.  Pour over the layers in your pan.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes.  Covering with aluminum foil once the top gets a nice toasted brown color.
  8. Remove from oven. (It will not look cooked at this point.)  Let cool completely before cutting into bars to serve.  (You can try to cut them immediately, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

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