These S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares combine classic cereal squares with the favorite campfire treat by adding graham wafers and milk chocolate.
Fun fact: I never tried S'mores of any type until I was an adult. Despite the fact that my family went on at least one big camping trip (often 2 or 3) every summer, I never tried s'mores until I was in my early 20s at a friend's house.
We had roasted marshmallows all the time on said camping trips, but never quite made the leap to make s'mores. Why? I'm not sure. My parents didn't know about them or weren't into the idea I guess.
In any case, I'm making up for lost time now. And I certainly made sure that my kids could not say the same thing. They've come to expect s'mores anytime there's a campfire involved.
What are S'Mores?
If you've never tried s'mores, now's definitely the time to give them a try.
S'mores are simply a combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. The marshmallows are usually toasted, or heated in some way, and the chocolate is usually milk chocolate.
They are most often made around a campfire, but I have been known to make them in a toaster oven, or even a microwave when the craving hits.
How to make S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares:
Making these S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares is easy, and just like making regular rice krispie squares. They do have an optional extra step in toasting some of the marshmallows under the broiler to replicate the flavor of a campfire-toasted marshmallow, but if you don't have time to do that, feel free to skip it.
Start by melting butter. I find that the easiest way to do this is in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Then add the marshmallows, and melt these too. Once the marshmallows are melted, stir in the vanilla. Then stir in the cereal and hand-crushed graham crackers.
Mix in the chocolate last, and try to do it quickly to prevent stirring the melted chocolate around too much. I like to keep the chocolate in chunks as much as possible. Don't worry if it starts to melt a little, as it will begin to solidify when the squares are set.
Pack the cereal mixture into a greased baking pan, then let the pan set at room temperature (or in the fridge if you are in a rush). They will be ready to cut and eat in about 20-30 minutes.
Store any leftovers in an airtight bag or container. These squares are sturdy and easy to transport so they are perfect for potlucks, picnics, or camping trips.
S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares Ingredients:
- Salted butter: or use unsalted butter and add a large pinch of salt
- Mini marshmallows: or use regular marshmallows, but they won't melt as quickly
- Vanilla extract
- Rice krispies cereal: if you need your squares to be gluten-free, then make sure you choose rice cereal that is specifically labeled as gluten-free
- Graham crackers: I like to use whole graham crackers, and crush them by hand right in their sleeve to minimize waste/dishes. Use gluten-free graham crackers if you need your squares to be gluten-free.
- Milk chocolate bar: You will coarsely chop this for large chunks of milk chocolate, or use milk chocolate chips instead. If you prefer, you can use dark or semisweet chocolate, but I prefer milk chocolate for a more authentic s'mores experience.
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S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares Nutrition Notes:
The nutrition information in the recipe below is for one rice krispie square if you cut the recipe into 16 pieces.
S'Mores Rice Krispie Squares
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter or use unsalted butter and add a large pinch of salt
- 14 ounces mini marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups rice krispies cereal (make sure they're labeled as Gluten-Free if you need your squares to be Gluten-Free)
- 1 sleeve graham crackers crushed (9 whole graham crackers - use Gluten-Free graham crackers if you need your squares to be Gluten-Free)
- 5 ounces milk chocolate coarsely chopped (or 1 cup milk chocolate chips)
- Prepare a 9x9" baking pan by greasing it generously. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and turn the broiler on low. Add approximately ⅓ of the marshmallows to the baking sheet, but don't put them in the oven yet (Note: this step is optional, but helps replicate the flavor of roasted marshmallows. If you want to avoid the extra step, simply add all of the marshmallows to the large bowl in the next step).
- Place the butter (and salt, if using) in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until melted (approximately 1 minute, check after 30 seconds). Add the remaining marshmallows to the bowl and stir. Microwave until the marshmallows are melted (30-45 seconds, up to a minute if using all of the marshmallows). Stir in the vanilla until the mixture is uniform.
- Put the baking sheet with the remaining marshmallows in the oven now. Keep your eyes on them to avoid burning, as they will toast very quickly. Remove the baking sheet from the oven as soon as the marshmallows are browned on the top. Transfer the toasted marshmallows to the large bowl.
- Add the rice krispies and crushed graham crackers. Quickly fold the mixture together. Stir in the chocolate. Quickly transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and gently press the mixture into the pan. Leave it at room temperature to set, approximately 30 minutes.
- Cut into 16 pieces and eat immediately, or store in an airtight bag or container at room temperature.