The Best 4th of July Dessert: S’Mores Brownies

by Andie Mitchell on June 30, 2011

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S’Mores Brownies. Rich and intense chocolate fudge brownies. Gently salted and buttery graham cracker crumb crust. Billowy toasted marshmallows.

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Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (15 cracker sheets)
  • 1/4  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Fudge Brownie Filling: (recipe from Baker’s One Bowl Brownies)

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Toasted Marshmallow Topping:

  • 4 cups (packed) miniature marshmallows


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 13×9” pan with foil. Coat with cooking spray. Make the graham cracker crust by combining the graham crumbs, sugar, and butter in a large bowl. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan- creating an even 1/4″ thick crust.
  2. Place the chocolate and the butter in a large bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on high heat, until the butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Stir in the sugar. Mix well.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Blend in the flour, mixing until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and give it one final stir.
  6. Pour the brownie batter over the crust in the pan and spread evenly to the sides.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few fudgy crumbs.
  8. The top should be shiny. Let the brownies cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour.
  9. Turn on your oven’s broiler. Spread the marshmallows over the cooled brownies. Broil for 1-2 minutes, or until the marshmallows begin to brown. Watch them carefully because once they begin to brown, they can burn very quickly. Let the pan cool. Lift the foil overhang to remove the bars from the pan. Peel down the foil sides. Cut into squares using a sharp knife. For a clean edge, wipe the knife down after each slice with a damp towel.

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Ana Maria June 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

Maybe it’s not neighbourly, but I’m making these for Canada Day.

Partially because I’m Canadian.

But mostly because it comes sooner :)


Cait's Plate June 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

Oh my! These look delicious! S’mores brownies are one of my absolute favorite.

They’re the next best thing to real s’mores!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

LOVE, can I come to your 4th of July?


Di June 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

Holy hell those look amazing. Need.


Miranda June 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love your blog! ^-^

I got an email about Smore Brownies a few weeks ago and made them.
They were SO GOOD!!
I used Bon Appetits browned butter brownies for my brownie layer.
Might have to make them again.


Mrs. Fish June 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

So perfect for Fourth of July! Yum!


Karly June 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

This is one of my favorite ways to eat a brownie. :)


Kimberly Taylor June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

Okay – this *need* to be made here on the farm! My boys are going to love them!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

I just showed these to my mom and she is impressed with your recipe and photography :)


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean June 30, 2011 at 9:18 am

let’s be real…these look beyond amazing!!!!!


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

My mouth is watering over here. Seriously, they look unbelievable!


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

Girl, you’re killing me. No way I’ll be able to stop thinking about these until I make them.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love how moist these look!!


Gina June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am

These are RIDIC!

I’m having a dilemma…classic hersheys for my weekend s’mores…or something overpriced but oh so delicious…like Green & Blacks or Theo…what to do;)


Krystina (Organically Me) June 30, 2011 at 9:43 am

I would do anything to have one of those brownies right now. Anything. S’mores make my world go ’round. Really, they do. It’s a sickness.


Megan (Braise The Roof) June 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

I know, RIGHT? C’mon. Happy 4th, Andie! :)


Cat June 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oh. Those. Look. Delicious!!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

Ooooh my. Like.. seriously… come on… you’re killing me!! Serious cravings have been triggered over here!


ally@GirlVFood June 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

STOP IT, Andrea! For the past three DAYS I’ve been driving by my grocery store, and I know they have all of the paraphernalia available for s’mores, and i keep on driivng because it’s been kind of crappy otu lately and it hasn’t been good weather for s’mores…and now you do this? Crap. Now I HAVE to go out and get the ingredients for this. I hope you’re pleased with yourself. <3


Brooke @ Waiting to Rise June 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Can me and my boyfriend come to visit just to split a pie that looks like that? Seriously beautiful photography…your blog is the first one I read all day! And I always appreciate your comments back!

Take care, Brooke


Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) June 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Those looks AMAZING! 4th of July, 100%.


Riss June 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Holy cow. I’m making these. That’s a promise.


Whitney W June 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Oh my goodness these look amazing! Since I am 32 weeks pregnant with twins I can make and eat these and not feel guilty right? The babies need brownies to give them energy to grow!


MelissaNibbles June 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Yum! I agree this is the best!


Chelsea June 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I haven’t stopped thinking about these since I read this post via my Droid Google Reader at school this morning.
I’m thinking if they can make it out of my house uneaten, I may make them for a BBQ this weekend!
And.. are you sure we’re not food soul sisters? Your posts always make me drool!!!! :)))


Kayte June 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I was already planning on making these for 4th of July (but using boxed brownies cuz I’m also making 6lbs of potato salad). When I logged on to your blog today my heart skipped a beat with joy :)


Amy July 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think Australia should start celebrating the 4th of July just so I can make and eat these bad boys. Come to think of it, who needs a national holiday to justify S’more Brownies…


Johnny July 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

AWSOME!!! Happy 4th everyone, and if you’re in Canada or Ausi land or where ever, Happy Day!!

You Are The Greatest Andie!! :)

Now about those smores things….you ust cannned talllk wiithhh them in your mouth!


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

I made these last year for the 4th and loved them. Although the cutting part is so tough!

I’m going to peruse your site now for something to make for this year. I have to do something new. :)


Jenny Eatwell July 1, 2011 at 3:48 am

You were all like “ta-daa!” and I was all like “Whoaaah” and you were all like “I know!” and I was all like “Gimme!”.

Radical, man. Like toadally. ;)


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 1, 2011 at 5:15 am

Oh my gosh. This is INCREDIBLE!!!! I know this would be a hit at our 4th of July get together!


Karriann Graf July 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

I love these! Gorgeous, gooey and look so decadent!


Mila @ loftyappetite July 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

Wow I just died. and went to summer camp heaven. can you put one in a fedex box and send it to me? thanks.


Tina (My Life as a MRS) July 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

Girl, you are speaking my language with those brownies… YUM.


Cindy July 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm



as recipe is printing….

Happy 4th lovie


Nicole July 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

How did I not realize that you had a Recipes page, in which I can find all of my favorite ‘Can You Stay for Dinner’ recipes so much faster and easier? I guess this proves just how much (or little) I observe things. Anyway, this is like the best find ever… And I cannot wait to make every one of these recipes! :) Seriously. What can I say, your recipes never fail me!


Sarah@The Flying ONION July 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

Um. Wow. I’m speechless.


miri leigh July 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

These look amazing……just WOW!


Claire July 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

It’s official. I now know what I’m taking to the party on Monday night. These look killer. In such a good way.


KaraHadley July 3, 2011 at 6:56 am

I have been wanting to make s’mores bars forever, but I could never figure out how to not burn the ‘mallows. So I now need to make these immediately. Thanks!


Martha July 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I made these for a 4th of July party I went to and they were a big hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!


Jessica July 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

Thanks for posting! Stumbled across your blog through another and made these for the 4th…they won rave reviews! And now I have a new blog to follow!


Euniece July 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

this looks absolutely ridiculous. My mouth is currently watering from your pictures.. I am in heaven. But would be even more in heaven if I had that right now!


ASuburbanLife July 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

The minute I saw your photo of these brownies I knew this was the dessert I was going to bring to a July 4th BBQ. I have a crummy broiler, though, the the marshmallow tops browned quickly without melting the bottoms. I realized this when I removed the brownies from the pan to cut them – the half-melted marshmallow topping was a single, removable layer! I was getting ready to the store to buy some Fluff to use as glue, when my niece suggested I use the jarred hot fudge sauce we’d had on ice cream. I spread a thin layer on the brownies using a pastry brush, pressed down the mallow layer, and voila! The BBQ guests RAVED about these brownies!


Allison July 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Made these and they were a huge hit!!! Everyone loved them, me included.


Melinda July 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Tried these yesterday, oh my they were soooo yummy!! Thanks for the great recipe!!


Lisa January 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Can also use blow torch!


primeages July 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I made these this weekend for a family bbq. I’m a novice baker but these were fun and easy and were a huge hit!

I was nervous when I had to do the broiling but that worked out well. Cutting was also stressing me out but had the idea to spray the knife with the cooking spray and it cut with ease!

I love this blog and found your other personal posts inspiring and funny.


Diana July 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I have to agree that they are absolutely delicious. I did not put sugar in the crust mixture and they were still sweet enough. My only problem was cutting them, with the marshmallows detaching. I tried the cooking spray, ehh, not so effective. How did you resolve this issue?


Andie Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Hey Diana!

Hmm…i don’t know what I did differently than stated above to keep them intact, but maybe spraying the knife with cooking spray as well? Sorry I’m not of better help. Next time I make them, I’ll be sure to take notes on how to effectively cut them.

I really appreciate you trying the recipe!



Diana Aldea July 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks for the quick reply. Your marshmallow base looks more melted then mine, so next time I may let them heat up a little first and then broil them. I was also thinking about putting a layer of chocolate sandwiched between brownies and marshmallows for better adhesion.
Knife with Pam wasn’t really effective. Tks again:)


Amie September 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Can I use brownie mix in place of the brownie recipe provided?


Kristi May 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Just made this. I had some extra graham cracker crumb crust mixture from a cheesecake I made and I stumbled across this recipe. I used a box brownie mix bc it’s easy and it turned out fantastic. Very pregnant and this hits the spot for sure.


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