Monday, December 5, 2011

White Chocolate Gooey Graham Cracker Bars

When I brought these in to work today, one of my coworkers said it was one of the best things he had even eaten in his life. 

When he asked me what they were, I didn't know quite what to tell him—as you can see by the awkwardly long name that I gave them. They're not quite blondies—they're really more of a cakey bar oozing with gooey white chocolatey deliciousness. And they give off a little bit of a s'more vibe as well. 

Call them what you may, but MAKE them. They are glorious.

One of the reasons that I love this recipe so much is that it is not an exact science. You don't have to worry about leveling off your flour or measuring much of anything at all! Just layer away and everything will turn out peachy. Promise.

White Chocolate Gooey Graham Cracker Bars
Adapted from Picky Palate

  • 1 box of classic yellow or white cake mix (Duncan Hines is my favorite)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows (I used a little less than half of the bag)
  • graham crackers
  • a bag of white chocolate chips
  • a can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
Start by dumping the cake mix in a large bowl. Crack your egg in the bowl and add the stick of softened butter. (If you forgot to soften your butter on the counter, stick it in the microwave with the paper on for 5-10 seconds) Mix it up with a spoon at first and then use your hands to make it into a nice ball of dough.

Take half of the dough and press it into the bottom of a well greased 8x8 inch baking dish. (I lined mine with foil to reduce the mess, but you can go without if you'd like) Oh that reminds me, these little pretties produce almost NO mess. I was so pleased to only have one bowl to clean. 

But on with the layering. Top the dough with a layer of graham crackers, breaking them apart to roughly fit the pan. No need to be perfect here. Then top with a bag of white chocolate chips. And then your mini marshmallows.

From there, take the other half of your dough and break it apart into little nuggets. Scatter them over the top of your marshmallows and gently press them together so that they cover the majority of them. Don't worry about getting it smooth and lovely. That won't matter because you're about to pour on the sweetened condensed milk.

Ahhh sweetened condensed milk. Gradon loves the stuff. I think I remember catching him drinking it one time. Drizzle drizzle drizzle it until it seeps into the little cracks and covers most of the dough. The original recipe called for only about ¼ of a can but I used about ¾ of it. So you can use your judgement there. I love sweetened condensed milk because it has the amazing power of holding everything together. 

Ok now it's time to pop these in the oven. You preheated to 350 right? Bake these for 23-30 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is. Mine came out at about 25 minutes. You really need to start watching them around 20 to make sure they don't burn. Mine were almost a little too crispy on the top.

And keep in mind that if you overbake, the sweetened condensed milk with get all soaked up and refuse to ooze out the sides to your liking. And then the world would end.

Enjoy these!

Also wanted to share a couple of pictures from our recent holiday outings. Lover and I ventured out to the UVA Grounds to see "The Lighting of the Lawn," which is a pretty big deal around here. The Rotunda looked amazing all lit up! The rest are from an ugly sweater party where Gradon is participating in a heated "minute to win it" contest. Oh, and almost forgot our very first Christmas tree! :) 

Hope everyone is having a happy holiday season!


  1. This is great Court! I have 2 cans of condensed milk in my pantry and don't know what to do with them! I can smell the gooey white chocolate graham cakes now! Beautiful Christmas tree and cute Santa hat ;)


  2. "And then the world will end." haha! that is why i love you. Also--Why are you not wearing an ugly sweater!?

  3. I'm so glad that I could help you get rid of your sweetened condensed milk Sarah!

    And Lis, I looked EVERYWHERE for an ugly sweater but everyone must have had the same idea, because there were none to be found at the Goodwill! I was bummed but decided to settle for a sweater dress and really ugly bright red plaid tights. You can't see them in the picture though.

  4. Please feel free to continue to make me drool over your delectable creations! I'm so bummed that our kitchen will be out-of-order for a few months - I'm dying to try some of your recipes!! Keep up the yummy work! :)

  5. How unfortunate! I'm sure it will be lovely when it's done though. I'll keep at it and hopefully build a nice little baking to-do list for you. :)

  6. I don't know how I missed this glorious recipe. I'm making these tomorrow.

    1. It's apparently the most popular one on the blog! They are truly addicting. Let me know how they turn out!

    2. Um I just made them and they look and smell like the best thing on Earth. They are for a bday party tomorrow, so I'll let you know what the reviews are. :) Love you!