For Christmas, my fiance and I made homemade hot chocolate for our families as part of their Christmas gifts. It left us with a lot of leftover mini-marshmallows that have just been kicking around in the pantry. I decided I wanted to bake something to use at least some of the marshmallows up — and then I remembered a recipe I tried last year: this S’mores Cookie Bars recipe from the Chocolate, Chocolate, and More blog.
I can’t think of a better way to usher in the warmer weather than some yummy s’mores!
S’mores Cookie Bars Recipe
For the graham cracker crust:
- 6 graham crackers, crushed
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
For the cookie bar mixture:
- 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows (then a few extra to top on afterward)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Start by placing six graham crackers in a sealed, plastic baggie and crush them until it’s a fine, even powder.
- Combine graham crackers with melted butter, then spread mixture on the bottom of a grease 8×8 pan.
- In a bowl, cream together the melted butter and white and brown sugars. Once combined, mix in one egg.
- Now add flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Add in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
- Spoon mixture as even as possible over graham cracker crust. My favorite part of the original recipe was it mentioned it didn’t need to be perfect — any recipe that explicitly says I don’t need to worry about being perfect has got my vote.
- Place pan in pre-heated oven and cook for 30 minutes. After that, remove pan from the oven, sprinkle the top with a few extra mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips, then put back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes.
One thing to note about this recipe: The original recipe called for only 20 minutes of cooking time, but I personally found that wasn’t enough, so I bumped it up to 40 minutes. Also, if you’re like me, you may like to test your baked goods to make sure they’re cooked thoroughly by inserting a toothpick or knife to see if they come out clean. That will never happen with these bars! Any time I stuck a knife into the mixture, it came out with batter on it, so I kept sticking it back into the oven. Eventually, I grew concerned and looked at the comments section of the original recipe. As it turns out, the mixture only appears to be uncooked due to the melted marshmallows. Once the mixture has some time to cool, the bars will become the correct consistency.
Ultimately, these s’mores cookie bars are to-die-for delicious. You really can’t ask for much more!