camping expedition a couple weeks ago, I had some leftover s'mores materials and decided it was the perfect excuse to try this amazing cookie bar. Since I was trying to use up the things I had bought for the trip, I eliminated the marshmallow fluff from the original recipe and used actual marshmallows instead. Using real marshmallows actually ended up creating this gorgeous crispy, caramelized texture which tasted amazing. While the visual result didn't look quite as "s'mores-y", the taste was to die for.
I brought these to work and someone actually told me that these were "possibly the best thing [they'd] ever eaten". True story.
Now, go throw a Memorial Day party and make these babies. You won't regret it. Your friends will adore you. (Tip: You may want to double the recipe because these will be gone quickly.)
S'mores Cookie Bars
Adapted from Lovin' From The Oven
Yield: 9 good-size cookie bars
Prep Time: about 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Time: about 45 minutes
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 11 graham cracker squares, pulsed in a food processor)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 king-size milk chocolate bars (i.e. Hershey's)
12 large marshmallows, cut in half (or 1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff/creme)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix on a low speed until combined.
Divide dough in half and press half of dough in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. If needed, break up the candy bar a little to make sure it is an even layer, no more than 1/4 inch thick. Place marshmallow halves over chocolate to form an even layer. Finally, place the remaining dough in a single-layer on top of the marshmallows. (This is best achieved by flattening dough into small shingles and laying them together.)
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Eat your heart out and be happy.