S’mores Cookie Bars

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There is nothing quite like S’mores, they are a warm, gooey, scrumptious bite of heaven. They are without a doubt one of my most favorite desserts and they are always a crowd pleaser as well. I love this particular recipe because it makes it easy to serve them up to a bunch of people without having to make them one by one. In fact, they are so easy to make that even your kids will be able to whip these up, it’s the perfect recipe for those little budding chefs to try their hand at!

These amazing S’mores Cookie Bars comes from one of my favorite baking sites, Sally’s Baking Addiction , you can click right here to link to the original recipe. These are absolutely perfect as written, the only minor change that I made was to use bittersweet chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet because I really love dark chocolate.

Take note, when the bars are done baking, it is very important that you allow them to cool completely otherwise they will be a warm, gooey mess and very difficult to cut. However, if you don’t care about appearances, attack that pan and go crazy! I always love a nice warm S’mores so even if they have cooled and been cut, you can give them a quick zap in the microwave to warm back up. Any leftover bars will keep for about a week in a tightly covered container. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100g) graham cracker crumbs (about 9-10 graham crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (225g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping cup marshmallow creme

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars when they have cooled. Set aside.

In a large bowl using handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed. Beat for about 2 minutes until smooth and combined, then add the vanilla extract and egg, beating until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl down as needed. Set aside.

Toss the flour, graham cracker crumbs, and baking powder together until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.

Press 2/3 of the graham cookie dough into prepared pan. Spread the marshmallow creme on top. Sprinkle the marshmallow creme with chocolate chips. Mold the remaining cookie dough into flat pieces and layer on top of the chocolate chips. (There will not be enough dough to make one single layer so some chocolate chips will be exposed.)

Bake the bars for 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely with the pan set on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Bars stay fresh covered tightly at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Halloween Cookie BArs

If your house is anything like mine then I am sure once the kids are done with their trick-or-treating you’re left with about 4 tons of candy in the house. Why not take some of that delicious chocolate and turn it into Halloween Candy Cookie Bars! They are easy to pull together, so delicious and fun to make with the kids since they can choose their favorite add-ins.

I came across this recipe on The Today Show website, you can find the original recipe right here . It did not specify what size pan to bake the cookie bars in so I went with a 9X9 square pan lined with parchment paper. The baking time listed, 45-50 minutes, was about right. Just watch them to make sure they do not over brown and get burnt, test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. It should come out mostly dry with a few moist crumbs adhered to it.

For the add-ins, use whatever chocolate you have on hand and feel free to use a mix as well. In my cookie bars I used toffee bits, M&Ms® and chopped up Milky Way®, Kit Kat®, 3 Musketeers®, and Snickers® bars. I added a few mini chocolate chips on the top too! They were delish!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups assorted Halloween chocolate candy, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Chop the Halloween chocolate candies into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine both sugars and the melted butter. Mix until the sugars and butter lighten in color, about 6-8 minutes.

Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix. Then add in the salt and flour and mix until everything is well combined.

Stir in the Halloween candy and then spread the cookie batter into a 9X9 pan that is lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Allow to cool and then cut into squares.