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chocolate s’mores cookie bars

Hi friends! I’m happy to be back posting another awesome recipe today. I had really big plans to post last week… and then Geoff and Lizzy started school and things got busy. And then I was all ready to write some great posts for this week… and then the internet at our house stopped working. I’m kind of amazed at how rough it was to go without internet for a few days… I was seriously going nuts. 🙂

Anyway, this week I have three amazing chocolate recipes to share with you! And to cap the week off, how about a round up all of my favorite chocolate recipes from the blog? Yum is all I have to say about that. To start with, I present to you these totally amazing and delicious chocolate s’mores cookie bars:

These bars are perfect! They’re delicious and full of s’mores flavor, and so fun for the kiddos! I actually made these as an after-school treat for Abby on her first day of first grade, and she adored them. I love that the cookie dough bakes for such a short time, because while it does get cooked through, it’s still moist and fudgy. I also love all the fun little toppings that make each bite unique and tasty. Abby has already requested that I make these at least weekly in perpetuity (we’ll see about that, kiddo…). I will definitely make them again, though!

Chocolate S’mores Cookie Bars
adapted from Life Made Simple

1 sleeve graham crackers, more or less as needed
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (I did mine in the microwave at 50% power)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup miniature marshmallows

for topping:
2 graham crackers, broken up into small pieces
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 Hershey’s candy bars, broken into squares

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 x 13 pan with tin foil or parchment paper. Make a single layer of graham crackers covering the bottom of the pan, breaking the crackers as needed to make them fit. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in melted chocolate, then mix in egg and egg yolk until just combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, then add to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in remaining chocolate chips and 1/3 cup mini marshmallows. Spread cookie dough over the graham crackers. (To be honest, this part was a little frustrating… I think the best way to do it is to scoop cookie dough evenly over the crackers, and then use your hands to pat the dough into an even layer.)

Place in the oven and bake six minutes. Remove and sprinkle the dough evenly with graham cracker pieces, marshmallows, and candy bar squares. Use your hands to gently press the toppings into the dough slightly. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes, or until marshmallows are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes before removing from the pan. I cut mine into 18 squares, and they were the perfect size for me.

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