Happy birthday Le Faz!!! Today is officially her birthday and for her birthday I baked her s’mores cookie bars.
The only problem with s’mores is that they are impossible to make when you are not near a bonfire which is a constant problem of mine. However, these solve that problem. AND they are much tidier and easier to eat. You will not have to worry about melty marshmallow strings all over your face.
They are the perfect combination of cookie and square. The graham cracker crust bottom is buttery and crumbly, creating a light, delicate base for the heaviness of the cookie to rest on. The cookie is buttery and rich, dotted with marshmallows and chocolate chips. The top has less melted marshmallows and whole chunks of chocolate bar. The chocolate bar is broken up into chunks and then frozen, ensuring that they don’t completely melt into the square; genius.
I love these and will definitely make them again and again. Recipe is below the cut and happy munching!
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup mini mashmallows plus a few extra for the top
1 regular sized milk chocolate Hershey bar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a square 9 x 9 baking pan. Combine graham cracker crumbs and 4 tablespoons melted butter. Place in bottom of prepared pan and press down to form a crust.
Cream ½ cup softened butter, add in sugars and cream again until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla. Mix again. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, then add to butter mixture. Once combined, fold in chocolate chips and marshmallows. Spoon cookie dough on top of graham cracker crumb as evenly as possible. The dough will spread as it cooks and fill in any gaps. Bake for 20 minutes.
While bars are cooking, break chocolate bar into sections and place in freezer. 10 minutes before bars are done baking, sprinkle remaining marshmallows on top. Return to oven to bake for remaining 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully place broken candy bar pieces on top. Let cool completely before cutting. Makes 16 squares.