S’mores Bars

I love everything about marshmallows. I love their name. I love their fluffiness. I love the cheap grocery store and high-falutin’ bakery iterations alike. Flavored or plain, all shapes and sizes, and the divinely sticky marshmallow creme, are found in abundance in my kitchen even when I’m out of so-called staples. There is a fire pit at the venue where we are having our wedding and my first thought was to do an outdoor s’mores buffet. That sounds like heaven to me. In fact, I’d even have a s’mores wedding cake. 

However, at this time in our wedding planning, Fiance and I are debating whether the fire pit should be used for the s’mores buffet of my dreams or to roast a whole pig, as he and his friends are going boar hunting for his bachelor party. Now, I’d love to get married to the scent of roasting pig as much as the next girl, but come on – s’mores! Fire! Blankets! How cozy does that sound? In my attempt to convince him of how fantastic an outdoor s’mores buffet would be, I’ve been devoting some serious time to crafting up s’mores-inspired recipes. 

I made the following recipe as cookies, bars, and in ramekins, as sort of miniature cakes. I love a cake-y cookie and this one is just bursting with campfire-tinged goodness. These would be amazing with my toasted marshmallow ice cream, to really bring out the s’mores flavor!

S’mores Bars
You will need:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles, if desired
  • Preheat oven to 350. If you’re making bar cookies, grease a 9×9 glass oven-proof baking dish or for mini cakes, grease individual ramekins. 
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing to combine. 
  • Gradually add cocoa powder until incorporated, then stir in flour mixture. No harm in sampling the just a bit of the batter: 

  • Add graham cracker crumbs, marshmallow, and sprinkles, if using. 
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes if you’re making cookies, or about thirty minutes if you’re making bars. My individual serving portion (in a ramekin) cooked for about fifteen minutes. 
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