These S’mores Cookie Bars are made with a sweet graham cracker crust, cookie dough with marshmallows folded in, and topped with Hershey bar squares for that distinct s’mores taste.
I feel like there’s been a lot of talk lately about how online relationships are not real and how we’re replacing real human connection with fake online friendships. Okay, this is partly true. If you’re texting your husband while he’s sitting next to you, you may be suffer from this syndrome. Here’s where I’m coming from. I live far, far away from everyone. I’m in southeast Florida thousands of miles away from family and friends. I have no choice but to communicate via technology. And even if it might not validate actual communication for some, it’s all I have.
Even in the blog world I have made friendships with other bloggers online that are years long. I have no doubt in my mind that if I truly needed help or a friend to talk to, I could absolutely call them in a moment of need. We know each other’s faults, our kid’s quirks, and they know that if there’s a cookie in a 20-mile radius of me I will sniff that sucker out. I refuse to let people take those relationships away from me and tell me they mean nothing.
A couple of months ago one of our fellow bloggers Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More passed away suddenly. It was shocking and so sad as she left three children behind. She was very involved in the blogging community and even though she was busy with her extremely successful blog she would often take the time to comment on mine. Her blog continues to live on with the help of her family and I can’t help but think what a blessing her blog is to have for them – a journal of her life over the years.
Joan has a S’mores Cookie Bar recipe that I’ve had pinned since 2013. I wanted to make them but felt a little weird after she passed doing so. Recently, as I was reading through her recipe, I stopped mid-sentence. She starting talking about she was inspired from The Girl Who Ate Everything to make these S’mores Cookie Bars. Me! She was talking about me! How crazy is that? It was as though she was telling me from heaven that it was okay to make her bars and was giving me her blessing. I started tearing up.
Now I know I already have S’mores Cookies and S’mores Bars on my blog. They are both scrumptious in their own way. But these are S’mores Cookie Bars – completely unique in their own special way. They are made with a sweet graham cracker crust, cookie dough with marshmallows folded in, and topped with Hershey bar squares for that distinct s’mores taste.
|S'mores Cookie Bars|| |
- 1¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter (8 tablespoons), melted
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1-1/2 cups mini-marshmallows - frozen
- 2 (1.55 oz) Hershey chocolate bars
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place marshmallows in freezer if you haven't already (they don't take long to freeze). Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- For the graham cracker crust: In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs,sugar, and butter until combined. Press into the prepared baking dish.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter (make sure it's mostly cooled), brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the frozen marshmallows.
- Scoop dough on top of the graham cracker crust and gently press in an even layer. Don't worry about filling the pan too much - the dough will cover all of it as it bakes. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of marshmallows on top slightly pressing in.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until top begins to get touches of golden brown. Note: some readers have said that they needed additional baking time. Make sure you bake until the center is set. They will continue to firm up after cooling so be sure not to overbake.
- While bars are cooking, break candy bar into sections and place in freezer.
- After bars are done baking, remove pan from oven and let sit for a couple of minutes then carefully place broken candy bar pieces on top. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.