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Today I was craving marshmallow creme, but I didn’t really want to open the jar without having something to bake, in fear that I would eat the entire jar in one sitting. I had found a recipe on Pinterest for S’mores Cookie Crumble Bars linked from the Food Network website. I decided this would be the perfect recipe to try!
To make the bars you will need…
1 cup store-bought graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
One 4.4-ounce bar milk chocolate broken into pieces (I used Ghirardelli)
1 cup marshmallow creme
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the ends of the pan for lifting out the finished bars. Spray with cooking spray if you wish- I was worried the aluminum foil would stick to the bars.
Stir together the ground grahams, flour, sugar and salt in a small bowl.
Cream the butter, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and combined; do not beat a great amount of air into the mixture.
Add the graham mixture and continue to beat on low speed until just combined and large crumbles form.
Place about two-thirds of the mixture in the prepared pan and firmly press down (this was easiest done with my hands). Reserve a few pieces of the chocolate for garnish (I set aside two squares), and then scatter the rest of the chocolate pieces over the base. Drop spoonfuls of the marshmallow creme over the chocolate, stretching the creme so it covers more of the base (this is easier if you spray the spoon/spatula with cooking spray, otherwise the marshmallow creme sticks). Drop the remaining cookie batter in small clusters over the chocolate and creme so the creme is mostly covered.
Bake until the dough is golden brown and the cookie in the center of the pan feels firm, about 40 minutes.
The marshmallow creme will puff through the crumble and brown, and it will deflate as it cools. Cool in the pan at least 15 minutes.
Using the foil overhang, lift the crumble bars out of the pan. Melt the reserved pieces of chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals until smooth, and then drizzle over the cookies.
Cut into squares.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
This was the perfect way for me to get my marshmallow creme fix (I saved a big spoonful to eat…deliciousness!) and the S’mores Bars were pretty good too! I do wish these had a bit more chocolate and marshmallow creme because there was a lot of cookie compared to the other ingredients. I only ate an end piece so perhaps I’ll have to try one of the middle pieces too, just to make sure….