S’mores for Shabbat

by Shoshana on October 28, 2008 · 6 comments

Ever since I made s’mores with a blow torch in my kitchen I have been trying to figure out how to capture the sweet, oozy, deliciousness of a s’more in a cookie form. The challenge is that I serve most of my desserts on shabbat, which means that the s’more qualities need to come through even when the cookie is cool, not just right out of the oven. I tried making graham cracker flavored cookies with marshmallows mixed in. I tried chocolate cookies with pieces of graham cracker and marshmallow. I tried pressing a marshmallow into the top of an almost cooked cookie. While all of these versions were certainly edible, the marshmallow flavor did not come through in the way I wanted, and they were lacking in gooeyness. 

This week, I think I have my solution. These s’more bars were just what I was looking for. In retrospect I should have realized that marshmallow cream which is gooey at room temperature  would be a better way to go since I wanted gooeyness in a cookie that was going to be served at room temperature. Layers of graham cracker flavored cookie sandwich a filling of chocolate and marshmallow cream and the whole thing is baked until golden and delicious. I didn’t have the 8 inch square pan called for in the recipe, so I used a 9 inch pan instead. That meant there wasn’t quite enough cookie dough to make a complete layer on the top, so I ended up with a swirl pattern. 

It allowed some of the marshmallow cream to brown, which added the toasted flavor of s’mores to the bars. As a true lover of marshmallows I think the bars could have used just a bit more marshmallow, but other people thought they were good just the way they were.  

S’More Cookie Bars (adapted from Baking Bites)
1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs*
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 large handfuls chocolate chips (enough to make a scant layer over the cookie dough)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (not melted marshmallows)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until light. Beat in
egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking
powder and salt. Add to margarine mixture and mix at a low speed until
combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even
layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over dough.
Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.
Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most
easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying
them together).
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool completely before cutting into bars


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Jay3fer October 8, 2009 at 2:27 am

This looks like just the thing I was looking for for Yom Tov – thanks!!! (I love s'mores, and you're right, whole or mini marshmallows just don't work right when baked)


Jay3fer October 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Absolutely yummy! The kids couldn't taste the "graham"-ness in the cookie layer, but I could, and it made a huge difference. Thanks!!!


Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod June 6, 2014 at 6:53 am

An old favourite, but now that we’ve made aliyah, hard to come by graham anything. So out of desperation, I crumbled up a graham pie crust (also rare & hard to find!)… it’s in the oven now; we’ll see how it turns out. :-)


Shoshana June 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

I didn’t realize you had made aliyah, that is wonderful. In Israel you can find Kosher biscoff cookies, I bet that would make a wonderful substitute for the graham crumbs (you might want to reduce the sugar just a bit). The flavor will be slightly different but I bet the slight spiciness of the cookies would be amazing in smores bars.


Liz November 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

I know this is an old post, but I wanted to let you know what a hit these bars are! I first made them for my synagogue for our Shabbat kiddish (Saturday lunch) – I got total raves, and requests for the recipe. Made them for my birthday party and got the same comments. Thanks for a winner!


Shoshana November 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

I’m so glad you like them, they are one of my favorite recipes. I am actually working on a peanut butter version now, I hope to have it posted soon.


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