S’more Cookie Bars

Happy National S’mores Day! S’mores… the perfect treat to make for the dog days of summer! I’ve shared all kinds of S’more desserts here (they are all linked below) and to celebrate the day today I am bringing you S’more Cookie Bars. They look like a blondie but have the texture of a cookie and are topped with melted chocolate and toasted mini marshmallows. YUM!

I started off by making the cookie base by whisking together the dry ingredients in one bowl and creaming together the wet ingredients in another. After combining them I reserved some of the dough and pressed the rest into a 9 x 9 – inch baking pan I lined with parchment paper in an even layer. I then topped the dough with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and the reserved dough.

After baking in a 350 F preheated oven for about 30 minutes I transferred it to a wire rack to cool completely.

And then using the parchment paper I removed the bars from the pan and sliced them. Final verdict, they were delish and a nice alternative to your traditional s’more. It was almost like eating a deconstructed s’more.

Looking for more twists on the traditional s’more… Check out these recipes:

Pumpkin S’more Layer Cake

S’more Cupcakes

S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’more Brownie Bites

S’mores Icebox Cake

Malted S’mores Ice Cream

S’mores Brownies

S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’more Cookies Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 heaping cup mini marshmallows

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick spray and then line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar using a handheld mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue beating until well combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the flour mixture until well combined.

Reserve 1/4 of the dough and press the remaining into the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Scatter the reserved dough in clumps on top. Try not to fully cover the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Bake 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven until the cookie bar is set and the chocolate has melted and the marshmallows are toasted.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, used the overhang to remove from the pan and slice into 12 pieces. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe from Seasons & Suppers

Cookie Palooza: Apricot Walnut Triangles

Welcome to day two of Cookie Palooza 2020. Today I am bringing you a cookie bar that I would say is like shortbread cookie topped with the filling of a rugelach cookie. If you like either one of those cookies or even better both, you will love these cookie bars. Best of all, they are super easy to make and lot quicker than rugelach.

To begin I made the dough for the crust. After making it I pressed it into an 8×8 baking dish I greased with butter.

Next, I spread a few tablespoons of apricot preserves over the dough.

And finally, I combined melted butter, sugar, water and chopped walnuts in a small bowl and then spread it over the apricot preserves.

I baked it in a 350 F preheated oven until the edges began to brown and the center was set, about 35 minutes. After letting it cool in the dish for about a half hour on a wire rack, I cut the cookies into 4 equal parts and then removed it from the dish and cut each square into 4 2-inch squares and then cut those squares into triangles. I then placed them back on the wire rack to cool completely.

And to finish the cookie bars, once they were completely cooled, I melted a cup of dark chocolate chips in the microwave and dipped the corner of each cookie in the chocolate.

I placed them in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolate could set and then it was time to enjoy. As I mentioned, the crust is reminiscent of a shortbread cookie and the topping that of the filling for rugelach. With a combination like that you can’t go wrong! What’s also nice about these cookie bars is that the flavors can be switched around just by using a different jams/preserves and/or nut. To make these extra festive for the holidays you could swap out the apricot preserves with raspberry jam and use white chocolate in lieu of the dark chocolate.

Apricot Walnut Triangles

  • Servings: 32 Triangles
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Ingredients:

1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar, divided

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons apricot preserves

1/3 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons water

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with baking spray, or, grease with butter. Set aside.

In a bowl, using a handheld mixer, cream together the room temperature butter and 1/2 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. In another bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder and gradually beat it into the butter mixture. Once the dough has formed, press it into the prepared 8-inch square pan.

Spread the preserves over the dough. In a small bowl mix the melted butter with the water and remaining sugar. Stir in the walnuts and then spread the mixture over the preserves.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is set.

Cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack and then cut into sixteen 2-inch square and then cut each square in half to create triangles. Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place a piece of wax paper on a baking sheet. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring between each. Once melted dip the corner of each triangle into the chocolate and then place on the prepared baking to set. If you find that the chocolate is not setting place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from Taste of Home