Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

This is a great recipe that will please just about everyone.  And it’s not hard to make.

Ingredients for Base:

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons bakig cocoa
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, optional (I omitted)
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1-1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter (no substitutes) *
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat until fluffy.  Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa; add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, if desired.  Spread in a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 – 18 minutes.

Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over cake; return to oven for 2-3 minutes.  Using a knife dipped in water, spread the melted marshmallows evenly over cake.  Cool. **

For topping, combine chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a small saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and well blended.  Remove from heat; stir in cereal.  Spread over bars immediately.  Chill.  Yield:  about 3 dozen


*I’ve made it with margarine in the past and it’s just fine.  So if you don’t have butter, you can still make this.

**I took the marshmallows out after 2 minutes and found them a little bit hard to spread.  Two-and-a-half or three minutes would probably have been better.  My marshmallow topping wasn’t “smooth” but it still worked fine.

from Taste of Home’s Cookies & Bars 2003

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