This may be one of my favorite Great Cookie Experiments…it’s true. They were yummy, but as far as success…well…I’ll let Julie tell you about that.
The Great Cookie Experiment – S’more Bars
When you’re talking cookie type crust with chocolate and marshmallows, it would make sense that this cookie would be called S’more Bars. Unfortunately, that name just doesn’t do this cookie justice. It needs a new name that describes what this cookie REALLY is. That’s why I’ve decided to rename this cookie Gooey Blobs of Death.
I really don’t know where this one went wrong. It’s a simple enough cookie crust- not even crumbly like some others I’ve mentioned. I baked it until it was nice and done, then added marshmallows and chocolate chips just like the recipe says. I baked it until the marshmallows were getting goldeny, but when it was cool, and we cut into it, well, there just wasn’t any point cutting into it because it kind of just congealed into one solid pan of gooey marshmallow mess. There were no bars. The best we could do was scoop it onto a plate and maybe eat it with a spoon, but even then, we got marshmallow everywhere, and you had to wash your hands afterward to get the sticky off of them. The sad thing is? The comment that came with the recipe described these cookies as great snacks for traveling. I can’t imagine anybody EVER subjecting their car to these messy things, much less their children or friends. We laughed at the very idea!
My friend who knows more about cooking and food than I could ever hope to says that our high altitude was probably the problem. Most recipes are written for sea level, and Utah definitely doesn’t fit into that category. If you live at sea level, take this recipe, and bake away! You can even take it in the car with you! If you’re at a higher elevation than that, cut down on the butter so that it doesn’t mess up the consistency of the marshmallow. As for me, I’m going to stick with MY favorite way to make s’mores- I get the fudge striped cookies from the grocery store, roast a marshmallow, and sandwich the marshmallow between the two solid chocolate cookie bottoms. The chocolate ALWAYS melts, and the cookie is rich and yummy with the warm marshmallow on the inside. Yeah, okay the fudge stripes always melt, and the marshmallow always oozes around the smaller cookie. It’s STILL less messy than these S’more Bars….I mean, Gooey Blobs of Death.
Gooey Blobs of Death
1 cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup butter, melted
2 cups miniature marshmallows
½ cup milk chocolate chips
In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in the butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 11×7 in. baking dish. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until the marshmallows begin to brown. Cool on a wire rack. Attempt to cut into bars. Makes 1.