S’Mores Chocolate Chip Cookies | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


These insanely delicious s’mores cookies are summer’s best cookie! Soft and chewy, the classic flavors of an already delicious chocolate chip cookie are emboldened with the delectable taste of graham crackers and marshmallows.

S'Mores chocolate chip cookie on parchment lined baking tray.


Wow, if I ever wondered how you felt about cookies vs. pie, you certainly cleared that up! Haha.

I promised you I’d post that lifechanging cookie recipe Monday (today!). And even though it’s almost midnight, it still counts, right?

Sorry it’s taken me all day long! I know many of you hoped to see it published, like, yesterday, but it was just one of those weekends and subsequent Mondays that conspired against me, and family matters took precedence.

But I promise, these s’mores chocolate chip cookies are well worth the wait.

S'Mores chocolate chip cookie on parchment lined baking tray.

I wasn’t kidding when I told you on Friday how amazing these cookies are.

I cannot stop making them! Which is not necessarily a bad thing, because they freeze amazingly well and stay soft for days (very dangerous knowledge on both counts).

Over the last month, these little s’mores chocolate chip cookies have been the highlight of a family reunion, church potluck, several take-in meals, and a few other events (including stealthy excursions to the freezer in the dark of night and forcing a few friends to try them and give me their honest opinions).

The texture is equal parts soft and chewy while the classic flavors of an already delicious chocolate chip cookie are emboldened with the delectable taste of graham crackers and marshmallows.

Oh my stars, they are so good. I honestly feel like they are one of those cookies that could easily become a signature recipe for someone. Like, THE recipe that people know you for (and hope you bring wherever you go). They are that good.

S'Mores chocolate chip cookie on parchment lined baking tray.

Let’s talk about those marshmallows for a second.

I know it’s a little bit annoying to realize a recipe that you want to make rightthisveryminute calls for an ingredient that may not be a pantry staple. But in this case, it’s worth it to get the right kind of marshmallows!

Your average mini marshmallows will not work! They’ll melt into huge craters and become a puddly, burned mess ruining one of summer’s most perfect cookies. Trust me, I tried it.

Instead, you need marshmallow bits. In other words, dehydrated marshmallows. And lucky for you and me, they are pretty easy to find.

They are often located right by the other marshmallows in the grocery store or by the hot chocolate (another great way to use them, btw).

I’ve also ordered them on Amazon (this brand and this brandaff. links) and found them in bulk at my local Cash and Carry (because after making these cookies, you’re going to want to keep them on hand all.the.time).

If you’ve never tasted the marshmallow bits, they channel the texture of lucky charms marshmallows. Just smaller.

They are crunchy and sweet, and when baked into a graham cracker, chocolate chip-studded cookie dough, they become soft, chewy little bits of heaven.

S'Mores chocolate chip cookie on white napkin.

If you absolutely positively have to have these cookies in your life before you can get your hands on real, live marshmallow bits, you could maybe try subbing in white chocolate chips?

I haven’t done that personally because I only use white chocolate chips for a very few recipes and they are pretty low on my list of ingredients I ever want to sub in for a cookie (just not the hugest fan of white chocolate over here).

And of course the cookies would totally lose the s’mores vibe without those lovely little chewy bites of marshmallow, but you would still get the graham cracker/chocolate vibe with creamy hints of vanilla chips, and so you’d be able to end the day with a little happiness still.

I’m pretty choosy with my s’mores desserts. I only have a couple others that have made the cut over the years (cute and tasty s’mores blossom cookies and these terribly easy and crazy delicious s’mores bars).

But these s’mores chocolate chip cookies are not only one of the best s’mores desserts I’ve had, but honestly, they have cemented themselves as one of my favorite cookies of all time. I really, really hope you love them.

S'Mores chocolate chip cookie on white napkin.

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Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies

S’Mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons, 6 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (7.5 ounces) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (2.5 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups (8.75 ounces) all-purpose flour (see note)
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) graham cracker crumbs (about 9 rectangle crackers crushed)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup (1.75 ounces) miniature marshmallow bits (see note)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a bowl with a handheld electric mixer, add the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix together until very light and creamy, 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
  4. Add the flour and graham cracker crumbs and mix until just barely combined; a few dry streaks are ok.
  5. Add the chocolate chips or chunks and marshmallow bits and mix until incorporated.
  6. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing at least 2-inches apart.. I like to roll the mounds of dough so they are smooth, but you don’t have to be obsessive like me.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden on the edges and a little crackly on top. Let the cookies sit for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

I’ve shaped this dough into balls and refrigerated the unbaked cookie dough for a day or so before baking. Works great, even with the marshmallows. I haven’t tried freezing the unbaked cookie dough, but I have frozen the baked cookies several times and they are still equally delicious (frozen or thawed). 

For the graham cracker crumbs, I usually throw the rectangle graham crackers in my blender and pulse until fairly finely crushed, but I’ve also used the ol’ ziploc bag and rolling pin method with no issues. I think the storebought graham cracker crumbs might be a bit too finely crushed and cardboardy for this recipe, but I haven’t tried them myself. 

These cookies are on the soft and chewy slightly thinner side of the cookie spectrum. If you often bake cookies that spread more than you like (happens a lot at high elevation), try baking the cookies on convection mode (if you have an oven with that setting) OR increasing the baking temperature to 375. If the cookies still spread (or to preempt the issue), a couple extra tablespoons flour might help. 

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