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Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars Recipe
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Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars Recipe

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I'd have to say that I've been asked to share this chocolaty layered her recipe more than any other in my collection. It's a longtime favorite of our three daughters. How many times we've all made these, I can't count. — Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 194 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 143 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2-3 minutes longer or until melted. Place pan on a wire rack. Using a knife dipped in water, spread marshmallows evenly over the top. Cool completely.
  4. For topping, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Remove from the heat; stir in Rice Krispies. Spread over bars immediately. Chill until set. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p37

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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"I have made this 3 times now and everyone just loves it. It's different than the some old desserts."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"Made these for a Thanksgiving potluck and everyone RAVED!! I had to make copies of the recipe to hand out because everyone loved them so much. This will be my new go-to potluck dessert recipe. Excellent."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"It was a split decision in our family! My husband didn't like the "peanut butter fighting the marshmallow". He would have liked one or the other. But the kids loved it! I would have liked a little more cocoa in the batter. We didn't have Rice Krispies so we used Special K which worked wonderfully. We all did like the crunch! I found that if I was careful in my initial placement of the marshmallows, I didn't have to attempt to spread them. This was one less thing to worry about!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Very good"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"It's been a while since I've made these and I don't know why! They're great for taking to a potluck event. Everyone loves them."

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