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Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars Recipe

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large 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


  • 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 15x10x1-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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 194 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 252080
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"I'd made these bars and took them to the Bingo game at my retirement community. They were well received! The adjustments I'd used: Creamy Peanut Butter and baking the bars at least 20 minutes. I'd put marshmallows over cake layer and returned to oven for 2 to 5 minutes. delowenstein"

1katiedyann User ID: 3028035 247314
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

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

smelonas User ID: 3078149 237682
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."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 229180
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!"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 215252
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Very good"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 3864
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."

bigjenjen User ID: 6618364 1765
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"That sounds like a good recipe to make."

gouldleslie User ID: 936416 593
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"What a great has all of the components of a " gotta keep this in my recipe files" recipe! Makes a large amount of squares so great make-ahead for a large gathering. I would suggest cutting small squares....and use a hot knife! ( won't stick to marshmallow layer that way). Thanks for this recipe!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 2072
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"These were a big hit at our last disc golf tournament!"

tknoll06 User ID: 4739711 1256
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"My family loved these! (And I even forgot the vanilla!) I didn't have any problems with the marshmallows that other reviewers had mentioned. easy and SO GOOD!"

lynni User ID: 360948 1827
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"This recipe is a real crowd pleaser."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 2758
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"The crunchy chocolate peanut butter topping is what makes this recipe. I didn't have rice crispies so I crushed up rice chex. The chocolate cake part is very moist. This is a yummy dessert!"

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 2755
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I have made these for years since the recipe was first submitted years ago. If you follow the recipe-you will have a yummy winner. One person had trouble with the marshmallow layer- I suspect it was over melted? They freeze wonderfully. SOmetimes I add some chocolate chips to the brownie batter. A good brand of cocoa will give you a better brownie layer. Love these!"

JADunn User ID: 3183986 1721
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"These were terrific, very good recipe, perfect for church supper or potluck. I used a jar of marshmallow cream instead of the mini marshmallows and it work wonderfully. Big hit with family and friends!"

Denco24 User ID: 6689112 1826
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"These are yummy. Took them to a potluck and they were the first eaten. Everyone loved them. They are pretty sweet, but ohhhh, so good!"

Reneemart User ID: 6612030 2014
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013


mmohler User ID: 2780522 1825
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Rave reviews from my college kid! Made these in a disposable 9x13 baking pan and shipped them the next day after chilling in the fridge overnight. Got a call the day they arrived! :D He said he LOVED them and wouldn't change a thing. That's definitely a 5-star treat in my book!!"

kirbyj21 User ID: 6896112 2747
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"easy and delicious. I left out the peanut butter since we have a severe allergy in our home. My family couldn't get enough of these. I made the marshmallow part easy and used mini marshmallows and put them on top of the brownie and into the oven for a few minutes. When they came out the marshmallow was nice and toated, and didn't need to be spread. I do not put these in the refrigerator because the top would have been too hard to cut into. I would definitely make these again. Family was asking for them before the pan was empty."

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 1821
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"I didn't care that much for these. Didn't have any trouble mixing them up, or cutting through the marshmallow layer. Just didn't excite me."

fodie User ID: 6673527 3857
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"The marshmallow center was so hard to chew after chilling and can not keep out of frig because the top layer will melt."

Sandr69 User ID: 6994187 2950
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This was so good! And so easy to make. We will be having this again - soon. And I had no problem using the miniature marshmallows. I simply covered the top with the marshmallows and popped the pan back in the oven for 2 minutes, took it out and smoothed the marshmallows out some."

UnseenTiger User ID: 6544405 1741
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Made this recipe last night with my mom. Luckily she makes these every year for Christmas and gave me tips or else I'd be dealing with problems others seem to be experiencing. I didn't really use this recipe in particular but one she had that's very similar. We use marshmallow cream and scoop it out in blobs. While the oven is still warm pop it back in there and it'll melt making it much easier to spread. For the top layer we used half chocolate chips and half butterscotch for a variety to this recipe. VERY Addicting! Hope this helps =]"

snowbirdpam User ID: 3868489 2037
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012 Edited Jan. 25, 2017


leahna647 User ID: 7000615 1816
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"Made this recipe once from scratch and came out very good, although just a warning to others, today I tried to make it again but this time with box brownies and it was horrible there was to much marshmellows and it was a disater for me. But making a second batch this time and I think im gonna add less marshmallows this time and btw if anyone knows a supstitiutuon when using box brownie mix please let me know"

hejaolson User ID: 6672869 1255
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"These were ok. The top layer didn't really mesh well with the bottom layer and were a little bit too sweet."

crussel User ID: 5315751 1451
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2012

"Excellent recipe for packed lunches. Isn't messy and delicious."

BruJoy User ID: 4300589 1450
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"While these were very good and I will make them again, the marshmallows did not spread easily so mine aren't as pretty as the picture either. I might try marshmallow creme next time. Has anyone tried this with good results???"

bkmccar User ID: 3341622 2948
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"Made this recipe when it first appeared about 13 years ago and it has become a family favourite."

beckysander User ID: 2176225 2945
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"These bars were yummy and strangely, not too sweet. Cut in small slices they reminded me of a krispy candy bar instead of a cake bar. The PButter is barely noticeable, if you are looking for a strong Pbutter taste, you should use a little extra. Next time I will use More marshmallows as was suggested by one other person. The marshmallow is what keeps the bar from just being another ordinary chocolate bar, so load it up!"

Aleece User ID: 1370193 2942
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"I was out of marshmallows (thanks small children). So I tried meringue. Epic fail. Not recommended. Still tastes yummy, but not pretty at all."

cmtmal User ID: 6410725 2746
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Neighbors and coworkers were asking for this recipe!"

wilport User ID: 5608398 1740
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"My kids loved this recipe!"

bmja User ID: 1929051 2744
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"These bars are Soooooooo good! I have been making them since I was in my early teens. Now my kids love them as much as I do! :)"

Sandra Dee 61 User ID: 5769306 1254
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Have been making this recipe for years, a much requested family favorite at our house !"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1682534 592
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"Loved everything about this recipe although there are two things I would do differently. The first is that I left it in a little longer and the bottom layer came out hard like a cookie. The second thing is that my chocolate did not set and was still a little messy. But, overall, love, love, loved it!!"

Lindyb1 User ID: 320850 590
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"These bars are great but we aren't big fans of peanut butter so I substituted Nutella ...they were delicious and I plan to make them again and again!"

kristahunter User ID: 4095248 1815
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I have been making these for years. Please follow the directions exactly!!! I get requests for this at every holiday gathering. They also pack well in cookie tins for gifts!! Truly yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

hannahbetho User ID: 4822635 2743
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"These are AMAZING!!! I make them all the time for my family and they all love them! i will definitely keep this recipe as a favorite! :)"

Lynn Olson User ID: 4200350 2741
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I made these bars at I had rave reviews!! I just put the whole bag of miniature marshmallows and placed them stragetically on the brownie and kept them in the oven for 2 minutes longer, then there was no need to spead them out. I had no issue putting the top layer on the marshmallow. I am passing out the recipe....Thanks for sharing this recipe!!"

Marie604 User ID: 93089 2939
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"Absolutely wonderful! My kids always loved this recipe. Now that my daughter is older, she makes 2 pans one for a special event, and the other just for herself! Best recipe ever! People usually ask for this recipe!"

smcarrasco1026 User ID: 5213402 198390
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"Oh my gosh soooooo good! The cake layer on the bottom is so moist and good, it would stand alone. But the top layer with the rice krispies is definately my favorite part. It was even good a couple days after it was made. I will definately make this again. The only tip I have is to cook the bottom layer for a little longer than suggested, because it was definately not all the way done with the suggested time."

panky19 User ID: 3910669 2069
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"I have made it twice in the last month. It is the hit of the party."

bootani2 User ID: 404562 1720
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"I have made this recipe so many times over the years. It has been a hit and they are so addictive. Great for for any event."

DKM2 User ID: 5049165 1719
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"Ridiculously good and creamy! So easy to make!"

Auzzie User ID: 4280804 1716
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2010

"If you drench the marshmallows with a couple tablespoons of melted butter; they cream sooo good!"

sapphire1398 User ID: 3667526 1252
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I love peanut butter and find these to be that perfect treat! Sooooo good!"

doofy User ID: 2233111 2067
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"Can these bars be made with marshmellow creme? If so, how much?"

Di.Visser User ID: 3659326 198389
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe but for a short cut I use a brownie mix for a 9x13 pan and add the extra egg to make the brownie a little more cake like. I make this in a 9x13 pan (bake according to the time on box minus the 2 to 3 minutes) and use 2 1/2 cups of marshmallows and follow the same idea for baking the 2 to 3 minutes and follow the same topping recipe."

barretsmommy User ID: 805374 198388
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I wanted to like these bars, I really did! I made them and followed the recipe exactly. They baked well and the prep was easy. However, these bars are waaaay too rich for me and I'm a dessert lover too! This is one recipe that I won't be making again."

klong User ID: 1823542 3855
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"I took these to a party and they received rave reviews!"

Pamkevin User ID: 3194415 2938
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"I made these the other day and they were excellent. I had to give them away because I kept eating them. I changed the recipe by using 2 cups of Chex cereal, then crushed it instead of using Rice Krispies. I also used crunchy peanut butter because that was what I had in the house."

auntbevy User ID: 2610245 2012
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2009 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"I, too, was afraid that my brownies would not look like the ones in the picture. My marshmallows did not melt very much & they were kind of lumpy. But, to mix the choc., peanut butter, & butter, I used the microwave. 2 min. or less. Then, stir in the rice crispies. It was warm enough to spread & fill in the gaps between the marshmallows. Looks good!"

[email protected] User ID: 1807651 1715
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2009 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"I made these bars and they were excellent. I did have trouble though with the topping getting thick and not able to spread on the marshmallows. Came out clumpy which just made it not as pretty as the picture above. Do you have any tricks for this?"

Frugaltothecore User ID: 1684748 588
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"PEANUT BUTTER INCLUDED - Please remember to LABEL any items that you take to any function that contain peanuts, peanut butter, or nuts. These brownies would be deadly for my son if he were to accidently eat them. Often times peanut butter is in items and it is difficult to tell. You never know who might be eating these - don't make a deadly mistake."

rbheath27 User ID: 1785523 1814
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"I have had this recipe since it was published in an issue of Taste of Home that is at least 10 years old. It is ALWAYS a hit to make. I lost count of how many people requested the recipe from me. Not the best recipe for the summer, because they melt in the sun/warmth. I use the jelly roll pan and they are just right. To save on cleaning, use a foil lined pan. It's difficult to cut the bars - try using a warm knife. ENJOY!"

peach08 User ID: 163203 2935
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"I made these a month ago and they were mighty tasty! The only thing that was bad, was that I used a cookie sheet that was way too big, so they ended up being spread too thin. Next time I will use a smaller pan."

strumica User ID: 2927318 2010
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2008 Edited Jan. 25, 2017

"These are one of our favorite bars! I had to always make them without the peanut butter and rice cereal when we lived overseas, but they were always a crowd pleaser! They are excellent! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Mrs.Shank, your recipes have always brought many excellent compliments!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 3843
Reviewed May. 27, 2008

"I have made these a number of times for gatherings. Kids especially love them."

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