Toasted Marshmallow and Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

by Megan on February 12, 2014

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You guys, these cookie bars are my valentine. They are my current favorite thing. I’d like to go on vacation with them. I probably would tell them secrets right before bed. I’d definitely make them waffles on the weekend and bring them on walks with Elliot. So now that things have gotten weird, let’s get honest. I ran out of marshmallow when topping these! That’s why I put a cursive chocolate love message in there! Sorry guys, It’s just that I’m too darn honest for my own good. But honesty is key in any relationship, right? And to be honest (the sequel) the little bits of chocolate add something splendid. So, I’m kinda glad the marshmallow ran out. My piping bag is half full these days.

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I brought most of these to Elliot’s vet and the receptionist said, “These taste like s’mores! Like a glimpse of summer.” (Or something like that. Sorry, Beth!) She’s totally right though! Switch out grahams for cookies and add caramel and boom, s’mores. I bet that’s why these are valentine-material. I wanted to post these on Friday, but I love them too much to wait. Can’t save them for marriage. Can’t save them for Friday.

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Marshmallow and Caramel Cookie Bars
Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

Ingredients:

cookie base -

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped or 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup + 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 t kosher salt

caramel -

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 t fleur de sel
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

marshmallow, etc -

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

Directions:

  1. Make cookie base. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9″ square baking dish with parchment paper, overlapping 2 sides. Spray with cooking spray. Place butter and sugar in the bowl of stand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg yolk. Mix until combined, scraping the sides as needed. Add flour and salt and beat until dough just comes together. Transfer to prepared baking dish and pat into an even layer. Bake for 20-24 minutes. Set aside to cool. (I put it in the freezer for a little bit.)
  2. Make caramel. Combine the sugar and corn syrup with water in a medium saucepan, stirring carefully as to not splash the side of the pan. Cook over high heat until a thermometer reads 350 degrees F or until the mixture is a dark amber in color, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat, and slowly add the cream, and then the fleur de sel. Whisk in the sour cream and set aside to cool. Pour about 1/4 cup over cookie base, or enough to form an even layer. Set bars in the fridge to chill.
  3. Make marshmallow. Using a large heat-proof bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup and salt until combined. Set over a pot of simmering water  (double boiler -style) and whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot, about 3-6 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and beat 5-7 minutes, or until frosting is cool and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Pipe over caramel on the cookie base, leaving a rectangle for a chocolate message.
  5. Write with chocolate. Melt chocolate chips. Transfer to a sandwich bag and then pipe shapes and words onto wax paper on a  plate. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Transfer to the cookie bars!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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Here are some of the steps, guys. P.S. I like your shoes.

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah February 12, 2014 at 1:28 am

Lady. Please. Yes.

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

CHOMP.

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Megan - The Emotional Baker February 12, 2014 at 6:49 am

What a fun bar. I bet it tastes amazing!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I bet you’d love it!

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} February 12, 2014 at 7:04 am

Toasted marshmallows just get me. This is lovely.

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

They’re a very understanding candy.

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Erika February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

LAWD!! That’s all I can say..

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I just love you!

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Robyn February 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

salted caramel is just such an upgrade from jam! #nodisrespecttojoythebaker

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

#ha!

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Beth February 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

“just a small hint of summer to come”…. pure heaven in those lovely cookies. You, my dear, have a gift! Thank you for always sharing with us!!

Beth

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Beth! I knew I’d mess it up a lil bit. <3

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kloesunny @ kloeskitchen.wordpress.com February 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

Those look amazing! I love marshmallows! Do they taste a bit like s’mores? I like the little love in chocolate syrup! Happy baking!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Yes! Like a caramel cookie s’mores remix. Twix s’mores remix?

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Nicole February 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

I am so happy you ran out of marshmallows because that chocolate love note is the cutest! These look amazing!!!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Thanks, girlfriend!

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Amy | Club Narwhal February 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

Oh my sparkly stars, these are just the most babely of bars! Can’t get enough of those toasted marshmallows and chocolate handwriting. Whenever I try to write with frosting or anything it looks like an insane ostrich got a hold of the frosting bag…mad props to you!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

haha You crack me up! And Thanks!

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Nik February 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

I. Can’t. Even.

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

NIK! You’re my boo!

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Billy February 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

UM, WHAT?! I need an entire pan of this to myself in a quiet room.

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Schedule a meeting with these bars, yo. Party of TWO.

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Laura Dembowski February 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This is what my dessert dreams are made of! Pinned!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Thanks, Laura!

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Sophie February 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

OH MAH GAH

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm
Cindy February 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Sometimes running out of marshmallow is just fate!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Right?!

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Beth @ bethcakes February 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Love all that drizzly caramel and those toasty marshmallow! These bars are perfect.

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Thanks, Beth!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

You are a wonderful, wonderful, human being for these. I LOVE them!

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Megan February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Shucks, Katrina!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm

SO IN LOVE WITH THESE PICTURES! And so glad you ran out of marshmallow.

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Thanks, Laura! It was a s’miracle!

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ashleigh February 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Ohhh, my, heaven. I am dying to make these. They look like they are to die for. <3

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I hope you do!

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Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) February 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm

That looks fantastic! So much better than plain old toasted marshmallows.

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Thanks, Lily!

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Tieghan February 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Can these be my valentine?? Good gosh these are amazing!!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Of course! :)

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Natasha February 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

These are so cute and look deeeeelicious. Way better than a box-o-chocolates!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Yeah girl! Thanks!

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Lindsay February 15, 2014 at 7:22 am

Love these!! I’m obsessed with the first photo, the little caramel love window is perfection!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, Lindsay! It was meant to be, I guess!

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Taylee @ twist me fit February 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

Looks absolutely Devine!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, Taylee!

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Tracy | Pale Yellow February 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

Lovely, lovely, lovely! The little toasted marshmallow peaks are perfection!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Thanks, Tracy!

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures February 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

So beautiful! The toasted marshmallows are my favorite part!

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Megan February 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Mine too!

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Taylor February 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

I’m making these today. Fingers crossed!!

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Lynna March 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Haha, I love your honesty. I thought what you did with the chocolate writing was super creative!!! I totally thought you did it on purpose! These bars are gorgeous!

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Jen April 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Hi! I had some questions about this recipe. Can I use store bought marshmallows and caramel in place of homemade? I think the homemade version would taste better, but I don’t have a dishwasher, so any chance to not dirty up my cooking bowls is appreciated. My second question is, how did you get that lovely browning on your marshmallow? Perhaps I’m missing the step in the recipe, but I didn’t see any instructions for it. Did you pop the tray back into the oven on broil, or use a torch, or what? Thank you! These look delicious and I can’t wait to make them.

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