Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies

I love smores but like most busy adults, I don’t frequently find myself just hanging around campfires and roasting marshmallows over an open flame.

The last time that happened was probably 1987 and I was a Girl Scout.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Which is why these cookies are a beautiful thing. Bringing the taste of smores indoors.

And bringing that taste of smores inside a soft, tender, chewy chocolate chip cookie.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

I adapted my favorite chocolate chip cookie base because the cookies turn out exceedingly soft, every time. There’s cornstarch in the dough and if you haven’t it yet, welcome aboard the Soft Cookie Train.

And try other variations using it, including M&Ms Cookies, Snickers Cookies, Twix Bar Cookies, Caramel Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Soft and Puffy Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Cookies, a current Pinterest hit.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

But this adaptation is my favorite. I added crushed graham crackers, mini marshmallow bits, and chocolate chips. The result is nothing short of the gooey, chewy, moist, chocolaty heaven.

They’re enough to make the Brownie Scouts jealous that they have to stand around swatting bugs and getting stinky hair for their smores.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The graham crackers soften slightly while baking, but retain some crunch, which is a perfect contrast to the the little marshmallow bits that stay chewy.

I used Kraft Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits, rather than actual marshmallows, because they survive the baking process better. The bits are sold in the baking aisle of most grocery stores or Target, but if you can’t find them, use regular mini marshmallows.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

There’s an abundance of chocolate in every bite because smores aren’t good unless there’s chocolate coating your fingernails and dripping all over.

Keep the napkins handy.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The cookies were so good they broke my camera. As I was finishing the photo shoot the first time around, my camera started acting up. I didn’t think much of it, and thought maybe I was imagining things.

I packed it in for the day, we ate all the cookies, I put the memory card into my computer, and discovered that none of the images recorded and then my camera wouldn’t power on properly. Freakout.

I bought a new camera, re-made the cookies, and re-did the photo shoot. Not the way I envisioned my weekend, but equipment wears out. It prompted me to update my Photography page.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

For most other recipes, I would have just said, Screw it. Not remaking or reshooting them.

But these cookies are too good not to share, and I had to break in my new camera body anyway. Even though the lens is the same one I always use for cookies, when attached to the new body, it performed better. I don’t know if you think the image quality seems better, but I do.

There are infinitely worse things in life than having to remake these.

Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

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Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies

My favorite chocolate chip cookie dough base is loaded with graham crackers, marshmallow bits, and plenty of chocolate in these super soft and chewy cookies. They encompass the flavor and texture of chocolate chip cookies, crossed with the flavor of smores, minus the need or work of starting a campfire, makes these moist and gooey cookies an automatic win.

Yield: about 26 medium cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 2+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers, about 4 full-size cracker sheets
2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups Marshmallow Bits (regular mini-marshmallows may be substituted; if using, shelter them with some dough and don't let them bake directly on baking sheet to prevent scorching)

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and beat momentarily to incorporate, less than 1 minute, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping two tablespoon mounds (I made 26). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 9 minutes if you want ooey-gooey Smores-like cookies because they firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy, gooey centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Dough base adapted from Twix Bar Chocolate Chip CookiesSoft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies, Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies

Recipe from Averie Cooks. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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Thanks for the 12 Favorite Cookbooks and Taste of Home Cookbook Giveaway entries and my friend Sally is giving away a copy of my cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, on her site

What’s your favorite way to eat smores?

   

137 Responses to “Soft and Chewy Smores Cookies”

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    Mercedes — July 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    These look so soft and delicious like your cookies always do!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — July 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Gah – I’m speechless! Every cookie you make is like a fat, gooey ball of perfection!! These look absolutely awesome!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Aww, thanks, Jennifer! It think it’s b/c I always use really chilled dough so they don’t spread much!

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    Chloe — July 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Best smores I’ve every seen. Looking forward to try the recipe.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Love the cookie version of s’mores!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — July 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

    S’more just taste like summer! These look fantastic :)
    Congrats on the new camera, even though it sounds like it was a bit traumatic getting there! I need a new one already, my camera is ancient.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Girl it was….a shocker. I really wasn’t expecting it to go and it could have been salvaged but when your photography/camera and your oven are the 2 keys to your livelihood, you just don’t mess around!

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    Happy Valley Chow — July 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Love this cookie recipe, great twist on a classic. Thanks for sharing Averie, always enjoy your posts :)

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    Hannah — July 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    As a new import to the US, I am yet to have a s’more. I think that the time has come to try one and them promptly make these delicious-looking cookies! Yummmmm!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Yes, break yourself in with smores like these :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    So good! I actually made something really similar this weekend after a huge craving for s’mores hit, and no way to make them! These look so gooey and delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Great minds (and cravings!) think alike :)

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    Anne — July 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

    This is heavenly! I can’t wait to try it.

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

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    Jamie @ lifelovelemons — July 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m obsessed with s’mores lately. OBSESSED. These look amazing.

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    Alison Lewis — July 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    OMG mouth watering….

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Averie, these look so amazing! And cookies good enough to break your Mark II. They have to be killer cookies then! I adore s’mores – love love love everything about them. And especially love desserts with all those familar flavors. I had a real s’more last summer. :) We went to the lake and had a little bonfire and toasted some marshmallows. It was perfection. We’re headed back to the lake next month and I have to bring a s’mores-y treat. These would be perfection!! Gooey, chewy, soft, and melty. Love these pics!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      I think I was emailing you about cookies WHILE you must have been typing this comment :)

      And your bonfire/lake trip sounds wonderful. That’s the stuff that memories and summer are made of! And thanks for saying you love the pics – I liked them more the day I edited them than I do now. Lol It was also cloudy that day and it was the very first day I used the cam so I can’t be too hard on myself and after shooting them twice, I was just ready to be done shooting, and start eating :)

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    Nessa — July 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    That melty chocolate looks amazing!

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    Carolyn S. — July 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Just made these… delicious!!! Only did a 2 hour chill b/c we wanted them tonight, so they flattened slightly. I’m anxious to try baking the other half tomorrow to see if it makes a difference. They were really good though. Great recipe and lots of fun – my kids loved them.
    By the way, I used mini marshmallows & cut them in half. They mixed into the dough beautifully and ended up making nice gooey pockets. Gooey pockets are good, as you know! ;-)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 9th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      So glad you made them and good call on the m’mallows and just cutting them in half. I was going to suggest that to people but then didn’t want to complicate things and get anyone confused :) I love gooey pockets – the best! So glad your kids enjoyed these, too!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — July 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Love love love! I really need to try your secret weapon, corn starch, in cookies. It’s just so darn hot to bake right now! Pinned. As soon as it drops a few degrees, I’m making these ;)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Haha you’re hilarious. I’m not really around camp fires either! Glad I have these cookies to hold me over because honestly, I HATE camping!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2013 at 12:32 am

      I cannot see you camping at all either :)

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    Elizabeth — July 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I absolutely love making s’mores into bars, cookies and what not. It’s such a great take on the classic treat!

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    Kimberley — July 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Oh my goodness – mouth drool!

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    Jackie @ Marin mama cooks — July 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Hey Averie! I saw these cookies yesterday via my iPhone as I was watching Eli and his buds at the pool, (watching but scrolling my favorite blogs at the same time) but obviously I can’t comment via the phone. I was wishing I had one of these cookies as I was hungry, hot and craving something sweet and gooey. You know I love s’mores. I have been making and eating my frozen s’mores by the boatload, but these cookies are warm and gooey and sometimes you just want a warm, gooey and rich cookie! Sorry to hear about your camera, but I’m sure with all the photographs you take on a daily basis, you just wore the body out. Even though I’m sure you loved making these cookies again, it was still probably frustrating as I’m sure you had other recipes up your sleeve that you wanted to make. Anyway, your photos came out fab as they always do and I love how you always get those melty chocolate chips in every shot! xoxo, Jackie

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

      I still really want your frozen smores! I have set out to make them but keep getting sidetracked and making other things – like these. But I want to make your version!

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    Valerie — July 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Sticky-messy cookies are The best cookies, and I love marshmallow sticky. :D
    I’m sorry about your camera! Sometimes I’m tempted to “off” mine, just so I have an excuse to enter the grown-up world of SLR cameras, but I can’t…it’s been too good to me. :P (I can see why you didn’t mind remaking these cookies!)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Wasn’t at all the way I had things$$$ planned, but they never are in life! But I should be all set for awhile now :)

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    Erin @ Making Memories — July 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Yowza. Look at those cookies! They look amazing!

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    Jaclyn — July 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Your cookies always look mouthwatering Averie and I’m sure this s’mores version doesn’t disappoint. S’mores are the best!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 10th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you, Jaclyn! That means a lot coming from you!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — July 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    These cookies look amazing!

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    Laura Dembowski — July 11, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever been around a campfire to make traditional smores, but who needs them when you can have these cookies instead?!? They are so thick and stuffed with all kinds of yummy treats!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 11th, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Never been around a campfire to make smores? You need to find a friend with a lake cabin like..this weekend…and go hop to it! :)

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    katie — July 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Oh wow–these cookies look and sound amazing. Much better a cookie form than a true s’mores!

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    Shannon {Cozy Country Living} — July 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Oh my gosh- these look heavenly!!! I must try these this weekend! I can’t wait:)

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — July 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’ll start by saying that if my camera broke I would have a serious meltdown freak-out session. And I only have a point & shoot. These turned out so adorably!! I flipping love those itsy bitsy marshmallows. Super fun. S’more cookies are awesome!!

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    Shannon — July 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Um, about those Soft & Chewy S’Mores cookies! I had to restrain myself from licking the screen! Yum, yum, yum! thank you!

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    dana — July 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    wow! These look BOMB. I want like three in my mouth STAT. Bravo!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, these looks so wonderful!! I adore soft and chewy cookies and I adore smore’s :) perfection!

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    tanya1234 — July 14, 2013 at 12:41 am

    loookssssssss ssssssssssso yummmmmmmmmmmm

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    Karly — July 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I’m gonna marry these cookies! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    Laura — July 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Thanks for this delicious recipe! I particularly love the crunchiness of the graham crackers in the cookie. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 23rd, 2013 at 1:25 am

      Thanks for trying them! I loved that little bit of crunch, too! Thanks for LMK you’re a fan, too!

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    Ala — July 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Loving the gooey goodness here–and the fact that I don’t have to face the humid heat outside to get a taste :) I haven’t had a s’more in ages, this sounds delectable!

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    af — July 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    These are DELICIOUS. Only problem I had was that the cookies were super, super soft and hard to move from the pan. I did use parchment paper. Anyhow, just wanted to say that this is a great recipe! My boyfriend who is currently taking the California bar exam was very happy to have this as a treat yesterday.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 31st, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for trying these and LMK! I live in San Diego and one of my friends took the CA bar about 4 yrs or so ago. SUPER stressful! Good luck to your boyf!

      As for the soft cookies – you could bake an extra minute. But I swear by, SWEAR BY, Silpats. The slight tackiness of the mat makes the perfect surface for baking in a way that parchment does not, i.e. it’s like a slippery slick! I bet if you tried with a Silpat, problem would be solved :)

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    Irena S. — August 1, 2013 at 2:46 am

    They look like they are melting in my mouth! :O

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    Judy Zbierajewski — August 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Very good recipe! I doubled the batch and my 2 daughters and I divided and each took some to work – nice treat. Definitely a keeper.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — August 19th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for trying them and doubling the batch! And lucky co-workers you all have :)

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    Alexis V. — October 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    These s’mores cookies are awesome!! The flavor and texture is great. I like these even better once they’ve completely cooled, SO GOOD. The only problem I had with these was that they stuck quite a bit to the pan, so mine were definitely not very attractive cookies. But, I think that might be because I used mini marshmallows and they stuck like glue to the pan, as long as they taste good I don’t have a problem deformed cookies though! Loved these and I’ll definitely try these again with marshmallow bits.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — October 14th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Before I even finished reading it, I though, oh I bet she used mini marshmallows…yes, that’s the culprit. If you use those little m’mallow bits I used, you won’t have that problem OR just make sure to tuck with m’mallows inside some dough so they aren’t baking directly on the baking sheet and you won’t have the sticky issues anymore! Similar to what I just wrote about w/ these candy corn cookies http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/10/candy-corn-and-white-chocolate-softbatch-cookies.html

      So glad you loved the cookies and yes the texture just gets better and better!

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      • Alexis V. replied: — March 8th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        Finally got around to making these again, but this time with mallow bits! WOW. SO GOOD!! I don’t think I’ll ever crave s’mores anymore, just these cookies!

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