chocolate marshmallow squares

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chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

These squares are better than a Dyson anything.

Let’s break it down.

chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

The foundation of these squares is actually comprised of two layers. At the very bottom, a chewy, coconut infused layer. This chewiness is very important to the overall awesomeness and structure of the square, and should not be underestimated. Resting upon that coconut base is a second, and equally important, chocolate walnut layer. Walnuts are good for you. That goodness balances out the next layer: gooey marshmallows. And finally, slathered overtop of the squares, is a sweet chocolate coating. This chocolate frosting will crust just a little and then crackle under the pressure of your knife as you cut into it.

Give thanks.

chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

The spreading of each decadent layer in the baking pan takes some finesse. Not ship-in-a-bottle finesse, but a little patience is required. These spreading skills are what separate us from apes and farm animals. Be gentle, use your fingers a little. They will get sticky. It will be worth it. For when all is said and done? You will eat the fruits of your labour. And then you will press your back up against a wall saying, “I can’t feel my legs.” You will slide to the floor. From this position you will watch other people attack your pan of squares like a pack of filthy hyenas. You will, in all likelihood, be hit with square shrapnel. You will survive. You have to. Because you have a reason to live now. And that reason is these squares.

chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

Change your game, son. Forget those krispie treats you make for every potluck, barbecue and family event you get dragged to. Make these rich, chewy, gooey, sweet squares and you’ll get a new family. One that actually appreciates you.

chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

Open wide, baby.

chocolate marshmallow squares | movita beaucoup

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Chocolate Marshmallow Squares - from Company’s Coming 150 Delicious Squares, with adjustments to the notes and method - print and bake

Yields one 9×9 pan of squares.

For the base:

  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 ounce (1 baking square) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 18 large marshmallows, cut in half

For the icing – make while the base is baking:

  • 1 1/3 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 6-8 teaspoons water (more or less to adjust for consistency)

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Measure out all of your ingredients. Grease your baking pan.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs slightly. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt, stirring well to combine.

Remove half of the batter, and place in a separate bowl (you want 2 equal portions). To the first portion of batter, add the coconut and mix to combine. Spread evenly in the greased 9×9 pan.

To the second portion of batter, add the melted chocolate, butter and walnuts. Mix to combine, and dollop over the first layer. Gently spread the chocolate layer evenly over the first layer in the pan. You may need to use your fingers to assist in spreading.

Bake for 28-30 minutes, until golden and somewhat firm, rotating the pan after 15 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the centre should come out clean, and the base may be separating from the sides of the pan ever so slightly. Avoid over-baking.

As the base is baking, make your icing – method below.*

When the base is done baking, remove pan from the oven and immediately cover with marshmallow halves (6 rows of 6 marshmallows in each direction). Put the pan back into the oven for 1-2 minutes to soften the marshmallows. Remove pan from oven and use the point of a small pallet knife (or butter knife) to spread the marshmallows evenly. They will be sticky, but as they melt they become easier to spread.

Immediately, and while still warm, dollop the chocolate icing over the surface of the marshmallows, and gently spread with a pallet knife. The marshmallows and icing may marble slightly as you spread.

Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.

* To make the icing:

Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand-held mixer, beat the sifted icing sugar and cocoa, butter, and 6 teaspoons of water until well combined and smooth. Add more water (if needed) to make the icing soft and spreadable.

62 Responses to chocolate marshmallow squares

  1. Anonymous August 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I love your blog

  2. tworedbowls August 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Wow, these look UNREAL. Oh boy. And your writing is hilarious :) Thanks for posting!

  3. Liz August 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    These look delicious. Thank you so much.

  4. saucygander August 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Awesome!

  5. sarah sublimedelights August 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Ahhh that actually looks so decadent and gooey that I will have to make them… My boyfriend agrees!!!

  6. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) August 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Those. look. amazingggg.

    (Also, is it sacrilegious to even ask… do they techinically need the icing on top? Just curious! It seems like they’d still be amazing—and maybe still pretty chocolatey—without it, but I can see how it’d be an added bonus.)

    • movita beaucoup August 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Oh, they NEED the icing! It kinda… bonds to the marshmallow, creating a proper Biting Into Surface. (That’s a thing.) It’s just a thin coating, though.

      That said, if you ever make ‘em without the icing, lemme know how they turn out. In the name of science and all…

      • Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) August 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

        Wow, thank you for responding so quickly! (I can just sense the urgency in your answer—the needing to prevent anyone from even considering making these without icing even for a second, other than for science…) Anyway, you’ve convinced me! Because I agree that a good square needs a good Biting Into Surface, which is definitely a thing. : )

        I don’t know when I’ll make these, but they look so good; I WILL make these someday. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories August 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    I love the diagram. I love the photos. I’m sure I’ll love the squares too. Just gorgeous, and you always make me smile.

  8. Renee August 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Wait a sec. Your photos are friggin awesome. Love love love this post!

  9. gottagetbaked August 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Movita, you had me laughing my ass off with this post. I’ll happily catch any square shrapnel that flies my way, with my mouth, because I’ll be damned if I let any of this go to waste. Girl, these squares are incredible. You’ve taken the already perfect Rice Krispie square and elevated it beyond belief. Gaaaaaaawgeous photos too!

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Yes, perhaps I should have mentioned EATING the shrapnel! It’s an important step…

  10. rockandwool August 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    whew!
    My neighbor lady is mad at me,
    and so these will be the perfect peace offering
    cuz
    I know she has a serious weakness for
    chocolate!!!

    I backed up on her lawn by neglect,
    so she’s ready for a
    fight. oops.

    but these will sweeten the pot.
    thanX again my dear.

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      I hope these squares can bring peace to the neighbourhood. Or at least improve your driving skills… xox

  11. Stacy August 19, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Filthy hyenas, you say? My family resents that, what with most of them bathing every day. Mostly. However, I can see how it might be hard to consider personal hygiene when confronted with these awesome squares.

  12. ibreatheimhungry August 19, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I’m pretty sure these should be illegal. But even then you could just stuff one into the face of whoever tried to arrest you, and then make a clean getaway while they are blacked out. Oh if only I could make these low carb!

    • movita beaucoup August 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      This is a very good point. I’ve been considering a crime spree. Now I know what to do.

  13. musingmar August 19, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    OMG. Not sure there are words to describe the impression these made on me…

  14. frugalfeeding August 19, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Those look naughty… I like :D. Gorgeous!

    • movita beaucoup August 21, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      Sometimes a gal’s gotta put on her crazy pants! Woot!

  15. chindeep3141 August 19, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    oh WOW! these look fantastic! and talk about epic photos! come ON! ;) XOXO ~Melissa

    • movita beaucoup August 21, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks, Melissa! High praise from a photographer like you!

      • chindeep3141 September 13, 2013 at 11:31 am #

        you rock! and I want that damn cookie recipe. LOL :) have an awesome weekend. XOXO ~M

  16. Denise August 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    MOVE OVER rice krispie treats, there is a new guy in town, and he has really made me weak in the knees. OMG – this is amazing. Layers? Coconut? Chocolate? Must make.

  17. jessieharrold August 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Oh those look dangerously good, and your blog cracks me up. Love.

    Company’s Coming, eh? I am currently vacationing at my folks’ place and have full intention of hitting up every circa 1954 cookbook and “dainty” recipe that I can get my hands on for the purpose of making just such delicacies. You know, the ones that have become underappreciated in the era of chocolate foam and salted every. goddamn. thing.

    • movita beaucoup August 21, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      If it isn’t old-school, I’m probably not making it. I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if it can’t kill you? It might not be a proper dessert…

  18. thatskinnychickcanbake August 19, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    LOL…these would definitely turn me into a filthy hyena! Totally irresistible!

  19. rockandwool August 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    OMYGOD!!!!!!!!

    I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS!!!

  20. shannon August 20, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    i’m sorry: better than a Dyson ANYTHING!?! gauntlet = THROWN.

    i’m afraid to make these for family or friends. as in actually afraid of what they’ll do to themselves over-eating. I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t love them. oh! and by the way, you better lock your doors, because i suspect Natalie’s headed your way to live with you. just saying.

  21. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes August 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    These look AMAZING! That topping kind of reminds me of what my mom puts on top of Mississippi mud brownies…but with coconut and other gooey goodness!

  22. Karen August 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Your chocolate squares sound decadently delicious. :)

  23. Amy August 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    gooey marshmallow AND chocolate icing?!?! Amazing. Also, I love chocolate walnut crust! I just put some in my Chocolate Apricot Torte ice cream. I want to make these now…Unless you’d like to send me a few? :)

  24. natalie @ wee eats August 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Probably (hopefully) making these this weekend. They will be the perfect fuel for my ikea trip

    • movita beaucoup August 21, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      You should take piles of ‘em to Ikea. People will help you load up your cart and carry big stuff to your car. They will follow you home AND ASSEMBLE THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR FURNITURE. Also, since Ikea has broken up its fair share of marriages, you could hand out square to help mend some fences. Win. Win. Win.

  25. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 21, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    LOVING THIS! I am prewriting a marshmallow/chocolate bar recipe for next week, and yesterday I made some coconut bars, also next week I think or maybe for the following. But you just made my perfect bar all in one! The chewy factor must just be incredible. The gooey factor, too. I need these.Pinned!

  26. Ashley Bee August 22, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Ummm these are perfection. Chocolate and marshmallow is my weakness.

  27. Eggton August 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Good grief, these pictures are making me salivate like a Great Dane.

  28. Choc Chip Uru August 24, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    You make me so happy with your recipes. Just too happy :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  29. Sharon August 27, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Actually, I heard Dyson has stopped making vacuums and is just making these now.

    • movita beaucoup August 27, 2013 at 6:06 am #

      This makes total sense. I mean, do they even use chocolate when making vacuums? I doubt it.

  30. Charles Jacobs @ halogen oven August 28, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I was instantly drawn to your chocolate marshmallow squares as the look delicious, you can tell I’ve got a sweet tooth. I think i shall have a go at making these.

    • movita beaucoup August 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Charles, my whole body is sweet.

      {Or something that sounds way less creepy than that and still indicates that I really like sugar.}

  31. Eggton November 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Scott and I made these yesterday and they were awesome! I brought them to a birthday party.

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