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Friday, January 18, 2013

Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies

In our backyard, we have a fire pit, which really is just a hole in the ground with some arranged bricks around the perimeter to serve as a pretty border (so that you can call it a “fire pit” and not just a “hole in the ground”) and tell the kids where the DO NOT CROSS zone is.

We’ve made S’mores many times, but it’s a dangerous affair since my husband, a former Eagle Scout learned the proper way to stack fire logs to produce long lasting, intense, big flame, big heat fires. He stacks them like a game of Jenga.

Trying to make S’mores in that fire WITHOUT the added bonus of singed arm hairs is almost impossible. The heat of the fire is so intense that you literally have to lay on the ground, crouch behind the stack of bricks to protect your face while reaching in with your non-dominant hand (you wouldn’t want to burn off your good hand) holding a stick with a marshmallow dangling off it.

And that is why I love these S’mores Cookies. No burning, no singe-ing.

Picky Palate cookbook on AmazonThese cute little cookies are from my friend, Jenny Flake’s new cookbook, The Picky Palate Cookbook. Jenny and I always have fun together, wherever we meet up. Usually, there’s cameras, cupcakes and wine involved. Sometimes, all of the aforementioned inside the privacy of a limo. We party in style! :-)

What I love about Jenny’s cookbook is that it’s FUN. Who else would stuff an Oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie?? All of the recipes are family favorites.

You might be wondering, why is the word “cake” in this recipe? Well, Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies are made with cake mix. Yup, boxed devil’s food cake mix, whisked with eggs, brown sugar and butter. The batter is thick, just like cookie batter. Then you get to decorate the cookies with bits of graham cracker, mini marshmallows and a mini bar of chocolate.

Oh, and the photos of the Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies? Those are Jenny’s photos from the book. We made these cookies and by the time I got the camera out, nearly all of them were gone. GONE. I was robbed by 3 hungry kids and a sweet-toothed husband.


Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies Recipe Video



Chocolate Cake S'mores Cookies Recipe

Servings: 36 cookies Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 13 minutes

From The Picky Palate Cookbook by Jenny Flake.


One 18.25 ounce box devil's food cake mix
2 large eggs
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3 1.55 ounce Hersey's chocolate bars, cut into rectangles
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped graham crackers


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Add the cake mix, eggs, brown sugar and butter to a large bowl and mix until combined. With a medium cookie scoop, place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart. Press the cookies to flatten to about 1/2 inch thick. Press a chocolate bar piece, 2 marshmallows and 2 graham cracker pieces on top of the flattened cookie dough. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, until cooked through. Let cook for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

32 Responses to “Chocolate Cake S’mores Cookies”

  1. Candice — 1/18/13 @ 1:11 pm

    What’s the texture of the cookie? crunchy or chewy?

  2. Mmm love the sound of these!

  3. Tasha Zee — 1/18/13 @ 4:10 pm

    I love her book as well, these cookies look great.

  4. Michelle Schoelz — 1/18/13 @ 6:33 pm

    Oh my gosh!! The recipe looks really easy without tons of ingredients. Definitely a-must try! Thanks.

  5. Annie — 1/18/13 @ 7:21 pm

    That cookie sounds amazing! I’m excited to try and make them. I love baking and cooking. Thanks!

  6. maria myers — 1/18/13 @ 7:26 pm

    wow so you are going to be growing your own fish as well as veggies?what a neat idea.

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  8. Stephanie S — 1/19/13 @ 3:47 am

    These look wonderful, S’mores are my favorite snack ever! So excited to try these out.

  9. Chris — 1/19/13 @ 12:49 pm

    We have a saying for that in the hills of Tennessee – “Now THAT’S a FAHR!” ;)

    Cookies sound great.

  10. Chocolate — 1/20/13 @ 6:40 am

    Dark chocolate is a great substitute for other sweet treats that are full of sugar and contain little in terms of nutritional benefit. This type of chocolate is actually good for you and can compete with super food vegetables such as broccoli. Hard to believe isn’t it? But it is true and science backs it up.

  11. Emma — 1/20/13 @ 1:35 pm

    Wow! These look delicious. Great photography. I will be trying these at home very soon. Please check out the food blog I have just started http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com. Thanks!

  12. These are the most adorable cookies I have ever seen!

  13. Jenny Flake — 1/21/13 @ 9:58 am

    Jaden! Love this post, thanks for featuring my cookies and cookbook! Love you girl! Can’t wait until our next adventure together, it’s bound to be soon :) xoxo

  14. Nice job w/ the video! I love how your son is sneaking stuff… mine does the same!!

  15. Love the video, so cute!!! I loved the extra hands sneaking in as well… mine would do the same… :-)

  16. I love that you can still see the Hershey’s word on them, so cute!

  17. Lauren Tamony — 1/22/13 @ 8:24 am

    I love the idea of these cookies. Using a box mix makes it so much easier!

  18. haha, I so laughed while I was picturing you crouched behind bricks trying to roast a marshmallow.
    For a smore I’d take the fire risk haha. but for those days when I don’t have the energy to face a fire these would be perfect! I love a good smore cookie!

  19. Azzina — 1/24/13 @ 5:04 am

    Oh dear i can express my attraction toward this cake. Simple awesome!!!

    Cheese cake

  20. Ashley — 1/25/13 @ 12:54 pm

    Oh good lord. These were amazing! I picked a larger “medium sized” cookie scoop I guess, because I only got 17 (GIGANTIC!) cookies. They were awesome. It was like a camping trip without dealing with all the bugs! :) I posted it over on my blog with a link back here. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Kim in MD — 1/25/13 @ 1:23 pm

    There is nothing like a blazing hot fire, indoors or outdoors! It’s too cold here for an outdoor fire, but I am going to curl up in front of our indoor fireplace tonight and watch the snow fall! These cookies look delicious. I love Jenny’s blog and her cookbook!

  22. Herrrly merly. These look awesome, but I can’t make things like this when I have nobody to feed them to. Because I’m weak and have like, zero restraint.

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  24. Andrew Hair — 1/30/13 @ 8:59 pm

    I wish my Mom made giant cookies

  25. Superfun recipe to make with kids! I’d love to make these with my nephew and try using animal crackers instead of graham crackers! :)

  26. wife told me to make them — 2/16/13 @ 2:02 pm

    we baked them, and they tasted fantastic, but how do you get the marshmellows to have that golden campfire look, without them becoming one big blob and getting all runny?

  27. Faye — 2/17/13 @ 10:53 am

    Yummy, cute and creative! My kids will love these.

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  29. Looks absolutely delicious! I love a good chocolate treat and this one looks amazing. I would love to try some.

  30. windupbirdy — 12/13/13 @ 11:49 pm

    I just tried making these, and oh my goodness they are so dangerously delicious!! It turned out my cake mix was only 15.5oz (Oops!) but I added a 1/4 cup of Jiffy cake mix I happened to have on hand and it worked out well nonetheless!

    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  31. Osneciah — 1/29/14 @ 4:39 am

    These look so good. I will be making some soon. Hopefully they look like the ones in the photo.

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