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January 11, 2012, 7:08 AM
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chocolate marshmallow squares recipe, 1980s

Months – possibly years – before my mother passed away, I had hounded her for my grandmother’s chocolate marshmallow squares recipe. More brownie than cookie, but definitely not either, chocolate marshmallow squares are studded with walnuts, drifts of marshmallow and glazed with even more chocolate. I can barely contain myself reading my mother’s recipe, thinking of eating those little squares after all this time.

It’s been so long since I’ve eaten one that I thought I had imagined them. Google searches proved fruitless – no recipe I read came close to this morsel of goodness. But this past weekend while organizing more of my mother’s papers, I found it – on a yellow scrap of notebook paper, letters fading – the recipe. I remembered the phone calls where she promised to get me the recipe,  but she’d have to find it first; the afternoons I visited and found her digging through those same scraps of ephemera: it’s gotta be somewhere around here.

It had been there all those years among the other recipes written on envelopes, the backs of  greeting cards, on even tinier scraps of paper. I am half-tempted to cook a chicken recipe she recorded, not knowing what I will be eating since there is no title to guide my palate – a surprise dinner from my mother, who liked the  comforts of cooking more than cooking the dish itself, much like my relationship with food. But this Sunday, you’ll find me in the kitchen, melting butter with chocolate and sneaking maraschino cherries for a taste of a childhood memory.

Chocolate Marshmallow Squares

For Squares:

1/3 cup butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Maraschino cherries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan, melt butter with chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally. Blend in sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs till a batter forms. Stir in flour and walnuts. Spread in greased 8 x 8 inch square pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

While the squares are baking, make the glaze:

Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons of milk in small saucepan. Add 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon butter. Mix well.

Once the chocolate marshmallow squares finish baking, sprinkle immediately with the mini marshmallows and drizzle glaze. If you want to make it fancy, add a maraschino cherry to each cut square.


8 Comments so far
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It’s wonderful you finally found this, and thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you get your wish of having them baked for you this weekend!


Comment by farmhouse stories

thanks, and you’re welcome! this weekend has prevented me from doing some baking, but it will happen soon (oh yes).


Comment by Lisa

Lovely post!


Comment by Photobooth Journal

thanks, katherine!


Comment by Lisa

So glad you found the recipe Lisa. Cheers, Michael


Comment by Michael Williamson

I am too, Michael, thank you —


Comment by Lisa

Glad you found this! I’ve heard you talking about them for years and now I’ll finally know why!


Comment by jeff

It’ll be especially awesome when you bake them for me this weekend (he he).


Comment by Lisa

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