Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

I had my first kiss when I was 14.  It was on the second day of a bike tour in a high school gym.  He asked if he could kiss me and then proceeded to count down from three.  I held my breath, and we kissed.

chocolate cherry marshmallow crunch

My first kiss when my husband was far less innocent.  After too many tequila shots and a full night of dancing, Matt and I finally kissed.  We had been friends for a year at that point.  And in the first month of our friendship, Matt came over for Chinese and tv.  Apparently, Matt considered that a date, and I considered it just two friends hanging out.  One year later, the timing was finally right.  And thanks to tequila and daylight savings time, Matt and I were finally on the same page.  Six years later, we are still together.

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow

This recipe was another first.  I’ve never made anything with Rice Krispies.  I know.  That’s insane.  Rice Krispie treats are a baking staple.  You’d think that sometime I would have made this.  But between having a sister who kicks my ass at all things baking and having no desire to learn to bake, I never made anything with Rice Krispies.  Matt loves cherries and marshmallows.  When I saw this recipe, I realized it was time to try something new.  No tequila required.

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bar



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder



  • 2 10 oz bottles maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows



  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a mixer bow. Add eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly combined. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add to creamed mixture.
  4. Spread in a lightly great 9×13 baking dish and bake for 16-18 minutes until set.
  5. Sprinkle marshmallows on top and bake for another 3 minutes or until marshmallows have puffed up.  Remove from oven.
  6. Sprinkle chopped cherries on top of marshmallows. Let cool completely.
  7. Melt peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter together in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies.  Spread evenly over top of bars.
  8. Chill for 1 hour or until set. Cut into bars and serve.

Source: Mom on Time Out

chocolate cherry marshmallow crunch bars


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