Cherry Chocolate Marshmallow Crunch Bars

These bars from Mom on Timeout totally rocked!  I sent them into the office with my favorite GI Joe, because they were so delicious there was no way they could stay anywhere that I could reach them.


It appears to be a really lengthy, complicated recipe, but it really wasn’t.  Hands-on time was maybe 20 minutes.  And I had mini-marshmallows and two jars of cherries in my pantry that I needed to use before we moved. I have no idea why I had not one, but two jars of maraschino cherries…plus another opened one in the frig. I substituted crushed cornflakes for the Rice Krispies, because I needed to use those up, too, before our move. They worked perfectly!

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

(From Mom on Timeout)

24 bars


  • Base:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbls flour
  • 2 Tbls unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking pwder
  • Filling:
  • 2 10 oz bottles maraschino cherries, no stems, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Topping
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies or crushed cornflakes


  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.
  4. Gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. Spread in a lightly great 9×13 baking dish.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes until set.
  7. Sprinkle marshmallows on top and bake for another 3 minutes or until marshmallows have puffed up.
  8. Sprinkle chopped cherries on top of marshmallows and spread evenly using a knife dipped in water.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. Melt peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter together in a small saucepan.
  11. Remove from heat and stir in cereal.
  12. Spread evenly over top of bars.
  13. Chill for 1 hour or until set. Cut into bars and serve.


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